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FdSc Sport, Health & Fitness

For 2017 start

Cornwall College Camborne LEVEL: 5 Sports & Fitness

This programme is designed in conjunction with industry experts. It equips you with a range of skills and knowledge to allow you to find employment in a range of jobs within the sport and leisure sector, as well as the rapidly growing health and fitness industry. It is delivered through a variety of formal lectures, small group seminars and practical sessions.

Assessment is through written assignments, presentations, practical and theoretical exams, and a research project in the second year. You will be assessed working on real-life projects, such as coaching sport in local primary and secondary schools or developing sport and physical activity in the wider community. You may also carry out fitness testing on athletes from local sports clubs.

All lecturing staff are qualified to degree level and many to postgraduate level, as well as being involved in research and professional development in the areas of sports science and injuries, and coaching and sports psychology.

A range of additional qualifications to help make you more employable may also be available to study, alongside the programme should you choose to do so. These will incur additional costs, take place during weekends and evenings, and may include: YMCA Level 2 Gym Instructor, YMCA Level 3 Advanced Fitness Instructor, NGB and the RLSS National Pool Lifeguard.

Cornwall College offers a wide variety of facilities; fully equipped gyms, 3G all-weather pitch, sports hall, indoor climbing wall, fitness testing facilities; Watt bike, blood lactate sampling, VO2 max and many more. With the Cornish coastline only minutes down the road, it offers us a stunning natural environment in which to deliver session.

Possible careers available with this qualification:
– Sport, Leisure and Fitness Industry
– Gym-based Fitness Trainer
– Sports Development or Coaching

Sport & Fitness Coaching

This module is designed to provide students with a range of skills, knowledge and the understanding to enable them and clients to participate safely in a range of sport and fitness activities.

Personal & Employability Skills Development

This module is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop themselves in terms of their personal and employability skills.

Exercise Physiology 1

This module examines the essentials of exercise physiology including concepts in energy, metabolism, respiration, circulation, nervous control, endocrine secretions and muscular activity.  Exercise physiology will be studied in a pre-exercise, exercise and post-exercise style.  The concept of anaerobic power and capacity and VO2 max will be examined through practical and lecture formats.

Health & Fitness Applications

This module will build on Anatomy and Physiology and Exercise and Physiology and will concentrate on the practical aspects of health and fitness related activities particularly in the use of cardiovascular and resistance machines and the use of free weights in a modern fitness facility.

Sports Development

The learner will consider sports development as a process which enhances opportunities for people of all ages, degrees of interest and levels of ability, to develop and excel in their chosen sporting activities. It will provide the learner witht he background knowledge needed to work as an SDO and raises issues for SDOs and coaches in terms of meeting individual needs, attracting funding and developing their chosen sport.


This module is designed to provide an introduction to the biomechanics of sport and exercise as an area of academic and applied study.

Applied Anatomy & Physiology

This module is designed to provide learners with the knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of the major systems of the body in the context of exercise and sports performance.

Special Study

A module synthesising acquired knowledge, understanding and skills in the form of a detailed study.

Research Methods

This module will review alternative modes of enquiry that might be encountered in academic and business environments.

Facility Management

This is a key programme named module which will build upon level one’s studies in Human Resource Management, Research Methods, Finance & Operations Management.


The sources, types and roles of the major constituents of foods are examined alongside nutritional disorders, optimal nutrition for sport/exercise and fitness performance.  Learners will also evaluate the physiological processes of digestion and nutrient storage.

Measurement & Evaluation of Fitness

This module will allow the learner to critically analyse competing definitions of total, health and skill related fitness and critically examine the measurement and evaluation of the components of health and skill related fitness.

Inclusive Sport & Exercise

This module will present previous, current and future sport and exercise disability initiatives. Students will carry out practical work in the community following equal opportunities legislation with disabled groups.

Exercise Physiology 2

This module will allow the learner to build on Exercise Physiology 1 and develop an analytical approach to current exercise physiology theory including anaerobic and aerobic fitness assessment, environmental factors and periodisation.

Psychology of Sport and Exercise

This module aims to equip students with a range of perspectives and theories in psychology, and how they relate to the sports performer.  It will introduce the student to some aspects of applied research, such as individual differences, personality, attitudes, motivation, aggression, stress, group dynamics and the psychology of behavioural change.

Sports Injuries & Therapies

This module is designed to make the learner aware of the risks involved in sport and exercise and to provide the learner with the knowledge and skills to deal with a range of sports injuries.

The application process for full-time and part-time degree level courses with The Cornwall College Group starting in September 2017 is still open and we are taking applications.  Full-time applicants should apply via UCAS and part-time applicants directly via the College website.

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: CB69
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Course Fee (per annum): £7500
Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - PPP Grades required. Access to HE Diplomas - 45 credits at level 3. Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.


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Course Documents

FdSc Sport, Health & Fitness Handbook


Indicative Modules Year 1

- Sport & Fitness Coaching

- Personal & Employability Skills Development

- Applied Anatomy & Physiology

- Exercise Physiology 1

- Health & Fitness Applications

- Bio Mechanics

- Sports Development

Indicative Modules Year 2

- Special Study

- Facility Management

- Research Methods

- Nutrition

- Measurement & Evaluation of Fitness

- Inclusive Sport & Exercise

- Exercise Physiology 2

- Sports Injuries & Therapies

- Psychology of Sport & Exercise

*Modules are subject to change and availability


FdSc Sport, Health & Fitness

Start Date





2 years full-time

Extra Information

Annual tuition fee is £7500

FdSc Sport, Health & Fitness

Start Date





3 years part-time

Extra Information

Annual tuition fee is £5000

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.

Careers advice available

If you are considering an undergraduate programme with us, you may wish to access our free Careers and Employability advice service. This gives you the opportunity to talk with an advisor about career options before, during and after your study with us. To make an appointment, please e-mail: H.E.Advice@cornwall.ac.uk

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