Sports Development and Coaching Foundation Degree

Sport Development and Coaching Foundation Degree (FdA)

The FdA Sport Development and Coaching degree has been designed in partnership with employers from the sports industry via our Professional Advisory Group. The course delivers a blend of theory and practice so that students are equipped with extensive knowledge and skills and are therefore highly employable on completion of the course.

Learn how sport can be used to inspire young people, develop communities and fulfil the potential of all individuals, from grassroots, all the way up to working with elite athletes. You’ll explore talent development, elite sport, sport coaching, international sport, education, sports policy and disability sport.

The team believes strongly in the value of practical experience, which is why the Sport Studies degree contains such a variety of work-based learning. This includes coaching young people, managing sports events, deliver physical activity programmes and writing sport plans for governing bodies. It’s all key to becoming a well-rounded sport development professional.

Programme Aims

  • To develop an applied understanding of the concepts, theories and principles related to sport development and coaching.
  • To develop an applied awareness and insight of the application of sport development and coaching processes involved across diverse groups and settings.
  • To enhance employability with the development of a range of skills and attributes relevant to the sport and physical activity sector.
  • To provide conditions for vocational learning and applied practice with a range of work-based and voluntary opportunities in community environments and the workplace.
  • To develop core academic skills necessary to be able to take full advantage of further study, including progression on to Honours level study.

Programme Modules

This programme has been structured in a way to to develop individuals with a both applied theoretical and practical understanding of sport development, physical activity, and coaching that is applied to the sports industry to enhance ‘professionalism’ within the sector. The successful completion of the programme will give the graduate the skills necessary to work within and beyond sports sectors and to continue to study at Level 6 to achieve a BA Honours Degree in Sport Development and Coaching.

Level 4

Engaging with learning: sport development & coaching

Sport coaching & the coaching process

Foundations in sport development

An introduction to sport management

Organisation in sport and education

Introduction to analysis in sport coaching

Level 5

Work-based learning*

Sports event management*

Research methods

Sport policy & governance

Sport and education*

Sport marketing*

Coaching theory & practice

Inclusion in sport*

Please note: optional modules are marked with an *

Entry Criteria

Typical Offer Minimum Offer
A Levels 3xD grades one of which to be in a
relevant subject
2xD grades and 1x E grade one of which to be in a relevant subject
BTech L3 Extended Diploma MMP grade in relevant subjects MPP grade in relevant subjects

* We will accept 2 AS levels in lieu of one A level but must be accompanied by 2 A Levels or BTECs (General Studies is excluded).

Other Qualifcations

GCSE English:

English Language Grade C or above (grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) desirable.

Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

GCSE Maths:

Maths Grade C or above (grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) desirable.

Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

International students will be expected to meet the English language requirements of IELTS: IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

Additional Entry Criteria

DBS Check Students will also be required to complete the Disclosure and Barring Service process (DBS) prior to commencement on placement. The department will cover the cost.
References An appropriate reference required

In addition to the above, preference will be given to applicants with one or more of the following:

• Engagement in sport as a participant, coach, leader or volunteer
• NGB Coaching Awards
• Leadership Awards (JSLA or CSLA or HSLA) or equivalent
• Work experience (ideally in the sport and leisure sector)
• Access Qualification – Pass

Applications from non-traditional learners will be encouraged and their acceptance on the programme will reflect their work.


Full-Time – 2 Years

MITSkills Training Provider is excited to announce our partnership with Marjon University, a collaboration that allows us to deliver the Sports Development and Coaching Foundation Degree. With the support of Plymouth Marjon University and our Professional Advisory Group, we have designed a comprehensive programme that combines theory and practice, equipping students with extensive knowledge and skills to excel in the sports industry. Join us on this journey of inspiring young people, developing communities, and unlocking the potential of individuals through the power of sport.

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