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.

Course Structure

Modules are: Applied Exercise Teaching (Gym and Group), Foundations in Nutritional Advice and Nutrition for Fitness Health and Disease, Physiology, Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing and also for Health and Disease, Work Based Learning and Professional Practice 1 and 2. A work placement is undertaken in both years of study.

Modules Covered

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

Learning Methods

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.

Teaching Methods

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 methods include:

  • Reports
  • Exams
  • Work-based projects,
  • Case studies
  • Home study tasks
  • Practicals
  • Presentations (individual and group).

Work Placement/Fieldwork

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.

What's Next?

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.


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.

Additional Costs

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.

Entry Requirements

36-64 UCAS tariff points with one of the following:  A levels, an Advanced GNVQ, AVCE, NVQ, BTEC or other Level 3 vocational qualification in a related subject and GCSE Grade A-C in Mathematics, English and Physical Education or a Science based topic or equivalent. 

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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 require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for admission to this course.


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.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088503 (HE).
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Fees Information

We believe that quality degrees should not cost the earth. That's why our competitive tuition fees provide you with a quality experience that includes more taught hours than those at most universities, good levels of tutor access, and support with small teaching groups. More information on our competitive tuition fees

Programme Specification