Sport and Fitness Studies BA (Hons) Top-up

Overview (NV)
Course length
1 year full-time
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Graduates with broad experience and excellent skills are highly sought after in the sport and fitness industries. Whether you are interesting in coaching, fitness training, teaching, or a combination of areas, you will be well catered for in this course.

You will be offered guidance and opportunities to investigate the various facets of the sport and fitness industries, tailoring each area to suit your interests and career aims.

Sport and fitness encompasses professional, amateur and educational roles. Many areas of industry require similar base knowledge in fields such as nutrition, anatomy and physiology. By building your knowledge, you can ensure that you are well-placed to exploit opportunities in this dynamic employment market.

There are options to gain further industry accredited qualifications throughout the duration of your studies. These include: Level 2 Certificate Fitness Instructor (NCFE), Level 3 Personal Trainer (NCFE), and 1st4Sport Level 2 Award in Multi-Skills Sports Coaching.

Avery Fields

Students also have use of the state-of-the-art, all-weather pitch at Avery Fields, which we share with leading Birmingham rugby club Bournville RFC. The purpose-built, 15-acre site has undergone a £3m transformation, with the all-weather pitch situated alongside two, new grass pitches and an impressive clubhouse, which includes function room, modern changing facilities and a physiotherapy suite. 

New sports facilities

The fantastic news for anyone joining our sports-focused degree courses is that they will have exclusive use of the state-of-the-art facilities at our new higher education building, Moss House. These will include a cutting edge gym incorporating all the latest equipment and sports technology and a 35-metre indoor running track to assess speed and performance.

Find out more about our new Moss House campus.

Why should I choose this course?

  • You will get a strong knowledge of performance- based training and apply these skills in practical and relevant ways.
  • You will gain industry experience and qualifications, such as personal training and coaching
  • You can continue to hone your skills whilst studying with us in our sports performance lab, fitness gyms and other sports facilities.
  • You will get the chance to work on your own research project, which creates an opportunity to critically analyse a particular area or field of exercise, health and wellness that interests you.
  • You will have work experience opportunities throughout your course in order to optimise your industry engagement.

Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Student Conference

UCB's first sports conference was held last year where industry leaders from across the country, as well as UCB’s own expert sports lecturers, gave an overview of some of the most pressing issues currently affecting sports performance and rehabilitation.  Watch highlights from the conference here.

This year's conference will take place on Friday 2nd November 2018.

Kit / uniform

For practical activities, a uniform is required at a cost of approximately £55. This consists of one polo shirt and one track-pant. However, students may also choose to purchase additional items according to their requirements e.g. hoody, rain jacket, shorts etc. 

As the owner of an elite strength and conditioning gym I will always look for something different in a coach that makes them stand out from the crowd. This will prove even more important in a fitness industry that is becoming more saturated year-on-year. The Sport and Fitness Studies degree course at UCB guides student learning through different areas of the fitness industry, allowing graduates to exploit opportunities in developing parts of a truly dynamic market. Sport and Fitness Studies graduates will stand out from the crowd.

Sam Smith - Owner & Head Coach at Rigs Fitness

Kick-start scheme

As a new student studying this degree full-time, you will receive £300 per year via our Kick-Start Scheme (eligibility criteria applies). The scheme will support your studies and future career by contributing to course-related materials, uniform or selected items on campus. You could even qualify for an additional £500 per year.

Open days

Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about University College Birmingham and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day. 

Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment

Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and a typical teaching week will have up to 12 contact hours made up as follows:

  • Large group teaching: 6 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
  • Smaller group teaching: 3 hours of teaching in smaller groups
  • Tutorials: 3 hours being a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials per week
  • Field trips and visits: In the final year, UCB will fund a 2 day residential to St Georges Park at a cost of approximately £250 per student

Individual study

In addition, you are expected to commit to approximately 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material.


Assessment is designed to provide you an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of assessment methods are used.

An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:

  • Coursework - 55%
  • Practical assessment - 35%
  • Written examinations - 10%

Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

Academic: A relevant HND or a foundation degree in the areas of Sports and Exercise Science, with 240 credits.

If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email:

EU/international students

Academic: European and International qualifications studied in a relevant subject matter will also be considered applicants will need to have achieved 120 ECTS or equivalent (European Credit Transfer)  

If you are unsure if your previous qualification is suitable please contact us before completing an application, you can call us on 0121 604 1040 or email



Modules (NV)


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The modules listed on the website for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. Unless otherwise stated, the modules listed above for this course are for students starting in the academic year 2020/21. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules and if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.
Placements (NV)

Work placement

You are encouraged to gain work experience throughout this course because it is a great opportunity to put what you have learned into practice alongside qualified professionals. Over the years we have developed close working relationships within the industry so that we can offer you a wide range of placement opportunities alongside your studies.

Our hired@UCB team will make sure that you are well-matched for your placement and support your progress throughout your work experience.

Employability (NV)


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to move into a wide variety of areas within the exercise, health and wellness sector. Graduates have also gone on to work as health and fitness professionals, in health promotion or as fitness instructors or personal trainers. 

Graduating with this degree will enable you to pursue a career in:

  • Coaching
  • Sports development
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Armed forces or uniformed services
  • Teaching or lecturing (via a PGCE)

CV-boosting opportunities

1st4Sport British Weight Lifting (BWL) Level 2 Award in Weight Lifting. 

This is an optional award for Level 6 Sport and Fitness Studies students to add to the optional gym instructing and personal training qualifications available at Levels 4 and 5. 

It is an ideal qualification to take for those wishing to enter into a career in personal training and general sport industries, covering popular current weightlifting techniques such as:

  • Front squats
  • Deadlifts
  • Bench presses
  • Clean and Jerks
  • Snatches

In particular, Olympic techniques such as the Clean and Jerk and Snatch are commonly used as part of strength and conditioning programmes, within CrossFit gyms and increasingly within commercial gyms as they become increasingly well known. Being qualified to instruct these Olympic lifts will give you a very attractive unique selling point to future employers within the sports industry.

The cost of the course is £100. Any queries can be directed to


hired@UCB is our new student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills.

Located on the ground floor of Moss House, the hired team comprises of specialist staff with knowledge and experience of:

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Graduate schemes and alumni support
  • Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency

Find out more about hired@UCB services.