Sport and Exercise Science FdSc

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Key Information

Start date:September

Institutional code:O10

UCAS code:CC60

Duration:2 years

Course type:Full Time

Fees per year:£7500

Additional costs per year:Disclosure and barring check £44, UCO Sports Uniform package £100

Entry Requirements

At least 32 UCAS points

At least two A2 level passes in suitable subjects with GCSE at Grade C or above in English and Mathematics


A relevant advanced GNVQ with Merit profile or

An Edexcel (BTEC) National Diploma in a relevant discipline, or

Qualifications deemed equivalent to one of above

Students without qualifications which are on this list may still qualify for entry.  Mature students with relevant industrial experience, may qualify for entry.  Applications from people with relevant work or life experience and/or non-standard qualifications who can demonstrate the ability to copy with and benefit from foundation degree studies are welcome.


FdSc Sport and Exercise Science validated by University of Central Lancashire

Welcome to the University Campus Oldham (UCO) and welcome to the study of Foundation Degree Sport and Exercise Science. In conjunction with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) it is our aim to provide you with an interesting and challenging study programme which will enrich your learning experience and help you succeed in your chosen career.

The study of Sport and Exercise Science is an exacting but rewarding pursuit appealing to those with an enthusiasm for sport, physical activity and human science. The course teaches you how sporting performance can be improved to ensure individuals achieve their personal potential, by drawing together the study of physiology, psychology and biomechanics within a sport and exercise context. Furthermore, potential employers are looking for people who have not only good degree results but also wider abilities. At the end of the course, if successful, you will achieve an FdSc Sport and Exercise Science, awarded by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Course Content - Year 1

Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology

This module is designed to introduce the student to the relationship between psychological factors and participation and performance in sports. Increased interest in sport and exercise science through both practical and financial terms has brought about a greater requirement for the athlete to be aware of all aspects for producing performance behavioural change. The use of psychological skills training is becoming increasingly prevalent in the field of sports performance. Players ranging from the beginner/amateur to the most senior professional have become more conscious of the requirement for psychological factors to be included in their game plan.

Introduction to Sports Biomechanics

The module will introduce sports biomechanics, to include an overview of both the mechanical, technological and notational elements of sports science. Areas covered will be physiology, biomechanics, notational analysis and psychology. This module will use a theoretical base to develop an understanding of essential terminology and, importantly, the application of biomechanical and technological principles to the performance and analysis of sport. The application of these concepts to sport and exercise situations will illustrate the effectiveness and importance of biomechanics to the sports process.

Essentials of Training and Conditioning

The module will introduce students to the scientific principles, concepts, and theories of resistance training and conditioning as well as their practical applications to athletic performance. Students will review the key components of effective strength and conditioning development, through a variety of practical experiences. The module applies specific conditioning practices to the enhancement of performance, and utilises the key performance indicators outlined by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the UK Strength and Conditioning Association.

Personal and Vocational Development in Sport

This module will develop key academic skills in order to better bridge the gap from school/college to university; from more dependent to more independent modes of learning. These skills will be developed in the ‘sport and leisure’ context in conjunction with other Year 1 modules and will underpin subsequent years of study.

Principles of Physiology and Scientific Enquiry

This module aims to provide an introduction to the principles of muscle and skeletal physiology, neurology, endocrinology, immunology and biochemical principles related to exercise, performance and health. It will introduce the research processes and develop skills in presenting supporting evidence by equipping students with the relevant IT skills for future degree level work related to physiology. It will also introduce the students to basic statistical techniques and principles where they will be shown how the statistical techniques and principles can be applied to answer research questions with an exercise and health framework.

Course Content - year 2

Sports Science Support: Issues and Practices

The desire to improve performance has led to a global awareness of the benefits of scientific support in achieving athletic prowess. Enhancing sports performance is a combined effort between athlete, coach and support services, such as sports scientists. Sports scientists assist the coach and athlete alike to increase knowledge of the workings and capacities of the human body. It is the aim of this module to develop those skills necessary for operation within the sports science support role. The key element of support is through the use of physiological testing and feedback. Students will engage in practical assessment of performance, feedback to groups and the vital underpinning service standards necessary for such operation.

Sport And Exercise Nutrition

To develop your understanding of the importance to sports performance of optimum nutrition. To introduce ideas on methods for nutritional and activity assessment, requirements for energy and nutrients in relation to exercise, and the ways in which the diet can be manipulated and supplemented to enhance performance and recovery. You will be able to apply this knowledge to specific case studies. Specific skill objectives are to develop your competence in communication, numeracy, use of IT, working in groups and application of knowledge, analysis and evaluation.

Work Placement

This module aims to provide students with and gain credit for experiential learning opportunities within the sports and leisure industry. To provide students with the opportunity to undertake personal self-development and the acquisition of key skills within the workplace environment. To provide a setting where theory and practice can be integrated within the context of the sport and leisure industry. To provide an environment where students are required to evaluate contemporary issues within the sport and leisure industry.

Applied Physiology and Scientific Enquiry

The aim of this module is to provide students with the skills necessary to carry out data collection and analysis of data, and to enable them to interpret critically the research findings within an applied sport and exercise physiology framework. Students will develop understanding of cardiovascular, respiratory and muscular physiology and how these systems interact both acutely and chronically in response to exercise stimuli. Students will develop their ability to conduct experiments and to undertake physiological measurement using a range of laboratory equipment, whilst also developing a range of data analysis skills.

Analysing and Improving Performance

To provide a framework where sports coaches can apply the coaching process and develop techniques to evaluate sports performance, particularly technical and tactical analysis. This will include a review of pertinent scientific elements of training/performance.

Health, Exercise and Wellness

This module will provide a knowledge and understanding of the term physical activity in the lifestyle context and attendant issue relating to lifestyle and wellness. The term Active Living refers to the need for physical activity (PA) to be used as a non-pharmacological intervention in reducing mortality and morbidity. Given recent attention to the need for humans to be physically active, and that an inverse relationship exists between PA participation and premature mortality, it is important for students to appreciate the context of PA. In addition, the prescription of PA should be understood in relation to a variety of practically orientated contexts.

Placements and Work Experience

As a student undertaking this course, you are bound by the Code of Conduct as specified by BASES and subject to the procedure for the consideration of Fitness to Practice. You will also be given the opportunity and encouraged to engage in vocationally relevant qualifications.

Your course has been designed with employability learning integrated into it. Where appropriate the development of employability skills is included in course aims, module learning outcomes and assessment. In addition, the Personal and Vocational Development for Sport and Work Placement modules provide opportunity for employer engagement.

What careers can the course lead to?

This course is designed to prepare you for a career in the sport and exercise industry in a variety of roles that could include: employment in leisure companies, health and fitness clubs, hotels, outdoor pursuits centres, retail and commercial organisations, local authorities, FE and HE institutions, schools, the NHS, sports governing bodies, Sport England, charitable trusts, sports clubs, and the armed services and police.

While sport scientists and performance consultants are popular choices for graduates, some continue into research and teaching. Graduates will have the opportunity to progress onto the BA (Hons) Sports Coaching (Top up) degree and/or further study.

Teaching and Assessment

Higher Education is concerned not only with enhancing your subject knowledge and skills but also with your personal development. Higher Education courses encourage you to take responsibility for your own learning and to become more independent in your academic work. Lectures, tutorials and practical sessions are important and you should attend all of them, but your success depends on the amount of time you devote to further independent study and background reading.

The Sport and Exercise Science course promotes deep and active learning and to achieve an appropriate balance between the accumulation of subject specific knowledge, the understanding of subject-specific concepts, the application of these, and the development of general skills. The overall aim is for the development of transferable skills to be encouraged within all modules, with increased emphasis on independent and group work as you progress from Level 4 to Level 5.

Facilities particular to the course

Sports Performance Laboratory
Access to Oldham Community Leisure

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