Over the past four years, the University has successfully delivered a sport and health science foundation degree to over 100 Army Physical Trainers who have achieved a 100% pass rate.
The University armed forces lead, David Ward said: "Taking the restrictive contract and intensive Army PT course the students were undertaking at the time of their study, this was a most creditable achievement. Certainly, the University lecturers led by Dr Joe Layden had often gone beyond the contract and the Army PT School had given additional support in their tight programme to assist the learning journey of the students."
Despite these excellent results, a recent Defence Review has resulted in the foundation degree being removed from the Army PT course. "This was a great shame", stated David, "especially as the Army PT School were leading the field and the acquisition of the foundation degree lifted the Army Physical Trainers above their tri-Service contemporaries.
"It also fulfilled a key educational aim of recognising the completion of the Army Physical Training professional course with the highest nationally recognised qualification possible."
Having said this, David fully understood the current difficulties that all armed forces training courses are undergoing as part of the recent Defence Review and he is currently working with the armed forces Physical Training Schools with a view to finding a satisfactory compromise which both academically underpins the content of the Physical Training programme while meeting the future needs of the students.
In the meantime, following some academic bridging work in lieu of the foundation degree, the Army Physical Trainers and Exercise Remedial Instructors will continue to be welcomed onto the popular University armed forces BSc (Hons) Sport Exercise and Science (Progression Course) with funding support from ELCAS and various Service education grants. Further, those who hold the foundation degree will continue to receive the University bursary.
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