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
Awarding Partner:
Manchester Metropolitan University
You’ll be taught by a team of experienced teachers with a wealth of knowledge and industry experience from the sport sector including nutritionists, physiologists, psychologists and strength and conditioning coaches.

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.

• 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
Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.

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.
American College of Sports Medicine. (2014). ACSM's Resources for the Personal Trainer

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
The course will be delivered via lectures, seminars, tutorial, practical sessions, guest speakers / visits, independent study. The course is assessed with a variety of methods, both individual and group, including:

• Lab reports
• Essays
• Presentations
• Portfolio submissions
• Examinations
• Practical and research based coursework assignments
• Work-based learning
• Demonstrations
• Practical projects.
The fitness industry is competitive but an Exercise, Health and Fitness Foundation Degree will give you the key skills to succeed in many careers. Jobs related to your degree include potential roles in the NHS and private sector such as:

• Potential roles in the NHS
• Community Exercise Facilitators
• Health Trainers
• Exercise Referral Instructors
• Physical Activity Specialists
• Personal Trainers.
• Health Promotion
There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

 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.

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All of the books required for the course are available either from the library or as e-books. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. You may also need to print assignments and other documents.

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.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.

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