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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time | Part-time day
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 4 Years
UCAS Code:Pending
Campus Location: Bedford College

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.


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).

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Units

  • Employment In The Sports Industry (SPO055-1) 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

Throughout the course, a learning approach is taken that uses a range of experiences and opportunities for you to gain the knowledge and skills you need to succeed on this programme. The teaching and learning experiences which you will confront during your study can be broadly identified as scheduled, guided, independent and autonomous learning.

The teaching/learning methods employed are however tailored to the content and requirements of each unit.A broad range of teaching methods are used including lectures, seminars, visiting speakers, one-to-one and small group tutorial sessions, workshops, group activities, case studies, laboratory/practical sessions, role-play and discussion.

Where appropriate there may also be off-campus visits, led by a member of staff, to support your work in the college and in the work-placement. Scheduled learning encompasses your timetabled contact hours and will include lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and where relevant laboratory based sessions. Lecture based sessions will provide the fundamental knowledge relevant to the specific unit content followed by seminars which focus on the application of theory to practice (praxis).

Learning is seen as a collaborative enterprise and therefore students will be encouraged to participate fully in both lectures and seminars. Where appropriate, workshop or tutorial based sessions will also be scheduled to provide 1-1 and group study skill support. Some of these tutorials will be scheduled at the University of Bedfordshire Polhill campus library where you will get access to resources for your studies.

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.

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.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

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
E: admission@beds.ac.uk


Recent graduates of this course have pursued careers in sports performance, fitness consultation, nutrition and PE. Emphasis on research also gives students a solid base for postgraduate study.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £6,165 per year.

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

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2019/20 is £6,165 per year.

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

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

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

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £6,165 per year.

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

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2019/20 is £6,165 per year.

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

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

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

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

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 admission@beds.ac.uk 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

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

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 admission@beds.ac.uk 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

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student