BSc (Hons) Personal TrainingL5M7

    Course Overview

    Duration: Three years full-time
  • Prepare for a prosperous career in vocational areas including personal training, developing community interventions and health promotion with our carefully developed, hands-on BSc (Hons) Personal Training degree.

    We are passionate about the delivery and development of this high-quality degree programme, with a firm focus on fostering and developing each and every student’s employability and professional enthusiasm.

    There are several qualifications embedded in the course, plus plenty of opportunities for students to put their learning into practice in the staff-led, NHS-funded initiatives supporting people with cancer or lower back pain. We have strong ties with several established partners allowing students to gain vital experience and develop personal professional networks that will help them to enter the workplace with confidence.

    Plymouth Marjon University is dedicated to bringing out and developing students’ natural passion and ambition. This particular programme has been carefully designed for individuals who want to be able to promote physical activity as an intervention to achieve health and wellbeing.

    During the course, we’ll consider a wide range of topics including physiology, psychology, sociology, epidemiology and research methods. In all areas of the course, students will benefit from our excellent facilities such as our state of the art Sport and Exercise Science Laboratory. Practical coaching and instruction skills will be developed, plus the embedded qualifications and real-world opportunities will allow theoretical knowledge to be contextualised, and professional skills and abilities to be fostered.

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Year 1 modules are all compulsory. Year 2 and 3 have a mixture of compulsory and optional modules.

1st Year
  • Engaging with learning
  • Foundations of applied practice in sport and exercise science
  • Anatomy and physiology for sport and exercise
  • Strength and conditioning principles for sport and exercise
  • Introduction to sport, exercise and health psychology
  • Promoting healthy behaviour
2nd Year
  • Research & analysis in sport
  • Work-based learning
  • Health promotion
  • Sport and exercise physiology
  • Sport and exercise psychology
  • Applied strength and conditioning for sport and exercise 1
3rd Year
  • Honours project
  • Physical activity for clinical populations
  • Young people, physical activity & health
  • Physiology of health and disease*
  • Physical activity, public health and policy
  • Applied resource management in sports development*
  • Applied exercise physiology*
  • Environmental physiology*
  • Applied sport and exercise


Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

There are a number of physical activity careers where an evidence-based approach is a key criteria for employment. Potential employers include the NHS, local government, the armed forces and fitness clubs. Potential job roles include personal training, health promotion, PT instruction, teaching (via PGCE), cardiac rehabilitation specialist, or self-employment. A number of students also go on to postgraduate study in fields such as nutrition or health promotion.

Current Students


Course Leader

The course is run by a team with decades of valuable experience and research specialisms: Dr Joe Layden, Ben Jane, Melissa Coyle, Dr Saul Bloxham and Dr Martyn Queen. With interests spanning exercise for cancer survivors to physical activity interventions, this enthusiastic and passionate team offers substantial support to students from the first day to the last.


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