BSc (Hons) Exercise and Health

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Please note this course is only available for level 5 (year 2) and level 6 (year 3) entry.

The BSc (Hons) Exercise and Health course prepares you for a wide variety of careers in exercise and health promotion, and the wider health and fitness industry. Many graduates set up their own business or enter the teaching profession. For those already working in exercise and health promotion or the wider health and fitness industry, the course has a strong clinical focus helping you to develop additional skills related to working with clinical populations.

The course is accredited by Skills Active/ Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), and completion of aspects of the course allows you to gain REPs qualifications in addition to your degree. REPs is an independent, public register which recognises the qualifications and expertise of exercise instructors in the UK. REPs provides a system of regulation for instructors and trainers to ensure that they meet the health and fitness industry’s agreed National Occupational Standards. This provides assurance and confidence to the public and employers that all professionals on the Register are appropriately qualified and have the knowledge, competence and skills to perform their role effectively.

The additional qualifications that you will gain alongside your degree are the REPs L2 Gym Instructor, L3 Personal Trainer and L3 GP Referral awards. You will develop expertise in a range of issues relating to personal training including nutrition, anatomy, advanced training techniques, and designing/delivering personal training sessions.

While you study the GP Referral qualification you will explore a wide range of chronic and lifestyle diseases/conditions, their cause and development and approaches for successful intervention. You will learn about the Exercise Referral Scheme and the role of the Department of Health and National Health Service.

You will learn about:

  • how to promote physical activity and health
  • behaviour change and management
  • health and lifestyle screening and fitness testing
  • how to plan, deliver and evaluate an exercise prescription

As well as how to rehabilitate people with conditions such as:

  • orthopaedic diseases arthritis and osteoporosis
  • cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension and coronary heart disease
  • metabolic diseases such as diabetes
  • pulmonary diseases such as asthma
  • raised cholesterol and obesity
  • …and many other common conditions.

On completion of the BSc (Hons) Exercise and Health you will therefore benefit from both a degree, and additional qualifications that are recognised within the health and fitness industry.

Exercise and physical activity are only one of the key pillars of Public Health England's strategy - if you are interested in a broader study of public health you may be interested in our BSc Public Health degree

The BSc (Hons) Exercise and Health is just one of an exciting range of courses on offer at the University of Wolverhampton’s Institute of Sport and Human Science. Why not come and visit us at one of our Open Days.

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