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Sport Events and Tourism Foundation Year

Get the specialised start you need for a great degree in sport or tourism

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Would you like to brush up on your academic skills and industry knowledge before undertaking a full degree in sports, events or tourism? This one year foundation course is ideally suited to students who don’t yet meet the entry requirements for a three-year honours degree, as well as those who feel like they would like to improve their academic skills before beginning a degree programme. 

  • Students learn a broad variety of professional skills relevant to sport, events, tourism and academia.
  • Teaching focuses on essential academic skills including research, presentation and literacy.
  • Students specialise in either sports or tourism through optional units.
  • Students who successfully complete their foundation year can progress onto one of seven full honours degrees (listed below).
  • The Southampton Solent University campus is home to a range of comfortable and modern study facilities.
  • Students are supported by the employability service, the student entrepreneurship programme and the learning skills team.

The programme

This Sport, Events and Tourism Foundation Year will build up your learning, communication, presentation, numeracy, IT and people skills, preparing you to progress onto one of the following degree programmes:

Solent University is proud to offer students a supportive learning environment. Face to face academic support is complemented by 24/7 access to our virtual learning environment.

This course is delivered flexibly, allowing students to choose their own specialism. The course also offers two start times, one in September and the other in January.

Next steps

Think you could benefit from an academic foundation year? With a focus on study skills, research, independent working and basic industry knowledge, this sports, events and tourism foundation programme will help provide you with the skills you’ll need to progress onto a full-time degree here at Southampton Solent University.

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Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
80 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
32 UCAS Tariff points

Year one:


Core units

  • Developing Professional Practice (L3)
  • The Leisure Industry
  • Essentials of Employability
  • Marketing in the 21st Century
  • Contemporary Issues Project.


  • Sport, Health and Fitness
  • Tourism and Events in the Contemporary World.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course is taught through lectures, seminars, projects and portfolio work. On the Leisure Project unit, students select their own project topics – usually related to their long-term study interests – and develop them throughout the year, whereas Introduction to Marketing requires the production of a professional portfolio.

The course is assessed using a combination of continuous assessment, written reports, presentations and examinations, to prepare students for the range of assessment methods on an undergraduate degree.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

The skills that you develop on the course will prepare you for degree-level study at the University, while the broad introduction to sport or tourism gives you a strong base for your higher-level studies in sport or tourism.

The Sport, Event and Tourism Foundation Year is the first year in the extended version of the following courses:

BA (Hons) Adventure and Outdoor Management
BA (Hons) Events Management
BA (Hons) Fitness Management and Personal Training
BA (Hons) International Tourism Management
BA (Hons) Sport Coaching and Development
BA (Hons) Sports Studies
BA (Hons) Sports Studies and Business
BA (Hons) Tourism Management

Transferable skills

Throughout the course, you will develop communication, presentation, numeracy, IT, problem solving and people skills, important for your chosen degree pathway and for your future career.

Further study

The foundation year is specifically designed to provide the strong knowledge base you’ll need to take a place on one of Solent’s highly rated sports and tourism courses, including sport science, events management, tourism management and more.


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: n/a

Entry requirements


UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

80 points (for 2016 entry) or 32 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP or BTEC Diploma at PP or equivalent.
  • GCSE mathematics and English at grade C or above. 
  • We will consider mature students who have not recently undertaken a formal course of study at A-level or equivalent but can demonstrate relevant work or voluntary experience, indicating their ability to complete the course successfully.
  • Overseas applicants in an equivalent situation to UK students as outlined above and who have been taught in English or have IELTS 5.5 or equivalent will be considered.
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT 71 with a minimum of 19 in in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.


Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £10,000 per year

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

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Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.


How to apply


Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.



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