Health and Exercise Science BSc

Entry Requirements


Why study Health and Exercise Science at Shrewsbury?

This course brings together many of the skills and underpinning knowledge found in more traditional courses such as physiotherapy, sports therapy and sport science. As part of this degree, you will attain nationally certified exercise professionals’ qualifications, enhancing your employability to work in public health, the fitness industry and/or clinical settings come graduation.  Over your three years, the knowledge and skills you develop focus on learning to help people to reduce their risk of common diseases through physical activity, and how to live more actively with more prominent health conditions (cardio-metabolic, muscle and movement disorders). 


The practical and clinical placement elements of the course are linked with “exercise referral” initiatives and secondary prevention programmes, which are increasingly being required to keep people from returning to hospital following their early acute phases of treatment and rehabilitation.

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This course allows students to attain National Occupational Standards Qualifications in:

  • Exercise Instruction (Skills Active L2)

  • Personal Training (Skills Active L3)

  • Advanced Exercise Instruction in Clinical Populations (Skills Active L4)

Please note, this course is also available with a Foundation Year.


Programme Structure:

The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time for reasons which include curriculum enhancement, staff changes, student numbers, improvements in technology, changes to placements or regulatory or external body requirements.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Underpinning knowledge and theory of human movement physiology, public health and health psychology, with related lab practical sessions to link these theoretical areas with physical activity and exercise. You also have the opportunity to attain a Level 2 Exercise Instructor qualification and work-based placement, to develop and apply your skills.

Modules include:

  • Physical Activity in Health
  • Health and Human Behaviour
  • Physiology and Human Movement
  • Applied Practice I
  • Professional practicum placement

Year 2 (Level 5)

You will learn about the causes of key chronic diseases, and apply elements of Year 1 in the context of the prevention of these diseases through physical activity and exercise. The opportunity to attain a Level 3 Personal Training qualification, with relevance to exercise referral and a practical placement, aims to help you apply your skills to real clients.

Modules include:

  • Causes and Aetiology of Key Chronic Diseases
  • Personal and Professional Practice
  • Physiology and Human Movement in Chronic Diseases
  • Measurement, evaluation and research in human health and behaviour
  • Applied Practice II
  • Professional practicum placement II

Year 3 (Level 6)

You will learn about the diagnosis and development of key chronic diseases, and apply elements of Year 2 in the context of people being rehabilitated. The successful attainment of Level 4 qualifications, with relevance to an exercise practical placement, aims to help you apply your skills to real clients/patients.

Modules include:

  • Applied Practice III  
  • Professional Practicum placement III: Physical Activity Counselling and Programming
  • Project/Dissertation

How will I be taught?

Teaching and learning is delivered in a variety of ways where 40-60% will be within practical lab or practicum placements. Classroom teaching will use a variety of methods from key lectures, workshops and group tutorials.

You will also have numerous opportunities for individual small group tutorials or electronic (email/Skype) communications with tutors.

Contact hours range between 200-250 per year, and you are expected to perform 750-1000 hours per year of self-directed learning.



Assessment involves the following:

  • Traditional written examinations for knowledge and analysis of underpinning theory/evidence
  • Oral examinations and presentations to assess application of theory and reflection of learning/research experiences
  • Practical assessments during placements and in lab settings of counselling, client interaction, activity assessment, design and instructing/coaching skills


Graduates will be ready to commence work in public health, exercise referral and national health service sectors where physical activity and exercise is increasingly being commissioned as a cost-effective means of primary and secondary prevention.

Entry Requirements

UCAS points

A minimum of 112 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent


BTEC Extended Diploma/BTEC Diploma



International Baccalaureate

26 points


Access to HE Diploma, to include 45 credits at Level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit


OCR National Extended/Diploma: Merit profile

Extra Information

A Level General Studies accepted; Welsh Baccalaureate accepted alongside A Levels/BTEC/OCRs

Prior to admission to this course, you will be required to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check through the University of Chester, for which there will be charge.

The cost of the disclosure is currently £55:00. Applicants are strongly advised to subscribe to the Disclosure Update Service, payable directly to the DBS and currently costing £13:00. Further information may be found at

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