Sport (Sports Performance) FdSc

2 years, starting in September 2018

This course is closed to applications for September 2018 entry.

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 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.


You’ll learn from academics with expertise in the sport. Their international collaborations and research activities feed into undergraduate teaching and contribute to your learning experience.


You will be able to use our £30 million Sports Training Village on campus. This provides you with access to the best sporting environment.

We were recognised as the Sports University of the Year in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

Our sports facilities accommodate more than 50 sports. We regularly host major international competitions and provide a dedicated sports training space.


Graduates from our courses are in demand by a wide range of employers. This includes public health, exercise medicine and rehabilitation, sports management, sports coaching and development.

Our sports graduates have gone on to work for:

  • Eurosport
  • Freedom Leisure Centre
  • Newport Gwent Dragons
  • BUPA
  • Active Nation (Secondary School)
  • Mark Blundell Partners

Some of our students choose postgraduate study.

Find out more about what our graduates go on to do.

Course structure

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.


At Bath, our courses are made up of units of study. Compulsory units cover core concepts that you'll need to understand as part of your degree programme. Some of our courses also offer the opportunity for you to study optional units. These allow you to specialise in particular areas of knowledge that interest you.

As an undergraduate, you will be expected to take 60 credits (ECTS) in each academic year. These are usually split into 30 credits for each semester you study. Sixty credits are the equivalent of 1200 notional hours of study; this includes contact time with staff and your own independent learning.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Optional course units

There are no optional units for the FdSc course in years 1 and 2. If you qualify for the BSc you'll be able to choose from a number of optional units in year 3. Here are some examples of the units currently being studied by our students.

Learning and assessment


  • Laboratory sessions
  • Lectures
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops


  • Attendance
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Oral assessment
  • Practical work
  • Seminar
  • Written examination
  • Other

Typical assessment breakdown

This average assessment breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Your specific unit choices will determine the actual breakdown of assessment methods that you will experience.

% written exam

% practical exam

% coursework

Year Written Exam Practical Exam Coursework
Year 1 10% 0% 90%
Year 2 10% 10% 80%

Typical contact time breakdown

This average contact time breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Scheduled learning and teaching may include: lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Your optional unit choices will determine your actual personal contact hours.

% time in scheduled learning and teaching

% time in independent study

% time in placement/year abroad

Year Scheduled Independent Placement
Year 1 17% 83% 0%
Year 2 18% 82% 0%
‘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)

Entry requirements

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.

Origin of qualifications

Select the country where your qualification comes from.

British qualifications

A level Typical offer


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

International Baccalaureate

28 points overall.

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer:
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.

Cambridge Pre-U

Typical offer:
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.

Typical offer:
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.

GCSE requirements

GCSE Mathematics grade C or 4 (or equivalent) plus GCSE English grade C or 4 (or IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in all components, or equivalent).

Spanish qualifications

Titulo de Bachiller

A score of 7 overall.

German qualifications


2.0 overall.

Singaporean qualifications

Singapore A levels

CCC in 3 H2 level subjects.

Greek qualifications


16 in the Apolytirion with 18 in Mathematics and English.

Cypriot qualifications


16 in the Apolytirion with 18 in Mathematics and English.

Fees and funding


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

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for undergraduate courses.

Placement fees

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.

Extra costs

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.

How to pay

Tuition fee loans

If you are studying an undergraduate course, you may be able to take out a loan for your tuition fees and living costs.

Read more about tuition fee loans

Scholarships and bursaries

You could be considered for a bursary or scholarship to help you study at Bath. This is in addition to your student loan and you do not have to pay it back.

Read more about bursaries and scholarships

Other payment options

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


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.

Application information

  • Course title
    Sport (Sports Performance)
  • Final award
  • Mode of study
  • Course code
  • Institution code
  • Department
  • Location
    University of Bath
    Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY
  • UK/EU application deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Application eligibility
    Only UK students are eligible to apply
  • Regulator

Selection process

We will usually assess you based on your UCAS application, including details of your sporting performance. You may be invited to attend a trial for your chosen sport as part of your application.

Immigration requirements

If you need a Tier 4 Student visa to study in the UK, you will not be able to join this course.

Course enquiries

Apply for this course through UCAS.

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