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 Business Management degree at St Mary's is a well'established, dynamic programme with a strong, practical, applied focus. The programme has an excellent record for graduate employability, producing graduates with comprehensive skillsets, ready to integrate the business world. The course places a strong emphasis on the real world and on transferrable skills. The University has a lot of links with business and industry, allowing for field trips, guest speakers and live business projects. Students have the opportunity to gain work experience as part of the degree, enabling them to build their CV's, stand out and make a difference when they graduate.

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. Management Studies Level 1: During the first year of the programme, students are introduced to the principal areas of the management studies curriculum; the major management theorists will be reviewed within the context of organisational development, as well as the key elements of the business environment; students also study the fascinating area of organisational behaviour and work psychology, including reviewing the issues central to effective organisational management; by studying the key issues of motivation, team building and personality, students will gain a detailed appreciation of the complexities of work'force composition; the final component of level 1 equips students with the decision making skills required for modern day management; through interactive teaching and learning, students are able to develop and enhance their skills in this key business area. Level 2: In the second year students study the core disciplines of marketing and financial management, and will use business case studies, in order to develop their ability to deal with complex management problems; within the marketing module, students will develop their understanding of the fundamental marketing concepts from market analysis through to product life cycle and strategic development. the key issues of financial management are reviewed within the context of business strategy and provide students with a comprehensive understanding of this important discipline area; during the second year of studies, students choose from a range of specialist option modules, according to their own academic interests and potential career aspirations; currently, option modules include business law, which reviews the main legal forms of business ownership, before analysing the fundamental legal issues in contract and sale of goods transactions; the significance of dynamic employee development is central to the study of human resource management, which also takes place during the second year of the programme; students will gain a detailed appreciation of all aspects of the human resource function from recruitment and selection, through to training and development; business economics provides students with a sound appreciation of both the macro and micro economic factors impacting on organisational management; students may further select from entrepreneurship, which studies the theory and practice of establishing and managing a successful entrepreneurial business venture, or international management, which reviews the latest developments in cross'border management practice; all students on the programme are encouraged to undertake a work placement during their second year. Level 3: In the final year of the programme, students study strategic management and develop a detailed appreciation of the business ethics field, an area of growing interest amongst business practitioners; students are able to enhance their specialist knowledge through studying a range of dedicated options, including: corporate finance; employment law; European law; e'commerce; management consultancy; marketing management; and organisational change; students also have the opportunity to undertake a piece of research on a particular aspect of management, which will be presented in the form of a dissertation; students may also broaden their exposure to the diversity of employment opportunities by undertaking an extended work placement in their final year.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA/BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
1 - 4 years
Part Time
BA/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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£4,410 - £5,783
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£4,800 - £6,000
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