School of Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences

BSc (Hons) Health and Fitness

Successfully gained a Foundation degree/HND in a sport or health-related subject? Take this one year top-up course and leave us with a full degree and an increased understanding of exercise, fitness and health. You will develop your knowledge of the impact of diet and exercise on health and chronic disease and have the necessary skills and confidence to work in a variety of health and sports settings.

Potential employers are keen to recruit staff who can demonstrate their abilities and capabilities at a degree level. On completion of the course you could find work in a wide variety of sport and health settings in the private, voluntary or public sectors. These may include: national or local government, health centres, community centres, fitness clubs, care organisations, charities and organisations abroad.

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FIRST CHOICE FOR HEALTH

This programme is part of the largest range of healthcare study options in the South West.

Key features

  • Benefit from holding a degree in health and fitness. Potential employers are keen to recruit staff who can demonstrate their abilities and capabilities at a degree level. 
  • Government initiatives on improving the nation’s health mean there is a higher demand for well qualified graduates. Exercise and nutrition are seen as critical in the treatment of many chronic diseases.
  • Study one project module and four optional modules from a choice of five. You can purchase modules on an individual basis.
  • Assessed through coursework and examination using a variety of methods including a portfolio of evidence, seminar presentations, essays, case studies, literature reviews and an individual research project.
  • On completion of the course you could find work in a wide variety of sport and health settings in the private, voluntary or public sectors. These may include: national or local government, health centres, community centres, fitness clubs, care organisations, charities and organisations abroad.



Course details

  • Year 1
  • This programme will expand on your knowledge gained at Foundation degree/HND level. You'll be encouraged to look at physical activity within the context of health, and develop an understanding of the interacting contributions of exercise and nutrition to public health and their roles in the prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related disease.
    Core modules
    • BHCS3001 Personal Research Project

      The module requires students to perform a self-directed research study project that includes the design, implementation, collection, analysis and interpretation of scientific data. It also involves the evaluation and interpretation of scientific literature, evaluation of current issues and concepts and the ability to reflect upon continuing professional and personal development.

    • BHCS3023 Athletic Performance, Sport and Nutrition

      This module is designed to enable learners to provide advice to individuals engaged in exercise, sport or other activities requiring sustained effort. It will provide opportunities to assess nutrition and food impact on performance and health of those engaged in regular exercise programmes.

    • BHCS3024 Diet, Exercise and Chronic Disease

      This module examines the roles of diet and exercise in the development and management of chronic disease states. The focus is on the major chronic diseases - obesity, CVD, type2 diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis.

    Optional modules
    • BHCS3022 Contemporary Issues in Human Health

      Rapid developments in the biomedical sciences are affecting many aspects of human health, and there are profound economic, social, legal and ethical implications of many recent advances. This module allows students to select topics of personal interest for in-depth study and encourages effective communication to peers and other audiences, providing good skills for future career development

    • PSYC392 Current Topics in Applied Psychology

      This module allows students to develop a critical appreciation of recent research in applied psychology. Students study four topics in depth. These are introduced by staff teaching in their specialist research area.

    • BHCS3025 Physical Activity, Nutrition and Public Health

      This module examines the roles of physical activity and nutrition in the promotion of health throughout the lifecycle. It reviews epidemiological and experimental evidence for the development of intervention strategies and policy aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

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The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

Foundation Degree/HND in a sport or health related subject (e.g. health studies, sport and exercise rehabilitation, personal trainer, sport therapy or sport science). Or NVQ level 4 in a sport or health related subject. Some experience in appropriate industry or commerce welcomed.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered and mature students applications are welcomed.

Fees, costs and funding

New students 2017-18

Full time Home/EU* International**   Islands***
Undergraduate (Classroom based) £9,250 tbc £9,250
Undergraduate (Laboratory based) £9,250 tbc £9,250
Science and Engineering - Year Zero

(Classroom based)
£9,250 tbc £9,250
Science and Engineering - Year Zero

(Laboratory based)
£9,250 tbc £9,250
Management, Government and Law  - Year Zero tbc tbc £9,250
2 year fast-track £9,250 tbc £9,250
Integrated Masters (Classroom based) £9,250 tbc £9,250
Integrated Masters (Laboratory based) £9,250 tbc £9,250
Master of Architecture (MArch) £9,250 tbc £9,250
PGCE £9,250 tbc £9,250
Management Practice (Online) (First year - part time) tbc tbc tbc

Part time (per 10 credits) Home/EU* International**   Islands***
Undergraduate (Classroom based) £770 tbc £770
Undergraduate (Laboratory based) £770 tbc £770
Science and Engineering - Year Zero (Classroom based) £770 tbc £770
Science and Engineering - Year Zero (Laboratory based) £770 tbc £770
Management, Government and Law  - Year Zero tbc tbc tbc
Integrated Masters (Classroom based) £770 tbc £770
Integrated Masters (Laboratory based) £770 tbc £770
PGCE £770 tbc £770

*The tuition fee for UK students transferring to Plymouth University from a partner institution is £9,000.
**Please refer to the policy for capping of international student tuition fees.

***‘Islands’ refers to fees for both the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

Continuing students

Please note some fees for continuing students may differ slightly.

For a full listing please visit our fees for continuing students 2017-18 page.

Further information

Download our fees brochure

Read our Student Fee Policy for the Ordinary Degree route

For more information about our fees and funding visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/money.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.