Introducing our exciting provision in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire, FdSc Degree in Sport and Exercise Science

We are proud offer the Foundation degree in Sport and Exercise Science, awarded by the University of Central Lancashire (UClan). This is a university level programme, combining both academic and vocational skills. It is designed to improve your career prospects and earning potential in the sport and exercise science industries.

The two year degree programme is delivered by outstanding specialist teachers within our state-of-the-art Sports facilities. These facilities include a brand new, purpose built Sports Lab which you will use for research and analysis purposes during your studies.

You will graduate with a range of practical skills and knowledge required for employment across the sector. It is important to note that the course does include academically challenging content. A core focus of learning is the underpinning science behind elite athlete performance.

Upon successful completion of the two year foundation degree course at the College, you will have a qualification that supports application to a range of employment opportunities, or, if you prefer, you have the option to progress to a full honours degree at a Higher Education Institution or University.    

In addition, you will be given the opportunity to enhance your studies through undertaking additional qualifications such as the Level 3 Personal Trainer award. Please contact us to find out more. 

A full course handbook is available by clicking here

The course is delivered on our Campus: Huddersfield New College, New Hey Road, Huddersfield, HD3 4GL

A short summary of each module is included below.

Year 1

Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
This introduces you to the relationship between psychological factors and participation and performance in sport, including the use of psychological skills training.

Introduction to Sports Biomechanics
Areas covered will include physiology, biomechanics, notational analysis and psychology. You will explore the application of these concepts to sport and exercise situations, and look at the importance of biomechanics to the sports process.

Essentials of Training and Conditioning
This unit introduces you to the scientific principles, concepts, and theories of resistance training and conditioning and the practical application of these to athletic performance.

Principles of Physiology and Scientific Enquiry
As a wide ranging unit, areas covered will include muscle and skeletal physiology, neurology, endocrinology, immunology and basic statistical techniques.

Personal and Vocational Development in Sport
This unit will develop key academic skills to support progression to university level learning.

Year 2

Applied Physiology and Scientific Enquiry
You will develop the skills to carry out data collection and analysis. You will also develop understanding of cardiovascular, respiratory and muscular physiology.

Analysing and Improving Performance
You will explore the processes and techniques used evaluate sports performance, particularly technical and tactical analysis.

Health, Exercise and Wellness
This unit will help you understand the links between physical activity in reducing mortality and morbidity.

Sport and Exercise Nutrition
Through developing your understanding of optimum nutrition for sport, you will analyse requirements for energy and nutrition in relation to exercise.

Work Placement
The work placement element allows you to gain new skills through real life experience in the workplace, and apply the skills, knowledge and theory you have learned in a working environment. 

This is designed as a progression route from Level 3 qualifications in subjects such as Sport, Health and Social Care and Science. 

Applications are made via UCAS and you can apply via the UCAS website here. The fees for this course are £5,995 per year of study and you will study with HNC for two years. The preferred way of arranging fees is through the Student Finance area of the UCAS application. If this not your chosen form of payment, then payment must be made in full before the commencement of the course.

Please see our admissions information and policies for further guidance. Please note that this also details our complaints process.

Once you have received an offer, please see the 'Accompanying Information and Conditions of Offer' which can be downloaded here

You can opt to continue your studies at university for a further year to complete a full Honours Degree. This top-up year is available from a range of providers and the cost of this top-up year is set by the provider. Alternatively, the qualification can support employment routes into roles with the sport and exercise science sectors.

** All information was correct at the time of the last update to this page, August 2021 ***



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