Sport and Fitness Studies BA (Hons) / FdA

Overview (NV)

BA (Hons)

Course length
3 years full-time
UCAS code
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Course length
2 years full-time
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This course is offered as both a BA (Hons) and FdA. Students studying the FdA will have the option of progressing onto the final year of the BA (Hons) at the end of year 2.


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. 

Why should I choose this course?

  • You will get a strong knowledge of anatomy, physiology, exercise, fitness and sports coaching 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.  


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 for 2019

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, when it opens in 2019. 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.

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. 

Open days

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

Employer testimonial

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


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.

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

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 

Sport and Fitness Studies BA (Hons)

A Level: An A level grade profile of CCC

BTEC: A BTEC grade profile of MMM, this can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required.

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 96 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.

Sport and Fitness Studies FdA

A Level: An A level grade profile of CD

BTEC: A BTEC grade profile of PPP, this can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points will be required for entrance.

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 56 UCAS Tariff points

Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry please contact to check your eligibility.

Work-based: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to UCB. To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your line manager supporting your entry to higher education. For further details please contact Admissions.

Find out more information on tariff entry requirements for 2019/20 entry.

EU/international students

For entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page.


UCAS Tariff calculator

You can use our calculator below to convert your predicted/achieved grades into UCAS Tariff points.  

If your total predicted/achieved points do not meet those outlined above or your qualification(s) do not appear on the UCAS Tariff please contact the admissions directly on 0121 604 1040 or email

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Qualification Grade Points
Modules (NV)


FdA students will study modules for years 1 and 2. Upon successful completion FdA students will have the option of progressing onto the final year.

Year 1

Academic Skills (SSCS) Applied Anatomy and Physiology Coaching Principles Fitness Training Healthy Lifestyle Sport in Society

Year 2

Fitness Training II Industrial and Personal Development Research for Sport Sports Coaching Sports Psychology
Plus one option from:
Voluntary Initiative Health, Fitness and Wellbeing Sports Nutrition Modern Languages (Lower Intermediate) Performance Analysis

Year 3

Plus two options from:
Sports Coaching and the Development of Expertise Nutrition for Performance Sports Marketing Work Based Learning for Sport
  Please note
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 2019/20. 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 Level 2 Award in Instructing Weight Lifting from British 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 squat
  • Deadlift
  • Bench press
  • Clean and Jerk
  • Snatch

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.

Any queries can be directed to


hired@UCB is our 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.

Based on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist and qualified staff with knowledge and experience of:

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

Find out more about  hired@UCB services.  


Profiles (NV)

Student profiles

Read what our students and alumni love about UCB and how we helped them begin their careers in industry.



Xavier Mathias

Sport and Fitness Studies

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Unistats Data (NV)