The Disability Sport Coaching and Development Foundation Degree is a unique course accredited by Liverpool John Moore’s University and delivered in partnership with Greenbank College, one of the UK’s leading disability sport organisations.

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees and Finance
  • Scholarships and Bursaries
  • Location
  • 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.
  • 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

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

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.

College / School Leavers

  • A minimum 88 UCAS points
  • Average A-Level offer CCD
  • AS Level awards accepted
  • BTEC certificate or 90-credit diploma only accepted when combined with other qualifications
  • Must show a strong interest in a career within the sporting industry

People currently working in the sport sector

  • Have at least two years recent and relevant experience in either paid or voluntary employment within a Sports setting
  • Level 3 NVQ (minimum 2 academic years) or above alongside other qualifications

Mature students

  • Demonstrate evidence of recent study and/or relevant vocational/work experience.
  • A genuine interest in developing their career in the industry
  • Ready to follow a HE level course
  • Demonstrate a commitment to sport either through vocational experience or through a history of elite sports competition

Mature students are encouraged to apply early in order that proper consideration and academic guidance can be given.  

Relevant qualifications accepted

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

Course Fees

Full time home/EU tuition fee: £7,500 per annum (payable to LJMU)
Full time international tuition fee: £16,100 per annum (payable to LJMU)

These fees are for 20/21, fees for the 21/22 academic year are yet to be set by the government. All figures are subject to yearly increases.

Please note: If you are interested in studying with us in 2021/22, please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees.

Student Loans

You don’t have to pay your tuition fees upfront. You can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course, subject to meeting eligibility criteria. You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You won’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £26,575 (correct at time of publishing).

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, visit

Sport Scholarship Programme

Greenbank College students are not eligible for ANY LJMU Scholarships under our contract with the University.  We operate our own HE Sport Scholarship Programme. The Sport Scholarship Programme helps talented students fulfil both their sporting and their academic potential.

What is the Sport Scholarship Programme?

Greenbank’s Sports Scholarship Programme helps talented students fulfil both their sporting and academic potential. To qualify students, need to be participating at the following levels:

  • Athletes competing in any recognized BUSA, World University Games, Commonwealth Games, Olympic and Paralympic Games sport. We will also offer Sports Scholarship support to athletes from sports that Greenbank College is best equipped to provide for, in terms of coaching expertise, community links and facilities. 
  • Junior or Senior International standard athletes from all sports are encouraged to apply, as are athletes competing at elite club level. 

The competitive level benchmarks detailed above serve as preliminary guidelines for the level of athlete eligible to apply. Meeting these guidelines does not guarantee a Greenbank College Sport Scholarship. 

Sports Scholars will have the potential and dedication to reach world-class potential or performance level (or equivalent) in their sport.

What do I receive as part of the Sport Scholarship Programme?

  • Cash bursary (Split into 2 payments across the academic year)
  • A flexible approach to study and assessments.
  • Extra tutorial support
  • Year round and unlimited access to Greenbank Sports Academy Fitness Suite

What is expected of Sport Scholars?

  • Commitment to your sport and study.
  • Being a Greenbank Sporting Ambassador which involves attending a minimum of 2 sporting ‘role model’ visits during the academic year. These are mutually organized between the athlete and Greenbank.
  • Acknowledging your Sport scholarship on social media, blogs, personal websites and further direct marketing opportunities.

How can I apply?

Download the form and return it to

University Bursary

The University manage a bursary scheme on behalf of Greenbank.

All eligible students automatically receive a bursary. A bursary is extra funding which is paid to students from low-income households. Bursaries are paid on top of any other student finance into your bank or building society account and you don’t have to pay the money back.

Amount awarded: £500 each year for the duration of your courses (two instalments of £250).

You do not need to apply for a LJMU Progression Bursary. You will receive one automatically if you are eligible. Please ensure you respond to any emails in a timely manner. If you have any questions around this, please discuss them with your programme leader (Rachael Grace), Mark Palmer (Greenbank College) or student finance at LJMU.

University Hardship Funds

The University manage a hardship fund on behalf of Greenbank.

Student Support Fund has been established to provide financial support for students that may need financial assistance for a variety of reasons. It is part the commitment to widen access and support student success. The fund is intended to provide discretionary financial support, and the primary purpose of the fund is to relieve financial hardship that may have an impact on a student’s continued participation in Higher Education.

Specifically, it should be used:

  • To assist those who need extra financial help to meet specific costs that are not already met from statutory (or other) sources of funding
  • To help students who are in financial hardship
  • To provide emergency payments for students in unexpected financial crises
  • To help students who may be considering leaving HE because of financial problems.

There are clear eligibility criteria for these funds which is identified within the student support fund policy.

The course is delivered at the Greenbank Sports Academy campus which has fantastic facilities available including: 

  • Two full size sports courts 
  • Fully equipped gym including specialist disability equipment

Greenbank Sports Academy is located just outside of the City Centre, near Sefton Park. It is well connected with several bus routes running into the city just a short walk away.


Programme Lead & Tutor, Rachael Grace, talks through everything you need to know about the course.


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