In your first year, you will learn about theories and concepts relevant to a broader understanding of exercise, health and nutrition. Modules at this level cover six core themes; exercise, health, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, instructor/practitioner skills, and academic/graduate skills.
On successful completion of your first year, you will be able to communicate knowledge of exercise, health and nutrition in situations of limited complexity, in order to provide a foundation for further study in the subject. The professional placement at the end of the first year will give you the opportunity to put your knowledge and skills into practice.
In your second year, you will be expected to apply knowledge of exercise, health and nutrition 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 nutrition 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 (advanced personal training), health promotion, nutritional biochemistry and exercise for health, applied nutrition for exercise performance, 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.
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 with a focus on weight management and advanced nutrition for sport and exercise. You will also enhance your knowledge and skills for working with clients, exploring different models of health behaviour change. Your practical skills can be enhanced through completion of an optional Exercise Referral module, which integrates the Level 3 Skills Active Exercise Referral qualification, or alternatively, study an optional business management module in entrepreneurship and creativity to develop your ability to work as an independent practitioner.
The dissertation module requires you to plan, design, execute and communicate a sustained piece of independent work, which provides evidence of critical engagement. The multi-disciplinary 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.