BSc (Hons) Exercise PhysiologyS5G6

    Course Overview

    Duration: 3 years full-time with part-time options available
  • People are living longer but quality of life can be impacted by non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, chronic kidney diseases, diabetes and other age related conditions. Physical activity and exercise are fundamental to improving health and preventative care can reduce premature death and disability. Exercise physiologists are qualified to deliver exercise-based lifestyle and behaviour modification programs to improve overall health and quality of life in patients with chronic conditions. With an ageing population and increasing awareness around the benefits of exercise for a range of conditions, demand in this field is on the rise.

    You will enjoy practical training using state-of-the-art equipment in exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor control and strength and conditioning laboratories and complete clinical exercise delivery, including at the on-campus exercise rehabilitation clinics.

    Our exercise physiology degree incorporates theoretical, practical and clinical based learning experiences. You will complete introductory studies in human anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, motor learning and control, exercise and clinical psychology, exercise programming and nutrition. Once you have gained a solid grounding in exercise science theory you will complete specialised training in pathophysiology, clinical assessment procedures, the interactions of exercise and medicine, and the application of exercise to the management of multiple medical conditions. You will amass 400 hours of clinical practice on patients with cardiovascular, pulmonary and metabolic diseases.

    At the end of the third year you will have the opportunity to become a ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). You will graduate with exercise and the foundations of clinical experience in areas such as pathophysiology, clinical exercise assessment and prescription, and occupational rehabilitation. Please note that BSc (Hons) Exercise Physiology starts in September 2019 and is currently subject to validation.

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1st Year
  • Engaging with learning*
  • Human physiology & functional anatomy*
  • Food science & nutrition*
  • Musculoskeletal biomechanics*
  • Exercise physiology*
  • Health assessment (physical activity, nutritional, psychological & body composition)*
2nd Year
  • Behavioural approach & counselling (50 hours placement)*
  • Psychology in health & disease*
  • Pathophysiology of non-communicable diseases*
  • Exercise testing in health & disease (150 hours placement)*
  • Research methods & advanced statistics*
  • Public health promotion*
3rd Year
  • Honours project*
  • Pharmacology & toxicology*
  • Clinical exercise physiology - exercise prescription (200 hours clinical placement)*
  • Nutrition for clinical conditions*
  • National & international accreditation*

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

Graduate exercise physiologists are professionals with highly specialised skills in the area of exercise and sports science. With an ageing population and increasing awareness around the benefits of exercise for a range of medical conditions, it is anticipated demand for exercise physiologists will continue to rise. Exercise physiologists enjoy diverse careers in areas such as professional sports teams, sports clubs, hospitals, general practices or private clinics, health and fitness facilities, workplace and population health services, and exercise, sports and/or biomedical science research.

Course Leader

This exercise physiology degree is led by Dr Saul Bloxham who works with the NHS to deliver physical activity programmes designed to support patients with chronic low back pain and cancer at the University clinics.

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    Students will be eligible to take the globally recognised American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) examination for ACSM Exercise Physiologist Certification in their final semester of study. Further to this, students will undertake practical activities which will contribute towards advanced level ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist and ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist status. Completion of practical hours towards advanced (graduate level) clinical exercise physiology registration with ACSM will be facilitated through an optional MSc Exercise Physiology also offered at Plymouth Marjon University (subject to validation).