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Sports Coaching and Development (Football) Higher National Diploma (HND)

This exciting new programme is designed around developing a multi-disciplined sports coach. With a primary focus on football, this full time two year HND programme is aimed at developing understanding and practical application of both theoretical and scientific principles in relation to sports coaching and development.

Programme details
You will learn through participation in both practical and classroom delivery methods across a wide range of modules including; principles and applied sports coaching, managing sports development, anatomy and physiology, training and fitness, psychology, biomechanics and nutrition (subject to change).

As part of the programme, you will also have the opportunity to apply your knowledge through work-placements of your choice and complete a research project in the study of football in relation to one of the key topic areas.

Study support

If you do not have a recognised disability or specific learning difficulty, but feel that you require additional support with your studies, you may be eligible to access some discrete sessions in one of the following areas:
• assistive software training
• IT upskilling
• essay planning and structure
• proof reading and editing written work
• bibliographies and referencing
• time management and personal organisation
• revision and exam tips
• presentation techniques

N.B. Your eligibility for any of the above support will be reviewed with your course tutors and a member of the study support team on your campus.
Skills and assessment
The units are delivered through a variety of techniques to suit different learning styles. You will be taught by experienced football and sports specialists, with high level knowledge of the field and working in applied contexts with players and teams. Your studies will be closely supported by tutorial support by both teaching staff and dedicated study support networks.

The assessments you undergo will be across a variety of different methods to suit all learning types, including; essays, case studies, practical coaching sessions and presentations. You will also have opportunities for valuable formative assessment to provide feedback on progress towards the learning outcomes and your progression.
Entry requirements
Entry requirements are BTEC Level 3 in a sport related subject/A-levels or equivalent Sports related qualifications.
Progression
On successful completion you have the option to top-up to the BSc (Hons) in Sports Coaching, Fitness and Rehabilitation at City of Oxford College (accredited by Oxford Brookes University), other related BSc top-up degrees or enter sports related employment.
How to apply
Applicants should apply via UCAS. Please log on to: www.ucas.ac.uk

UCAS code: CC61

Institution code: O25

Fees information

Home/EU Fee for 2017 entrance: £6,000 per year.

case study

Keen sportsman Dan had always dreamt of a career in sports. However, instead of following his passion, he ‘fell into a job’ to pay the bills, working at a petrol station.   
 
He knew qualifications and experience would be key to achieving his goal of developing a career in sports: ‘I wasn’t the best student at school, so I needed to bring my English grade up.’ He enrolled on an evening GCSE English class at City of Oxford College, part of Activate Learning. Having achieved his desired grade, he then enrolled on a Level 2 Fitness instructor and a Level 3 Personal trainer programme. 
 
Dan was able to combine these flexible, evening programmes with paid employment. Now, Dan is well on his way to achieve his career dream. He is undertaking a two-year Foundation Degree in Sports programme, which he plans to convert into a degree with a top up year.  
 
Dan credits his learning experience at Activate Learning with having changed his career prospects and helped transform his life: ‘Being at college has given me direction, a progression route that matched my interests.’
 
The Foundation Degree in Sports combines theory and practice – from anatomy to mechanics, equipping Dan and other students with the knowledge to help clients exercise safely. Dan was part of the first cohort of apprentices working in the newly launched Oxford Lifestyle Centre, an incredible opportunity and a steep learning curve: ‘Being thrust into it was amazing. You have to learn skills to support customers because they have paid for it.’
 
Dan has set his sights firmly in a future in the sports industry: ‘After college, I will be starting a BsC in Sports at Oxford Brookes University in September.  Then I am planning to do some work experience with Northampton Town FC, a football team. I will be working with their physio and rehab team. I have enjoyed working with athletes because you can push them to achieve their best, and that gives me a great sense of achievement. 
 
‘I would say to anyone who is considering applying for the course to go for it, and to really immerse themselves. The more you put in, the more you get out. ‘
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