Sport (Sports Performance) FdSc
2 years, starting in September 2018
Develop your athletic expertise and combine your training with academic study of elite sports performance.
This two-year foundation degree enables you to integrate both high-performance sports and academic study. It will appeal if you’re performing at a high standard in your chosen sport.
You will develop your skills and knowledge in training and competition. Topics range from your own physical conditioning and sports nutrition to performance analysis and psychology.
At the start of the course, you will explore fundamental sport, coaching and research topics. You’ll gain a wide range of study skills to prepare you for a variety of sport-related careers.
You will develop academic skills to enable you to further your studies, which will explore the key components underpinning sports performance and athletic success.
On completion of the foundation degree at the required academic standard, you may progress to the one-year BSc (Hons) Sport (Sports Performance) (Work-based Learning) course. This builds on the expertise acquired from earlier study, enabling you to develop the analytical and reflective skills that are valued by employers.
Taking part in our sports
We have nine priority sports in which a Head Coach is employed. Each priority sport has a separate trial and confirmation process at the beginning of the academic year. Acceptance of a place on this foundation degree does not guarantee you a place within our priority sports.
If you take part in a non-priority sport, then you may consider joining any of the existing Students’ Union sports clubs.
This course lasts 2 years. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2020. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.
Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.
- Year 1
- Year 2
As part of your course, you will take compulsory units covering key concepts. You may also be able to take optional units which assist you in developing your own interests.
You need to take 60 credits in each year of your course (usually split equally into 30 credits for each semester), so the number of optional units you can take depends on the number of compulsory units in each year of the course.
Six credits are the equivalent of at least 120 hours of study, including contact time with staff and independent study.
Compulsory course units
These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.
Year 3 (BSc route)
If you complete the two-year foundation degree to the required academic standard, you may be invited to study for a BSc (Hons) one year full-time degree in Year 3.
Learning and assessment
- Laboratory sessions
- Practical sessions
- Multiple choice examination
- Oral assessment
- Practical work
- Written examination
Contact time with staff
In your first year, you should expect to spend 17% of your time in a lecture, seminar or practical/lab setting and 83% of the time in independent study, including reading, preparation, coursework and revision. Your unit option choices will determine your future contact hours.Find out more about contact time with staff
“It’s got all the facilities, all the support. Not only am I competing at a higher level but I’m getting a degree out of it so it’s the best of both worlds.”Madelaine Smith
Bsc Sports Performance (2016)
Your application, especially your personal statement, should demonstrate your enthusiasm for studying sports performance. When describing your experiences you should reflect on what you have learnt from them, how they have influenced your development or how they are relevant to your future studies.
As this course is intended for students who are performing at a very high standard in their chosen sport, and your performance in sport will form part of the selection decision. Your application should include details of your current sporting level in your chosen sport(s).
If you are taking A levels, we may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh). We do not accept A levels in General Studies. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.
Select the country where your qualification comes from.
Typical offer A levelCCC
CCC in three A level subjects.
A level subjects that will not be considered in your application
A level General Studies will not be considered. We may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh).
Typical offers for other qualifications
28 points overall.
Access to HE Diploma
Pass the Access to HE Diploma, with at least 21 credits awarded at Merit or Distinction.
BTEC and Cambridge Technical
Typical Offer: MMM in a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF)/ BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF)/ Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma.
If your academic profile is exceptional, we may be able to consider an application from you if you are studying a BTEC or Cambridge Technical Diploma qualification.
See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.
M3, M3, M3
Open University Credits
Typically, we would be looking for you to have studied units worth at least 120 credits.
This information is a guide and all students applying with Open University Credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will consider your application carefully and take note of any previous qualifications or relevant work experience. Please contact us to discuss your profile prior to making an application.
Pass units worth 120 credits, including a minimum of a Pass 3 (55%) in a relevant unit.
Please note that taking OU credits may be counted as degree-level study by the Student Loans Company and therefore may be counted as previous study and have an impact on your ability to access student loans/grants for the entirety of your chosen degree. We recommend that you discuss this in detail with the SLC before following this progression route to the University of Bath.
Combinations of qualifications
Your application will be considered individually based on the particular combination of qualifications and subjects that you are taking.
We can consider combinations of accepted qualifications, such as A levels and a BTEC.
- CC in two A level subjects plus M in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/National Extended Certificate (RQF) OR the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma (QCF)/Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (RQF).
- C in one A level subject plus MM in the BTEC Diploma (QCF)/National Diploma (RQF).
- CC in two A level subjects plus M3 in a Pre-U Principal Subject.
- CC in two A level subjects plus 4 in an IB HL Certificate. While we do not consider the IB Careers Programme for entry, we are able to consider the combinations of components that are typically offered by this route, such as BTEC and IB HL Certificate combinations.
- CCC in two A level excluding Accounting subjects plus the IFS Diploma in Financial Studies.
We can also consider combinations that are not listed and that do not include A levels. You should read the information about essential and preferred subjects and subject combinations. We cannot consider different qualifications if they are in the same subject area.
Fees and funding
You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.Read more about your payment options.
Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.Learn how we decide fee status
Placement fees vary
You will normally pay a reduced tuition fee while on a placement period or studying abroad. Find out more about placement fees and study abroad fees.
The following course-related costs are not included in your fees:
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (Depending on Placement)
£50. You may be required to pay for a DBS check depending on any week long work placements you undertake.
You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.
Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.
If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.
Course titleSport (Sports Performance)
Mode of studyFull-time
UK/EU application deadline15 January 2018
Overseas deadline15 January 2018
Application eligibilityUK and Overseas students are eligible to apply
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