Foundation Degree (FdSc) Sports Coaching, Fitness and Rehabilitation

Activate Learning
Course summary
2 years
Full time
Next available date: 16/09/2020 - Oxford
Open / Scheduled

Course description

Foundation Degree (FdSc) Sports Coaching, Fitness and Rehabilitation

This degree is awarded by Oxford Brookes University. The Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching, Fitness and Rehabilitation is designed to prepare students for a career in the sports industry.

This FdSc is designed to prepare you for a career in the sports industry. It aims to assist in developing knowledge and understanding of coaching fitness and rehabilitation through work experience and other underpinning features, such as physiology, principles of fitness, coaching theory, and practical experience of rehabilitation. Application of theory to practical situations within a sports context is a key aspect of this programme featuring strongly in the work experience module, which awards academic credit. While there is no requirement to purchase specific sports kit, practical sessions will require appropriate sportswear.

In addition to the foundation degree, students will have the opportunity to complete additional qualifications including fitness instruction, personal training, sports massage, sports injuries and sport coaching.

Concentrating on the three key disciplines of sports coaching, fitness and rehabilitation, the programme recognises the need for an interdisciplinary approach to help maximise future employment potential and will help you develop and sustain a career in the field, or specialise in postgraduate study. Work-based learning is a key component of this programme, and provides opportunities to apply theory in practice in a sports context. You will be awarded academic credit through the assessment of the work-based learning module. As a student of both City of Oxford College and Oxford Brookes University, you will have access to facilities and resources from both institutions to support your studies.

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Please note: tuition fees may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by the government.

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Suitability - Who should attend?

Each application will be considered on an individual basis following the University principle of widening access to those who might not have the traditional academic entry criteria to degree level awards.

Normally the minimum requirement would be:


  • a minimum of the equivalent of two years’ full-time relevant work experience and a current role in an appropriate workplace setting
  • evidence of ability to study at academic Level 4
  • evidence of support from their employer and recommendation;


  • a minimum of one A-level at grade C (4) plus the equivalent of 5 GCSE passes at C grade (4) or above, normally including Mathematics and English language - or an equivalent vocationally related qualification such as NVQ 3 (to Merit grade) in a subject relevant to Sports Coaching, Fitness and Rehabilitation

In addition:

  • where applicable; IELTS normally minimum level 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in the reading and writing components.

DBS checks

City of Oxford College will confirm that DBS check have been carried out where students are working with young people and vulnerable adults. It will be the responsibility of the student and their employer/ voluntary organisation to arrange DBS checks.

Training Course Content

The programme provides an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and understanding of three key aspects within the field of sport: sports coaching, fitness and rehabilitation.

The FdSc will help students identify their work interests and give an introduction to business skills for the sports practitioner - perfect for students who are thinking of working for themselves at some time in the future. As such, the programme aims to maintain a wide skills set.
You will study 15 modules over the two years, including:

  • developing skills for learning
  • the sports and exercise practitioner
  • exercise physiology and anatomy
  • introduction to improving sports performance
  • fitness assessment and training
  • biomechanical analysis
  • sports injuries and rehabilitation
  • coaching: theory to practice
  • developing critical skills for learning
  • work-based learning
  • professional practical in sports coaching
  • the rehabilitation process

Having successfully completed the FdSc in Sports Coaching, Fitness and Rehabilitation, students will be eligible to apply to the top-up year and achieve a BSc in Sports Coaching, Fitness and Rehabilitation.

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