FDSC Sports Coaching and Development

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Are you passionate about a career in the sports industry? If so, come and study with Grimsby Town Foundation in 2024/25

FDSC Sports Coaching and Development

Grimsby Town Foundation two-year Foundation Degree programme is a course designed for individuals wanting to attain a university qualification and are passionate about pursuing a career in the sports industry.

Students develop the necessary skills, qualities and characteristics that are required to work within sport development roles at a local, regional or national level; as well as grassroots or elite coaching roles.

Delivered in partnership with the University of South Wales, all lectures, seminars and tutorials are delivered in a supportive and inspirational club environment via online material.  A combination of pre-recorded and live online sessions are produced by University of South Wales Lecturers and facilitated at Grimsby Town Foundation by our Club Mentor.

Alongside the academic element of the course, students will complete up to 400 hours of voluntary coaching within the community, alongside Grimsby Town Foundation staff, allowing the students to apply and develop the coaching techniques learnt within lectures. The types of coaching opportunities available to students on the course are School sessions, After-school clubs, community sessions, and school holiday courses.

Through Grimsby Town Foundation partnership with the University of South Wales, all students will be enrolled as a student at the university. Students will have access to the University’s online library and virtual learning environment, which houses all the course content, providing them with the best possible learning platform to excel within.

Course Summary 

Academic Qualification 

  • FdSc Sports Coaching and Development (2-years)
  • There is also an opportunity to undertake a 1-year ‘top-up’ degree after completing this to gain a full degree (BSc).


  • A broad range of Coach Education opportunities
  • Work-Based Learning (placements)
  • Community Sports Development
  • Principles of Coaching
  • Children and Youth Coaching
  • Physical Education
  • Social Inclusion
  • Sports and Event Management

Potential Future Employment Opportunities

  • Sports Development Officer
  • Community Sports Coach
  • Elite Sports Coach
  • Performance sport support roles e.g. Sport Scientist, Strength & Conditioning Coach, Performance Analyst
  • Primary School Teacher
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • College Sport Lecturer
  • Sports Tutor
  • Sports Business Owner
  • Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer

The 1-year ‘top-up’ is required by most of these as full degrees are essential criteria for most jobs. A PGCE is also required for teaching roles.


The course costs students £9,000 per academic year; however, this cost is covered by student finance.

Start Date


Prerequisites to Apply

  • BTEC Diploma: MM in a relevant subject or;
  • A Level: DD, in Science, Mathematics, Physical Education or Psychology, but to exclude General Studies

For further information on the course please contact paul@grimsbytownfoundation.co.uk or click on the following link – https://www.southwales.ac.uk/courses/foundation-degree-sports-coaching-and-development/