Course details



Year of entry

2024, 2025


1 YR (FT)

Institution Code




Course Highlights


your qualifications to a full BSc degree 


your learning with Widnes Vikings Partnership


to cutting-edge equipment and facilities

Why choose? this course?

Our BSc sports coaching top-up degree is a continuation of the FdSc degree, and has been designed to offer our students a hands-on approach to learning coaching skills and approaches whilst incorporating our outstanding geographical location within North Wales.

The course:

  • means you will be able to top-up your FdSc qualification to a full BSc degree
  • provides you with all the necessary skills and insight required to work within the sports and fitness industry
  • involves collaboration with external partners to help ensure students leave us with a CV bursting with number of recognised awards and qualifications
  • helps you to get that first foot on the employment ladder

Coaching: Sport and Fitnessat Wrexham University

Find out more about the Coaching for Sport and Fitness degree and the opportunities available from one of its programme leaders, Jon Hughes.

Key course features

  • The course offers real-world opportunities to experience the workplace
  • The programme is taught by lecturers from a wide range of backgrounds who are experienced, applied practitioners (from sports coaches to analysts, psychologists, and physiologists) and researchers within the fields of sport and exercise.
  • Study in a British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences (BASES) accredited laboratory.
  • Field trips to explore the sport and fitness challenges within North Wales.
  • Cutting-edge technology including our strength & conditioning suite and human performance lab to support your understanding and enjoyment of the topics covered.
  • We have an excellent support and personal tutor system to ensure students are supported throughout their studies.
  • Collaboration with external partners ensures you can leave us with a CV bursting number of recognised awards and qualifications, helping to get that first foot on the employment ladder.
  • Our partnership with Rugby League’s Widnes Vikings will provide you with the opportunity to access real-world learning experiences within an elite sporting environment and benefit from a wealth of professional knowledge.

What you will study

The content of the FdSc Sports Coaching degree and the top-up year draws on key principles within sport and fitness. By ensuring consistency throughout the degree, you will discover an enjoyable and rewarding future career. 


  • Applied Professional Practice in Fitness and Conditioning (20 credits): Building on the knowledge and skills developed at L4 & 5 this module enables you to reflect on your personal and professional practice within applied S&C environments.
  • Analysing Performance for Improvement (20 credits): This module looks to apply what you have learned through previous years and apply it to a real-world scenario of your choosing. Ultimately, seeing how effective the system they have developed copes in dynamic environments.
  • Reflective Practitioner (Special Topic) (40 credits): This module enables you to gain valuable experience within a sport or fitness setting of your choice. Develop personal and professional skills relevant for future employment.
  • Independent Discovery (40 credits): This module allows you to conduct a research study of your own. After selecting an environment of your choosing you will collect, analyse, and interpret data from within it, turning all this hard work into a structured written format for submission.

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

For entry to this Level 6 (top-up), you must satisfy the entry criteria and admissions tutor by producing documentary evidence that you have achieved a qualification at Level 5 or better in a relevant discipline and have the necessary background.

Admission to the programme may specifically be gained by students who can present evidence of passing a Wrexham University FdSc Coaching: Sport and Fitness degree.

A formal DBS is required for the programme. Support with this is provided.

Teaching & Assessment

Teaching and Learning

Wrexham University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential and the introduction of our Active Learning Framework (ALF) helps deliver this commitment. Grounded in the University’s values of being accessible, supportive, innovative, and ambitious, ALF will support flexible learning that makes the best use of spaces on Campus together with digitally enabled learning opportunities designed to be accessed anytime, anywhere as appropriate. In addition, ALF embodies ways of teaching and learning that create and support a sense of belonging for students – critically important for us as a university that prides itself on being a supportive community.

Incorporating everything mentioned above, our teaching will use a combination of face-to-face and online techniques. There are practical elements that may include off-campus trips to environments that facilitate the learning experience. On average, students will receive 16 hours of taught content through the delivery of ALF per week.
In addition, the university offers workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion Services can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.


For the top-up year, your time with us culminates in the submission of an independent Learning opportunity (dissertation project), in an area that supports your future aspirations.

Career prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Common graduate employment pathways include sport, leisure, tourism, management, education, research and health and fitness, including:

  • Sports Coach
  • Outdoor Pursuit Instructor
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Health Practitioner
  • Personal Trainer
  • Sports Performance Analyst
  • Teacher
  • Strength and Conditioner
  • Military Services PT instructor

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages. You will also find information about what your fees include in the fee FAQs.

All fees are subject to any changes in government policy, view our undergraduate fees.


If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our accommodation pages to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.