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Programme Description


Sport is one of the most dynamic areas of Coleg Sir Gâr and we are proud to offer exciting, innovative degree programmes in sport. The FdSc in Rugby Coaching and Performance is a practice-based programme to prepare students for a career in the rugby and sports industry.

This programme is designed to ensure a current and academically rigorous learning experience that meets the needs of local industry. The programme has strong links with elite professional teams such as the Scarlets and semi professional teams like Llandovery, Carmarthen Quinns and Llanelli where students have the opportunity to gain industry experience at the highest level.

The degree also benefits from community links built up within the department over many years, placing students in local schools and with rugby development officers which provide an insight into potential employment routes.

Uniquely the course is based at UWTSD Carmarthen and delivered by Coleg Sir Gâr so you will be both students of UWTSD and Coleg Sir Gâr.

At a Glance

  Full Time / Part Time

  2 Years / 4 Years

  UWTSD Carmarthen

Programme Features


Areas of study include Rugby Coaching, Rugby Analysis and Strength and Conditioning. You will also develop transferable interpersonal skills such as advanced research skills, problem solving, autonomous learning and critical thinking skills in preparation for a career in rugby and sport. The programme also has a work based learning element so students can gain vital experience in their area of interest.

The area benefits from excellent facilities including a state of the art sports laboratory, analysis suite, sports hall, strength & conditioning suite and an all-weather 3G surface.

Programme Content


Level 4

  • Introduction to Sports Science Concepts
  • Rugby Coaching
  • Strength and Conditioning 1
  • Work Based Learning 1
  • Practical Sports Performance (Team)

Level 5

  • Advanced Rugby Coaching
  • Strength and Conditioning 2
  • Work-Based Learning 2
  • Practical Sports Performance (individual)

Students will also student two UWTSD Graduate Attribute Modules – Learning in the Digital Era (Level 4) and Creativity and Value Creation (Level 5)

Progression & Employment


This course aims to prepare students for progression onto our BSc in Rugby Coaching and Performance  (1 year top up) or into a career in rugby, sport and physical education.

Potential career pathways may include Rugby/Sports Administrator, Coach/Instructor, Development Officer, Rugby Analyst, Strength and Conditioning Coach, PE Teacher or College Lecturer.

Alternative career pathways may include the emergency services, armed services and youth work.

Method of Assessment


Modules are assessed through a combination of assignments, case studies, logbooks and practical skills assessments.

Entry Requirements


You will require a minimum of 48 UCAS points, however we are keen to judge each applicant on merit through a formal interview. Mature students with relevant experience will also be considered.

Additional Costs


There is no additional fee, however, it is likely that you will incur additional costs for personal equipment/sports kit and for course related excursions.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.  The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving.

Find out more about the Graduate Attributes Framework