Foundation Degree in Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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On this Foundation Degree you will study a range of modules covering different sport, exercise and health related topics such as anatomy, sports coaching, nutrition and fitness instruction and training. Throughout the programme you will be given the opportunity to research your chosen areas of interest relating to sport, exercise and health.

During the second year of the programme a work-based placement will be incorporated in to one of the modules and will be linked to an assessment. The work-based placement will give you the opportunity to experience a real working environment related to your studies and to enable you to develop a range of industry specific skills.

Once you’ve successfully completed the degree you’ll have a clear understanding of the industry, relevant practical skills, as well as the academic understanding that will allow you to progress onto the BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Health Sciences (Top Up), or into employment.

What will I study?

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

Level 4 – Year 1 (Certificate Stage)

In your first year, you will build a solid base of practical skills and theory, which will help underpin all your studies.


  • Research Methods and Study Skills Anatomy
  • Physiology and Kinesiology for Sports Performance
  • Health and Fitness
  • Assessments
  • Introduction to Sports Coaching Exercise Psychology Exercise Fitness Instruction

Level 5 – Year 2 (Foundation Degree Stage)

In your second year, you will expand your knowledge and skills, ensuring that you are ready to enter the sports industry or continue to a third year.


  • Performance Analysis in Sport and Exercise
  • Sports Coaching Pedagogy
  • Nutritional Strategies for Sports Performance
  • Introduction to Strength and Conditioning Training
  • Advanced Professional Practice
  • Research Project

How will I be assessed?

A wide range of assessment methods, including individual and group work will be a key feature of the programme. The selected assessment methods will be appropriate to the demands of each module and will allow the students to demonstrate their abilities in different ways. An essential part of the programme is the integration of assessments which are grounded in real life experience and industry expectations.

A combination of the following assessment methods will be used during the programme:

  • Essays
  • Presentations in a variety of formats
  • Literature reviews
  • Reports
  • Group projects
  • Examination

For more information about assessment, including guidance on marking, feedback and plagiarism, please refer to the HE Assessment Policy (section 5) and the programme spec for course-specific information.

How will the course be delivered?

The teaching and learning approach for the programme will focus on student-centred lectures, seminars, workshops and practical sessions.

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 progressing from this foundation degree are likely to become sports coaches, fitness instructors or health trainers. Some students may also wish to progress in to teaching.

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.

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