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BSC (Hons), With a foundation year

Course Overview

Sports Science is a growing industry with various specialisms that athletes and sports clubs now utilise to boost performance.

Do you want to be involved in a career in which marginal gains are the difference between winning and losing? 

This Foundation Year will give you the knowledge and skills essential to successfully transition to the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science.

Throughout the BSc (Hons) course, you will be working in sport, and/or within a healthcare context, you’ll use Staffordshire University’s first-class facilities for analysing sporting performance – and you’ll develop a critical understanding of key areas in sport and exercise science, such as physiology, psychology, and biomechanics. The University has invested over half a million pounds on updating and building new sport and exercise laboratories, to provide state-of-the-art facilities for your learning.

The BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science course is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise (BASES), although does not currently include the new strength and conditioning pathway.

Course Content

The Sport and Exercise Science Foundation Year is made up of four modules:

  • Coaching in the Community
  • Injuries and Rehabilitation
  • Investigating Physical Activity and Sport
  • Sport and Exercise Science (including Sport Psychology)


Academic Commitment

Foundation year of 4-year full-time course. 

Teaching will take place at the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College and Staffordshire University’s main campus and sports facilities, which will amount to 13.5 hours per week.

You will also be expected and encouraged to complete 23 hours of independent study each week.


To cover the diverse content of this course and to give you a thorough basis of sports knowledge, you will be taught through lectures, seminars and group work.

You will be assessed through a variety of different formats, this includes presentations, practical coaching and written assignments.

Where Courses Become Careers

The successful completion of the Sports and Exercise Science Foundation Year will enable you to progress onto a number of undergraduate degree programmes at Staffordshire University.

Potential courses include:

  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Sports Coaching
  • PE and Youth Sports Coaching
  • Sports Therapy

Entry Requirements

A typical offer is 48 UCAS points, made up of Level 3 equivalent qualifications, including A Level and BTEC courses. Additionally, we welcome applications from people with a variety of qualifications, skills and experience. Each application will be assessed on their individual merits.

Entry Requirements

Full-time students enrolling on the Foundation year of a Degree in 2021 will pay a tuition fee of £5,950.

Levels 4–6 (Years 2–4) of the BA/BSc (Hons) will be charged at Staffordshire University’s standard rate.


For more information, and to apply, visit this link and select the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College option.


If you are unsure what course you think you should choose or what career you would like to aspire towards then contact Admissions:

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