University College Birmingham
Sport, Coaching and Fitness FdSc
University College Birmingham

Key Course Facts

Course Description

OVERVIEW Coaching and fitness are two of the biggest sectors in the sports industry, offering extensive opportunities to help a vast range of people achieve their health, fitness and sporting goals. If you aspire to work in areas such as coaching or fitness training, our Sport, Coaching and Fitness foundation degree will help you gain the advanced knowledge to support and inspire people in this dynamic and diverse industry.

This course critically explores the multitude of knowledge and skills you need to thrive in this evolving field. It will develop you into an exercise professional, from client assessment to programming and working with clients with various conditions. You will also develop as a sports coach, while you will gain further essential knowledge of the role of nutrition and psychology in sport, fitness and health. 

Alongside your course, you will have the chance to gain further industry-recognised qualifications to help you stand out, from personal trainer and fitness instructor qualifications to sports coaching and instructing weight lifting. Work placement opportunities are available throughout the course to enable you to start carving out your career path before you graduate, while you will be supported by our range of cutting-edge sports facilities including our Human Performance Centre.


  • Enrichment – Boost your career prospects with a range of additional qualifications recognised by the sport and fitness industry*

  • Work experience – Engage with industry through a range of opportunities, with our past students having worked for top professional sports clubs

  • Practical application – Apply your learning and skills to real-life practice, supported by our outstanding sports facilities and expert teaching staff

  • Specialise your studies – Drive the direction of your studies to suit your interests with a range of modules and placement work

  • Team Scotland partnership – Our University will be the home for Team Scotland at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, offering exciting opportunities for our students to work with the team and its athletes

*Note: extra qualifications may incur an additional fee

FACILITIES Students on our sports courses have access to a wide range of excellent facilities. Our Human Performance Centre features the latest equipment including a 35m sprint track, eight lifting platforms, 7m rig and large screens displaying live analysis data. We also have a purpose-built Human Performance Laboratory which hosts an anti-gravity treadmill, isokinetic dynamometer, Monark LC7 cycle ergometer and SECA body composition analyser.

We also share the impressive £3m Avery Fields complex with Bournville RFC, offering an all-weather pitch, two grass pitches and a clubhouse with function room and modern changing facilities.

PLACEMENTS Work placement opportunities and requirements are integrated into some of the modules that you will study on our course, allowing you to put theory into practice and enhance your future employability.

Employers we have worked with include Warwickshire County Cricket Club, Wasps Rugby Academy, West Bromwich Albion FC Women, Easy Gym and Vibro-Suite Health and Wellness Club.

CAREERS AND PROGRESSION Examples of careers you could pursue following this course:

  • Personal trainer

  • Fitness centre manager

  • Community sports coach

  • Health and wellbeing/sports development officer

  • Armed forces training and education officer

  • Further education lecturer

Upon completion of the foundation degree, you can also progress onto the final year of our full BA (Hons) degree.

  • Please refer to our website for the latest updates to this course


Salary of all UK Graduates of Sports Coaching

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £20465 £20448 £24818
25-75 percentile range £17889 - £25004 £15981 - £24541 £19498 - £30391

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Sport, Coaching and Fitness, FdSc you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution

**Note: Indicative information only. Actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction. Please be aware that methods of delivery for this course may be altered due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic – for the most up-to-date information, please refer to our website:** **TEACHING** Example of a typical teaching week (up to 15 contact hours): - **Large group teaching** – 6 hours - **Smaller group teaching** – 6 hours - **Tutorials** – 2 hours - **Field trips and sports events** - **Work experience** You will also need to commit around 20 hours per week for individual study time. **ASSESSMENT** Estimated breakdown of assessment for this degree course: - **Coursework** – 50% - **Practical assessment** – 45% - **Written examinations** – 5% Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required. If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040 or email [email protected]

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

UCB will accept A Level in General Studies for this course and will also take into consideration applicants who are studying an extended project.

You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points

You will need a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points

This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry please contact [email protected] to check your eligibility. Work-based: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to UCB. To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your line manager supporting your entry to higher education. For further details please contact Admissions. Students who are studying a mixture of qualifications will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications.

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
Cambridge English Advanced BA/BSc - Minimum 170 with no less than 160 in any skill FdA/FdSc - Minimum 160 with no less than 150 in any skill
IELTS (Academic) BA/BSc - Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component
Institution's Own Test BA/BSc - Overall score of B2 with no less than B2- in in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of B2- with no less than B1+ in in each component
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Sport, Coaching and Fitness, FdSc.


Tuition Fees Sport, Coaching and Fitness FdSc

EU £12500 year 1
International £12500 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1

Additional fee information

If you are a UK student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2021/22, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half year tuition fee is £4625.
This is a yearly fee, and will increase with inflation in subsequent years in line with the government’s permitted rise.
If you are an English student studying your first higher education qualification, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. You will not start repaying this loan until you leave the course and are earning over £25,000 a year.
If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should apply to Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland, or SAAS. The loans and grants available to you will differ from those available from Student Finance England.
UCB does not charge for 24 or 48 week placements.
More information about UK Fees please go to our website here -

EU and International:
More information about International Fees please go to our website here -

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)
  • year 2

University Rankings

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About University College Birmingham

University College Birmingham (UCB) is a university located in Birmingham, England, which specialises in vocational courses for both the higher education and further education sectors. The majority of UCB’s undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are officially accredited by the University of Birmingham, one of the highest ranked academic institutions in the world.

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