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C604 Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity with Foundation BA Undergraduate 2012


UCAS code C604
Degree BA
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 4 years
Location Queen's Campus
Related qualifications

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Telephone +44 (0)191 334 0172

Course Content


The course contains a number of core and discipline specific modules. Core modules such as English, Maths, Key Skills, and Language for Higher Education are designed to develop higher level learning skills and familiarise students with studying and assessment at degree level. Discipline specific modules help lay a foundation of knowledge that students will build upon as they progress to their chosen degree programmes.

The following list outlines some examples of the core and discipline specific modules delivered by the Foundation Centre:

Core Foundation modules

  • English Language
  • Key Skills and Language for Higher Education
  • Numerical skills
  • Information technology

Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity Foundation modules

  • Foundations of Statistics
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • EITHER Academic English OR Key Skills and Language for Higher Education
  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Core Foundation Biology 2
  • Discovering Anthropology
  • Studying Society
  • Core Foundation Biology 1
  • Foundations of Psychology
  • Health and Disease
  • Human and Social Biology

Teaching and assessment details

At the Foundation Centre we pride ourselves on the high levels of support and guidance we offer to our students. Our students come to us from wide and diverse educational and cultural backgrounds; many have had a long break from formal education. Our teaching methods are relaxed and interactive. We want to help students realise the skills and personal qualities they each possess and apply these in developing the academic skills and knowledge they will need as they progress through their studies. We keep our class sizes small and we offer extensive opportunities for staff-student contact. We supplement many of our teaching modules with drop-in support sessions.

We recognise that academic challenges are not the only challenges that mature, non-traditional and international learners can face when entering higher education and studying for a degree at Durham University. We work closely with Durham's unique college system to provide pastoral support and help finding solutions to problems such as finance, accessibility and housing. We always do our best to offer the support students need to be successful at university.

By the end of your Foundation Year you should be familiar and confident with a wide range of academic learning and assessment methods including exams, essays, projects and presentations. You will have received help in how to cope with different types of assessment and strategies for success in academic assessment as part of the core subjects that every student studies. It is our goal to ensure that you leave the Foundation Centre with the skills and knowledge to succeed in your chosen degree.

Admissions Process

Subjects required, level and grade

Formal qualifications are not normally required. Some Foundation Centre programmes do require evidence of aptitude. Please contact us for more details.

Normally, applicants with A-level qualifications are not eligible. However, students who are studying, or have completed A-levels, in subjects inappropriate for direct entry to their chosen degree subject, or completed their A-level (or equivalent) studies over three years prior to application, are eligible to apply.

English Language requirements

IELTS 6.0 (with no element below 5.5)

Requirements and Admissions

Information relevant to your country

Fees and Funding

Fees have not been set for this academic year.

Scholarships and funding

Career Opportunities

Foundation Centre

The Foundation Centre seeks to develop the practical and intellectual skills sought by employers and offers preparation for a range of undergraduate degrees, each with their own career prospects. We do this by offering a high level of academic content and extensive pastoral support.

Our programmes aim to provide you with a comprehensive range of skills needed for successful study in higher education, together with a foundation of general academic knowledge and subject specific knowledge based on your chosen progression. You will gain training in problem solving, communication skills, group working, interpreting numerical data, experimental design and project work. This range of skills will provide you with excellent all-round training for many careers. Our students progress to graduate programmes at Durham and other UK universities and upon graduation enter a wide variety of careers in every area of the professional world.   

The Foundation Year gave me a great advantage when it came to commencing the first year of my undergraduate degree. It provided an excellent grounding in all areas and enabled me to fully understand the expectations of and the commitments necessary for my Human Sciences Degree. Thanks to the foundation programme I am now very near completion of my Masters in Primary Education at Durham University and well on the way to becoming a primary school teacher.
Surindar Kaur, Foundation programme BA (Hons) Human Sciences;

Employment and development opportunities

The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre works extremely closely with the Foundation Centre to ensure that students receive information and vacancies relevant to their needs. Students are able to attend presentations and workshops from a wide range of employers from all sectors. They are also able to attend sessions arranged by the Careers Centre on subjects including CV writing, interview preparation and gaining work experience and attend the wide range of fairs organised for Durham University Students.

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

Pre-application open days are the very best way to discover all you need to know about Durham University. With representatives from all relevant academic and support service departments and opportunities to explore college options they will provide a full experience of Durham University for any prospective undergraduates.

Pre-application open days at Queen's Campus, Stockton will take place on:

  • Friday 15 June 2012
  • Friday 22 June 2012
  • Friday 14 September 2012

Further details and information on how to book.

Campus tours

Overseas Visit Schedule

Department Information

Foundation Centre


Realising potential and delivering Higher Education without barriers.

Durham University's Foundation Centre offers specially tailored multi-disciplinary study programmes to prepare students for degree level study.

The Foundation Centre specialises in helping mature learners return to education, supporting students who are changing between academic fields, and preparing international students who are unable to study to a sufficient level in their own country for direct entry to UK degree programmes. The Foundation Centre is an academic department that delivers courses to develop students' learning skills and knowledge in preparation for degree level study primarily at Durham University. Courses are specially tailored to meet each student's choice of degree and background and include a mixture of common 'core' subjects and discipline specific subject.

All students are requested to contact the Foundation Centre for an Information, Advice and Guidance discussion before applying.

The Direct Progression Programmes are open to UK and international students and are fully integrated with Durham University degree programmes, counting as year 0 of a full undergraduate degree. Students progress directly onto their degree at Durham once they have successfully completed their Foundation Centre year.

The International Foundation Year provides a specially designed programme, with extra English language and study skills support, for international students who do not meet the requirements for direct entry to either UK higher education, or the Direct Progression Programmes offered by the Foundation Centre.

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