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Foundation Degree Exercise Science (Health) - Level 5

Academy of Sport


The Foundation Degree in Exercise Science (Health) allows students to explore the causes, prevention and management of disease using physical activity and health promotion strategies as methods to improve the health and wellbeing of the nation. The programme seeks to further the scientific knowledge of students regarding physical activity, the principles and practices of performance and the application of psychology, nutrition and leading active lifestyles to benefit health. The importance of keeping healthy and eating well is becoming increasingly recognised by employers, the government and the public which is creating exciting career opportunities within this field.

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This programme is run in partnership with the University of Derby.

As a University of Derby partner student, you will have access to the university’s virtual learning environment, including UDo and on-line journals and texts, as well as to their library facilities.


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Entry requirements

To start this course students will be expected to have successfully completed a minimum of one of the following:

  • At least 64 UCAS points at A Level in appropriate subjects.
  • Appropriate BTEC National Extended Diploma with MMP profile or above.
  • Other relevant Level 3 qualification (normally at merit grade).
  • Alternatively, we will consider substantive experience in a relevant field.

We normally also require GCSE English and maths at grade C/grade 4 or above: English and maths at Level 2 are essential requirements.

Prior to commencing, students may also be required to undertake a self-funded Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Start dates and fees

Course fees are payable for each year of all university-level courses. To identify your course fees and the financial support that may be available to you, please visit the Finance and Funding page, or contact a member of the HE team at the college.

Provisional timetables will be discussed at interview, and confirmed in the final joining instructions which all students will receive in July.

Additional Costs:  Every student is different, but as a rough guide you should allow for the following costs of study, on top of basic stationery and IT costs, per year:

Essential: Between £100-£300 on books. Up to £100 on visits, events, etc.              

Where applicable: £44 on DBS check.

How to apply

All full-time course applications are made through UCAS, ''clicking'' on apply below will take you to the UCAS website.

All Part-time course applications are through the college website.

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual FeeActions
Sep 20192 yr(s)4883D1429£7000.00Apply

How long is the course?

This is a two-year full-time course, normally delivered two days a week for six hours per day.  You will also need to dedicate significant time to research and work outside the classroom.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods are varied and may include practical observations, laboratory reports, poster presentations, research projects, written assignments, oral presentations, time constrained assignments, literature reviews or portfolios.

Where modules are work-related, assessment will relate to your own organisation (where appropriate) and/or vocational setting.

The course requires you to have a work or voluntary placement, details of which will be discussed at interview.

What does the course lead to?

Upon completion of the FdSc Exercise Science (Health) award, students have the opportunity to progress to the BA (Hons) Sport Studies (Top-Up) at Vision University Centre or an alternative to-up pathway at university.

Alternatively, graduates may seek employment within the health sector.

What will I study?

Modules to be covered include:

  • Psychological Considerations for Physical Activity
  • Professional Practice: Current Issues
  • Anatomical Foundations
  • Academic Skills
  • Nutritional Strategies for Health and Fitness
  • Principles of Training for Exercise and Health
  • Leadership in Action
  • Professional Practice: Workplace Performance
  • Physical Activity and Health
  • Research Methods
  • Applied Exercise Psychology
  • Exercise for Special Populations

Module titles may change.

What can I go on to study?

Upon successful completion of the course, you may wish to progress to the BA (Hons) Sports Studies (top-up) programme, available at the university centre, subject to entry requirements.

Alternatively, you could progress on to the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Derby, or other relevant programme at another institution, subject to entry requirements.

How do I apply?

Please complete our online application form, paying particular attention to previous qualifications and the personal statement. If you experience any difficulty, please contact the Vision University Centre on 01623 627191 or email the HE team at

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