Health & Personal Training Foundation Degree FdA

This course is validated by: University of Central Lancashire

Course Information


This University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) approved foundation degree has a broad syllabus encompassing modules such as Health and Fitness Management, Nutrition and Weight Management, Developing Physical Activity and Exercise Science. The course aims to develop students’ insight into Health & Personal Training through theoretical and practical experience. Additionally, all students will have the chance to take part in off-site visits with guest speakers. The Foundation Degree in Health & Personal Training will develop knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology in order that it can be applied to fitness testing, sports training and exercise programme design and management.

The programme will help students to develop powers of analysis, problem solving skills, research skills, critical thinking, team work and interpersonal skills. Our supportive, highly qualified and experienced staff, together with accessible and interactive lecture/seminar formats, all help to ensure you will have a rewarding academic experience. 

Please note: This course is set to be replaced in September 2017 with an updated version. We will of course honour any offers already made. Subject to course approval, the new course will be a Foundation Degree in Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity.  

What will I study?

In the first year you will take a common core of introductory modules designed to familiarise you with differing approaches to the study of health and personal training, and to help you understand key theories, concepts and ideas. Year 1 also encompasses practical modules in the form of Exercise Leadership and Gym Orientated Exercise and Developing Physical Activity. In year 2, students practical skills are developed in the Personal Training module. Students will also be actively involved in working within the local community and leisure and fitness organisations whilst undertaking the workplacement module.

All students undertake at least one module as a research project and there is a related IT provision which equips you with key transferable skills. Our graduates are knowledgeable, confident, socially aware, imaginative and enthusiastic individuals who work well under pressure and they are actively sought after in a wide number of occupations and professions.

Modules include:

  • Exercise Sciences
  • Health Training
  • Personal and Vocational Development in Sport
  • The Health and Fitness Industry
  • Exercise Leadership and Gym Orientated Exercise
  • Health and Fitness Management
  • Personal Training
  • Nutrition and Weight Management
  • Research Project
  • Work Placement
  • Developing Physical Activity
  • Exercise Prescription and Rehabilitation

Download the Programme Specification for FdA Health & Personal Training. The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.

When you enrol on the course you will need to purchase a kit/uniform. Last year many students opted to order a ‘bundle’ of kit and gain a discount. Last year the kit for Health & Personal Training was approximately £57. We will explain how to get your kit/uniform at enrolment.

Entry Requirements

You’ll need 120 UCAS tariff points. All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you’ll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.

Please note: For 2017 entry the UCAS Tariff is changing and the UCAS points required to enter this programme will be different from 2016. For those joining this programme in September 2017, you will need to have 48 UCAS Tariff points. All other entry criteria (as specified above) remain in place.

If you require more information on the UCAS tariff for 2017 entry please visit:

If you are an International Student from outside of the EU it is a requirement for you to have a Tier 4 Visa in order to study with us. In order for you to undertake this particular programme of study, you will also need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English and will require a UK VI Academic IELTS score of 5.5. Please note: the fees for International Students from outside of the EU, for this particular programme are £9,250 per year. Fees are subject to change in subsequent years.

How will I be assessed?

During the course you’ll be assessed by a variety of methods – these include group/individual presentations, in-class tests, practical assessments and demonstration exercises as well as written reports and essays.

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Formative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

What can I do next?

Upon successful completion of the programme progression to UCLan is guaranteed to BA (Hons) Exercise and Fitness Management (one year, top up) delivered at UCLan's Burnley Campus.  Those students wishing to leave the programme to enter industry can join various roles. Typical careers and progression routes include: Personal Trainer, Gym Instructor, Health Trainer, Physical Activity Development Worker, a Community Nutrition and Weight Management Advisor and more.

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