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Foundation Degree

Key Facts

Sport, Health & Wellbeing

Full Time Duration: 2 years How to apply: Via UCAS


Career Progression Leisure or Sports Manager Average wage ÂŁ35,081

Who is this course for? Health, sport and wellbeing is one of the largest sectors of the sport and leisure industry. National concerns about obesity, poor health, community cohesion and safety, school PE provision and anti-social behaviour have resulted in greater participation in physical activity and sport becoming a top government priority, and an area of significant public expenditure. This course is designed for those who wish to work in this exciting and challenging field. The focus of the course is on engaging people and encouraging and enabling them to participate in sport and physical activity. It will give you the skills, knowledge and ability to run your own coaching sessions, programmes and sports events.

What will I study? The foundation degree is based upon building a variety of academic / research skills through the examination of key issues in health, sport and well-being, which will give you the skills necessary to study these issues in greater depth should you complete the top up year. The foundation degree emphasises the development of the academic and study skills required for success in higher education and introduces the fundamentals of health, sport and well-being. Modules include: Introduction to Sports Development; Sports Coaching Skills; Introduction to Sport in Society; Psychology and Leadership of Sports Performance.

You will learn how to promote and deliver sport and physical activity to a diverse range of people and communities. You will also learn to understand trends in community sport and physical activity within the context of government policies. You will acquire the skills and knowledge to be a strategic thinker and planner and learn how sport and physical activity can be used to regenerate and develop communities. You will study coaching principles and will have opportunities to put these into practice.

What qualifications or experience do I need? 120 UCAS points from a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport (or equivalent) or at least two A2 Levels in PE or a science subject. You should also have five GCSEs at grade C (4/5) or above (or equivalent) in any subjects.

How will I be assessed? The types of assessment you will be required to complete fall into two general categories, formative and summative. Formative assessments are activities that do not contribute to your overall module grade. They are however an integral part of the learning strategy for a module and you are required to complete them. They will be assessed and you will receive feedback on your standard of work and level of achievement. Formative assessments serve to assess your learning as the module progresses. Summative assessments are those assessment activities for which the

marks will contribute to the overall module grade. You will also receive feedback on these assessments so that you will know what you have done well and where you can improve. In this way, summative assessment provides valuable learning for modules which are to follow. Many of the formative assessment tasks will either serve as preparation for your summative assessment tasks or provide an opportunity for a “practice run�. Many different forms of assessment are employed on the programme for both formative and summative purposes, the major forms being as follows: coursework (usually essays and reports); written examinations; practical assessments (particularly for coaching modules); skills portfolios/personal development Plans; case studies; oral presentations (individual and group) and poster presentations.

What qualifications could I achieve? Foundation Degree.

Leaving destinations You will have the opportunity to complete the top up year of the BA (hons) in Health, Sport and Wellbeing alternatively, employment prospects are excellent. In recent years students have quickly found employment in local authority sport development units, school sport, further education colleges, county sport partnerships and private sector organisations. In addition, several past students have progressed to become teachers of sport development in further education colleges.

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