Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health - Foundation Degree
Course Code: TH1HE172
UCAS Code: CC69
Our pioneering Foundation Degree Physical Activity, Health and Nutrition gives you the chance to transform your passion for exercise and healthy eating into career roles that allow you to make a real difference to people’s lives. You will explore the importance of physical activity and nutrition in preventing and managing disease as well as promoting optimal health and wellbeing at all stages of life. Throughout the course you will draw on the latest scientific evidence and research to underpin your work.
With its strong focus on real world learning, the course enables you to apply your skills and knowledge to practical health promotion projects. You will gain experience of working with individuals to change their attitudes to exercise and nutrition. You will also take part in initiatives that aim to improve the health and exercise habits of entire communities and population groups.
The department has a strong track record for collaborative projects aimed at tackling physical inactivity and has been involved in projects associated with the Blackpool Healthy Towns initiative as well projects across Fleetwood and Wyre Borough. By joining this course, you will play an important role in helping us to achieve the health targets set out by the local council; at the same time you will be developing the academic knowledge and practical know-how to develop your own career direction in a specialist and growing field, where high calibre new recruits are in demand.
Using the sport science laboratory you will get involved in physiology testing, immune system function and occupational health assessments, as well as psychology-based studies relating to exercise. We have also aligned the elements of the programme to national standards for the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) so you will have opportunities to gain the Level Two Gym Instructor qualification as a bolt-on course (although fees may apply).
You will acquire essential practical skills and knowledge through exciting industry placements courtesy of the College’s excellent vocational links. These are embedded at each stage of the course and you will work alongside academics and health practitioners who have a broad range of expertise. Our placements and vocational projects will give you experience of working with various community and clinical groups, and serve to enhance your interpersonal and communication skills.
You will need a minimum of 64 UCAS points, to cover at least one of the following areas: Health Studies, Sports Coaching, Sports Studies and Development or a Science discipline at Diploma level. Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge in place of formal qualifications will also be considered on an individual basis, particularly those with a passion for changing individual life factors relating to physical activity and healthy eating.
Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.
Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.
Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.
|Assessment Method||Level 4||Level 5||Level 6|
Level 4 Modules
|Academic and Digital Literacy Humanities||TH4MD286||20||Mandatory|
|Introduction to Health Studies||TH4MD287||20||Mandatory|
|Anatomy and Physicology Fundamentals||TH4MD288||20||Mandatory|
|Social Perspectives of Health||TH4MD289||20||Mandatory|
|Physical Activity Design||TH4MD290||20||Mandatory|
|Eating for Health||TH4MD291||20||Mandatory|
Level 5 Modules
|Work Based Research Project||TH5MD303||20||Mandatory|
|Delivering Frontline Health||TH5MD304||20||Mandatory|
|Nutritional Physiology and Metabolism||TH5MD305||20||Mandatory|
|Applied Community Health||TH5MD306||20||Mandatory|
Teaching and Learning Methods
Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.
Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.
Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.
|Learning Method||Level 4||Level 5||Level 6|
Industry Placement and Field Trips
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.
Read our tuition fees guide.