Bradford College has opted into the TEF and received a Bronze award.
This programme is suitable for anyone with a strong interest in, and a passion for, exercise and fitness. It is run over four semesters and meets the appropriate National Occupational Standards and Key Skills for the sector.
You will undertake modules in exercise and fitness as well as personal and professional development, as the course is designed to foster lifelong learning in its participants. The course was originally designed in consultation with some of the industry's leading professional bodies including Fitness Industry Association, SkillsActive, Sports Coach UK, David Lloyd Leisure, Bradford Bulls and Northern Fitness & Education. Students will benefit from lectures and support from staff with extensive experience of working in the fitness industry, in conjunction with work placements during both years of the course.
Applications are welcome from people currently working in the fitness industry or those with a keen enthusiasm to develop themselves in this field.
You will work closely with students on the FdSc Sports Coaching as there are four shared modules in each year.
Students on this programme will have a placement in each year to enhance their employability and provide an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge in a workplace. Students will be required to work alongside other professionals in the sector and reflect on their practice so they develop the ability to be critically self-evaluative. You may also be given the opportunity to participate in a range of volunteering opportunities in order to enhance both your skills and CV.
The HE Sports team work closely with local employers to develop work- based learning projects which are beneficial to students and the organisations. Taught modules will provide the knowledge and theoretical input for these projects and the module Applied Practice in Community Settings will be the main vehicle for students to develop programmes for a specific audience. Students will develop a range of skills such as communication with diverse audiences, leadership and teamwork, essential for a career in the Industry.
Practical sessions will be held in the Trinity Green building which provides excellent sports facilities. Bradford College engages with national Governing Bodies and Government initiatives and has previously supported both the Olympic and Para Olympic Games. Such opportunities will continue to be sought in order to provide students with exciting opportunities.
The Foundation degree programme comprises 240 credits; with 120 credits at each level (HE level 4 and HE level
5). At each level there are 80 credits shared with the Foundation Degree in Sport Coaching and two modules
specific to this award. Students who do not gain the full 240 credits required for a Foundation degree can be awarded the Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits).
Level 4 Modules are:
Applied Exercise Teaching (Group)
Applied Exercise Teaching (Gym)
Introduction to Academic Studies
Learning through work in Sport and Physical Activity (including placement)
Nutrition for Health and Exercise
Level 5 Modules are:
Applied Practice in Community and Education Settings
Developing Professional Practice (includes placement)
Evaluation of Fitness in Health & Disease
Nutrition in Health & Disease
Psychology of Physical Activity and Sport Coaching
Research Methods in Sport and Physical Activity
Assessment methods are varied, rigorous and appropriate to the element of the award being studied.
Students will have the opportunity to receive feedback from formative assessments to develop their skills
and confidence prior to submitting summative assessments. Formative assessment occurs throughout
the programme in the form of staff feedback on student discussion, case studies, seminars, presentations
and question and answer sessions.
Summative assessments will include individual and group presentations, written reports, practical
activities, portfolios, case studies, plans and rationales of sessions or proposals that could be delivered to
a user of a service. Students will also receive feedback from their designated work based learning mentor
on their employability skills and professional practice. A detailed briefing about the assessment strategy
for each module will be published in module handbooks and be available on the VLE.
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||64 points||
A minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff Points from one of the following
• A level/ National Diplomas/Access to HE or other suitable bridging course
• Level 3 vocational qualifications within the QCA framework
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||GCSE Grade 4 or equivalent in English Language. Desirable to have GCSE Grade 4 or equivalent in Mathematics but if not must be willing to work towards this alongside the Foundation degree.|
Non Standard applicants are not expected necessarily to have the usual formal qualifications.
Applications are welcomed from persons who can demonstrate relevant work experience (including work in a voluntary capacity) and they may be admitted on the basis of non-certificated experiential learning. The programme actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
Mature students with no formal qualifications could access the programme. Applicants would normally have relevant paid or voluntary employment, which could continue with an allowance by the employer for study time, and the flexibility to complete a work based learning project within the organisation. Should the work situation change, the College would support them to find a new placement.
Additional entry requirements
Satisfactory DBS check required as placements are likely to involve working with young or vulnerable people.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£8,750||Year 1|