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Course overview

Increasing amounts of health care budgets are spent on managing chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, cardiopulmonary disease, cancer and mental health/dementia. Future health care needs are becoming more focused on prevention in order to avoid rising costs associated with chronic conditions and related disability, and an ageing population.

More than 60% of the course teaching is spent in practical sessions to ensure the necessary skills and experience for working in the field of physical activity/exercise in health and disease.

  • 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 five nationally recognised exercise professionals’ qualifications in health and clinical populations. This will enhance your employability to work in public health, the NHS, the fitness industry and/or clinical settings following 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 (e.g. 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.

In addition to your BSc Degree, the course includes gaining these qualifications: Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (QCF); Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training (QCF); Level 3 Diploma In Exercise Referral (QCF); and at least two Level 4 Certifcates in Clinical Populations (QCF)

Graduates of this degree will be eligable to apply for CIMSPA Practitioner and BASES Certified Exercise Practitioner



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.

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