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Course overview

Increasing amounts of health care costs are spent on managing chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, cardiopulmonary disease, cancer and mental health/dementia, especially with relation to increasingly ageing populations. Future health care needs are becoming more focused on prevention in order to avoid rising costs associated with chronic conditions and related disability. Physical activity is increasingly being recognised to both prevent these key conditions and/or help people live with them, physically, socially and psychologically.

  • Guildhall
3 Years

Why Study Health and Exercise Science with us?

This course brings together many of the skills and underpinning knowledge found in more traditional courses such as physiotherapy, sports therapy and sport science. As part of this degree, you will attain nationally certified exercise professionals’ qualifications, enhancing your employability to work in public health, the fitness industry and/or clinical settings come graduation.  Over your three years, the knowledge and skills you develop focus on learning to help people to reduce their risk of common diseases through physical activity, and how to live more actively with more prominent health conditions (cardio-metabolic, muscle and movement disorders). 

The practical and clinical placement elements of the course are linked with “exercise referral” initiatives and secondary prevention programmes, which are increasingly being required to keep people from returning to hospital following their early acute phases of treatment and rehabilitation.

This course allows students to attain National Occupational Standards Qualifications in:

  • Exercise Instruction (Skills Active L2)

  • Personal Training (Skills Active L3)

  • Advanced Exercise Instruction in Clinical Populations (Skills Active L4)



Guildhall is nestled on the banks of the River Severn, and only a short walk from the winding streets of Shrewsbury.
First constructed in 2004, and renovated for the arrival of University Centre Shrewsbury in 2015, the Guildhall building is used as the main centre for teaching and learning and offers fresh, modern and open spaces for students to enjoy.
The building boasts brand-new computer suites, lecture and seminar rooms, open-plan laboratories, a spacious library, as well as a student common room, lounge, fitness suite, courtyard, and on-site café.

Open Days 2017

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Chester Dates

  • Saturday 28th October (MA Art Therapy only)
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