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Foundation Degree in Sport and Exercise (Validated by The Open University)

Level 5
Full-Time/Part-Time
24/25
EXC50052
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Overview

The Foundation Degree in Sport and Exercise course will focus on developing knowledge of the field (content) whilst giving the learners the opportunities to apply their learning in practical contexts (experience) whilst enhancing their learning through problem solving approaches (challenging and authentic tasks).

The learning approaches will take into account the diverse backgrounds of learners nurturing them through levels four & five whilst developing them into independent learners and critical divergent thinkers ready for employment or undergraduate study (Inclusive environment, activities linked to student experience).

Skills Focus funding available towards course fees for eligible employers to up skill staff or for self-employed students. Please ask for further details.

South West College is approved by The Open University as an appropriate organisation to offer higher education programmes leading to Open University validated awards. The Open University regulations can be found https://swc.ac.uk/assets/uploads/Regulations-for-validated-awards-of-the-OU.pdf

This programme will be reviewed by The Open University in 2023/24. The review process involves updating course information, such as the programme title, curriculum content, module titles and teaching and assessment strategies. The college will endeavour to make available the most update information for this course once the review is complete.

Please see link to OU Regulations for validated awards of the Open University here

Download the full programme specification here

The learning approaches will take into account the diverse backgrounds of learners nurturing them through level five, whilst developing them into independent learners and critical divergent thinkers ready for employment or degree study (Inclusive environment, activities linked to student experience).

Students also have an opportunity to undertake optional employability courses, including:

National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)

Level 2 Gym Instructors

Level 3 Personal Training

Level 2 Circuit Training

Level 3 Sports Massage

Sports First Aid

Coaching/Referees Awards (i.e., GAA, Volleyball, Dodgeball etc.)

Child Protection

Year One

  • At level 4 learners will undertake six compulsory 20 credit modules:
  • Nutrition for Sport & Exercise
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Training, Fitness & Testing
  • Exercise Health & Lifestyle
  • Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Fundamentals of Practical Sport

Year Two

  • At level 5 learners will undertake four compulsory 20 credit modules and one compulsory 40 credit module:
  • Work-Based Learning (40 credits)
  • Exercise Physiology for Athlete Development
  • Physical Education and the National Curriculum
  • Contemporary Issues in Health
  • Performance Analysis and Coaching

Applicants should possess a minimum of five GCSEs grades A, B, C that should include English and Maths or other equivalent qualifications in addition to one of the following:

Applicants should have obtained a minimum of 48 UCAS points achieved through the completion of A Levels, National Awards, Access or other alternative approved Level 3 qualifications

Applicants who do not meet the criteria outlined above but have evidence of substantial knowledge or relevant industrial experience and skills, which has not been formally assessed, should refer to the College’s Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) Policy.

Suitable applicants will be invited for an interview.

Where an applicant does not hold the formal academic requirements for entry to the programme but can demonstrate relevant experiential learning across a range of industries, they may apply for admission through the College Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) process. In such cases, contact the Course Director for the programme who will advise further.

Course International Entry Requirements:

International students must meet the general entrance requirements for admission to any College First Degree, Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma. English language requirements for international applicants is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5.

In order to demonstrate achievement, learners typically undertake assessment activities that include a series of tasks or assignments, reflecting typical practice in sector concerned. The assessment methods used include exams, essays, reports, presentations, case study, portfolio, and video/digital work.

On successful completion of this course with the required average mark (50%) you will be eligible to apply for entry into the BSc (Hons) Top Up Sport and Exercise (validated by The Open University) at South West College or other professional qualifications and/or a future career within the sport sector.

Alternatively, you may have the opportunity to apply to other Colleges/Universities to complete your undergraduate degree or go straight into employment.

Access NI disclosure is required and costs £33. During your course you may be required to purchase course text books & incur additional costs for printing, photocopying & binding. The overall additional costs incurred to support your studies may be in the region of £100 per year.

Please see link to OU Regulations for validated awards of the Open University here. You can also download the full programme specification here.

Fees are payable annually.

Tuition Fees:

2024/25 fees

£2,700 full time

£265 per 20 credit module

£530 for 40-credit Work Based Learning Module

International student fees £6,500 p.a.

For 2024/25 fees, please refer to our Fees and Charges Policy on the College website.

Other fees associated with the course:

For 2024/25 & 2025/26 fees, please refer to our Fees and Charges Policy on the College website


6 Available Sessions

*The fees quoted are per annum and are payable for each year of the course’s duration.

Dungannon

Full-Time

P5052DF10A

Session Code

2 Year(s)

Duration

Higher Education

Mode of Study

18

Hours per Week

30

Number of Weeks

Interview Required

24/25

Academic Year

09/09/2024

Start Date

Subject to Timetable

Day/s

Mairead.McCormack@swc.ac.uk

Coordinator(s)

Total Annual Fee £2,700.00

Total Concessionary Fee N/A

Full Fee Breakdown

**Concession Fee Breakdown

Fees Payable Each Year

**Am I eligible for concessionary fees?

Dungannon

Part-Time

P5052DP10A

Session Code

3 Year(s)

Duration

Higher Education

Mode of Study

13

Hours per Week

30

Number of Weeks

Interview Required

24/25

Academic Year

09/09/2024

Start Date

Subject to Timetable

Day/s

Mairead.McCormack@swc.ac.uk

Coordinator(s)

Total Annual Fee £1,060.00

Total Concessionary Fee N/A

Full Fee Breakdown

**Concession Fee Breakdown

Fees Payable Each Year

**Am I eligible for concessionary fees?

Enniskillen

Full-Time

P5052EF10A

Session Code

2 Year(s)

Duration

Higher Education

Mode of Study

18

Hours per Week

30

Number of Weeks

Interview Required

24/25

Academic Year

09/09/2024

Start Date

Subject to Timetable

Day/s

Jane.McGinty@swc.ac.uk

Coordinator(s)

Total Annual Fee £2,700.00

Total Concessionary Fee N/A

Full Fee Breakdown

**Concession Fee Breakdown

Fees Payable Each Year

**Am I eligible for concessionary fees?

Enniskillen

Part-Time

P5052EP10A

Session Code

3 Year(s)

Duration

Higher Education

Mode of Study

13

Hours per Week

30

Number of Weeks

Interview Required

24/25

Academic Year

09/09/2024

Start Date

Subject to Timetable

Day/s

Jane.McGinty@swc.ac.uk

Coordinator(s)

Total Annual Fee £1,060.00

Total Concessionary Fee N/A

Full Fee Breakdown

**Concession Fee Breakdown

Fees Payable Each Year

**Am I eligible for concessionary fees?

Omagh

Full-Time

P5052OF10A

Session Code

2 Year(s)

Duration

Higher Education

Mode of Study

18

Hours per Week

30

Number of Weeks

Interview Required

24/25

Academic Year

09/09/2024

Start Date

09:00-18:00

Time

Subject to Timetable

Day/s

Jane.McGinty@swc.ac.uk

Coordinator(s)

Total Annual Fee £2,700.00

Total Concessionary Fee N/A

Full Fee Breakdown

**Concession Fee Breakdown

Fees Payable Each Year

**Am I eligible for concessionary fees?

Omagh

Part-Time

P5052OP10A

Session Code

3 Year(s)

Duration

Higher Education

Mode of Study

13

Hours per Week

30

Number of Weeks

Interview Required

24/25

Academic Year

09/09/2024

Start Date

Subject to Timetable

Day/s

Jane.McGinty@swc.ac.uk

Coordinator(s)

Total Annual Fee £1,060.00

Total Concessionary Fee N/A

Full Fee Breakdown

**Concession Fee Breakdown

Fees Payable Each Year

**Am I eligible for concessionary fees?

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