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Exercise, Health and Fitness

BSc Honours

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Exercise, Health and Fitness

BSc Honours


  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
  • Tariff Points: 112
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Course Overview

Are you passionate about exercise, health and fitness? Do you want to improve the exercise behaviours and health of individuals, groups and populations?

As the UK health and fitness industry experiences continual growth, turn your passion into your profession with an Exercise, Health and Fitness degree.

Why study with us?

Enhance your career prospects. At no extra cost, we’ll give you the chance to study for a range of additional professional qualifications recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals.

Turn theory into practice by completing two professional work placements as part of your degree, giving you essential experience in the industry.

Gain an international perspective by studying abroad at one of our partner universities.

Access our specialist exercise and fitness facilities, including our Sports Laboratory and award-winning Fitness Suite.


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of our Health and Nutrition students are satisfied with the learning resources on their course.

(Nat​ional Student Survey 2018)


of our graduates are in work or further study, six months after graduation.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2017)

No. 2

Leeds Trinity University is 2nd in Yorkshire for overall student satisfaction, behind only the University of Leeds.

(Mainstream Universities in National Student Survey 2018)


We are joint 23rd in the UK for overall student satisfaction.

(National Student Survey 2018 via Times Higher Education)

Course Information

About this course >

We’ll give you a solid grounding in the core principles of exercise, health and fitness, which include anatomy, physiology, and the psychology and sociology of health and exercise behaviour. As your degree progresses, you’ll apply your knowledge of these core principles to solve a range of real-world problems. You’ll analyse and apply theories and concepts, as well as appraising the evidence around exercise, health and fitness interventions.

We’ll develop your exercise instruction and practitioner skills, giving you the knowledge to design, manage and adapt a personal training programme for healthy individuals. You’ll also get the opportunity to study for additional professional qualifications, including Level 2 Gym Instruction, Level 3 Personal Training and Level 3 Exercise Referral. These qualifications are usually a significant extra cost to students, but we include them in your degree at no extra cost. These professional qualifications are recognised by REPS (Register of Exercise Professionals) and will allow you to access the register, which is a real asset if you want to work in the exercise, health and fitness industry.

Many exercise professionals are self-employed, so we’ll prepare you to set up your own business through business and marketing modules, as well as giving you the skills and knowledge to work effectively in large businesses in the health, fitness and leisure industries.

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Further Study

Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA Sport Management and MSc Health and Wellbeing, which we provide here at Leeds Trinity, or a range of other postgraduate programme where you can specialise in exercise science, strength and conditioning, sports nutrition or high performance sports.

Modules >

Year 1

In your first year, you will learn about theories and concepts relevant to a broader understanding of exercise, health and fitness. Modules at this level cover six core themes; exercise (fitness), health, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, instructor/practitioner skills, and academic/graduate skills.

On completion of your first year, you will be expected to communicate knowledge of exercise, health and fitness in situations of limited complexity, in order to provide a foundation for further study in the subject. The compulsory professional placement at the end of the first year will give you the opportunity to put your knowledge and skills into practice.

Year 2

In your second year, you will apply your knowledge of exercise, health and fitness to solve a range of problems. You will analyse and apply different theories and concepts and begin to appraise the evidence around broader exercise, health and fitness interventions and activities. You will also further deepen and consolidate your research skills, in preparation for your final-year dissertation project.

Modules at this level cover themes including exercise (fitness and referral), health, business and marketing, advanced anatomy and physiology, applied nutrition for exercise performance, advanced instructor/practitioner skills, and additional academic/graduate skills.

The Advanced Personal Training module covers the knowledge and skills needed to design, manage and adapt a personal training programme for healthy individuals, and integrates the opportunity to gain the Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification. You will again have the opportunity to put your developing knowledge and skills into practice with your second professional placement.

Year 3

In your final year, you will learn to synthesise and critically evaluate key theories, concepts, principles and policies, and be able to develop a reasoned argument. The core themes begun in the first two years are further developed and your practical skills will be enhanced through completion of the Personal Trainer module, which integrates the Level 3 Skills Active Exercise Referral qualification.

The dissertation module requires you to plan, design, execute and communicate a sustained piece of independent work, which provides evidence of critical engagement. The multidisciplinary nature of the project means that, in addition to employing academic/graduate skills, the module enables you to focus on one or more of the key course themes, contributing towards sharpening your eventual career focus.

You have the opportunity to further strengthen your vocational experience and knowledge by selecting an option module from the disciplines of business, nutrition or exercise.

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • SHN4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • SHN4142 - Research Methods 1
  • SHN4232 - Introduction to Food and Nutrition
  • SHN4282 - Anatomy and Physiology
  • SHN4292 - Health and Wellbeing
  • SHN4502 - Health and Fitness
  • SHN4992 - Ethics, Society and Employability

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • BMM6302 - Entrepreneurship and Creativity
  • SHN6164 - Dissertation
  • SHN6182 - Healthy Weight: Practical Strategies
  • SHN6192 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • SHN6202 - Physical Activity and Behaviour Change
  • SHN6222 - Sports Injury
  • SHN6402 - Exercise Referral for Special Populations

Learning and Teaching >

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility. To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development. Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here

Undergraduates on the Exercise, Health and Fitness degree programme are taught by academic staff from within the department. Modules are delivered through a combination of methods including lectures, one-to-one and group tutorials, seminars, workshops, and practical sessions.

In addition, you will be required to complete at least two placements on your programme. #expand#

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

Assessment methods include small group teaching, weekly directed activities, group work and independent projects

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme. 

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class. 

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Entry Requirements >

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 112 UCAS tariff points.

​Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language, Maths and Science (or accepted equivalent qualifications)​.

We we​lcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2019/20. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2019-20. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student VisaFind out more

Additional Costs

​​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015.

  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  

  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 

  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.


Missed the UCAS deadline? No problem – if you want to start university this September, there's still time to apply for a place at Leeds Trinity University. Depending on your application status, you now have three options.

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Placement Opportunities

​We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You'll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months' professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

Our students have worked in the exercise and health industry alongside personal trainers, exercise referral specialists, health promoters and health improvement specialists, as well as in schools with sports coaches and teachers.

Graduate Opportunities

​You'll be well-prepared for a range of careers within the exercise, health, fitness and leisure industries, as well as a variety of roles in public health, health promotion in the NHS or local authorities. You'll have the skills to set up your own business and the opportunity to gain personal training and exercise referral qualifications. You'll also be prepared for roles that help people to change their health behaviours, with a particular focus on exercise and weight management.

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What is Unistats?

What is Unistats?
Unistats is the official site that allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college programmes from across the UK. The site draws together comparable information on those areas that students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study.
Exercise, Health and Fitness Unistats
You may have noticed that there are no Unistats available  for this programme. This is because this programme is new, the results you’ll see are actually a combination of results from similar programmes.
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