The Foundation Degree in Coaching and Sports Development is aimed at students from a sport vocational and academic background, teaching assistants in sports colleges, sport development officers, people already working within the sports industry looking to acquire more qualifications.
Why study Foundation Degree in Coaching and Sports Development at Middlesex?
This course equips you with a range of coaching skills and scientific skills which will be useful to you in any professional sport. You can go into employment in the sports and leisure industries or continue onto a degree course. The course is based at Barnet and Southgate College and taught at both Southgate and Middlesex University campuses.
The course aims:
- To begin to develop a competent coach, who is able to plan and deliver structured coachingsessions
- To develop a competent worker in sports development
- To equip you with a range of coaching , sports development and scientific skills used inprofessional sport
- To develop a sound foundation in organisational, management and research skills, which will be built on throughout the students' professional life
- There is a wide variety of different work placements such as assistant coaching/ teaching at the Lea Valley Sports Centre.
- Specialist staff in coaching, strength conditioning, sports development, work based learning social aspects of sports and sports psychology at higher education and further education curriculum
- Integration of training, coaching, marketing, management and development
- Year 1
- Professional Skills Development and Work Experience (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- The module aims to provide an introduction to the core concepts developed including communication, teamwork, numeracy skills, use of information technology and the development of a personal development portfolio later in the programme and encourage the development of appropriate administrator s, communication and practical skills required for successful academic and professional progress.
- Sociological Development of Sport (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- To discuss a range of contemporary issues in modern day sport. Students will be encouraged to examine major sporting events and reflect on their own experiences. Furthermore this module will compare and contrast sport in Great Britain to other major nations USA Europe and Asia
- Sports Placement 1 (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- Offer students the opportunity to integrate their theory with practice in a coaching or sports development environment .Students will be able to develop their interpersonal skills appropriate to future employment through reflective practice.
- Training Principles and Analysis of Movement (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- Students will develop skills in fitness assessment, design exercise programmes and conduct movement analysis. The students will be examining the role of physical activity in the development and maintenance of health, fitness and in optimising sports performance. The module will cover current issues in athletic health care and encourage the development of appropriate administrative, communication and practical skills required for successful academic and professional progress. .
- Year 2
- Applied Sport Exercise Science Research Methods (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- To introduce students of health and social care related subjects to the process of health and social care research. It is a professional requirement for those working in health and social care related disciplines to underpin their knowledge with research and evidence-based practice. Professionals need to be able to access research findings, and through an understanding of the research process and methodology, be able to critique research and apply this knowledge to practice. The aim of this module is to develop the students awareness the research process and to equip them with the skills required in the subject area appropriate to their target award and to offer some preparation for the final year project/dissertation.
- Applied Sport Health Coaching (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- The module introduces the theoretical concepts of sports and health coaching in a practically orientated way. Students will experience different coaching styles in a variety of sporting and fitness situations and have the opportunity to plan, deliver, evaluate, and modify coaching sessions. The module also offers opportunities to further develop ethical issues and aspects of health and safety.
- Sports Development and Management (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- Explore the role of a sports development officer and how sports provision is influenced at both a local and national level. It will examine how sport has become a big business with a complex structure, a large turnover and an immense impact on many people s lives. Sports management in this module will focus on the principles underlying provision, planning, managing, leading and programming of sports activities. The module introduces the concept of marketing both in terms of using sport as a medium of intervention in Crime and Health initiatives and to market products.
- Sports Placement 2 (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- The module builds on the skills and knowledge gained by the students in year 1. Students are required to seek a minimum of two placements, different from the previous year, that develops their understanding on how to specifically work with sports development target groups e.g women and girls, ethnic minorities, young people crime prevention, Health Performance the 50 and people with a disability.This will increase their employability opportunties.
What will you study?
The course has distinctive modules that attract students from two separate pathways in sports coaching and sports development. You will develop as a competent coach, able to plan and deliver structured coaching sessions.
You can find information about this course in the programme specification.
Teaching and learning
The course places a lot of emphasis on work experience with sports clubs, sports injury clinics and health centres. You will undertake work placements at the end of the first and second years and throughout the third year, totalling at least 400 hours, and you will even have the opportunity to do a placement overseas during the second summer. We will help you find and apply for your placement, as well as helping you make the most of the learning opportunities it offers while you are there; the course includes three work placement workshops during the second and final years.
You will also learn by attending workshops, lectures and seminars, working on case studies, problem-solving exercises and group assignments, and doing your own study. You will also learn by observation, demonstration, practice and feedback.
You will be assessed by a variety of means: exams, practical performance and assignments, laboratory simulations and coursework, including a portfolio, reports, log books and journals.
We normally require 160 tariff points for entry on to this course.
International entry requirements
We accept the equivalent of the above from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the requirements from your country, see further information under support in your country. For details of other equivalent requirements that Middlesex accepts see entry requirements.
English language requirements for international students
You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students are IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components) or TOEFL internet based 72 (with at least 17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in reading).
Middlesex also offers an Intensive Academic English course (Pre-Sessional) that ranges from 5-17 weeks depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements.
What are the career options with a foundation degree in coaching and sports development?
Upon successfully completing this foundation degree, you may be able to apply for our one year top up course to achieve BA (Honours) Sports and Community Development.
Career opportunities include:
- Sports lecturers in further education colleges
- Coaching in sports colleges
- Leisure and fitness centres
- Personal trainers
- Sports development officers