Graduates with broad experience and excellent skills are highly sought after in the sport and fitness industries. Whether you are interested in coaching, fitness training, teaching or a combination of areas, UCB's Sport and Fitness Studies foundation degree course will help you to develop the skills and knowledge needed to exploit opportunities in this dynamic employment market. You'll have access to brand new, state-of-the-art sports and fitness facilities, while our industry links will give you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience as well as a range of further accredited qualifications.
**Whoâs the course for?**
Our course is suitable for anyone interested in a career working within sport and fitness, including areas such as sports coaching and development, fitness training, teaching or even working with the armed forces.
**Why should I study the course?**
- As a UCB sports student, you'll have exclusive use of our brand new sports facilities and equipment at our new campus building, Moss House (opening in 2019), while you'll also be able to use the state-of-the-art all-weather pitch at Avery Fields.
- Thanks to UCB's links with the sports industry, you will have work experience opportunities as well as being able to gain further industry qualifications in areas such as personal training and fitness instruction.
- We offer a range of optional modules in your second year, allowing you to study specialist subjects within sport and fitness that interest you and match your career aspirations.
**Great. Tell me some more**
Our facilities feature an extensive range of equipment, including a fully-equipped gym and sports hall, fitness testing equipment, anatomical models and a human performance laboratory. Our new campus building, Moss House, will also feature a cutting-edge gym with the latest equipment and sports technology, as well as a 35-metre indoor running track to assess speed and performance.
You will also have use of the state-of-the-art all-weather pitch at Avery Fields, which we share with leading Birmingham rugby club Bournville RFC. The purpose-built, 15-acre site has undergone a Â£3 million transformation, with the pitch situated alongside two new grass pitches and an impressive clubhouse including a function room, modern changing facilities and a physiotherapy suite.
Alongside your degree, we offer the option for you to gain a range of industry-accredited qualifications, including Level 2 Certificate Fitness Instructor (NCFE) and Level 3 Personal Trainer (NCFE).
You will need to buy a uniform for this course - UCB can help cover the costs for this through our Kick Start scheme.
**What skills will I gain?**
You will gain a strong knowledge of anatomy, physiology, exercise, fitness and sports coaching, and learn to apply these skills in practical and relevant ways.
Through our choice of optional modules, you can develop further knowledge and skills in specialist areas such as nutrition, performance analysis or even learning a foreign language.
By undertaking work placements during your course, you will learn how to put theory into practice alongside qualified professionals and gain valuable experience to boost your employment prospects when you graduate.
**What about the future?**
Completing this course will help prepare you for a career in the exercise, health and wellness sector. Potential pathways open to you include:
- Sports development
- Fitness instructor/personal trainer
- Strength and conditioning
- Armed forces or uniformed services
- Teaching or lecturing (via a PGCE qualification)
Upon completion of the foundation degree, you can also progress onto the final year of the full BA (Hons) degree at the end of year two.
- Academic Skills (SSCS)
- Applied Anatomy and Physiology
- Coaching Principles
- Fitness Training
- Healthy Lifestyle
- Sport in Society
- Fitness Training 2
- Industrial and Personal Development
- Research for Sport
- Sports Coaching
- Sports Psychology
**Plus one option from:**
- Voluntary Initiative
- Health, Fitness and Wellbeing
- Sports Nutrition
- Modern Languages
- Performance Analysis
Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and a typical teaching week will have up to 12 contact hours made up as follows:
- Large group teaching - 6 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
- Smaller group teaching - 3 hours of teaching in smaller groups
- Tutorials - 3 hours per week including a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials
In addition, you are expected to commit to approximately 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. UCB Online provides 24-hour access to learning and support material.
Assessment is designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways, so a variety of assessment methods are used. An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:
- Coursework - 55%
- Practical assessment - 35%
- Written examinations - 10%
Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.
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