University College Birmingham has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
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:
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.
- 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
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
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 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.
|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
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|