Foundation Degree (FdSc) Sport and Exercise Science (Cycling Performance)

This two-year Sport and Exercise Science (Cycling Performance) foundation degree is an exciting new course designed so you can pursue your cycling ambitions while studying. The unique feature of this programme is the access it will give you to a British-registered professional cycling team which regularly competes in the United Kingdom and mainland Europe enabling you to gain high quality work-based learning in a top performance cycling environment and exposing you to many of the key aspects of running a world-class cycling team.

The course will teach you about the application of physiological, psychological and biomechanical principles to improving cycling performance and facilitates the pursuit of a variety of pathways within the cycling industry including, for example, rider support, rider performance or cycling development. It is aimed at either aspiring cyclists who want to improve their own performance or those who have a passion for cycling and want to enter into a career in coaching, team management or cycling development.

If you are an experienced competitive cyclist and enrol on the course, you will have the opportunity to race for the college cycling club and may be entered for British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) competitions. Where a student wishes to obtain experience racing abroad we will attempt to facilitate this through our wide range of contacts.


The following information provides 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/4 or above to include English, Maths and Science.

Access course

Writtle University College welcomes applicants studying Access to HE Diploma courses. For more information please contact Admissions.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL)

Information about our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL) policy can be found on our Higher Education Regulations and Policies page.

The course has been carefully designed with the competitive cyclist and coach in mind with the majority of college-based teaching happening over the winter semester .

For the remainder of the year you are able to study using a mixture of work-based learning (work experience) or distance learning while you race or coach.
Summary of the key features of the course:

  • A flexible course designed to allow you to study while you race or coach
  • Access to additional coaching qualifications
  • Develop your coaching and leadership skills through specifically designed modules
  • Gain a unique work-based learning experience through our association with a professional cycling team
  • Learn about the psychological, physiological and biomechanical aspects of cycling performance

The acquisition of knowledge and understanding is approached through an emphasis on student-centred learning. Integration of theoretical and practical learning ensures the strong vocational focus as a priority in the provision. The following list shows the variety of learning and teaching methods experienced on this course.

  • Lectures
  • Practical laboratory sessions
  • Coaching sessions in the field
  • Case studies
  • Seminars
  • Coursework

This course contains a variety of assessment methods to ensure practical and academic competence. The following list shows the variety of assessment methods experienced on this course.

  • Practical portfolios
  • Mini-projects
  • Reflective logbooks
  • Presentations
  • Critiques of literature
  • Composition of coaching and training plans
  • Peer and tutor observations
  • Reports
  • Examinations
Students could top up their FdSc by entering the third year BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Coaching) and increase their opportunities to include such careers as: Physical Education Teachers; Physiotherapists; Sports Lecturers; Coaches; Personal Trainers; or enter Post-graduate study
The following activities are compulsory for this course .

  • A ‘fun’ social activity at a cost of £60 (each year)
  • 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).