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Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Exercise for health

In 2021, this course is being offered for levels 3 and 4 only.

Modern sedentary lifestyles shorten lifespan and are responsible for worldwide increases in non-communicable diseases. Physical activity is an overlooked, but fundamental, component of human health and wellbeing, and current research shows that for a healthy life, we need to be doing more physical activity, more often. This new multidisciplinary course is focussed on developing the skills and knowledge needed for working with others to improve their health and wellbeing. The emphasis is on the use of physical activity to improve people’s lives; such as supervised exercise for general fitness, weight loss or other health gain, helping someone go for a walk, or attend a dance class, or simply give advice.

You’ll study the theory and practice of promoting healthy behaviours such as physical activity, and participate in community engagement activities in different environments with a wide range of service users. This is a course that will make you think differently about the world and the community around you. For example, did you know that if you teach a primary school child the very simple skill of catching a ball, they are more likely to be coordinated, to enjoy team sports in high school and to be active throughout their whole life and so less likely to be overweight and unhealthy?

Years Three and Four have a broader scope, looking at service provision, developing an understanding of working with community groups and organisations such as charities and care homes. Studying entrepreneurship, leadership and sustainable community development, you will learn how to identify community and organisational needs related to health and wellbeing, and design a sustainable solution to a particular issue. The process and solution you develop will draw on experience from the community engagement opportunities and will form a significant part of the work required for your final year dissertation.

Modules

Year Three (first year on campus)
•Transition to Learning in Higher Education/
•Dissertation
•Epidemiology in Public Health
•Health Entrepreneurship
•Integrating Module Year Three, Contemporary Practice in Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing
•Psychosocial Aspects of Health Behaviour Change
•Work-based Learning Placement

Year Four
•Honours Project
•Work-based learning placement
•Understanding Leadership
•Integrating Module Year Four, Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (April 2021) but it is likely that modules will change from those listed here due to course revalidation. Please check provider's course webpages for updates.

Assessment methods

You will be taught in lectures, and seminars, and have work based learning experience with organisations off campus. Outside timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning through self-study. You will be assessed by a combination of written exams, practical demonstrations, oral presentations and assignments at the end of each module or semester. For full details see the course entry on our website.

The Uni


Course location:

Queen Margaret University

Department:

School of Health Sciences

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Biological and sport sciences

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
17%
Male students
83%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
18%
First year drop out rate

After graduation


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Biological and sport sciences

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96%
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Employed or in further education

Top job areas of graduates

One of the fastest growing subjects in the country, the number of sports science graduates went from under 3,000 in 2003 to over 10,000 in 2013. Numbers have fallen slightly since 2015, but we still have over 9,000 graduates in the subject. However, the good news is the country's appetite for good health and fitness - and the adaptability of graduates in the subject - means that sports science grads are less likely than average to be out of work. Sports science graduates, not surprisingly, tend to get jobs in sport, fitness and health - coaching and teaching especially - but they're found all over the economy. Management and business are also popular options for graduates from this subject — and sports science graduates are particularly found where drive, determination and physical fitness are an advantage.

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