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About the course

Do you want to turn your love for sport into an academic qualification and study for a sports-related honours degree here at Solent University? Leading directly on to our highly-regarded sports degrees, this one year foundation programme will equip you with the skills you’ll need to progress on to a full degree.

Studying this foundation year could give students an opportunity to extend previous experience gained, or provide a route back into education. The course will help develop the key academic skills required to make the transition to studying a full honours degree. 

Designed to reflect the needs of the sports industry, students explore a variety of subjects from leadership to fitness foundations, sports business management, sport in the contemporary world and volunteering.

Students will study core theories in sport and fitness but, crucially, will learn how to apply this knowledge in practical settings – helping to develop the skills that employers are looking for.

To enhance learning, students have the opportunity to build further skills by undertaking professional qualifications such as NGB and REPs. Students are also able to assist some of our degree-level students with community projects through the volunteering module, gaining real world experience, as well as building confidence and employability skills.

This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

Students will gain the necessary academic skills to progress on to a full honours degree.

What does this course lead to?

Students on our sports degrees have gone onto a range of exciting careers, including sports coaching, events management and fitness training.

Who is this course for?

This course is perfect for sports enthusiasts who wish to study for a full honours degree, but might not meet the entry requirements.

Upon completion of the foundation year, students will be able to progress directly on to the first year of a relevant undergraduate sports-related course.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,000 per year

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Compulsory costs
DBS disclosure: £84
Compulsory sports clothing: £55

Optional costs
Additional clothing and NGB awards

Bursaries and scholarships

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

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

48 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP or BTEC Diploma at MP or  equivalent.
  • 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, that's indicative of their ability to complete the course successfully.
  • We will also consider 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.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement

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
  • 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.

Pre-Sessional English programme

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.


Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact admissions.international@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066

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: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 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 the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Leadership Through Sport
    During this module you will learn about key definitions, theories and concepts of leadership including: leadership styles, theories of learning, becoming a leader, creating an environment, reflective practice, leading individuals and teams, how to develop athletes and safe and inclusive practice.
  • Foundations of Fitness 
    In addition to learning the theories that underpin the subject of fitness in sport, you will engage with various topics and learning styles and opportunities.
  • The Sports & Football Industry
    This module will introduce you to the wider Sport and Football industry and enable you to focus on the environments that relate more closely to your chosen degree in the Sport, or Football environment. 
  • Fundamentals of Sport Business Management
    Studying this module will provide you with a broad overview of the sport business and will enable you to develop subject-specific knowledge in several key areas such as operations, management, finance and marketing.
  • Volunteering in Sport 
    The module will focus on the personal and professional development opportunities available to enhance the key attributes that employers demand, covering both customer-facing and business-facing experiences.
  • Sport in the Contemporary World 
    In this module will focus on the contemporary issues in sport, Teaching and learning will be led by issues highlighted in the academic arena, trade press and general media.

Support

Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Charlie Gambrill academic profile Charlie Gambrill Associate Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to Solent’s fantastic sports facilities, including our multi-million-pound Test Park football centre and sports halls. You’ll also benefit from our close links with local sports development organisations and clubs – helping you to build your network of industry contacts.

The course has a strong focus on employability and allows students to gain ‘real-world’ experience through volunteering opportunities.

Your future

Students on our sports courses have gone on to secure roles with a vast range of sports industries, clubs and organisations.

Students will gain a broad knowledge and hands-on practical experience to enable them to progress to one of our sports degrees.

Industry links

We have strong links with local sport development organisations and sports clubs. The project work that the foundation students will be working on as part of the volunteering unit is run in partnership with the Solent Coach Innovation Programme where they will be mentored by and helping second and third year degree students deliver sports intervention programmes in the local community.

Placements

At every opportunity, you’ll put your learning into practice. This includes the chance to get involved in a sports intervention project in the local community as part of the coach innovation programme. Students will also have the opportunity to get involved with volunteering project within the community through the volunteering unit.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

Get ready to find your place

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