What you study
In the Years 1 and 2, students study the scientific underpinnings of Physical Activity and Health within a sport and exercise science context. This includes Physiology, Biomechanics, Psychology and Social Science. The theoretical knowledge gained will be applied to a variety of practical-based modules, with several options that allow you to establish a strong foundation from which to specialise in Physical Activity and Health. Students will also have the opportunity to study theme-based interdisciplinary elective modules in the early years.
In Years 3 and 4, you will study more specific Physical Activity and Health modules, which cover aspects such as Public Health Policy and Health Promotion, and Exercise Prescriptions for General and Specialist populations.
Placement opportunities exist throughout the programme, and optional courses will allow you to take modules from other programmes, offering the opportunity to tailor the course to your own needs and interests.
In the Year 4, you will complete an individual piece of research of your own design, which focuses on your particular area of enquiry within the field of Physical Activity and Health.
How you learn and are assessed
The programme consists of a mixture of lectures, practical laboratory classes, seminars/tutorials and independent study. The practical laboratory classes offer the chance to learn relevant scientific techniques first hand, and provide an opportunity to engage in research by designing experiments and collecting and analysing data.
The assessment strategy is aimed at developing a variety of skills that are valued by employers. The vast majority of the assessment is by innovative, coursework-related submissions such as lab reports, essays, oral and poster presentations, portfolios, reflective logs and practical tests. Exams only form a small percentage of the overall assessment, approximately 15%.
You will be assessed by the use of portfolio, reflective logs, case studies, laboratory reports, practical competencies, oral and poster presentations, as well as essays and exam-based assessment. Assessments are designed to reflect the prospective needs of employers.