Course Type: Higher Education

Foundation Degree In Sports Coaching

  • Course Code STA0035
  • Day Weekdays
  • Time TBC
  • Start Date 3rd September 2018
  • Fee Year 1: TBC
    Year 2: £8,200
  • Duration 2 years
  • Campus Academy for Sport - Stadium

Please note - the next intake for this course will be September 2019.


This programme is ideal if you would like to make a difference to sporting standards and participation in the UK and have the skills and motivation to become an effective teacher, coach or development officer.

This two-year course is awarded by the University of Sunderland and is the first two years of their BSc in Sports Coaching. The course is studied at Gateshead College Academy for Sport at Gateshead International Stadium, with the option of the third year (BSc with Hons) to be based at the university, subject to meeting their entry criteria, or you can apply through UCAS for any national university.

As part of the course you will gain experience through individually-tailored work placements with the various sport and recreation providers across the North East of England. Schools, colleges, local governing bodies, council sports development providers, private clubs and leisure centres are just some examples of where we currently have placements available

Career opportunities are varied, many successful graduates from our course have gone on to achieve their BSc (Hons) and have moved into roles such as P.E. teachers, sports coaches, sports development officers, sports outreach workers and school sports coordinators.

What will I study?

Modules Include:

  • Coaching practice 1 and 2
  • Physiology of exercise and sport
  • Performance analysis
  • Introduction to sport and exercise psychology
  • Anatomy for exercise and sport
  • Fitness testing and assessment
  • Research methods and study skills
  • Coaching theory
  • Sports injury management
  • Personal and Professional development

Days & Times

The delivery of the programme is flexible and is delivered over two days, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am-4pm, to allow you to consider aspects such as further study opportunities, gaining extra vocational experience, self-study time and overall to make students into employable sports and recreation workers.

Please note: whilst every effort is made to run all our programmes, this is subject to minimum numbers.


Entry Criteria:

  • 56 UCAS points from a minimum of two GCSEs / A Levels or equivalent. We will also accept PPP at BTEC Extended Diploma level.
  • GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent qualifications) in Mathematics and English. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.


Offers will take into account any relevant employment experience. Applicants may be asked to attend an interview and present a portfolio of evidence


If English is not your first language, please refer to the University of Sunderland English Language requirements:



University of Sunderland Course Page:

This programme is offered by Gateshead College working in partnership with the University of Sunderland. The award that you will receive will be from the University of Sunderland.

FdSc Sports Coaching

An interview is required, references are required and equipment is needed.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

Qualifications needed

56 UCAS points and GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*-C) in English language and maths

Required experience

We welcome applications from mature students without these qualifications but with relevant experience.

There are loans available that you can apply for to help cover the costs of course fees and living costs(if studying full time).

For more information or advice, contact our finance support services on 0191 490 4627 or 0191 426 4329. Our support funds team can also be emailed at support.funds@gateshead.ac.uk