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 provides the valuable opportunity for students by ensuring all modules have a specific nutrition focus. Biochemistry, Physiology and Public Health are all nutrition orientated. The programme offers the opportunity for you to develop the professional competencies and skills required for the application of nutritional science in a number of fields. Previous graduates have taken up roles with government and non'governmental organisations engaged in the health agenda, in nutritional research, the media, with elite sports teams and the food industry.

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. Nutrition Level 1: the first year is foundational and provides students with the broad underpinning and grounding required to further their studies in specialist areas of nutrition; students are introduced to important concepts in nutrition and ascertain the sources, functions and requirements for energy and all essential nutrients; introductory physiology and biochemistry will provide students with knowledge of the structure, function and metabolic processes of the body and how nutrition supports its healthy function; the important areas of ICT and data handling skills will also be introduced; single honours students will additionally be introduced to food science, health promotion and will begin to explore some of the professional skills such as reflective practice and ethics that are important in this field. Level 2: In the second year students build on the foundation knowledge provided in year one and explore the factors affecting food choice, the determination of nutritional requirements, the assessment of nutritional status, nutritional needs throughout the lifecycle and the links between nutrition, health and disease. Level 3: focuses on advanced and applied topics; examples of modules offered include: clinical nutrition; sports nutrition; functional and novel foods; tackling cardiovascular disease; obesity and metabolic syndrome; and public health nutrition.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
1 - 4 years
Part Time Day
BSc (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 104
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BCCC
  • European Baccalaureate 60%
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units)
  • BTEC National Diploma MMD
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Higher
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMD
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units) D
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M3
  • Course specific

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