This programme offers an opportunity to gain a degree and added vocational qualifications. The Register for Exercise Professionals (REPs) qualifications are recognised by employers and help to increase student's employability.

Why study Health and Exercise Science?

The area of health promotion for preventing and managing chronic diseases is expanding. The programme prepares students to enter a wide array of health promotion opportunities. Integrated vocational qualifications, development of critical thinking, practical skills and acquisition of academic knowledge greatly increase the employability of our graduates. This is an area of employment with increasing opportunities.

Why St Mary's?

The Health and Exercise Science programme provides both academic and vocational qualifications. Staff are student-centred and interested in the holistic development of students. The programme is a relatively new innovation, addressing the growing need to improve the health of an increasingly sedentary population.

Health and Exercise Science offers students the choice of two pathways:

The Community pathway focuses on health and exercise promotion in community settings through lifestyle and behavioural changes, distinguishing it from more traditional sport science courses which focus on sport performance. The pathway has integrated an external qualification into year one of the degree:

  • REPs Level 2 with the category of Gym-Based Exercise (after year one). This is available for single honours students and those studying joint honours with either Sports Science or Nutrition. It is an additional option for those studying joint honours with either Business Management or Physical and Sport Education.
  • ISAK Level 1 Anthropometry (option in year three)
  • Royal Society for Public Health; Understanding Health improvement Award examination (Level 2).

Take a look at important facts and entry requirements relating to the Community Pathway.


The Clinical Exercise Science pathway focuses on working with individuals for the prevention and management of chronic conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The pathway has integrated external qualifications into years one, two and three of the degree. Students will have the opportunity to acquire the following REPs qualifications:

  • REPs Level 2 with the category of Gym-Based Exercise (after year one)
  • REPs Level 3 with the category of Personal Training (after year two)
  • REPs Level 3 with the category of Exercise Referral (after year three)
  • ISAK Level 1 Anthropometry (option in year three)
  • Royal Society for Public Health; Understanding Health improvement Award examination (Level 2)

Take a look at important facts and entry requirements relating to the Clinical Pathway.


A Student View

Jake Fuller (Graduated in 2014)
"I believe I have benefited greatly from studying Health and Exercise Science at St Mary's University. The wide array of subjects covered helped me develop key understandings of all areas of the health, fitness and exercise industry.

"As well as my degree, I gained extensive knowledge of how to apply my knowledge into a health and fitness environment, whereas I know many courses don't apply the physical instruction that we were privileged enough to receive.

"It was refreshing to hold such a pleasant and friendly rapport with the tutors, who helped as much as they physically could and would always go out of their way for you. It was also enjoyable to use all of the medical and scientific equipment in the labs on a regular basis. This gave me a more detailed insight before using similar processes in the working environment."

St Mary's course and employment stats

In the latest HESA Destinations of Leavers survey 95% of St Mary's students were employed or undertaking further study within six months of graduating.


St Mary's also scored 93% for teaching satisfaction and for 92% course satisfaction in the 2017 Guardian University Rankings.