Course Type / Attendance

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

Course Level


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?

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

If English is not your first language, please refer to the University of Sunderland English Language requirements:

What are the key things you'll learn?


This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.


Each module is worth a specified number of credits. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course.


Our teaching is informed by current practice and modules may change periodically to reflect developments in the sector.


The modules available on the course are as follows


Year 1 for full time students Level 4


  • Exercise Management
  • Physiology of Sport & Exercise
  • Introduction to Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Sociology of Sport & Exercise
  • Anatomy for Sport & Exercise
  • Personal Development & Study Skills


Year 2 full time students Level 5


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


Timetables are normally available at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.

How you will learn

On this course you will study in a range of ways including:

  • Sessions in the fitness suite
  • On our 3G sports pitches
  • In the classroom
  • In the anatomy and physiology lab
  • Work placement


Your assessments will take place in a variety of formats ranging from exams, essays, reports and practical assessments. Throughout your course, your studies will include lectures, seminars and practical lessons.

At level 4 and 5, you will typically have around 13 contact hours per week, typically consisting of lectures, seminars, practical sessions and one to one meetings.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research, preparing coursework assignment and presentations, and preparing for examinations. A range of facilities at Sunderland College supports your independent learning.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 13 hours’ independent learning and assignment activity, with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours.

Academic Support

Our HE Academic Support Tutor provides help in the following areas:

  • Study skills (including reading, writing, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills (in conjunction with the learning centres)
  • Critical thinking and understanding arguments
  • Revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management)

Teaching Staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior lecturers and professional practitioners with industry experience. Our teaching is informed by the relevant practice within the sector and all of our lecturers have a teaching qualification.


You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module tutor. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

We aim to provide you with feedback within 4 working weeks of hand-in (formal coursework assessments).

Where could this course take you?

After successfully completing this course you could progress on to BSc Exercise, Health and Fitness course at the University of Sunderland or alternatively you could seek employment in roles such as exercise specialist or a gym instructor.

What costs will you incur?

The fees are currently £8,500 per 120 credits.


It is not possible to confirm fees for the future academic years but the maximum increase each year will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI).


It is optional to purchase College sports kit; prices can be made available at enrolment as subject to changes.

You may choose to purchase books from the recommended reading lists however the College have an excellent range of all books suggested within your units studied and you will also have membership to the University of Sunderland Library resources.

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.

Financial Support

For more information on Student Finance please go to our HE Finance page

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.