About this course
This two-year Foundation degree in Cycling Performance 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. This will give you high quality work-based learning in a top performance cycling environment and will expose 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. The Foundation degree has two pathways - rider support and rider performance – and 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 and team management.
The course has been carefully designed with the competitive cyclist and coach in mind with the majority of college-based teaching happening over the winter semester. For the remainder of the year you will study while you race or coach using a mixture of work-based learning (work experience) or distance learning.
If you are an experienced competitive cyclist and enrol on the course, you will have the opportunity to race in a College academy team and will be entered for British Universities and Colleges (BUCS) competitions. The academy team will provide an opportunity for those following the rider performance pathway to gain experience of racing in the UK and Europe. Equally, if you are an aspiring coach or soigneur and choose to follow the rider support pathway, you will have the opportunity to manage, coach and support academy riders.
- UCAS Tariff Points: 120 - 200
- GCE A Levels: 120 UCAS Tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C or above
- Irish Certificate: 120 UCAS tariff points, to include 2 x ILC higher at B3
- Scottish Highers: 120 UCAS tariff points, to include 2 x higher at B
- International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: Minimum of 24 points (pass) (260)
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: PPP (120)
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma: MP (120)
- C & G Level 3 Extended Diploma: Pass (120)
- C & G Level 3 Diploma: Merit (160) or a Pass (80) in combination with other qualifications
English language requirements
If you do not have English as a first language, you will normally be required to demonstrate an IELTS overall score (or equivalent) of:
- 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in all elements for a Further Education course
- 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in all elements for a Foundation degree, Higher Certificate or Higher Diploma
- 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all elements for a degree
- 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all elements for a postgraduate degree
If you have lower scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English Language course, which can lead to entry to the appropriate programme of study.