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Ranking: Top 25 for Sports Science - Complete University Guide (2024) and Times Good University Guide (2024)

The Sport Foundation Year is a preparatory year of study that builds your skills, knowledge, and confidence so you feel empowered to study a full undergraduate degree with Northumbria. Successful completion of the Sport Foundation Year allows for progression onto any of our i2i undergraduate degrees.

A common Foundation Year myth is they are for students who haven't met the standard entry requirements of their desired degree. While they are ideal for developing your academic skills, they are also a fantastic way to gain varied insight into your desired subject field before deciding on a final degree to pursue, especially if you're not sure about the career path you'd like to pursue. They are also a great way to build your confidence in terms of academia, especially if you are unfamiliar with the UK education system.

Through the Sport Foundation Year, you will learn about the different facets of sport, covering a range of core modules such as Contemporary Issues in Sport and Sport, Exercise and Performance, helping you to realise your ultimate career goal, and choose the next step that’s right for you. Upon successful completion of the Sport Foundation Year (i2i), student-athletes can progress onto any of the following courses:

The formal progression route from Sport Foundation Year (i2i) is to one of our Sport (i2i) undergraduate programmes, however there is scope for students to progress onto Business Management (i2i). Students who opt for this route will have a different process to follow but guidance on how to do so will be provided where needed.

We appreciate the demands of combining study and soccer development so, where possible, we ensure our student-athletes benefit from maximised time in both the classroom and on the pitch. Timetabling is done in such a manner that means academic study will typically be taught in the morning with soccer activities taking place in the afternoon.

Ranking: Top 25 for Sports Science - Complete University Guide (2024) and Times Good University Guide (2024)

The Sport Foundation Year is a preparatory year of study that builds your skills, knowledge, and confidence so you feel empowered to study a full undergraduate degree with Northumbria. Successful completion of the Sport Foundation Year allows for progression onto any of our i2i undergraduate degrees.

A common Foundation Year myth is they are for students who haven't met the standard entry requirements of their desired degree. While they are ideal for developing your academic skills, they are also a fantastic way to gain varied insight into your desired subject field before deciding on a final degree to pursue, especially if you're not sure about the career path you'd like to pursue. They are also a great way to build your confidence in terms of academia, especially if you are unfamiliar with the UK education system.

Through the Sport Foundation Year, you will learn about the different facets of sport, covering a range of core modules such as Contemporary Issues in Sport and Sport, Exercise and Performance, helping you to realise your ultimate career goal, and choose the next step that’s right for you. Upon successful completion of the Sport Foundation Year (i2i), student-athletes can progress onto any of the following courses:

The formal progression route from Sport Foundation Year (i2i) is to one of our Sport (i2i) undergraduate programmes, however there is scope for students to progress onto Business Management (i2i). Students who opt for this route will have a different process to follow but guidance on how to do so will be provided where needed.

We appreciate the demands of combining study and soccer development so, where possible, we ensure our student-athletes benefit from maximised time in both the classroom and on the pitch. Timetabling is done in such a manner that means academic study will typically be taught in the morning with soccer activities taking place in the afternoon.

Course Information

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time study

Department
Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2024 or September 2025

Fees
Fee Information

Modules
Module Information

The i2i International Soccer Academy / Discover More

Merging soccer development with a year of academic study

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Your Department / Sport, Exercise & Rehabilitation

Introducing the Department of Sport, Exercise & Rehabilitation

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Image: NU World. Text: "Explore Sport"

Foundation Year Study / Broaden your Understanding

Mythbusting and understand how Foundation Year programmes work

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Student Life / #IAmNorthumbria

Discover more about life in Newcastle and studying at Northumbria

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Student Life

Discover More

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Accommodation

Trinity Square

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Newcastle Life

City and Beyond

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Social Wall

#IAmNorthumbria

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The Hub

Student Blog

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Parents/Guardians

Easing your Mind

Entry Requirements 2024/25

Standard Entry

We receive a high number of applications with qualifications from the United States. These applicants require a High School Graduation Diploma with a minimum GPA of 2.4.

80 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK or the US, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2025/26

Standard Entry

We receive a high number of applications with qualifications from the United States. These applicants require a High School Graduation Diploma with a minimum GPA of 2.4.

80 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK or the US, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2024/25 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1: £27,750

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.


EU Fee in Year 1: £33,500

International Fee in Year 1: £33,500


Please see the main Funding Pages for 24/25 scholarship information.

 


ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Fees and Funding 2025/26 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1*: TBC

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.



EU Fee in Year 1: **TBC


International Fee in Year 1: TBC

ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

SP3008 -

Essential Skills for Studying Sport (Core,20 Credits)

This module will aim to introduce you to the importance of personal and academic development skills that are essential for your programme of study. The skills developed in this module will help you to succeed in all modules on the programme. Topics such as searching for and understanding literature, learning how to be an independent student, essay writing, referencing, and presentation skills will be covered.
For the assessment, you will complete a workbook. The workbook will be aligned to seminar and lecture activities. You will complete tasks linked to study skills that will facilitate your personal and academic development. You will be expected to draw upon current theory and consider the impact of this issue within a sport context.

More information

SP3009 -

Sport Foundation Year Project (Core,20 Credits)

This module is designed to build on the academic skills you developed in the Essential Skills for Studying Sport module. In particular, this module provides you with the opportunity to further enhance your writing, logical thinking and research skills. You will use this module to identify and explore key areas linked to sport and your future undergraduate sport programme of study using an evidence-based learning approach. This module will be centred on real-world examples, where you will examine an existing sport related project/case study. The project will be examined from a multi-disciplinary perspective (i.e., aligned to sports coaching, sport science and sport management,) allowing you to understand the complex and integrated nature of sport.

More information

SP3010 -

Innovations in Sport (Core,20 Credits)

The quest for the elusive edge, global reach and market competitiveness is increasingly driving innovations in the sporting industry. The Innovations in Sport module enables you to explore the development and role of innovations in transforming contemporary sports and the sporting industry. You will cover a number of innovations across this module aligned to sports coaching, sport science, sport management, sport nutrition, sport development and many more. In doing so, you will also consider some of the contemporary issues and ethical dilemmas related to the use of various innovations in sport and their implications for different stakeholders (e.g., athletes, coaches, referees, sport scientists, etc). This interdisciplinary approach allows the module to have global reach and engages you in thinking around the ethical implications of adopting and using various innovations within their professional context.

More information

SP3011 -

Volunteering in Sport (Core,20 Credits)

In the sport industry the recruitment, management and retention of volunteers is a key human resource management concern for sport events, clubs and increasingly, facilities. Research points to the importance of satisfying volunteers. Whilst there is a considerable societal and economic value to sport volunteering activity, there can be personal benefits to the volunteer. There is an increasing interest in ensuring that volunteers have an enjoyable and meaningful experience, that the volunteering population grows and that people from more diverse backgrounds are encouraged into sport volunteering.

This module is therefore designed for you to explore the theoretical and applied aspects of volunteering in sport. You will be provided with the knowledge and understanding of how sport volunteering is conceptualised in the United Kingdom. This will include the meaning and understanding of sport volunteering, who volunteers and why, the patterns of volunteering and changes over time in the U.K. You will also be provided with some contrasting perspective with how sport volunteering operates in other countries. The module will focus on the concept of the volunteer, volunteer work and the volunteer experience in sport. However, we will briefly touch on the recruitment and management of volunteers and the legacy and impact of particular types of sport volunteering i.e., for events.

More information

SP3012 -

Sport, Exercise and Performance (Core,20 Credits)

Sport and exercise scientists use their wide-ranging knowledge and expertise to support individuals participating in sport and exercise settings. ‘Sport, Exercise and Performance’ will give you an insight into the real-world application of sport and exercise science. You will learn about the core disciplines of physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, and psychology, and how sport and exercise scientists use the combination of these approaches in their work. On this module, you will gain theoretical knowledge as well as developing your practical laboratory skills in Northumbria’s state of the art, BASES accredited laboratories, an exciting and stimulating place to learn.

More information

SP3013 -

Contemporary Issues in Sport (Core,20 Credits)

This module is designed for you to explore contemporary and relevant issues that exist in today’s sporting domains. You will be taught about pertinent issues using a multi-disciplinary, case study approach. Therefore, each issue will be examined from various discipline perspectives (i.e., from a sport coaching, sport management, and/or a sport science perspective) allowing you to understand the complex nature of sport and consider issues using multiple lenses. This module will also develop your awareness and understanding of how sport continually develops and evolves over time.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

SP3008 -

Essential Skills for Studying Sport (Core,20 Credits)

This module will aim to introduce you to the importance of personal and academic development skills that are essential for your programme of study. The skills developed in this module will help you to succeed in all modules on the programme. Topics such as searching for and understanding literature, learning how to be an independent student, essay writing, referencing, and presentation skills will be covered.
For the assessment, you will complete a workbook. The workbook will be aligned to seminar and lecture activities. You will complete tasks linked to study skills that will facilitate your personal and academic development. You will be expected to draw upon current theory and consider the impact of this issue within a sport context.

More information

SP3009 -

Sport Foundation Year Project (Core,20 Credits)

This module is designed to build on the academic skills you developed in the Essential Skills for Studying Sport module. In particular, this module provides you with the opportunity to further enhance your writing, logical thinking and research skills. You will use this module to identify and explore key areas linked to sport and your future undergraduate sport programme of study using an evidence-based learning approach. This module will be centred on real-world examples, where you will examine an existing sport related project/case study. The project will be examined from a multi-disciplinary perspective (i.e., aligned to sports coaching, sport science and sport management,) allowing you to understand the complex and integrated nature of sport.

More information

SP3010 -

Innovations in Sport (Core,20 Credits)

The quest for the elusive edge, global reach and market competitiveness is increasingly driving innovations in the sporting industry. The Innovations in Sport module enables you to explore the development and role of innovations in transforming contemporary sports and the sporting industry. You will cover a number of innovations across this module aligned to sports coaching, sport science, sport management, sport nutrition, sport development and many more. In doing so, you will also consider some of the contemporary issues and ethical dilemmas related to the use of various innovations in sport and their implications for different stakeholders (e.g., athletes, coaches, referees, sport scientists, etc). This interdisciplinary approach allows the module to have global reach and engages you in thinking around the ethical implications of adopting and using various innovations within their professional context.

More information

SP3011 -

Volunteering in Sport (Core,20 Credits)

In the sport industry the recruitment, management and retention of volunteers is a key human resource management concern for sport events, clubs and increasingly, facilities. Research points to the importance of satisfying volunteers. Whilst there is a considerable societal and economic value to sport volunteering activity, there can be personal benefits to the volunteer. There is an increasing interest in ensuring that volunteers have an enjoyable and meaningful experience, that the volunteering population grows and that people from more diverse backgrounds are encouraged into sport volunteering.

This module is therefore designed for you to explore the theoretical and applied aspects of volunteering in sport. You will be provided with the knowledge and understanding of how sport volunteering is conceptualised in the United Kingdom. This will include the meaning and understanding of sport volunteering, who volunteers and why, the patterns of volunteering and changes over time in the U.K. You will also be provided with some contrasting perspective with how sport volunteering operates in other countries. The module will focus on the concept of the volunteer, volunteer work and the volunteer experience in sport. However, we will briefly touch on the recruitment and management of volunteers and the legacy and impact of particular types of sport volunteering i.e., for events.

More information

SP3012 -

Sport, Exercise and Performance (Core,20 Credits)

Sport and exercise scientists use their wide-ranging knowledge and expertise to support individuals participating in sport and exercise settings. ‘Sport, Exercise and Performance’ will give you an insight into the real-world application of sport and exercise science. You will learn about the core disciplines of physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, and psychology, and how sport and exercise scientists use the combination of these approaches in their work. On this module, you will gain theoretical knowledge as well as developing your practical laboratory skills in Northumbria’s state of the art, BASES accredited laboratories, an exciting and stimulating place to learn.

More information

SP3013 -

Contemporary Issues in Sport (Core,20 Credits)

This module is designed for you to explore contemporary and relevant issues that exist in today’s sporting domains. You will be taught about pertinent issues using a multi-disciplinary, case study approach. Therefore, each issue will be examined from various discipline perspectives (i.e., from a sport coaching, sport management, and/or a sport science perspective) allowing you to understand the complex nature of sport and consider issues using multiple lenses. This module will also develop your awareness and understanding of how sport continually develops and evolves over time.

More information

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