Sport and Education BA (Hons) - with Foundation Year

Course length: 4 years full-time


What is the course?

Newman University is piloting a new innovative foundation year for their social science degrees. The pre-degree year of this four year course, if passed, leads into the same study programme as the 3 year joint honours degree course of Sport and Education.

This foundation year enables those unable to access the traditional UCAS tariff requirements for a three year degree, an alternative route into beginning and ultimately gaining an honours degree.

Why study Sport and Education?

This joint honours course combines the study of sport and education, and is designed to offer you the opportunity to examine the theory and practice of physical education across education and community sport sectors. You will be offered insights into teaching and learning theory, and various contemporary issues in education, and approaches to the delivery of physical activity programmes in school and community settings will be explored.

You will follow a programme designed to prepare you for future work in sport and education contexts so that you can inspire young people to be active. Modules are delivered by Physical Education and Sport Studies, and Education Studies departments.

What does the course cover?

The course covers core areas of learning theory (including learning processes), the social study of sport, and specialist modules on the teaching and learning of sport and physical education, which seamlessly blends theory with practice. Education is studied from the perspective of the individual learner both within formal systems of education and in informal contexts. The programme is designed to give you a ‘rounded’ understanding of education through study of the philosophy, psychology and sociology of education. You will have the opportunity to consider sport and education in relation to issues of equality, special educational needs, creativity and the impact of new technologies on education and sport. You will also learn how to conduct research effectively.

What is it about?

The Foundation Year in Social Sciences promotes student understanding of education, society and the social sciences alongside consideration of their own educational journey, to effectively prepare them for degree level study. It sees personal reflection, growth and high levels of student determination as essentials. It provides a supportive learning environment which develops confidence, intellectual curiosity in tandem with the ability to manage working as a member of a team as well as autonomously. The programme emphasises non-formal adult learning and democratic development on an individual and community level.

Students apply for a named foundation year degree but can swap onto other degrees within the Foundation Year route in the course of the year, if the subject agrees.

For further information regarding years 2, 3 and 4 of this course please visit the 3 year degree course details. Sport and Education BA (Hons)

How will I be assessed?

We pride ourselves on giving good academic and individual support to each of our students. Teaching is varied and assessment is much more than just essays and exams, involving presentations, practical coaching/teaching sessions, portfolios, web design and posters.

What careers can I consider?

With the skills and knowledge that this course will provide, a wide range of opportunities will be open to you as a graduate of Sport and Education Studies. Possible career destinations include community sport educator, physical education learning support assistant or school based physical activity coach/ educator. You could also undertake postgraduate professional training (PGCE or School Direct) for qualified teacher status (QTS) in primary and secondary education.

Newman University would like to draw your attention to our Academic Regulations. These regulations are your Terms of Reference and should be considered when making a decision to study with our institution.

Entry requirements

All students apply through UCAS for a four year named degree, which includes the Foundation year.

A typical offer to students will be between 48 and 80 UCAS tariff points to access the programme.

However, as all applicants will be invited to interview, there is opportunity to discuss any circumstances that may have affected the accrual of level three credits. Those with considerable work and life experience of a complexity that demonstrates an aptitude to study at degree level, but with no formal qualifications, will also be accepted.

Different degree pathway options available at the end of the Foundation year have different entry requirements. Whilst not a condition of entry onto the Foundation Year, students wishing to enter particular routes will need to meet these by the time they complete the year. please see the respective course pages on the Newman University website for further details.
Sport and Education (BA Hons) 


Fees per academic year: 2017/18* 
Fees are currently £4,560 for the Foundation Year 0 and are funded through the government loan scheme (effectively meaning people undertake a four year degree).

Fees for the following three years are currently £9,250 per year. Please go to the standard 3 year degree page for details.
Sport and Education BA (Hons)

* Please note for 2018/19 the University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Finance and Scholarship information

Additional costs:

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is not required for entry into this programme, although it is in many cases required by employers before students can begin their Year 2 (level 5) work placement.  The cost of the DBS is currently £55 (including processing fee) with the option of subscribing to the update service which is currently £13 per year.  For more information on your DBS application please click here.

Sport and Education BA (Hons) - with Foundation Year

The Foundation Year

The foundational modules Studentship, Education and Society (1) & (2) go across the programme, examining what is needed to be successful in higher education including one’s personal disposition towards learning. These work through student’s experiences of formal assessment such as exams, reading academically and academic writing conventions, to help develop strategies in overcoming barriers to effective engagement. Concurrently students will undertake the module Foundations of Social Sciences. This explores the relevance of philosophy, politics, sociology, psychology and economics, and applied social science such as sports science, criminology and health to student’s everyday lives.

In the second semester and in tandem with the second Studentship module, students undertake two projects. In Understanding and Exploring Society, students apply what they have learnt to the real world. Students then investigate and make a case for studying on the subsequent course they wish to study. This involves undertaking both desk based research and interviews with lecturers and current students, as well as undertaking direct experience of the teaching conducted across at least two courses within the pathway.

Foundation Year - Semester One
FYS001: Studentship, education and Society (1) (20 credits)
FYS003: Foundations of social science (40 credits)

Foundation Year - Semester Two
FYS002: Studentship, education and Society (2) (20 credits)
FYS004: Understanding and exploring Society (20 credits)
FYS005: Degree route proposal (20 credits)

For course content for years 2,3, and 4 of this course please visit the 3yr full-time degree page  Sport and Education BA(Hons)


Course code


Course Code: C602

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