Sport, Physical Activity and Health Promotion
BSc (Hons) or DipHE or CertHE
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How can you use sport and exercise to improve people’s health and improve their quality of life? How do you adapt physical exercise for various clinical populations? What part do attitudes to nutrition play?
These are some of the important lifestyle questions you’ll be covering in our Sport, Physical Activity and Health Promotion degree.
Having consulted widely with leaders in the healthcare sector, we’ve been able to design the course so it addresses the key issues faced by society today. Plus, our team’s research expertise informs their teaching and keeps you up to date with latest developments.
Our practical work placements with local healthcare and community organisations mean that when you apply for jobs, employers will see you have first-hand experience of what being a health practitioner really means.
And the course acts as a great springboard for a career in different areas of the healthcare and fitness industry. Whether you’re working with clinical populations or the general public, you’ll be able to show how health and wellbeing makes a difference.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Brand new lab space
Put your learning to the test in our clinical rehabilitation suite, dedicated to physical activity. Access our state-of-the-art equipment to run experiments and analyse your results.
Develop a broad skill set
As our course covers a wide range of topics from nutrition to public health, you’ll gain the experience needed to become a competent applied health practitioner in many areas.
An active research team
You’ll be taught by research specialists and expert clinicians in their field so you can be confident the course content is right up to date and addressing real issues.
Including several qualifications from the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) at no extra cost. Recognised internationally.
Make yourself more employable
Use our strong links with local healthcare and community organisations to set up practical work placements so you can stand out to future employers.
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.
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.
Throughout your course, you’ll focus on physical activity, including sport and applied exercise, plus nutrition and health promotion.
In your first year, you’ll cover a number of compulsory modules to give you a thorough grounding, including subjects such as an introduction to nutrition, the psychology of food, and the physiology for human movement. You’ll also study anatomy for sport, exercise and health promotion and behavioural change.
Our Sport and Exercise Practitioner module introduces you to the many different aspects of the role and explores the varied career opportunities.
In year 2, you’ll take some compulsory modules such as how to enhance physical activity from child to elderly adult. Plus, you choose from a variety of optional modules in line with your interests.
In year 3, you’ll look at training and rehabilitation, and public health policy. You’ll also have the opportunity to do a dissertation on a subject of your choosing.
Learning and teaching
Our teaching staff use a variety of methods informed by contemporary practice in science teaching in higher education. These include;
- practical work.
All modules make use of the Brookes Virtual Learning Environment. You can use this for;
- locating module resources
- 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.
We use a variety of assessment methods including;
- 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.
Health promotion and physical activity is a booming industry. Especially with various national initiatives tackling obesity and promoting healthy eating and exercise.
This means it’s a great time to be considering a career in the sector as there are a wide range of opportunities open to you. You may decide to go into one of the following:
- health and fitness industry
- community health initiatives
- health promotion
- clinical exercise therapy
- personal training
- professional sport
- workplace health and fitness
You can also gain professional accreditations through the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) such as the Health Navigator, Personal Trainer, Working with people with long term conditions.
As well as the specialist knowledge you’ll gain during our course, you’ll have developed key problem-solving and practical skills that employers value.
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
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.
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.
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.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
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. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.