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Exercise and Health

Anglia Ruskin University
In Cambridge (England)

Price on request

Important information

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Cambridge (England)
  • Duration:
    3 Years

This course is highly relevant in today's world and will enable you to explore the impact of the three fundamental elements - physiology, psychology and nutrition on the health and welfare of the individual and the nation. You will be given the opportunity to address key concepts such as health psychology, counselling skills, physiological screening, dietary analysis, diets for health and lifestyle, goal setting for active lifestyles, exercise adherence, pathologies and diseases, exercise programming, monitoring and evaluation of exercise tolerances and health status.

Important information

Requirements: Preferred subject(s): GCE A-level Biology or related subject GCSE(s) Required: English grade C, Mathematics grade C, Science grade C We welcome applications from International and EU students. There are country-specific entry requirement.


Where and when

Starts Location
01 October 2016
Cambridge Campus, East Road, CB1 1PT, Cambridgeshire , England
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What you'll learn on the course

Health Psychology
Skills and Training

Course programme

Course overview

Promoting healthy lifestyles is one of the key focuses of public health policy today. In the past decades, scientific evidence has shown the substantial health risks of unhealthy lifestyle habits such as lack of physical activity and the consumption of too much fat and too little fruit and vegetables. We now know that they increase the risk of developing obesity, metabolic disorders, certain forms of cancer and premature death. The promotion of physical activity and a healthy diet is a complex process that requires a thorough approach, focusing on an individual's physiological, psychological, sociocultural and nutritional status and the interaction with the environment they live in.

Our innovative Exercise and Health course is designed to fulfil the need for skilled experts in the promotion of health, exercise and nutrition within the private and public sector. In your three years working towards a BSc (Hons) in Exercise and Health you will become an expert. You will then have the skills to counsel individuals, groups and populations in adopting a healthier and more active lifestyle.

In Year 1 you will study the theoretical ideas and start to learn how to conduct experiments and analyse the data produced. In Year 2, the emphasis shifts to understanding the principles underlying the measurement of human health and counselling. Then in Year 3, the emphasis is on applying all your developed skills and working with specific population groups.

Module guide

Year one core modules

  • Research Methods for Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Anatomy for Motion
  • Coaching and Behaviour

Year two core modules

  • Research Methods and Project Preparation for Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Physiology for Exercise and Health
  • Exercise and Health Psychology
  • Exercise Testing
  • Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Year three core modules

  • Undergraduate Research Project
  • Health Promotion and Consultation

Year three optional modules

  • Applied Biomechanics and Kinesiology
  • Applied Sports Psychology
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Scientific Basis of Training


Assessment is via a mix of examination, practical reports, health promotion campaigns, essays and presentations. Next to this you will use reflective practice, self and peer assessment and write a research project.

You will be given the opportunity to apply your knowledge and practical skills in real world settings. As such you will be able to undertake applied supervised consultancies with individuals and groups to whom the benefits of exercise are paramount. You will also be given the chance to undertake your own piece of independent research.

Additional information

Comments: You will be encouraged to become a student member of British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) and to attend and possibly present at the student conferences. Other notable organisations and bodies with whom we have considerable links with include: Living Sport, British Paralympic Association, Regional Health Care Trusts, pubic and private gyms and health clubs, and the American College of Sports Medicine.
Career opportunities: The most popular career choices for graduates are in applied settings such as a health promotion officer and exercise referral coordinator for city councils and primary care trusts. Other interesting opportunities exist in (clinical) settings such as cardiac rehabilitation (CRA) and in teaching and postgraduate study. This course will also allow for career progression as fitness and training consultants. There is also the option to progress into health and exercise policy planning and research.