Learn about the theory and practice of health and fitness and gain entry onto the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs)
Overall satisfaction with this course was 96% (Source: NSS 2016)
Final year placement opportunity in a wide range of professional settings (referral schemes, private/public sectors, health clubs, community, clinical)
This course, which has been formally accredited by SkillsActive UK for entry on to the Register of Exercise Professionals, is designed to develop knowledge around the areas of exercise physiology, health psychology, policy and nutrition, to produce practical solutions to improve health through physical activity and exercise. You will become familiar with the factors that can affect the decision to exercise and how exercise programmes can be structured and implemented to enable an overall improvement in health. Whilst on this course, you will also have the opportunity to take gym instructor, personal trainer or exercise referral certification at no additional cost.
The ultimate aim of the course is to produce graduates who can work with a range of individuals in a variety of settings to improve health, fitness, wellness and quality of life.
You will learn about the many factors that can affect the decision to exercise and how to overcome resistance to healthy lifestyle behaviours. You will be competent in the prescription of exercise for healthy adults and special population groups. You will understand how to produce a nutritional profile for general health and optimal performance, and you will develop an appreciation of physical activity innovation in practice.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
|Access to HE||60 credits, 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Distinction level. The other 15 will be at level 2 and will be ungraded|
|GCSE||Five GCSE subjects at grade C or above including English and Mathematics. If you are in England and are taking GCSEs that are awarded from 2017 onwards, grade 4 will be required.|
|UCAS tariff points||112 points, at least one A2 Science subject preferred (can include Psychology, Sociology, Sport, PE)|
|BTEC National Diploma||DMM (to include specific subjects: Sport, Exercise, Health or Applied Science)|
|Foundation Degree||Foundation Degree graduates will be considered for entry at Level 6 of the programme.|
|Scottish Highers||112 points|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||112 points|
|Access to HE||60 credits, 45 at level 3, 30 at distinction|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
The University offers two routes for entry under the scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. As this course is part of the School of Health Sciences you will only be considered under Entry Route 1.
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 6.0) is proof of this.
Due to the nature of the industry, we aim to recruit confident, hard-working, organised individuals who have a passion for exercise and activity. If you could see yourself working with a range of people in a range of different settings, this course is for you.
The curriculum has been designed by expert staff with national reputations and professional experience in the exercise, health and fitness industries. Teaching is delivered using a variety of methods:
Students on the course also engage in self-directed study activities, group work and project team working. All students are allocated a personal tutor to ensure personal and academic development and achievement.
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:
"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."
"Whilst working as a Health Trainer I am developing my own service, Empower Health, with the focus on supporting Salford’s disabled population to engage in more physical and exercise based activities to generate immediate health and wellbeing outcomes, with the long-term impact of decreasing the prevalence of long term conditions within this demographic. I also do some PT work at a local community centre and have recently been employed as an Activity co-ordinator for the Royal National Institute for the Blind.
My career aspirations when I first started the course were to begin a project that I am in the ‘start up’ phase of now. I started university as a means to an end; I knew what I wanted to do but didn’t have the skills, knowledge or experience to do so. In year 1 we were given an assignment for the Practitioners Skills Development module, this gave us the opportunity to set a goal, then set aims and objectives to achieve this. My goal was to become a Health Trainer which I achieved in year 2, gaining this role allowed me the freedom and flexibility to be able to work in a capacity which acted as research for Empower Health.
The EPAH tutors are a really good team and have supported me throughout my time at University and beyond, having good tutors has played a big part in my success in and out of University.
I would advise others who are thinking of studying this course to volunteer in a broad field of work so you can try different things and get a feel for what you want to do, use the lecturer's assistance as much as you can, they’re there for support and in most cases are happy to do so. I achieved a 1st degree but without the support offered by lecturers there’d be no chance of me gaining that high a classification.
One thing that enabled me academically was to get a basic assignment structure going using the marking guidelines and start working on it that day, even if it’s just the title, chip away at it and by the time the few weeks before deadline day come around, other people are just starting and you can relax and tidy it up to boost your grade!
Everything works out in the end, apply yourself and don’t stress. If can see a good opportunity take it, don’t let the pressures involved stop you from doing something you want to do."
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:
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.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||£9250 per year|
|Part-time||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.|
Students may incur other expenses during placements. An optional cost may be incurred to undertake a First Aid qualification should the student wish to do so and for a uniform whilst on placement (the cost of a uniform should be approximately £60). Costs are approximated based on the current academic year.
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.
Further information is available at:
Human performance laboratory
Our world-class human performance laboratory is one of the best equipped in the country and contains almost every type of physiological, performance analysis and biomechanical testing equipment, including a 30-metre sprint track with in-built force platforms, motion capture systems, blood and gas analysis equipment and speed guns.
We also have a separate physiological testing laboratory and fully equipped strength and conditioning suite, which includes and isokinetic dynamometer and portable force platforms.
We also have extensive equipment in our Exercise and Physiology Laboratory including:
The University is also home to three gait labs, which, together with the human performance lab, are used to conduct ground-breaking research by the Centre for Health Sciences Research that underpins your learning.
CB69 (full-time), CBP9 (part-time)
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time
Five years part-time