UCEN Manchester

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Manchester Metropolitan University

Exercise, Physical Activity and Health

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Course summary

“If physical activity was a drug it would be regarded as a miracle” – Professor Dame Sally Davies – The Chief Medical Officer. With physical inactivity estimated to cost the economy £0.9 Billion a year the skills and knowledge gained on the Foundation Degree in Exercise, Physical Activity and Health will be in demand. Potential roles in the NHS and private sector include Community Exercise Facilitators, Health Trainers, Exercise Referral Instructors, Physical Activity Specialists or Personal Trainers. The programme benefits from state-of-the-art sports laboratory, strength and conditioning and sports coaching suites, equipment and facilities, including:

  • Sports laboratory catering for physiological analysis including Cortex Metalyzer Gas Analysis, Douglas Bag Gas Analysis, Blood Lactate, Cholesterol and Glucose measurement and Wattbike Cycle Ergometer
  • Fully equipped strength and conditioning suite with Olympic lifting equipment and video technology as well as resistance and cardio-vascular equipment
  • Sports hall catering for a plethora of sports such as football, basketball, and badminton with stadium seating and video analysis equipment
  • Performance analysis suite for conducting match analysis
  • Outdoor playing fields and astro turf
In addition to gaining theoretical knowledge in subjects such as physiology, functional anatomy, kinesiology and exercise psychology you’ll develop practical experience in exercise prescription and assessment. Assessment is continuous and consists of practical reports and assignments, presentations, exams, practical assessments and case studies.


Examples of current modules- Exercise Prescription and Analysis Professional Academic Development Foundations of Physiology and Nutrition Introduction to Health Promotion Advanced Exercise Prescription Applied Health and Exercise Physiology Practice-based Research Exercise as Medicine

Assessment method

Year 1 12.5% practical 50% portfolio/ assignment 25% presentation 12.5% examination Year 2 63% assignment/portfolio 12% examination 25% practical

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

UCEN Manchester is unable to consider international applications due to UKVI regulations.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We strongly recommend that all applicants have GCSE English Language and Mathematics grades A*-C or level 9-4. Applicants should possess two A levels (an A level in PE would be an advantage), or a BTEC Level 3 in a related area. Applicants are welcome with vocational qualifications such as the Certificate / Diploma in Personal Training alongside relevant work experience. Recognition of prior learning (RPL) will be accepted in line with the University policy and procedures Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have previous learning towards a degree-level qualification or relevant industry or life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8000 Year 1
Scotland £8000 Year 1
Wales £8000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Exercise, Physical Activity and Health at UCEN Manchester - UCAS