Foundation Degree in Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

This qualification is for students with an interest in competitive sport, exercise and coaching for recreation and health. The course allows students to develop their knowledge through a large spectrum of exercise, science, fitness and coaching-based modules aiming to demonstrate how the applied nature of sports and science can influence performance and fitness.

The course is comprised of lectures, seminars, practicals, speakers and group work maximising the development of students personal skills. Learners who complete the foundation degree will have the option of continuing their academic development by progressing on to the BSc (Hons) Sports, Coaching and Health Sciences (Top-up).

What will I study?

The course has a requirement of 240 credits equally divided between twelve 20-credit modules.

Examples of modules studied on the course include:

Level Four

  • Research methods and study skills
  • Anatomy, physiology and kinesiology for sports performance
  • Health and fitness assessments
  • Introduction to sports coaching
  • Exercise and Fitness Instruction
  • Exercise psychology

Level Five

  • Sports coaching pedagogy
  • Performance analysis in sport and exercise
  • Introduction to strength and conditioning training
  • Nutritional strategies for sports performance
  • Advanced professional practice (work-based learning)
  • Research project



How will I be assessed?

Assessment for modules varies dependant on the content and may include written assignments, presentations, personal reflections, practical observations, examinations and others.

For more information about assessment, including guidance on marking, feedback and plagiarism, please refer the HE Assessment Policy and the programme spec for course-specific information.

How will the course be delivered?

The programme content will be delivered through a combination of practical and theoretical lectures. Students will have the opportunity to work individually and as a group whilst gaining additional programme support via seminars and tutorial sessions. Vocational experience will be delivered within a work placement of the students’ choice. Externally, students are expected to complete independent learning whilst using the College’s virtual learning environment for programme resources and interactive communication/support.

All programmes are led and taught by experienced teaching staff who are vocational specialists.  They are qualified, and often have extensive experience within the industry or the sector being studied. All teaching staff meet or exceed the requirements set by the awarding institute or body.  

Staff profile:  Andy Davis

Andy has an MSc in Sports Coaching and his experience within the sports industry has centred on sports development and coaching. His research interests are sporting performance, fitness assessment, fundamental movement skills, physical literacy and participation levels in sport.

Entry requirements

  • 48 UCAS points from advanced level studies


  • Access to Higher Education or other relevant level three qualification


  • College interview


  • Applications from mature students will be viewed on an application by application basis and will be judged on their own merit considering their previous sporting experiences, vocational history and current positions.

A typical offer for this course would ask for the entry requirements to be met, however, all offers take individual applicants’ experience and qualifications into account.

What next?

Successful students have the option of continuing their studies by applying for the BSc (Hons) in Sports Coaching and Health Sciences (Top-up) at East Riding College or integration onto the third year of a degree course at an alternative provider . Previous students have been accepted at a range of other universities demonstrating the flexibility and variety of potential career routes. Students may also gain employment whilst retaining the option of completing a top-up degree in future years.

Additional information

The course information above is for guidance and is subject to change. Please check the college’s website or speak to a Programme Leader for the approved course content.

Validated by the University of Hull 


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