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Exercise Studies Cert HE at UA92

Exercise Studies Cert HE


Harness your passion for exercise and use it to improve the health and wellbeing of others. Take your first step towards an active and rewarding career with a 1-year Cert HE in Exercise Studies at UA92.
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Cert HE




1 Year


Sep / Nov / Jan / Feb / Apr / Jun


2024/25 2025/26



Course Introduction

What Will You Learn?

Combining modules from anatomy, physiology, psychology and nutrition, our 1-year Exercise Studies Cert HE is a basic introduction to exercise studies, equivalent to the first year of a degree.

  • Discover how exercise can help encourage positive lifestyle changes and how nutrition can transform health.
  • Develop the skills to coach confidently during weekly practical sessions.
  • Learn the basics of sports and exercise psychology and get a better understanding of behaviour and what motivates different people.
  • Study the anatomy and physiology of the human body, and learn how the body works through hands-on experience of specialist equipment.

If you’re interested in an exercise studies course in Manchester, check out our 1-year Exercise Studies HE Cert and unlock your greatness at UA92.

How You Will Study


24 weeks of


4 x 6-week blocks per year

1 subject module per block

4 CPD focus days per block

Subject Module

250 hours of
study per module


80 hrs face-to-face (32%)

20 hrs Digital Wednesdays (8%)

150 hrs independent study (60%)


No traditional
end-of-year exams


100% coursework

Your course modules

Module 1: Coaching Active Lifestyles 

Motivate and inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to embrace a life-long active lifestyle. Learn how to develop activities and programmes that are inclusive, engaging and promote long-term healthy participation in physical activity and sport. Advocate for the importance of physical activity in promoting individual and community well-being, across a range of ages and in various populations, including those with additional needs.

Module 2: Introduction to Sports and E

Sports and exercise psychology helps you understand how your thoughts, feelings, and motivations affect your sporting performance and/or enjoyment of physical activity. You’ll dive into the world of psychology itself and its position as an evidence-based science. This lays the foundation for understanding how these principles apply to individuals and groups across education, physical activity, health and sport settings.

Module 3 - Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology

Level up your anatomy and physiology knowledge, essential prep for the rest of your degree studies. This module is designed to help you grasp a basic knowledge of human anatomy (skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory) and physiology (muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory), in order to understand how your body functions and moves in and out of sport and physical activity settings.

Module 4 - Nutrition for Health, Exercise and Sport

This introduction to nutrition module is designed to help you understand the food and fluids that fuel and support your body’s functions. We’ll break down the science of nutrition including different food groups, exploring how nutrients work and their role in a healthy well-balanced diet. You will learn how to talk in food terms and prepare food which is suitably aligned to government guidelines like the Eatwell Guide and wider sports nutrition recommendations for a range of populations. 

What is the 92 Programme?

Alongside your subject modules, you will complete the 92 Programme.

Engaging with the 92 Programme is a requirement for all students and will count towards your overall grade.

In each block, you will take part in a number of Character and Personal Development focus days. During these focus days, you will complete activities designed to boost your mindset, develop your skillset and get you set for future career success.

Throughout the 92 Programme, you will develop skills in self-reflection and awareness, wellness and resilience and professionalism and employability, as well as upskill in different areas.

Find out more about how we prepare students for future career success.

Why the 92 Programme is part of your course?

In a recent study*, 78% of employers believe graduates do not arrive in the workplace fully equipped with the skills they need to be work-ready.

Another study conducted by the World Economic Forum** identified ‘10 Skills You Need for the Future of Work’. These skills include:

  • Emotional intelligence (EQ)
  • Analytical (critical) thinking
  • Active learning with a growth mindset
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Technology skills

At UA92, we prepare you for life after graduation and equip you with the skills employers value most. You may not realise it, but developing  these skills now, will get you set for career success and could land you that dream job in the future.

*CMI Report: Work Ready Graduates

**World Economic Forum: The Future of Jobs Report 2023

How is the 92 Programme assessed?

You will produce a learning journal that will document your experiences. This will be submitted at the end of the academic year to assess whether you have met the required standard to pass the module.

Why study at UA92

UA92 offer a deliberately different experience to traditional universities; with fixed morning or afternoon timetables and no end of year exams. Our industry-inspired courses, place character and personal development firmly at the core of the learning experience.

  • Degrees and Certificates of Higher Education awarded by the prestigious Lancaster University
  • No traditional end of year exams**
  • Study one module at a time
  • Courses co-designed with industry
  • Fixed morning or afternoon timetable***
  • Multiple start dates throughout the year
  • Focus on Character and Personal Development


said they felt supported with their learning.

NSS Results 2023

UA92 scored higher than all Greater Manchester Universities for Teaching, Academic Support, Mental Health Support Services and Assessment and Feedback in the National Student Survey 2023.*


Old Trafford Campus

This is where our story began, back in 2019. The UA92 Campus is in the heart of Old Trafford, Manchester. Inside there’s a fully equipped Sports Performance Centre, Media Studio and Digital Academy. The tram stop is a 1 minute walk, which gets you into the heart of Manchester city-centre in under 10 minutes.


UA92 Old Trafford Campus

Brian Statham Way

Old Trafford

Manchester UK

M16 0PU

Careers in Health, Exercise and Sport

What’s next?

This 1-year course is the perfect stepping stone to a full health, exercise and sport degree. If you pass the Cert HE successfully, you will automatically be eligible to progress to the second year of the 3-year degree programme.

If you choose to leave after the 1-year Cert HE, you’ll walk away with a valuable level 4 qualification which will support your job applications in the sector.

Whatever you decide, you’re on the right path towards a career in exercise and fitness, leisure or community sport. You could go into a job as a health promoter, health navigator, wellbeing champion, group exercise instructor or community activator for a local council.

Industry Partnerships

We have over 60 industry partners who support our mission to develop career-ready graduates. These partnerships provide you with access to industry-leading expertise, mentorship opportunities and work-place experiences.

Our industry partners play a vital role in shaping both the curriculum you study and your student experience. From delivering guest lectures and masterclasses to providing internships and graduate roles. Here are just some of our partners:

Meet the Sports Team

Eoin Murray, Head of Sport

Eoin Murray
Head of Sport

Jon Radcliffe, Course Leader

Dr Jon Radcliffe
Course Leader

Amanda Partington, Senior Lecturer

Dr Amanda Partington
Senior Lecturer

Mitchell Finlay, Senior Lecturer

Dr Mitchell Finlay
Senior Lecturer

Dan Ellingworth, Senior Lecturer

Dan Ellingworth
Senior Lecturer

Dr Christina Langley, Lecturer

Dr Christina Langley

Molly Wisbey, Lecturer

Molly Wisbey


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*The NSS results referred to above compares UA92’s results against the 4 Universities in Greater Manchester (University of Bolton, Manchester Metropolitan University, Salford University and The University of Manchester). Teaching, Assessment and Feedback and Academic support refers to the average score across all questions in these themes. Mental health support services refers to question: How well communicated was information about your university/college’s mental wellbeing support services?

** There may be exams in some subject areas where external accreditations are available.

*** If you start in February, April or June or as an accelerated student, we can’t guarantee your timetable will be fixed am/pm throughout your studies.


The standard entry requirements for the Exercise Studies Cert HE course is 64 UCAS points.* However, each application is assessed on an individual basis, taking into consideration a wide range of factors. Depending on your personal circumstances, and in line with our  Contextual Admissions Policy, your application may still be considered on an individual basis. If you would like to know more about applying to UA92 or have any questions about our entry requirements, please contact our Student Futures Team.


  • 2 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including English Language and Maths at Grade C/4
  • Accepted Alternatives: Functional Skills Level 2 (English and Maths)


  • UCAS Points: 64
  • A Levels: CC (64 equivalent)
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma: MPP
  • BTEC Diploma: MM
  • T Levels: P (C+)
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: DD
  • IB: 24 points with 14 from Higher Level Subjects


Some qualifications do not carry UCAS Tariff points but may still be considered. We take into account a range of qualifications and work/life experience that can demonstrate your ability to succeed on the course. Each application is assessed on an individual basis, taking into consideration a wide range of factors.


International Baccalaureat 

Pass the IB Diploma with minimum 24 points overall, with 14 points from Higher Level Subjects.

English Language Requirements

In addition to meeting the academic criteria, if your first language isn’t English, you may be asked for a recognised English language qualification. This is especially important if you are not a national of a majority English speaking country or you haven’t completed a degree in English. If you are an international student, in order to obtain a student visa, you will be required to demonstrate that you have the correct level of English language competency to study in the UK.

  • IELTS: Overall score of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
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