NSCG | Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching & Physical Education -…
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Course overview

Studied at NSCG Stafford College, the Foundation Degree Sports Coaching & PE is taught by experienced industry professionals and blends the academic and practical aspects of Sport Coaching and Physical Education. The Foundation Degree could enable work-based learning within school, club and community-based sports provision, and considers the key qualities, skills and standards required for employment in PE and wider sports industries. What’s more, the degree contains modules specific for prospective PE teachers and could focus your learning on that potential route.
Across both years of the Foundation Degree, modules focus on a breadth of information from understanding psychology in sport, skill acquisition and analysis, sport science, coaching and key study skills. Throughout the award you will be exposed to a wide variety of teaching methods and environments, ranging from work projects supported by industry professionals and formal lecture sessions to informal group work and peer presentations.
Furthermore, a significant feature of the second year is the completion of a work-based placement where you will be using your knowledge and skills to explore and develop activities on behalf of an employer.
Many students use this experience to support their job application on graduating.
Level 4 Modules include:
- Sport Science for Teachers and Coaches (15 Credits)
- Coaching and Teaching in Sport (15 Credits)
- Developing Research Skills in Sports & Exercise (15 Credits)
- Teaching and Coaching PE National Curriculum Activities (30 Credits)
- Fundamentals of Psychology in Sport & Exercise (15 Credits)
- Academic and Employability Skills in Sport & Exercise (15 Credits)
- Coaching and Teaching in Sport (Invasion Games) (15 Credits)

Level 5 Modules include:
- Advanced Psychology for Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity (30 Credits)
- Research and Graduate Employability (30 Credits)
- PE & Youth Sport Theory, Placement and Practice (30 Credits)
- Acquisition, Analysis, and Coaching of Sport Skills (30 Credits)

You will also receive advice and guidance on applying to study at University. Direct entry is typically onto the final year of the BSc Physical Education and Youth Sport Coaching Degree at Staffordshire University.

What else do I need to know?

This course runs is studied on a full-time basis over 2 years.
The course runs from September to May in line with typical academic holiday patterns.
There is an additional cost of £80 to cover the cost of a training kit for practical sessions.

What are the entry requirements?

Typically, you'll need a relevant Level 3 qualification OR industry experience. All students will be interviewed and assessed individually.

How is it assessed?

The course curriculum is designed to assess you using varied strategies, which may be practical projects, written reports, case studies, presentations and practical coaching and PE teaching sessions. The assessment will be continuous over the course and aims to develop your learning skills, practical abilities, personal qualities and subject knowledge. Assessments may be carried out individually or as part of a group; they will be presented either written or orally and may relate to hypothetical work situations.

Study time breakdown:
Year 1
78% of time in independent study
22% of time in lectures, classroom or similar
0% of time in placement

Year 2
86% of time in independent study
14% of time in lectures, classroom or similar
0% of time in placement

Assessment breakdown
Year 1
63% coursework
5% practical exams
33% written exams

Year 2
65% coursework
10% practical exams
25% written exams

What financial support is on offer?

There are two types of loans to help students cover the costs of their higher education course in college: tuition fee loans and living cost loans (also called maintenance loans). You pay these loans back when you finish your course and earn over £26,575. If you earn less than that, you won’t have to repay anything. If you’re earning more than that, we’ll work out your repayments at 9% of your income over that amount. Maintenance loans are only available to students studying on a full-time basis. They are not available for students studying on a part-time basis. For full details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance

What can I do next?

On successful completion of the Foundation Degree course you could progress onto a ‘top-up’ degree in a relevant sports coaching or physical education subject. Alternatively, you could progress into employment in roles such as sports coach, personal trainer, sports therapist and outdoor activities co-ordinator/manager.

How do I find out more?

Please contact Jack Bullock: jack.bullock1@nscg.ac.uk or 01785 275546.

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