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Key details

Attendance Full-time
Duration 2 years
Code C600
Attendance Part-time
Duration 3 years
Code HUAB5004B
Awarding Body University of Bolton
Level FdSc
Start Date 13/09/2021

Other start dates

Course overview

This programme is suitable for anyone with a strong interest in, and a passion for, exercise and fitness. It is run over four semesters and meets the appropriate National Occupational Standards and Key Skills for the sector.

You will undertake modules in exercise and fitness as well as personal and professional development, as the course is designed to foster lifelong learning in its participants.

The course was originally designed in consultation with some of the industry’s leading professional bodies including Fitness Industry Association, SkillsActive, Sports Coach UK, David Lloyd Leisure, Bradford Bulls and Northern Fitness & Education.

 Students will benefit from lectures and support from staff with extensive experience of working in the fitness industry, in conjunction with work placements during both years of the course.

Applications are welcome from people currently working in the fitness industry or those with a keen enthusiasm to develop themselves in this field.

Did you know…

The college has a wide range of sport, exercise and fitness facilities which include a 1,000 sq metre sports hall, fitness testing suite and dedicated sport theory room, aerobics and dance studio, gym, multi-use games area, two basketball courts, three 5-a-side pitches and a full size football pitch.

What you'll study

Shared modules Level 4
  • Level 4 – Introduction to Academic Studies
  • Level 4 – Learning through Work in Sport and Physical Activity
  • Level 4 – Nutrition for Health and Exercise
  • Level 4 – Human Movement

Physical Activity, Health and Well-being L4 modules

  • Level 4 – Applied Exercise Teaching (Group)
  • Level 4 – Applied Exercise Teaching (Gym)
Shared modules Level 5
  • Level 5 – Applied Practice in Community or Educational Settings
  • Level 5 – Developing professional practice
  • Level 5 – Psychology of physical activity and sport coaching
  • Level 5 – Research methods in sport and physical activity
Physical Activity, Health and Well-being L5 modules
  • Level 5 – Evaluation of Fitness in Health and Disease
  • Level 5 – Nutrition in Health and Disease

A  variety of  teaching and learning methods are used including: lectures, seminars, workshops, practical sessions, individual, small and large groupwork, discussions, student-centred and distance learning.

Additionally there is a work experience element to the course in both years. A number of modules and assessment methods are attached to the work experience, making it a central part of the course.

Our methods include: home study, workshops, lectures, seminars, practicals and work-based learning. The Professional Development modules allow you to identify claims for prior learning and experience (APL/APEL), develop key skills and to gain some essential study skills.

  • Shared modules Level 4
    • Level 4 – Introduction to Academic Studies
    • Level 4 – Learning through Work in Sport and Physical Activity
    • Level 4 – Nutrition for Health and Exercise
    • Level 4 – Human Movement

    Physical Activity, Health and Well-being L4 modules

    • Level 4 – Applied Exercise Teaching (Group)
    • Level 4 – Applied Exercise Teaching (Gym)
  • Shared modules Level 5
    • Level 5 – Applied Practice in Community or Educational Settings
    • Level 5 – Developing professional practice
    • Level 5 – Psychology of physical activity and sport coaching
    • Level 5 – Research methods in sport and physical activity
    Physical Activity, Health and Well-being L5 modules
    • Level 5 – Evaluation of Fitness in Health and Disease
    • Level 5 – Nutrition in Health and Disease
  • A  variety of  teaching and learning methods are used including: lectures, seminars, workshops, practical sessions, individual, small and large groupwork, discussions, student-centred and distance learning.

    Additionally there is a work experience element to the course in both years. A number of modules and assessment methods are attached to the work experience, making it a central part of the course.

  • Our methods include: home study, workshops, lectures, seminars, practicals and work-based learning. The Professional Development modules allow you to identify claims for prior learning and experience (APL/APEL), develop key skills and to gain some essential study skills.

Assessment

Assessment methods include:

  • reports
  • exams
  • work-based projects
  • case studies
  • home study tasks
  • practicals
  • presentations (individual and group)

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points
36
GCSE Maths
Grade 4 or C
GCSE English
Grade 4 or C
GCSE Physical Activity/Science based topic
Grade 4 or C
Disclosure and Barring Service
Satisfactory DBS check required

Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer qualifications are desirable although not essential.

Mature students may not need formal qualifications but must be able to demonstrate a strong interest and/or experience in exercise and fitness, as must all applicants.

You will be invited for an interview.

We also consider individual applicants who can demonstrate relevant learning, work/voluntary experience, using our Recognition of Prior Learning process. Please contact the admission team for further information and support.

Work experience

The work placement element takes place during both years of your course.

The placements will be set up by you, with the approval of the organisation, and the course tutor.

The aim is for you to gain an invaluable insight into the industry and to apply various modules of the course in a practical setting.

Next steps

This Foundation Degree will prepare you for employment within the health and fitness industry, and/or for progression onto a one-year top up to gain a full Honours degree.

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Tuition fees

Full-time: £7,750 per year

As part of a professional team delivering exercise and physical activity sessions, you will need to dress appropriately.

This will require you to have sports clothing and footwear which is suitable for the many different roles you will be asked to undertake.

Additional qualifications will be made available to you during the course and there will usually be a cost involved - but they will not be an essential part of the course.

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