Truro and Penwith College

FdSc Sports Coaching

Rated Ofsted Outstanding (2016), Truro and Penwith College provides a range of quality degree courses with employer needs in mind. All students benefit from an excellent support network that helps to put them on the best footing for a successful future after graduating. Finding themselves at home in purpose-built buildings with expert lecturers and access to industry-standard equipment, students can study a quality university course right here in Cornwall.
A variety of people enter higher education with an assortment of experiences and commitments, but with the flexibility at the heart of our programmes, the College offers a compressed timetable and small class sizes to allow students to study in a relaxed and supportive environment. Whatever your background, studying University courses at Truro and Penwith College means an opportunity to study locally, the chance to fit home or part-time work around your lectures and the one thing all our students have in common – the shared experiences of a quality education right here in Cornwall.
For more information visit the Truro and Penwith College website.

Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Introduction to Sports Biomechanics and Human Movement (TRUR1090)

      This module will introduce students to a basic range of biomechanical principles concerning force and motion.

    • Principles of Coaching and Learning 1 (TRUR1159)

    • Research Methods (TRUR1170)

      Through the production of a research skills portfolio the learners will be able to demonstrate an understanding of a wide range of techniques, data analysis alongside formal report writing skills.

    • Anatomy and Physiology (TRUR1183)

      The aim of this module is to give students an understanding of the structure and function of those systems in the human body that are of direct relevance to sport and exercise.

    Optional modules

    • Team Sports (TRUR1160)

    • Nutrition (TRUR1171)

      This module aims to enable the learner to demonstrate the ability to understand the main principles of nutritional theory as well as the abilities required to work with a client when assessing their nutritional needs.

    • Football Principles & Practice (TRUR1184)

      Students will be involved in a series of practical sessions to develop an understanding of football specific technique while being provided with the opportunity to link relevant theoretical concepts to practical sessions. Students will explore the principles of play, both attacking and defending, developing a unique understanding of the game and ability to manage mistakes within practice situations.

    • Notational Analysis (TRUR1185)

      The module will introduce a range of notational analysis techniques in order that a quantitative understanding of football performance can be developed and professionally implemented to coaching and performance. Students will utilise software within the profession and academia.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Sport and Exercise Psychology (TRUR2087)

      This module will highlight to students the importance of understanding and applying psychological theory when approaching and working with either an individual or group basis.

    • Coaching Strength and Conditioning for Sport (TRUR2152)

    • Principles of Coaching & Learning 2 (TRUR2177)

      This modules aims to enable the students to understand the theories of leadership and relate these to the delivery of a series of practical activities. The combination of practical and theory lessons will provide them with the necessary skills to conduct effective sessions.

    Optional modules

    • Fitness Testing and Development (TRUR2081)

      This module applies the theories studied in Anatomy and Physiology into practical contexts, focussing on the principles of fitness and designing programs appropriate for aerobic and anaerobic needs along with the adaptations that the training produces.

    • Project (TRUR2089)

      This module will provide students with the opportunity to develop an investigation of their own related to the programme. The topic must first be agreed with the module leader, with due reference to ethical and practical considerations, and for those wishing to prepare themselves for progression, with the appropriate programme leader(s).

    • Long Term Player Development (TRUR2179)

      This module brings together the FA four corner player development model and strategies in training and competition to develop the football professional of tomorrow. It uses underpinnings of physiological, psychological, sociological, technical and tactical elements of sports science. To build coaches professional practice the importance of growth and maturation at each age phase of a players development is analysed.

    • Football Officiating (TRUR2180)

      The module aims to provide learners with an in depth understanding of officiating. This will be achieved through delivering training sessions, based on the laws of the game, as well as applying them practically, both on the training ground and in open play. This will be demonstrated through officiating a minimum of six matches.

    • Football Event Management (TRUR2181)

      This module aims to provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of planning, organising and management of an event. This module provides students with an analytical understanding of management theory, which is then applied to the practical task of managing, funding/resourcing a football related event.

    • Individual Sports (TRUR2182)

      Students will be involved in a series of practical sessions to develop an understanding of specific sporting technique, and given the opportunity to link relevant theoretical concepts to practical sessions.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code.
To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

Our partnership with Truro and Penwith College

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with Truro and Penwith College

We’re one of the leading colleges in the country, delivering teaching and learning to the highest level. With three modern campuses at Truro, Penwith (at Penzance) and Tregye, we provide you with a unique university experience.
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