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Course starts: 14 September 2020Apply now
This course has been specifically mapped to the National Occupational Standards or Professional Standards for practice as a qualified exercise professional in response to the growing number of job opportunities in the health and fitness industry such as exercise on referral schemes. The nutrition strand is mapped to the five core competency requirements for registration as an Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) with the Association for Nutrition (AfN). In addition, the knowledge and skills obtained through successful completion of the course are readily transferable to the wider sport, leisure and health and wellbeing industry.
In your first year, you will develop core knowledge in human nutrition, sport and exercise psychology, anatomy and physiology and gym instruction. In your second year, you will extend your skills in these areas to include Nutrition in Health and Disease and also Personal Training and Injuries and Rehabilitation. In your final year, you will acquire advanced expertise in areas such as Exercise and Diet Behaviour Change, Strength, Conditioning and Prehabilitation, Sport and Exercise Nutrition and Exercise for Special Populations.
The Exercise, Sport and Rehabilitation Therapies programme team are busy making preparations for the start of our September 2020 start.
Covid-19 has challenged the delivery of all programmes but here at the University of Sunderland, we have developed our emergency professional standards: an effective approach to your programme of study, blending face-to-face and online teaching.
Our experience has shown that this method opens new learning opportunities for all, enabling you to develop graduate skills such as time management, self-care and workload prioritisation, with support from the academic team and the wider University services available to you.
Laboratory skills will continue to be taught and practiced in our outstanding science labs in small groups. This approach will ensure you develop your practical skills on campus, while theoretical underpinning will be taught online using conference technology (Big Blue Button and Microsoft Teams). Online materials will be available in all module Canvas spaces.
An induction programme will be taking place to help give you the best possible start to the academic year. This will give you an opportunity to meet staff and the other students on your programme.
In the coming months before commencing your studies please contact the Programme Team if we can offer any further guidance before joining us:
Dr Sandra Leyland firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Lisa Board, Team Leader email@example.com
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.
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 content of the course prepares you for registration as an exercise professional with qualifications endorsed by PD: Approval in Instructing Exercise and Fitness (Gym level 2), Personal Trainer and Exercise Referral. You will also be prepared to apply for registration as an Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) with the Association for Nutrition (AfN) via the portfolio route. Please note that recognition as ANutr requires you to apply directly to the AfN, pay a fee and is independently assessed by the AfN.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Our typical offer is 112 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (e.g. 1 x AVCE double award).
Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator.
We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
If you don't meet our standard entry requirements, we also offer this course with an Integrated Foundation Year.
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.
The annual fee for this course is:
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.
Use our scholarships calculator to see what you may be entitled to.
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||Instructing Health and Fitness||Level 2 Gym Instructor|
|5||Exercise Testing and Prescription||Level 3 Personal Trainer|
|6||Exercise for Special Populations||Level 3 Exercise Referral Instructor|
Job roles include the following (some require further training):
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