“Thank you for your interest in the Sport Department! Whatever the status of your application, I hope the following information will help prepare you for future studies in Sport, maybe even help you decide that Bury College University Centre is the place for you. We are so excited to get started with the new year!”

Jo Cullen, Programme Lead for Sport and Exercise Science HNC

Jo has seven years of experience in teaching both further and higher education and specialises in Sports Psychology. She works closely with the League Football Education programme to support player development and the transition into professional football. She also works closely with elite athletes to support the academic development from FE to transitioning to HE. Her qualifications include a 1st class honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science and Coaching, and PGDE.


Why choose to study at university?

For those still thinking about their options, our current students have provided some reasons why they chose to pursue a university education:

  • Better earning potential
  • Greater opportunities to broaden your skills, knowledge to take into future employment
  • Develop transferable skills you can use in your future career
  • Meet new friends, new lecturers, and new people who are interested in the same industries you are


Modules and course details

We have designed the course to ensure you will have the opportunity to secure the desired skills, experiences and qualities required by health and fitness employers. We work with you to develop the skills future employers are looking for.

You will work with a range of different groups, including children and people with disabilities, which will help to enhance your employability skills.

Modules you may study include:

  • Nutrition
  • Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Professional Skills
  • Physical Activity, Lifestyle and Health
  • Lifestyle Coaching
  • Training, Fitness, Testing
  • Sports Massage


How you will be assessed

As part of the course, you will be assessed through numerous ways that include:

  • Essays
  • Projects
  • Lab reports
  • Critical analysis of papers
  • Poster presentations
  • Oral presentations
  • Delivering practical workshop sessions
  • Independent research

All is facilitated through workplace practical scenarios.

All assessments are graded as a pass, merit, or distinctions, with distinction as the highest level of achievement.


Potential Career Routes

Your qualification may lead to roles such as:

  • Sports Psychologist
  • Sports Scientist
  • Personal Training/Fitness Instructing
  • Massage Therapist – Sports Injuries
  • Lifestyle Coach
  • Nutritionist
  • Teaching
  • Further study


Additional Qualifications

Learners will have the opportunity to complete a Level 2 Gym Instructors course

During the course you will also have the opportunity to complete a Level 3 Personal training qualification.

Both these qualifications include REPS accreditation (register of exercise professionals). This is a valuable qualification recognised by industry professionals all over the world.


Get in contact

Our friendly staff are happy to answer any questions you may have about your course or the University Centre. We can also put you in contact with your course tutor for a chat. Please email victoria.rowcroft@burycollege.ac.uk with any queries.