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Sport and Exercise Science FdSc

  • Level(s) of Study: Foundation degree / Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): C601
  • Start Date(s): September 2022
  • Duration: Two years full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: NTU at Mansfield
  • Entry Requirements:
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Taught at NTU Mansfield, this course will require you to apply your learning to address current challenges of both enhancing sporting performance and physical activity in local contexts. The course is designed to support you, through gaining relevant experience, to develop your academic understanding, your discipline-specific practical skills and your transferable professional skills, and to allow you to showcase these to employers or providers of further study opportunities.

On completion of the foundation degree you will be eligible to top-up to degree level study in Sport and Exercise Science.

What you’ll study

Over both years of the course, you will analyse current data, and plan and deliver interventions to enhance both sporting performance physical activity in identified groups.

There are six modules in year one each worth 20 credits

  • Professional and Academic Skills 1
  • Physical Activity for Health
  • Performance Analysis (Individual Sports)
  • Coaching Theory and Practice
  • Physiology, Training and Testing for Sport and Exercise
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology 1

There are six modules in year two each worth 20 credits

  • Professional and Academic Skills 2
  • Training and Physical Activity Interventions for Sport and Health
  • Performance Analysis
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology 2
  • Nutrition for Sport and Health
  • Current Issues in Sport and Exercise

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Samantha Rynne

FdSc Sport and Exercise Science

The thing that has stood out to me has been the amount of support that is given by the lecturers and tutors to the learners.

Staff Profiles

Stuart Jolly

Principal Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Stuart Jolly

Careers and employability

Your future career

Upon completion of the FdSc Sport and Exercise Science, you can top up to degree level, with the NTU BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science course.

Graduates from this course are well-placed to take up a variety of careers within the sports industry and students can go straight into work after their foundation degree.

With an FdSc in Sport and Exercise Science you can start your career path towards roles such as Fitness Instructor, Sport coaches, instructors and officials, Sports Scientist or Sports Physiotherapist.

Excellent placement opportunities

The course includes an optional sandwich year placement between Year One and Year Two, or during Year Two. You can develop your skills and experience in a working environment which is highly valued by future employers. We offer Participation, Physiology, Nutrition, Performance Analysis and Psychology work experience opportunities with sports clubs such as Mansfield Town Football Academy.

Why undertake a placement?

  • You will gain vital experience in a vocational position.
  • It will boost your CV and build useful contacts for your future career.
  • There are some exciting and challenging opportunities available

Careers Team

At NTU in Mansfield, our award-winning Employability team is here to inspire and enhance your career planning, whichever path you choose. Whether you wish to go on to further study or to look for job opportunities, we can guide you to be a successful candidate.

Campus and facilities

We are continually investing in our facilities and transforming our learning and teaching environment to create an inspiring and innovative atmosphere. Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has announced an exciting new partnership with West Nottinghamshire College, which will see its higher education (HE) provision delivered from the College’s main campus in Mansfield. Teaching will take place at the College’s £6.5 million University Centre, which opened in 2016 and which is equipped with the latest facilities and state-of-the-art technology. Facilities include:

  • Diner and Courtyard Café
  • Learning resource centre
  • Social spaces
  • Sports hall
  • Student support services
  • Students' Union
  • Dedicated study zones including PC suites

As a Sport and Exercise Science student at Nottingham Trent University in Mansfield, you'll learn how to use sport and exercise science equipment and apply cutting-edge technologies in our high-tech Mansfield Sport and Exercise Science Laboratory throughout your foundation degree.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – DDE, including Physical Education, Mathematics or a Science subject* and excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma** – MPP, including relevant Physical Education, Mathematics or Science modules; or
  • 64 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including a Physical Education, Mathematics or a Science subject and excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C/4.

Other requirements:

You may also need to complete:

  • an enhanced level Disclosure and Barring Service check; and
  • a Prohibition Order check; and
  • a satisfactory placement suitability check.

* We may accept Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Sport Studies or Psychology

** If you are applying with a BTEC Extended Certificate you may also need an A-level in Mathematics or a Science subject or equivalent.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

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You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please call us on +44 (0)115 848 4200 or complete our enquiry form.