Foundation Degree (FdSc) Sports Therapy, Health and Fitness P/T

This course will provide you with the skills required for a career in health, exercise, sports therapy and well-being.

Level: University-level

Duration: 3 years - 2-3 days per week

Venues: Lincoln

Course Code: FDSTHF

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Course description

The FdSc is a modularised programme that will involve participation in work based and vocational learning activities, alongside the study of a range of underpinning theory related to therapy, health and exercise. Students will gain the transferable skills necessary to be effective at work, including communication, team work, problem solving, and the use of Information Technology. The theoretical disciplines include practical testing which will contribute towards the development of technical and professional skills.

Year 1 - core modules

Anatomy and Exercise Physiology (30cp)
Sport and Remedial Massage (30cp)
Work Related Experience (30cp)
Fundamental Research and Study Skills (15cp)
Contemporary Issues in Physical Activity and Health (15cp)

Year 2 - core modules

Health Nutrition (30cp)
Advanced Sport and Remedial Massage (30cp)
Independent Research Project (30cp)

30cp from the following options:

Exercise Prescription and Programming (30cp)
Principles of Exercise Psychology (15cp)
Exercise for Special Populations (15cp)
Health Promotion and Development (15cp)

The FdSc Sports Therapy, Health and Fitness offers additional vocational qualifications alongside the main qualification. The following courses / qualifications may be available for selection:

  • Level 3 Sports Massage (non-pathological tissue)
  • Level 4 Sport and Remedial Massage (pathological tissue)
  • Level 2 Gym Instructors Award
  • Level 3 Personal Trainer
  • React First - Pitchside First Aid

Study Details

You will study on the Lincoln College Campus for the full duration of the course, using our dedicated sports therapy and training facilities and teaching areas.


Full Time Part Time
2 Years 3 Years
3-4 days per week 2-3 days per week

Course contact hours are typically comprised of:

  • 7.5 hrs Theory sessions per week
  • 6.5 hrs Practical / Seminal sessions per week

It is expected that students complete between 4 and 8 hrs of additional independent study per week in order to be successful on this programme.

Whilst the sessions delivered at College will fall between Monday and Friday from 9am – 5pm, it is expected that students make themselves available to complete voluntary or work experience hours outside of these times. Many of the opportunities offered through the college will require commitment during evenings and weekends.

Terms and Conditions

This course is validated by University of Lincoln. The validating institution is responsible for awarding the qualification at the end of the programme. Students on validated courses are HEFCE registered, funded and taught at Lincoln College and it is the responsibility of the College to manage all aspects of this provision. The validating institution maintains an oversight of the programme  throughout the academic year and must be satisfied that students are being taught in line with the required academic standards of the awarding institution. For full details of the responsibilities of both Lincoln College and the validating partners please see the HE Terms and Conditions page, section 11.

Full details and information regarding terms and conditions of study, relevant policies and procedures, offers and acceptance of offers can be found at:



Entry requirements

A minimum of 160 UCAS Tariff points from the following:

  • GCE ‘A’ and ‘AS’ Levels
  • BTEC National (Diploma or Extended Diploma) in a relevant subject
  •  Access to HE
  •  Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher with at least one subject at Advanced Higher.

For mature applicants some experience may be taken in lieu of qualifications that carry UCAS Tariff points.


GCSE English – grade C or above

GCSE Maths – grade C or above
(Level 2 Functional skills is not taken as an equivalent)

EU and International applicants

  • NARIC confirmed equivalent of 160 UCAS points
  • IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 and a minimum of 5.5 in each component. Equivalent English language qualifications are acceptable for applicants not requiring a Tier 4 visa


Progress & Assessment

Assessment Methods

There are typically 2-3 assessment tasks per module delivered. The assessment methods used throughout the programme include:

  • Practical assessments
  • Written examinations
  • Coursework portfolios
  • Written assessments 

The programme specification details the assessment strategy for each module, including the relevant task weightings.

Course Progression 

Graduates of this course can apply for progression onto the BSc(Hons) Physical Activity and Health Development at the University of Lincoln. Candidates are assessed on their individual application and may be accepted directly onto year 3.

On successful completion of FdSc, students can seek careers in a wide range of professions such as GP Referral coordination, sport therapy, health promotion or personal training.


Students Part Time (per academic year)
Home and EU Students £3300.00
International Students £6000.00

Tuition fees will remain unchanged for the duration of a student’s continuous enrolment.

Additional Course Costs

Sports kit - £130 (compulsory); DBS check - £44 (compulsory); Additional courses (optional) - varying costs

Additional compulsory course costs will be paid for using the Lincoln College Bursary / Vocational Credit scheme. The scheme allows students to access the remainder of the Vocational Credit (up to a maximum value of £500 / £250) for additional optional courses, workshops, professional memberships and resources. There is no cash alternative. Students who wish to access opportunities in excess of the Vocational Credit may do so at full cost to themselves. Details of payment dates will be provided prior to the course induction.

Please see the full ‘HE Terms and Conditions’ for details of additional library and printing costs associated with this programme


Applications for part-time courses should be made directly to the college.  Please follow the 'Apply Now' link above



Further Information

Contact name:

David Horsfield

Contact school:

School of Sport, HE and the Arts

Contact number:

For further details please contact the Information Office on 030 030 32435