The content of this course reflects guidelines set by SkillsActive, the relevant Sector Skills Council, which works to develop qualifications that enable people to be competent in a specific area of work or type of role.
This Foundation Degree is run in partnership with the University of Sunderland. You can then 'top-up' to a full honours degree at the University of Sunderland.
Foundation Degrees differ from honours degrees because they are designed with the help of employers to reflect the needs of industry and commerce. They usually take two years to complete, compared to the three or four years of most honours degrees.
Foundation degrees combine academic study with work-based learning and you have the opportunity to learn in the workplace as well as the classroom.
Teaching methods include practical sessions, lectures, discussions, case studies and workshops. We also encourage you to develop independent study skills.
During your first year you will be required to undertake some form of voluntary work so that you can practice the skills that you are learning on the course.
In the second year you will undertake a placement with a counselling agency, and we will support you as you arrange it.
Our typical offer is 56 UCAS points gained from A Levels/BTEC qualifications or equivalent. We also require 2 passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
Our offer of a place will take into account any relevant employment experience.
Applicants without formal qualifications may qualify for entry through relevant work-based experience. Applicants may be asked to attend an interview and present a portfolio of evidence.
Assessment methods include evaluation of work experience, reports, presentations and practical tests.
Potential employers include sports and exercise clubs, recreation services, local authorities, and schools and colleges.
Job roles include the following (some require further training):
- Sports coach/instructor
- Sports management
- Fitness centre manager
- Teacher of PE
You will undertake placements in both years of the course. These are mainly provided through regional sports organisations and schools. They are good opportunities to make connections with potential employers and build up your CV.