Based at Truro Campus

You will gain a rounded understanding of coaching related particularly to the disciplines of anatomy, physiology, learning theory and psychology. You will take this understanding and relate it to issues such as nutrition and exercise, and methods and approaches to fitness testing. This work will be completed through coursework, practicals and group projects.

You will develop an understanding of applied coaching in relation to your chosen sporting activities. In Stage Two you will undertake a project which allows you to extend your own interest, while also acquiring and developing skills of research and investigation.

The FdSc Sports Coaching course is registered, at Level 2, with Sports Coach UK. On completion of the course, as well as obtaining a record of logged coaching hours, a graduate will be able to register as a recognised Sports Coach. This is a vocational prerequisite for industry and a key indicator of professional standards.

You will have access to therapy suites, fitness suites, a swimming pool, sports hall, sports science labs and physiotherapy suites.

Please note, this course has now closed for 2015 applications at the PENWITH Campus. The course is still open for applications to study at the TRURO Campus.


Two Years full-time
Part-time route also available

Entry Requirements

GCSE Level: Normally English and Maths at Grade C or above.

Together with one of the following:
A minimum of 60 tariff points at A Level or equivalent Level 3 qualification.
Access to Higher Education: Considered on an individual basis.
Applications from mature students without academic credentials will be considered on an individual basis but must prove they are capable of Higher Education study. Level 3 qualifications achieved in the workplace will be taken into consideration.
National, Advanced and Extended Diplomas in a relevant subject are accepted as a progression to a Foundation Degree and HND.

Prospective students will be required to successfully complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly Criminal Records Bureau).

Please note, additional costs may be incurred for a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly Criminal Records Bureau) and if any equipment, resources or trips need to be purchased.

Awarding Body

Plymouth University

Apply Notes

For full-time study apply online at
Click here to download the part-time application form

UCAS Institution: TRURO
UCAS Institution Code: T85
UCAS Course Code: C610
UCAS Course Title: FdSc/SC


Stage One:

  • Principles of Coaching and Learning 1
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Team Sports
  • Research Methods
  • Introduction to Biomechancis
  • Nutrition

Stage Two:

  • Principles of Coaching and Learning 2
  • Fitness Testing and Development
  • Individual Sports and Outdoor Activities
  • Coaching Strength and Conditioning for Sport
  • Sports and Exercise Psychology
  • Project

Methods of Study

You will be taught through a mixture of practicals, theory and tutorials.


Assessment is a mixture of assignments and end of module exams. Some modules are 100% coursework where students are assessed demonstrating specific skills such as coaching and sports massage.

The Future

Graduates can progress to the  BSc (Hons) Sports Performance and Coaching (top-up) at Truro and Penwith College. Alternatively, graduates can progress to the BSc (Hons) Health and Fitness final year at Plymouth University. Please note there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability.

Higher Education Department

Telephone: 01872 267122

Truro College
College Road

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