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Sport, Exercise and Health Science

The Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences has been developed to equip individuals with the scientific knowledge relevant to the health and fitness industry as well as the necessary professional qualifications and skills. 

Key Information:

Awarding Body/Institution: University of Chichester

Teaching Institution: Worthing College

Mode of Study: Full Time

Start Date: Year 1 - 13.09.21

End Date: Year 1 - 28.05.22

Duration: 2 Years

Days of the Week: Monday – Thursday

Programme Title: Sport, Exercise and Health Science

UCAS Code: SP01

Institutional Code: C57

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What will I study in Year 1?

What will I study in Year 2?

🤾 Biomechanics 🤾

This module aims to introduce the basic concepts of biomechanics as they relate to human movement and performance in sport and exercise. Students are shown how the basic physical principles underpin performance in sport and exercise, and how such principles can be practically investigated. Practical work considers the general principles of biomechanics related to the successful execution of sports techniques and introduces experimental methodology, data analysis, and statistical analysis for practical analysis of technique.

🚴‍♀️ Exercise & Health 🚴‍♀️

Modern perspectives of exercise, fitness and health have drawn on the need to understand the impact of sedentary lifestyles and the prevalence of chronic health conditions in light of societal trends. The aim of this module is to recognise the importance of physical activity and exercise on the overall health of both the individual and in the broader context of the population. Critical awareness will be drawn towards the dose-response relationship between physical activity, morbidity and mortality.

💡 Interpersonal & Professional Skills 💡

Communicating and interacting with others when employed within the exercise and health industry is essential and require person-to-person interaction and development of sound working relationships. The aim of this module is therefore to provide a basis by which to explore the nature of communication and interpersonal behaviour. The module will focus on areas of social skills training, group work and also presentation skills within the context of this profession. This module will also provide an opportunity to develop a critical understanding of the value of social interaction within the health and fitness industry.

💪 Physiology of Exercise and Health 💪

This module aims to develop an understanding of the structure and biological organisation of skeletal muscle and the nervous system within the context of sport, health and exercise. Control of skeletal muscle at the chemical, cellular, and tissue level; and the metabolic processes fuelling muscle contraction will be examined. Particular emphasis will be placed on the requirements of high intensity performance, and the subsequent responses.

🔎 Research Methods 1 🔎

This module will introduce students to the basic principles and techniques of the research process and form the basis of supporting research in the context of exercise and health science and modules throughout this programme. It aims to introduce students to the philosophies that underpin different forms of research and also to basic techniques of qualitative and quantitative analysis. Completion of this module will enable students to acquire the research skills that underpin the development of their critical thinking. This module will initially focus on why research is valuable within the area of exercise and health. It will explore the relationship between research and knowledge and introduce a number of epistemological questions. From this basis the module will examine both quantitative and qualitative research methods explaining how the importance of reliability and validity are important to both methods. Quantitative methods will include descriptive statistics and simple tests of difference and correlation, whilst qualitative methods will include interviewing, survey, questionnaire and ethnographic techniques. The choice of techniques examined has been influenced by the techniques most likely to be used in the workplace.

🧠 Sport and Exercise Psychology 🧠

Sport and exercise contexts provide a fascinating and complex opportunity to investigate elements of the psychology of human behaviour. The impact of social psychological factors on the participation in and performance of sport and exercise behaviour is critical for both coaches and performers to understand. Theoretical perspectives and research findings from a number of current areas within the field will provide students with guidance on how behaviour can be shaped in both sporting and physical activity settings. The module content will include material selected from the following: introduction to key concepts in the Psychology of Sport and Exercise situations including motivation for achievement and participation, individual difference characteristics of elite performers, group cohesion and leadership.

🏟️ Work Based Learning 1 🏟️

This module aims to provide the student with an opportunity to complete a unit of directed study, incorporating a work based learning placement of 156 hours (normally 26 weeks*6hours per week) in a Health/fitness environment. The focus of the work experience will draw on aspects of exercise and health and provide opportunities for students to engage in work related tasks in this industry which may vary between: instruction and teaching, general running and management of an organisation, information and guidance towards different clientele with a view to improving their health and fitness.

👨‍⚕️ Health Promotion, Lifestyle and Exercise 👨‍⚕️

This module aims to explore the application of sport and exercise knowledge and practice to the field of health promotion. This will involve the identification of sites of opportunity through reviewing current policy directives, which will form the basis of building positive working relationships with clients and health professionals. In addition, the notions of marketing and development will be explored to equip students with the knowledge and practically based skills needed to promote health promotion activity

🔬 Laboratory Skills 🔬

This module aims to explore the individuals skills in carrying out laboratory skills based upon 3 different topics; Biomechanics, Physiology and Psychology within sport and exercise science. This module will be over both year 2 semesters with the theory in semester 1 and the practical in semester 1 and 2 and integrated with the practical for the self-directed work based project.

🏃‍♀️ Physical Activity in Special Populations 🏃‍♀️

This module is designed for the student to be able to understand within in a professional, practical and proficient manner the key dietary, exercise and the health related issues around a given number of Special Population issues associated with Physical Activity.

💭 Psychological Aspects 💭

To enable the student to critically evaluate the psychological theories applied to exercise and health behaviours, and to examine the debate concerning the psychological effects of exercise. The course will analyse contemporary theories relating to the adoption and maintenance of a healthy lifestyle. It will also assess health beliefs and behaviours which are likely to lead to diseased conditions, focusing on issues such as stress and ways that it may be alleviated. It will also examine issues concerning motivation and enhancing potential for change.

📑 Research Methods 2 📑

The module builds on the experience gained in research methods 1. It aims to enable students to complete a research proposal and to conduct a small scale research project within the area of exercise and health using an experimental approach. Whilst the student develops the necessary competencies introduced at level 1, students will be given the opportunity to tailor this knowledge towards the more specific discipline upon which they wish to specialise. Advanced statistical techniques will be undertaken, which will prepare students with field-related proficiencies emerging in the exercise and health sector.

📖 Self-directed work based research project 📖

This module aims to explore the individual’s skills in researching and conducting a self-directed work based project within sport and exercise science. This will involve the identification of a research topic and a proposal that is submitted prior to carrying out there individual self-directed work based project. The self-directed work based project will be carried out via laboratory skills within different sport and exercise science disciplines which were carried out in a semester 1 year 2 module; Laboratory Skills in Sport and Exercise Science.

🏢 Work Based Learning 2 🏢

This module offers the student an opportunity to complete a work placement of 156 hours (in a sport and exercise and/or health environment. This placement can take place in a wide range of environments including sports clubs, schools, colleges, private companies, clinical settings or within the community. The focus of the work placement should be relevant to the student’s needs, the programme of study they are taking and career aspirations. It should draw on specific issues in lifestyle management within exercise and health. There will be an opportunity for students to engage in work related tasks which involve a higher degree of responsibility and critical thinking.


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