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Ulster University Foundation Degree in Sport, Coaching and Fitness

The Foundation Degree in Sport, Coaching and Fitness aims to ensure that the evolving needs of the sporting sector are met, including professional and volunteer coaches, managers, leaders, trainers, instructors and teachers.
Bangor, Lisburn
Level 5

Course Structure

The two year programme consists of the following mandatory and optional modules;


Year 1 

Mandatory Modules:

·         Anatomy and Physiology

·         Sport Psychology

·         The Professional Fitness Environment Optional Modules:

·         Sport and Society

·         Sports Analysis

·         Principles of Teaching and Coaching

·         Personal and Professional Development in Sport

·         Fundamental Skills in Laboratory Testing

·         Health and Well Being

 Year 2

Mandatory Modules:

·         Work Based Learning 1 and 2

·         Research Methods

·         Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Optional Modules:

·         Sports Coaching 

·         Strength and Conditioning

·         Physical Education

·         Applied Laboratory Techniques and Biomechanics

·         Sports Coaching

·         Strength and Conditioning


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Contact Hours

Contact Hours per week

15 hours contact time to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials.

Mandatory Additional Study

Maximum of 3 hours per week average over the academic year.

Personal Study

Classroom contact hours should be matched in personal study as a minimum through additional reading, research and preparation of assessments.

Work placement – year two

3 days per week by 16 weeks across both semesters .  An in-depth structured work placement within the Sport, Coaching and Fitness industry during the final year of the programme.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must also meet the following criteria:


GCSE and University General Entrance requirement statement

  • Three GCSE to include GCSE English Language Grade C or above OR Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Literacy

GCSE Maths

  • GCSE Mathematics Grade C or above OR Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Numeracy. 


A minimum of 64 UCAS points including:

  • A levels which must include one at A2 OR
  • Level 3 Diploma (or equivalent) and must include a subject in a related area

Access Diploma

  • Access Diploma in Foundation Studies with an overall average of 65%+ and with one science module at 60%+

International Requirements

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • IELTS 6.0; (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)
  • PTE 51 ·     
  • Or equivalent (Examples of equivalent qualifications would be a GCSE in English, Level 3 Programmes, Essential Skills in Literacy – Level 2, ESOL Level 2 or another qualifications gained at an Institution within the UK).  


Successful completion of the admissions process


Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning.  Further details on APEL can be found in the admissions section  

Progression to Ulster University Sports related courses will be dependant on attainment of Maths GCSE at Grade C or higher.

How will I be assessed and given feedback?

Students are assessed using a range of different methods. These include examinations, coursework, Project Based Learning, presentations, practical, posters, leaflets, role-play, and case studies.  This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study.  Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.

Where will it take me?


Previous SERC graduates of this course, have used this qualification to continue towards a BSc degree, enter employment in the Sport, Coaching and Fitness Industry and coaching/education fields.  On successful completion of the course, some students may wish to obtain enhanced Degree entry.  

Ulster University: SERC students who achieve an average of 65% or more in Year 2 modules for entry into second year of BSc (Hons) Sports related courses. Entry into the third year of the BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching is available to SERC students who achieve an average of 50% or more in Year 2 modules.  

This course will grant you the status of Ulster University Associate Student.


How will it make me more employable?

You will learn transferable skills on the course, which will help you to apply for relevant jobs within the Sport, Coaching and Fitness Industry.

Additional Costs

A range of coaching awards will be completed by each student during the programme in addition to an extended period of work placement.  The mandatory qualifications are:

  • Sport NI Safeguarding Children - £15
  • First Aid - £45
  • Governing Body Coaching Awards (tailored to individual student need) 


Students will be expected to purchase Course Sports Kit at an estimated cost of £90. In addition students will be required to pay for their own Access NI check.

Optional Awards

  • Level 3 Active IQ Personal Training - £550
  • Level 2 Active IQ Instructing Studio Cycling - £108
  • Level 2 Active IQ Instructing Circuit Session  - £128
  • Level 2 Active IQ Instructing Kettlebells - £128
  • First Aid at Work - £60



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Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:
  • Comply with College Policies and procedures.
  • Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted.
  • Pass all modules in each year of study in order to proceed to the next year of the programme.  The minimum overall pass mark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules.

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