Full-time: Three years, Sandwich: Four years; Part-time Five years
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
B4C1; Short form: BSc/PFT
Preston (Campus code: U)
Personal fitness training has moved on. Today, practitioners need to offer more than just high performance support - clients demand a more personal and holistic approach. This innovative course equips you with the skills you need to provide expert advice and guidance on lifestyle as well as a range of exercise regimes, relating to both new and existing government and industry requirements. By developing knowledge and skills in physiology, exercise leadership, sport and exercise performance and nutrition, you’ll gain scientific and skills-based training to become an effective practitioner in this challenging and rapidly changing environment.
Nutrition and Exercise Science courses at UCLan were in the top 5 in the UK for learning resources by students who completed the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS).
112 - 128 UCAS points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM - DDM
BTEC Diploma: D*D*
Pass access to HE with 112 Points
International Baccalaureate : 28 - 30P
5 GCSEs at Grade C including Maths and English or equivalent
IELTS 6.0 with no Component lower than 5.5
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.
Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, industry professional qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from degree-level studies are welcome and considered on an individual basis.
The role of personal fitness trainers has undergone a considerable change in recent years moving from the level of high performance support to one where a more personal and holistic approach is necessary. This innovative course seeks to equip you with the skills necessary to provide high level advice and guidance on both lifestyle and a range of exercise regimes using both new and existing government and industry requirements. In recent years, and with greater professional recognition, the role now encompasses a more wide-ranging health-related fitness context. For example, the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) promotes best practice in professional fitness trainers through a benchmarking system for aspirant trainers. These benchmarks now focus more on general health-related fitness, nutrition and wellness rather than the more traditional exercise practice. As such, it is important for aspirant personal trainers to have a wide-ranging skills base, allied to an academic excellence in health-related fitness.
A strong feature of the course is that it provides a particularly solid understanding of the parent disciplines in Year 1. You'll enrol onto the core Nutrition and Exercise Sciences Programme and at the end of Year 1 you will transfer onto the named Personal Fitness Training pathway. The second year builds upon this foundation with an increased focus on sport specific material and in Year 3 you will be able to develop your particular interests and specialisms. Throughout the course you will build up your transferable skills in research methods and information technology, communications skills, group working and presentation skills. Two Applied Sport Science modules draw the disciplines together in a practical way in relation to human performance in sporting activity and exercise. In each of the three years of the course you will study six modules – compulsory and optional, as shown on the table above. This flexibility will allow you to follow your own interests as they develop throughout the course.
The importance of achieving and maintaining a good level of health and nutrient intake is receiving greater recognition from employers, the government and the general public. This has translated into opportunities for many of our graduates who have gone on to careers in health and nutrition including school health, gym instructing, fitness instructing, science teacher, sports coaching, food technology, sports technician. Alternatively, you can pursue an academic route and study the MSc Sport and Exercise Physiology.
This course offers an optional 48 week sandwich placement in the industry. Using the optional placement year extends the development of a professional approach and the successes after graduation.
From study exchanges in Europe to summer exchanges in the United States and Canada there is also a wide variety of opportunities to live, study and work overseas for your optional placement year.
This course is subject to formal course review and reapproval by the University as part of its normal cycle of regular review (a process called Periodic Review). Course information and programme specifications are updated and reviewed as part of this process and course structure and content may be changed to enable the University to deliver a better quality of educational experience to students. This can be in response to various factors including: student feedback; annual reports from external examiners; feedback from the sector or industry advisors or as part of the regular review process by course teams.
This process may well result in changes to the structure and content of the current course as outlined in this Handbook. Any changes made as a result of the process will be immediately included in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with revised versions prior to the commencement of their programme. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated. Currently the 2018/19 fee level, which is due to increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rates has not been announced by the Government.
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.
This course draws upon a broad base of knowledge and skills across health, science and social sciences within UCLan and links with organisations outside of the university, including the food industry, regional and international charities, environmental health and the NHS.
In Year 3 you’ll develop the professional practice skills required by professional bodies such as the Register of Exercise Professionals. You’ll also work closely with Preston City Council and gain hands-on, practical experience in the Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre and Heartbeat UK, creating rehab exercise programmes for those who’ve suffered a cardiac arrest.
The course is endorsed by Skills Active and on successful completion you’ll gain Level 2 and 3 REPs accreditation. This means you’ll be able to take a holistic approach to personal training, with the skills and knowledge to both train someone and understand the scientific effect the training is having on the body.
A variety of assessment methods are used including coursework, case studies, presentations, examinations and reflective portfolios.
Excellent laboratory facilities are allied to superb library and other learning resources. Sport and exercise participation and facilities are also excellent.
We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions. Please take a look at our staff profiles: Dr. Stephanie Dillon, Dr. Darrell Brooks, Dr. Nicola Lowe and Carol Wallace
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