Exercise and Physical Activity for Health

About the course

Health improvement practitioners increasingly need to understand the impact of nutrition and exercise on health, fitness and disease.

This course offers a scientific basis for health promotion and covers key disciplines that relate exercise and nutrition to health.

This includes the physiology and prescription of nutrition and exercise, health behaviour change, and investigative skills.

The course offers you exercise practitioner and nutritionist accreditation opportunities, strong NHS and community health links, and prepares you for employment in the food, health and fitness industries, health promotion, lifestyle education and public health.

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course Level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - C620
  • Campus Location - Bedford Campus
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full-time

Why choose this course?

The course focus is for those wanting to work in the health and fitness industry, though it could be for those who want to study this area and use the vocational qualifications as a secondary career.

Its uniqueness emanates from having fitness vocational qualifications embedded into the units endorsed by an external provider allowing successful students to enter onto the Register of Exercise Professionals.

It also allows students to work through their degree applying the skills learnt as they go along. Another distinctive aspect of the course is several level 6 units are designed to link together to enhance the students skills.

Exercise and Fitness Testing for Clinical Populations with practical skills honed in the unit Exercise Rehabilitation for Clinical Populations and subsequently applying in the unit Community Based Project.

Students can also apply these skills by leading on an initiative by the School of Sport Science and Physical Activity on an exercise clinic known as Activity, Balance and Change for Diabetes.

All the staff teaching on the course are highly qualified, research active and very experienced within their respective exercise and health disciplines.

The facilities at the University of Bedfordshire are state of the art with excellent and extensive sport science laboratories giving you ample opportunity to use the cutting-edge equipment.

There are excellent opportunities for you to gain work experience through the extensive links the School has with the sport science and health and fitness employers.

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Unit Information - What Will I Learn?

Units

  • Exercise Physiology (SPO021-1) Compulsory
  • Foundations For Degree Studies (SPO022-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Health Psychology And Counselling (SPO039-1) Compulsory
  • Principles Of Applied Exercise Practice (SPO081-1) Compulsory
  • Advanced Applied Exercise Principles And Practice (SPO091-2) Compulsory
  • Applied Health Psychology And Public Health (SPO038-2) Compulsory
  • Physiology Of Exercise And Adaptation (SPO013-2) Compulsory
  • Professional Practice Year (Sport Science And Physical Activity) (SPO065-2) Compulsory
  • Research And Analytical Procedures For Project Preparation (SPO079-2) Compulsory
  • Applied Exercise Rehabilitation For Clinical Populations (SPO083-3) Compulsory
  • Community Programme Project (SPO084-3) Compulsory
  • Dissertation For Sport Science Courses (SPO051-3) Compulsory
  • Exercise & Fitness Testing For Clinical Populations (SPO085-3) Compulsory
  • Physical Activity For Cardiac Rehabilitation (SPO082-3) Compulsory

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in many ways including case studies, lab reports, presentations and practicals.

Entry requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS introduced a new tariff for courses from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

At least 112 points with 96 points from at least 2 A level passes At least 112 points with Distinction Merit Merit in BTEC Extended Diploma or Distinction* Distinction* in BTEC Diploma A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma (with 12 merits and 12 distinctions at level 3) Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff view the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team.

Preferred A Level subjects include sport science, physical education, natural science or psychology.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

The course embeds vocational qualifications alongside a wider theoretical framework. It contains units endorsed by PD Approval and gives Register of Exercise Professionals Level 2, 3 and 4 status.

It is a distinctive course that blends vocational, practical and theoretical elements and includes gym-based work, exercise referral schemes and personal training.

Opportunities arise for graduates who would like to expand their horizons outside of the fitness industry.

This course is unique to other degrees as it allows student to gain experience working with local population with low risk conditions throughout their degree. Students will be able use all their skills gained in the previous 2 years of study through a bespoke unit that encourages them to design an exercise scheme for the local community and project manage it.
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Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more

 

Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2018/19 is £11,500 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra costs for this course

There are additional costs for those who want to work in the fitness industry.

Appropriate insurance is required, there are several companies who will cover fitness professionals but Register of Exercise Professionals provides suitable cover at £56 whilst membership is £40 per annum.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) made be required, depending on the populations trainers work with. This cost is £25 per annum.

*The information above is for guidance only. Exact costs may vary.

Facilities

Physical Education and Sports Science Centre

Sports Hall

The sports hall is an integral space in the School of Sport Science and Physical Activity, complementing discipline leading Sport and Exercise Science and modern biological analysis laboratories, all co-located on the Bedford campus.

The sports hall is a major teaching facility for the University's Sport and Physical Education degree courses which have trained physical educators in the UK for over a century.

Together with its associated facilities it provides our trainee teachers and coaches with a superb environment in which to coach and teach pupils from local primary schools who are also benefiting from this new facility.

The sports hall is proud to host all Bedfordshire Bulls students' sports matches as well as national standard sporting events including British University College Sports championships – one of the few indoor sporting venues in the county to host prestigious tournaments all year round.

The facility also plays host to a number of University promoted Get into Sport activities which are open to all University students and staff.

Specialist labs

Our specialist labs give students a fantastic environment to develop their research skills and expertise, where a student can explore the biology of an elite athlete who could be performing simultaneously within the sports hall.

Few Sport Science courses in the country offer students such unique discipline leading research experience and skills, alongside intimate access to world leading researchers within their field. Students are regularly offered the opportunity to be involved within discipline defining Sport, Health and Exercise Science research

Our state-of-the-art laboratories are purpose built for research and teaching in the fields of exercise and nutrition science. This includes specialised equipment and facilities for assessing human health risk and delivering exercise and diet interventions for health promotion.

This includes:

  • Dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) for assessing bone density and body fat content
  • BodPod and underwater weighing tank for body composition assessment
  • Environmental chamber that controls temperature, humidity, and oxygen levels in the air
  • Wet lab for assessing metabolic and hormone markers in blood

Our £8m Physical Education and Sport Science Centre was used to train athletes in the 2012 Olympics.

Theatre and dance studio facilities

  • 280 seat theatre
  • 80 studio theatre
  • Four fully-sprung dance studios
  • Dance studios equipped with ballet bars, mirrors, audio playback, internet and projection
  • Large dressing rooms with en suite showers
  • A scenery workshop reserved solely for student productions
  • Large 6m by 12m white Cyclorama screen for projection and lighting
  • State of the art HD projectors
  • Full backstage comms system with audio and video relay
  • Extensive lantern stock including Led fixtures, strobes and moving lights
  • State-of-the-art, industry-standard lighting and sound consoles
  • Built in media desk and roll-down screen

Gateway Building

Opened in January 2015 the Gateway is an impressive building featuring high-quality teaching spaces, informal learning spaces, and lecture theatres (including a Harvard style lecture theatre); as well as a new student services centre.

 

Campus Centre

Campus Centre featuring a 280-seat professional theatre, dance studios, a fairtrade café and social space for students.

Accommodation at Bedford

For on-campus student accommodation choose from luxury living at Liberty Park's modern en-suite study bedrooms or the Student Village which offers standard rooms with shared bathroom facilities, and en-suite rooms with a private shower. All have fully-equipped kitchens. Our rooms are on-campus and have easy access to the town centre and train station.

Subjects studied at Bedford campus

  • Primary Education
  • Secondary and Post-Compulsory Education
  • Education Studies
  • Physical Education and Sport Studies
  • Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Tourism and Leisure
  • Accounting and Business Management
  • Performing Arts and Dance
  • Social Work

Bedford town location

The Bedford campus is a 20-minute walk from the town centre. The University offers a free bus service for staff and students that runs between Bedford town centre and the campus.

Directions to Bedford campus

Bedford offers excellent transport links to the rest of the UK as it sits between the M1 and the A1. The town connects by train to Luton (20 minutes) and London (40 minutes).

How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country
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Find out more about how to apply as an International student

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