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Sport, Exercise & Fitness

SPORT AND EXERCISE Level 5 Foundation Degree

Foundation Degree in Sport and Exercise (Validated by The Open University) FT-N

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


This Foundation Degree delivered by SRC and validated by Open University, examines both the theoretical and practical application of sport and exercise 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 2-3 assessments (a combination of coursework and/or examination) per module. There is an expectation that the student will undertake self-study hours off campus to enable them to fully achieve the course of study.


  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before 1st July in the year of proposed entry to the course.
  • Applicants should have obtained a minimum of 48 UCAS points achieved through the completion of A Levels, National Awards, Access or other alternative approved level 3 qualifications.
  • 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 should have attained at least 15 points at Level 2 or above (e.g. GCSE) or have alternative approved qualifications. This must include GCSE English Language Grade C or Essential Skills Communication Level 2 and GCSE Mathematics Grade C or Essential Skills Numeracy Level 2. In addition, applicants must provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English Language.
  • Suitable applicants will be invited for an interview.
  • Applicants who do not meet the criteria outlined above but have evidence of substantial knowledge or relevant industrial experience and skills, which has not been formally assessed, should refer to the College’s Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) Policy at  

Please Note: The entrance criteria above may change subject to awarding body regulations. The College reserves the right to enhance the entrance requirements beyond the minimum 48 UCAS points where demand exceeds the number of available places. In addition, where places remain available the College reserves the right to offer places to candidates with a profile less than 48 UCAS points.

Applicants progressing to higher education courses at Level 4 and above in the College or UK Universities may require a specific GCSE/ A Level profile. In some cases, the Essential Skills in Literacy and Numeracy may not be a suitable alternative to a GCSE. It is the responsibility of the applicant to check each University’s progression requirements before enrolling on a course at the College.


Modules Year 1:

  • Anatomy & Physiology.
  • Sport Psychology.
  • Training, Fitness & Testing.
  • Sports Analysis.
  • Fundamentals of Practical Sport.
  • Sport & Society. 

Modules Year 2:

  • Work Based Learning.
  • Research Methods for Sport & Exercise.
  • Conditioning for Sport & Exercise.
  • Work Based Learning.
  • Physical Education.
  • Contemporary Issues in Health. 


2 Years


Student workload usually includes 2-3 assessments (a combination of coursework/practical's and/or examination) per module. There is an expectation that the student will undertake self-study hours off campus to enable them to fully achieve the course of study.


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Mandatory field trips 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).

Please note: If a student chooses to undertake work placement within a school setting, they may be subject to an Advance AccessNI check. The cost incurred by this will be covered by the College.


On successful completion of this course with the required average mark (55%) you will be eligible to apply for entry into the Open University Top Up Degree programme in Sport & Exercise at Southern Regional College (Subject to Approval) 

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

Alternatively, you may have the opportunity to apply to other Colleges/Universities to complete your undergraduate degree. 


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Mark Copeland

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028 3025 9683


In light of the continuing Covid-19 situation, Southern Regional College may have to amend the delivery methods for a number of courses for the new academic year, or should the need arise effect a temporary College closure. This may also lead to restrictions when accessing student services. Please be assured that the safety of our students is paramount and as such we will be implementing a range of measures in line with government advice and protocols. We will make all appropriate and reasonable adjustments to maintain the ongoing quality of teaching and learning and our support services.

In accordance with the Consumer Rights Act 2015, you will be notified of any such changes, the reasons for the changes and any options available to you to avoid such changes having an adverse impact on your future career. All higher education students and applicants should refer to the Consumer Protection page.


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