FdSc Sports Science and Coaching

OCD0015 Full Time

Awarding Institution
University of Bolton
Teaching Institution
Bury College
Ucas Code
C605 FdSc/SSC campus code Y
Language Of Study

Professional Accreditation

None Associated with this programme

Programme Awards

Title Type Level Description
Foundation Degree (FdSc) Final Award Level 5 FdSc Sport Science and Coaching

Benchmark Statements

The following benchmark statements apply to this programme:

Internal and External Reference Points

  1. QAA Academic Infrastructure, including the Framework for Higher Education and the code of Practice
  2. UK Quality Code for Higher Education
  3. The University of Bolton awards framework

Other Points of Reference

No other references apply to this Programme.

General Entry Requirments

You should have a minimum of one GCE A2-level pass (or equivalent), including a Science and Physical Education and five GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English, Maths and Science. If English is not your first language you will need to complete a Secure English Language Test at IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

Additional Criteria

Additional Admission Matters

Aims of the Programme

The principal aims of the programme are to:

Distinctive Features of the Programme

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge & Understanding

On completion of the programme successful students will be able to demonstrate systematic knowledge and understanding of:

Cognitive, Intellectual or Thinking Skills

On completion of the programme successful students will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

Practical, Professional or Subject-specific Skills

On completion of the programme successful students will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

Transferable, Key or Personal Skills

On completion of the programme successful students will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

Programme Structure

The structure of the modular scheme as a whole is described fully in the Assessment Regulations for Undergraduate Modular Programmes (Main Document), which can be accessed via the following web link: http://www.bolton.ac.uk/Quality/QAEContents/APPR/Home.aspx In order to qualify for a Foundation Degree, you are required to obtain 240 credits. This comprises 120 credits at each of levels 4 and 5. Each of these levels equates to one year of a full time programme. Normally, you would need to complete each level before being allowed to undertake modules from the next. All modules have a 20 credit value, last for one trimester and usually involve four to five hours of scheduled teaching per week. Please note that you are expected to do a significant amount of guided independent study for all modules in addition to this scheduled teaching.

Module List

Title Module Code COE1
Research Methods and Professional Development Planning in Sport and Exercise Science SPS4001 C
Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology SPS4002 C
Introduction to Sport and Exercise Biomechanics SPS4004 C
Coaching Process SSC4001 C
Coaching Practice SSC4002 C
Further Research Methods and Professional Development Planning in Sport and Exercise Science SPS5001 C
Sport and Exercise Physiology SPS5002 C
Advanced Sport and Exercise Psychology SPS5003 C
Sport and Exercise Biomechanics SPS5005 C
Effective Coaching SSC5001 C
Work Experience SSC5002 C
Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology SSC4005 C

1Core, Optional, Elective

Learning & Teaching Strategies

A variety of teaching and learning methods is employed throughout the programme in order to ensure the acquisition and development of appropriate concepts, knowledge and skills and achievement of the stated learning outcomes. Some of these will be experienced during formally timetabled classes with a module tutor; others may be adopted personally to facilitate your own learning. Typical examples of teaching and learning methods include: lectures, practicals, workshops, tutorials, seminars and work experience However, individual module tutors are free to introduce techniques that they view as especially suitable in aiding learning in their specialist area. The teaching and learning strategy for each individual module is detailed in the module guides that you will receive at the beginning of each semester. It is important to realise that the time spent with a tutor during formally scheduled learning and teaching activities is only a small part of the learning time identified for a module. In addition to this time a significant amount of time is spent in guided independent study. This independent study time should be spent, for example, engaging in general background reading, preparing for seminar activities, working on assignments or revising for examinations.

Learning Activities (KIS entry)

Course Year HE3 HE4 HE5 HE6 HE7
Scheduled learning and teaching activities n/a 30% 26% n/a n/a
Guided independant study n/a 70% 65% n/a n/a
Placement/study abroad n/a n/a 9% n/a n/a

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy for the programme is designed to ensure that you achieve the overall aims and learning outcomes of the programme, as well as the learning outcomes for individual modules. Assessment serves several functions. The primary function is to evaluate your achievement. However, assessment also serves to help you organise and develop your learning. Feedback from assessment serves an important educational function and can help you develop your skills and understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses. The types of assessment you will be required to complete fall into two general categories, formative and summative. Formative assessments are activities that do not contribute to your overall module grade. They are however an integral part of the learning strategy for a module and you are required to complete them. They will be marked and you will receive feedback on your level of achievement. Summative assessments are those assessment activities for which the marks will contribute to the overall module grade. You will also receive feedback on these assessments so that you will know what you have done well and where you can improve. Many different forms of assessment are employed on the programme. For both formative and summative purposes, the major forms are as follows: coursework/exam essay. Practical/project reports, assignments, case studies, practical assessments, oral and poster presentations.

Assessment Methods (KIS entry)

Course Year HE3 HE4 HE5 HE6 HE7
Written exams n/a 17% 10% n/a n/a
Coursework n/a 50% 40% n/a n/a
Practical Exams n/a 33% 50% n/a n/a

Assessment regulations

Assessment Regulations for Undergraduate Programmes apply to this programme.

Grade Bands & Classifications

Foundation Degree

Regulations can be found at: http://www.bolton.ac.uk/studentinformation-policyzone/Home.aspx

Role of External Examiners

External examiners are appointed for all programmes of study. They oversee the assessment process and their duties include: approving assessment tasks, reviewing assessment marks, attending assessment boards and reporting to the University on the assessment process.

Support for Student Learning

Methods of Evaluating & Enhancing the Quality of Learning Opportunities

Sources of Information

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