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Sport and Fitness

Sport and Fitness FdSc

You develop the knowledge and skills to be able to successfully instruct sport and fitness sessions to individuals and groups in a variety of settings. You study the core principles of sport leadership and fitness instruction, applying these in various practical settings throughout the course.

  • Note: this course is closed for September 2022 entry.

Course overview

You have the opportunity to complete vocationally-recognised qualifications to prepare you for employment. A cost will be associated with the additional awards and successful completion of additional exams will be required. There is also the option of progressing on to the third year of the BSc (Hons) Applied Sport and Exercise.

This is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Stockton Riverside College (campus code 3, call 01642 865400) and – from September 2021 – Redcar & Cleveland College (campus code 6, call 01642 473132).

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Course details

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Instructing Sports Activities

You develop instructing skills in a variety of sporting areas, including: athletics, aquatics, dance, gymnastics, individual sports, team sports and outdoor and adventurous activities. Your development needs are assessed at the beginning of the academic year to inform the sporting activities that are covered. You take part in practical-based lessons to develop your knowledge and physical competency which is followed by instructing practice to your peers.

Principles of Anatomy and Physiology

Principles of Anatomy and Physiology gives you an understanding of the anatomical location, structure and physiological function of the musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory systems. Knowledge of each component allow comprehension of the inter-relationships between the body’s systems and an understanding of how these systems change throughout their life course.

Principles of Fitness and Instruction

Principles of Fitness and Instruction gives you an understanding of fitness, training methods and the principles of training, as well as the skills to devise safe, effective and personal fitness programmes for yourself and others.

Psychology for Instructors of Sport and Fitness

Psychology for Instructors of Sport and Fitness plays a key role in providing the underpinning knowledge of leadership and common psychological issues around sport and fitness such as body image, motivation and goal setting. The areas of sport leadership focus upon the coaching philosophy, leadership styles and communication. The knowledge gained enhances your awareness of the many facets to successful leadership and introduces you to the psychological issues in the fitness-based environment.

Research and Study Skills in Sport and Fitness

Research and Study Skills in Sport and Fitness provides an introduction to research and the accompanying requisite study skills, such as planning and time management. It enables you to be able to research effectively using a variety of sources and reference appropriately. You undertake a self-analysis of your current academic skills and – through a series of lectures and seminars – develop the appropriate skills necessary to read, write and research at university level.

Working with Children

You study the legal and ethical policies such as child protection, safeguarding and health and safety that are relevant when working with children and young people. You develop the knowledge and understanding of the key policies, procedures and relevant legislations that play a role in delivering physical activity sessions to children. You take part in a combination of lectures and seminars.


Year 2 core modules

Fitness Training and Programming

Fitness Training and Programming provides you with the foundation knowledge and basic practical skills to make you an informed and competent practitioner of fitness training and programming. You cover the physiological responses to many aspects associated with strength, conditioning, training, and the science of SAQ training and overtraining. You also learn the basics of functional assessment and planning and delivering of fitness testing in a safe and suitable way.

Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy Lifestyle gives you an understanding of the importance of a healthy lifestyle and the link between nutrition, lifestyle choices and health. You learn to give scientifically sound advice to individuals seeking help to improve their diet and lifestyle choices for preventive purposes, for weight management or to improve or prevent health conditions.

Human Movement and Physical Activity

You study biomechanics and skill acquisition in fitness and physical activity settings, and learn to apply theory to why people move their bodies to complete techniques during fitness and physical activity, and how techniques can be altered to improve performance or reduce injury.

Practical Experience in Sport and Fitness

Practical Experience in Sport and Fitness builds on the level 4 module Instructing Sports Activities. It gives you the opportunity to apply your instructing skills in your field of interest e.g. primary, secondary, extracurricular clubs, fitness industry, etc.

You accumulate 60 hours of practical experience either leading under supervision or in a supporting role to a qualified teacher, coach or instructor. The module will initially be delivered by a short series of lectures and seminars. Practical experience should begin at week 5 through to 25. Support is provided by the module tutor in individual tutorials.

Research Methods in Sport and Fitness

Research Methods in Sport and Fitness builds on the level 4 module Research and Study Skills. It takes steps towards teaching you how to critically analyse various sources of literature. It also makes advancements towards different types of research and design. The focus is taken away from the study skills element and is addressed towards building competency in research design. The purpose of this is to allow for a greater diversity in the development of a research proposal. The module is delivered by a series of lectures and seminars.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

The majority of modules are taught by a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. The Practical Experience in Sport and Fitness in Year 2 involves a placement (organised by the student) in either a school or exercise setting.

How you are assessed

These are a variety of formats including reports, presentations, examinations and portfolios of work.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

All applicants undergo an interview. A typical offer is 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.

GCSE to a minimum of grade 4 (grade C) in English, Maths and Science or equivalent.

An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) application should have been made prior to enrolment.

Because this course is taught at Stockton Riverside College and at Redcar & Cleveland College, we are not accepting applications from international students requiring a Student Visa.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

You should be well prepared for careers in sport and fitness when you graduate.

Successful full-time graduates may also wish to further their education by progressing to the BSc (Hons) Applied Sport and Exercise degree at Teesside University on a full or part-time basis.

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



Entry to 2022/23 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£6,150 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 2 years
  • UCAS code: C605 FdSc/SF
  • Start date: September
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 48 tariff points from at least 2 A levels (or equivalent)

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2022/23 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£3,960 (120 credits)

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Choose Teesside

  • Student and graduate profiles

    Josh Iley

    Josh IleyFdSc Sport and Fitness, BSc (Hons) Applied Sport and Exercise (Top-up), MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration)

    I am now the first team strength and conditioning coach at Middlesbrough Women FC, where I am responsible for the long-term athletic development, and overall fitness of the squad.

    Meet Josh

    Lewis Hall

    Lewis HallFdSc Sport and Fitness

    I have learnt time management skills, which I’ve directly applied to my everyday life, especially in my role as a football coach.

    Meet Lewis

    Sophie Ward

    Sophie Ward FdSc Sport and Fitness

    Working with young people with disabilities in a sports environment is always something I have wanted to do, and I would not have been able to do this without my qualifications.

    Meet Sophie


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