As sport participation rates are forecast to increase over the coming years, the study of sports science and human performance is becoming more and more important. Now is the perfect time to complete this Foundation Degree with us and develop the skills that will help you enjoy a rewarding career in the industry.

Focus on the three main disciplines of sport science – Physiology, Biomechanics and Psychology – as identified by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES), and look at the foundations of physiological and psychological training, exploring how sports performance is affected by these factors in both theoretical and practical tests.

Along with studying bioenergetics and the metabolism, you’ll also learn about the theory behind the biomechanics of strength and conditioning, and complete practical assignments to understand this subject in more detail. Each topic will prepare you with the knowledge and skills to succeed in a sports science related role. This course is validated by Manchester Metropolitan University.

Openshaw Campus
Full Time
2 years
September 2021
Awarding Partner:
Manchester Metropolitan University
You’ll be taught by a team of experienced teachers with a wealth of knowledge and industry experience from the sport sector including nutritionists, physiologists, psychologists and strength and conditioning coaches.

Our whole team regularly update their knowledge and skills, with strong links to Manchester Metropolitan University. All staff have, or are working towards a higher-level Master’s qualification.

• If you have vocational qualifications such as the Certificate / Diploma in Personal Training alongside relevant work experience, you’re welcome to apply.

• Applicants should possess two A levels (an A level in PE would be an advantage), or a BTEC Level 3 in a related area

• 64 UCAS Tariff Points
Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.

Exercise Physiology and Adaptations (30 credits)

Year 1: Bioenergetics and Metabolism (30 credits)
Build your knowledge of energy metabolism and nutrition for human movement.

Year 1: Biomechanics Theory and Application (30 credits)
Explore human anatomy, kinesiology and the biomechanical principles that are relevant to movement during sport and exercise.

Year 1: Foundations of Physiological and Psychological Training (30 credits)
Learn about the physiological foundations of sport training and conditioning and the nature of sport psychology as a contemporary discipline. You’ll examine how physiological training and psychology techniques can help improve sporting performanc

Year 1: Professional and Academic Development (30 credits)
Develop the essential academic and professional skills you need for success on the course and beyond.

Year 2: Biomechanics of Strength and Conditioning Theory and Practice (30 credits)
This unit aims to provide the learner with an understanding of the principles of theory and practice, bridging the gap between science and application that has been a driving force in the field of strength and conditioning.

Year 2: Exercise Physiology Theory and Application (30 credits)
To equip learners with fundamental knowledge of the principles underlying exercise physiology focusing on the acute responses and chronic adaptations to exercise, sporting demands and the environment

Year 2: Practice Based Research (30 credits)
The Unit extends the discipline-specific and research methods knowledge and skills gained within the Level 4 Professional and Academic Development Unit by enabling students to engage in a small scale research project.

Year 2: Psychology of Sports Performance (30 credits)
This unit will provide students with a detailed analysis of mental skills training techniques and investigate where these techniques can be applied in order to enhance sports performance.
Baechle, T. R. & Earle, R. W. (2016). Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning
Bolton, G.E.J. (2014) Reflective Practice: Writing and Professional Development
McArdle, W., Katch, F. and Katch, V. (2015). Exercise Physiology: Nutrition, Energy, and Human Performance

McGinnis, P. (2013). Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise

Weinberg, R.S., & Gould, D. (2015). Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology
The course will be delivered via lectures, seminars, tutorial, practical sessions, guest speakers / visits, independent study. The course is assessed with a variety of methods, both individual and group, including:

• Lab reports
• Essays
• Presentations
• Portfolio submissions
• Examinations
• Practical and research based coursework assignments
• Work-based learning
• Demonstrations
• Practical projects.
The sports industry is competitive but a Sports Science and Human Performance Foundation Degree will give you the key skills to succeed in many careers. Jobs related to this qualification could include:

• Employment in professional sports clubs
• Applied sports scientists
• Strength and conditioning coaches
• Performance analysts
• Exercise referral specialists.
• The health sector, including the National Health Service
• Exercise Physiologist
• Sports Nutritionists
• Teaching (following completion of a Top up and a PGCE)
There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

 Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
 Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.

You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.

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All of the books required for the course are available either from the library or as e-books. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. You may also need to print assignments and other documents.

Campus printing costs start from 5p per page.

Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £50 each year for books and printing

If undertaking work experience (which may be paid or unpaid) you may also need to factor in travel costs to your place of work

You will be required to have an enhanced DBS check for this course to ensure you meet both our and industry safeguarding requirements. Please note there will be an additional cost to your course fees to cover Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) checks. Please see the GOV.UK website for DBS costs.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.

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