Foundation Degree (FdSc) Sports Science with Aerial Performance - Writtle University College

Foundation Degree (FdSc) Sports Science with Aerial Performance

UCAS Code: W472

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  • The purpose of the aerial performance degree programme is to provide a balance of vocational and academic study that provides students with the underpinning practical training as an aerial acrobat to enable them to undertake a career in aerial performance. Furthermore, it will aim to develop an academic and scientific understanding of sport equipping each student with the skills to work within a sporting industry in ways complementing their aerial acrobatics abilities.

    A core time will be spent exploring the scientific aspects of training to aid aerial acrobatics performance techniques with the remaining academic study balanced between practical laboratory or field work and time in the classroom learning the underpinning theory of the basic health sciences such as anatomy and physiology, nutrition and biomechanics and applying these to aerial acrobatic performance. Additionally, the aspects of coaching principles will also be addressed, affording each student practical experience and skills required for both the specific field of aerial performance as well as the broader needs of sport in general.

  • Course Modules

  • Information about each module can be viewed by clicking on the module title within the table below.

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  • Entry Requirements

  • The following information provides students with the entry requirements for this particular course.

    UCAS Tariff Points
    GCE A Levels
    48 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C or above
    Irish Certificate
    48 UCAS tariff points, to include 2 x B3 or H3 higher
    Scottish Highers
    48 UCAS tariff points, to include 1 x B & 1 x C
    International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
    Total (IB) Diploma point score of 24 or more
    BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
    BTEC Level 3 Diploma
    C & G Level 3 Extended Diploma
    Pass 48
    C & G Level 3 Diploma
    Merit 48

    Please note:
    An equivalent or higher combination of grades to that indicated above will also be accepted.

    All applicants must hold a minimum of four GCSE passes at grade C or above to include English, Maths and Science.

    Access course
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    Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL)
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  • Who is the Course for?

  • This course is aimed at those looking to adapt their current sporting knowledge and abilities in a related activity such as gymnastics, dance, martial arts, parkour, or figure skating and adapt it into a commercial sporting ability as an aerial acrobat with a view to gaining employment in aerial acrobatic performance.

    It enables individuals to develop their own practical performance and coaching ability and back this up with a sound knowledge of sports sciences which provides them with additional employment opportunities within sport or the basis for pursuing additional career options.

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  • Learning & Teaching Methods

  • The following list shows the variety of learning and teaching methods experienced on this course.

    • Exercise testing laboratory practicals
    • Tutorials
    • Seminars and debates
    • Inquiry-based learning
    • Visits
    • Online quizzes, wikis and activities

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  • Assessment Methods

  • This course provides a mix of assessment methods including.

    • Practical assessments – both in small groups and individually
    • Examinations – both multiple choice and essay questions
    • Presentations – both individually and in small groups
    • Essays
    • Assessed seminars
    • Case studies
    • Experimental work and laboratory reports
    • Poster presentations
    • Debates
    • E-portfolios of work based learning/skill acquisition

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  • Employment Details

  • This list of careers below are those that graduates from this programme could enter into.

    Employment opportunities in this emerging sport would include specific aerial performance and more general sporting opportunities such as:

    • Aerial Performance Coaching
    • Acrobat/Aerial Performer
    • Event Management

    Students could top up their FdSc by entering the third year Sport and Exercise Performance BSc and increase their opportunities:

    • Physical Education Teachers
    • Physiotherapists
    • Sports Lecturers
    • Personal Trainers
    • Post-graduate study

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  • After Completion of Your Course...

  • Students could top up their FdSc by entering the third year Sport and Exercise Performance BSc or gain employment in such areas as:

    • Aerial Performance Coaching
    • Acrobat/Aerial Performer
    • Event Management
  • Useful Information

  • The following activities are compulsory for this course.

    • A residential field trip at a cost of approximately £190 (2nd year only)

    Students also have the opportunity to take part in various official National Governing Body (NGB) sports courses and qualifications. These courses and qualifications normally cost no more than £30 each (possible to do between 1 and 2 each year).

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