Exercise Health and Fitness
Foundation Degree (FdSc)
Physical inactivity is estimated to cost the economy £0.9 Billion a year. Take this Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Exercise, Health & Fitness to get the wide range of skills and expertise that will help you succeed in the roles and careers that are in high demand in this industry.
• Develop your theoretical knowledge in physiology, functional anatomy, kinesiology and exercise psychology
• Learn about: the bones, joints and muscles in the body and how they react to exercise;
• Examine the behavioural changes needed for a healthy lifestyle;
• And get practical experience in exercise prescription and assessment.
Using our state-of-the-art exercise physiology equipment and facilities – including a Cortex Metalyzer Gas Analysis, Blood Lactate, Cholesterol and Glucose measurement lab, and Wattbike Cycle Ergometer – you’ll develop your own fitness assessment tests and learn about the bodies response to different types of exercises. With the opportunity to gain REPS recognised qualifications, at a greatly reduced cost, you can set yourself up with the expertise for a valuable future career in the sector as a Community Exercise Facilitator, Health Trainer, Exercise Referral Instructor, Physical Activity Specialist or Personal Trainers.
- Openshaw Campus
- Full Time
- 2 years
- September 2021
Our whole team regularly update their knowledge and skills, with strong links to Manchester Metropolitan University. All staff have, or are working towards a higher-level Master’s qualification.
Academic Entry requirements
• 64 UCAS Tariff Points
• Applicants should possess two A levels (an A level in PE would be an advantage), or a BTEC Level 3 in a related area
Non-academic entry Requirements
What will I be studying?
Year 1: Exercise Prescription and Analysis (30 credits)
Examine the bones, joints and muscles used to produce movement, develop an understanding of movement terminology, and learn how to analyse exercise and movements, before applying your knowledge to fitness instruction and training theories.
Year 1: Foundations of Physiology and Nutrition (30 credits)
Build your knowledge of physiology and bioenergetics that underpin exercise prescription and nutritional advice, and develop skills to improve an individual’s nutritional practices.
Year 1: Introduction to Health Promotion (30 credits)
Develop your understanding of the role of exercise and physical activity in promoting health, and learn how to encourage changes in behaviours.
Year 1: Professional and Academic Development (30 credits)
Develop the essential academic and professional skills you need to achieve success on the course and beyond.
Year 2: Advanced Exercise Prescription (30 credits)
Learn how to help maintain a clients' improvements in fitness, whether they be a recreational exerciser or a client with performance goals in mind.
Year 2: Applied Health & Exercise Physiology (30 credits)
Develop your understanding of the body’s short term and long term response to exercise, and build your lab and field based fitness assessment skills.
Year 2: Exercise for Special Populations (30 credits)
Enhance your knowledge and skills in prescribing exercise for clients with chronic medical conditions such as hypertension, Type II diabetes and osteoarthritis etc., and examine the role exercise plays for older adults and ante/post-natal clients.
Year 2: Practice Based Research (30 credits)
Get the essential research skills you need at this level, with a work related activity of your choice. Here you will have the opportunity to link theory into practice and gain essential practical knowledge.
Bolton, G.E.J. (2014) Reflective Practice: Writing and Professional Development
Bouchard, C., Blair, S. N. and Haskell, W. L. (2012) Physical Activity and Health
McArdle, W., Katch, F. and Katch, V. (2015). Exercise Physiology: Nutrition, Energy, and Human Performance
How will I be assessed?
• Lab reports
• Portfolio submissions
• Practical and research based coursework assignments
• Work-based learning
• Practical projects.
What are the careers that this will lead to?
• Potential roles in the NHS
• Community Exercise Facilitators
• Health Trainers
• Exercise Referral Instructors
• Physical Activity Specialists
• Personal Trainers.
• Health Promotion
Fees, Finance and Funding
Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.
You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.
Course Associated Costs
Campus printing costs start from 5p per page.
Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £50 each year for books and printing
If undertaking work experience (which may be paid or unpaid) you may also need to factor in travel costs to your place of work
You will be required to have an enhanced DBS check for this course to ensure you meet both our and industry safeguarding requirements. Please note there will be an additional cost to your course fees to cover Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) checks. Please see the GOV.UK website for DBS costs.