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Physical Activity, Exercise and Health
Undergraduate course
BSc (Hons)

Physical Activity, Exercise and Health

This course is also available with an integrated foundation year. Apply using UCAS code C699. Find out more here
International Scholarships available

Overview

Developed in response to the government's drive for a more physically active and healthier nation, this course will equip you with the knowledge, experience and skills to thrive in the field of physical activity, exercise and health.

You will examine the key disciplines of the exercise sciences and physical activity policies, from the causes of disease, to behaviour change strategies, and you will look at the design of interventions which promote and enhance the nation's health through prevention and treatment. From this, you will learn to design and deliver your own physical activity, exercise and health programmes that can have a lasting and positive impact on people's lives.

Some of our recent students have worked on some exciting and beneficial projects including, investigations into the promotion of men's health through premier league football clubs, the effectiveness of programmes designed to impact risk factors for diabetes or obesity, and physical activity and health programmes in the workplace.

RESIDENTIALS

During your first year you will have the opportunity to take part in a residential experience. This will be a chance to meet new friends and take part in a number of challenges to develop your problem solving and team working skills. Activities can include rock climbing, gorge scrambling, mountaineering, walking, canoeing and kayaking.



Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.
You will have the opportunity to undertake the internationally-recognised Register of Exercise Professional qualifications, ensuring that you are competitive within the job market. With flexible study options you can gear the course to suit your career aspirations by undertaking work placements through our networks in local schools, the NHS, local authorities, fitness clubs or with one of our many industry links. The University also offers a wide range of exciting volunteering opportunities.

You will develop the key skills recognised by employers which include communication, information technology, personal development, problem solving and teamwork. Furthermore, you will gain the leadership and planning skills to design your own physical activity schemes which effectively prescribe and promote healthy lifestyle initiatives which tackle obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

On top of this you can boost your CV by gaining nationally recognised sporting qualifications such as Coaching Certificates and gym and personal trainer qualifications, which are both available at the University.

WORK EXPERIENCE

This course focuses on planning your future career and developing an impressive CV. Through our extensive industry networks, we will help you to organise work experience opportunities which best suit your future career ambitions. Previous students have taught in primary and secondary schools, coached groups from different backgrounds, worked on healthy eating initiatives, research projects, and have also done placements abroad at weight loss clinics and camps.

SPORT VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES

We offer volunteering opportunities for anyone with an interest in sport. If you want to stay ahead of the game and have a competitive advantage in the job market then sport volunteering is an ideal way to gain extra knowledge and skills on top of your degree. Volunteering is a huge advantage if you want to pursue a career in the sports industry - and it will look great on your CV.

SPORT AND ACTIVE LIFESTYLES

We're passionate about sport and at Leeds Beckett University, there's a huge range of sports and activities for you to get involved in, including more than 40 sports clubs. If you'd like to find out more about what we have to offer - including the Carnegie Sports Scholarship Scheme - take a look at the Sport & Active Lifestyles website.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • Placements
  • Real-life projects
  • Expert careers service
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
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BSc (Hons) Sport, Physical Activity & Health - Emma Jones and Kathryn Brook, Students

Entry Requirements

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POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Additional Requirements

At least one A level should normally be from a science subject, which can include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Education, Psychology or Sociology. If you are studying Biology, Chemistry or Physics to meet this requirement you must also achieve a 'Pass' in the practical assessment, where that practical assessment is separated (from 2017).
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Enhanced Criminal History Checks
Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Additional Requirements

At least one A level should normally be from a science subject, which can include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Education, Psychology or Sociology. If you are studying Biology, Chemistry or Physics to meet this requirement you must also achieve a 'Pass' in the practical assessment, where that practical assessment is separated (from 2017).
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Enhanced Criminal History Checks
Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Matt Pears

Careers

Matt Pears

MSc Sport & Exercise Science & BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science

“I got my position through an internship which was available from one of the links between the University and Leeds United.

Teaching and learning

You will learn how to help the public health agenda in creating a more physically active and healthier nation. You will be equipped not only with knowledge of contemporary academic developments in the field, but also with experience of working in Physical Activity, Exercise and Health professional contexts and the ability to critically synthesise these to become an effective practitioner.

The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload will be informed by your core modules and the option modules you choose to study – the information provided is an indication of what you can expect and may be subject to change. The option modules listed are also an indication of what will be available to you. Their availability is subject to demand and you will be advised which option modules you can choose at the beginning of each year of study.

Study the four themes of science, intervention, practical delivery and research/ professional development: physiology, functional biomechanics, psychology, and nutrition. These will provide the core foundations for science which will then be developed further in Years Two and Three.
Overall workload
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280 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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920 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
38%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
24%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
38%
Core Modules

Gain a scientific foundation in psychology and behaviour change techniques required for the science strand of this programme. You will learn about the psychology of sedentary behaviour and physical activity and how psychology and behaviour change can play a pivotal role in helping individuals from key priority groups lead a physically active lifestyle. Secondly, you will also learn key psychological theories that underpin these principles whilst also understanding how to measure mood, motivation and quality of life using a range of tools.

Build your scientific foundation for exercise physiology, analysing human movement and physical activity. You will gain knowledge, understanding and skills for developing professional practice in health and physical activity.

You will embark on the early engagement in and development of self-regulatory, study, research and employability skills.

Explore the fundamentals of nutrition for health and performance by developing an understanding of nutritional biochemistry and energy metabolism. On completion of the module you should be able to understand the concept of energy and how the body utilises energy. By understanding metabolism and the process of energy utilisation, you will develop an understanding of food as energy along with the importance of adequate nutrition in maintaining body functions during rest and activity.

Gain the knowledge and skills to design and deliver a gym-based exercise programme for apparently healthy adults, young people (aged 14-16), older adults and ante and postnatal women.

Gain the knowledge and skills a coach would need to design and deliver a physical activity session for young people aged 4 to 15. You will learn about key concepts of child development from a bio-psycho-social perspective and how these impact on the frequency, intensity, time and type of exercise you would use in a physical activity session.

Discuss and apply the scientific disciplines from Year One to different segments of the life course in the Science of Lifelong PAEH and Nutrition for Health and Active Lifestyles modules. You will develop your practical expertise though the Exercise for Referred Populations module.
Overall workload
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384 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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816 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
20%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
30%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
50%
Core Modules

Build on your knowledge of the developmental and methodological considerations associated with physical activity and health. You will focus on developing understanding of the benefits of physical activity across the life-course in relation to growth and development, disease prevention and maintenance of quality of life.

Study the key, theoretical concepts and principles when designing, delivering and evaluating physical activity and public health interventions at the local, national and international level. You will gain a generic foundation on which to establish (i) a critical evaluation and application of physical activity and public health interventions for priority groups, (ii) a critical interrogation and application of public health guidance and techniques to promote healthy behaviours at a population level.

Build on the Year 1 Research and Personal Development module and develop your awareness of the industry profile and employment landscape in your degree. You will have the chance to enhance your employability through the development of transferable and specific skills. You will be encouraged to broaden your network of contacts and audit, manage and reflect upon the advancement of your individual employability skills, expectations and requirements to support your development.

Build upon the research and study skills already acquired to enable you to be consumers of research for use across your Year two modules and in preparation for completing a Year three final year project in your chosen topic. By the end of the module, you will be able to search for and apply relevant literature and/or theory; choose research designs to address research enquiries; analyse and interpret empirical data (qualitative and quantitative); and present research findings in your specific field.

Identify and implement appropriate dietary analysis techniques, and apply and justify sound and specific nutritional and dietary recommendations to promote good health and support an active lifestyle.

Option modules may include:

Gain a multidisciplinary understanding of the role active learning can play in the promotion of physical activity and academic performance in young people. You will learn about the development of the brain and the role that physical activity can play in enhancing cognition at both the acute and chronic level. This basic science understanding will the underpin the development and delivery of active learning programmes.

Gain the relevant knowledge and practical skills required to plan, deliver, manage and evaluate a safe, effective and progressive adapted physical activity programme for referred clients/patients with specific controlled conditions.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Critically apply your interdisciplinary knowledge in the justification, design, delivery and evaluation of an appropriate intervention for different audiences. You will further develop your critical application through a Final Year Project where you will be required to engage in a research project within the field of physical activity, exercise and health under the supervision of an academic staff member.
Overall workload
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203 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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997 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
22%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
4%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
74%
Core Modules

Draw together the three subject strands within the degree, science, intervention and application. You will develop your understanding and critical evaluation of local, national and international physical activity and health policy, guidance and scientific research. You will then critically apply your learning in the design, implementation and evaluation of an intervention to promote physical activity to a specific target population within young people.

Build upon your understanding and critical evaluation of local, national and international physical activity, exercise and health policy, guidance and scientific research. You will critically apply their learning in the design, implementation and evaluation of an intervention targeted at the meso and macro level to promote physical activity, exercise and health to a specific target population. You will deliver a population level intervention (social marketing campaign, brief intervention e.g. step challenge or health week, mobile phone application, website), evaluate its effectiveness and provide a reflection on the process.

You will be challenged to undertake an extended and largely independent piece of work that demonstrates research skills, critical thinking, and an awareness of ethical methodological approaches to study. You are provided with a choice of project types that reflect the key knowledge, skills and attributes of graduate careers associated with your course.

Andrew Smith
Andy-Daly Smith
Senior Lecturer

Andy is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Behavioural Science. His research focusses on impact and feasibility of physical activity interventions for children and young people.

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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of laboratory equipment, including specialist sport and exercise science facilities

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific optional costs

  • Course branded sportswear
    (Branded sportswear is available to buy, but it is not compulsory. Prices start at £10, with a complete kit bundle costing £135)
  • Various coaching qualifications as well as gym and personal trainer awards are available
    (Cost will depend on the course chosen)
  • Opportunity to undertake the internationally recognised Register of Exercise Professional qualifications (REPS)
    (Additional qualifications awarded by the YMCA allow you to be registered to REPS, including: L2 Gym Instructor Award – normal cost £855, L2 Leading Exercise and Physical Activity for Children – normal cost £499, L3 Exercise for Referred Populations – normal cost £549. These qualifications are stand-alone and require external examination, so incur a cost at a much-reduced rate. For example, 1 qualification at £200, 2 qualifications at £350 and all three for £450 (TBC after 2018-19))
  • Volunteering opportunities
    (Cost will depend on location)
  • Sports membership
    (Access to sport and fitness facilities, including a wide range of fitness classes. Active Beckett PLUS membership costs £90 per year. Other levels of membership are also available)
  • Membership of Register of Exercise Professionals
    (Costs £40 per annum)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of laboratory equipment, including specialist sport and exercise science facilities

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific optional costs

  • Course branded sportswear
    (Branded sportswear is available to buy, but it is not compulsory. Prices start at £10, with a complete kit bundle costing £135)
  • Various coaching qualifications as well as gym and personal trainer awards are available
    (Cost will depend on the course chosen)
  • Opportunity to undertake the internationally recognised Register of Exercise Professional qualifications (REPS)
    (Additional qualifications awarded by the YMCA allow you to be registered to REPS, including: L2 Gym Instructor Award – normal cost £855, L2 Leading Exercise and Physical Activity for Children – normal cost £499, L3 Exercise for Referred Populations – normal cost £549. These qualifications are stand-alone and require external examination, so incur a cost at a much-reduced rate. For example, 1 qualification at £200, 2 qualifications at £350 and all three for £450 (TBC after 2018-19))
  • Volunteering opportunities
    (Cost will depend on location)
  • Sports membership
    (Access to sport and fitness facilities, including a wide range of fitness classes. Active Beckett PLUS membership costs £90 per year. Other levels of membership are also available)
  • Membership of Register of Exercise Professionals
    (Costs £40 per annum)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

    Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

  • Sports Facilities
    Sports Facilities

    "I've been coming here to train since 2004 and the facilities are great." - Jessica Ennis, Olympic Gold Medallist

  • Library and online resources
    Library and online resources

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Sports Science Labs
    Sports Science Labs

    Our specialist sports science facilities include a human performance lab, a cardio-respiratory lab, blood sampling room for biochemical marker work, a full working physiology lab for monitoring athletes, a full body composition scanner and a nutrition laboratory.

Location

Headingley Campus

Headingley Campus

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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