Disability Sport Coaching and Development Foundation Degree students in the sports hall learning how to adapt sports for power wheelchair users

Disability Sport Coaching and Development Foundation Degree

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Please note: Next intake for the Disability Sport Coaching and Development Foundation Degree is for the 21/22 Academic year.

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Key Info

Course Fees
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*

Full time international tuition fee: £16,100 per annum*

All figures are subject to yearly increases.

*The fees quoted are for 2020/21. The government have not yet released any details on fees for 21/22.

Course Type
Foundation Degree

Points required: 88

UCAS code: CC61

Institute code: L51

Study Mode
Two years full time


  • Disability Sport Coaching and Development is a unique foundation degree course accredited by Liverpool John Moore’s University and delivered in partnership with Greenbank College, one of the UK’s leading disability sport organisations.
  • Course delivered at Greenbank College, located close to Sefton Park with good links to the city centre.
  • High demand for coaches due to investment in community and elite sport post-2012 Olympics and Paralympics
  • Wide range of high quality work placements and work related learning with disability sport organisations and programmes
  • Option to undertake specific governing body coaching awards on top of your degree
  • Exciting career opportunities in community sport, private or overseas coaching, national governing bodies of sport or sport development
  • Progression routes onto the final year of LJMU’s BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching

Duration and Attendance

The Foundation Degree in Disability Sport Coaching and Development qualification is full time across 2 years and students should be prepared to study 4 days per week for lectures and tutorials. The academic year is from September to December and January to May.

Course timetable to be arranged.

Course Content

In recent years, the professionalisation and development of disability sport coaching has become a key component of government sport strategy. Coaching as a profession requires knowledge of what and how to coach and this degree will encourage you to apply theory to practice to enhance coaching performance.

If you are passionate about disability sport and want a chance to help others achieve their sporting ambitions, a degree in Disability Sport Coaching and Development could be the route for you. Current demand for appropriately qualified coaches is high across a variety of settings (coaching children; participants and athletes). To be a successful coach, you need to be self-confident, have strong interpersonal skills and a sense of responsibility, and to have an in-depth knowledge of the coaching structures within sport.

Disability Sport Coaching and Development Foundation Degree – Level 4 Modules

  • Introduction to Disability Sport
  • Coaching Process 1
  • Strength and Conditioning 1
  • Sports Psychology 1
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Coaching Pedagogy

Disability Sport Coaching and Development Foundation Degree – Level 5 Modules

  • Coaching Process 2
  • Strength and Conditioning 2
  • Sports Psychology 2
  • Applying Research Methods
  • Professional Practice
  • Paralympic Sport

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources.

Teaching is via a combination of lectures, seminars, practical sessions, peer learning groups and informal tutorials where you can discuss issues and develop ideas raised in the lectures.

Your lecturers

The expert academic team includes:

Rachael Grace

Programme Leader Rachael is a recognised Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Physical Education). She is an experienced teacher of Physical Education having taught for over 15 years in the Liverpool area. Rachael has had many other additional roles including working for the School Sports Partnership developing and delivering CPD, subject mentor and BTEC Standards Verifier. Rachael is interested in many sports, she is a Swim England Swimming tutor and plays for a local Netball club. Rachael is part way through an MPhil investigating the influences of preschool physical activity experiences on the development of a child’s Motor Competence.

Pete Wyman
Extensive practical experience of Inclusive Sport both as a Development Manager and as an NGB Elite Coach. Pete has been a wheelchair racing coach at 2 Paralympics and continues to coach leading Paralympians.

Vicci Boyd
Sits on the NSPCC Safeguarding in Sport Research Group and co-ordinates employability and professional development to enhance coaching practice. Vicci is the link tutor for the course.


Criteria for admission

The minimum points required from qualification is 88.

Students are admitted in accordance with the University regulations. The aim is to recruit students with the potential to become knowledgeable, committed and reflective Sport personnel (i.e. leisure managers, health related fitness workers, coaches) or development officers.

Applicants need to have studied Level 3 NVQ or above for a minimum of two academic years. Candidates are offered a place depending on their qualifications and experience.

Applicants for the FDA Disability Sport Coaching and Development may be required to attend an interview that includes a short oral presentation. There are a number of criteria that are applied in this situation. Candidates must have a reference from School / College / Employer that is supportive.

Candidates should normally have appropriate experience with children, young people or a specified client group that is suitable for the Sport coaching profession. The oral presentation will be on a key issue relating to a Sport related theme that indicates their ability to communicate effectively their understanding of the course for which they are applying.

The interview will focus on their understanding of Sport Development, detailed analysis of appropriate experience of sport and an examination of any previous academic background. The programme team will use their discretion in selecting candidates, but in addition to the criteria highlighted above, applicants must: Have at least two years recent and relevant experience in either paid or voluntary employement within a Sports setting.

Demonstrate the ability to understand and make use of written material and are able to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written English.

Mature entrants would be required to demonstrate evidence of recent study and/or relevant Vocational/work experience and a genuine interest in developing their career in the industry and ready to follow a HE level course. Mature students are encouraged to apply early in order that proper consideration and academic guidance can be given. Students must demonstrate a commitment to Sport either through vocational experience or through a history of elite sports competition.

  • Entry from the following routes are seen as appropriate, subject to the level of achievement;
    • GNVQ Advanced – Sport
    • HNC – Any relevant subject
    • Access to HE – Any relevant subject
    • NVQ L3 – Any relevant subject
    • Professional Qualifications at Level 3 or above

Future opportunities/career options

  • Progression routes onto the final year of LJMU’s BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching with PE.
  • Career options in coaching, sports development roles and PE teaching.

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