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. You will be studying at one of the UK's best institutions for sport and sport science. You will learn how sciences such as physiology, psychology, biomechanics and sociology can be employed to make sports performers the best they can be. The teaching on this programme is excellent and tutors will help you to achieve your potential. St Mary's has a long tradition of excellence in sport'related degrees and the Sport Science programme is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists (BASES), and enjoys strong links with the English Institute of Sport (EIS), and UK Athletics, both based on campus. Many elite sports performers choose to study Sport Science at St Mary's and we seek to support them in combining their sport with higher education. We also enjoy excellent laboratories and sports facilities.

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. Sport Science Level 1: Kinesiology; exercise physiology; sport and exercise psychology; sport and society. Level 2: Students are required to probe more deeply into relevant theory and practice to understand the context of sport science and to develop skills of investigating and reporting; at this stage students can choose to study sport science as a single honours, major, minor or equal subject; the key disciplines: biomechanics; physiology and psychology are offered, as well as opportunities to study modules in such areas as notational analysis and sport sociology. Level 3: Students have the opportunity to undertake an extended research project, there are also a variety of modules including: applied exercise physiology; biomechanics; environmental physiology; exercise psychology; issues in sport; performance analysis; nutrition and the athlete; sport and the media; sporting lives; sport psychology; work placement.

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
  • 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
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD*
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMD
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units) D
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2
  • Course specific

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