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BSc/BSc (Hons) Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing

This degree focuses on supporting students in further education wishing to progress onto university. For entry in 2021, students will only be able to join in Year Three.

If you are seeking a career drawing on your interests in physical activity, health and wellbeing, this course will equip you with the skills you need to succeed in a wide range of relevant roles within different settings. Equally as important, it will kindle your passion to go out into the world and make a real difference in a field you truly care about. 

Everyone knows that being physically active is good for health. So why do some people find it hard to make positive choices? How can we use science and creativity to support more people to be active and healthy? This is a fascinating and empowering subject that needs a broad range of knowledge and skills, including anatomy and physiology, professional communication, health promotion and sustainable community development. 

Why QMU?

  • Learn how to use scientific knowledge, creative thinking and your personal passion to make a positive difference in the world.
  • You’ll learn first-hand from professionals and service users from the voluntary, statutory and private health and social care sectors.
  • You’ll enjoy becoming an expert in this field – we think the course should be called ‘Fun, Health and Wellbeing…’
  • Gain practical expertise in our on-campus sports centre and physiology labs, and indoor and outdoor exercise groups.

About the course

You’ll 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. This is a course that will make you think differently about the world and the community around you. For example, did you know that if you teach a primary school child the very simple skill of catching a ball, they are more likely to be coordinated, to enjoy team sports in high school and to be active throughout their whole life and so less likely to be overweight and unhealthy?

Years Three and Four look 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 to a particular issue. 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.


Students joining this course with a HND can opt to study for an ordinary degree over one year or an honours degree over two years. For those joning with an HNC, you can opt to study for an ordinary degree over two years or an honours degree over three. You will complete a range of modules each year as outlined in the following modules section.


Year Three (first year on campus)

  • Dissertation
  • Epidemiology in Public Health
  • Health Entrepreneurship
  • Integrating Module Year Three – Contemporary Practice in Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Health Behaviour Change
  • Work-based Learning Placement

Year Four

  • Honours Project
  • Work-based learning placement
  • Understanding Leadership
  • Sustainable Consumption
  • Integrating Module Year Four – Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing

This course is due for revalidation in 2020 and it’s likely that modules will change from those listed. Please check back for any updates. 

Teaching, learning and assessment

You will be taught in lectures, seminars, practical workshops and laboratories. Outside these timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning through self-study.
You will be assessed by a combination of written exams, practical demonstrations, oral presentations and assignments at the end of each module or semester.

Please see below for an idea of teaching, learning and assessment for this course for 2020 entry. 2021 information will be added when it is available. 

 >>More information on 'Teaching, Learning and Assessment'


You’ll be able to get involved 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

We plan to introduce international exchange opportunities in the next year. Please check back here for updates.


Where do you want to make a difference to the lives of the people in your community? Look there, and that’s where you’ll make the first steps on the road to a successful career. Recent graduates are putting their passion into action in voluntary organisations, the NHS, charities, local authorities and the sports and leisure industries, for example, as a co-ordinator for Active Schools, or developing health and fitness programmes for leisure services.

Entry requirements

This degree focuses on supporting students in further education wishing to progress onto university. For entry in 2021, there will be no Year One or Year Two running for this course. Students will only be able to join in Year Three.

Direct Entry:

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

For details of related HND courses, see

We will also consider BTEC Level Four qualifications in a related subject.

Other requirements: A satisfactory criminal records check is required.

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5

Professional registration/ accreditation


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’.

Please note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2021/22 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate)

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

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Course Overview

2 years full-time
Start Date
September 2021
On campus
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding

A Student Story - more at foot of page

Scott Mulhearn - BSc/BSc (Hons) Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing "The lecturers are great, very knowledgeable and they pass on all they know onto you. In terms of teaching, there is not one thing that has been above the rest as everything is explained and taught to the next level."