The course specifically responds to the growing number of job opportunities linked to exercise referral schemes. Health organisations are keen to proactively help people to be healthier so that they require less treatment. There are also wide-ranging job opportunities in the broader health and fitness sector.
In your first year, you will develop core knowledge in sport and exercise psychology, anatomy, physiology and leadership. In your second year, you will extend your skills in these areas and also study ‘Personal Training’ and ‘Injuries and Rehabilitation’. In your final year, you will acquire advanced expertise in areas such as ‘Exercise Behaviour Change’ and ‘Physical Activity and Exercise for Special Populations’.
Our teaching methods are designed to develop not only your academic knowledge but also graduate-level skills that enhance employability. Methods include small group work, practical activities, workshops, lectures, tutorials, computer-based and problem-based learning, presentations and independent learning.
The content of the course prepares you for appropriate Skills Active qualifications. These include: ‘Instructing Exercise and Fitness (Gym)’, ‘Personal Trainer’ and ‘Exercise Referral’.
Assessment methods include essays, reports, practical work and presentations. As well as assessments that count towards your degree, there are also on-going assessments for feedback and consolidating your learning.
The Health Sciences and Wellbeing Integrated Foundation Year includes five modules:
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Sport and Exercise in the Community (20 credits)
- Get an introduction to the structure and function of organised sport and associated provision, particularly in the UK
Principles of Sport and Exercise Physiology (20 credits)
- Take an introductory look at the fundamentals of human physiology with applications to acute exercise
- Cover the structure and function of each of the systems in the body and the regulation of responses to exercise
Principles of Sport and Exercise Psychology (20 credits)
- Gain an understanding of psychology and motor behaviour within a sport and exercise setting
- Demonstrate knowledge of psychological concepts and explain their relevance in health-related physical activity/exercise and performance enhancement
Principles of Sport and Exercise Anatomy (20 credits)
- Gain theoretical and practical knowledge of the anatomy of the human body
- Identify individual structures using anatomical models, images and other media, and then compare them to real human subjects through palpation techniques
Principles of Sport and Exercise Leadership (20 credits)
- Cover issues that impact upon leading, coaching, instructing coaching and exercise related sessions
- Investigate the roles of the coach and instructor, qualities and requirements of the effective coach and instructor and the psychological, physiological and sociological factors that influence them
Personal and Professional Development (20 credits)
- Develop key study and employability skills essential for academic and professional success
- Increase your awareness and understanding of the processes involved in learning and professional development
Injuries and Rehabilitation (20 credits)
- Look at the prevention of injury and ill health, and the mechanisms behind injury and healing, including psychological aspects
- Focus on strategies to reduce the risk of injury during performance of sport and physical activity, and take an introductory look at sports massage, providing both theoretical knowledge and practical skills
Personal Training (20 credits)
- Learn how to collect, interpret and analyse client information using validated methods appropriate for the health and fitness industry and in-line with current Sector Skills Council guidelines
- Take advantage of the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts to real-life and case study situations
Sport, Exercise and Public Health (20 credits)
- Explore the relationship between sport, physical activity and health in the UK
- Examine policy, strategy and initiatives in these three areas over time to illustrate the political, economic, social and cultural influences on all three
Sport and Exercise Physiology 1 (20 credits)
- Develop your knowledge of exercise physiology and its application to training in exercise and sports
- Examine both the acute and chronic effects of exercise on the cardiovascular, respiratory and musculoskeletal systems in both normal and abnormal environments
Sport and Exercise Psychology 1 (20 credits)
- Use the theoretical models of motivation to look at the determinants and correlates of adoption and maintenance of regular physical activity and of successful performance in sport
Research Methods in Sport and Exercise (20 credits)
- Study the research process and learn how to construct an investigation from an initial idea, to the point of completing and presenting the study
- Learn quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis, and apply the most appropriate research
Physical Activity and Exercise for Special Populations (20 credits)
- Look at exercise and activity management skills in relation to specific populations and exercise referral individuals
- Review the current research relating to physical activity and exercise management for certain population groups
Sport, Health and the Media (20 credits)
- Analyse health issues in contemporary society
- Explore a diverse range of sources such as newspapers, health promotion campaigns, television programmes and films
Exercise Behaviour Change (20 credits)
- Consider psychological issues in physical activity promotion and intervention within a multi-level framework
- Evaluate communication and behaviour change strategies selected to manage, support adoption and maintain exercise behaviour with an individual
Dissertation 1 or Dissertation 2 (20 credits or 40 credits)
- Carry out a small-scale piece of research on a sport and/or exercise-related area
- Analyse or review an existing data set or subject area using appropriate techniques and interpret the outcomes
Sport and Exercise Physiology 2 (20 credits)
- Look at how the body performs and responds to exercise
- Get an introduction to advanced and applied issues in sport and exercise physiology
Sport and Exercise Psychology 2 (20 credits)
- Examine the relationship between mental health and states (including anxiety, mood and self-esteem) and physical activity (including sport performance and exercise participation)
Nutrition for Sport and Exercise (20 credits)
- Focus on nutrition in sports and exercise, underpinned with an understanding of metabolism
- Consider the role of nutrition and physical activity in terms of health and nutritional supplements in relation to performance in sport and exercise
The Integrated Foundation Year is specially designed to support you where you have just missed the grades required for direct entry onto a three-year degree, or if you have relevant work experience and are now looking to broaden your subject knowledge but want more time to develop study skills before starting your degree.
Entry requirements are provided for guidance only and we may offer you an entrance interview which will help us determine your eligibility for your chosen degree. This enables us to consider making you an offer if you are perhaps a mature student who has been out of education for a period of time, or you have gained significant knowledge and skills through employment rather than traditional education.
Eligible entry qualifications:
1. Normally a minimum of three Level 2 qualifications (NVQ, GCSE or equivalent ), including Maths and English at grade C or above** and a minimum of 40 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications (e.g. A or AS Levels, BTEC certificates/diplomas, access courses or equivalent)
2. Demonstrable evidence of appropriate knowledge and skills acquired from at least three years of post-school work experience.
If you are unsure of whether you think you might be suitable for the course, please contact us!
** If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above. Equivalent alternative qualifications are also accepted, such as Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have not achieved a grade C in Maths and English we may be able to work with you to ensure that you are able to gain these in the first year of the course, depending on your experience.
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.
For more information about Integrated Foundation Year programmes, including more detailed module information, please see our Help and Advice articles.
The Foundation Year will be £4,000. For the following three years, the annual fee will be £9,250, but you will receive £1,250 cash-back in the first and final year of the three years.
In addition, you will receive free travel across the Tyne and Wear region, and you may be eligible for means-tested scholarships if you are from a low-income household.
Register with StudyPLUS and enjoy up to £200 worth of books and university study essentials.
If you are a full-time UK student you will be eligible to receive financial support to cover your fee and maintenance loan for the full four years.
Please note, this course is not available to international students.
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
Potential employers for graduates of this course include sports and leisure companies, recreation services, local authorities, health bodies including the NHS, and schools and colleges.
Sport and Exercise Sciences now has accreditation from PD: Approval, the national endorsement body for Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), to award vocational qualifications (related to the health and fitness industry) to students who successfully complete specific modules.
|University level||Main module mapped to||
|4||Principles of Sport and Exercise Leadership||Level 2 Gym Instructor|
|5||Personal Training||Level 3 Personal Trainer|
|6||Physical Activity and Exercise for Special Populations||Level 3 Exercise Referral Instructor|
Job roles include the following (some require further training):