Sport and Exercise Science

Exercise, Physical Activity and Health

Foundation Degree (FdSc)
Leaflet Code: CR40233FT


“If physical activity was a drug it would be regarded as a miracle” – Professor Dame Sally Davies – The Chief Medical Officer.
With physical inactivity estimated to cost the economy £0.9 Billion a year the skills and knowledge gained on the Foundation Degree in Exercise, Physical Activity and Health will be in demand. Potential roles in the NHS and private sector include Community Exercise Facilitators, Health Trainers, Exercise Referral Instructors, Physical Activity Specialists or Personal Trainers.

The programme benefits from state-of-the-art sports laboratory, strength and conditioning and sports coaching suites, equipment and facilities, including:
• Sports laboratory catering for physiological analysis including Cortex Metalyzer Gas Analysis, Douglas Bag Gas Analysis, Blood Lactate, Cholesterol and Glucose measurement and Wattbike Cycle Ergometer
• Fully equipped strength and conditioning suite with Olympic lifting equipment and video technology as well as resistance and cardio-vascular equipment
• Sports hall catering for a plethora of sports such as football, basketball, and badminton with stadium seating and video analysis equipment
• Performance analysis suite for conducting match analysis
• Outdoor playing fields and astro turf

In addition to gaining theoretical knowledge in subjects such as physiology, functional anatomy, kinesiology and exercise psychology you’ll develop practical experience in exercise prescription and assessment.
Assessment is continuous and consists of practical reports and assignments, presentations, exams, practical assessments and case studies.

  • Openshaw Campus
  • Full Time
  • 2 years
  • September 2023

Awarding Partner:

Manchester Metropolitan University

You will be taught by a team of experienced teachers with a wealth of knowledge and industry experience from the sport and fitness sector including nutritionists, physiologists, psychologists and strength and conditioning coaches. All staff have or are working towards higher level Master’s qualifications. Our staff maintain strong links with Manchester Metropolitan University and regularly update their knowledge and skills.

• 64 UCAS Tariff Points

• GCSE’S (grade A*-C or equivalent) in both English and mathematics (or be prepared to work towards)

• Level 3 qualification or equivalent in a related subject for example Public Services, Health and Social care, A Levels etc (Contact the course tutor for further details).

• Recognition of prior learning/experience will be accepted in line with University policy and procedures.

• Applicants are welcome with vocational qualifications such as the Certificate/ Diploma in Personal Training alongside relevant work experience.

• 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.

Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have previous learning towards a degree-level qualification or relevant industry or life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.

Advanced Exercise Prescription (30 credits)
Advanced Exercise Prescription (30 credits). The aim of this unit is to enable the student to create effective, individualised exercise programmes based on an analysis of information gathered from fitness assessment evaluations, exercise counselling and goal setting

Applied Health and Exercise Physiology (30 credits)
Applied Health and Exercise Physiology (30 credits). The aim of this unit is to examine and critically evaluate the physiological acute and chronic responses to exercise and associated measurement techniques.

Exercise as Medicine (30 credits)
Exercise as Medicine (30 credits). The aim of this unit is to enable students to adapt their exercise prescription to enable clients with controlled medical condition, older adults and ante/post-natal women enjoy the benefits of exercise.

Exercise Prescription and Analysis (30 credits)
Exercise Prescription and Analysis (30 credits). This unit will examine the bones, joints and muscles used to produce movement. Students will understand the terminology for movement and how to use the knowledge to analyse exercise and movements.

Foundations of Physiology and Nutrition (30 credits)
Foundations of Physiology and Nutrition (30 credits). This unit will equip students with an understanding of the function of the major systems within the body and scientific principles that underpin the nutritional requirements for health and exercise.

Introduction To Health Promotion (30 credits)
Introduction to Health Promotion (30 credits). This unit will develop the students understanding of the role of exercise and physical activity in promoting health to the individual and society as a whole.

Practice-based Research (30 credits)
Practice-based Research (30 credits). The unit aims to provide students with the opportunity to further explore discipline-specific knowledge and undertake a research project in a self-selected area of professional practice with the context of the Award studied.

Professional and Academic Development (30 credits)
Professional and Academic Development (30 credits). This unit will support student transition to graduate level study and professional careers. It will focus on developing and re-enforcing critical, analytical, academic and linguistic skills and preparing students vocationally by enhancing their knowledge and skills to inform existing or potential professional careers.

Level 4
12.5% practical
50% portfolio/ assignment
25% presentation
12.5% examination
Level 5
63% assignment/portfolio
12% examination
25% practical

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 Barring 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.