Sport and Exercise Studies 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 in Sport and Exercise Studies.

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 Exercise Studies?

Undertaking a degree in sports studies at Newman will enable you to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and competencies required for establishing a career in sports related professions. You will examine the practical, professional and theoretical elements that influence sports and exercise performance and participation. As well as enhancing knowledge and experience of sports studies you will develop skills in communication, leadership, ICT, time management, organisation, critical thinking, presentation, problem solving, data handling and project management.

What does the course cover?

During your first year of study you will deepen your knowledge and understanding of the principles that underpin participation and performance in sport and exercise. This involves exploring various factors that influence participation in physical activity, exercise and sport at all levels, from beginner to elite athletes. In addition, you will develop an understanding of the scientific and theoretical principles that underpin sporting performance and participation in a range of themed modules.

During your second year of study you will focus more on sports policy and management, physical education, and socio-cultural aspects of sport and exercise. Furthermore, you will have an opportunity to explore psychology or physiological aspects of sport  and exercise if you wish to. In your second year, you will be able to undertake work placements in one of several appropriate professional settings, which will be very useful for developing competencies relevant to future employment. In the third year you can select modules that relate to a specific sports related career to develop your expertise.

What makes this course noteworthy?

• This course will involve you in a high proportion of practical activities, seminar discussions, and lab-based work in sport and exercise

• There will be opportunities for you to develop your own areas of academic research and relate your studies to practical sports situations

• Lecturers on this course regularly present at international conferences, collaborate internationally and publish research in top academic journals

• Diverse and innovative assessment methods include a combination of presentations, essays, examinations and practical tests

How will I be assessed?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars and practical sessions. Assessment is by a combination of written examinations, presentations, assessed coursework and practical tests. The coursework may include a working portfolio, laboratory manuals, reports and essays.

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 Exercise Studies BA (Hons)

What careers can I consider?

This course develops a broad range of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers in a wide range of work situations. Possible career destinations would include roles within sports coaching, teaching, sports development, sports and leisure management, the armed forces or police, and sports promotion.

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

September 2018 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 Exercise Studies (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 Exercise Studies 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 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 Exercise Studies 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 Exercise Studies BA(Hons)


Course code


Course Code: C603

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