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FdSc Community Sports Management (West Ham United Foundation)

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Course overview

Start date

September 2019

Subject area

Sport

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Learning

Blended

Course summary

This course has replaced the FdSc Applied Community Sport degree, effective for September 2019 start. 

You can study on this foundation degree for two years and choose to top-up one year to a full degree on our BSc Sport Coaching and Performance (West Ham United Foundation) or BSc Sport, P.E. and Development.

At UEL, we are extremely proud of our alliance with West Ham United, one of England’s most celebrated Premier League football clubs. UEL and West Ham United are committed to making a positive difference to our east London community making this degree a flagship course for us and West Ham United.

They have been dedicated to providing opportunities for local young people for many years, which makes us natural partners. So between us, we’ve devised an innovative way of giving our community, who might have believed university life wasn’t for them, the chance to discover that they really can fulfil their potential in higher education.

As a result, you can enjoy the benefits of working closely with West Ham United Foundation staff on their community projects and programmes, as well as improving your academic understanding at UEL.

Since launching the course in 2015, the degree has become hugely popular and produced high calibre graduates who are currently working within West Ham United Foundation or continuing their academic studies on our BSc Sports degrees.

UCAS points

80

Course options

Foundation Degree

UCAS code

N8C6

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email study@uel.ac.uk

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91%

Employment

91% of graduates in work or further education within 6 months of graduation (DLHE, 2016/17)

Premier League Link

This partnership with the West Ham United Foundation offers you a unique experience and exciting new career opportunities in professional sport.

85%

Overall satisfaction

Our university scored 85% overall satisfaction by the students in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2018

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Andrew Griffiths

WHU Foundation Programme Leader 

The Applied Community Sports foundation degree with West Ham United Foundation and UEL offers you the chance to work with a Premier League football club. During your two years with West Ham and UEL, you will study a range of topics that impact sport, professional clubs and the wider community.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parent’s Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£9,250
You don't need to pay this up front
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will automatically be cancelled.

For information visit gov.uk/student-finance

Please note EU students can only apply for their funding using a paper application form.
To download a form visit www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£9,250
You don't need to pay this upfront
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money. Please make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£12,100
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

80

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
A Levels – including a pass at A2 Level in PE, Sport or Science related subject
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma in a related subject.
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 24 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level
We would normally expect you to have Grade 4 / C in GCSE English and Maths.

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

If you don’t quite meet the academic requirements for this course, you can apply with an additional foundation year. Read more about the International Foundation Programme.

SEE YOUR COUNTRY
Applications should demonstrate an existing commitment to encourage sports participation through areas such as community coaching, support to PE provision in school, volunteering at events.
 
Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll learn

West Ham United Foundation and UEL will give you a thorough grounding in the world of sport with our mixture of academic topics and practical experiences. The unique aspect of the course, comes with the rare opportunity you’ll have to work at the heart of a major Premier League football club.

Over your two years, as you study between UEL’s SportsDock and West Ham’s United sites, including London Stadium, you’ll gain a knowledge and understanding of subjects connected with sport and how it impacts the wider community. You'll also increase your knowledge on sports science theories, coaching theories and techniques as well as current issues, such as inclusion in sport.

Through your two sport placements over the duration of your course, you will discover at first-hand what it’s like to work with diverse groups in community sport as you get involved in West Ham United Foundation projects and programmes across London and Essex. 

Finally, you will learn how to develop effective research skills to support you with your academic work, discuss business ideas and political issues in our research and Community Sport Development modules. 

What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

Sports Placement (West Ham United)
Inclusion/Equality in Sport (West Ham United)
Theory of Coaching (University of East London)
Research Study Skills (University of East London)
Community Sports Development (West Ham United)
Interdisciplinary Module; UEL – basic physiology, nutrition, biomechanics (University of East London)
Sports Placement 2 (West Ham United)
Research Methods (University of East London)

How you'll be assessed

This degree is offered on a two-year full-time basis. You can find out exactly how you'll be assessed by clicking the drop-down year tabs and reviewing your modules.

Course specification

How you'll learn

At West Ham United Foundation and UEL, we won’t hide our enthusiasm about the exciting opportunities in sport that our university-football partnership offers you.

UEL and West Ham United Foundation's students have previously enjoyed exclusive, unique and quality work placements within West Ham United Foundation as well as placements within other established sports organisations who we work closely with, such as The English FA. During your placement, you can choose to work within the football clubs community department, or take on a role within the club’s youth development, scouting network or coaching team.

Anything is possible with the Applied Community Sports degree, it is down to you to grasp this opportunity, believes Dr Marcia Wilson, Head of School at UEL. "This is a practical course. The degree is involves working with different groups and because of where the University is based, the diversity of people we have here in east London, your time at UEL be an amazing working experience."

“We’re looking forward to developing this partnership and to testing the boundaries of what a Premier League football club can bring to a university – and vice-versa.” says Joseph Lyons, Chief Executive of West Ham United Foundation.

You will take part in lectures, seminars, practical sessions, individual work and group work whilst you study on the degree. We have access to several multi-million pound sports facilities through West Ham United Foundation and UEL. We encourage group discussion and welcome people's differing opinions on the issues and topics covered within the modules. During your course, you will have the opportunity to travel and study abroad through our partnerships with international communities and sports organisations.

This course delivery is designed for the students benefit, preparing you for a career in the ever-changing sports industry.

Your future career

West Ham have really embraced the whole philosophy around education, so I can see our students having lots of opportunities presented to them,” says Dr Marcia Wilson, Head of School at UEL.

"Those opportunities could come in many forms. You’ll be gaining an insight into the life of a major football club and getting a feel for both the sports and the football industry. Following your academic work, placements and practical work, you’ll be ideally prepared to launch your career in sport. We’ve also aligned the course especially so students can progress onto one of our current sports degree courses.”

If you find that you would like to continue your studies after your two years with West Ham United Foundation, you could choose to study for a third year in one of UEL’s BSc (Hons) courses, either in Sports Coaching or Sport, Physical Education and Development.

After you have completed your university studies, you will have a recognised degree qualification, contacts within a Premier League football club and other organisations, as well as access to job opportunities within West Ham United and east London, one of the fastest growing areas in sport within Europe.

This is a unique opportunity with West Ham United Foundation and UEL, where you can combine academic theory and practice, whilst building a fantastic CV and network for years to come. 

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