Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Sports Science with Foundation Year

School of Health and Society




Four year

Next enrolment

September 2024


In a nutshell

This foundation year programme will provide a solid foundation and 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. 

You will:

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

All about the course

The Foundation level aims to provide an understanding of the key subjects at level 3 to meet the prerequisites for level 4 study on BSc (Hons) Sports Science.

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.

There are five modules, four have 20 credits and one has 40 credits, as detailed below.

Foundation Year

Fitness Testing and Exercise Prescription

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 and 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 written examination. 

University Life

This module has been designed to promote a positive and supportive transition from further to higher education, focusing initially on the importance of wellbeing to successful study.  The module will provide a firm grounding in the key skills required to be able to read, write and present in the academic world.  You will embed your learning through a series of large and small group activities using a problem-based approach.  Small group work will allow for regular, tailored feedback specific to small group tasks and group dynamics with a focus on your future chosen vocation. Following the completion of the module, you should feel very prepared for your journey at level 4 and beyond.

Introduction to Applied Sciences

This module will provide a firm grounding in the key applied sciences needed to study for a degree in a range of 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 two-hour multiple choice exam.

Introduction to Exploring Evidence

Introduction to Exploring Evidence will build on the knowledge and understanding acquired in trimester one and will prepare you for your Level 4 studies and beyond. You will consider what is meant by scientific evidence, exploring the many different types and effective methods of searching for evidence. You will be introduced to the concept of appraising evidence and handling data.

Through small group work, tutorials and peer feedback you will apply your learning to a clinical or practical scenario that you observe in your chosen discipline.

Foundations of Mental and Physical Health

This module will introduce you to the concepts that underpin physical and mental health.  It will ask the questions of ‘What is mental health?’ and ‘What is physical health?’.  By looking at different models of mental health and how the body functions physically the  module will focus on examining the relationship between maintaining good mental and physical health, the impact of this on health and wellbeing and how to promote this in your own life and when working with others.  Mental and physical health are closely linked and by studying both areas together you will learn to appreciate the relationship between the two.  This is a 40 credit module which runs across two trimesters and assessments for the module will build on each other, creating a theme throughout the year.

Year one

Human Physiology

Physiology is the science of life. During the Human Systems Physiology module, you will explore the function of each major organ system. You will discover the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlay this function, and how organ systems are integrated and regulated to maintain homeostasis, while allowing the human body to adapt to changing metabolic and environmental demands. Laboratory classes use cutting-edge equipment that allow you to see “physiology in action” and develop competence in the techniques used by physiologists to advance the field.  

Bioenergetics and Nutrients

This module aims to present foundation knowledge which is fundamental to the study of energy metabolism and nutrition for human performance.

Principles of Training

This module aims to provide you with the necessary understanding of human anatomical structure and function, with a specific focus on movement and exercise analysis. You will learn the principles underpinning the development of cardiovascular fitness, strength, power, speed and flexibility, and apply these to performance in specific sports. You will be encouraged to use a practical approach to this learning and apply your knowledge to movements related to common sporting activities.

Introduction to Sports Science

This module introduces you to the field of sports science and the competencies required as a Sport Scientist. You will be introduced to the concepts of research in sports science through hands-on practical experience. This module will also develop your academic, personal and professional skills to facilitate a successful progression through university and into employment in sports science.

Introduction to Sports Psychology

This module introduces you to psychological factors that are important for athletic and team functioning in sport. You will explore key theories and research across a range of psychological topics relevant to athletes and teams. You will examine relationships between psychological factors and how psychological factors influence sports performance.

Introduction to Sports Biomechanics

This module will introduce you to the fundamental principles of mechanics and biomechanics. You will learn how to collect and analyse, and interpret basic biomechanical data in relation sports performance.

Year two

Exercise Physiology

To examine the theoretical and practical aspects of the physiological response to exercise. Students will be able to differentiate between the acute response and chronic adaptations to exercise, explain the cardiovascular, respiratory, muscular, metabolic, and neuroendocrine response to exercise, examine the variations in fitness of different individuals and identify factors that limit performance

Applied Strength and Conditioning

This module provides you with an applied understanding of the theoretical principles of training to enhance athletic performance.

Research Methods and Study Design

Introduces you to research design and analysis to allow you to critically appraise evidence and to plan your own research.

Sports Nutrition

This module aims to develop a good theoretical and practical understanding of sports nutrition. The module presents the general principles, concepts and underpinning theory in sports nutrition necessary for the development of nutritional strategies for those engaged in recreational through to elite sport.

Biomechanics and Performance Analysis

This module develops the theoretical background of biomechanics and performance analysis, and helps you to apply these concepts and analyse sports performance using both qualitative and quantitative methods.

Psychology of Exercise and Health

In this module students will examine health, lifestyle and exercise-related behavioural conditions (such as obesity, addictive behaviour, sedentary behaviour, eating disorders) and their relation to widely used behaviour change models, and the biopsychosocial perspective. Students are encouraged to think of those issues most relevant to sports and exercise populations, as well as the general public. 

Year three


Allows you to conduct an in-depth, evidence-based study on a topic of your choice (quantitative, qualitative or review) and analyse, synthesise and evaluate the outcomes of the study.

Sport Science Placement and Employability

This module provides you with a vocational opportunity aimed at developing personal transferable skills and work specific skills, thus enhancing future employability. By gaining experience of sport and exercise science in a real world setting you will be challenged to link theory with practice. The module will also provide you with the opportunity to reflect upon evidence-based practice within a vocational setting.

Your choice of pathway from:

Advanced Performance Analysis - SS

This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and expertise to actively practice the discipline of Performance Analysis within an elite setting. You will utilise industry standard equipment to assess, monitor, review and improve performance in athletes/teams. You will use multiple methods to increase performance productivity in your clients.

Advanced Strength and Conditioning - SS

This module will provide you with an extended understanding of the principles governing the training of elite athletes focusing on the application of the latest research to a real-world environment.

Advanced Topics in Exercise Physiology - SS

This module will provide you with a critical understanding of physiological and environmental factors that influence exercise performance for a diverse range of athletes and people engaged in physical activity, including special populations. You will also learn to present and demonstrate the principles of test construction and methods of assessing physical performance and develop the ability to interpret data pertaining to physical performance.

Advanced Topics in Sports Psychology - SS

Explores advanced psychological topics that are considered as current or emerging themes within port. This module focuses on critical thinking in relation to psychological themes, theories, research, and interventions. You will critically appraise the current state of sport psychology to suggest applied and theoretical implications and avenues for future research that would advance the discipline of sport psychology.

Advanced Topics in Exercise Physiology - SS

This module will provide you with a critical understanding of physiological and environmental factors that influence exercise performance for a diverse range of athletes and people engaged in physical activity, including special populations. You will also learn to present and demonstrate the principles of test construction and methods of assessing physical performance and develop the ability to interpret data pertaining to physical performance.

Advanced Topics in Sports Nutrition - SS

This module will evaluate the use of nutritional strategies to maximise adaptation to training as well as before, during and after sport and exercise events. You will then examine the importance of individualising nutritional strategies for specific clients/athletes, and practice the skills necessary to translate sports nutrition principles into practical professional advice in a range of sporting settings.

Biomechanics and Skill Acquisition - SS

Looks at how athletes modify technique and movement skills for performance and injury prevention and how this can be assessed using video-based technology.

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.

What will I be doing?


Coursework assessments




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


You will be assessed during the foundation year through the methods below:

  • Written essays x 3
  • Written portfolio
  • Written exam x 2
  • Coursework presentation

School of Health and Society

In the School of Health and Society, we are focused on enhancing the health and well-being of patients, service users and athletes and our commitment to public involvement help us retain our strong focus on real-world issues. 

Human Performance Laboratory

Our world-class human performance laboratory contains almost every type of physiological, performance analysis and biomechanical testing equipment, including a 30-metre sprint track with inbuilt force platforms, motion capture systems, blood and gas analysis and speed guns. 

We also have a separate physiological testing laboratory and fully equipped strength and conditioning suite, which includes an isokinetic dynamometer and portable force platforms. We also have portable equipment enabling our students to conduct testing in our sports facilities across campus and local sports clubs. 


What you need to know

The 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 degree programme via our BSc (Hons) Sports Science programme page

This course isn’t suitable for international students. If you are an international student and interested in studying a foundation year, please visit our International Foundation Year course page

Standard entry requirements


English Language and Maths at grade 4/C or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below. 

UCAS Tariff points

80 UCAS Tariff points. 

A Level

UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of two A2 subjects. 

BTEC National Extended Diploma


Scottish Highers

UCAS Tariff points. 

Irish Leaving Certificate

UCAS Tariff points including:  

  • English - Higher H6 (D3), Ordinary O5 (C3)
  • Maths - Higher H6 (D3), Ordinary O5 (C3)
  • Science - Higher H6 (D3), Ordinary O5 (C3)

International Baccalaureate

UCAS Tariff points. 

Access to HE

UCAS Tariff points. Health and Science based subjects preferred. 

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from those 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.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2024/25 £8,250.00 for Foundation Year and £9,250.00 for subsequent years.
Full-time home 2025/26 £8,250.00 for Foundation Year and £9,250.00 for subsequent years.

Additional costs

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

Apply now

All set? Let's apply

Still have some questions? Register for one of our Open Days or contact us:

By email: enquiries@salford.ac.uk
By phone: +44 (0)161 295 4545

Enrolment dates

September 2024

September 2025

UCAS information

Course ID C611

Institution S03