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Foundation Degree Physical Education and Youth Sport - Level 5

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The Foundation Degree in Physical Education and Youth Sport allows students to explore the fundamentals of physical activity and youth sport through a variety of theory and practical based modules. This foundation degree programme provides students with a range of transferable skills required to work within the public, private or voluntary sectors. Students will explore the national curriculum at both primary and secondary school level as well a variety of key youth sport issues such as increasing sports participation, the obesity crisis and promotion of physically active lifestyles.

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This programme is run in partnership with the University of Derby.

As a University of Derby partner student, you will have access to the university’s virtual learning environment, including UDo and on-line journals and texts, as well as to their library facilities.


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Entry requirements

To start this course students will be expected to have successfully completed a minimum of one of the following:

  • At least 64 UCAS points at A Level in appropriate subjects.
  • Appropriate BTEC National Extended Diploma with MMP profile or above.
  • Other relevant Level 3 qualification (normally at merit grade).
  • Alternatively, we will consider substantive experience in a relevant field.
  • We normally also require GCSE English and maths at grade C/grade 4 or above: English and maths at Level 2 are essential requirements.

Prior to commencing the students may also be required to undertake a self-funded Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Start dates and fees

Course fees are payable for each year of all university-level courses. To identify your course fees and the financial support that may be available to you, please visit the Finance and Funding page, or contact a member of the HE team at the college.

Provisional timetables will be discussed at interview, and confirmed in the final joining instructions which all students will receive in July.

Additional costs: Every student is different, but as a rough guide you should allow for the following costs of study, on top of basic stationery and IT costs, per year:

Essential: Between £100-£300 on books. Up to £100 on visits, events, etc.              

Where applicable: £44 on DBS check.

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual FeeActions
Sep 20202 yr(s)4885D1£7000.00Apply

How long is the course?

This is a two-year full-time course, normally delivered two days a week for six hours per day.  You will also need to dedicate significant time to research and work outside the classroom.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods are varied and may include practical observations, laboratory reports, poster presentations, research projects, written assignments, oral presentations, time constrained assignments, literature reviews or portfolios. Where modules are work-related, assessment will relate to your own organisation (where appropriate) and/or vocational setting.

The course requires you to have a work or voluntary placement, details of which will be discussed at interview.

What does the course lead to?

Upon completion of the FdA Physical Education and Youth Sport award, students have the opportunity to progress to the BA (Hons) Sport Studies (Top-Up) at Vision University Centre or an alternative to-up pathway at university.

Alternatively, graduates may seek employment within the education or sports coaching. 

What will I study?

Modules to be covered include:

  • Psychological Considerations
  • Professional Practice: Current Issues
  • Anatomical Foundations
  • Academic Skills
  • Sport Coaching, Teaching and Instruction
  • Child and Adolescent Development in Physical Education
  • Physical Activity, Health and Education
  • Developing Active Lifestyles
  • Principles and Practices of Physical Education
  • Research Methods
  • Professional Practice: Workplace Performance
  • Leadership in Action

Module titles may change.

What can I go on to study?

Upon successful completion of the foundation degree and subject to meeting entry requirements, you will be able to progress to the BA (Hons) Sport Studies (top-up) which will be delivered by and at Vision University Centre. There is also opportunity for you to transfer to the University of Derby to complete a full degree in a related area, again subject to meeting the entry criteria.

Alternatively, you may choose to further your education at another university, subject to meeting their entry criteria.

How do I apply?

Please complete our online application form, paying particular attention to previous qualifications and the personal statement. If you experience any difficulty, please contact the Vision University Centre on 01623 627191, or email the HE team at

Applications to our full-time undergraduate courses should be made through UCAS.

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However, if you have your results or only wish to apply to this college we may be able to process the application through UCAS for you.

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Next steps

Applications to our full-time undergraduate courses should be made through UCAS.

Apply via UCAS

However, if you have your results or only wish to apply to this college we may be able to process the application through UCAS for you.

Apply online

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