Truro and Penwith College

FdSc Health & Fitness

Designated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and achieving ‘full confidence’ from the Quality Assurance Agency, our national reputation as one of the leading colleges in the country speaks for itself. Study a specialist degree with us. Be part of our close-knit community. Learn from our dedicated staff. You’ll graduate with a degree from one of the top three modern universities in the UK, as ranked by the Sunday Times University Guide. 

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Institution code
2 years
Course type
Truro and Penwith College

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • TRUR1093 Anatomy and Physiology

      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.

    • TRUR1092 Exercise for Special Populations

      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.

    • TRUR1094 Exercise Prescription

      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.

    • TRUR1153 Health Monitoring and Evaluation

      This module focuses on the transition of the new health agenda and the prevention of illness and maintenance of health and wellbeing for students. It gives them the practical tools, and knowledge to monitor and evaluate basic health markers. Along with the transferable skills to engage clients, empathise and communicate results effectively.

    • TRUR1097 Nutrition

      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 elite 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.

    • TRUR1095 Research Methods

      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.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • TRUR2088 Exercise Physiology

      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.

    • TRUR2089 Project

      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).

    • TRUR2086 Social Context of Health and Fitness

      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.

    • TRUR2087 Sport and Exercise Psychology

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

    Optional modules
    • TRUR2091 Advanced Exercise Prescription

      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.

    • TRUR2092 Diet, fitness and health

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

    • TRUR2093 Promoting Healthy Lifestyles

      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.

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.

Fees & 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

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.

Further study & progression routes

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

*Your progression route application must be submitted by 15th January the year you wish to continue with your studies and is subject to availability.

Our partnership with Truro and Penwith College

We know how important it is to land that first job after you graduate. We know you might want to learn in your local area. We know you may want to study a specialist degree – using unique facilities – that’s not available nationally. Which is why, through our Academic Partnerships, we collaborate with regional, national and international partners to create a hands-on learning experience that simply can’t be found on large university campuses. 

With 15 partner colleges and two partner institutions, the great work we’ve done with our partners won us the Queen’s Anniversary prize. And in 2005, we were awarded a £4.5 million grant to carry on the good work.

So, 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 us. And, as well as the facilities and services your college provides, we’ll give you all the additional support and resources you need. You’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

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

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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.

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You are also very welcome to attend a Plymouth University 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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