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Full Time, Higher Education

Subject Area

Sport and Public Services

Start Date

Call 0191 511 6000

Course Length

2 Years




Adult, Higher Education


Foundation Degree

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Award to be received

Foundation Degree (FdSc) Exercise, Health and Fitness

Regulatory Body

University of Sunderland

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Who is this course for?

This programme is run in partnership with the University of Sunderland, the qualification you will receive is awarded by the University of Sunderland.

If you would like to gain the understanding of the issues surrounding health, fitness and exercise then this course is for you.

What do you need to apply for the course?

Entry Criteria:

  • 56 UCAS points from a minimum of two GCSEs / A Levels or equivalent. We will also accept PPP at BTEC Extended Diploma level.

GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent qualifications) in Mathematics and English. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

Offers will take into account any relevant employment experience. Applicants may be asked to attend an interview and present a portfolio of evidence

For full programme details please see University of Sunderland programme by clicking here.

What are the key things you'll learn?

Modules on this course include:

Year 1

  • Physiology of Sport and Exercise
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Anatomy for Exercise and Sport
  • Exercise Management 1
  • Sociology of Sport, Exercise and Health
  • Personal Development and Study Skills

Final Year

  • Fitness Testing and Assessment
  • Psychology of Exercise
  • Personal Training
  • Public Health, Health Promotion and Exercise
  • Sport Injury Management
  • Research Methods and Study Skills

For full programme details please see University of Sunderland programme by clicking here.

How you will learn

Teaching methods include practical sessions, lectures, discussions, case studies and workshops. We also encourage you to develop independent study skills.

Assessment methods include evaluation of work experience, reports, exams, essays, presentations and practical assessments.

Where could this course take you?

Potential employers include sports and exercise clubs, recreation services, local authorities, and schools and colleges. Job roles include the following (some require further training):

  • Sports coach/instructor
  • Sports management
  • Fitness centre manager
  • Teacher of PE

There is a natural progression from this Foundation Degree to the final year of BSc (Hons) Exercise Health and Fitness at the University of Sunderland. If you decide to follow this route, you can gain an honours degree with just one more year of full-time study.

What costs will you incur?

2018/19 Tuition fees: £8,200 tuition fees are per year

Other course costs:

Printing for your course – you will receive £30 credit for printing which will be paid in three instalments of £10 per term. Any printing requirements in excess of this can be purchased.

Purchasing of course texts is optional. You will have full free access to Sunderland College Learning Centre books, journals and internet and computer use and The Murray Library at University of Sunderland.

You will be expected to provide your own pens, paper, and folders.

It is optional to purchase College sports kit.

You will also have the option to take part in additional qualifications such as a Level 2 Gym Instructor which may incur further costs however this will be reduced by the College. Further awards will be offered throughout the duration of the course depending upon the level of the qualification the price will vary.

This information was correct at the time of publication, however the Government is currently discussing future fee levels; once any changes have been announced and formalised we will update our website accordingly.

Previous Student Experience

This course is the best thing I have ever done in the whole wide world!! Ever! I am hoping to pursue a career in the exercise referral field in the future.

Lesley Patterson has just completed her top up year at Sunderland University.