BSc Personal Training (Health & Exercise)

  • BSc Personal Training
  • Personal Training

The degree in Personal Training has been developed to give students the knowledge and skills required to provide training and exercise programmes to athletes and people interested in health and fitness. The degree (when validated) is endorsed by the Register for Exercise Professionals (REPs) and many of the vocational courses, such as gym instructor and exercise referral consultant are embedded within the modular framework.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: 4B32
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years full-time

School of Sport, Health and Outdoor Education
Contact Name:
David Gardner
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The degree is divided into 6 subject (modules) areas per level of study. Each module provides specific theoretical knowledge and or practical skills required to be a practicing personal trainer. In the first year (level 4) the main focus is to provide detailed underpinning knowledge of the body, fitness and health assessment as well as in methods of training. The second year (level 5) allows students to develop their skills in our Human Performance laboratories and sports centre managing training schedules for athletes and people from the local community.

Students will also be able to develop an understanding of the role of nutritional support for athletes and work with people for whom exercise will help a health condition. The final year (level 6) provides further opportunities to work in a clinical setting, at sports events and with athletes. It also challenges the student to conduct research and critically review current opinion and practice in the areas of sports, fitness and health

In addition to achieving a degree students will have gained the competencies required by the Register of Exercise Professionals to be endorsed as a qualified Personal; Trainer. To achieve this, the strong academic focus of the degree is supported by extensive practical experience and by the time they graduate students will have logged over 300 hours of direct personal training support, in a variety of settings.

Students will be expected to manage the University’s personal training and fitness assessment clinics which are available to staff and students of the University as well as the local population. The University will also provide sport science and health assessment support at local sporting events, providing advice and recommendations to competing athletes and members of the public.

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Conditioning activities
  • First aid for Sport Injuries
  • Assessing Health related Fitness.
  • Nutrition for Health
  • Sport and Health Psychology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Work experience
  • Managing Sports injuries
  • Research in Health & PE
  • Exercise Referral
  • Exercise and Special Populations
  • Professional practice in Sport & Exercise
  • Interdisciplinary support of Outdoor Pursuits
  • Managing the High Performance Athlete
  • Research project 1 – Review article
  • Research project 2 – Experimental research

Personal Training is studied on the Carmarthen campus which offers a friendly and personal learning experience. All social, recreational and educational facilities are on this campus, though some practical learning experiences may be located throughout Carmarthenshire and West Wales. Lecturing staff are also based on the Carmarthen campus and are easily accessible for tutorials to support all aspects of study. A very active Student Union provides an extensive array sport and leisure activities as well as supporting your social needs.

In addition to the main skills required of a Personal Trainer students graduating from University of Wales Trinity Saint David will be able to specialise on preventing and managing common injuries that occur whilst participating in sport and outdoor pursuit. They will also gain the skills required to conduct fitness and health assessments and will have the opportunity to qualify as gym instructors, personal trainers and in exercise referral.

Conducting and understanding research is also a key skill developed throughout the degree and students will be constantly challenged to critically review the latest research and conduct their own studies. Within the final year students will design and conduct their own research in a specialist area of their choice.

Upon graduating, students’ will have the knowledge, skills and confidence to work as part of a team or independently as a Personal trainer.

  • David Gardner
  • Alison Connaughton
  • Peter Herbert
  • Karin Thomas
  • Ceredig Emanuel

Whilst the degree is predominantly assessed through a combination of course work and practical examination. Students will also develop an extensive portfolio of professional practice and case study evidence.

Students would normally be expected to achieve a minimum of 240 UCAS points with a focus on science based subjects and physical education. Mature students without sufficient UCAS points will be considered on merit through an interview process.

Students graduating from the degree will gain the title of graduate Personal Trainer and will be able to join the Register of Exercise Professionals. As such students are most suited to become practicing personal trainers or health and fitness consultants. They may also progress onto postgraduate Masters programmes.

All equipment needed to study this degree is provided by the University within the Sports Injuries Clinics, Human Performance Laboratory, Body composition laboratory, swimming pool, health suit and health club. Students will be required to purchase university tracksuit and training tops which are required in practical sessions and when working with external groups. In addition students wishing to achieve additional, vocational qualification may be charges a registration fee from the awarding body.

Several open days are held throughout the year where potential students are encouraged to come and discuss the course with academic staff. The dates for open days are listed on the University / Schools website.

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