Foundation Year in Health and Exercise Science (with Degree Progression Opportunities)

Step up into Health and Exercise Science

Step up into Health and Exercise Science

This course is subject to approval for 2022.

4 years full time
Bishop Otter Campus
  • Develop your academic skills, knowledge, and confidence.
  • Progress onto our BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degree.
  • Learn the fundamentals of Health and Exercise Science Practice.
  • Feel the support of expert teaching staff here to support your professional and personal development.
Anatomical model of a foot in a Sport and Exercise Science class

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Overview

Start your journey towards a full undergraduate degree

Our Foundation Year in Health and Exercise Science course is designed for those who want to pursue Health and Exercise Science, but are not quite ready for a full degree, haven’t quite met the entry requirements for a degree programme, or are simply unsure of what path to take.

Develop your academic skills and confidence

The course focuses on developing your academic, practical, and teamworking skills to prepare you to progress onto a full undergraduate programme.

You will study a set of modules from with the Institute of Sport, Nursing and Allied Health that are designed to introduce you to studying at university level, as well as give you a better understanding of health and exercise science.

Flexible progression options

You will apply for a four-year programme, with the Foundation Year forming the first year, followed by progression onto a full degree course.

Upon completion of our Foundation Year in Health and Exercise Science, you are guaranteed progression onto the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science course.

You will also have the opportunity to also apply for the following courses after a successful interview (for professional programmes) and occupational health and DBS clearances, where appropriate:

  • BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

Prepare for your future career

The course prepares you for a range of careers in the health and well-being sector so that you can progress to being an integral part of multi-disciplinary teams that provide the best care, injury management and rehabilitation to help people to live healthier and more active lives.

On this course you will:

  • Develop your academic skills, knowledge, and confidence.
  • Have the opportunity to move onto a full undergraduate degree.
  • Learn the fundamentals of Health and Exercise Science Practice.
  • Feel the support of expert teaching staff here to support your professional and personal development.

The Course

Gain a firm understanding of Health and Exercise Science

You will study a set of modules within the Institute of Sport, Nursing & Allied Health which are designed to introduce you to studying at university level and will give you a better understanding of health and exercise science, related subjects, and the path you wish to choose.

Develop vital technical knowledge

The modules are designed to delivery key knowledge and skills to help you achieve success in your chose programme. They form for the basis of the technical knowledge required for your chosen degree path alongside developing your independent learning capabilities.

Learn key practical skills

There will also be an emphasis on the importance of teamwork and digital skills as applied in the work environment, as well as a broad grounding in academic skills in data collection, analysis, and interpretation.

This list is indicative and subject to future change.

Biopsychosocial Foundations and Professional Knowledge for Health Care

This module will use definitions of health as an opportunity to explore concepts of ill-health and then proceed to look at healthcare options for those with health-related issues adopting a biopsychosocial basis. The notion of caring will be explored in light of the patient-centredness and students will also have the provision for use of Simulation Based Education in order to practise a baseline assessment of a patients. The module will also introduce a range of professional, personal, academic and employment-related skills.

Foundations of Exercise Science

This module forms the foundation of knowledge of exercise science. The module is designed to enable students to explore the complex nature of human physical activity and apply theory relating to physiology, biomechanics and psychology to enhance knowledge and build a firm foundation for subsequent study in a range of disciplines including sport and exercise science, sports therapy, physiotherapy and nursing. The module will introduce fundamental principles of the exercise sciences, basic anatomy and the practical application of measurement techniques.

Project

This module is an applied piece of work related to your chosen degree. It will require you to apply the knowledge and skills developed throughout the foundation year and will enhance your ability to work individually and as part of a team. During the project you will develop in-depth knowledge of your chosen future specialisation. You will be encouraged to demonstrate creativity in the design, planning and execution of a project.

Teaching and Assessment

Feel the support of our expert staff

Teaching

You will experience innovative and supportive teaching from our expert, experience teaching staff, who will help you to achieve your own learning goals.

Teaching will be through lectures, discussion-based seminars, group-work and simulated practice, and you will be supported at every step to make learning an enjoyable experience.

Assessment

Throughout your year of study, you will undertake various practical and theory-based assessments to help you display your development and knowledge.

You will be supported throughout your assessments, will tutors on hand to offer support and guidance to ensure you feel comfortable and confident.

Facilities

Dedicated on-campus facilities designed to help you thrive

Sport, Nursing and Allied Health

The Department of Sport, Nursing and Allied Health is equipped with a range of specialist and sector-standard equipment to help our students to get the best out of their learning.

Sports Therapy and Sport & Exercise Science

Nursing and Physiotherapy

Bishop Otter campus

Degree Pathways

Open up your opportunities to further study

Flexible progression options

Upon completion of our Foundation Year in Health and Exercise Science, you are guaranteed progression onto the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science course.

You will also have the opportunity to also apply for the following courses after a successful interview (for professional programmes) and occupational health and DBS clearances, where appropriate:

  • BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

Important

The progression on to our BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy and BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy programmes after the Foundation Year requires a full application and you must meet the entry requirements for that course.

You will also need to attend a values-based interview and complete satisfactory occupational health assessment and criminal records check disclosure and barring service (DBS) as a requirement to entry those programmes.

Careers

Prepare for a range of careers

During your time on this course, you will cultivate an elevated level of compassionate leadership, excellent digital literacy skills, resilience and evidence-based knowledge which is person-centred and will prepare you to enter a variety of health and exercise science career paths.

The course prepares you for a range of careers in the health and wellbeing sector, to allow you to help provide the best care, injury management and rehabilitation, and health advice to support people to live healthier and more active lives.

Potential careers include

  • Community nurse
  • Critical care nurse
  • Sports therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Health and Exercise Practitioner
  • Teaching

Course Costs

Course Fees 2022/23

UK fee
£9,250
per year.
International fee
£14,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fees page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Entry Requirements

Typical offer (individual offers may vary)

UCAS
48
tariff points with option for recognition of prior experiential or recognised learning
A Levels
DD
T Levels
Merit
in Health.
BTEC Extended Diploma
PPP
with option for recognition of prior experiential or recognised learning.
GCSE
Grade 4/C
in English Language, Mathematics, and a Science or higher (Functional Skills English and Maths Level 2 Pass are accepted equivalents).
IELTS
Grade 7
with no component lower than 6.5.

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