FdSc Sport: Coaching, Health and Fitness

Petroc is one of the largest colleges in Devon and is committed to driving forward educational success in further and higher education. 

We are passionate about raising the aspirations, knowledge and skills of individuals, and year after year our students produce exceptional results, enabling them to progress further in training or employment. 

Petroc has been delivering a range of degree-level courses for over 30 years and is proud to be able to provide a wide variety of programmes (from HNCs and Foundation Degrees to Higher Apprenticeships and Honours Degrees) in subject areas including education, computing, science, engineering, and health and care. 

Petroc has three campuses situated across North and Mid Devon with modern and stimulating learning environments. We also offer small classes, extensive student support and exceptional links to local industry. 

Visit the Petroc website to find out how we can help you go further in life.

Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Sport, Health and Physical Activity Organisations (PETR1001)

      The module considers the different organisations which have a responsibility for, or an interest in, the provision of sports and physical activities to the general public. The roles, logistics and functions of these organisations will be studied in detail, as well as the ways in which they co-ordinate with each other to implement central and local government health initiatives.

    • Human Performance in Sports (PETR1002)

      This module informs students of how the body functions in sport and exercise conditions by focusing on the physiological, biomechanical and psychological aspects of performance. This information will form the basis for developing strategies and training regimes designed to optimise physical performance.

    • Sports Coaching (SD108)

      This module informs students of the theoretical principles required in organising coaching sessions in a range of sports. Students will be able to develop their coaching skills by means of leading practical sessions.

    • Health and Fitness Principles (SD115)

      Increasingly the sports and exercise sector is operating within the context of health improvement. The module considers the causes and non-medical treatments or preventions for such conditions as obesity, CHD, cancer, osteoporosis, etc.

    • Developing Graduate Skills (SD116B)

      This module is designed to enable students to demonstrate that they have all the qualities and transferable skills necessary for appropriate academic work and employment requiring the exercise of responsibility and decision making, including the ability to relate their professional practice to underlying theory and principles.

    • Maintaining Personal Health (SHP104)

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Health Promotion and Lifestyle Wellbeing (PETR2002)

      This module allows students to explore the relationship between lifestyle and health. Students will investigate a range of lifestyle factors which contribute to good or ill health, and determine how good health can be preserved by addressing levels of physical activity and nutritional intake.

    • Further Principles of Sports Coaching (PETR2011)

      This module develops the principles and expertise gained in SD108, and provides for further opportunities for students to develop coaching abilities. An increased repertoire of skills will be required as situations and planning become more complex.

    • Inclusive Activity for All (PETR2118)

      This module allows students to consider the needs of particular client groups in the context of sports and activity provision, and exercise prescription.

    • Research Methods (SD212)

      This module introduces students to formal methods of research and data gathering, and requires the completion of a research project. The module will be delivered across several programmes, and students will complete a project in keeping with the requirements of their programme, justifying the project against work placement experiences. The principles of research covered will adequately prepare students for level 3 dissertation work.

    • Health and Activity for Young People (SHP201)

      The module investigates particular health issues which affect young people, in particular obesity, which may be addressed by application of activity or nutritional based interventions. Policy and initiative strategies will be considered, as well as a client centred approach, and child policy and safety guidelines will be central.

    Optional modules

    • Exercise Prescription and Behaviour Change (PETR2000)

      The module examines the benefits of the GP referral scheme, and the role of the exercise provider. Students will be required to formulate exercise plans suitable for sufferers of a range of conditions. The module also investigates the barriers which prevent members of the population adopting healthier lifestyles and the strategies used to overcome these.

    • Event Management (SD214)

      This module enables students to investigate the theory behind organising both large and small scale events, and allows practical experience in organising a local community based events.

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, 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

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.

Our partnership with Petroc

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. 

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 Petroc

With main campuses in Barnstaple, Tiverton and Brannams, if you decide to study at the combined college, you’ll be able to take advantage of increased resources and the plethora of learning opportunities associated with them.
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