FdSc Sport: Coaching, Health and Fitness

Welcome to Petroc, one of the largest colleges in Devon, awarded 'Silver' from the Teaching Excellence Framework (July 2017) and rated 'Good with Outstanding Features' by Ofsted (November 2015). Petroc is the South West Regional Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Centre, recognised by the award of a Skills for Health Quality Mark, and plays a key part in the economic, cultural and social development of the county’s rural communities. We offer around 40 degree-level courses from foundation to BA (Hons) level across our three campus sites, making a 'degree on your doorstep' a possibility for hundreds of successful graduates to date.

We have strong links with local employers - so you can gain invaluable, hands-on experience during your degree-level studies. Based at our North Devon, Mid Devon, or at our dedicated University Centre at the Brannams campus, our award-winning courses offer small group sizes, workable and flexible study options, and represent outstanding value. And, when you’re ready to move on, you have a degree from the University of Plymouth – one of the top three modern universities in the UK, as ranked by the Sunday Times University Guide 2017

Visit our Petroc website to find out more, watch our course videos, read case studies of our successful alumni or apply directly for a guaranteed interview.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • PETR1002 Human Performance in Sports

      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.

    • SD108 Sports Coaching

      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.

    • SD115 Health and Fitness Principles

      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.

    • SD116B Developing Graduate Skills

      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.

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • PETR1001 Sport, Health and Physical Activity Organisations

      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.

    • PETR2002 Health Promotion and Lifestyle Wellbeing

      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.

    • SHP104 Maintaining Personal Health

    Optional modules
    • SD213 Sports and Activity Provision for Special Populations

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

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • SD212 Research Methods

      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.

    • SHP201 Health and Activity for Young People

      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
    • PETR2000 Exercise Prescription and Behaviour Change

      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.

    • SD214 Event Management

      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

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

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 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. 

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.

Find out more about studying at Petroc