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BSc (Hons) Exercise Prescription and Public Health *

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Three years full-time.

Six years part-time.

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104 UCAS tariff points (or above). BCC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

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Start date: September 2021



Exercise prescription is a dynamic and rapidly evolving scientific discipline aimed at understanding how exercise can be used effectively to manage clinical conditions and improve human health. This degree utilises a multidisciplinary approach in order to provide you with knowledge of the science of exercise to prevent and manage disease, prolong life and promote human health. It covers three main areas: clinical exercise physiology, exercise referral, and public health and policy.

Through innovative and applied sessions, you will develop a range of practical and analytical skills relevant to a career in exercise prescription and public health. Throughout your degree we support you as an individual, to make sure that you make the right choices for your learning and graduate career. Our aim is to help you progress to an employment-ready graduate and hence the course has a strong vocational element, providing you with a unique opportunity to acquire the additional qualifications needed for a career in exercise referral. Since our state-of-the-art facilities mirror the settings found in professional environments, you will leave our University with valuable skills demanded by healthcare science employers.

Our facilities are used for clinical exercise science research with our NHS partners. The degree benefits from a close working relationship with industry experts and is taught by an international team of research-active academics. Both ensure that the course is relevant to your future employment, is contemporary and at the forefront of the discipline. You could be one of our students who work on real industry research projects, on the final year Dissertation module, which will further enhance your employability prospects.

Some of our recent graduates have secured work for specialist, high-profile organisations, thanks to the expertise attained during their studies. These include both Addenbrooke’s and Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts. The opportunities are vast.

Course modules

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Anatomy for Sport and Exercise Science (Mandatory)
Science in Sport (Mandatory)
Introduction to Exercise Physiology (Mandatory)
Foundations of Epidemiology and Public Health (Mandatory)
Introduction to Exercise Prescription (Incl. Personal Trainer Qualification) (Mandatory)
Exercise Physiology (Mandatory)
Research Methods for Sport and Exercise Sciences (Mandatory)
Professional Development for Exercise Practitioners (Mandatory)
Public Health; Policy and Systems (Mandatory)
Exercise Referral (incl. Exercise Referral Instructor Qualification) (Mandatory)
Clinical Exercise Physiology (Mandatory)
Contemporary Issues in Public Health (Mandatory)
Advanced Exercise Prescription (includes Specialist Exercise Referral Instructor Qualification) (Mandatory)
Dissertation (Mandatory)

Career opportunities

Successful completion of this course will allow you gain employment as a Personal Trainer (after your first year), and an Exercise Referral Specialist upon successful completion of your second year of study. These qualifications provide opportunities for you to seek employment and gain experience in the field whilst you complete your degree, which will undoubtedly enhance your employability prospects further, whilst ensuring that you and your CV are ‘career-ready’.

Graduates have gained employment at the prestigious Addenbrooke’s and Papworth Hospitals as Clinical and Exercise Physiologists, and Allied Health Professionals as Exercise Rehabilitation Specialists. Some of our graduates have also pursued teaching careers.

Fees and finance

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Further Information                                                       

At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. 

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Dr Jane Black is a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology, in the School of Health and Sports Sciences. Jane is also a co-course leader for the Sport and Exercise Science degree, and Chair of the School’s Ethics Committee.   ...

Dr Gavin Devereux is an Associate Professor in the Department of Science and Technology, and is the Director of Sport Sciences and Coaching. Gavin is an exercise physiologist, with a research background in understanding how blood pressure is regulated during exercise, as well as ...

Christopher is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health in the School of Health and Sports Sciences at the University of Suffolk and is responsible for leading on quality assurance and assessment moderation of the MSc Public Health which is delivered online in a partnership arrangement wi...

Facilities and Resources

Our students enjoy brilliant access to world-leading research and professional practice equipment. These are currently based in our modern Human Performance Laboratory, based on the Waterfront in the James Hehir Building.

You will enjoy full use of cardiopulmonary exercise apparatus (used to assess cardiac, metabolic and respiratory function of patients), specialist cardiovascular apparatus such as electrocardiograms (used to assess cardiovascular function in patients), isokinetic dynamometers and electromyography (used to assess joint and muscle function in patients), electroencephalograms and other neurological, biofeedback and neurophysiological apparatus (used to assess psychological function in patients).

We pride ourselves on giving you access to all our specialist equipment; you get to personally use everything in our Human Performance Laboratory during your studies (not just watch us demonstrate it). This ‘hands-on’ approach ensures that you are confident and competent using the specialist equipment required to be successful in healthcare science roles