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Sports Coaching and Fitness

The programme will have a more industry focused Coaching and Fitness development flavour to better equip you with the specialist skills and knowledge necessary to excel within the dynamic sport coaching and fitness sector. Giving you the ability to adapt to the growing public and sport club demand within the industry.

The course considers a broad range of relevant disciplines, preparing you for future employment in the sector. You will build a strong understanding of the physiological theory of sport science, as well as health psychology, nutrition and various other topics. You will also develop your analytical and research techniques, which will support your practical skills and experience.

There is a focus on providing vocational skills in realistic working environments, and the College has a range of specialist facilities that support both your academic and practical development. These include a modern fitness suite, a physiology lab and a sports massage and rehabilitation suite.

You will be learning the correct processes and procedures involved in running a number of health and fitness assessments, including methods such as Wingate, Astrand, Cooper and Bruce testing. We also have a large variety of equipment for both diagnosis and treatment, which includes ultrasound scanners, G5 massage tools and a number of massage couches.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a number of industry-recognised qualifications during your studies, such as YMCA Gym Instructor and Sports Massage qualifications, and the Exercise Referral Consultants Certificate (a small fee will be required).

If you are looking for a chance to combine a passion football with studying for a degree, UCSD is pleased to offer the Torquay United Football Development programme in partnership with Pro:Direct Academy Devon. For more information please contact Ben Roper, programme coordinator at [email protected]

Course details
Entry Requirements
What will I learn?

Ucas Code: CB69

Award: FdSc awarded by University of Plymouth

Modes of study: Full-time, part-time and modular study available

Institution code: S32

Year 1 Studies
Year 2 Studies
Careers & Employability

Upon successful completion of this Foundation Degree you may progress to the final year of the BSc (Hons) Coaching degree at South Devon College, or the BSc (Hons) Health and Fitness degree at Plymouth University. Please note that there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability. Alternatively, you could instead consider immediate employment in the health and fitness sector, and the skills you have developed will enable you to work in a range of roles and professions.

Potential Job Roles

"There were many memorable moments on the course, my favourite being when a course mate and I organised a trip to the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Sports Science Conference at Portsmouth University, which was really valuable.  The course provides both theoretical and practical knowledge, making it excellent preparation for a career, whether that's in sports or in any other field."Alec Phillips

Paignton Campus – Vantage Point

This course is available at our Vantage Point Campus. 

Our inspirational Paignton Campus provides the very best learning environment, featuring state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

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