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This programme is designed with added vocational qualifications to allow students to develop both their academic and professional potential required in the field of Health and Fitness. 

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Why study Health and Fitness?

Health and Fitness is a very important and growing professional field. Careers develop around the ethos of helping clients realise their own potential through promoting a healthy and active lifestyle.

This programme will equip you with skills to promote and support sustained behaviour change that will enable you to work in the booming health and fitness industry with individuals from various backgrounds and an array of fitness needs.

Why St Mary's?

This Foundation Degree is a two-year course designed to develop health and fitness professionals.

A key element of the course is the strong vocational aspect. You are frequently required to place your academic and work-based learning into context via modules relating to Health and Fitness, but also in work-related modules such as Professional Observation, Work Placement and Business Development.

The course has been developed with local industry employers and external accreditation organisations in mind, and you will be encouraged to build on your professional experience as well as industry qualifications during the course. There is a choice of modules including sports massage, business development and nutrition, allowing you to shape your studies and your career.

Successful completion of the course leads to the award of Foundation Degree in Health and Fitness.

Students with a minimum average of 50% in the Foundation Degree in Health and Fitness overall will be offered to complete a three-day bridging course to progress onto a top-up year to graduate with a BSc in Health and Exercise Science.

Teaching methods

A range of teaching methods including presentations, discussions, small group work, workshops and practical sessions are utilised.

You are expected and challenged to bring your own work experiences into the discussions and to learn to place your academic work into an appropriate vocational context.

This degree regularly welcomes specialists in the field of Health and Fitness to deliver lectures on current trends and applications of theory to the workplace.

Assessment methods

The assessments are structured to reflect the underlying vocational principal of the course. Types of assessments include presentations, coursework, portfolios and practical work, with no traditional written exams.

You will develop critical analysis and reflective skills in order to develop writing and reasoning through a range of topics relating to Health and Fitness. It is also critical to be ‘fit to practice’ as the course contains a lot of practical work.

Key facts

  • Added vocational qualifications
  • Student-centred teaching team
  • Opportunity to progress to third year study of BSc Health and Exercise Science
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus

Course content

Year one

  • Business Development and Professional Observation 
  • Core Study Skills 
  • Exercise Programming and Delivery 
  • Key Health Skills  
  • Principles of Exercise Nutrition 
  • Principles of Health Promotion 
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Year two

  • Advanced Exercise Delivery 
  • Advanced Exercise Programming 
  • Advanced Sports Massage 
  • Chronic Disease 
  • Experience and Employment in Sport 
  • Health and Exercise Psychology 
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Please note: information published on this webpage is subject to change before the programme commences. Please refer to the programme specification document (PDF) for an authoritative summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

Upon completing this degree, several opportunities in the Health and Fitness field will be open to you:

The Careers Service has more information on graduate careers and part-time work available during your course.


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Fees and funding

2018/19 fees

  • Home/EU: £8,000
  • International: £11,220

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: coming soon
  • International: coming soon

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants for 2018 and 2019 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Additional costs

Your tuition fee will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact


A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to new foundation students. This includes:

Further information

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