Sports Science (Personal Training) FD of Science

About the course

This foundation degree enables students to grasp a thorough understanding of three core subjects: anatomy and physiology, nutrition and sport psychology and then allows specialism in personal training.

As part of this course students will complete work experience and project-related unit which require the completion of a minimum of 40 hours of work experience per year.

Alongside the formal qualification, this foundation degree embeds commercially-recognised qualifications such as CYQ awards in fitness instructing, personal training, circuit training, sports conditioning and opportunities to achieve a range of level 1 coaching qualifications as well as the level 2 award in coaching studies.

The industry-recognised qualifications make this course distinctive and provides the students with the opportunity to find direct employment that can be both employed and self-employment as part of large organisations.

Students will attend college three days a week and will have the opportunity to learn through a range of practical and classroom-based methods.

Our partner colleges offer excellent teaching and learning resources for sport and strong links with local sports organisations. This foundation degree integrates academic and work-based learning through close collaboration between programme providers and employers and based on successful partnerships which provide distinct advantages to learners.

Relationships include Sport Bedford, Bedford Borough leisure centres (Fusion), Kempston Rovers Football Club, Bedford Blues Rugby Club, Bedford Bulls Basketball and Bedfordshire cricket. Partnerships have been made between the sports departments at the colleges and the sports development units of their borough councils.

These relationships will widen the opportunities for learners on the higher education programme allowing them to gain access to local community events, courses, employers and voluntary work that will strengthen their vocational experiences while studying.

Sports Science (Personal Training) - FD of Science - Bedford College

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code -
  • Campus Location - Bedford College
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 2 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day
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Sports Science (Personal Training) - FD of Science - Bedford College

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code -
  • Campus Location - Bedford College
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 4 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day
  • Download Course Specifications

Why choose this course?

With the promotion of physical activity and exercise a core part of the governments strategies to improve the health of the nation (Ellison, 2015) there can be no more appropriate time to begin a career in Personal Training.

Our bespoke course in Sports Science (Personal Training) develops an underpinning knowledge of Sport Psychology and Anatomy and physiology alongside vocational specific units that actively prepare you for a career in the fitness industry. The course offers a mixture of practical, scientific, technical and business principles of learning to underpin a career in the fitness industry by combining theory and practice together with the necessary skills required to be successful in the workplace. By applying such principles in a vocational context and understanding the appropriate methods of enquiry for this subject area you will gain a thorough understanding of the field and will enhance your employability skills. Alongside the formal qualification, you will be given the opportunity to gain the Level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification at level 4 and Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification and Level 3 Sports Conditioning qualification at Level 5 as part of your personal training units. You will also be given the opportunity to obtain extra qualifications in additional, optional sessions and pay a registration fee if you wish to complete these as additional industry qualifications. These include the YMCA Level 2 Award in Instructing Circuit Training Sessions, First Aid Qualification, Level 2 Award in Coaching Studies and Level 3 Award in Sports Conditioning. During Level 4 study there will also be an opportunity to complete an additional, optional full price 12 week teaching qualification in the evenings: City and Guilds Level 3 Award in Education and Training (formerly PTLLS). During level 5 study there will be an opportunity to complete an additional, optional full price 30 week teaching qualification in the evenings: Level 4 Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS).

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?


  • Employment In The Sports Industry (SPO055-1) Compulsory
  • Exercise Principles And Instruction (SPO056-1) Compulsory
  • Functional Anatomy And Physiology (SPO057-1) Compulsory
  • The Fundamentals Of Sport And Exercise Psychology (SPO058-1) Compulsory
  • Advanced Exercise Principles And Personal Training (SPO068-2) Compulsory
  • Exercise Physiology (SPO069-2) Compulsory
  • Management And Supervision In The Sports Industry (SPO070-2) Compulsory
  • Psychology Of Sport, Exercise And Health (SPO071-2) Compulsory

How will I be assessed?

The foundation degree in Sports Science (Personal Training) has been designed to cater for the diverse student group that it recruits with an overall aim to prepare students to work in a range of cultural settings in relevant to exercise and fitness.

Each unit on the course contains a minimum of two assessments that take place/or are submitted at different points throughout the year. The assessments used are informed by the learning outcomes for each unit and will take a variety of different approaches. The range of assessment methods used will include essays, written reports, portfolios, case studies, oral presentations, phase tests and research projects. The assessments are deliberately diverse to reflect the individual needs of our students and in some instances may require you to access real life sport and exercise settings and conduct data collection. The range of assessment methods used allow you to present concepts and ideas in different formats and by doing so will develop a range of transferable communication skills which will be of great value in enhancing your eventual employability. As you progress to year 2, the assessment methods used will allow greater opportunities to demonstrate a depth of research and knowledge, this is particularly relevant within the Level 5 Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Health unit where you will be required to apply current knowledge to a vocationally relevant case study and in the Level 5 unit Exercise Physiology where you will complete a project that allows you to undertake research in areas that interest you.

Assessment is an essential component of the Foundation Degree in Sports Science (Personal Training) and is used to:

  • Identify and evaluate your progress
  • Provide a means of delivering feedback to you
  • Enable you to demonstrate achievement
  • Enable measurement of your achievement
  • Enable staff to identify excellence in teaching
  • Contribute to quality assurance procedures across the college and university

All assessments will be undertaken as described in each units learning outcomes and will be both formative (e.g. computer based exercises, non-assessed presentations and class exercises) and summative (e.g. unseen and seen examinations, computer-based assessments, essays, practical reports, presentations and project reports).

Staff will provide you with qualitative and quantitative feedback on the work that you do that will be constructive and identify areas for improved performance and development.

Entry requirements

A Foundation Degree will be of particular interest if you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship, vocational A levels, BTEC National or equivalent.

Foundation Degrees are also particularly suitable if you want to qualify while working.

2017/18 entry

UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

As a guideline, a typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32-48 points, based on your level 3 studies.

Many students studying for foundation degrees come to us through work-based routes so you can apply for a foundation degree even if you don't have traditional academic qualifications.

We welcome applicants with relevant work experience.

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500

For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Alongside the provision of a variety of teaching and learning activities, a dedicated focus on developing your employability skills is integral to this foundation degree and will be embedded within the Employment in the Sports Industry unit at level 4 and the Management and Supervision in the Sports Industry unit at level 5. This will also be an integral part of Exercise Principles and Instruction at level 4 and Advanced Exercise Principles and Personal Training at level 5 which are units that are vocationally relevant to Personal Training. A period of work placement is a compulsory part of these units and will be a fundamental requirement necessary to meet the unit specific learning outcomes.

Knowledge and skills relevant to employability will be introduced at various points during the course with the intention that they are contextualised and practiced when out in the workplace/placement. Within lectures the opportunity to discuss situations that arise in the workplace will be provided and allow you to explore these from a theoretical and applied perspective.

In year 1 (Level 4) and year 2 (Level 5) of this course you will be expected to complete a minimum of 100 hours of work experience that is vocationally relevant to the Sport and Fitness Industry. Your industry placement is a fundamental component of this course and will enable you to learn how organisations operate to achieve government driven targets, enhance your current transferable skills such as team work, communication and problem solving and enable you to make new contacts that will benefit you when gaining employment into the industry. It will be your responsibility to source all work placements relevant to this Foundation Degree. Support will be provided by the relevant unit tutor if required.

In year 1 a number of industry partners from sport and exercise companies including local sports clubs and fitness centres will be invited to an employability fair and will enable you to gain an appreciation of the scope and opportunities for employment within the sports coaching and fitness industry. Industry experts and placement providers will therefore advise and guide the course team. This will ensure that the course team are aware of current trends and requirements in terms of the sector.

Opportunities will be given to gain various industry relevant fitness qualifications and you will be encouraged to do as many as you can. These will include the Level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification and Level 2 Circuit Training Certificate at level 4 and Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification and Level 3 Sports Conditioning qualification at Level 5

Fees and Funding

  • Fees are £6,200

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Fees are £6,200

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.


Bedfordshire is a small county with lots to offer.

However you enjoy spending your free time, you won’t have to look far in Bedfordshire to find somewhere to relax, socialise or explore the great outdoors. 

We are also conveniently located around 30 minutes by train from London, offering you the city experience with a homely feel.

Bedfordshire offers:

  • A range of pubs, clubs and restaurants
  • High street and independent shopping
  • Museums, galleries and theatres - and our own University Theatre
  • Entertainment centres
  • Stunning countryside
  • Professional sport and world-class facilities
  • Headquarters of a number of notable UK and international companies
  • Luton International Carnival and Bedford River Festival

Campuses in Buckinghamshire

We also have campuses in Aylesbury and Milton Keynes

How to Apply

  • Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

  • EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

  • International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

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