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BA (Hons)
Exercise, Health and Fitness Management

Are you keen to take your interest in health and fitness and turn that into a career? This programme of specialised study covers all the essential areas of sport management. You’ll graduate with the skills needed to run a variety of health and fitness businesses, or become a self-employed personal trainer.

Qualification: BA (Hons)

UCAS code: U73N

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September

Is this course for me?

This course helps you understand how exercise can influence lifestyle behaviour in a positive way. You’ll look at applied exercise physiology, study public health policy, and spend time learning about sports injury and rehabilitation. We’re looking for individuals who show a real interest in fitness, healthy living and an active lifestyle.

Preparation for a progressive industry
During this course you’ll develop a strong theoretical grounding in physiology, psychology, business management and sports events management.

Learning through a mix of practical training and industry based coursework will give you an ideal grounding for a career in this progressive industry. You’ll become expert communicators and learn to work effectively on your own as well as part of a wider team. These transferable skills will be taught through course assessments, workshops and seminars.

A broad training programme
From functional anatomy and kinanthropometry, to the bioenergetics of human movement, this dynamic course of study will take you through key modules in sports nutrition, public health policy and exercise prescription.

You’ll also spend time focusing on small business and entrepreneurship. This module is designed to equip you with an additional layer of skills, which will help you enter the marketplace as a self-employed professional, or to launch your own health and fitness venture.

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We have strong links with a number of sports organisations, many of which sit on the University’s doorstep. These include the National Sports Centre at Bisham Abbey, home to several governing bodies of sport, and Stoke Mandeville Hospital, birthplace of the Paralympics.

You’ll have the opportunity to blend academic study with a professional sports environment. The University hosts the Reading Ladies Football Club Senior Academy and also the pro basketball team, Surrey United.

Human Performance Laboratory
Our Human Performance, Exercise and Wellbeing Centre includes an indoor three-lane running track that incorporates 3D motion-capture technology. This facility helps to enhance athletes’ performance through improved technique, and assists with injury prevention and rehabilitation. The Human Performance Laboratory is equipped to assess a range of physiological, biomechanical and psychological parameters. We are also currently the only university in the UK to focus on disability sport, an area of increasing importance.

Hands-on work practice
In the third year, you’ll have the chance to develop and practice your new skills in the professional working environment. This is done as part of the Working With a Client module. However, existing links with nearby sport governing bodies also offer potential for further work experience through part-time work during the holidays.

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Year One

  • Economics & Financial Operations in Sport Business
  • Bioenergetics of Human Movement
  • Functional Anatomy and Kinanthropometry
  • Foundations of Exercise Physiology
  • Data Analysis in Sports and Exercise Science
  • Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Professional and Academic Skills for Sport

Year Two

  • Sports Operations Management
  • Sport, Diversity and Well-being
  • Research in Sport and Exercise
  • Understanding People in Sport Business
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Exercise Prescription and Instruction
  • Public Health Policy, Branding and Promotion

Year Three

  • Research Dissertation
  • Working with a Client
  • Sports Injury and Rehabilitation
  • Exercise Referral
  • Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship
  • Working and Learning in Exercise, Health and Fitness
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What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 80-96. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Full-time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full-time International: £10,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details, visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Further information
Find out more about our fees and funding.
Find out more about our fees for international students.

Questions about fees?
Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

How do I apply?

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What are my career prospects?

When you finish this course you’ll be qualified for a number of different careers in the health and fitness sector. Graduates may find employment as fitness instructors, personal trainers and exercise managers as well as positions in health and fitness management, and leisure management.

With the skills and training you acquire from this degree programme, you’ll also be able to pursue self-employment in the health and fitness industry as a personal trainer.

How will you help me prepare for my future?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employment pages to find out more.