University College Birmingham

Sport and Fitness Studies Top-up University College Birmingham Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course snapshot

Graduates with broad experience and excellent skills are highly sought after in the sport and fitness industries. Whether you are interested in coaching, fitness training, teaching or a combination of areas, UCB's Sport and Fitness Studies Top-up course will build on your knowledge to ensure you are well-placed to exploit opportunities in this dynamic employment market. You'll have access to brand new, state-of-the-art sports and fitness facilities, while our industry links will give you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience as well as further accredited qualifications.

Who’s the course for?

Our course is suitable for anyone who has previously studied a relevant subject and is interested in a career working within sport and fitness, including professional, amateur and educational roles.

Why should I study the course?

  • As a UCB sports student, you'll have exclusive use of our brand new sports facilities and equipment at our new campus building, Moss House (opening in 2019), while you'll also be able to use the state-of-the-art all-weather pitch at Avery Fields.

  • You will be offered guidance and opportunities to investigate various aspects of the sport and fitness industries, tailoring each area to suit your interests and career aims.

  • You will have work experience opportunities as well as being able to gain industry qualifications in areas such as personal training and coaching.

  • You will also have the chance to work on your own research project, giving you the opportunity to critically analyse a particular area of exercise, health and wellness that interests you and matches your career aims.

Great. Tell me some more

Our facilities feature an extensive range of equipment, including a fully-equipped gym and sports hall, fitness testing equipment, anatomical models and a human performance laboratory. Our new campus building, Moss House, will also feature a cutting-edge gym with the latest equipment and sports technology, as well as a 35-metre indoor running track to assess speed and performance.

You will also have use of the state-of-the-art all-weather pitch at Avery Fields, which we share with leading Birmingham rugby club Bournville RFC. The purpose-built, 15-acre site has undergone a £3 million transformation, with the pitch situated alongside two new grass pitches and an impressive clubhouse including a function room, modern changing facilities and a physiotherapy suite.

There is also the option to boost your CV with a 1st4Sport British Weight Lifting (BWL) Level 2 Award in Weight Lifting - ideal if you are looking to enter a career in personal training and general sport industries.

What skills will I gain?

You will gain a strong knowledge of performance-based training, including investigating elite level sport and how to design specific training programmes for advanced athletes.

You will enhance your knowledge of sports psychology, designing interventions in areas such as concentration, motivation, aggression, anxiety and injury.

Through our choice of optional modules, you can develop further knowledge and skills in specialist areas such as nutrition or sports marketing.

The research project will hone your independent learning, problem-solving, analysis and data presentation skills as well as giving you in-depth knowledge of an industry subject that interests you.

What about the future?

Completing this course will prepare you for a career in the exercise, health and wellness sector. Our graduates have gone on to work as health and fitness professionals, in health promotion or as fitness instructors and personal trainers. Potential pathways open to you include:

  • Coaching

  • Sports development

  • Strength and conditioning

  • Armed forces or uniformed services

  • Teaching or lecturing (via a PGCE qualification)

You can also progress to postgraduate level study, including a PGCE course at UCB should you wish to pursue a teaching role.

Course details

Modules

  • Applied Fitness Training and Programming
  • Sports Psychology 2
  • Sports Project

Plus two options from:

  • Sports Coaching and the Development of Expertise
  • Nutrition for Performance
  • Work-based Learning for Sport
  • Sports Marketing

Assessment method

Teaching

Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers. A typical teaching week will have up to 12 contact hours made up as follows:

  • Large group teaching - 6 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
  • Smaller group teaching - 3 hours of teaching in smaller groups
  • Tutorials - 3 hours per week including a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials
  • Field trips and visits - UCB will fund a 2 day residential to St George's Park at a cost of approximately £250 per student

Individual study

In addition, you are expected to commit to approximately 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessments. UCB Online provides 24 hour access to learning and support material.

Assessment

Assessment is designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways, with a variety of assessment methods used. An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:

  • Coursework - 55%
  • Practical assessment - 35%
  • Written examinations - 10%

Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.


How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

- **Transferring from another university** At University College Birmingham, we consider applications from students who have studied, or are currently studying, a Higher Education course and now wish to transfer universities. - **What do I need to do?** To make an enquiry about studying at University College Birmingham, you will need to complete our online enquiry form -> **https://portal.ucb.ac.uk/#/admissions/ucb-direct-apply** Consideration for advanced entry will be dependent on the modules of your previous course, and how well this matches to the content of the course you wish to transfer to at University College Birmingham. Additionally, the process will be dependent on the number of credits achieved on your current course. Where similar study is apparent, it may be possible for us to award Accreditation for Previous Learning (APL) and, therefore, advanced entry onto a course at UCB will be permitted. Please note; due to the nature of this process, all applications are considered on an individual basis.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher Not accepted
HND (BTEC) Each HND assessed individually - 240 Credits from a suitable and relevant subject must be achieved for entrance onto Year 3.


English language requirements

To apply for all undergraduate degrees, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.

UCB English Language Requirements

http://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/international/english-language-requirements/english-language-requirements-table.aspx


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £10,300 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

UK/EU If you are a UK/EU student enrolling on a Foundation Degree or a BA/BSc at University College Birmingham in 2019/20, your fee for this academic year will be £9,250. A half year tuition fee is £4625. This is a yearly fee, and will increase with inflation in subsequent years (in line with the government’s permitted rise). If you are an English or EU student studying your first higher education qualification, you can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. You will not start repaying this loan until you leave the course and are earning over £25,000 a year. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should apply to Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland, or SAAS. The loans and grants available to you will differ from those available from Student Finance England. UCB does not charge for 24 or 48 week placements. More information about UK/EU Fees please go to our website here - https://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/undergraduate/fees-funding-and-scholarships/full-time-tuition-fees-and-finance/full-time-tuition-fees.aspx. International: More information about International Fees please go to our website here - https://www.ucb.ac.uk/our-courses/international/tuition-fees-and-scholarships.aspx

Provider information

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University College Birmingham
Summer Row
Birmingham
B3 1JB


Course contact details

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