Innovations in Physical Activity and Health
In a nutshell
This course, which has been formally accredited by SportsCoachUK for entry on to the Register of Exercise Professionals, is designed to improve the health of the nation by developing knowledge around the areas of exercise physiology and exercise prescription and instruction, cardiac rehabilitation, eating behaviour and nutrition.
- Learn about the many factors that can affect the decision to exercise and how to overcome resistance to healthy lifestyle behaviours
- Be competent in the prescription of exercise for healthy adults and special population groups
- Understand how to produce a nutritional profile for general health and optimal performance
- Develop an appreciation of physical activity innovation in practice
This is for you if...
You have a passion for exercise and activity
You want to help others lead a healthier lifestyle
You are hard-working and organised
You want to work with people from all kinds of backgrounds
You are looking for a diverse opportunity
All about the course
You will become familiar with the factors that can affect the decision to exercise and how exercise programmes can be structured and implemented to enable an overall improvement in health. Whilst on this course, you will also have the opportunity to take gym instructor, personal trainer or exercise referral certification at no additional cost.
In your final year you will have the opportunity to take a placement in a wide range of professional settings (referral schemes, private/public sectors, health clubs, community, clinical).
You will explore innovation in the exercise and health industries and use a critical approach to assess the effectiveness of fitness-based products and services.
The aim of this module is to encourage an awareness of the physiological nature of life in humans and develop an understanding of form, function and adaptation in organ systems central to the maintenance of life and interaction with the environment.
Exercise Design and Fitness Instruction
This module provides you with the knowledge that underpins all forms of physical exercise and fitness development in order to design suitable, safe, well-structured exercise sessions.
Physical Activity and Health Monitoring in Practice
The module aims to provide you with the skills to be able to educate communities and groups about the importance of leading a healthy and active lifestyle, intervene with related interventions and to measure, monitor and interpret physical activity related data of individuals and groups.
Bioenergetics and Nutrients
This module aims to present foundation knowledge which is fundamental to the study of energy metabolism and nutrition for human performance.
Practitioner Skill Development
You will learn to differentiate between the concepts and roles associated with careers in the exercise, physical activity and sports industries.
Exercise Programme for the Recreational Athlete
You will learn how to create effective, individualised exercise programmes based on an analysis of information gathered from fitness assessments, exercise counselling and goal setting.
This module examines the theoretical and practical aspects of the physiological responses to exercise.
Nutrition for Exercise and Health
You will develop an understanding of the scientific principles that underpin the nutritional requirements for health and exercise.
Exercise Contexts and Training
You will explore a range of established exercise training techniques and how they might be applied, and consider their role in the development of an active lifestyle.
Research Methods and Study Design
Introduces you to research design and analysis to allow you to critically appraise evidence and to plan your own research.
Healthy Behaviour and Promoting Change
You will develop a critical understanding of health behaviour and health literacy, evaluate health behaviour models to explain individual and population health behaviour and develop an understanding of different approaches used to engage the public on health issues.
You will be expected to conduct an in-depth evidence-based study on a topic of your choosing.
This module will introduce you to related areas of employment by practical experience, whilst applying academic knowledge to practice and enabling a range of key and transferable skills within a placement setting.
Measurement and Evaluation of Fitness and Health
You will learn the theoretical and practical skills associated with the measurement of fitness, the prescription of exercise and the process for delivering feedback to client groups.
You will learn about the role of evidenced-based cardiac rehabilitation in the management of cardiovascular disease. You will gain a detailed knowledge of conditions such as coronary artery disease and heart failure, and the physiological and psychological impact these can have on people. You will also gain knowledge and experience of how to prescribe safe and effective exercise for this clinical population.
Exercise Prescription for Special Populations
You will learn about the normal and abnormal function of selected organ systems, the pharmacological management of disease and how to safely prescribe exercise for special population groups.
Eating Behaviour and Dietary Interventions
You will explore the behavioural basis for food choices and eating patterns, which will enable you to then address the implications of inadequate food consumption.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What will I be doing?
The curriculum has been designed by expert staff with national reputations and professional experience in the exercise, health and fitness industries. Teaching is delivered using a variety of methods:
- Practical skill sessions
- Case studies
- Problem-based learning
- On-line learning
- Work experience
- Laboratory classes
Students on the course also engage in self-directed study activities, group work and project team working. All students are allocated a personal tutor to ensure personal and academic development and achievement.
- Coursework 20%
- Presentations 20%
- Practical 15%
- Simulated interview scenarios 5%
- Case studies 5%
- Portfolio 10%
- Report writing 10%
- Written and practical exams 10%
- Reflective writing 5%
School of Health and Society
In the School of Health and Society, we are focused on enhancing the health and wellbeing of patients, service users and athletes, and our commitment to public involvement helps us retain our strong focus on real-world issues.
Human Performance Laboratory
Facilities include our world-class human performance laboratory which contains almost every type of physiological, performance analysis and biomechanical testing equipment, including a 30-metre sprint track with inbuilt force platforms, motion capture systems, blood and gas analysis equipment and speed guns.
We also have a separate physiological testing laboratory and fully equipped strength and conditioning suite, which includes an isokinetic dynamometer and portable force platforms.Take a 360 tour of the facilities here.
We also have extensive equipment in our exercise and physiology laboratory including:
- Portable and static online gas analysis systems for breath-by-breath cardiopulmonary exercise testing, including VO2 max tests
- A Lode Cycle Ergometer to provide isokinetic testing conditions within cycling
- An Analox G37 Multi-Assay Blood Analyser to study blood lactate concentration. We also have a range of field-based Lactate Pro analysers, which have been used to test professional athletes as part of our partnerships
The University is also home to three gait labs, which, together with the human performance lab, are used to conduct research by the Centre for Health Sciences Research that underpins your learning.
What about after uni?
Recent graduates from this course have gone on to work for Salford Community Leisure, Manchester Primary Care Trust, Fitness First and BUPA Wellness. Following graduation, some students choose to undertake a postgraduate teaching qualification.
There are career opportunities in a wide variety of areas including health and exercise promotion (including sports development), personal training, workplace health and fitness, exercise referral, health-based intervention design and delivery, postgraduate research and project work, community food work, cardiac rehabilitation and teaching.
On successful completion of the course students have moved into a range of professional roles, including the following:
- Advanced Personal Trainer, Virgin Active
- Exercise Referral Manager, Salford PCT
- Community Food and Nutrition Worker, St Helens Council
- Workplace Health Consultant, BUPA Wellness
The course team are actively involved in research and undertake project work in collaboration with industry partners. The following are examples of partners and projects:
- Wigan Primary Care Trust – free swimming evaluation
- Greater Manchester Obesity Group – strategic development of weight management services
- Tameside Sport Development - evaluation of interventions
- Manchester Velodrome - active travel and cycling
- North West Health and Physical Activity Forum - representation on the steering group
- Salford Swimming – nutritional support
- Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport – exercise for disabled people
- NIKE – fitness testing in football
- Federation of International Lacrosse – fitness testing
What you need to know
Due to the nature of the industry, we aim to recruit confident, hard-working, organised individuals who have a passion for exercise and activity. If you could see yourself working with a range of people in a range of different settings, this course is for you.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
International applicants will be required to show proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5, with no element below 6.0, is proof of this.
Minimum of three GCSE's at Grade 4/C including English Language and Maths (or equivalent) You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below
UCAS tariff points
112 points, at least one science subject preferred (can include psychology, sociology, sport, PE)
112 points, at least one A2 science subject preferred (can include psychology, sociology, sport, PE)
BTEC National Diploma
DMM (to include specific subjects: sport, exercise, health or applied science)
Foundation Degree graduates will be considered for entry at Level 6 of the course.
Access to HE
112 points from Access to HE Diploma. 60 Credits total, including at least 45 graded credits at level 3. Science and health subjects preferred.
112 points at least one science subject preferred (can include psychology, sociology, sport, PE)
Irish Leaving Certificate
112 points at least one science subject preferred (can include psychology, sociology, sport, PE)
31 IB points. To include at least one science subject (can include psychology, sociology, sport, PE).
Pass in Diploma of at least 65% to include at least one Science
Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2019/20||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2019/20||£14,820per year|
|Part-time||2019/20||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
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Course ID CB69, CBP9