Foundation Degree Rugby Coaching and Development

Start (w/c): 16/09/2019 Full Time - To be arranged (09:00 to 16:00) Nantgarw

Course Information

Do you want to turn your passion for rugby into a rewarding career? The rugby industry is growing and requires coaching professionals at all levels. This rugby coaching course has been developed in consultation with the Welsh Rugby Union, the Cardiff Blues, Newport Gwent Dragons, and Neath Swansea Ospreys. This ensures that it meets industry needs, and will provide you with the skills required to work within professional rugby clubs and/or national governing bodies.

The rugby coaching course includes all areas within coaching, including key technical and tactical knowledge, strength and conditioning, match and individual performance analysis and community rugby developments. You will also have the opportunity to gain industry-recognised IRB UKCC coaching awards which are embedded into the practical coaching modules.

What Will I Learn?

Modules you may study include:

Year One • Rugby Coaching: Young Performers • Introduction to Sport Development • Strength & Conditioning: Principles & Applications • Academic Research & Professional Skills • Managing and Developing Rugby in the Community • Sports Development in Practice

Year Two • Rugby Coaching: Adolescent Performers • Sport Placement • Physical Education and School Sport • Rugby in Society

Entry Requirements

Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable. Typical A-Level Offer - DD to include a relevant subject but to exclude General Studies Typical Welsh Bacc Offer - Grade C and DE at A Level to include a relevant subject but to exclude General Studies Typical BTEC Offer - BTEC Diploma Merit Merit in a relevant subject Typical IB Offer - Pass IB Diploma or two IB Certificates at Higher level, to include a relevant subject. Typical Access to HE Offer - Pass Science or Math’s Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits all Passes.

Other - GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances. Other: You will also need an enhanced DBS check.


Your teaching and practical exercises will take place at USW Sport Park and Coleg y Cymoedd, Nantgarw Campus. You will be assessed via a range of methods including: written assignments, examinations, coaching plans, presentations, reports, group projects, mentoring and practical analysis laboratory testing. You will learn through classroom-based lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions, and on community school placements with the professional regions. In year one, you will have the opportunity to be considered as a Cardiff Blues, Gwent Dragons or Ospreys Community Rugby officer and develop rugby coaching at primary and junior school levels. In year two, you will complete up to 300 hours of work-based learning through the Blues, Dragons & Ospreys Community coaching programmes in secondary schools. A limited number of rugby league community coaching placements are available with Wales Rugby League.


Coleg y Cymoedd takes every effort to ensure the information on this website is accurate at time of being live. Coleg y Cymoedd reserves the right to make changes or withdraw without notice any of the courses, course facilities or support described.

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Please note: Fees are payable for each year of study. Fees for Part time courses starting September 2019 have yet to be decided. We estimate that they will be confirmed by April 2019.

Additional Fee Notes

No applications from overseas non-EU students

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Career Progression

  • This degree prepares you for a career in a variety of jobs, including academy coach within a professional rugby club, rugby development officer, community coach, sports development officer, strength and conditioning coach, personal fitness instructor, teacher, or a career within the armed forces or emergency services.

Potential Careers

Career Info

  • Sports coach, instructor or official

    Average salary: £20,280


Sports coaches, instructors and officials work with amateur and professional sportsmen and women to enhance performance, encourage greater participation in sport, supervise recreational activities such as canoeing and mountaineering, and organise and officiate at sporting events according to established rules.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal academic requirements although individuals must have experience in their sport and the relevant coaching and refereeing qualifications. Applicants to coaching courses must normally be over 18 years old and hold a first-aid certificate. Some courses encompass coaching awards within broader programmes of study. NVQs/SVQs in coaching are available in the context of certain sports. Background checks including a CRB check are required for those working with children.


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