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FdSc Sport, Health and Exercise

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East Coast College (Great Yarmouth)


Two years full-time

Typical Offer: 

80 UCAS tariff points (or above)
CDD (A-Level), MMP (BTEC).



The course has been set up in response to skills shortages in the sports industry. It has been designed after lengthy talks with employers, including health organisations and gyms, about the needs of the industry and the health needs of the population.

You will develop a range of transferrable skills that employers look for; such as producing a range of documents, analyse and synthesise information, work effectively within a team, manage your own learning and workload, solve problems and critically reflect on your own and others work. Graduates have gone onto work as exercise referral specialists, personal trainers, sports therapists, sports coaches and teacher training. (Some of these careers required additional study.)

Student testimonial
"The course addresses the skills that employers are looking for, along with the theory we are gaining; this makes me more employable."

Graduates will have developed knowledge of sport, exercise, health, fitness training and sports development and will be better placed for professional employment and career development in those sectors. Alternatively students could progress to the final year of a related Honours degree at University of Suffolk. 

Course modules

A significant element of learning for this course takes place in the work place and students are expected to have a work placement or current employment in the sport or health sector. For those who do not have appropriate employment in the sector, assistance will be given in securing an appropriate work placement. A combination of written reports, examinations, presentations, laboratory papers and practical assessments will be required as part of the course. Graduates will have developed knowledge of sport, exercise, health, fitness training and sports development and will be better placed for professional employment and career development in those sectors.

Modules studied Year One

During year one students will study a range of modules which have been designed to develop fitness professionals with vocational experience and academic knowledge, these include Anatomy and physiology for Sport and Exercise in which students will learn about the structure and function of the human body; Personal Development which will provide students with the transferable and personal skills required for employment or self-employment; Social and Psychological Perspectives working in conjunction with East Coast Community Health Care will develop students understanding of social and psychological barriers to exercise and health and how to overcome them; Exercise Prescription and Testing and Sports Massage and Injury are practically grounded modules which are designed to equip students with the specialist skills required for employment or self-employment in the sector and Work Experience as a Resource for Learning provides vocationally relevant work-based experiences that benefit the learner by developing the skills and experiences in a work-based setting that employers are looking for.

Year Two

During year two students will further develop their learning and become prepared for further study and work through a series of specifically selected modules: Advanced Training Techniques develops further fitness specific skills and is linked to the Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification (additional costs); Contemporary Issues investigates the latest issues in the sector, both nationally and at a local level;  Skills in Research allows students to develop their investigative skills and provides the preparation needed to continue into further study; in Nutrition and Weight Management and Public Health Promotion students will develop and work with clients on case studies investigating the issues of health, weight and stress management; and finally in Individualised Work Based Project students are able to demonstrate their full range of knowledge and skills by undertaking a live project with an employer that draws on all the learning and experiences from the rest of the course. Students are assessed using a range of methods including; essays, reports, practical skills, multiple choice tests, portfolios, case studies and written examinations. Students will attend lessons over 2 days consisting of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Students are required to undertake a significant amount of self-directed study and contact with the course; this can be either done on or off campus and involve working with fellow students; or making use of course resources.  Self-directed study is the responsibility of the individual student and is a key element of studying in higher education.

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Fees and finance


  • Full-time tuition fee: £8,220 p.a.
  • International tuition fee: £13,330 p.a.

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  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. 

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

80 UCAS tariff points (or above), CDD (A-Level), MMP (BTEC).

All applicants are required to hold GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.

If you do not hold these qualifications please contact Admissions directly on 01473 338348 to discuss.

How to Apply

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

International and EU

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.