Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

In 2020, this course is being offered for levels 2, 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.

Course details


Year One modules
• Introduction to Physical Activity (Gym Instructor)
• Physical Activity Through the Lifespan
• Practical Introduction to Health and Wellbeing
• Cell Biology & Human Physiology
• Interprofessional Education 1: Teams and Team Working
• Key Investigative Skills 1
• Communication for Professional and Personal Development

Year Two modules
• Exercise Prescription for Health and Wellbeing
• Interprofessional Education 2: Professional Roles and Interprofessional Teamwork
• Sustainable Health Behaviour Change
• Determinants of Health
• Health Issues in the Community

Year Three modules
• Dissertation
• Interprofessional Education 3: Interprofessional Working and Person-centred Care
• Public Health Practice
• Health Education and Promotion
• Health Entrepreneurship
• Integrating Module 3 – Contemporary Practice in Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing
• Psychosocial Aspects of Health Behaviour Change
• Volunteering and Community Engagement Year Three

Year Four modules
• Honours Project
• Research Process
• Volunteering and Community Engagement Year Four
• Understanding Leadership
• Sustainable consumption
• Integrating Module 4 — Employability in Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (Feb 2018) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2019. Please check the website for any updates.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course code 4F56
Institution code Q25
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4

International applicants

IELTS score of 6 with no element lower than 5.5

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BB English, Mathematics or Biology preferred at A Level. English, Mathematics and Biology at GCSE minimum.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP Science or Sports related subjects considered.
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher BBBC English, Mathematics and Biology preferred at Higher. English, Mathematics and Biology at National 5 minimum.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 26 points Include English, Mathematics and Biology
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H2, H3 English, Mathematics and Biology preferred at Higher level. English, Mathematics and Biology at Ordinary level minimum.
Scottish HNC Pass B in Graded Unit required:
HNC Fitness, Health and Exercise
HNC Sports Therapy/Soft Tissue Therapy
HNC Care and Administrative Practice
Other courses may be suitable

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
Scottish Higher BCCC English, Mathematics and Biology preferred at Higher. English, Mathematics and Biology at National 5 minimum.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £1,820 Year 1
International £14,500 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £1,820 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Full-time Rest of UK (RUK) students commencing in 2020/21 on a 4 year Honours programme, will be required to pay fees for the first 3 years of study. No fee will be charged in Year 4.

Provider information

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Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Queen Margaret University Drive
EH21 6UU

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0131 474 0000

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