BSc (Hons) Sport, Physical Activity and HealthL5M7

    Course Overview

    Duration: Three years full-time
  • Prepare for a prosperous career in vocational areas including personal training, developing community interventions and health promotion with our carefully developed, hands-on BSc (Hons) Sport, Physical Activity and Health course.

    We are passionate about the delivery and development of this high-quality degree programme, with a firm focus on fostering and developing each and every student’s employability and professional enthusiasm.

    There are several qualifications embedded in the course, plus plenty of opportunities for students to put their learning into practice in the staff-led, NHS-funded initiatives supporting people with cancer or lower back pain. We have strong ties with several established partners allowing students to gain vital experience and develop personal professional networks that will help them to enter the workplace with confidence.

    The University of St Mark & St John is dedicated to bringing out and developing students’ natural passion and ambition. This particular programme has been carefully designed for individuals who want to be able to promote physical activity as an intervention to achieve health and wellbeing.

    During the course, we’ll consider a wide range of topics including physiology, psychology, sociology, epidemiology and research methods. In all areas of the course, students will benefit from our excellent facilities such as our state of the art Sport and Exercise Science Laboratory. Practical coaching and instruction skills will be developed, plus the embedded qualifications and real-world opportunities will allow theoretical knowledge to be contextualised, and professional skills and abilities to be fostered.

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Year 1 modules are all compulsory. Year 2 and 3 have a mixture of compulsory and optional modules.

1st Year
  • An Introduction to Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology & Anatomy
  • Sociology of Health Illness & Embodiment
  • The Fitness Professional
  • Academic, Personal & Professional Development
  • Foundations of Coaching & Instructing
  • Applied Health, Fitness & Nutrition
2nd Year
  • Research & Analysis in Sport, Health Science and Coaching*
  • Physical Activity, Public Health & Policy*
  • Healthy Weight Management*
  • Exercise Programming*
  • Health & Fitness Training Principles*
  • Sport & Leisure Policy*
  • Sports Volunteering
  • Consumer Experiences in Sport, Leisure & Outdoor Adventure
  • Disability Awareness Within Sport a& Outdoor Adventure
  • Placement Learning-Integrating Theory with Practice
  • Applied Independent Learning
  • Applied Strength & Conditioning
  • Exercise Prescription for Specific Populations
  • Essentials of Sports Science for Coaching
  • Essentials of Sports Science
  • Comparative Studies in Sport a& Physical Education
  • Learning & Teaching
  • Sport Physiology
  • Independent Study Module
3rd Year
  • Honours Project*
  • Advanced Technique Analysis for Coaching
  • Advanced Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Applied Sport Psychology
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Leadership
  • Pedagogy in Practice
  • Applied International Perspectives
  • Community & Informal Education
  • Holistic Approach to Health
  • Exercise Prescription, Public Health and GP Referrals
  • Young People, Physical Activity and Health
  • Advanced Nutrition for Sport, Health and Exercise
  • Nutrition for Strength & Conditioning
  • Resourcing Sports Development
  • International Perspectives on Sport & Physical Education
  • Strategic Management in Sports Organisations
  • Strategic Management in Sports Organisations
  • New Perspectives on Disability Sport & Outdoor Education
  • Applied Sports Development
  • Leisure, Enterprise & Entrepreneurship
  • Placement Learning-Integrating Theory with Practice
  • Independent Study Module

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

There are a number of physical activity careers where an evidence-based approach is a key criteria for employment. Potential employers include the NHS, local government, the armed forces and fitness clubs. Potential job roles include personal training, health promotion, PT instruction, teaching (via PGCE), cardiac rehabilitation specialist, or self-employment. A number of students also go on to postgraduate study in fields such as nutrition or health promotion.

Current Students


Course Leader

The course is run by a team with decades of valuable experience and research specialisms: Dr Joe Layden, Ben Jane, Melissa Coyle, Dr Saul Bloxham and Dr Martyn Queen. With interests spanning exercise for cancer survivors to physical activity interventions, this enthusiastic and passionate team offers substantial support to students from the first day to the last.


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