Undergraduate study
Sport and Exercise (Personal Training)

FdSc Sport and Exercise (Personal Training)

UCAS code: C602 FdSc/SEPT

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.

Course information


  • Length: 2 years

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Entry to 2017/18 academic year


  • 4 years

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  • Enrolment date: September/October
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 333333

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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).

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.


Year 1 core modules

Gym-orientated Exercise and Leadership

This module explores the role of an exercise leader, career progression within the industry, health & safety, gym-based equipment, screening, inductions and basic gym-based session planning, delivering and evaluating.

Implications of Activity Injuries for Personal Training

You gain an understanding of the tissue healing process of connective tissue, the respective stages of tissue healing, common activity injuries and the movements that are contraindicated with each injury. You learn which movements and protocols to avoid when dealing with clients who are recovering from activity injuries. Your increased understanding increases the efficacy of personal training provision.

Research Methods

This module will develop your academic skills in research methods and effectively analysing results. It also develops your skills in academic reading, writing, reasoning and rationalising. Using your knowledge and skills gained, you will be able to do evidence-based projects and investigations competently. Assessment will comprise a research proposal in week 14 and by submitting a range of relevant IT-based statistical analyses in week 24.

Sport Science for the Personal Trainer

You explore a background in fundamental anatomy and physiology, skill acquisition, biomechanical principles, muscular and energy adaptations to exertion. You gain an underpinning comprehension required by several of the other level 4 and level 5 modules (Gym Orientated Exercise and Leadership, Implications of Activity Injuries for Personal Training, Personal Training on Prescription, Factors Affecting Lifestyle). It’s also a prerequisite for the level 5 module, Applied Sports Science for the Personal Trainer.


Year 2 core modules

Applied Sport Science

You build on the fundamental anatomy and physiology, skill acquisition and biomechanical principles learnt in the Sport Science module. You expand your physiological understanding of the body’s various homeostatic responses in applied situations. You investigate the physiological responses to different environments you may encounter during practice. You analyse the psychological responses associated with stressful situations, along with the biomechanics associated with equipment and technique. You explore the increase in participation of disabled, elderly and young clients groups in sport and exercise, and the awareness of issues that may arise when working with clients with different needs.

Factors Affecting Lifestyle

Improve the understanding of how lifestyle factors can affect health and fitness by examining the specific factors that contribute to the well-being of an individual. Factors such as unemployment, education, poverty and social class, gender and race are investigated. Strategies that target activity levels, nutrition and obesity are the main focus. You also critique current government strategies to improve health and fitness.

Personal Training in Different Locations

Personal Training in Different Locations provides experience of delivering exercise programmes to a range of clients in popular exercise locations, such as gyms, homes, exercise studios and out in the natural environment. You plan sessions with the equipment available in these areas. The ethical and legal issues relevant to the personal trainer are integrated into this module, which continues the personal development portfolio (PDP) started in the Level 4 module Business Skills for the Personal Trainer.

Personal Training on Prescription

You learn the skills to instruct a range of clients and assess clients for specific fitness components. You then progress onto designing exercise programmes to suit their goals. You gain the analytic skills required to measure your clients’ current fitness levels, as well as the effective communication skills necessary for consultation and presentation of information.

Project for the Personal Trainer

You research an area of interest within the remit of the Personal Trainer and apply the research skills gained from the Level 4 Research Methods module to produce a scientific report. You agree the scope of your research with the module tutor and take ownership of your investigation. As this is a Level 5 module, appropriate guidance is given by your project mentor to ensure correct protocol is adhered to.


Modules offered may vary.

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. You will be expected to attend an interview.

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Course information


  • Length: 2 years

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Entry to 2017/18 academic year


  • 4 years

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  • Enrolment date: September/October
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 333333

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