Sport and Physical Education (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

Sport and Physical Education (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

School of Sport and Health Sciences




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    4 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    C6X2; Short form: SSFE

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

During your Foundation Entry Year you will study alongside peers from related courses, whilst you gain a broad introduction to sports leadership. Examine sports from socio-cultural and historical perspectives, combined with the study of physical education, health and fitness, equipping you with a broad range of skills and knowledge that is built from an interdisciplinary approach. You’ll also have the chance to study optional modules in sports management, coaching and development, and will learn about major sporting issues and physical education in the UK and abroad. You’ll be taught by staff with extensive experience – including former teachers and personal trainers, as well as traditional academics. Most lecturers have worked in the real world and they are all currently research active and are passionate about embedding their latest research into the curriculum. Our aim is for you to become a valued and employable graduate with a promising future, and by providing opportunities for hands-on work experience, educational trips, internships and international study and travel, we’ll help you achieve that.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Introduction to Sport and Physical Education
  • Essential Study Skills for Lifelong Learning


  • Professional Work Environments for Sport
  • Practical Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity

Year 2

  • An Introduction to Physical Education
  • The Evolution of Sport in Society
  • Lifestyle Physical Activity and Health
  • Synoptic Module Event Delivery

Year 3

  • Applied Principles of Teaching in Physical Education
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport
  • Developing Healthy Lifestyles
  • Synoptic Module Research Conference

Year 4

  • Research Project OR Consultancy Project OR Entrepreneurship and Enterprise for Sport, Health and Wellbeing
  • Contemporary Physical Education and School Sport

Select 3 from:

  • Sociological Issues in Disability Sport
  • Sport and Politics
  • Applied Healthy Living
  • Strength and Conditioning for PE


Further Information

The course facilitates development of relevant professional and academic skills and knowledge that will support further academic progression and subsequent employment. Students will extend their knowledge and skills through integrated and progressively developmental practical experiences, including work placement and international opportunities.

The course has been designed to allow students to choose options that reflect personal interests and aspirations. In the final year you will build upon the academic and vocational skills acquired through compulsory modules and demonstrate your ability to work independently by engaging in an independent research study.

With each area being taught by specialist expert staff, this programme gives all students the opportunity to gain skills that will provide an excellent platform for employment.

"The staff are extremely approachable and are very easy to talk to, they are eager to help where possible and provide excellent advice."

"Received really good opportunities, allowed me to explore topics and depth that you would not be able to explore elsewhere."

"Enabled further CPD for my career as I have achieved a PGCE place, which without the help of the course and its content wouldn't have been able to. Made the course and content interesting and worthwhile."


“The best aspect of the course is the staff/student relationships that are formed. There is a strong support network and help and guidance when needed”

Ashlyn Tarney

"The University and course provided me with the most amazing and life-changing opportunities. I especially seized the International opportunities that were on offer to us (NC State USA). Both of which developed and enhanced my teaching abilities to make me a much more competent person”

Grace Thind

“UCLan definitely influenced me in applying for this type of programme with the British Council in Chennai, India. Two life changing trips opened my eyes to a new world with new opportunities. The teaching element for me was something I really enjoyed in my modules at university, and I was able to gain more experience and confidence in this through different placements in schools. As a consequence I was then able to use these skills and potential career aspirations to pursue my dream to work and travel aboard”

Rebecca Neill


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Industry Links

We have excellent links within education and have many placement providers working with our students. We also have strong links with a large number of sports organisations, including professional sports teams, public and private sector sports providers and grassroots sports clubs. We have had guest lectures given by representatives of organisations such as British Wheelchair Basketball, Wigan Warriors, Lancashire FA and local Schools Direct partnerships and we pride ourselves on international collaborations. Recent trips plus regular lectures to North Carolina University, Beijing International Studies University and UPEC have led to our students gaining a truly global experience.


Professional Accreditation

Our students enjoy membership of the Association for Physical Education (AfPE).

Learning Environment and Assessment

Students will, on average, attend six hours of lectures and six hours of seminars, tutorials and workshops per week. Personal study also forms an integral part of the course.

Assessments include course work, essays, reports, presentations, group work, practical assessments and examinations. Students have the opportunity to undertake a dissertation involving a substantial piece of independent research.

The best aspect of the course is the staff/student relationships that are formed. There is a strong support network and always help and guidance when needed.

Ashlyn Tarney

I’ve managed to learn the value of hard work and patience in all aspects of student and working life, which has led me to spend three wonderful summers in the USA at a summer camp and also on an internship in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania for eight months.

Stephen Prosser


This course offers an optional 48-week sandwich placement in industry. In addition, there are options for study exchanges in Europe and North America.

You’ll get valuable opportunities to meet potential employers from a large number of sports organisations and learn about life in the sports industry. The course has been designed to thoroughly prepare you for a diverse range of career opportunities from performance enhancement, teaching and personal training to sports management, public services and health management. Some graduates have gone on to work in the commercial and retail sectors.


You’ll have access to world-class resources and facilities including the UCLan Sports Arena complex where practical studies will be undertaken regularly.

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