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Sport Performance and Exercise

Foundation Degree

Study Sport Performance and Exercise at University Centre Leeds

Are you looking for a role which is an integral part of performance development? Whether it’s working in a commercial gym or alongside athletes, our Sport Performance and Exercise programme provides you with the skills and capabilities for a variety of settings.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Venue: University Centre Leeds
  • Fee: £8,945 full-time for year 1 (£8,745 fees + £200 kit fee) £8,745 full-time for year 2 - For home students commencing study in 2024
  • UCAS Course Code(s): 2C44
  • UCAS Institution Code: L21
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Validated By: Luminate Education Group
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Sport Performance and Exercise

This course combines academic study with practical learning to deliver well-rounded sports knowledge. From sports psychology,
strength and nutrition to training and fitness, injury rehabilitation
and body conditioning, you will learn about all the different elements of good health and exercise.

With use of current science-based technologies and equipment within a laboratory setting, you will become confident at assessing the needs of others and obtain the skills and capabilities to prescribe strategies for performance enhancement. You will also have access to elite sports performance data (in partnership with STATS perform), which will provide you with key data analysis skills and offer you insight into how software can be used to support a multidisciplinary approach to performance enhancement

Upon completion of this Foundation Degree, you can progress to study for a third year and gain a full BSc (Hons) Sport Performance and Exercise Top-up Degree

This course is validated by Luminate Education Group

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How to Apply

If you would like to apply for to study full time, please do so via UCAS.

The institution code for University Centre Leeds is L21.

The application fee for applying through UCAS is £27.50.

Apply via UCAS

If you are a student currently studying at Leeds City College, Keighley College or Harrogate College and if all of the following applies:

  • you do not already have an application with UCAS
  • you only wish to study your full time undergraduate course with University Centre Leeds
  • should you be successful in your application and enrol onto this course, you agree to us submitting a record of prior acceptance (RPA) application to UCAS on your behalf 

Then you can make a direct application via the following link:

Internal Students - Direct Application Form

For further information in regards to this please email

Course Information

Modules may include:

Year 1 (Level 4)

  • Sports Analysis (20 credits)
  • Lifestyle Management (20 credits)
  • Psychology of Sport and Exercise (20 credits)
  • Professional Development (20 credits)
  • Alternative Physical Activity (20 credits)
  • Training and Fitness (20 credits)

Year 2 (Level 5)

  • Work-related Learning (20 credits)
  • Independent Study (20 credits)
  • Leadership and Management (20 credits)
  • Nutrition for Health and Performance (20 credits)
  • Strength and Conditioning for Exercise and Performance (20 credits)
  • Injury Rehabilitation (20 credits)

Successful completion of the course will provide you with an Active IQ Gym Instructing Level 2 qualification and a STATS Performance Analysis Level 1 qualification which are extra benefits of studying this programme.

Additionally, you will develop a range of academic and employability skills as well as the subject-specific knowledge and skills required to succeed in the sports sector. You will develop your leadership, communication and analytical skills as you learn how to deliver safe gym-based activities and use STATS software to analyse sporting performance.

You will also sharpen your academic skills such as presenting, referencing, academic writing and research, becoming a resilient individual with a breadth of skills that are desired by employers.

The assessment strategy for the course will consist of 50% coursework, 25% practical delivery and 25% presentations. Other assessment methods will be used throughout the course and will aim to develop your verbal and written communication skills, which are essential for future employment. These may include individual projects, an academic poster, verbal exams, case studies and academic reports or essays.


UCAS Tariff Points: 48 UCAS tariff points from two A-levels (or equivalent qualifications), one of which must be in a relevant subject

A levels: 2x D grades, one of which needs to be in a relevant subject.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma: MP, MPP grade in relevant subjects.

Access to HE Diploma: Overall pass with 60 credits, with 24 credits to be at a Merit grade in a relevant subject.

T Levels: Acceptable in a relevant subject.

GCSE English: English Language grade 4 or above. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

GCSE Maths: Maths grade 4 or above. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

IELTS: IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component.

International qualifications: will be assessed against these criteria.

Mature applicants: University Centre Leeds welcomes applications from mature* applicants who may not have met the academic criteria, but who can demonstrate a wealth of experience in their chosen field. Candidates in this category and otherwise are likely to be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and may be asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application.

*21 years and over at the start of the course.

RPL claims: The course structure actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Certified Learning (RPCL) or Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL).

DBS checks: Students will also be required to complete the Disclosure and Barring Service process (DBS) prior to commencement on placement. The department will cover the cost.

References: An appropriate reference is required.

Upon completion of this Foundation Degree, you can progress to study for a third year and gain a full BSc (Hons) Sport Performance and Exercise Top-up Degree

Job opportunities may include:

  • Fitness instructor
  • Sports analyst
  • Cover supervisor (in secondary education)
  • Self-employed sports coach

For the latest version of the programme specifications for this course please click here.

For the latest version of the course handbook for this course please click here.

For the latest version of the Leeds City College regulations please click here.

The sports department at University Centre Leeds has created a kit bundle. This is to support you with the practical aspects of the course and which will include the following items:

  • Embroidered hoodie
  • Embroidered polo shirt
  • Embroidered t-shirt
  • Embroidered track pants
  • Embroidered shorts
  • Embroidered backpack

Some embroidered items may be available to buy individually. It is anticipated that you will need an embroidered polo shirt as a minimum to wear when on placement or during practical sessions.

To ensure that you obtain the best deal possible for professional branded clothing that will set you up for practical sessions, gym workouts and work placements, you should order your kit through the university.  As we recognise the cost of the kit bundle may be a lot of money to pay upfront at the start of your course, we have made arrangements for this to be included in your tuition fee loan from Student Finance England, which would mean that your loan would be for £8,150. Please note that your kit can only be issued to you once proof of your loan is received by the University Centre.



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