Health and Exercise Science BSc (Hons)

University of Chester

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    17 (Sports Science)
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    BSc (Hons)

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Course Summary

Develop your knowledge and skills in: - understanding and promoting the benefits of physical activity for health, and - delivering exercise programmes for health and in rehabilitation from disease.

Course overview

Increasing amounts of health care budgets are spent on managing chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, cardiopulmonary disease, cancer and mental health/dementia. Future health care needs are becoming more focused on prevention in order to avoid rising costs associated with chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes and related disabilities, and an ageing population.

Why study this course with us?

This course brings together many of the skills and underpinning knowledge found in more traditional courses such as physiotherapy, sports therapy and sport science. This will enhance your employability to work in public health, the NHS, the fitness industry and/or clinical settings following graduation. Over your three years, the knowledge and skills you will have the opportunity to develop will focus on learning to help people to reduce their risk of common diseases through physical activity, and how to live more actively with more prominent health conditions (e.g. cardio-metabolic, muscle and movement disorders).

The practical and clinical placement elements of the course are linked with “exercise referral” initiatives and secondary prevention programmes, which are increasingly being required to keep people from returning to hospital following their early acute phases of treatment and rehabilitation.

In addition to your BSc degree, the course includes gaining 5 national qualifications as a registered exercise practitioner, which will allow you to work with healthy clients, GP referral patients and clinical populations (depending on previous experience this may include gym instructor, personal training and advanced instructor qualifications).


Assessment involves the following:

  • Traditional written examinations are used to assess for knowledge and understanding of underpinning theory/evidence
  • Oral examinations and presentations are used to assess the application of theory and reflection of learning/research experiences
  • Practical assessments are used during placements and in lab and gym settings

Job prospects

​​​​​Upon successful completion of this course, you will have gained skills relevant to entering a number of areas, including health and fitness (personal training, exercise referral); prevention and rehabilitation (community, public, private, NHS); teaching; public health; health promotion; research; and the health and sport industry.

Entry Requirements

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  • A level
  • Scottish Higher
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  • Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)
  • Access to HE Diploma

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Tuition Fees

This section explains how much you will need to pay in tuition fees to study this course at this university. Fees vary by country of residence so make sure you select which country of residence applies to you.

£9,250 per year

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About this University

Founded in 1839, the University of Chester offers an extensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes to over 20,000 students across a number of specialist sites – Chester, Warrington, Shrewsbury, Birkenhead and Reaseheath. Students benefit from high-quality learning facilities, and silver-rated teaching (TEF 2017). Around two thirds of students participate in an innovative Work-Based Learning module, providing them with a wide range of employability skills.


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