BSc Health & Exercise Referral

About the Course

The importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for the individual’s well-being is examined in this degree programme.

You will learn how exercise and diet affect the body and impact on the individual’s health, as well as what social and psychological factors encourage or constrain health-related behaviour.

You will also learn how to implement and maintain health promotion strategies as well as how to measure and assess an individual’s health and fitness using the latest testing equipment.

Award
BSc (Single Honours)

UCAS Code
BC96

Language Choice
English

Course Length
3 years full-time; Part-time study available

Entry Requirements

See introduction

You will be invited to visit the University to discuss the course. Entry is based on individual merit.

Career Opportunities

  • Private Health Clubs and Fitness Assessment units within Leisure Centres
  • Personal trainers
  • Sports Clubs
  • Teaching (subject to PGCE)
  • Health Promotion

Department

School of Sport, Health and Outdoor Education

Campus

Carmarthen Campus

Typical modules

  • Human Physiology
  • Conditioning Activities
  • Nutrition for Health
  • Promoting Healthy Lifestyles
  • Assessing Health-related Fitness
  • Work Placement
  • Discovering Outdoor Lifestyles
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Referral
  • Dissertation
  • Health Promotion in Practice

Key Features

  • Human Performance Laboratory
  • Links with Medical and Exercise Professionals
  • Work placement module in the second year
  • USA exchange programme available in the second year
  • Modular choice
  • Small, friendly campus with motivated and supportive staff
  • Good links with a wide range of employers in the health and exercise business
  • Additional coaching and training awards are available to all students
  • Sports Centre and Health Suite on campus
  • An accredited centre for the Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Vocational training in association with Fitness Wales

Why study at this University?

  • Small, friendly campus with motivated and supportive staff
  • Good links with a wide range of employers in the health and exercise business
  • Only degree of its kind in the region
  • Additional coaching and training awards are available to all students
  • Sports Centre & Health Suite on campus
  • An accredited centre for the Duke of Edinburgh Award

Programme Specification

The main educational aims of the programme are:

  • To instil an understanding of the role of exercise in promoting health and wellbeing.

  • To provide opportunities for students to gain vocational experience in careers associated with health promotion and exercise.

  • To produce reflective graduates of high academic ability.

  • To build and develop core knowledge and key skills required for graduates working in a health and exercise setting.

Programme Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Make effective use of knowledge and understanding of the disciplines underpinning human structure and function.

  • Appraise and evaluate the effects of sport and exercise intervention on the participant.

  • Provide a critical appreciation of the relationship between sport and exercise activity and intervention in a variety of participant groups. This will include special populations such as the elderly, disabled and children.

  • Evidence the skills required to monitor and evaluate sports (exercise) performance in laboratories and/or field settings.

  • Display a critical appreciation of the integration of variables involved in the delivery (instructing) of enhanced sport (exercise) performance.

  • Demonstrate the application of the social and cultural meanings attached to sport (exercise and physical activity) and their impact on participation and regulation.

  • Critically reflect on the impact of leisure (exercise) in the lives of individuals and analyse barriers to participation such as aspects of age, gender, disability etc.

Intellectual Skills

  • Research and assess subject specific facts, theories, paradigms, principles and concepts.

  • Critically assess and evaluate evidence.

  • Critically interpret data and text.

  • Describe and analyse information.

  • Apply knowledge to the solution of familiar and unfamiliar problems.

  • Develop a reasoned argument and challenge assumptions.

  • Take responsibility for their own learning and continuous professional development.

  • Critique the contribution of a range of academic disciplines that have informed the development of the subject as a field of study.

  • Demonstrate an appropriate degree of progression within specialist fields.

  • Display an integrated knowledge of the scope and breadth of the subject domain.

Key Skills

  • Communication and presentation skills.

  • Numeracy, computing and information technology skills.

  • Interactive and group skills.

  • Problem solving skills.

  • Ability to self-appraise and reflect on practice.

  • Ability to plan and manage learning.

Practical

  • Plan, design and execute practical activities using appropriate techniques and procedures.

  • Undertake fieldwork with due regard for safety and risk assessment.

  • Plan, design, execute and communicate a sustained piece of independent intellectual work using appropriate media.

  • Recognise and respond to moral, ethical and safety issues which directly pertain to the subject domain including relevant legislation and professional codes of conduct.