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Sept 2020

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3 Years



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Dr Magali Chohan
Dr Magali Chohan

Programme Director - Nutrition
020 8240 8289

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Please note: this degree is only accepting applications to transfer directly on to the third year of the programme.

Health and exercise science addresses the causes, prevention and management of chronic diseases using physical activity and health promotion strategies as tools to improve health and wellbeing.

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Why study Health and Exercise Science?

The importance of maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle is increasingly calling for highly-skilled and practically adept graduates in the health sector.

The degree's emphasis on practical learning will prepare you to enter a wide range of vocational careers. It will explore in-depth issues relating to health promotion through lifestyle and behavioural changes, distinguishing it from more traditional sport science programmes that focus on sport performance.

In recent BBC news headlines, the NHS announced that 1,000 more “social prescribers” are to be trained to prescribe social activities like exercise classes to support GP’s and help reduce their workload. Read the full blog post...

Why St Mary's?

Our staff are student-centred and interested in your holistic development. The programme is a relatively new innovation, addressing the growing need to improve the health of an increasingly sedentary population.

There are currently two pathways offered on this programme:

Community pathway

The Community pathway focuses on health and exercise promotion in community settings.

There are external vocational qualifications integrated into the pathway that are recognised by employers in the health and fitness industry, including:

  • REPs Level 2 with the category of Gym-Based Exercise (after Year 1)
  • Royal Society for Public Health Level 2; Understanding Health Improvement Award examination (after Year 1)
  • Level 1 International Society for Advancement of Kinanthropometry, ISAK (after Year 3)

Clinical Exercise pathway (Single Honours only)

The Clinical Exercise pathway focuses on the assessment and application of health and exercise promotion for people with chronic conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

As well as the vocational qualifications available on the Community pathway, the Clinical Exercise pathway also includes the following industry-recognised awards:

  • REPs Level 3 with the category of Personal Training (after Year 2)
  • REPs Level 3 with the category of Exercise Referral (after Year 3)

Key facts

  • 91.7% of Health and Exercise Science students are in professional employment, further study or both six months after graduation (HESA, DLHE 2015/16)
  • Added vocational qualifications at no extra cost
  • Dedicated and knowledgeable student-centred teaching team
  • Study as part of a flexible Joint Honours degree
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus

Joint honours combinations

Health and Exercise Science can be combined with any of the following courses to create a joint honours degree programme:

Course content

Year one

  • Health Skills 
  • Introduction to Health  
  • Introduction to Nutrition and Health 
  • Introduction to Research Methods 
  • Physical Activity Instructor 
  • Physiology and Anatomy 

Year two

  • Aetiology of Chronic Disease 
  • Exercise Physiology and Activity Across Lifespan 
  • Health Promotion 
  • Health Psychology 
  • Nutrition for Health and Exercise 
  • Personal Trainer 
  • Research Methods 

Year three

  • Anthropometry 
  • Applied Health Promotion 
  • Behaviour Change 
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology 
  • Clinical Placement 
  • Directed Study 
  • Exercise Referral 
  • Health and the Developing World 
  • Physical Activity and Chronic Diseases 
  • Research Project 
  • The Enterprising Workplace  
  • Weight Management for Health 
  • Work Placement: Managing in the Workplace 
Please refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

The Health and Exercise Science degree provides you with knowledge and skills that will prepare you for a range of employment opportunities within the health and exercise sector and the wider job market, including:

  • Physical activity and health promotion specialist
  • GP exercise referral consultant
  • Health and fitness industry
  • NHS physical activities advisor
  • Workplace health improvement
  • Health and wellbeing physiologist
  • Postgraduate study

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Health and Exercise Science students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree. The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

A range of traditional -  as well as more innovative - teaching methods are used on the programme including lectures, seminars, student-led presentations, work-based learning and workshops and tutorials.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed in a variety of ways, including continuous coursework assessment, timed essays, research and laboratory reports, oral and poster presentations and written examinations.


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Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £12,250

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £11,750

* Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please contact

Further information

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