Sport Performance and Coaching Foundation Year

Study level: Foundation year
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The foundation year course in Sport Performance & Coaching has been designed to prepare you for contemporary undergraduate sport courses.

Year of entry


CU Scarborough (Scarborough)

Study mode



1 year full-time

Course code

UCAS Code: N088

Start date

September 2023
November 2023
January 2024
March 2024
May 2024
July 2024

The information on this page is for 2022-23 entry and should be used as guidance for 2023-24 entry. Please keep checking back on this course page to see our latest updates.

Course overview

The foundation year course in Sport Performance & Coaching has been designed to prepare you for contemporary undergraduate sport courses.

On successful completion of this foundation year you will have the opportunity to progress to undergraduate study by completing one year of preparatory work, with the aim of building your confidence and developing your academic and professional skills.

As you progress through the programme you will have the opportunity to be at the cutting edge of sport performance knowledge and practice and should be well prepared for your next steps in sport education.

This exciting new course focuses on providing foundation level knowledge, skills and experience including introduction to anatomy and physiology, sport coaching, sport performance and academic and professional skills for sport.

Why CU Scarborough

We offer a style of education which is flexible and designed to fit around your life, allowing you to benefit from a modern, forward-thinking higher education institution, reinforced by the quality and reputation of Coventry University. We aim to provide career-focused courses, wherever possible, coupled with placement opportunities to help prepare you for the world of work. We are dedicated to making higher education accessible and enjoyable to everyone, so we keep our fees low and made it a policy to cover one module at a time, allowing you to become a specialist in each topic before moving onto the next.

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What you'll study

The course aims to help students develop an independent, reflective and self-managed approach to using skills appropriate to successful academic integrity. It also aims to provide a toolkit of skills required for a pursuance of further study in this field.


  • The human body is a complex system performing a multitude of functions every day and like any system, it can malfunction for a variety of reasons. This module introduces students to fundamental knowledge of anatomy and physiology and its relationship with health and disease. They relate this knowledge and understating of the working of the human body in order to enhance care and promote an individual’s full potential. Students have the opportunity to undertake practical activities which require them to take measurements of the cardio-vascular system, the respiratory system and of body temperature, using non-invasive techniques to investigate normal responses to routine variations in body functioning.


  • This module will introduce the student to the knowledge, skills and experience required when designing sport performance-based programmes and individual sport performance sessions in accordance with the professional guidelines and codes of conduct. The human body is a complex system performing a multitude of functions and this module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop skills from the fundamentals of strength and conditioning coaching principles, to the delivery of physical preparation for optimal sport performance.


  • The Foundations of Sport Coaching module is a dynamic module that aims to develop understanding of the theories and practice within the sport coaching domains. In line with national initiatives this module illustrates the professionalisation of sport coaching and the importance of high-quality delivery. Consequently, the main emphasis of the module is placed on developing a range of intellectual, professional, practical and transferable attributes that are essential for the modern coach.


  • The transition into learning in higher education can pose a range of challenges to students before they can become effective independent learners. The aim of this module is to ensure students have a clear understanding of the requirements of academic study by providing them with a range of skills that enable them to navigate their future programme of study in higher education with the greatest chance of success. Students will examine core occupational standards and promote effective relationships. As students continue their journey, they will also examine, the importance of reflection and continuing professional development. This benefits the student personally and professionally as it builds their competence and confidence in using academic skills whilst understanding the essential skills to enable them to become an effective practitioner.

    We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.


How you'll learn

Unlike traditional institutions, there are no end of year exams. Instead, learning is assessed through coursework and phase tests, which is more reflective of a working environment.

You can expect up to 20 hours of learning activities per week, made up of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, online classes and independent learning.

The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade.


Assessment methods vary and include, practical class and project performance, written practical reports, project thesis, oral presentations, tutorial tasks and assessments which take place at the end of each six-week block.

Job ready

On completion, you should be able to:

  • Develop autonomously and work independently, able to think, act, make decisions and pursue your own studies actively.
  • Communicate clearly, effectively and regularly through a variety of platforms and media.
  • Apply influencing and persuading skills and to make judgements as to the appropriate dynamics and politics of personal interactions.
  • Develop both awareness and practical application of the key skills and competences required for the modern workforce.
  • Generate knowledge on global issues and have gained the attributes and capabilities to enable you to progress and become a globally aware undergraduate student.

Entry requirements

Sport Performance & Coaching Foundation Year

40 UCAS tariff points. All Foundation courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English, and at least one A2 level or a BTEC equivalent qualification.

If you don’t fulfil the entry criteria, your application may be considered on an individual basis. We will take in to account any work experience, other qualifications and/or any training you have completed. Please get in touch for further information.

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Are you eligible for the CU Support Scheme?

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Sport Performance & Coaching Foundation Year

40 UCAS tariff points. All Foundation courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English, and at least one A2 level or a BTEC equivalent qualification.

If you don’t fulfil the entry criteria, your application may be considered on an individual basis. We will take in to account any work experience, other qualifications and/or any training you have completed. Please call or email for further information.

CU Scarborough welcomes international students from all around the globe. If you are an international student and are interested in applying for a Foundation Year, HNC, HND or Degree course you can do so by completing our online application form.

Once your application form has been processed you will receive the outcome of your application via your given email address.
Please be aware you will need the following information in order to make your application:

  • All academic transcripts
  • Copies of degree/diploma certificates or work reference if employed
  • One academic reference
  • International students are required to have English language proficiency level to IELTS 6.0
  • Your personal statement
  • Copy of your current passport

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Fees and Funding

2023/24 tuition fees.

Student Full-time Part-time
UK £7,950 per year Not available
International £16,800 per year Not available

For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Funding and Finance page.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them.

  • We carry out an initial fee status assessment based on the information you provide in your application. Your fee status determines your tuition fees, and what financial support and scholarships may be available to you. The rules about who pays UK (home) or international (overseas) fees for higher education courses in England are set by the government's Department for Education. The regulations identify all the different categories of student who can insist on paying the home rate. The regulations can be difficult to understand, so the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has provided fee status guidance to help you identify whether you are eligible to pay the home or overseas rate.

    If you meet all the criteria required by any one category, including any residence requirements, your institution must charge you the home rate. You only need to find one category that you fit into.


We’ve spent £14 million on a brand new campus building. It’s a purpose-built, state of-the-art development that is one of the most modern facilities in the UK.

It includes a library, IT suites, mock law court, engineering and science labs, cafe and lots of individual and group study spaces. Next to us is Scarborough’s new leisure village. The complex includes an Olympic legacy swimming pool, sports hall, fitness suite, all weather pitches and the new Scarborough Athletic football ground.

Careers and opportunities

The progression pathways envisaged after successful completion of the foundation year include (but are not exhaustive): Sport Coaching, Sport Development, Sport Performance, Strength & Conditioning, Sport & Exercise Science, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing, Sport, Physical Activity and Health & Sport Therapy.

The strength of the course lies in preparing students, who are looking for an alternative to a traditional university experience, for progression on to a related degree course within CU or at other institutions.

How to apply

  • Coventry University together with Coventry University London Campus, CU Coventry, CU London, CU Scarborough and Coventry University Online come together to form part of the Coventry University Group (the “University”) with all degrees awarded by Coventry University. 


    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

    2UK and international opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition fees

    The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For Home Students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation.

    For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.


    Due to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. The 2023/24 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

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