Blackburn College

FdSc Health, Physical Activity and Wellbeing Blackburn College Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Lancaster University


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The FdSc Health, Physical Activity and Wellbeing programme has been designed to create students who can inform, educate, and empower people and communities to take more control of their health and lifestyle behaviours, whilst also considering the wider social and cultural constraints affecting population health.

The UK government is placing strong emphasis on the need for individuals to become more active, eat healthy diets and to engage with mental and emotional wellbeing strategies; the range of career opportunities available therefore continues to increase. This programme will produce well rounded students who are able to work in a variety of health and wellbeing settings, performing a variety of health and wellbeing services which promote health and prevent illness.

Course details


During the first year of the programme, you will study six modules which have been designed to provide you with an introduction to the various aspects of health, physical activity and wellbeing. Year two of the programme includes six modules which are designed to build on the knowledge and skills gained in year one and provide the opportunity to develop an understanding of how practitioners can help society to improve health behaviours.

During this foundation degree you will be expected to carry out 240 hours (120 hours per year) of work placements which will be carried out in a relevant industry setting. This will allow you to apply your skills and knowledge in a broader context.

Modules could include:
Anatomy and Physiology
Personal Development Planning
Research Methods 1
Introduction to Health and Wellbeing, Disease and Illness
Introduction to Physical Activity
Therapeutic Approaches to Health and Wellbeing
Work Based Learning
Research Methods 2
Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles
Physical Activity for Referred Populations
Psychology of Health and Physical Activity
The Modern Environment

Assessment method

A variety of teaching, learning and assessments will be used emphasising the relationship between theory and real life issues/experience in practice. Throughout the course you may be assessed by: examinations; practical assessments; reports; presentations; essays and case studies.

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course code B310
Institution code B40
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 48 points In addition, for this programme, applicants will be required to have a GCSE (or equivalent qualification) at grade C or above in English, or an equivalent level 2 qualification in English. In 2017 and beyond the new Grade 4 will be viewed as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above.

Applicants without the standard entry requirements but with relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis. An assessment task issued at interview may be used as part of the decision-making regarding the applicant.

If English is not your first language you will need to demonstrate the ability to study in English (please see below). If you do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work / life experience, this will be considered on an individual basis and you may be invited to interview. The interview will consider prior formal qualifications, and evidence of experience gained through employment or other verifiable sources. You will be admitted when the interviewers are confident that you have demonstrated sufficient prior knowledge, skill, aptitude and interest to be equally able to succeed as a candidate offering the standard entry criteria.

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Fees and funding

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