St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

The Health and Exercise Science programme provides both academic and vocational qualifications. Staff are student'centred and interested in the holistic development of students. The programme is a relatively new innovation, addressing the growing need to improve the health of an increasingly sedentary population. The Community pathway focuses on health and exercise promotion in community settings through lifestyle and behavioural changes, distinguishing it from more traditional sport science courses which focus on sport performance. The Clinical Exercise Science pathway focuses on working with individuals for the prevention and management of chronic conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The pathway has integrated external qualifications into years one, two and three of the degree. The degree has integrated an external REPs qualification into year one of the degree. St Mary's University has an incredibly strong reputation for Physical Education teaching and sports performance. The campus itself is greenly'rural, yet London'urban, located amongst many partnership organisations for students to access for their own work based development. The uniqueness of the course is displayed in the variety of sports industry modules options on offer, enabling students to choose several career pathways. The course highly regards innovative use of technology to enhance the student experience, particularly in relation to supporting development of students' teaching and coaching practice. St Mary's has established strong links with over 200 schools that form our teaching partnerships and provide a diverse range of teaching settings for our students to gain work placement experience. We also have strong links with a Premier League football club, where there are invaluable qualification and work'based learning opportunities.

Course Modules

Health and Exercise Year 1: community and clinical exercise science: modules are offered at Level 1 that introduce the major theoretical principles in: anatomy, physiology, nutrition, health psychology, exercise testing and physical activity instruction, health promotion and research methods. Year 2: Students can choose from two pathways: community: students build on their knowledge from level 1 by probing more deeply into relevant principles and theory in the context of the links between exercise and physical activity and health; modules will be offered in areas including biology related to health and physical activity, health promotion, behaviour change related to eating and exercise, physical activity programmes, aetiology of chronic diseases and research methods; and clinical exercise science; students build upon their knowledge base from year1, by probing more deeply into the application of scientific, theoretical and practical principles of exercise and health related to physical activity; this will include principles of exercise physiology and health, physical activity programmes, personal training, nutrition for health and disease, exercise and health behaviour, research methods and aetiology of chronic diseases. Year 3: Community; students focus on advanced issues in a range of applied areas with the aim of exploring and evaluating solutions to specific health problems based on lifestyle interventions in a variety of community settings; there will also be an opportunity to undertake a supervised research project on a topic that particularly interests them; modules offered will include the areas of health issues in specific population groups, global health issues, cardiovascular health and physical activity in specific population groups and related to health improvement such as tackling obesity. Clinical Exercise Science: Students focus on advanced issues in applied areas with the aim of exploring and evaluating specific health problems based on lifestyle interventions in a variety of settings; modules offered include clinical exercise physiology, physical activity and chronic disease, exercise referral, tackling obesity and metabolic syndrome, exercise psychology, and clinical placement; there will also be an opportunity to undertake a supervised research project on a topic that particularly interests the student. Physical and Sport Education Level 1: modules include: understanding research ' an introduction to applied university studies; practical and personal development ' pe and sport education through practical activities; introduction to physical activity and maturation ' physical development to be physically literate; physical literacy and sport education ' participation and promotion of physical literacy, sport and coaching. Level 2: skills for independent study ' research; community placement: sporting envoy; teaching and learning: physical education; adapted physical education and sport; applied physical literacy; physical and health behaviour; physical development for physical literacy; games literacy 1; legislation and leadership in sport; social issues in physical and sport education; teaching and learning: primary physical education. Level 3: major independent study; research paper; work based learning; PE: curriculum, teaching and learning; teaching and learning: 14 ' 19 pathways; games literacy 2; physical literacy and physical activity for older adults; sport education and the young person; global studies in PE and sport; projects and initiatives in PE and sport; value and ethics in sport and physical education.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 112
  • SQA Higher BBBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBCC
  • European Baccalaureate 60%
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) MD
  • BTEC National Diploma MMD
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma D*D*
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMD
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units) D
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2

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