Sports Coaching and Development (National Foundation Diploma)

Course Overview

This programme is equivalent to three A Levels. Some of the units you will study include: the principles of anatomy and physiology in sport, the physiology of fitness, assessing risk in sport, fitness training and programming, sports coaching, sports development, fitness testing for sport and exercise, and practical team sports. You will also have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications such as Community Sports Leaders Award, Coaching Awards (FA Level 1 and Level 2 Coaching). There are many opportunities for you to assist in coaching sport in primary schools, help officiate at championships and work at other sports events in the area. The course also gives learners the opportunity to develop a range of techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

Course Outline

Components of Course

  • Module 1 Careers in Sport
  • Module 2 Health, Wellbeing and Sport
  • Module 3 Developing Coaching Skills
  • Module 4 Applied Coaching Skills
  • Module 5 Research Project in Sport
  • Module 6 Sport Development


Assessment will take various forms including practical assessment, written coursework and presentations.

No exams.

Exam Board
Edexcel (Pearson).

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 including Maths and English. An interest in sport practicals, theory and science is also beneficial to be successful in this course.


Over half of our students progress to university to study degrees or Higher National Diplomas in a variety of areas such as Sports Therapy, Physical Education, Sports Management, Exercise Science or Sports Coaching. Others move into employment in the sport and active leisure sector, working for private coaching companies in schools, leisure centres and community hubs.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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