Applied Health and Exercise Science - BSc (Hons) [Top Up] [Full Time]

Level 6 - Honours Degree or BTEC Advanced Professionals or NVQ Level 6 or Equivalent

Subject Area Sport

School Construction, Leisure and Sport

Attendance Full-Time


The Applied Health and Exercise Science BSc focuses on the exciting field of fitness, well-being and health. With recent government policies aimed at tackling obesity and lifestyle related disease, this course provides a clear career pathway into health and fitness related areas of work. You will study scientific research modules with a specialist applied health and exercise science module to allow you to gain the academic, vocational and research skills required to work in this area. As part of your studies, you’ll complete an academic research dissertation on a health and exercise based subject of your choice. You will be taught by expert, qualified staff who all have extensive experience of working within this field. You will be able to be involved in research focusing on your chosen field and will have the chance to participate in conferences. In addition you will be provided with a wide range of opportunities to develop your practice by engaging with events, volunteering and visits to our industry partners

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: 17/09/2018 at 09:00
Duration: 1 Year
Venue: Rye Hill Campus

Work Guarantee

As part of our work ready guarantee you will be develop your skills and knowledge helping to prepare you for work as you will be taught by expert, qualified staff who all have extensive experience of working within this field. You will also have the opportunity to engage in events and visits with industry partners.

Who the course is for

The Applied Health and Exercise Science degree is for those students already holding a Foundation Degree (or equivalent) in a health, exercise, fitness or sports science related discipline wishing to top-up to a full Honours Degree and  those who wish to pursue a career within the Health & Fitness industry.

Qualification Gained

If you successfully complete the course, you will gain a Bachelor's degree with honours (BSc Hons) in Applied Health and Exercise Science.

How to Apply

Apply for September 2018

If you would like to study a degree at Newcastle College this September you can register your interest here. A member of the team will then be in touch with you to discuss your options.

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email


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Course Content

Year 1: Applied Health and Exercise Science
This module will provide you with essential skills and competencies to investigate research and implement health interventions

Research Methods 3
This module will provide you with the skills needed to design, collect and analyse data in both the qualitative and quantitative paradigms and will develop your critical thinking skills

Current Developments and Best Practice
This module will enable you to understand how current thinking and research in your vocational field can influence best practice
The focus of this module is learning through conducting primary research. You will develop skills in research and analysis through independent study of a related subject of your choice

Optional module (1 from: Applied Psychological Support: this module will provide you with an understanding of the use of psychological support in the field of exercise and performance sports. Applied Physiological Support: This module will help you to develop the laboratory and theoretical skills required to assess performers and to appreciate the applications and limitations of a range of physiological testing protocols when working to enhance the performance of this athlete. Sport and Exercise Business Enterprise: This module will provide you with the skills and knowledge to be able to enter the sports industry market and work towards the creation of their own enterprise).


Learning Methods

You will learn through a variety of methods, including lectures, seminars, practical sessions, workshops, guest speakers and visits, independent research and case studies. Learning takes place in classrooms, lecture theatres and in our practical areas. You will also participate in lectures, group work and self-directed study. You will be given opportunities to present group work to your peers developing skills in public speaking and increasing self-confidence.

Assessment Methods

  • Case Studies
  • Presentations
  • Research Reports
  • Research Project

Progression Opportunities

There is also the opportunity to progress with further training, in areas such as a PGCE qualification for those wishing to obtain Qualified Teacher Status or a Masters degree.

Career Opportunities

Potential careers may include working with special populations within exercise referrals or the fitness sector. Previous graduates have secured employment at a supervisory level within fitness, exercise and health roles at local authorities and within government initiatives. Other graduates use the skills that they have learnt on the course to set up their own personal training business or choose to work with highly trained athletes.

Entry Requirements

A relevant Foundation Degree or the Level 5 equivalent (HND, Diploma in Higher Education).
Applicants are normally expected to have achieved grade C in GCSE Maths & English Language or the Level 2 equivalents.
Mature students (age 21) will be considered only on the basis of relevant industry experience.
Applicants for whom English Language is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS Score of 6.0 or the nationally recognised equivalent
A satisfactory DBS clearance will be required to undertake this programme and must be obtained within the first term of enrolment

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

The image of the sports professional is important and we would therefore encourage you to purchase a Newcastle College Sports Uniform.

You may be required to pay for optional extra courses such as first aid, NGB qualifications etc. You will be required to contribute towards the cost of an appropriate sports uniform

Additional Course Costs

Higher Education courses

If you are interested in a Foundation Degree, Honours Degree or Postgraduate course you will be pleased to know that Newcastle College has some of the most competitive HE tuition fees in the country. Many people are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to cover fees. For friendly advice please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.