Truro and Penwith College

FdSc Exercise, Health and Fitness

Rated Ofsted Outstanding (2016), Truro and Penwith College provides a range of quality degree courses with employer needs in mind. All students benefit from an excellent support network that helps to put them on the best footing for a successful future after graduating. Finding themselves at home in purpose-built buildings with expert lecturers and access to industry-standard equipment, students can study a quality university course right here in Cornwall.
A variety of people enter higher education with an assortment of experiences and commitments, but with the flexibility at the heart of our programmes, the College offers a compressed timetable and small class sizes to allow students to study in a relaxed and supportive environment. Whatever your background, studying University courses at Truro and Penwith College means an opportunity to study locally, the chance to fit home or part-time work around your lectures and the one thing all our students have in common – the shared experiences of a quality education right here in Cornwall.
For more information visit the Truro and Penwith College website.
Course details
  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Exercise Prescription (TRUR1094)

      This module experience aims to give students an understanding of the underlying principles of exercise prescription and training principles including an introduction to clients with specific training needs. Some consideration will be given to working anatomy and physiology related to exercise and training.

    • Research Methods (TRUR1095)

      This module introduces the concept of scientific method and how this is applies to sport science. It will develop an understanding of quantitative and qualitative techniques and will introduce basic statistical analysis, interpretation and presentation.

    • Nutrition (TRUR1270)

      This module will provide students with the nutritional knowledge to enable them to advise a wide range of people about their nutrition, which could include athletes as well as a variety of special populations. It is crucial to be able to give detailed nutritional advice which is an integral part of health and exercise prescription programme.

    • Anatomy and Physiology (TRUR1271)

      The aim of this module is to give students an understanding of the structure and function of those systems in the human body that are of direct relevance to sport and exercise.

    Optional modules

    • Nutrition for Performance and Health (TRUR1238)

      This module will provide students with the knowledge and understanding to advise a wide range of people about their nutrition to enhance both athletic performance and personal health. This will include detailed nutritional advice that is an integral part of a health and exercise prescription programme, and a recognition that good nutrition can aid in reducing the risk of a range of diseases.

  • Year 2

  • Core modules

    • Exercise for Special Populations (TRUR1092)

      This module will enable students to gain knowledge of how to plan and design exercise programmes for those clients with specific health requirements, which is becoming a major area of potential employment.

    • Health Monitoring and Evaluation (TRUR1179)

    • Exercise Physiology (TRUR2269)

      To develop a thorough understanding of scientific testing and training prescription to enable the student to link exercise physiology theory to practical delivery to develop participants.

    • Sport and Exercise Psychology (TRUR2271)

      This module will highlight to students the importance of understanding and applying psychological theory when approaching and working with athletes/participants on either an individual or group basis.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Social Context of Health and Fitness (TRUR2086)

      In line with government recommendations addressing health risks and the awareness of the exercise this module will look at society as a whole and question why some groups are at risk. The concept of epidemiology is introduced along with an understanding of the practices used.

    • Project (TRUR2164)

      This module will provide students with the opportunity to develop an investigation of their own related to the programme. The topic must first be agreed with the module leader, with due reference to ethical and practical considerations, and for those wishing to prepare themselves for progression, with the appropriate programme leader(s).

    Optional modules

    • Advanced Exercise Prescription (TRUR2091)

      This module aims to further develop students understanding of the principles of exercise prescription and training from the Exercise Prescription module. Detailed consideration will be given to anatomy and physiology related to exercise and training. This module will enable students to prescribe advanced exercise programmes for a variety of different client groups.

    • Diet, fitness and health (TRUR2092)

      Combining nutritional, chemical and physiological understandings, this module investigates the interrelationship between nutrition, fitness and its consequence.

    • Promoting Healthy Lifestyles (TRUR2093)

      The development of public learning and awareness of nutrition is vital within the concept of wellbeing within contemporary society. This module examines ways in which healthy living can be promoted and the use of educational techniques when dealing with clients.

    • Coaching Strength & Conditioning for Sport (TRUR2270)

      This module aims to give students a developed understanding of the underlying principles of coaching strength and conditioning as well as training principles. Some consideration will be given to functional anatomy and physiology related to exercise and training.

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.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
Fees, costs and funding
As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.
How to apply

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

Our partnership with Truro and Penwith College
The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Please contact Truro and Penwith College to apply for this course:

Truro and Penwith College
College Road

Tel: +441872267000

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with Truro and Penwith College

We’re one of the leading colleges in the country, delivering teaching and learning to the highest level. With three modern campuses at Truro, Penwith (at Penzance) and Tregye, we provide you with a unique university experience.
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