Combine academic study with work-based learning in this two year Sports Coaching Foundation Degree. Study at a local partner college, undertake placements in both years and have the option to ‘top-up’ to a full bachelors degree with a third year of study at the University of Sunderland. The content of this course reflects guidelines set by SkillsActive, the relevant Sector Skills Council, which works to develop qualifications that enable people to be competent in a specific area of work or type of role. This Foundation Degree is run at our North East-based partner colleges. You can then 'top-up' to a at the University of Sunderland. This course is offered at partner colleges: Gateshead College, Tyne Metropolitan College, East Durham College and Hartlepool Sixth Form College (2018/19 entry only). You can choose whichever college is most convenient for where you live. Foundation Degrees differ from honours degrees because they are designed with the help of employers to reflect the needs of industry and commerce. They usually take two years to complete, compared to the three or four years of most honours degrees.