South Devon College

FdSc Sports Coaching and Fitness

Everything at University Centre South Devon (UCSD) is designed to maximise your employability and future career opportunities. Courses are created with local employers to ensure you learn industry-relevant skills and are delivered in small classes with regular one-to-one support, covering a range of study skills – it’s no wonder we’re recognised as a leading institution in the National Student Survey.

In 2017 UCSD was awarded ‘Gold’, the highest level possible, by the Teaching Excellence Framework which recognises outstanding teaching within our university-level curriculum.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • SOUD1488 Academic Skills and Practice

      This module is designed to enable students to demonstrate that they have all the qualities and transferable skill necessary for relevant employment requiring the exercise of responsibility and decision making, including the ability to relate their professional practice to underlying theory and principles

    • SOUD1489 Human Anatomy and Physiology

      In order that students can appreciate how the human body performs they need to understand how the body functions and initiates movement. This module will provide students with foundational knowledge of the structure and function of exercise related anatomy and physiology. It will also be a precursor to exercise physiology

    • SOUD1490 Fundamentals of Training and Fitness

      Focus on the principles of training, generic to all sport and exercise regimes. The components of `fitness¿ will be examined, in terms of training and assessment. Expectation to apply knowledge and understanding to the planning, implementation and evaluation of personal fitness programmes. Opportunity to also complete a YMCA L2 Fitness Instructor (gym) qualification as part of the assessment of this module

    • SOUD1491 Nutrition for Sports Performance

      This module provides the learner with knowledge relating to sports nutrition. Looking at nutritional requirements of physically active individuals, including macro/ micronutrients, energy balance and calorific values, and the assessment of calorie intake/ expenditure. It also examines how athletes prepare for and recover from exercise and means by which athletic performance can be improved via nutritional strategies

    • SOUD1492 Current Issues in Coaching Health and Fitness

      Module examines the contemporary issues facing the different industries. Students will explore the benefits of exercise for both physical and psychological health and investigate motivational theories for involvement and adherence to exercise. Students will also develop critical awareness of the international and local coaching contexts as well and a variety of issues associated with the environment of sports coaching

    • SOUD1493 Principles of Coaching and Skill Development

      This module has been designed to develop learners¿ awareness of skill acquisition/ learning and the coaching process, enabling them to apply this knowledge to practical situations as a coach

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

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

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.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Our partnership with South Devon 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. 

Studying with South Devon College

At the heart of the sunny English Riviera, we’re an award-winning Beacon status college. Add to that our ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted (in 2009), modern facilities and our larger-than-life Students’ Union, and you’re left with the perfect environment.

Find out more about studying at South Devon College