BSc (Hons) Exercise, Physical Activity and Health
- Part-time study available
- Industrial Placement
- International students can apply
- Work placement opportunity
Graduates have gained work in exercise referral, health and physical activity improvement, corporate fitness, cardiac rehabilitation and personal training. Recent graduates from this course have gained employment with Salford Community Leisure, Manchester Primary Care Trust, Fitness First and BUPA Wellness. Following graduation, some students choose to undertake a postgraduate teaching qualification.
There are career opportunities in a wide variety of areas including health and exercise promotion (including sports development), personal training, workplace health and fitness, exercise referral, health-based intervention design and delivery, postgraduate research and project work, community food work, cardiac rehabilitation and teaching.
On successful completion of the course students have moved into the following professional roles:
- Advanced Personal Trainer, Virgin Active
- Exercise Referral Manager, Salford PCT
- Community Food and Nutrition Worker, St Helens Council
- Workplace Health Consultant, BUPA Wellness.
Dawn Mitchell, Principal Active Lifestyles Manager – Salford Community Leisure
I wanted to pursue a career in the exercise and health industry and this degree seemed ideal. I believe that the opportunity to combine theory with practice certainly helped me to achieve my first job, even prior to graduation, as an Exercise Referral Worker (cardiac rehabilitation) in central Manchester. I am now working as a Principal Active Lifestyles Manager for Salford Community Leisure. My role is to lead a range of projects and manage a large team of staff with a remit for improving and developing physical activity levels and increasing participation in sport.
The course team are actively involved in research and undertake project work in collaboration with industry partners. The following are examples of partners and projects:
- Wigan Primary Care Trust – free swimming evaluation
- Greater Manchester Obesity Group – strategic development of weight management services
- Tameside Sport Development - evaluation of interventions
- Manchester Velodrome - active travel and cycling
- North West Health and Physical Activity Forum - representation on the steering group
- Salford Swimming – nutritional support
- Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport – exercise for disabled people
- NIKE – fitness testing in football
- Federation of International Lacrosse – fitness testing
The optional placement module offers students a unique opportunity to become involved in these projects. Students who have completed this module have found it invaluable to their learning experience.