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FdSc Exercise, Health and Fitness

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UCAS Code: C610 Institution Code: S51
Start Date / End Date: September 2017 - June 2019
Duration: 2 years full-time Campus: Town Centre Campus
Course Contact: Chris O'Keeffe Telephone: 01744 623348
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FdSc Exercise, Health and Fitness
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University of Chester

The prevalence of diseases that are associated with physical inactivity and poor lifestyle behaviours, such as obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, continues to be a major concern to the nation's health. Our foundation degree in Exercise, Health and Fitness covers a diverse range of topics. It examines the effect of lifestyle choices on health and the psychological determinants that influence lifestyle choices and the strategies that can be used to shape positive behaviour change.

Essentially, the course will teach you how to effectively prescribe exercise to improve fitness and to manage and prevent disease. This will be done by experiential learning taking a very hands on approach to provide you the opportunity to develop your practical and employability skills set to enhance your career prospects.

There are a wide range of careers to choose from and studying the foundation degree in Exercise, Health and Fitness along with the right dedication, can lead to a fulfilling career in the sector.

Course in-depth

What will I study?

Year 1

The first year will explore anatomy for exercise where students will gain an in-depth understanding of how the musculoskeletal system operates and interacts during exercise. This will allow students to analyse joint movement and muscle activation for a diverse range of resistance based exercises. In health related fitness students, will develop both consultation, practical and evaluative skills with regards to health screening procedures and fitness testing to inform subsequent exercise recommendations. The module introduction to psychology will provide students with a grounding in the theoretical models used to assess personality and behaviour and how these may influence health. The foundations of physiology module will investigate both the short and long-term adaptations of the body in response to different exercise stimuli in both the cardiorespiratory and neuromuscular systems. Students will undertake a work-based learning module to develop job searching skills, interview techniques, job description analysis as well as skills matching in preparation for employment. To ensure the development of appropriate academic writing and research skills students will also complete the introduction to research methods module which both supports and underpins the successful completion of other level 4 modules.

Year 2

The second year develops further the knowledge and skills gained from study. The physiological basis of health module covers diverse topics such as the use of ergogenic aids to enhance performance as well as looking at the physiological basis of health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and stress. In the role of the personal trainer module the skills required to be a competent personal trainer will be developed with a very hands on practical approach. Additionally, as part of this module students will have the chance to become a certified personal trainer. In health and exercise psychology key themes developed in first year will be further studied to explore the psychological aspects of exercise to enable students to assess motivation to encourage positive behaviour change that can influence health outcomes. Health perspectives and physical activity interventions looks firstly at the epidemiology of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity. A secondary aspect of this module critically explores health initiatives at a local level that aim to improve community health. A compulsory part of second year study is the undertaking of a work placement module called work-based learning two. In this module students secure and undertake a work placement of their choice based on future career aspirations. The aim of the module is to facilitate hands on experiential learning to equip students with the relevant skills to secure employment. Students also have the opportunity to develop their own research proposal in the further research methods module. This involves students presenting their research proposal at a mini-conference and subsequently developing the proposal into a workable project that they will actually undertake if they choose to progress onto the top-up degree.

How will I study?

Learning will be through theoretical and practical based sessions, workshops, group work and presentations. You will also benefit from visits and guest lecturers.

You will be supported by a range of resources including library materials and IT access. Additionally, you will have access to a Uni Hub, a dedicated learning environment for degree students.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods include practical assessments, case studies, poster presentations, job application skills, mock interviews, work placements, reflective writing, personal development planning, exams, written assignments and research seminar/conference presentation.

Who will be teaching me?

An experienced team with a wide range of interests reflecting all areas of exercise, health and fitness. Lecturers have industry experience in both the public and private sectors and are active in research in their field.

Ref: Chris O'Keeffe