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Pam Web

FdSc Exercise, Health and Fitness

"I am absolutely loving my time on this degree. The part-time route is very flexible, allowing me to attend University Centre St Helens just one day per week, so I can keep up my busy work schedule whilst taking my qualifications to a higher level."


39-year-old Pam from Chester enjoyed success on a range of sports related qualifications with St Helens College, before making the decision to continue her educational journey. In 2017, Pam progressed onto the FdSc Exercise, Health and Fitness degree with University Centre St Helens, studying around work on a part-time basis.

Upon successful completion of a range of qualifications, including the level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification, the level 3 Certificate in Personal Training and a Sports Therapy Diploma; in 2016, Pam who then worked as a full-time Personal Trainer, decided to commit to higher-level study, by enrolling onto the Exercise, Health and Fitness degree at University Centre St Helens. Pam’s aim was twofold, hoping the degree would complement her current qualifications whilst also providing her with higher level skills and knowledge needed to advance her personal training portfolio.

After successfully building her business, Pam progressed from a role as a Personal Trainer to a Health Trainer within the NHS. In her new post, she facilitated weight management programmes before progressing into her current role as a Diabetes Educator, delivering the National Diabetes Prevention Programme for the Northwest region for Ingeus, a joint initiative between NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK.

As well as working with clients to put plans together to help prevent the onset and development of diabetes, Pam has maintained a small group of personal training clients where she specialises in supporting those who have been diagnosed as obese. Commenting, Pam said, “Undertaking the degree has allowed me to go into more detail with individual clients, so not only is the degree benefiting me, but it’s provided me with higher level skills and knowledge that are having direct benefit to my clients, too.”

Continuing, Pam said, “I am absolutely loving my time on this degree. The part-time route is very flexible, allowing me to attend University Centre St Helens just one day per week, so I can keep up my busy work schedule whilst taking my qualifications to a higher level. I am really enjoying the range of modules but have found the ‘skills for employment’ module of particular use to my current position. A lot of the role involves active listening, self-reflection and evaluation of my own work, post-teaching, so the skills learnt during this module have been particularly useful and I have been able to put them into good use. The nutrition module has also been useful and enjoyable, as I have a personal interest in the educational side of nutrition.”

As well as using modules from the degree, Pam highlighted how she is very much still using a range of skills learnt on her previous qualifications, explaining that qualifications in Sports Therapy and Personal Training embed the skills needed to motivate others, whilst crediting higher level modules studied on the degree, including research methods and data analysis with providing the edge when it came to interviewing for her new post. Offering advice to anyone considering the degree, Pam said, “100% go ahead and do it! All of the modules on the degree are really interesting, lecturers make the modules interesting, even the ones that are quite data heavy. The passion from the lecturing team is infectious, it makes you strive to do your absolute best in each module and keeps the subject matter interesting and the sessions enjoyable. Studying on a part-time basis at University Centre St Helens is very flexible, you can start your modules early over the summer if you so wish, allowing you to get a head start on the next year’s work. As mature student, with children and employment commitments, this flexibility is invaluable to me.”