Sport & Exercise

FdSc Sport and Exercise (Personal Training)


While people strive to live healthier lives, personal training is a popular and growing area of employment. This course equips you with expert skills, while providing the evidence base that underpins and informs your practice.

This programme focuses on the core sport science disciplines to produce highly competent and analytical personal trainers. It also includes a business module, so you will be well placed to move into employment or set up your own business as a personal trainer when you have graduated.This is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Middlesbrough College at their Middlehaven campus (campus code 2, call 01642 333333).

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What you study

The programme consists of 10 core modules delivered over a two-year period. Level 4, studied in Year 1, is designed to install the foundation skills of gym instruction. Level 5 of the programme is studied in Year 2, on successful completion of Level 4, and develops you as a personal trainer.

How you learn

You experience a wide range of learning and teaching methods including practical sessions in the field, laboratory work, lectures, seminars, group work and work-related learning.

How you are assessed

Assessments are varied, timely and work-related where possible, giving you the greatest opportunity to succeed on this vocationally and academically challenging programme.

They take the form of practical and written examinations, essays and laboratory reports, verbal presentations and portfolio building.

Career opportunities

You should be well prepared for careers in personal training when you graduate. This course provides the opportunity to develop the required skills to obtain national governing body awards.

Successful graduates may also wish to further their education by progressing to Level 6 of the BSc (Hons) Applied Sport and Exercise (Top-up) degree at Teesside University.

Career options are varied and include self-employment or jobs in the private and public sector health and fitness industry.

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 40-48 tariff points but the entry criteria are based on your ability to succeed and can be demonstrated in a variety of ways including:
• a range of Level 3 qualifications (NVQ 3, BTEC Award, A level)
• appropriate training through work.

As the Sport and Exercise (Personal Training) programme involves possible contact with children or other potentially vulnerable client groups, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check) is required for this course.

For additional information please see the undergraduate and postgraduate entry requirements in our admissions section

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Sport & Exercise

Stage 1 core modules

  • Gym-orientated Exercise and Leadership
  • Implications of Activity Injuries for Personal Training
  • Research Methods
  • Sport Science for the Personal Trainer

Stage 2 core modules

  • Applied Sport Science for the Personal Trainer
  • Factors Affecting Lifestyle
  • Personal Training in Different Locations
  • Personal Training on Prescription
  • Project for the Personal Trainer

Modules offered may vary.