FdSc Sports Coaching, Fitness and Rehabilitation

This degree is awarded by Oxford Brookes University.
The degree is designed to prepare students for a career in the sports industry.

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  • Duration

    2 Years

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    City of Oxford College

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Pave the way to the sports career you’ve always dreamed of!

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.

This course is also offered as a BSc.

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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Tuition Fees 

Home/EU* Fee for September 2023 entry: £7,570 per year

Please note: Tuition fees are published for the first year of entry only and may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by the Office for Students.

*Fee information for European Union (EU) students: If your course starts on or after the 1st August 2021, you will no longer be eligible for financial support from Student Finance England unless you meet one of the following criteria:

  • you are able to benefit from the citizens’ rights agreements
  • you are an Irish national living in the UK or Republic of Ireland – benefits of Irish nationals under Common Travel Area guidance arrangement will continue

If you are interested in this course and would like an informal, no-obligation chat about the details of the course, how to sign up, or anything else, please get in touch and we’d be happy to help!

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
  • Exercise Physiology and Anatomy
  • Fitness Assessment and Training
  • Biomechanical Analysis
  • Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation
  • Coaching: Theory to Practice
  • Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Developing Critical Skills for Learning
  • Work Based Learning
  • Professional Practice in Sport Coaching
  • The Rehabilitation Process
  • Advanced Fitness Assessment and Training
  • Sports Massage
  • Business Skills for Sport Practitioners

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.

The FdSc Sports Coaching, Fitness and Rehabilitation programme provides opportunities for students to achieve the learning outcomes using a range of different learning experiences.

You will be able to develop your knowledge, skills and confidence in your capabilities throughout the two years. 25% of all learning will be work related and this includes a work-based learning module in the second year. Where and when ever possible all learning will be based on practical scenarios and real life situations. Many of the modules in the second year will link into your work-based learning experience.

Work experience is a key factor in this course and students are encouraged to organise a placement that meets their interests and skills. The experience, including the personal and professional development you acquire during the voluntary work, will be captured and awarded academic credit through the assessment of the work-related learning module.

The module assessments have been designed to assist in the building of skills offering formative before summative assignments.

There will be a schedule for each student that provides the opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and skills.

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.

Oxford Brookes offers accommodation for new and existing full-time students who wish to live in our halls and shared houses.

Applicants should apply through the UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) website. All courses will be listed under Activate Learning on the UCAS website.

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