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Undergraduate course

Sport with Foundation Year

A year of preparatory work to build your confidence and enable you to develop your academic and professional skills.

Foundation sport students taking part in a class

This Foundation Year allows you to progress to undergraduate study by completing one-year of preparatory work that will build your confidence and develop your academic and professional skills. As you progress through the programme you will be at the cutting edge of knowledge and practice, and be well prepared for a career in the area of sport you choose to specialise in.

  • Subject to final approval
  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 1 year full-time | 2 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2020
  • School – Sport

Minimum Entry Requirements

    48 UCAS Tariff points

    1 GCSE English Language at grade C / 4 or above (or equivalent)

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

The York St John Experience

Course overview

Our Foundation Year in Sports aims to provide the preparatory knowledge and key practical and study skills required to be successful at undergraduate level. With this in mind, the modules include introductory content that spans all key areas of sport science and sport studies (e.g., physiology, biomechanics, psychology and sociology),

there is a strong focus on managing the transition to independent study and  the experience of different types of assessment (presentations, exams, essays, practicals), as well as a focus on basic laboratory and field based competences. All modules are couched within the context of sport (unlike generic Foundation Years). The Foundation Year follows a standard academic year structure with two semesters.

Sport courses available with Foundation Year:

Physical Education and Sport Coaching with Foundation Year 

UCAS Code: C7C2

Sport and Exercise Therapy with Foundation Year 

UCAS Code: C7C3

Sport and Exercise Science with Foundation Year 

UCAS Code: C7C6

Course structure

Level 1

Our Foundation Year comprises of four modules comprising of two in semester 1 and two in semester 2 (all compulsory). These are completed prior to progressing to our three programmes at Undergraduate level.


Our Foundation Year comprises of four modules comprising of two in semester 1 and two in semester 2 (all compulsory). These are completed prior to progressing to our three programmes at Undergraduate level.

Academic Scholarship in Sport and Exercise (30 credits)

Introduction to basic academic study skills and common types of assessments in sport and exercise sciences/studies.

Laboratory and Field-Based Testing (30 credits)

Introduction to basic laboratory and field-based physiological testing so to ensure safe and proficient practice. 

Anatomy and Mechanics (30 credits)

Introduction to basic human anatomy and the mechanics of human movement and how this is measured and analysed. 

Sport, Exercise and Social Science (30 credits) 

Introduction to social scientific approaches to studying sport and exercise phenomena.

Teaching & Assessment

Modules are taught using a combination of classroom, laboratory and field-based settings.

Each module includes 4 hours of contact per week that is delivered in one afternoon per week (this is 8 hours and two afternoons per week for full-time study). The remainder is guided independent study.

All modules include a combination of formative and summative assessment. All summative assessments encountered on modules will be included in our Academic Scholarship in Sport and Exercise module to help preparation for other modules.


All modules will include an academic module director and graduate teaching assistants for support (providing a highly supportive environment). All students will have an academic tutor who they will meet throughout the foundation year.

Work-related learning is offered as part of the programme through short-term placement/volunteering.

Funding your course

Entry Requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

48 UCAS Tariff points

GCSE English Language at grade C / 4 or above (or equivalent)

Calculate your tariff points.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website. York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2019 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships. There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation

Tuition fees

Home / EU students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Overseas students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,750 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Funding your course

Additional costs and financial support


Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.


For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad webpages.



View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.


Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

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