Physical activity is an overlooked and 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, professional communication, working with others, health promotion and sustainable community development.

This course enables graduates to enter a range  of careers within different settings. It offers several out of the classroom learning  experiences and opportunities to learn from professionals and service users in a number of sectors.

For student stories, see the foot of the page

 

Why QMU?

  • This course aligns with industry standards for exercise professionals.
  • There are opportunities to learn from professionals and service users from the voluntary, statutory and private health and social care sectors.

 

About the course

Physical activity is an overlooked and 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, professional communication, working with others, health promotion and sustainable community development.

You will study the theory and practice of promoting healthy behaviours such as physical activity, and participate in community engagement activities in different environments with a wide range of service users.

In Year One, the emphasis is on the use of physical activity to improve people’s lives. You will study physiology and anatomy, and apply these to practical work in a gym setting. You will lead groups to develop your personal skills in working with others, which will create a foundation for developing as a coach and mentor in later years of the course.

In Year Two, you will study health issues in the community and person-centred team working together with other health care professional students. Exploring issues together with input from community groups will expand your understanding of real-world problems related to health and inequalities. All the skills and knowledge for working as a personal trainer and in exercise referral will be covered, and you will be able to apply for external assessment of these REPS awards.

Years Three and Four have a broader scope looking at service provision, developing an understanding of working with community groups and organisations such as charities and care homes. Studying entrepreneurship, leadership and sustainable community development you will learn how to identify community and organisational needs related to health and wellbeing, and design a sustainable solution. The process and solution you develop will draw on experience from the community engagement opportunities and will form a significant part of the work required for your final year dissertation.

 

 

Structure

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 each year as outlined.

 

Teaching, learning and assessment

The information on teaching, learning and assessment for entry in 2019 is not yet available, but will be accessible from here.

The information below is for entry in 2018 and will give you an idea of what to expect.

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Modules

Year One modules

  • Introduction to Physical Activity (Gym Instructor)
  • Physical Activity Through the Lifespan
  • Practical Introduction to Health and Wellbeing
  • Cell Biology & Human Physiology
  • Interprofessional Education 1: Teams and Team Working
  • Key Investigative Skills 1
  • Communication for Professional and Personal Development

Year Two modules

  • Exercise Prescription for Health and Wellbeing
  • Interprofessional Education 2: Professional Roles and Interprofessional Teamwork
  • Sustainable Health Behaviour Change
  • Determinants of Health
  • Health Issues in the Community

Year Three modules

  • 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 modules

  • Honours Project
  • Research Process
  • Volunteering and Community Engagement Year Four
  • Understanding Leadership
  • Sustainable consumption
  • Integrating Module 4 — Employability in Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (Feb 2018) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2019. Please check the website for any updates.

 

Placements

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.

 

Exchange opportunities

N/A

Careers

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. Following graduation, further study opportunities at QMU include MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) or MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration). You may also study other areas such as community development or management.

 

Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: BBB

A Level: BB

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H3

International Baccalaureate: 26 points

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5

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: See related Access courses. 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:

Year Two - HNC in a related subject with B in the graded unit

Year Three - HND in a related subject with CB in the graded units

For details of related HNC and HND courses, see www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications. We will also consider BTEC qualifications in a related subject.

Other:

Students enrolled on the QMU Health and Social Care Academy will be considered for entry.

A satisfactory criminal records check is required.

Associate student places

N/A

Professional registration/ accreditation

N/A

Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Awarding body

QMU. For more information, please see ‘External Review’ section on the ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ page.

Please Note:
The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

 Special Information for EU Applicants The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2019/20 academic year 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

Duration
3/4 years
Start Date
September 2019
Study Abroad
No
School
School of Health Sciences
Division
Subject Area
Fees & Funding
UCAS Code
4F56