Course Details

Course Overview

This pathway is for students wishing to pursue a career within the health and fitness industries. Some example careers you may wish to progress into include a Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, Sports Masseuse, Nutritionist and Health Advisor (among others). Individualised and regular work experience is an important part of the course and something of which all students will be required to partake in. The course tutors and class sizes offer a more personalised learning and university experience.

How long is the course?

This course runs for two years and commences in January or September 2017.

What qualification will I achieve?

BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Sport (Health, Fitness & Exercise)

What will I study?

The programme will be made up of a mixture of lectures, theory seminars and discussion groups as well as practical, reflection and private study. You will be required to work in teams as well as independently. You will be required to plan, deliver and evaluate in a range of practical settings and environments as well as prepare for classes by research and reading as directed by teachers (otherwise known as pre-reading or flipped learning activities).

Students will be encouraged throughout the curriculum to be active in their skills-development and may well be involved in the wider work of the Sports Academy or health/fitness community in client consultation and physical activity assessment. Students will have the opportunity to work in local organisations and other relevant agencies where and if appropriate.

Year 1

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Sport and Exercise
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Training and Fitness for Sport and Exercise
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Health Promotion
  • Physical Activity, Lifestyle and Wellbeing
  • Injury Prevention and Treatment of Injury
  • Sport and Exercise Massage
  • Research Methods

Year 2

  • Functional Exercise Physiology
  • Nutrition for Sport and Exercise
  • Field-based Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
  • Research Project
  • Work-based Experience
  • Sport and Exercise for Specific Groups
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sport & Society
  • Managing in the Health and Fitness Industry

Where will I study?

  • The University Campus Barnsley, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2AN
  • Barnsley College (Honeywell Site), The Sports Centre, Honeywell Lane, Barnsley, S75 1BP

What equipment will I need?

You will need writing materials, paper, pens and folders. Students will require suitable practical kit (including suitable indoor and outdoor footwear) as well as a whistle and clipboard for assessment activities. Students will require a reliable storage device (USB) and access to a computer & an internet connection at home would be an advantage. Students are advised to bring laptops, tablets or smart devices to support learning that takes place in lessons. Students will be required to purchase branded kit for practical, community and/or fitness industry work.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be varied and devised by teachers to best meet the needs of students and the course. There are no formal examinations and most units are likely to be assessed via coursework. Coursework assessments could take any form but are likely to include essay, reports, presentations, professional discussions, research, group activities as well as practical assessment and evaluation and reflection.

What can I do next?

Students can progress on to a BA (Hons) Top-Up Degree in Sport, Physical Education and Health and other similar qualifications, or to related employment. The skills developed through the course are transferable into a range of employment scenarios and students will be given support in aiding smooth progression.

How do I apply?

Apply directly via UCAS.

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £5,995 per year.

Student Finance 

As a Higher Education student living in England you may be eligible for the non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from the Government. See the Fees and Finance page for further information.

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Further information

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