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FdSc Sport, Health and Exercise Science

This course equips individuals with the scientific knowledge relevant to the health and fitness industry as well as the necessary professional qualifications and skills.

It is principally aimed at individuals who wish to enter the health and fitness industry or those who wish to develop their career within the health and fitness industry.

It is delivered through a modular mode of study blending traditional methods of teaching and learning with aspects of work-based learning to ensure that individuals can draw on the work-based responsibilities that they undertake in each academic year.

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Entry Requirements

  • UCAS Tariff 96 points
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma MMM
  • GCSE/National 4/National 5 English language, mathematics and a science at C / 4 or above.
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Student view

"A Foundation Degree like this is ideal if you, like me, want to learn while building knowledge and understanding from the workplace”. Rebekah Gough

Course content

This course equips individuals with the scientific knowledge relevant to the health and fitness industry as well as the necessary professional qualifications and skills. It is principally aimed at individuals who wish to enter the health and fitness industry or those who wish to develop their career within the health and fitness industry. It is delivered through a modular mode of study blending traditional methods of teaching and learning with aspects of work-based learning to ensure that individuals can draw on the work-based responsibilities that they undertake in each academic year.

As such, the course integrates academic knowledge within the vocational competencies required by the work-place. The work-place is the focus through which some of the learning experience takes place. In the first and second year of the course students will undertake a work-based placement in a local health and fitness organization be it their existing work place or a work placement organized in conjunction with the college. The normal pattern will involve a work-based placement for 6 hours per week in each of the normal teaching weeks of each Semester–normally on a Thursday or recognised alternative based on an individualised course of study. Students will be assigned a mentor from within the organisation in which they are carrying out their work-based learning and they will be involved in assessing their professional ability and competence to undertake their role as a practitioner within the industry. This work-based learning opportunity is therefore a fundamental part of the learning experience and it should be viewed as an opportunity for students to gain the essential experience, knowledge and skills that will make them an “employable” professional.

 

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the knowledge that underpins the development of a healthy active lifestyle.
  • Develop the practical vocational skills necessary to enter the Health and Fitness industry.
  • Acquire the relevant professional qualifications that will enable them to be registered on the register of exercise professionals (REPS).
  • Complete a research project that demonstrates studentsr ability to gather, understand and critically evaluate primary and secondary data within the framework of an appropriate scientific method.
  • Work independently and solve problems efficiently using a variety of techniques and solutions.
  • Enhance their written and oral communication skills in a variety of contexts.
  • Use numeracy and ICT skills to assemble, analyze, present and communicate ideas. 

Our facilities

In recent years Worthing College has grown and now has more than 1700 students including international students. The campus is an inspiring place to be a student and offers a learning environment of the highest quality fit for a 21st Century education with state of the art facilities including:

  • Large, spacious classrooms all with internet access.
  • Eight Learning Zones, which provide inspirational spaces with full internet access for independent study.
  • State of the art science labs with cutting edge equipment and technologies – students on this course will also have access to specialized laboratories at the University of Chichester to support individual modules of study.
  • Sports facilities including a state of the art fitness gym, floodlit netball and tennis courts and a county standard rugby pitch as well as new Fitness Performance Centre opening in 2016.
  • A dedicated Guidance area with access to personal tutors and information, advice and guidance to support students on their courses and in planning for progression.
  • A fully resourced Library, with extensive IT facilities and internet access.
  • The Sealight Theatre with seating for 120, professional Dance Studio, classrooms, music room and music practice facilities.
  • Two large cafes, one with coffee shop and outside terrace seating.
  • A colleges shop for everyday essentials.
  • A reprographics centre for access learning resources, photocopying and presentation materials.
  • All within a setting of 18 acres of mature parkland adjacent to the South Downs National Park.

Where this can take you

Once students have completed the Foundation Degree in Sport, Exercise and Health Science they will be entitled to progress to Level 6 of the following courses at University of Chichester.

Progression to year 3:

  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

(Physical Activity for Health)

  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Sports

Performance)

  • BSc (Hons) Sport Science and Coaching

Alternatively, students may use their Foundation Degree as a means of entering a course at another University.

Work placements

This will normally involve 156 hours of work over 26 weeks each academic year and will require students to carry out a whole series of tasks that are typical of the industry. The normal pattern will involve a work-based placement for 6 hours per week in each of the normal teaching weeks of each Semester –normally on a Thursday or recognised alternative based on an individualised course of study.

The Placement in Year 1 will be based on a proposal drawn up between the employer and student which will outline the details of the work-based learning schedule and intended learning outcomes of the placement.

The college has access to the Work Store, which provides support for students not in employment to assist in the development of a work placement in a private or public sector Health and Fitness organisation locally. The Work Store provides a comprehensive service to all students and is supported by resources and services accessible through a section of the College’s student intranet.

 

Indicative modules

 

What students will study: Year 1 (Level 4):

  • Exercise and Health

(15 Credits)

  • Interpersonal and Professional Skills

(15 Credits)

  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise

Psychology (15 Credits)

  • Research Methods in Exercise and Health

(15 Credits)

• Work Based Learning

(30 Credits - 156 hours in a health/fitness environment)

  • Biomechanics of Sports Techniques

(15 Credits)

  • Physiology for Health and Fitness

(15 Credits)

  • Active IQ – Level 2 Fitness Instructor

What students will study Year 2 (Level 5):

  • Work Based Learning

(30 Credits - 156 hours in a health/fitness environment)

  • Health Promotion, Lifestyle and Exercise

(15 Credits)

  • Research Methods in Exercise and Health

(15 Credits)

  • Physical Activity and Special Populations

(15 Credits)

  • Psychological Aspects of Exercise and Health

(15 Credits)

  • Laboratory Skills in Sport and Exercise Science

(15 Credits)

• Self-Directed Work Based Research Project

(15 Credits)

• Active IQ – Level 3 Personal Trainer

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

The learning and teaching strategy has been designed to make the challenge of the Foundation Degree manageable, stimulating and achievable. Students’ progress will be monitored closely through an e-portfolio system known as Onefile. This system will be used to both set assignment briefs and record progress throughout the learning experience.

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For students on this course a key component of the learning and teaching strategy is the extent to which it embraces the concept of flexible blended learning. The Foundation Degree in Sport, Exercise and Health Science has been designed for individuals who wish to enter the health and fitness industry and/or develop their career and are able to access a full-time campus-based course of study. Equally the course has sought to embrace one of the defining characteristics of the Foundation Degree through engaging the work-place as a source of learning and an environment that may enable students to fulfil the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course. 

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

How the course will be delivered?

Students will study for 240 module credits over the two years of the course with 120 at Certificate Level (4) in Year 1 and 120 at Foundation Degree Level (5) in Year 2 as well as the Active IQ Level 2 Gym Instructor in Year 1 and Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training in Year 2 for those that have not already had this accredited through prior learning.

Each module is a unit of learning that equates to 150 hours of student learning that covers lectures, tutorials, private study, directed tasks and preparation for assessment.

Within each module the 150 hours of student endeavour will typically comprise:

 

  • 4 hours per week (for 13 weeks) of direct tutor contact time
  • 13 hours of reading material that supports the lectures
  • flipped learning integrated into independent study tasks.
  • 40 hours of assessment and assessment preparation.
  • 45 hours of self and tutor directed further reading.

 

This is a typical pattern but it may vary from module to module. Each module has its own handbook that will set out the specific teaching and learning requirements for that module.

How will students be assessed?

Students will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, portfolios, practical assessments, lab reports, and oral presentations. Our course includes a mix of assessments, so that students may develop a wide range of transferable skills. Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of students’ progress. Students can monitor their own progress closely through the reporting facilities in Onefile allowing them the opportunity to discuss and plan developments with their lecturers throughout the course. Where appropriate, special arrangements can be made for students with an identified need.

Additional Costs

As a University of Chichester student you will be provided with many things to support you but there may be additional costs which you may encounter whilst studying. The information below will help you understand our provision and what else you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services:

• Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity;

• A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service;

• Access to support from our Careers Service;

• The Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills;

Costs of living and other expenses you may need to consider:

• Text books (but do remember that our library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge);

• General stationery and other supplies such as presentation materials;

• Photocopying and printing (note: a hard copy of each assessment to be submitted is required);

• Field Trips / Educational Visits – these are optional and do not have to be undertaken to complete the programme. Students make a contribution towards the cost (e.g. travel, sometimes accommodation);

• If you require a Diagnostic Assessment for a Specific Learning Difficulty such as Dyslexia, the University may be able to assist you arrange this. You will be required to pay for this assessment, although some financial assistance may be possible from the University Hardship Fund. Further information is available from the Disability and Dyslexia Service. For more information, please click here

• Graduation: It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Graduands must wear academic dress. Academic dress, guest tickets and photography are additional costs payable by the student.

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• Early Childhood Studies

• FD & BSc Football Coaching and Performance

• Humanistic Counselling

• Mathematics for Teaching KS 2 / 3

• Physical Education & Primary Years

• Physical Education & Sports Coaching

• Physical Education & Secondary Years

• Primary Teaching

• Primary Teaching (Early Years)

• All PGCEs

• BA and MA Social Work

• Sport Development

• Sport Business & Management

• Sport Studies

• Sport Coaching & Science

Financial help available from the University

We offer a number of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at Chichester. Our Finance pages provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.