14th April 2005




Government inspectors have given their seal of approval to the foundation degree in Sport and Exercise Development delivered at Lincoln College and validated by the University of Lincoln.


Following a rigorous period of subject review the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) has reported confidence in the academic standards, achievements and learning opportunities of the foundation degree.


The course has been running successfully for three years and is a triumph of partnership working in the education sector, bringing together further and higher education with key local employers.


Students on the course benefit from the facilities and quality assurance of two of the county's leading education providers whilst undertaking work-based learning in sports development and coaching that prepares them for employment in the sector.


Martin Booth, Head of School of Sport and Leisure Studies at Lincoln College and a Director of the Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said:  "This is a further boost to the long-standing success that the college has in delivering high quality HE programmes.


“Our relationship with the University of Lincoln has gone from strength to strength and the comments by the QAA in the review reinforce the recognition of our sport science programmes at national as well as local level.


“The Lincolnshire Sports Partnership is very keen to work with students on the FdSc Sport and Exercise Development programme both in using their expertise to benefit local communities and to directly influence their training so that their skills development is specifically tailored to the needs of sport in Lincolnshire.


“The creation of apprenticeship schemes for graduates of this programme is one way in which students will be able to benefit in the future and this is exactly how the Government envisages using foundation degrees to meet the skills agenda."


For more detailed information about the foundation degree in Sport and Exercise Development visit www.lincolncollege.ac.uk and click on ‘Courses’.


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, University of Lincoln

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

or Leslie Whiting, Lincoln College

01522 876272                         Lwhiting@lincolncollege.ac.uk