Sport Science and Physical Education FD of Science

About the course

This course aims to develop your theoretical knowledge of the science of human movement (physiology, psychology, anatomy and biomechanics) and enable you to apply this knowledge about how the body works at rest and during exercise to the teaching of physical activity.

It is also designed to provide you with the study skills for academic success as you apply your learning to your work or placement, including a substantial work-based project.

To be eligible for this course you must be currently working (either paid or voluntary) in an appropriate role. The course is regularly reviewed by a committee of employers and placement providers to ensure the course content keeps pace with developments in industry.

Sport Science and Physical Education - FD of Science - University of Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - C604
  • Campus Location - University of Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 2 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day
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Why choose this course?

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  • Learn from internationally-recognised staff in the fields of sport and exercise science
  • Gain excellent links with employers, schools, coaching and the fitness industry
  • Develop your learning skills in your workplace or Higher Education
  • Apply your learning to your work or placement

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

  • Introduction to Academic Study and Work-based Learning
  • Work-integrated Learning 1: Health Based Pedagogy
  • Anatomy and Biomechanics
  • Project Preparation
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Applied Sport Science
  • Work-integrated Learning 2: Sport Pedagogy
  • Work-based Project

How will I be assessed?

A wide range of assessment types are employed across the course which include essays, oral presentations, project reports, in-class tests, data manipulation exercises, e-portfolios (blogs) and poster presentations.

Wherever possible assessment will be related or relatable to your workplace or placement. This contextualisation enhances your ability to apply theory to ‘real world’ settings which is a key transferable skill valued by employers.

Entry requirements

A Foundation Degree will be of particular interest if you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship, vocational A levels, BTEC National or equivalent.

Foundation Degrees are also particularly suitable if you want to qualify while working.

2017/18 entry

UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

As a guideline, a typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32-48 points, based on your level 3 studies.

Many students studying for foundation degrees come to us through work-based routes so you can apply for a foundation degree even if you don't have traditional academic qualifications.

We welcome applicants with relevant work experience.

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500

For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Appropriate work placement/paid employment to be in place for when the course starts

Where employment positions are part-time, entrance to the course will be at the University's discretion but normally a student would be expected to be employed or in a placement no less than 200 hours per year over the duration of the course.  This might be evenly distributed across the year or seasonal (for instance, with the majority completed over the summer period).

What constitutes a suitable area of work is also at the University's discretion, but for this degree work in the general areas of Physical Education (Primary or Secondary), coaching (or internship at a sports club), activity leading, gym instructing or personal training would be considered appropriate.

Students will be responsible for finding and maintaining their work/placement although some assistance may be available from the university.

These course specific entry requirements will usually be appraised by a short meeting/interview with the course leader prior to students being accepted onto the course.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Employability skills are integral to the course and are embedded throughout. You will be required to obtain and maintain appropriate work- based experience for the duration of the course. Knowledge and skills relevant to employability will be introduced at various points during the course with the intent that they are contextualised and practiced when out in the workplace/placement. 

The course has associated with it a PE and Sport Industry Panel formed of industry experts and placement providers to advise and guide the course team. This ensures that the course team are aware of current trends and requirements in terms of the sector.

On completion you could ‘top up’ to a BSc (Hons) Sport and Physical Education degree or gain work as a Physical Education Apprentice or technician (Primary or Secondary), a Teaching Assistant, after school coach or gym instructor.

Students on this course are all either in work or have a work placement. This means that everything that they study can immediately be applied to a real-life setting. Not only this but students can bring in real-life experiences to every university session, meaning that tutors can tailor their approach to address what students are experiencing on a daily basis in their placement or workplace. Students find this approach an invaluable aid to their learning.
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Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more

Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Fees and Funding

  • Fees are £6,200

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Fees are £6,200

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.


Milton Keynes campus is the new University campus for Milton Keynes backed by the University of Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Council.

Milton Keynes campus is the newest addition to the vibrant, wider University of Bedfordshire population of 24,000 students from around the world.

The campus and facilities

The Milton Keynes campus is located in the centre of Milton Keynes close to shops, businesses and local amenities.

It's easy to get to if you live locally and Milton Keynes is very well connected, being within 35 minutes of London by fast train.

The campus is well equipped with the latest facilities including:

  • high specification teaching rooms with top-quality audio visual and ICT equipment (seating up to 50 students) ensure optimal delivery of courses
  • special purpose electronics and telecommunications laboratory provides the specialist equipment for our future engineers
  • large general purpose computer lab gives hands-on experience to IT students
  • Learning Resources Centre provides general purpose computing facilities and small group study areas and silent study provision – students can study in the ways that best suit their needs, especially if studying at home is difficult
  • student social space to meet up with friends and colleagues, as well as for important events and get-togethers

High-quality education

Committed to excellence in our teaching, learning and support:

  • many of our teaching staff have extensive experience and some have received National Teaching Fellowship Awards for their outstanding contributions to teaching
  • we provide exceptional academic and personal support for our students with award-winning tutors and online resources
  • excellence in academic standards – courses underpinned by our world-leading research


Milton Keynes campus is ideally placed with excellent transport links to London and the Midlands, and internationally, as well as local connections. It is just a five-minute drive or 15-minute walk from the rail and bus stations, with hundreds of businesses close at hand and near to all amenities Milton Keynes has to offer. brings a university to my doorstep.

The new campus houses an array of modern teaching facilities, a Student Information Desk and the Students' Union, so our students can prosper both academically and personally. 

Study locally and save money if you're MK-based. For example, our foundation degrees offer you part-time and flexible learning study modes, so you can continue to work full-time and live at home whilst studying for your degree.

I chose MK as I live three minutes away from the University campus.

How to Apply

  • Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

  • EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

  • International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

    You can also apply online

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