This course is run as a franchise with Solent University. You will study 2 years of a Foundation Diploma at Bournemouth and Poole College (Lansdowne Campus) and then have the opportunity to achieve a top up BSc in the subject by attending Solent University in the final year gaining a BSc (Hons) Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science.

Whether your passion is in health and fitness, physiology and exercise science, nutrition or helping people overcome their health challenges, this course utilises Bournemouth & Poole Colleges excellent reputation for its sport, health and fitness provision to prepare you for success in a growing jobs market with a wide range of dynamic and rewarding career options.

Bournemouth & Poole College has always been at the forefront of health and exercise and personal training degrees, and we’ve used our experience to further enhance our offering with two inspiring pathway options.

The fitness and personal training pathway you will undertake provides you with a wealth of advanced skills which will ensure you have a top profile to attract and retain the best clients. We take personal training seriously and will support you in building your business and entrepreneurial skills, so you’re fully prepared for a successful career in a competitive market.

Our staff have a special blend of academic excellence and industry experience which brings great creativity. We’ve a wealth of in-house health and wellbeing initiatives for you to get involved with including a personal training scheme, strength and conditioning academy and exercise rehabilitation clinic, so you can gain all the real world learning you need or plan your research in a real-world context without even leaving campus. There are also plenty of external partnerships available if you do want to go out on placement.

Solent is renowned for its focus on employability enhancement and links with professional associations. This course has a whole range of extra professional qualifications available to enhance your skills and employability, such as Advanced Personal Trainer, Exercise Referral Practitioner, Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Massage Therapist. If you choose to, you can gain a selection of extra awards

The optional top up to the BSc (Hons) Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science is also endorsed and certified by relevant governing bodies such as CIMSPA.

 

 

What the course leads to

What courses can I do after this? 

The skills you’ll develop on this course open up a wide range of career opportunities. Graduates have a wealth of career options to choose from.

  • MSc in Clinical Exercise Science
  • MSc in Football Science
  • MSc in Physical Education and School Sport
  • MA in Sport Management
  • MSc Sport Science and Performance Coaching
  • Leads to further qualifications for MSc / PhD Researcher/Lecturer.

What jobs can I get? 

  • Personal trainer, (mobile, online, studio, gym-based).
  • Gym manager.
  • Strength and conditioning coach.
  • Soft tissue therapist.
  • Fitness manager.
  • Sports nutritionist.
  • Certified health and fitness nutritionist.
  • Gym owner.
  • Physiotherapist assistant.
  • Exercise physiologist.
  • Exercise referral specialist.
  • Leads to further qualifications for MSc / PhD Researcher/Lecturer.
  • PE Teacher

What do I need to apply

To do this course you should have... 

A minimum of two completed A-levels (one of which must be a minimum Grade C), or a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP or BTEC Diploma at MP, or BTEC National Extended Certificate D or National Foundation Diploma M or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 48 UCAS points, Maths and English at GCSE Grade 4(C) or above or equivalent Level 2 Functional skills.

What about work experience? 

You will be expected to complete 60hrs internal work placement at our S & C Facility/Gym where you will be able to train your clients for case studies/assessments.

Course costs

Costs 

The course fees are £7,250 per year.  

Course content

Course Content 

Year 1

Core modules

Exercise Instruction and Coaching

Providing you with the technical knowhow, practical expertise and the latest industry research, this module is the perfect start on your way to a career in health and fitness. It provides an essential basis for you to become a qualified fitness professional where you will develop your ability to plan and deliver safe and effective gym sessions.

Functional Anatomy and Physiology

The module introduces you to the anatomical and physiological principles of the human body and how they enable exercise to be undertaken. In addition, you will investigate scientific principles of human movement.

Population Health

In this module you will learn why the places where people are born, grow, live, work and age impact health and create significant and unfair differences in health outcomes. We will ask how can we ‘create’ health and would a fairer society improve the health of the population?

Human Nutrition

On this module you’ll learn about the link between nutrition and health and exercise, how to analyse a diet, and make healthy-eating recommendations. On successful completion of this module, you will gain certified status to the Association for Nutrition.

Health and Exercise Psychology

Have you ever wondered why, when faced with similar psychological challenges and stressors, some individuals seem to remain well and thrive, whilst others become sick and vulnerable to poor health, illness and disease? This exciting module will examine the stress-illness/health link and you will work towards answering the fundamental questions surrounding why we get sick, what makes us healthy and what we can do about it.

Applied Research Methods in Sport, Health and Exercise Science

You will learn how to investigate discipline specific problems or issues using both quantitative and qualitative methods of inquiry. Leading into your final year Project, you will begin to form your research idea or work placement.

Year 2

 

Core modules

Obesity and Weight Management

This module will allow you to explore the numerous and complex factors that can cause obesity. You will learn how to measure body composition and dietary intake in order to calculate individualised energy and dietary needs with the aim of supporting clients with their weight loss and food choices. This module also includes training in Motivational Interviewing.

Applied Exercise Science

Graduate personal trainers, exercise rehabilitation practitioners, and industry experts often discuss the latest research; commonly the differences in physiological responses following testing and training methods. This module will study exercise science techniques such as strength testing (isometric, isokinetic and isoinertial), muscle mass measures (ultrasound), aerobic fitness (VO2 max/peak), electromyography, and electrocardiography.

Personal Training

With the increase in the availability of an almost endless range of training methods this module will provide you with the knowledge and practical skills required to design and deliver a bespoke evidence-based personal training programme to clients with a range of exercise goals. You will have the opportunity to gain a Diploma in Personal Training.

Soft Tissue Therapy

This module will provide you with the knowledge and practical skills required to carry out effective client-focussed soft tissue treatments to enhance performance and aid recovery from injury. You will gain practical hands-on experience of preparing, performing and evaluating soft tissue therapy treatments. Additionally, you have the opportunity to gain a Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy.

Applied Research Methods in Sport, Health and Exercise Science

You will learn how to investigate discipline specific problems or issues using both quantitative and qualitative methods of inquiry. Leading into your final year Project, you will begin to form your research idea or work placement.

Strength and Conditioning

This module will teach you the fundamental knowledge and skills of developing key fitness characteristics of athletes in a variety of sports. Topics covered will include screening and monitoring athletes, developing strength, power, speed, agility, flexibility and mobility, energy systems conditioning, and how strength and conditioning is effectively integrated into an athlete’s programme.

 

 

More info

Start Day/Time 

Daytime Timetabled lessons are Monday to Friday 0900-1630, the course is 15 hours in person a week

Duration 

15 Hours

Attendance 

Full-time

UCAS Code 

HNBP

Campus Code 

L

Qualification Name 

FdSc

Institution 

Bournemouth & Poole College

Awarding Body 

Southampton Solent University

Duration 

15 Hours

Attendance 

Full-time

UCAS Code 

HNBP

Campus Code 

L

Qualification Name 

FdSc

Institution 

Bournemouth & Poole College

Awarding Body 

Southampton Solent University

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