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. The course attracts athletes and professional players (sometimes retired) who are considering academic study to support future career aspirations.
You will develop your skills and knowledge in and around training and competition. Topics range from your own physical conditioning, sports coaching, performance psychology, performance analysis, sport development and sports nutrition.
You will develop both academic and practitioner skills to enable you to apply a broad set of knowledge’s which explore the key components underpinning sports performance and athletic success.
From the start of the course, you will explore fundamental sport and research topics. You’ll gain a wide range of study skills to prepare you for a variety of sport-related careers.
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 various priority sports in which a Head Coach is employed. The University of Bath is home to many student athletes who show exceptional achievement and potential in both their academic and sporting endeavours. 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 across sport, exercise and health. Their international collaborations and research activities feed into undergraduate teaching and contribute to your learning experience.
Our researchers in the Department for Health have specialisms in:
- injuries and illness
- physical culture
- sports performance
- disability, sport and health
- nutrition and metabolism
As a student on one of our sport, exercise and health courses, you may have access to facilities that support your learning, including laboratories with specialist equipment and the latest technology: Applied Biomechanics Laboratory, Applied Physiology Laboratory, Biochemistry Laboratory, Metabolic Research Laboratory, and a dedicated movement analysis suite.
You’ll also be able to use our £30 million Sports Training Village based on campus. This provides you with access to the some of the best sport and exercise facilities in the UK, accommodating more than 50 sports. We regularly host major international competitions and provide a dedicated sports training space.
Find out what our graduates go on to do
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.
Graduates from our sport, exercise and health courses have gone on to work for:
- Cambridge Medical Robotics
- Coaches Voice
- Hawk-Eye Innovations
- Sports Surgery Clinic
- Department of Health & Social Care
- UK premiership Rugby union clubs
- UK Premier League football clubs