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What makes Sport and Community FdA* at Worcester special?

This exciting course provides a broadly based vocational foundation degree in sport, set in the community context, making it distinctive from similar courses. It is ideal if you are wishing to pursue a career in the sports sector. It aims to develop the underpinning knowledge, skills and understanding through the opportunity to engage in a number of work based learning modules.

The course covers a range of fundamental sport disciplines, from basic sport and exercise science, to socio-cultural issues, sport development, and management and coaching, reflecting the contemporary sport industry, from both regional and global perspectives. 

The partnership between Herefordshire and Ludlow College and the University of Worcester offers a unique opportunity to study on both campuses, with progression to a Level 6 BA (Hons) Sport Development and Coaching for students wishing to pursue a further academic qualification.        

*This course is subject to validation for a 2019 start

Key features

  • Professional Placements that build confidence and life skills
  • Excellent industry links and collaborative partnerships including UK sports organisations
  • Contemporary and relevant content for sport related careers
  • High quality learning and teaching
  • On successful completion of the course there are opportunities to progress onto a level 5 degree programme in sport at the University of Worcester, or the level 6 BA (Hons) Sport Development and Coaching degree
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

72

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

72 UCAS tariff points and GCSE Maths and English language at Grade C/4 or above

Access to HE diploma welcome

A full Disclosure & Barring Service check is required for some modules

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com   

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Level 4

  • Socio Cultural studies in Sport and Physical Activity
  • Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Science
  • Principles of Sport Pedagogy  (Coaching and Teaching)
  • Work Based Learning – Preparing for the Sports Industry/ Developing Intrapersonal Skills
  • Physical Activity and Health
  • Sport in the Community
  • Disability Sport
  • Work Based Learning – Preparing for the Sports Industry/ Developing Practice Based Skills

Level 5

  • Training Principles for Sports Coaching
  • Sports Development in Practice
  • Investigative and Research Skills in Sport
  • Work Based Learning - Diversity and Inclusion in Sport
  • Sport Leadership and Management
  • Sociological Perspectives in Sport and Exercise
  • Applied Research Skills
  • Work Based Learning – Career Development, Interpersonal Skills and Placement

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

The course will be delivered through a combination of taught theoretical, practical and work based learning modules, providing important work experience whilst studying.

The focus is on the development of your skills and knowledge across a range of sport disciplines including sport development and management, sports coaching, the socio-cultural context of sport, and sport and exercise science. Applied learning opportunities are integral and provide you with a broad range of knowledge and skills designed to secure employment or further study in related vocational areas.    

Teaching

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and by feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice.

You will experience a range of different learning and teaching methods such as seminars, interactive lectures, tutorial groups and learning sets, alongside various digital technologies.

There will also be meetings with Personal Academic Tutors which are scheduled on a regular basis.       

Location of Study

This is a University of Worcester approved course delivered primarily at Herefordshire and Ludlow College. Some modules will be taught at the University of Worcester to enhance the range of excellent facilities and support that is available at both institutions. 

Assessment

The foundation degree is a vocational course and assessment methods will reflect this. A variety of different approaches are used to assess learning including;

  • Individual and group presentations
  • Practical coaching and critical reflections on practice
  • Case Studies
  • Reflective Work Placement Journal
  • Essays and reports
  • Investigative Research

Feedback

  • You will receive feedback on both formal and informal assessments throughout the course.  Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss this with your Personal Academic Tutor and module tutors as appropriate.
  • We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of the hand-in date.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake personal self-study per week.  Typically, this will involve engaging in on-line activities, working on individual and group projects, topic reading and research, refection and evaluation of applied tasks, planning practical sessions.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Learning Resource Centre at Herefordshire and Ludlow College and the Hive and library resources at University of Worcester. There is also the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

 

Careers

Where could it take you?

The course provides a sound basis for careers in:

  • Sport Development
  • Sport Management
  • Health and exercise consultants and trainers
  • Sport Administration (e.g. Sport England, National Governing Bodies)
  • Community and Disability Sport providers
  • Project Management in Sport 

It is also an ideal base for postgraduate study

Progression

On successful completion of the programme, there are opportunities to progress onto the final year of the  BA (Hons) Sport Development and Coaching degree at the University of Worcester

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2019/20 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for part-time UK and EU students registering on this foundation degree in the academic year 2019/20 is £1,156 per 15 credit module and £2,313 per 30 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

Due to placement opportunities, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Any additional vocational qualifications will incur a cost.

All sport students are expected to wear School of Sport and Exercise Science branded sports kit. This includes a polo top, t-shirt and a hooded sweatshirt and costs approximately £85

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page

Apply

How do you apply?

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk  

Course leader

Nick Preece
Preecen@hlcollege.ac.uk