• Sport Coaching Practice

Why study at Roehampton

  • This Foundation degree provides direct access to the BA Sports Coaching final year.
  • One day a week study to fit around existing work commitments.
  • Access to a network of experienced coaches with job contacts and opportunities.

This course is suspended for 2015 entry

Roehampton is internationally renowned for its work in education

This Foundation Degree (FdSc) is perfect for existing coaching practitioners who are keen to develop their own practice and progress their careers in sports coaching. This work-based course is a great opportunity to professionalise your coaching according to national and European standards. You will learn the theories that underpin the different approaches and learn to evaluate a range of techniques. 

Students will need to be supported by their employer in a paid or voluntary coaching role.

More details

Taught sessions will be based around work-based coaching commitments and will include twilight and weekend sessions.

Year-by-year summary

Sports Coaching Practice
Year 1
  • Module 1: Coaching Process – introductory module – 20 credits (36 taught hours)
  • Module 2: Science of Coaching – anatomy/physiology, movement analysis and nutrition – 40 credits (72 taught hours)
  • Module 3: Coaching Pedagogy – 40 credits (72 taught hours)
  • Module 4: Work-based Reflective Practice – 20 credits
Year 2
  • Module 1: Applied Coaching Process – 20 credits (36 taught hours)
  • Module 2: Applied Coaching Science – 40 credits (72 taught hours)
  • Module 3: Applied Coaching Pedagogy – 40 credits (72 taught hours)
  • Module 4: Research of Coaching Practice – 20 credits

The course will follow the same design in both years with module 4 running across the year, module 1 running from September to December and modules 2 and 3 running in parallel from January to June.

Top Up Year – BA Honours Degree

  • Module 1: Psychology of Coaching – 20 credits (36 taught hours)
  • Module 2: Advanced Coaching Principles – 20 credits (36 taught hours)
  • Module 3: Entrepreneurship in Coaching – 20 credits (36 taught hours)
  • Module 4: Analytical Work Based Reflective – 20 credits (36 taught hours)
  • Module 5: Special Project – 40 credits 

The figure of taught hours is a guide and students will be required to commit further learning time through reading and application beyond the taught elements of the course. 

Assessment structure

Sports Coaching

Each of the eight modules has a credit value, referred to as CATS (Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme) credits. In Year 1, 120 credits at Level 1 must be gained from successful completion of the prescribed modules. In year 2, a further 120 credits must be gained, making a total of 240 credits. Students who have accumulated the full 240 credits will qualify for the FdSc in Sports Coaching Practice and will then have the option to progress to an Honours degree in coaching or associated programmes. This involves completing and passing 120 credits to achieve an Honours degree.
Students will be visited regularly at their place of employment and will be assigned a Personal Tutor to support their progress.

Recommended reading

  • Lynn, A. (2010) Effective Sports Coaching: A practical Guide. Wiltshire: Crowood Press
  • Robinson, P. E. (2010) Foundations of Sports Coaching. Oxon: Routledge


The University's Sport Roehampton Performance Centre is the best laboratory of its type in London and includes a climatic chamber and automated motion-capture systems. The Centre for Scientific and Cultural Research in Sport (CSCRS) has particular research strengths in the areas of biomechanics, physiology and neurophysiology. The University Library has excellent resources for the study of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Example modules

  • Work Based Reflective Practice
  • Applied Process
  • Analytical Work Based Reflective Practice

Career options

Graduates of this foundation course work in coach development and in coach mentoring. They set up their own businesses in coaching/sport. It is a pathway into youth development and social work, and graduates may follow into the teaching profession from primary to further education.

UCAS code




Plus 1 additional year = BA Hons

Single honours


Education »


2 years (full-time); 3–4 years (part-time)

Tuition fees

£8,150 (2016; UK/EU) »

£8,150 (2016; International) »

Programme outline

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Related courses

Sport and Exercise Sciences »

Sport Psychology »

MSc or PGDip Sport and Exercise Psychology »

Further information

Contact our Recruitment team
undergraduate@roehampton.ac.uk »
+44 (0)20 8392 3232

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