We operate a modular system for this programme which means the qualification is obtained by a process of credit accumulation - a model used on courses throughout the UK and Europe.

Applied exercise for health

The minimum period of study for the part-time programme route is 24 months; maximum period of study is 60 months.

The minimum period of study for the full time route is 12 months; maximum period of study is 36 months. It is possible to study modules on a standalone basis leading to an MSc, PgDip or PgCert over five years.

Core modules

Advanced Exercise Prescription (15 credits)

This module will establish the framework necessary to prescribe exercise efficiently and effectively whilst critically examining the fundamental principles of prescription and the physiological justification for this. This will enable the contextualisation of the relevant material in order to establish appropriate change in lifestyle.

This module intends to develop the student’s ability to critically examine assumptions, and identify the skills needed by the practitioner to assess and evaluate their clients. It will focus on the wide area of physical activity and will particularly concentrate on measurement and evaluation in exercise for health arenas.

Critical Thinking in Practice (30 credits)

This postgraduate core module will introduce students to the concepts and practice of argument formulation, critical reading and writing skills. Students will examine and discuss a selection of research problems and critically evaluate their research design. This course includes a selection of outside speakers from different settings who have been selected to present issues from their wide-ranging research experiences. It will focus on the wide area of public health and will particularly concentrate on rehabilitation and exercise for health arenas. The assessment is individually tailored to a topic of each student’s choice. This module will support and inform students final research projects.

Practical Data Analysis (15 credits)

The data analysis sessions give student a ‘hands on’ opportunity to analyse qualitative and quantitative data and present their results. The need for critical interpretation of results will be emphasized, with reference to the underlying research theories, methodology, study design, and method of data collection. This module supports the application of the statistical and qualitative methods taught in the research methods module.  The assessment is a practical analysis of either a quantitative or qualitative data set.

Exercise Through the Life Cycle (15 credits)

This 15 credit postgraduate module will identify the core framework supporting effective exercise prescription and enable you to critically examine the fundamental principles underpinning global health in the child and adult populations plus people with disease. Students will learn how to contextualise the most relevant information in order to establish appropriate changes in lifestyle or to re-enforce positive patterns. The client’s needs will be aligned to the governmental policies and strategies where appropriate and possible future change of policy and strategy will be debated.

Research Methods (15 credits)

This postgraduate module is designed to foster an understanding of the research process, hone skills of critical appraisal and develop research skills as applied to both quantitative and qualitative research. The delivery follows a logical progression which starts with the scientific process and hypothesis formulation and ends with the production of a research protocol. Along the way reviewing the literature, selecting an appropriate research method, sampling, data collection, analysis and presentation and ethical issues are covered. This course has preparatory work, a taught component and self-directed learning/assignment time. The preparation time prior to attendance, and the self-directed learning/assignment time after the taught course, are equally important parts of the course as a whole. The preparatory work includes pre-reading of recommended texts and the basic critique of a provided paper with the emphasis being on the ease of information extraction. Moodle is used to support learning and provide clarification and practice via student based activities.

Optional modules

Cardiac Rehabilitation (15 credits)

This module is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies to organise, manage and deliver a Cardiac Rehabilitation programme within a hospital or community setting. The module will provide a special focus to rehabilitation of athletes or individuals with cardiac disorders who wish to return to exercise and work, learn to manage their condition and deal with activities of daily living. It will be based on the European guidelines for cardiac rehabilitation, which promote evidence-based practice for individuals who have had a known cardiac event. Students will be equipped with knowledge of aspects of cardiac disease, be exposed to the multi-disciplinary nature of effective cardiac rehabilitation services and learn to modify rehabilitation programmes for athletes and older people with cardiac disease.

Pain management (15 credits)

Pain is one of the most frequent causes patients seek help for from the health service. The focus of this 15 credit postgraduate course is the clinical application of current concepts of pain. Pain is considered a multi-dimensional experience and there is increasing amounts of quality literature to support the efficacy of adopting a bio psychosocial approach to pain management. This approach requires an in-depth understanding of the neurophysiology of pain and the adoption of cognitive-behavioural principles, the foundation of which is sound communication. This course provides a high level of knowledge and skills that will enable you to effectively assist patients and clients in managing complex pain experiences. The course aims to enable students to develop an evidence-based approach that equips them in assisting individuals with painful conditions to optimise participation in life situations. This course is suitable for all practitioners working with people in the management of their pain.

Professional Development in Rehabilitation (15 credits)

The focus of this 15 credit module is the compilation of a reflective practice portfolio. The portfolio offers students the opportunity to compile evidence that relates to their own learning experience in the context of their own working environment. While this is an assessed piece of work, it is hoped that it also becomes a valuable resource for the student. In addition it is hoped that students develop a reflective approach in their own practice; reflecting on their learning, performance and on issues relevant to advance practice in Health, Social Work and Social Care. A reflective approach to professional practice is a vital part of continuing professional development. Registration bodies such as the HCPC and NMC demand that registrants demonstrate their continuing professional development by keeping a portfolio. Therefore this course is designed to complement this process and assist students to develop this in line with their own registering body requirements. The assessment for this course is a Profile of Reflective Practice Portfolio: This is an evaluation of your practice.

Psychology for Exercise (15 credits)

The focus of this 15 credit postgraduate course is to explore the practice and application of psychological concepts to physical activity for health and well- being. It will develop an in-depth understanding of psychological correlates, psychological well-being and psychological interventions to promote physical activity.  It presents an understanding of the theory and rationale of how psychology can aid adherence and maintenance of exercise in various populations and introduce and critically discuss different psychological applied approaches to enhance participation in physical activity.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation (15 credits)

This module will promote in-depth understanding of the physiological rationale and principles of rehabilitation and the practical and clinical implications of exercise for people with chronic respiratory disease. Pulmonary rehabilitation will be considered in different settings (community/ hospital) and different disease populations (such as: COPD, ILD, asthma, bronchiectasis, cancer, post-thoracic surgery). Students will develop the knowledge and skills required to design and deliver effective rehabilitation programmes in chronic respiratory conditions and will have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on their own clinical experience.

Self-management in long term and neurological conditions (15 credits)

This module will help students explore  key underlying concepts which influence self-management in people with long term conditions. These include the individual nature of experiencing illness, coping and resilience; professional attitudes toward person centred self-management approaches and factors associated with implementation of self-management at an organisational/service delivery level.
Students are encouraged to use evidence and policy initiatives to evaluate their own area of practice and develop a proposal for service change which promotes self-management.

Work Based Learning (15 credits)

In this 15 credit postgraduate module students are required to identify work-based learning objectives which provide the opportunity for personal, professional and organisational development. The student will accept responsibility and be accountable for developing, managing and achieving these objectives. This course may also be used to gain academic credit through appropriate in-service or bespoke study programmes.


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