What is physical activity, health and wellbeing?

Physical activity is an overlooked yet fundamental component of human health and wellbeing. Supporting others to make healthy choices such as increasing their physical activity requires a broad range of knowledge and skills. The study of health and wellbeing for this course draws on many different topics including anatomy and physiology for exercise prescription, person centred care and communication, health promotion, and sustainable community development.

About the Course

This new course aims to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes you will need for working with others to improve their health and wellbeing. You will study the theory and practice of promoting healthy behaviours such as physical activity, and understand and experience community development in different environments with a wide range of service users.

In Year One, the emphasis is on the use of physical activity to improve the lives of individuals such as supervised exercise for general fitness, supporting weight loss or other health gain, helping someone go for a walk, or attend a dance class, or simply giving advice. You will study anatomy, physiology and nutrition to gain an understanding of promoting physical activity, human movement and exercise.

In Year Two, you will study health and society, working in teams with health care professionals, and health behaviour change. Exploring health issues together with community based groups will give you practical experience of working with others. Community engagement opportunities will expand your practical skills as you begin the process of developing a community based project related to physical activity, health and wellbeing.

Years Three and Four have a broader scope studying public health, health promotion and entrepreneurship, leadership, management and sustainable community development. You will cover the essential knowledge and skills required for working in a wide variety of community, private, and public health and social care settings.

This course aligns with industry standards for exercise professionals.


You can opt to study for an honours degree over four years or an ordinary degree over three years. You will complete a range of modules, as outlined.

Entry Requirements

Scottish Higher: BBB

A Level: BB

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H3

International Baccalaureate: 26 points

Required Subjects: Normally English, Maths and Biol at Higher/A Level or equivalent AND Biol, Maths and Eng at S/Int2/N5/GCSE level.

Mature/Access: SWAP Access to Science, or Nursing. We also welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications in Health and Social Care, Fitness Health and Exercise and related vocational experience.

Direct Entry: BTEC/HNC/D Fitness, Health and Exercise, or similar qualification and vocational experience are considered. Each application is assessed on its individual merits and prospective students are encouraged to call the Programme Leader to discuss options.

Other: Students enrolled on the QMU Heath and Social Care Academy will be considered for entry. Please check our website for further details. A satisfactory criminal records check is required.

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5.


Year One

Cell Biology & Human Physiology/ Developmental Biology & Ageing/ Interprofessional Education 1: Teams and Team Working/ Key Investigative Skills 1/ Integrating Module 1 - Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing / Working with Others – Professional Communication/ Introduction to Physical Activity (Gym Instructor)/ Personal Trainer in Health and Wellbeing

Year Two

Health & Society/ Key Investigative Skills 2/ Interprofessional Education 2: Professional Roles and Interprofessional Teamwork/ Communicating and Facilitating Change/ Determinants of Health/ Health Issues in the Community/ Integrating Module 2-Professional Practice in Physical Activity Health and Wellbeing

Year Three

Dissertation/ Interprofessional Education 3: Interprofessional Working and Person-Centred Care/ Public Health Practice/ Health Education and Promotion/ Health Entrepreneurship/ Integrating Module 3 – Contemporary Practice in Physical Activity Health and Wellbeing / Psychosocial Aspects of Health Behaviour Change/ Volunteering and Community Engagement Year Three

Year Four

Sustainable Consumption/ Honours Project/ Research Process/ Volunteering and Community Engagement Year 4/ Understanding Leadership/ Integrating Module 4 - Employability in Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing

NB The modules listed here are correct at time of the printing of our Undergraduate Prospectus 2018 (Feb 2017) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2018. Please check the website for any updates.


You will have access to careers within communities and voluntary organisations, the NHS, and local authorities, as a physical activity champion, community support or development worker, or personal trainer for example. Opportunities exist within the sports and leisure industries for you to develop as an activity and lifestyle consultant, or certified exercise practitioner. Further postgraduate study opportunities include preregistration MSc Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy, or study other areas such as Community Development or Management. Graduates who hold a verified QMU undergraduate or postgraduate award and who are admitted to a named postgraduate award of QMU will be eligible for a 10% discount on the published fees.

Quick Facts

  • There are opportunities to learn from professionals and service users from the voluntary, statutory and private health and social care sectors.
  • The course will be aligned with industry standards for level 2 exercise practitioners.

Learning and Teaching

In Year One you will attend QMU on average 15 hours per week to participate in a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical classes. Attendance will reduce slightly in later years where there is more independent study.

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You will have the opportunity to participate in community-based activities in a variety of settings. These could include: running exercise classes in public and private organisations; working with people with learning disabilities, and with organisations providing services to children or older adults. You will be expected to demonstrate that you can communicate effectively with people of all ages, with a wide range of physical and mental health capacity.

Please Note:
 The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2018/19 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Special Information for EU Applicants:   The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2017/8 and 2018/9 academic years will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland for the duration of their course. Those assessed as eligible will remain so for the duration of their course. You must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. For guidance on eligibility and funding please visit the SAAS website.


Course Overview

3/4 years
Start Date
September 2018
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding