Exercise, Fitness and Health (Foundation Degree)

Sports student

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Full-Time or Part-Time


2 Years (Full-Time)


Oxstalls, Gloucester

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Our sports courses are in the UK top 20 for graduate prospects and the top 25 for spend per student in sport according to the Guardian University Guide 2020.

If you are interested in health, wellbeing and exercise, this is the ideal course for you. Graduate a step ahead, qualifying as a fitness instructor and personal trainer alongside your degree. You’ll be in high demand from employers and be able to start coaching or instructing immediately upon graduation. You can also top up your course to a full honours degree.

Learn by working with real clients in new facilities on our purpose-built sports campus. Explore the science behind sport and exercise in our state-of-the-art laboratories. You’ll apply scientific theory to training programmes, improving the performance and health of the general population. You can study areas that interest you such as obesity, osteoarthritis or stroke rehabilitation. The majority of learning is through lectures, seminars, gym and laboratory based practicals.

Work placements are at the core of this course. We have strong partnerships with a range of sports businesses and will help you find placement providers that match your interests. Students currently enjoy placements at GL1 Leisure Centre, Leisure@, with Chartered Physiotherapists and BACPR qualified exercise professionals, and Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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Study style

Learning is split between lectures, seminars and practical sessions. You’ll benefit from our purpose-built sports campus, with an onsite performance lab, strength and conditioning suite, sports therapy clinics, and our all-weather pitch. Study skills and ongoing support is available throughout your degree.

Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Anatomy of Physiology of Exercise and Health II' to 'Exercise Design and Fitness Instruction'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

72 tariff points

Typical offers

DDD at A levels, MMP at BTEC, or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.

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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
Foundation Degree - 2 years full-timeX154


  • Fitness instructor
  • Personal trainer
  • Exercise referral instructor
  • Gym manager
  • Sports coaching

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Student Focus

Tom Hage

As part of my course I have worked on placements in gyms and run tests on professional athletes such as Forest Green Rovers footballers.

Fitness instructor

Qualify as a fitness instructor and personal trainer

Get a step ahead by achieving these qualifications alongside your degree. With the skills you develop, you'll be able to start training or instructing as soon as you graduate.

work placements

Enjoy exciting work placements

Benefit from exciting work placements with a range of organisations. We'll help you to find a placement provider that matches your interests. Students currently enjoy placements at GL1 Leisure Centre, Leisure@, with Chartered Physiotherapists and BACPR qualified exercise professionals, and Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


Work with real athletes in our newly-built fitness suites and labs

Work with a variety of clients in new facilities on a purpose-built sports campus. Learn about the science behind sports and exercise in state-of-the-art laboratories. Be part of a successful sports community.

School of Sport and Exercise

Our School of Sport and Exercise degrees are based in our new international-standard sports arena and state-of-the-art labs. You'll be challenged and supported by experienced coaches, therapists and scientists, building strong skills for employability and for lifelong learning.

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