Sports Studies - Foundation Degree

The Foundation Degree in Sports Studies was designed to meet the growing demand for advanced vocational training in the sports industry. The vocational theme and academic credential of the foundation degree ties in successfully with large scale sporting/employment opportunities such as those arising from the London 2012 Olympic Games. The demand for high quality staff with relevant expertise remains important both before and after the Games in the many diverse areas within the sports industry including sports coaching, sport development and exercise fitness.

The programme allows you to gain both practical experience and an academic qualification that helps to support movements into management positions within the sports sector. The programme allows learners to build on previous knowledge and experience through the use of embedded work-based learning within the sports industry and schools.

Aims of programme

The aims of the programme are:

- To enhance knowledge, skills and understanding to support learning and/or administration in a wide range of sport sector settings
- To be able to facilitate appropriate understanding and evaluation of the frameworks applicable to working within sports, exercise and fitness, sports coaching and sports development sectors, including your effects on other people and the environment in which you work
- To develop critical self-awareness and reflection, and the ability to understand and apply the principles of evidence-based theory
- To develop personal employability as well as enhancing transferable skills across a variety of sports industry settings
- To provide you with a suitable academic platform for progression to BA (Hons) PE & Sport or related degree, or to sport sector employment.

Programme contents

Year 1 (Level 4)
• The Human Body in Action (30 Credits)
• Research Skills in Sports Studies (15 Credits)
• Work Related Case Study (15 Credits)
• Practical Sports Performance 1 (30 Credits)
• Sports Coaching 1 (15 Credits)
• Sport in the UK (15 Credits)

Year 2 (Level 5)
• Human Movement & The Psychology of Performance (30 Credits)
• Practical Sports Performance 2 (30 Credits)
• Work Based Learning Project (30 Credits)
• Sports Coaching 2 (15 Credits)
• Performance Analysis in Sport (15 Credits)

Awarding body

University of Greenwich

Entry requirements

Students under 21:

80 UCAS points

We also accept equivalent qualifications, including:

. BTEC/National Diploma
. International Baccalaureate
. Advanced & Progression Diplomas
. Access courses

Plus: GCSE English language & Maths with a minimum of grade C/4 or recognised equivalent are required

Students over 21:

If you do not have the above UCAS for GCSE requirements but have appropriate experience, specific knowledge or industry-based qualifications, your application will be welcomed & still considered

Progression / Careers

Many students progress into year 3 of a BA (Hons) Physical Education & Sport programme at the University of Greenwich, or into an alternative university. Students who need further support and development may enter year 2 of a BA Sports Studies/PE & Sport degree. Students may also wish to progress into alternative qualifications such as sports coaching or management, or Leisure Management degrees.

The career options of students undertaking the course generally support the process of seeking employment within the teaching profession, this however is not restrictive, and many students move into careers within the sports coaching environment as well as in the leisure and fitness industries.


£5,950 per academic year

Modes of assessment

Assessment will be a combination of formative and summative assessment tasks. A range of methods will include: essays, reports, portfolio tasks, group presentations, video examinations, oral examinations, practical assessments and through evidence-based competencies developed within the portfolio.

Additional information

Student Testimonials

“Having not been in education for over 10 years I was concerned if I would be able to complete the work to the correct standard. The support I have received from the academic staff have meant that the transition back in to studying has been smooth and relatively stress free.” (D. Pooley)

“I feel that I am learning and developing the skills required to become a PE teacher” (F. McCabe)


This information may be subject to change without prior notice.

Timetables are normally available one week before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.