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What makes the FDSC Exercise & Wellness Management special?

The Foundation Degree in Exercise and Wellness Management provides, through a contemporary curriculum, a skillset that will prepare you for a range of careers in this rewarding and internationally developing field of study.

Studying Coleg Gwent at Blaenu Gwent Learning Zone in Ebbw Vale, which has excellent range of facilities and network of experts and organisations, the course reflects the modern exercise, health and fitness industry from both regional to global perspectives, providing an exciting opportunity to study the aspects of both exercise and wellness in detail.

This course is unique in the way that it embraces the wider exercise and fitness industry recognising the emerging and popular exercise trends alongside more traditional fitness activities, as well as developing business and marketing skills, which are essential for people working in this dynamic and entrepreneurial industry. The emphasis is placed more on exercise science to promote wellness as opposed to looking more generically and traditional health or fitness perspectives.

This is also an ideal course for those who may already hold a range of fitness or exercise qualifications, and may work in this industry in some capacity; and equally to people who may have studied sport or physical activity related courses and have an interest in this field of work.



Key features

The key focus of the course is to develop your knowledge and skills across the exercise and wellness sector to include:

  • the underpinning knowledge of the body from an exercise perspective
  • developing functional knowledge of physical activity and nutrition
  • anatomy and physiology
  • exercise psychology
  • corporate wellness
  • community engagement and the wellness industry
  • business management and research skills

The course aims to provide learning opportunities to develop your abilities to apply and reflect on the provision of exercise and wellness management practices whilst providing opportunities for you to advance your knowledge of the theories that underpin your subject.

The University of Worcester also accredits this course at Dudley College of Technology.

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You can still apply to study with us after the January UCAS deadline. Don’t be tempted to rush an application together as fast as you can, you still want to make sure your application and personal statement are as good as possible.

Your teachers can still write you a reference after the January deadline so make sure to let them know you’re applying to university

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

72 UCAS tariff points to include grades from A2 Level (including General Studies) or Scottish Advanced Highers to include a relevant subject. Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be considered as a third subject

BTEC National Extended Diploma / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma with MMM

VTCT Extended Diploma in Sports Studies with MMM overall

Qualifications equivalent to the above are also accepted

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from

Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Level 4

Semester 1

  • Functional Anatomy and Physiology (15 credits)
  • Physical Activity, Exercise and nutrition (15 credits)
  • Foundations of Exercise and Wellness Management (30 credits)
  • WBL Professional Practice (30 credits)

Semester 2

  • Exercise Psychology (15 credits)
  • Alternative Exercise Environments (15 credits)
  • Foundations of Exercise and Wellness Management (30 credits)
  • WBL Professional Practice (30 credits)

Level 5

Semester 1

  • Corporate Wellness Management (15 credits)
  • Operational Management (15 credits)
  • Exercise and Wellness Research Skills and Project (30 credits)
  • WBL Reflective Professional Practice (30 credits)

Semester 2

  • Strategic Community Engagement (15 credits)
  • Exercise Training and Prescription (15 credits)
  • Exercise and Wellness Research Project and Project (30 credits)
  • WBL Reflective Professional Practice (30 credits)
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The College places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services, and also the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful.


You will be taught via a combination of interactive workshops, lectures, seminars and laboratory practicals, fieldwork, practical activities etc. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures, and practicals are focused on developing and reinforcing subject specific skills.

Applied individual and group project work is an important part of the learning experience as it develops independent learning skills as well as those required to work as a member of a team.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 12-16 contact hours of teaching. Typically contact time will be structured around:

  • 8 x hours of interactive workshops/lectures
  • 8 x hours of seminars /applied learning (Work based Learning, lab work, physical activities).

Independent self study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 25 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including The Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.


The time that the programme takes to complete will depend on the intensity with with you are studying:

  • 2 years full-time
  • 4 years part-time


Timetables are normally available one month before enrolment. Please note that whilst we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, and specialist instructor/demonstrators.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and a final year independent project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1(Level 4)

  • 1 x Poster Presentation
  • 2 x planning
  • 1 practical delivery
  • 1 x Exam
  • 1 x Case study
  • 1 x Report
  • 4 x Individual or group presentations
  • 1 x Journal
  • 1( 2 sections) x Portfolio

Year 2 (Level 5)

  • 2 x Planning and critical reflection
  • 3 x Essays/written assessments
  • 1 x Practical report
  • 3 x Presentations
  • 1 x Research Proposal
  • 1 x Independent study project
  • 1 x Action (Business) Plan
  • 1x Training Plan
  • 1 x Portfolio
  • 1 x Case Studies


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.


Where could it take you?

Employability and progression to Linked Honours Degree(s)/Top-Up Degree(s)

On successful completion of the FdSc course it will be possible to progress directly to the BSc (Hons) Exercise and Wellness Management Level 6 Top-Up degree or level 6 (Year 3) of the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise at the University of Worcester .

The course provides a wide range of opportunities to students that encourage the development of employability skills. The study skills and Enhancement and Progression programme includes workshops that develop interpersonal and communication skills; time management administration and organisational attributes etc. Visits are organised to allow students to experience industry related information that has specific relevance to assessments and future employability. Students also have the opportunity to gain the Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification (modules cover course content; assessment and qualification are an additional cost). All visits are selected and organised to allow students to experience the most current and up-to-date working environment. Students are encouraged to use the visit to form professional relationships with organisations to foster potential employment opportunities.

Providing guests speakers, guest lecturers and graduate speakers is an opportunity for students to receive concise and specific information on employment opportunities. Graduates that are in employment and education are invited to tutorials to share their experiences with current students. This validates the skills taught and encourages current students to focus on potential careers.

Specific work-based modules are delivered at level 4 and 5 that provide students with an opportunity to formalise interviewing techniques, compile CV’s and explore employment opportunities. These modules link closely to the tutorial programme and the Enhancement and Progression programme delivered at UW and assist in providing the foundations for the vocational elements of the course.

In addition to the course specific activities students are invited to take part in ‘Review/Progression Weeks’ which align with the UW process. These focus on academic progress, career education and provide opportunities to acquire additional skills via workshops and formal qualifications (including NGB and Professional certification).


How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2023/24 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2023/24 academic year is £14,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2023/24 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20-credit module, £2,312 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

For practical and outdoors activities the team have access to college minibuses, a range of outdoor equipment including canoes, paddle boards and mountain bikes. The Leisure Centre for any areas of fitness is conveniently located to the campus.

The campus also has a capital bid proposal for 21/22 for an onsite gym facility.

There will be a cost for a Coleg Gwent Sports Clothing bundle, the cost of this will not exceed £75.00

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

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UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



Get in touch

Lauren Price

Programme Leader