School of Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences

BSc (Hons) Health and Fitness

Successfully gained a Foundation degree/HND in a sport or health-related subject? Take this one year top-up course and leave us with a full degree and an increased understanding of exercise, fitness and health. You will develop your knowledge of the impact of diet and exercise on health and chronic disease and have the necessary skills and confidence to work in a variety of health and sports settings.

This is a top-up course and is not available through Clearing.

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1 year
Start date
August 2014
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Key features

  • Benefit from holding a degree in health and fitness. Potential employers are keen to recruit staff who can demonstrate their abilities and capabilities at a degree level. 
  • Government initiatives on improving the nation’s health mean there is a higher demand for well qualified graduates. Exercise and nutrition are seen as critical in the treatment of many chronic diseases.
  • Study one project module and four optional modules from a choice of five. You can purchase modules on an individual basis.
  • Assessed through coursework and examination using a variety of methods including a portfolio of evidence, seminar presentations, essays, case studies, literature reviews and an individual research project.
  • On completion of the course you could find work in a wide variety of sport and health settings in the private, voluntary or public sectors. These may include: national or local government, health centres, community centres, fitness clubs, care organisations, charities and organisations abroad.

Course details

  • Year 4
  • This programme will expand on your knowledge gained at Foundation degree/HND level. You'll be encouraged to look at physical activity within the context of health, and develop an understanding of the interacting contributions of exercise and nutrition to public health and their roles in the prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related disease.
    Core modules
    • BIOL305 Research Project

      This module offers students an opportunity to conduct an in-depth research project using a range of practical skills, data gathering and interpretation, scientific literature synthesis and communication skills, set in a subject-specific context.

    Optional modules
    • BIOL3005 Athletic Performance, Sport and Nutrition

      This module is designed to enable health care professionals and others to provide advice to individuals engaged in exercise, sport or other activities requiring sustained effort. It will provide opportunities to assess nutrition and food impact on performance and health of those engaged in regular exercise programmes.

    • BIOL3303 Contemporary Issues in Biosciences

      Rapid developments in the biosciences are affecting many aspects of modern life, and there are profound economic, social, legal and ethical implications of many recent advances. This module allows students to select topics of personal interest for in-depth study and encourages effective communication to peers and other audiences, providing good skills for future career development.

    • PSYC392 Current Topics in Applied Psychology

      This module allows students to develop a critical appreciation of recent research in applied psychology. Students study four topics in depth. These are introduced by staff teaching in their specialist research area.

    • BIOL3429 Diet, Exercise and Chronic Disease

      This module examines the roles of diet and exercise in the development and management of chronic disease states. The focus is on the major chronic diseases - obesity, CVD, type2 diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis.

    • BIOL3430 Physical Activity, Nutrition and Public Health

      This module examines the roles of physical activity and nutrition in the promotion of health throughout the lifecycle. It reviews epidemiological and experimental evidence for the development of intervention strategies and policy aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

Foundation Degree/HND in a sport or health related subject (e.g. health studies, sport and exercise rehabilitation, personal trainer, sport therapy or sport science). Or NVQ level 4 in a sport or health related subject. Some experience in appropriate industry or commerce welcomed.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered and mature students applications are welcomed.

English language requirements

Fees & funding

Home/EU £9,000 International £11,500
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