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Foundation Degree (FdSc) Sport, Health and Exercise

This course is currently being revalidated with course content being reviewed.

This course is an ideal preparation for work in the sport, health and fitness sector, combining academic study with vocational experience.
Course description: 

The health and fitness sector is one of the largest and most diverse in terms of employment in the United Kingdom. This degree is aimed at students who work or want to work in one of the many areas of the sport, health and exercise science sector, combining academic study with vocational experience. The Foundation Degree in Sport, Health and Exercise will provide you with a grounding in key areas of sport, coaching, health and fitness, including the physiological, psychological and social aspects. 

All of City College Norwich’s Degree programmes are validated by the UEA, meaning that the quality of the awards you get is assured by a world renowned Higher Education organisation. The UEA is a UK top 20 and world top 150 university.

The course is delivered over 2 days a week through a mix of workshops, lectures, seminars, practical sessions, tutorials and self-directed study, again with emphasis on industry practice.  

Year 1 (Level 4) modules include

  • Introduction to exercise physiology. Examine the essentials of exercise physiology, including concepts in energy, respiration, circulation, nervous control, endocrine secretions and muscular activity. 
  • Introduction to sports injuries and rehabilitation. Introduces the skills in identifying risk factors in sports and performance for injury and minimising the potential for occurrence. Treatment of common sports injuries is included.
  • The individual in the sports, health and exercise sector. Research and understand the nature of the sector, key factors shaping it and possible future developments.
  • Introduction to coaching skills and leadership. Understand the coaching process, how sport science is applied to coaching and how to reflect on your practice
  • Skill acquisition. Develop your awareness of how you process and learn skills. This will then allow you to apply this knowledge to practical/ coaching situations.
  • Employability skills in the Sport health and exercise sector. You will be encouraged to reflect on work skills in your professional sector, investigate the job market and create career development plans.
  • Higher learning skills. Identify and develop higher level learning skills in order to undertake successful study at this level and to identify and develop ‘softer’ transferable skills relevant to the workplace.

Year 2 (Level 5) modules include

  • Advanced exercise physiology and laboratory techniques. Explore and analyse the capacities of humans in terms of measured physiological responses to exercise stressors, including the use of a range of industry standard human performance testing procedures.
  • Advanced sports coaching. Get the knowledge of coaching, theory, development and practice. Apply sports science theory to a coaching programme.
  • Applied sport psychology. Consider some the of the approaches sports psychologists can take in order to achieve optimum performance
  • Sport and exercise nutrition. Get an understanding of the current theories concerning the relationship between diet, lifestyle and health.
  • Preparation for Work and Employability. Apply theory to professional practice. Reflect on the work role and determine how best to develop more complex skills and practice
  • Research skills for the sports sector. Focuses on research skills and prepares for research project or dissertations modules at level 6.
Entry requirements: 

Normally at least 48 UCAS Tariff points from suitable subjects with four appropriate supporting GCSE passes (Either A-C or grade four and above), including at least one Science and Maths.

BTEC National Certificates, Diplomas and Extended Diplomas normally completed at merit grade, GNVQ Advanced, AVCE, or an accredited Access certificate.

We welcome applications from mature (over 21) students who have relevant experience or alternative qualifications.

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading), the required minimum is:

  • IELTS (SELT): 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components)
  • Or equivalent qualification. Please contact the Advice Shop for advice and guidance 

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the International Students webpage. 


Your work will be assessed through a variety of methods including

  • A portfolio of evidence
  • Group presentation
  • Practical assessments
  • Written assignments
  • Open and closed book exams
Academic progression: 

This programme provides a solid route for progression to a full honours degree. You could progress onto

Alternatively, if suited, you could look to complete a top up year at another university. Once a top up has been completed, progression on to various routes includes:

  •  MSc. Sports Science
  •  PGCE Physical education (UEA)
  •  MSc. Physiotherapy (UEA and other institutions)
  •  DTTLS (CCN)
  •  Other teaching degrees / routes to QTS
  •  Postgraduate research degrees
  •  Full-time employment and practice
Career progression: 

A Foundation Degree gives you skills employers really want, and this qualification will give your CV an excellent boost and improve your career prospects. Previous students have progressed in the following areas:

  • QTS/ PTTLS Teaching programme
  • Educational instructors
  • Teaching assistants
  • Sports development officers
  • Sports coaches
  • Sports administrators
  • Personal trainers
  • Sports therapists
  • Assistant physiotherapists
  • Sports scientists
  • Video analysts
  • Leisure and tourism staff
  • Graduate work placements/programmes
  • Strength and conditioning specialists
  • Full-time employment (other)
  • Healthcare Professional Settings
Course fee per year: 
£7 500.00

In addition to tuition fees, there will be fees for compulsory sports kit around £100 and costs of reading materials (recommended core textbooks)

Please see our Higher Education funding page for details of support available. 

For international students, please contact our International Student Adviser  in the first instance. We also recommend you take a look at our International Students webpage. 


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