Science Foundation Year

(First year as part of a 4-year course) Sport and Exercise Sciences Foundation Year 2017/18

Year of entry

Our sport-related degree courses offer you the opportunity to explore the science behind physical activity and sports performance. The foundation year provides a gateway into higher education if you don’t have the necessary qualifications to enter a three-year degree course. It also offers you a supportive, motivational environment in which to develop the self-confidence, knowledge and skills for further study.

You will have access to a range of resources and equipment such as our student-focused laboratories, to develop skills and knowledge. Under the guidance of a dynamic team of tutors, you will learn key scientific principles, practical skills, and the application of science to sport and exercise.

The Sport and Exercise Sciences Foundation (Year 0) is the first year of study on the following:

CourseUCAS Code
BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science with Foundation Year C608
BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Psychology with Foundation Year C609
BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching Science with Foundation Year C610

These degrees will also allow you to pursue careers in sport, health and fitness publishing, the leisure industry, physical activity and health administration and research, the medical professions and police force, as well as other public sector roles. They also open routes into teaching, through the PGCE.

Students on a foundation year course will undertake 120 credits of generic core modules as follows:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Skills
  • Scientific Skills in Sport and Exercise 1
  • Scientific Skills in Sport and Exercise 2

The core modules offer key training in higher education study for science-based programmes and University level skills, namely:

  • Academic Writing and Study Skills
  • Theoretical and Practical Skills in Scientific Method
  • Personal and Career Development

Core modules

Biological Concepts

The module introduces the variety of living organisms and their classification. This covers the key concepts of species relatedness and of evolution. Structure, ultrastructure and biochemistry of cells and of cell division are covered, as is the structure of DNA and its role in protein synthesis. Genetics and reproduction are covered and students are introduced to molecular genetics. Functional aspects of plant and animal bodies, such as homeostasis, transport, support and locomotion are also covered.

Physical Laws of the Natural World

This module starting with the realisation that physics is the study of the behaviour of light and matter in the natural world, students will be introduced to the way in which physics can be studied. This leads to the examination of matter and how it moves when subjected to an external force. Students will then learn of the conservation laws that govern most natural processes, developing a clearer understanding of energy, momentum and electric charge. Finally, they will examine the properties of sound waves and of light, using the ray model and wave model of light to explain its different characteristics.

Scientific Skills in Sport and Exercise 1

This module will investigate key scientific concepts that need to be considered when investigating sport from a scientific perspective.  Fundamental components will be demonstrated and explored such as the ethics of studying human participants, reliability and validity of measurement, pre assessment procedures, health and safety, and calibration of equipment.  These factors will all be contextualised as key requirements in recording and analysing data to enhance knowledge and understanding.

Scientific Skills in Sport and Exercise 2

This module will build Scientific Skills in Sport and Exercise 1, to enhance further the students’ scientific skills.  This module will consider the complex nature of science, and how the disciplines associated with the scientific study of sport can interact to enhance knowledge and problem solve.  Problems will be considered from across the range of sport and exercise science disciplines with demonstrations of how research can be enhanced through inter/multi-disciplinary investigation. 

Social and Psychological Aspects of Sport and Exercise

This module will explore the application of scientific principles in relation to social and psychological aspects of sport and exercise.  Students will be introduced to stratified dimensions of society which could include social class, social mobility, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, age and (dis) ability.  The module will also introduce how we can investigate the nature of individual behaviour and group dynamics related to sport and exercise psychology.

Study Skills

This module will revise and extend basic mathematical, presentation and research skills in preparation for future degree-level study. Students will also be shown how to access and find relevant, reliable and current scientific information and when to apply and cite such information. Students will then be able to take these skills and to apply and develop them as they undertake a directed research project.

The Science Foundation Year is considered to be the first year of a four year course of study leading to one of the science degrees offered at Canterbury Christ Church University.

CourseUCAS Code
BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science (Single or Combined Honours) C600
BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Psychology (Combined Honours) n/a as a combined hons only
BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching Science (Single or Combined Honours) 38BD


The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

Full-time £6,165* N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

*The following years of study after the foundation year are subject to the standard undergraduate UK/EU tuition fee set for each year. Visit the relevant degree page for full details.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Composition of the course

Each 20 credit taught module has a standard 30-50 hours of student contact. This will typically include lectures, seminars, practical work, labs, workshops, tutorials and feedback on assignments. You are also expected to engage in 150-170 hours of self­directed study per taught module. Contact takes place in face­to­face and online environments, and learning and teaching methods are continually informed by student feedback.

You will have access to specific resources including online study skills materials and our laboratories, which include an eye tracker, brain imaging equipment (EEG), and other sport/exercise related equipment (treadmills and weights, for example). In addition to curricular activity, we strongly encourage volunteering and personal development, and will help you connect with worthwhile charities and organisations.

Academic input

There are currently approximately 33 experienced staff who teach / deliver the course. In January 2016 there was one professor, four readers, four principal lecturers, 10 senior lecturers, seven university instructors (half time academic), three postgraduate students, and one senior lab technician, supported by three other technical staff. The Section is supported by a professional services team comprising nine specialist roles. The consultancy unit, SportsLab, also has a manager and access to a number of experienced sport performance consultants.

Knowledge and understanding is assessed via examination and coursework including essays, practical work and group and or individual work, practical write up, data analysis, portfolio analysis, poster presentation and literature review. Intellectual skills are assessed by course work, presentations and examinations.


Full-time study

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Fact file

UCAS code

  • C608 Sport and Exercise Science

  • C609 Sport and Exercise Psychology

  • C610 Sport Coaching Science

Institutional code

  • C10


  • 1 year full-time (plus 3 years full-time)


  • September 2017

Entry requirements

  • You do not need to have a significant prior knowledge of Science-related subjects but should be motivated to study the subject.



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