Foundation Degree (FdSc) Sport Science (Outdoor Recreation)

Key Details

  • Available at
  • Level
  • Study Mode
    Part-time, Full-time
  • Programme Area
    Sport and Outdoor Education
  • Course Length

    Full-time: 2 years (2 days per week); Part-time: 4 years (1 day per week). Also available on a modular basis.

  • Course Type
    Degrees (Higher Education)
  • UCAS Codes
  • Awarding Body
    Bangor University
  • Bilingual

    Possible to complete 33% of the course through the medium of Welsh and receive a scholarship.

Course Description

Are you looking to develop a career in the outdoor industry? Do you wish to learn personal, practical and coaching skills? You may also be looking for an alternative route into Higher Education.

The course attracts a wide range of individuals from academic and vocational backgrounds who wish to develop industry skills in the area.

This course will give you the opportunity to gain an academic qualification whilst also working towards nationally recognised competency and coaching qualifications in outdoor sports such as kayaking and sailing, which will broaden your knowledge and increase your chances of employment.


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Additional costs

Students will be required to have a DBS certificate to allow them to undertake Work Placement. Students will be supported to apply for their DBS through college support services and will be responsible for payment. Also, during Work Placement, students will be required to fund any travel, food and accommodation expenses. Some activities will require students to dress appropriately for health and safety reasons and to conduct themselves in a professional manner. A list of necessary kit, if any, will be given to the student during the interview. Students will also have the opportunity to purchase the course hoody / fleece and polo shirt.

On the Level 5 course, students are required to undertake a 5-day expedition which will cost approximately £400.00.

More detailed information on other costs associated with your course and work placements/work experience (if applicable) will be outlined in the programme validation document and explained to you at your interview.

Module information

More detailed information on modules is to be found in the ‘Additional Campus / Course Information’ section.

Start date


Entry Criteria

Language requirements:

  • Welsh or English with equivalent GCSE grade C, or above
  • Any degrees, diplomas or certificates eligible above should have been taught and assessed in Welsh or English
  • For overseas applicants, for entry onto Level 4, English fluency to IELTS 5.5 or higher (with no element less than 5.0)
  • For overseas applicants, for entry onto Levels 5, English fluency to IELTS 6.0 or higher (with no element less than 5.5)

Academic requirements:

  • A minimum of 64 UCAS tariff points in main qualification, normally gaining at least one relevant A2 subject; or a BTEC National Certificate/Diploma (MP) or above, or an AVCE, GNVQ, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, in a relevant subject; or a Pass in approved ACCESS; or NVQ/VRQ Level 3
  • A pass at grade C or above in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent), Physical Education / Science would be advantageous. Alternatively, evidence of the ability to study at this level in terms of numeracy and scientific skills will need to be evaluated.

Equivalent international qualifications are acceptable

Entry onto Level 5 will be considered on an individual basis in line with GLLM credit transfer policy

For individuals with no formal qualifications, or have not reached the required UCAS points, offer will be based on but not exclusive to:

  • A personal statement or CV, assessment at interview, performance in tasks set specifically for admission purposes, relevant work experience and employment references
  • Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance is required for all learners prior to undertaking the employability modules.


You study a total of 120 credits in each year. The modular programme provides continuity and depth over the two years and you will study a full range of inter-related modules. A part-time or modular route is also optional.

This course is delivered as follows:

  • Group work
  • Classroom based learning
  • Tutorial support
  • Educational visits
  • MOODLE (virtual learning environment)


  • Full-time: 2 years, 2 days per week (typically 9am – 5pm)
  • Part-time: 4 years, 1 day per week (typically 9am – 5pm)


Delyth Jones (Programme Leader):

Iola Jones (Administration):


This course is assessed on a continuous basis throughout the year by the use of a range of activities:

  • Practical and written assessments/assignments
  • Tests
  • Projects
  • Case studies
  • Presentations and demonstrations
  • Portfolios of work
  • Performance and observation


Where relevant, assessments will be marked and returned to students with constructive and developmental feedback. Effective feedback combines information which enables students to understand the strengths and limitations of their past performance, and information which enables them to recognise how future performance can be improved. Students will be provided with feedback in a timely manner and this feedback will justify how the grade has been awarded. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on the feedback given and identify their strengths, things they found challenging and areas for development that they will feed forward to their next assessment. Feedback will include linking evidence to assessment criteria to demonstrate how the student will have met the learning outcomes.


Successful completion of the programme will enable you to enter one of a range of degree courses within the School of Sports, Health and Exercise Sciences at Bangor University.

There is also the option to complete a one year top-up degree, dependent upon grades achieved.

Campus Information Dolgellau

Additional Course Information

The course is aimed at anyone with an interest in the outdoors and will prepare you for a range of careers in the outdoor, leisure, countryside and tourism industries. We will build up your knowledge and skills, providing specialised studies which are directly relevant to your current workplace or for those seeking a change in career to work in the outdoor recreation sector.

For every 10 credits, students should engage with around 100 notional hours of learning. This will be approximately 30% direct learning contact and 70% independent student learning.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Research and Study Skills (10 credits, compulsory)

The module aims to develop the student’s capacity to apply a range of academic skills appropriately within a chosen discipline. (Portfolio 100%)

Functional Anatomy (20 credits, compulsory)

This module allows the learner to develop an enquiring approach to the anatomical principles underpinning human functioning in Sport and Exercise. (Multiple Choice Question Exam 50%, Presentation 50%)

Behavioural Science and Skill Acquisition (20 credits, compulsory)

The overall aim of this module is to introduce concepts of skill, ability, behaviour, performance and learning as they relate to physical activities. (Essay 25%, Presentation 25%, Case Study 50%)

Working with Employers and Sports Event Coordination (10 credits, compulsory)

This module will develop an understanding of the factors which go into the safe and successful organisation of an event (e.g. Health and Safety, marketing, financial considerations etc). Students will begin to develop essential skills required for effective event management and will reflect and evaluate their own skills in relation to event coordination. ( Presentation 40%, Portfolio 60%)

Employability-Based Learning 1: Applying Theory in Practice (20 credits, compulsory)

This module aims to enable students to carry out a number of employment-related tasks, negotiated jointly with employers/industry representatives and Grŵp-based staff. (Portfolio 100%)

Outdoor Activities – Foundation Skills (20 credits, core)

This module provides a foundation of practical and theoretical knowledge in two key Outdoor Activities and
related skills. Practical teaching will develop personal performance toward target levels of proficiency, and will
focus on training techniques for further improvement. Theoretical teaching will develop an understanding of the
history, organisational structure and range of these Outdoor Activities in the UK. The module requires that the
learner develops an understanding of the learning process in Outdoor Activities, and applies that knowledge to
produce learning strategies for further skill development. (Practical 65%, Portfolio 35%)

Practical Sports Coaching (20 credits, compulsory)

This module provides students with the practical skills and knowledge required to plan, deliver and evaluate coaching sessions, taking into consideration the differing needs of individuals. (Report 30%, Practical Delivery with Report 70%)

Year 2 (Level 5)

Development of Health and Wellbeing (20 credits, compulsory)

The overall aim of this module is to introduce key concepts of knowledge, skills and understanding of the development of health and wellbeing within outdoor recreation. Learners will develop an awareness of engagement in health and wellbeing initiatives and understand the benefits and promotion of such projects in the outdoor sector. Learners will plan and deliver practical health and wellbeing community projects. (Report x 2 75%, Academic Poster 25%)

Expedition and Exploration (20 credits, compulsory)

This module develops the team work, planning and leadership skills required to deliver a successful five-day expedition. This module will be the main link of the second year programme. (Report 25%, Portfolio 50%, Presentation 25%)

Employability-based Learning 2: Professional Reflection and Personal Development (20 credits, compulsory)

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to analyse the value of their skills and learning as applied to vocational and work-specific contexts. In doing so, the module will require students to organise a sporting event, building on their work in Year 1 Employability-based Learning 1. (Portfolio 60%, Personal and Professional Development Plan 40%)

Outdoor Activities – Skill Development, Coaching and Leadership (20 credits, core)

This module provides a foundation of practical and theoretical knowledge in two key Outdoor Activities and related skills. Practical teaching will develop personal performance toward target levels of proficiency, and will focus on training techniques for further improvement. Theoretical teaching will develop an understanding of the history, organisational structure and range of these Outdoor Activities in the UK. (Practical 70%, Portfolio 30%)

Research Methods (20 credits, compulsory)

This module is designed to complement and extend the research skills learned in Year 1. The research project will be a feature of the second year of the course and will allow students to carry out an in-depth study of an area of interest within the context of Sport Science. (Report 75%, Presentation 25%)

Outdoor Activity and Sports Nutrition (20 credits, compulsory)

This module will review and build upon elements of physiology and biochemistry that provide the theoretical basis of human nutrition . This module aims to enable learners to understand the dietary requirements of athletes’ needs, health, training and completion demands to maximise performance outcomes. Practical application of knowledge will be developed, and contemporary issues covered within the Outdoor adventures tourism industry and current sport. (Presentation 35%, Report 35%, Portfolio 30%)

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Part Time

Applications are made through the college.


Full Time

Applications are made through UCAS.

Awarding Body


Full-Time course