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Sport & Exercise Science

Ulster University Foundation Degree in Sport Science, Coaching and Fitness



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Level
Level 5
Mode of Study
Full Time
Course Type
Higher Education
Location
Newry

OVERVIEW

This Foundation Degree examines both the theoretical and practical application of sport, exercise and fitness through a wide range of modules aiming to develop your academic and professional potential. This course will develop your knowledge and critical understanding of the areas associated with sport and critical transferable skills. It provides you with a balance between the development of vocational skills necessary for employment and the knowledge necessary for academic progression and lifelong learning.

Typically, weekly contact hours are scheduled for a minimum of 17 hours per week per semester, with an additional independent study of approx. 60-160 hours per module depending on the credit value.  Student workload usually includes 2 to 3 assessments (a combination of coursework and/or examination) per module. It will also be an expectation that the student will undertake self study hours off campus to enable them to fully achieve the course of study.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must:

  1. Satisfy the College’s general entry requirements
  2. Be aged at least 18 years at the date of entry for a Foundation Degree programme;
  3. Provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (minimum GCSE grade C or equivalent) and numeracy (minimum GCSE grade C or equivalent)
  4. Have a minimum of 48 UCAS points achieved through the completion of A Levels, National Awards or other alternative approved qualifications such as an Adult Access course with a minimum of 60% in either Science and/ or Social & Life Sciences. It is desirable to hold an A Level (or equivalent) in one of the following subjects: PE, Sports Studies or Sports Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology, Politics or IT.

Applicants must provide evidence of their ability to undertake the programme through the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). Non-standard admission will be agreed with the University Faculties.

Suitable applicants will be invited for an interview.

MODULES

  • IT & Sport Analysis
  • Instructing Health & Fitness
  • Science of Movement
  • Social & Psychological Aspects of Sport
  • Policy and Planning for Sport and Leisure
  • Practical Sports Coaching
  • Work Based Learning & Employability
  • Research Methods & Statistics
  • Applied Health & Fitness
  • PE and Sports Coaching

Work Based Learning Locations:

Within the Work Based Learning & Employability module students are required to undertake a work placement 2 days per week over the entire academic year (September – June).

Placements can be located anywhere within Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland and students may choose a placement best suited to their career path which may include;  Teaching, Coaching, Gym Instructing, Personal Training, Sports Development, etc.  

Programme Teaching Team Experience

An energetic course team of 4 deliver all modules within the Foundation Degree. The team combined have over 30 years of teaching experience between them and have great experiences of teaching not only further education but also higher education within the College. The team are working/coaching within the sports industry outside of the College, so have the “hands on” experience required to deliver an up-to-date and relevant curriculum.

DURATION

2 years full-time

ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed by a combination of methods; including written examinations, class tests, coursework and laboratory reports, portfolios, practical’s and presentations. You will also be provided with opportunities to gain industry qualifications and coaching awards.

Expected workload:

3 Modules per semester- 2/3 assessments per modules with range of assessment methods including exam, class tests, written essays, practicals and portfolios.

ACCREDITED BY

This course is accredited by Ulster University .

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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OTHER FEES

Other Fees Associated with Course

Mandatory Fields Trips that will need to be paid in advance with estimated approximate cost of £50 per year. (1st Semester Induction week £35) (2nd Semester- pre Easter £15) PE/Sports Kit: SRC Pack (T-Shirt x 2 and Shorts x 1) estimated £50. Additional Kit available.

Other optional Employability courses on offer to students to avail of may include:

  • Level 2 Gym Instructors (approx. £150) (2nd Semester- May)
  • Level 3 Personal Training (approx. £200) (2nd Semester – June)
  • Level 2 Kettlebells (approx. £75) (1st Semester –October)
  • Level 2 Circuit Training (approx. £75) (1st Semester – October)
  • Level 3 Sports Massage (approx. £215) (2nd Semester - June)
  • Sports First Aid (approx. £35) (2nd Semester May)
  • Coaching/Referees Awards (i.e. GAA, Volleyball, Dodgeball etc.) and Child Protection (approx. £35-£60) (1st Semester- December)

PROGRESSION

On successful completion of this course with the required average mark (and any required bridging) you may be eligible to progress to Year 2 of the BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science or BSc (Hons) Sports Studies (with required average mark of 65%).

In addition with successful completion of this course and with the required average mark (plus any required bridging) you may also be eligible to apply to BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching at Ulster University.  Alternatively, you may have the opportunity to apply to other Colleges/Universities to complete your undergraduate degree or go straight into employment.

HOW TO APPLY

Apply now using our online application form!

CONTACT

Mark Copeland

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PH: 0300 123 1223


  • Course Code
    P0069NF
  • Start Date
    07/09/2020
  • Day and Time
    Subject to Timetable
  • Weeks
    30
  • Fees
    £2500 (Course)
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