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Sport, Physical Activity and Health Promotion

BSc (Hons) or DipHE or CertHE

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2024



Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: up to 6 years

UCAS Tariff Points


  • CIMSPA Endorsed


Our Physical Activity and Health Promotion degree prepares you to be a future leader in the healthcare and fitness industry.

We've designed this course in collaboration with leaders in the sector. And ensured it's in line with current and future healthcare and public health agendas.

You will study:

  • how the human body responds to sport, exercise, nutrition and public health interventions
  • how to use these interventions to maximize health across the lifespan.

Our staff are active researchers and clinicians within the field. Their expertise informs their teaching and keeps you up to date with the latest developments in the area.

You will have many work experience opportunities with local healthcare and community organizations.

You will also have the ability to attain internationally recognised vocational qualifications by CIMSPA which demonstrate a practical ability that is vital in post-graduate employment.

On graduating you will have the knowledge and practical skills to develop and deliver:

  • exercise and activity interventions
  • health promotion initiatives

How to apply

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27


Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Ability to demonstrate an interest and commitment to sport. 

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

International applications

If you are an international applicant, you will need to apply early to allow enough time for obtaining visa if you are offered a place.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.

Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home (UK) applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

Learning and assessment

On this course you will focus on three main focus areas;

  • Physical activity, sport and applied exercise
  • Nutrition
  • Health promotion.

These areas are based on recent published evidence and national health policies. As well as the current employment market for professionals in this field. They were developed with input from external stakeholders.

Focusing on these areas will allow you to develop the problem solving and practical skills that employers are looking for. 

You will study compulsory modules which will give you a sound basis in the topics. In Years 2 and 3 you can choose from a range of optional modules to focus your studies according to your interests. Or to focus towards an employment opportunity or postgraduate study.

Physical Activity and Health Promotion

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Introduction to Nutrition

An introduction to the concepts of nutrition and energy supply, examining common food groups found in our diet, as well as ways of measuring our nutritional intake and adequacy.

Psychology of Food

An introduction to the concept of food choice and identify the range of factors that affect food choice.

Physiology for Human Movement

In this module you will learn how to apply the theoretical principles of human physiology and metabolism to practical situations, and investigate how the body responds to exercise.

The Sport and Exercise Practitioner

This module introduces you to the multi-dimensional role of the sports, exercise and health practitioner and raises awareness of the range of career opportunities that exist for sports practitioners.

Introduction to the Psychology of Sport and Exercise

This module will introduce you to fundamental psychological concepts, theories and research in order to consider ways in which they can be applied to sport and exercise.

Anatomy for Sport and Exercise

An introduction to human anatomy.

Health Promotion and Behaviour Change

An introduction to the concept and practical application of health promotion, the models of health behaviour and behavioural change.

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Research Methods for Sport and Health Sciences

This module aims to develop your knowledge of research methods and concepts. You will explore aspects pertaining to the design, analysis and interpretation of research, as well as ethical considerations fundamental to the research process.

Enhancing Physical Activity Across the Lifespan

In this module you will explore the benefits, barriers and facilitators to increasing the physical activity of the nation; from children through adolescence, pre and post-natal, and the older adult.

Determinants of Health

This module explores the bio-socio-economic factors that influence or impact the health of a population.

Applied Human Nutrition

A detailed study of the features and problems of nutrition-related disease in the UK, Europe and other prosperous countries and communities.

Exercise Prescription for Clinical Populations

In this module you will develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the area of exercise prescription and training in clinical populations.

Motivating Health Behaviour

In this module you will examine a variety of approaches to motivate behavioural change, with the aim of improving human health by addressing nutrition, exercise and other relevant factors in post-industrialised nations.

Physical Activity and Health

This module focuses on the ways in which physical inactivity impacts on cardiometabolic health.

Optional modules

Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology

This module offers a deeper exploration of human physiology; applying various principles and knowledge of exercise physiology to field rather than laboratory settings, using equipment and skills that are used in a range of contemporary occupational settings.

Principles of Training for Sport and Exercise

This module aims to provide you with the key knowledge and skills needed to write and deliver individualised or group training programmes.

Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism

This module will focus on sources of metabolic energy and other nutrients required by human metabolism. This includes their sources in food, the UK diet, and the consequences of sub-optimal intake or excess.

Work Experience (Sm 1, 2 or 3)

This optional work experience module will run con-currently with the other modules in the semester and will not require you to take time out of your studies. There will be no additional fees to these opportunities beyond normal tuition fees. They will be organised and facilitated by the department, however, students may be able to organise their own experience with approval by the work experience module lead.

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Clinical Populations and Rehabilitation

This module aims to advance your knowledge and practical skills in delivering evidence based training and rehabilitation for the prevention and management of prevalent long term health conditions.


This module allows you to pursue a sustained critical inquiry of your choosing, within the fields of sport and exercise science, physical education, health and nutrition.

Public Health Policy

This module investigates current Public Health policy and the impact on national health.

Optional modules

Independent Study

Applied Practice in Sport and Exercise Science

This module is designed to provide you with the skills and understanding of the process of translating research into applied practice within certain fields of sport and exercise science.

Energy Regulation and Obesity

In this module you will study the factors influencing human energy regulation and the development and treatment of obesity.

Clinical Nutrition

This module focuses on the study of nutrition theory and practice within a clinical setting. It takes a 'process' approach to clinical nutrition and outlines the general principles and processes that underlie most clinical cases.

Work Experience (Sm 1, 2 or 3)

This optional work experience module will run con-currently with the other modules in the semester and will not require you to take time out of your studies. There will be no additional fees to these opportunities beyond normal tuition fees. They will be organised and facilitated by the department, however, students may be able to organise their own experience with approval by the work experience module lead.

Strength and Conditioning for Sport and Exercise

The aim of this module is to develop practical and theoretical knowledge in the area of strength and conditioning, including evidence-based practice, rehabilitation and working with special populations.

Emerging Technology in Exercise and Health

This module aims to help you identify strengths and weaknesses of emerging, industry specific technology. You will process and critically analyse their data and relevantly apply and use it within various fields of expertise.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

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Learning and teaching

Our teaching staff use a variety of methods informed by contemporary practice in science teaching in higher education. These include;

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical work.

All modules make use of the Brookes Virtual Learning Environment. You can use this for;

  • locating module resources
  • quizzes
  • coursework submissions.

Due to the small cohort size and the facilities and external resources available, you will get an emphasis on the practical application of your knowledge.


Assessment methods used on this course

We use a variety of assessment methods including;

  • essays
  • reviews
  • laboratory/field notebooks
  • scientific reports
  • posters and oral presentations.

Our teaching staff are committed to providing you with;

  • clear assessment criteria
  • useful and timely feedback on your work.

We also encourage reflective learning. This usually involves self, peer or staff feedback on assignments, group work and project work, and portfolios.

Study Abroad

You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

After you graduate

Career prospects

Graduating students will find employment opportunities in research, teaching, the health and fitness industry, community recreation, health promotion, rehabilitation, clinical exercise therapy, personal training, professional sport, physical activity coordination, workplace health and fitness, exercise referral, health-based intervention design and delivery, community health initiatives.

Professional Accreditation

Students will be eligible to achieve a Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) Level 3 GP Exercise Referral qualification at the end of their second year of study, and a Level 4 Specialist Rehabilitation qualification at the end of their third year of study.

Further study

Our graduates will be eligible to apply for post-graduate study in allied health programmes such as Pre-registration MSc Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy, or Masters level study in Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition, Human Nutrition or Public Health at Oxford Brookes University and additional Masters level studies nationwide.

Free language courses

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

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Programme Changes:

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.