Hartpury College

Sport Performance



Course Overview

This Foundation degree provides students with an optimum balance of work-based and academic study that is both intellectually challenging and vocationally relevant, providing an excellent foundation for pursuing a career within the sports-related industries or continuing with further study.

The development of vocational skills and awareness, leadership, management and reflective analysis will be a core focus of your studies and, when teamed with modules in sports science and coaching, this programme will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to work within sports related-industries - whether it is on a local, regional, national or international scale.

This Sport Performance course has been designed through extensive collaboration between Hartpury’s Sport department and industry professionals, making the course unique to Hartpury and ensuring that the skills you learn are relevant to employers’ needs and cater for current demands within the industry.

Sports Performance students will have access to our wide range of excellent sporting facilities including our Human Performance Laboratory, Sports Academy Centre, sports rehabilitation suite, rubber crumb pitches, power and cardiovascular gyms, numerous sports pitches and tennis courts and a nine-hole golf course. Regular use of these quality facilities will enhance both your academic and practical experience.

The programme can be completed full time in two years; part time routes are available and should be planned with your programme manager

Our students have gone on to some fantastic careers in a wide range of industries and enjoyed some exceptional work placements all over the world, helping them open doors to their dream careers. 

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Entry Requirements


Five GCSEs at Grade C or above to include English, Mathematics and Science

Tariff points range


A level subjects grades

One A2 in a biological science or PE subject

Level 3 Extended Diploma subjects grades

MPP in a science subject

International Baccalaureate

24 Points




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In Brief


2 Years

Tuition fees

Fees for September 2017 entry

UK: £9,250
EU fees: Will remain the same as UK students, £9,250
International: £11,250
Please contact us to discuss part-time fees 

EU students starting this course in Sept 2017 will be eligible to apply for UK student loans for the duration of their course. 

When should I apply

You can apply for September 2017 entry now.  Please check the UCAS website for application deadlines.

How to apply

You must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Hartpury is an Associate Faculty of the University of the West of England. The Hartpury UCAS code is H22. If you feel that you have accredited prior learning please contact us to discuss your application.

If you want to study this degree on a part-time basis, please apply directly to Hartpury. Contact the Enquiry Line on +44 (0) 1452 702345 or email enquire@hartpury.ac.uk  to request a part-time university application form.

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    • Learning in the Performance Environment
    • Sport Development and Leadership
    • Fundamentals of Sport Performance
    • Academic Skills for Sport
    • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
    • Introduction to Sports Coaching
    • Introduction to Exercise Physiology
    • Developing the Performance Environment
    • Independent project
    • Sports Leadership
    • Fitness Training and Testing
    • Injured Athlete
    • Coaching Pedagogy
    • Sports Nutrition
    • Health Related Exercise
    • Sports Psychology

Lee Douglas, Head of Strength and Conditioning for England Women’s Sevens


What I do 

I work with the 20 England Women’s Sevens players who signed professional contracts in September 2014 with the Rugby Football Union – 12 of whom won the Women’s Rugby World Cup. As their Strength and Conditioning coach, I’m responsible for making sure they are in peak physical condition, whether that’s by giving them more power, more speed or making them fitter. We do weights every day but we also do speed work, conditioning and work with the physios on rehab and injury prevention. These girls have come from playing 15-a-side, which is very different to Sevens, and the training has to be adapted for us to be successful on the pitch. This is also the first full-time programme for women, so it’s completely new, but they are loving the fact they can train every day. The gains they are making are staggering and it makes you feel like the best coach in the world! It’s hugely exciting helping them to unlock their potential and by the time they get to Rio 2016, I think they will be unstoppable.

How I got here 
The opportunity to study strength and conditioning and play rugby at Hartpury was too hard to turn down. I realised quite quickly I wouldn’t go that far with my rugby and I knew that I loved the practical, conditioning side of my course so in my second year, I redirected my energy into my studies. The knowledge and the contacts I gained at Hartpury opened up an internship opportunity at Worcester Warriors in the summer after I completed my degree. I did everything I could to try to make myself indispensable and ended up being offered a full-time contract with their Academy.

I stayed at Worcester for six years before becoming assistant S and C coach at Edinburgh and then taking on the head S and C role at Bristol Rugby - that was fantastic progression for me. I started my current role with England Women in August 2014.

My time at Hartpury
Hartpury was the best decision I ever made. I truly believe that if I’d gone somewhere else, I wouldn’t be where I am now. The quality of the players and the coaches at Hartpury was incredible and I felt privileged to be studying in an environment that was so close to being at a professional club and that was at the forefront of developments in the industry. Initially I didn’t know which career to pursue, I just wanted to play sport but being on my course, I was learning from the best and was able to apply what we learned in the lecture theatre straight away out on the pitch and in gym sessions. That really fed my enthusiasm and made me want more.

Getting ahead in the industry 
First and foremost you’ve got to love what you do. From the outside this looks like a nice job, but the demands on you are high. There are a lot of sessions and unsociable hours. So you have to be passionate about it and be willing to work very hard. When I was at Worcester, I moved to live with my auntie and cycled to the club every day because I couldn’t drive at the time! I see a lot of people with internships and it is the ones that work the hardest, go out of their way and show initiative and make themselves invaluable that are kept on.

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