• 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.

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    Sport & Exercise facilities

    The Sport & Exercise department is home to some outstanding facilities, including fully-equipped physio and biomechanics labs, an environmental chamber and a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool.

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

Implications of Activity Injuries for Personal Training

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


Year 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.

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 full-time graduates may also wish to further their education by progressing to Level 6 of the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise (Applied Exercise Science) degree at Teesside University. Part-time students may wish to consider 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 120 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 entry requirements in our admissions section

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  • Length: 2 years

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2015 entry


  • 4 years

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

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