Foundation Degree (FdSc) Sport and Exercise Science (Cycling Performance)
UCAS Code: C589
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.
|SEMESTER 1||SEMESTER 2|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology|
|Professional Skills for the Sport Industry||Analysis of Human Movement and Performance|
|Coaching in Practice||Working in Cycling|
|Introduction to Psychology|
|SEMESTER 3||SEMESTER 4|
|Physiology, Nutrition for Exercise|
|Research Skills in Sport and Exercise Science||Coaching and Leadership|
|Principles of Strength and Conditioning||Developing a Career in Cycling|
The following information provides the entry requirements for this particular course.
UCAS Tariff Points
GCE A Levels
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
BTEC Level 3 Diploma
C & G Level 3 Extended Diploma
C & G Level 3 Diploma
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.
Writtle University College welcomes applicants studying Access to HE Diploma courses. For more information please contact Admissions.
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL)
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.
- 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.
- Practical laboratory sessions
- Coaching sessions in the field
- Case studies
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
- Reflective logbooks
- Critiques of literature
- Composition of coaching and training plans
- Peer and tutor observations
- 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).