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Sports Science with Foundation Year

Foundation Year

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Sport, Exercise and Physiotherapy

UCAS Code: C611

Start Date(s): September


Year one of a four year degree


UK - £8,250 for Foundation Year, then standard UG fee per year.

In Brief:

  • Develop the skills and knowledge to successfully study at Level 4
  • Learn about the basic theories and concepts relating to Sports Science
  • You will be taught by a multi-discplinary programme team with experience in a range of professional health care, sports and exercise settings

Course Summary

The Foundation level aims to provide an understanding of the key subjects at Level 3 in order to meet the prerequisites for level 4 study on the BSc Sports Science programme.

You will develop:

  • an understanding of fundamental theories that will be developed further within the associated degree programme;
  • the necessary skills and knowledge to study successfully at Level 4;
  • an awareness of the importance of communication and collaboration within the sports, exercise and health fields, and develop these skills over the duration of the programme;
  • Numeracy skills and competencies required for your subject area.

Course Details

This foundation year programme will provide a solid foundation and a pathway into our Sports Science degree programme. The key areas of study will be effective communication and study skills and you will be introduced to basic theories and concepts within the discipline.

Course Structure

There are six modules of 20 credits each on this course, as detailed below. 

There is a requirement to achieve 40-60% in your modules (details available from the programme leader as to which require the higher pass mark). If you do not achieve the required marks, you will be offered the opportunity to progress on to a course with lower entry requirements.

Year 1        

This module will provide a firm grounding in both testing and prescription principles applied in sport and exercise science contexts. You will develop a  holistic view of the different aspects that contribute to performance in sport and exercise, and transfer to general health and wellbeing, and determine how best to test for changes in fitness level via the application of appropriate testing methodologies. Fitness testing and exercise prescription forms the basis of study in the areas of sports science, exercise, nutrition and health. The assessment for this module will be a 1500 laboratory report.                  
The module is designed to act as an introduction to the health care professions and the required skills and competencies to undertake specific roles. This will include a comparison of a specified profession alongside other associated professions to identify areas of similarity and overlap whilst also identifying distinctive elements of the profession. Core skills and competencies will be highlighted to provide an outline key working practices to ensure you are confident in their choice of this professional area as a future career. The assessment for this module will be a 1500 word skills analysis essay.                    
Studying Healthcare at University necessitates the development and completion of essays and presentations, measured against the academic rigors of Degree level studies. This module helps you to develop skills in writing, referencing, presenting information, etc, all of which will be assessed via an essay at the end of the module.                                          
In this module, you will be introduced to how we function physically. You will look at what happens when our bodies' systems breakdown and how we try to influence people’s lifestyle choices to give them the best chance of a long and healthy life.The assessment is looking at providing a session (usually PowerPoint Presentation) which will aim to look at one lifestyle issue, how it contributes to poor health, and provision of a health promotion strategy which can be used with service users.                                          
This module will provide a firm grounding in the key applied sciences needed to study for a degree in Allied Health Professions. You will be provided with a focused review of key biological, biomechanical and anatomical principles, allied to key applications in the vocational setting. A grounding in these applied sciences will ensure you are able to cope with the transition to level 4 studies. The assessment for this module will be a 2 hour multiple choice exam.                    
This module will help you become aware of the need to consider numeracy as an important skill in many professions pertinent to healthcare. You will get many opportunities to hone your numeracy skills, using evidence based strategies, recognized in healthcare education as providing the best resources for the job. Your assessment is a one hour numeracy assessment; where you are given 20 calculations to work out in class.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
English Language and Maths at grade C/grade 4 or above; or approved equivalency such as Key Skills / Functional Skills Level 2
UCAS tariff points 64 points
GCE A level 64 UCAS points, from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Applicant profile

This Foundation Year pathway is designed for students who do not have the standard entry requirements to enter university at degree level. 

You can read about the entry requirements for the BSc Sports Science here.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £8,250 for Foundation Year, then standard UG fee per year.

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £6,165

Please view the degree programme page for fees for the remaining three years of your course.

BSc Sports Science

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.


A wide range of teaching methods are used according to the nature of the module e.g. lectures, seminars, reflective practice, guided study, teamwork, and oral presentations. A wide range of alternative learning technologies are applied throughout the programme including podcasts, VLE, Facebook, YouTube and student response system to provide an interactive experience for the students.

Your studies will largely be made up of two days per week in University, with self-directed/independent study three days per week.


See the module list above for details of assessments. 

To find out more about assessment on the remainder three years, please visit the course page.


You will utilise specialist facilities which may include: 

Human Performance Lab.

Simulation Suite.

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