First three-year sport degree hits the mark for careers in sport and health

The first and only three-year sport degree at Truro and Penwith College incorporating all aspects of sport and health has been launched through the College’s University Centre.

The BSc (Hons) Applied Sport and Health Science course still has places for its first cohort to start this year, with graduates gaining a Level 6 honours degree.

Students will study areas such as sport and health psychology, physiology, nutrition, and biomechanics. Each module is delivered in conjunction with social science subjects that explore the societal impact of sport and health.

Truro and Penwith College has a long-standing reputation for excellent sport provision, from 16-year-olds up to adults and as well as an alumni community full of sporting professionals such as England and Lions rugby professionals Jack Nowell and Luke Cowan-Dickie has also provided a career in other sport and health related careers – many within Cornwall.

Graduates from the College’s Foundation Degrees and top-up courses in sport have gone on to work in Public Health, as personal trainers and in a variety of NHS career paths such as cardiac physiology, neurological science and respiratory science.

Duane Smith, a university level sport alumnus now working as a Student Clinical Cardiac Scientist in Cornwall, said: “I applied for the role as a Scientific Training Programme student after obtaining my sport degree at Truro College and now I’m on my way to working towards the role of a Cardiac Clinical Scientist”.

Others have gone into self-employment becoming a fitness coach or other public sectors such as Public Health, Teaching/Lecturing, Social Prescribing and Health and Lifestyle coaching.

Programme Team Leader of the College’s Higher Education provision Andrew Smart said: “At a time when many students are considering studying locally it’s great to be in a position to offer our first full, three-year BSc degree programme, the BSc (Hons) Applied Sport and Health Science. 

“This course will provide the opportunity for local learners to develop their sports expertise and knowledge to take advantage of the wide range of career opportunities within this sector in Cornwall.  Alongside the more specialist two-year foundation degree in Sports Therapy this creates a great opportunity for degree level students to take advantage of the fantastic sports resources and teaching staff that Truro and Penwith College is famous for.”

Deputy Team Leader of Higher Education and Programme Leader of both Sports courses Mark Pascoe is thrilled to have the courses approved.

“It’s a career highlight to bring the only three-year sport degree qualification to the College,” he said. “We’ve been working really hard over the past few years to bring this course to the people of Cornwall. The idea is that the broader knowledge delivered, compared to the previous format of separate foundation degrees, means that students will graduate with broader employment options. The course gives an insight into all areas of sport and health, rather than smaller areas of the industry.”

Mark, who has worked in the leisure industry, in sport massage as personal trainer and who has been teaching for 20 years, will be delivering the course alongside his team, which also has a wealth of knowledge and experience within the sport and health industry.

Within the College’s Sport department, changes have been made to the original FdSc Sports Rehabilitation course to enable progression on to a future level six sports therapy programme. The foundation degree is now running as the University of Plymouth approved FdSc Sports Therapy.

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