Are you wanting to progress a career in Sport, Exercise and Coaching Science? Here at UCNL we provide the opportunity to study a Foundation Degree in the subject area as well as a top up option to achieve a BSc (honours). Whether it is to progress your current career as a trainer/coach or to change career to a teacher in physical education, we are able to provide you an opportunity to expand your knowledge of many discipline areas including sports coaching, sports psychology and sport and exercise nutrition. On the course you will develop your academic skillset, practical skills as well as industry relevant knowledge.
We also provide work experience/placement opportunities to help develop careers in your chosen discipline area. Students who complete the 2-year course will achieve a FdSc (Foundation degree) in Sport, Exercise and Coaching Science and for those interested in studying 1 year further, will achieve a BSc (honours) (Bachelor of Science) degree, in Sport, Exercise and Coaching Science.
This course includes the following core modules that all students complete:
Foundation degree Year 1:
- Introduction to Coaching Pedagogy
- Introduction to Sport and Exercise Nutrition
- Fundamentals of Physiology and Exercise Training
- Coaching in Context
- Sport, Exercise and Health Psychology
- Employability in Sport and Exercise
Foundation degree Year 2:
- Performance Analysis in Sport
- Advanced Nutrition for Exercise and Performance
- Work Based Learning
- Research Methods
- Coaching and Athlete Development
- Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology
Occasional changes to modules and course content may take place. Students will be notified when applicable.
The primary way of delivering this course is on campus.
On campus teaching includes a combination of lectures, small group seminars, workshops, guest lectures and one to one discussions with your tutor. On this course we also deliver industry relevant methods which include consultation practical based sessions that can be used within the Sport, Exercise and Coaching Science sector. Students will be assessed in a number of ways throughout the degree programme, including written assignments, presentations, exams, practical deliveries and practical consultations.
Contact time for students are over 2 days per week for the foundation degree. This allows students to obtain work experience in the sector throughout the other days as well as conduct independent learning and assessment work. This also allows students to manage work and family commitments they may have during the course.
Students will receive between 6 hours and 8.5 hours of teaching time per week throughout this course, depending on the modules being taken. Additional one-to-one meetings with tutors will provide further support. Students have the option to contact an additional support team to develop key study skills such as referencing and academic writing style. We have found this to be a very useful aspect of the course, especially for anyone who has had a break in education and is returning to studies, however the service is available for all students who attend the course.
Entry requirements are 32 UCAS points
Applicants, who may not have the required UCAS requirements but have industry experience will also be considered.
Any applicants with a completed Foundation degree, who may want to consider completing their 3rd year can apply straight to BSc Honours and complete one year to achieve this.
We are committed to creating educational opportunities for people from a variety of backgrounds and situations. If you have been out of formal education for some time, and/or you do not have the qualifications stated, we might still be able to consider your application and offer you a range of support. We are here to help. Please get in touch to find out more.
As part of this programme of study you will be required to have a valid enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You will be required to pay the cost of this. A DBS must be in place before you start your placement. You may be able to supply an existing DBS but this must be within 3 years of issue.
This course is particularly relevant to people already working in, or looking to develop a career within the Sport, Exercise and Coaching Science sector. This includes personal trainers, sports coaches and any practitioners who would like to strengthen their portfolio with an academic background.
This course provides a range of skills relevant across a variety of different professions. People who have completed this course have gone on to work in areas including teaching PE (primary and secondary school), practitioner work (such as strength and conditioning coaches, sports psychologist and nutritionists), as well as returning to higher education to lecture. Some of these opportunities have been developed from work experience provided on the course such as working with the Scunthorpe United FC team, working within schools/colleges and sports coaching companies.
If you wish to continue studying beyond this course, it will provide you with a strong academic basis to do so. From the Foundation Degree, a BSc Honours top up is available at UCNL. A completed BSc Honours will offer course progression routes which could include studying at masters level and also teaching qualifications such as PGCE for those wanting to teach their specialist subject.
UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan to cover living costs.
We also have a range of other financial support available.
Your Tuition fees cover most costs associated with your course (including registration, tuition and assessment.)
There may be some extra costs that you might need to make, or choose to pay, for example:
• Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies)
• Printing and photocopying
• Trips and enhancement opportunities
- A DBS check will be required, which you must pay for.