• LevelLevel 6
  • Duration1 Year
  • UCAS CodeTBC
  • Awarding bodyThe Open University


This programme will help you to develop the specialist skills and knowledge necessary to excel within the dynamic fields of sports coaching, sports development, and fitness sectors. This will enable you to grow and adapt to the public, sport, and fitness demand within the industry.
The programme covers three key industry strands: sports coaching, fitness instructing, and community development of sport/physical activity.

The programme structure is bespoke with regard to the diversity of the content covered: traditionally, students follow either a sports coaching, fitness, or sports science route. Furthermore, the programme offers the opportunity to attain a multitude of industry recognised coaching and fitness qualifications which enhance employability. These include Active IQ Gym/Personal Training and coaching certificates such as but not limited to Level 2 Football, Basketball, and Gymnastics.
The programme has been developed with assistance from relevant employers, ensuring the programme content is valid and current. Industry relevant skills and tasks are embedded as assessment methods with a view to generating employment-ready graduates.

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Course Information

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01642 333333 or email courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk.

Year 3 / Level 6 (Top up year to Full Degree)

- Dissertation (40 Credits)
- Strength and Conditioning (20 Credits)
- Sports Analysis (20 Credits)
- Applied Placement (20 Credits)
- Sports Development in Practice (20 Credits)

September - May Days to be confirmed

Entry requirements

The most directly relevant entry qualification is the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching, Development & Fitness. Where applicants apply with qualifications that are not directly relevant the Programme Team looks for evidence of experience. Applications from students with non-standard entry qualifications are welcome. Admission tutors also take into account any alternative qualifications or other experience applicants may offer.

Non-standard qualifications in a related discipline may be considered together with the need to demonstrate the academic rigour required to study at Level 5/6. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate industry experience and enthusiasm at interview.


You will be assessed in a range of formats, from multiple choice exams to essays, reports, practical examinations, presentations, portfolios, projects and session delivery.

Successful students may choose to progress directly into employment in roles such as a Health and Wellbeing Coach, Leisure Manager, Sports Partnership Coordinator, Sports Development Officer, Fitness Manager or Sports Events Coordinator.

Students may also progress into Teaching via SCITT/PGCE programmes or enrol to Master Degree’s in domains such as Strength and Conditioning, Sports Performance Analysis and Sport Science.

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Sport & Leisure

Sports students will learn theoretical based study in the classroom, whilst taking part in a range of sport and fitness activities. Taught by specialist tutors and coaches, many of which are ex professionals in their field, you'll benefit from fantastic facilities including an AstroTurf pitch, a strength and conditioning suite and a physiology lab.

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Additional Information

Learning Support

We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.

Financial Support

Whatever your age or level of study, we offer a comprehensive financial support service and bursary scheme to help you through your time at Middlesbrough College. From childcare assistance to travel packages, we pride ourselves on giving expert advice and support.

Travel Information

We are situated in a fantastic location, just a stone’s throw from Middlesbrough town centre. As well as being a matter of minutes from both the train and bus stations, eligible students can also benefit from free travel.