Undergraduate study
Physical Activity, Exercise and Health

Physical Activity, Exercise and Health
BSc (Hons)

C606 BSc/PAEH (C609 BSc/PAEHFY for Year 0 entry)


Course overview

Encouraging people to lead a healthy lifestyle is now a major focus in government policy and physical education teaching.

In-depth knowledge of applied exercise science is increasingly in demand from people seeking expert advice on how to begin or maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. You learn to help people adopt physical activity, and about the potential barriers to sport and exercise, preparing you perfectly for a career in health, fitness, personal training or exercise referral.

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Course details

Course structure

Year 0 (foundation year) core modules

Academic Study Skills Toolkit

This module will assist you in developing the personal and academic skills that you will need for undergraduate study. It focusses on developing skills such as information retrieval, evaluation, critical thinking, note taking, presentation skills and group work.

Contemporary Issues in Social Sciences

This module will introduce you to the historical and contemporary development of social science disciplines and will provide examples of theoretical challenges and the ways in which research is applied in society. You will gain an understanding of the critical differences between disciplines and how interdisciplinary research is fostered through collaboration. You will also be introduced to academic standards, ethical guidelines and research protocols, personal development planning and to a range of study and transferable skills relevant to your degree course and beyond.

Fake News: Propaganda and Polemics, Past and Present

This module provides you with the opportunity to develop your skills in thinking critically about the information and analysis presented in an array of media in today’s digital world, drawing on the methodologies of a range of disciplines within the social sciences, humanities and law. You will explore examples of the debates over fake news in both the past and present, and look at how fake news can be used to both support and undermine the status quo, enabling you in the process to become more savvy and engaged citizens.

Introduction to Sport and Psychology

This module will provide students with an introduction to the core scientific principles needed to engage effectively with research in the disciplines of sport and psychology. You will learn biological principles underpinning physiological and psychological functioning, approaches to and applications of research in health and well-being and you will be introduced to research and statistical practices in the social sciences.


This module allows students to identify an area of interest related to their undergraduate degree and to explore this through a small scale research project where students will be required to produce an analysis of an area of focus.

Teesside: History, Literature, Culture, and Society

This module provides you with an opportunity to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to the Teesside region. You will learn about Teesside’s history, culture and society through the examination of various topics which will give you a deeper understanding of the region, both past and present.


Year 1 core modules

Anatomy and Biomechanics

A good knowledge of how the human body operates is crucial for you, as a student of sport and exercise sciences. In this module, you will learn to describe motion and the action causing the movements of the human body using anatomical and scientific terminology. You will also apply subject theory to specific sport and exercise situations. You will learn how to interpret scientific literature and present your own ideas in a scientific format.

Introduction to Physical Activity

Physical activity is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, the percentage of individuals meeting the recommended physical activity guidelines is low, so finding ways to promote physical activity is paramount. You study an introduction to the field of physical activity, covering issues such as promotion, social and environmental factors and how physical activity can be measured, as well as introducing you to key terms and definitions relating to physical activity.

Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology

This module introduces you to the physiological systems of the body, such as the cardio-respiratory system, skeletal muscle and the metabolic system. A typical teaching week will comprise of a one-hour lecture and either a two-hour laboratory or seminar session. The laboratory sessions are designed to teach you sport science laboratory techniques such as taking blood, measuring oxygen uptake, monitoring heart rate and others.

Research Methods for Sport and Exercise 1

This module aims to introduce you to conducting research and the accompanying requisite study skills that you will need throughout your studies. Specifically, this module is intended to help you to develop essential intellectual and study skills in reading, writing and reasoning. You will discuss the history of science, including the fundamental concepts. You will also look at how the separate disciplines within sport and exercise such as psychology, biomechanics, physiology and sociology function by themselves and in combination.

Sport and Exercise Psychology

Sport psychology is concerned with the scientific, educational and professional contribution of psychological theory and practice to understanding sport-related behaviour. Exercise psychology is concerned with contributing psychological theory and practice to understanding health-related exercise. This module will provide you with a grounding in theory, a research basis underpinning the major topics in these interrelated areas and how it is applied in a professional setting by sport and exercise psychologists in the field.

Teaching Exercise

This module will provide you with the knowledge and skills to teach exercise in a variety of disciplines. It module reflects modern practices in teaching exercise and takes into account the national occupational standards developed for the sector by the National Training Organisation for Sport, Recreation and Allied Occupations. The course is designed to ensure that you will have sufficient skills and knowledge to work with participants and be able to promote adopting and maintaining regular physical activity.


Year 2 core modules

Applied Exercise Physiology

You focus on the immediate and long-term effects of exercise on the physiological systems, for example - energy metabolism, cardiovascular system, neuromuscular system and the endocrine system of the human body. At the same time you develop the relevant practical skills required to establish a professional working practice in both the exercise physiology laboratory and field environments. Key areas of exercise physiology are covered, including introduction to health physiology, endurance performance, high intensity intermittent exercise, resistance training and nutritional ergogenic aids. A major focus is the development of your key practical skills and the application of theoretical knowledge to practical situations.

Exercise Programming for Health

You further develop your knowledge and application of the exercise and health sciences to enable you to design, plan and deliver individual exercise programmes focused on health improvement for healthy adults. You learn about key components of fitness and the scientific evidence that supports the most appropriate way to improve human health performance. Additionally you analyse testing and monitoring of an individual's development.

Health Nutrition

Current nutritional recommendations for a variety of population subgroups including the young, elderly and active individuals is investigated. In addition, the health consequences of food intake is evaluated. Social, behavioural and practical issues associated with diet, health and disease prevention are also analysed. Potential constraints to optimum health and practical dietary strategies aimed at achieving nutrient requirements are reviewed and evaluated. You develop the knowledge and skills to assess nutritional status through critical appraisal of a personal dietary analysis and discussions relating to the professional experiences of the module tutors.

Physical Activity and the Community

You gain a sound knowledge and understanding of the social context of physical activity and how it can be promoted in specific populations. You learn how to apply social contexts and scientific theory to practice for specific populations. You also develop your knowledge and understanding of how to promote physical activity within specific populations.

Research Methods for Sport and Exercise 2

You build on the foundation given in Research Methods for Sport and Exercise 1, exploring experimental design, data analysis, statistical testing and distinguishing between quantitative such as collecting fitness testing data in a sport science laboratory and qualitative methods for example, interviewing athletes about their experiences within a sport. You are also introduced to the ethical considerations of research.

The Psychology of Exercise and Physical Activity

You develop an understanding of the structure and function of the human brain, and learn how neurophysiological systems contribute to cognition across the life-span. You study pathologies and dysfunctions of these systems and examine the effects of both exercise and physical activity as treatments and rehabilitation interventions. You then broaden out to look at the related issues in exercise psychology. You understand how psychological variables underpin issues such as the client-practitioner relationship, exercise adherence and motivation, and also how exercise and physical activity impact upon psychological variables, such as mood and well-being. You examine the strengths and weaknesses of both quantitative and qualitative research approaches to these topics.


Final-year core modules

Clinical Exercise Physiology

You study human health physiology and the role that physical activity and exercise play in health promotion and disease prevention and management. You gain an advanced understanding of the pathophysiology of disease and exercise behaviour and a critical application of exercise programming principles for persons with chronic illness.


This project-based module builds on your research skills acquired in Levels 1 and 2. You will need to demonstrate your knowledge of designing an experiment, analysing data and testing statistics to investigate a research question of your choice within the field of sport and exercise.

Nutrition for Health and Physical Activity

Current concepts in nutrition relating to health and physical activity are critically reviewed and their practical application are evaluated using case studies and the professional experiences of the module leader. Sport specific nutritional requirements are investigated and you develop the skills to establish nutritional status relative to these needs. You acquire the skills to develop, implement and critically appraise dietary strategies and food programmes aimed at optimizing an individual’s health and performance.

Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport

Physical education (PE) is an integral part of the curriculum in most schools that should involve pupils in continuously planning, performing and evaluating all areas of activity. This module explores contemporary issues in PE such as its current state, future direction, curriculum innovation and physical activity in children and young people. It also examines approaches to assessing PE, and effective instructional strategies and approaches to teaching it. You will have the opportunity to acquire knowledge and understanding of a variety of activities in the National Curriculum.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You are taught using a model of blended learning which includes traditional methods such as lectures and tutor led seminars, in addition to interactive workshops, laboratory work and practical sessions. Active involvement promotes deep learning and this is encouraged throughout the programme.

You are supported through our Virtual Learning Environment throughout your time at Teesside and are allocated a personal tutor.

How you are assessed

You are assessed using various modalities that reflect the type of module being studied. Types of assessment methods include course work, poster presentations, group presentations, lab reports, practical exams, multiple choice exams, essays, scientific reports, literature review, portfolios, viva, and consultancy reports.

Timetabling information
As a full-time student your timetabled hours are between Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 6.00pm. On Wednesdays the latest you will be timetabled is until 1.00pm. Hours of attendance vary between 12 hours and 20 hours per week. Part-time undergraduate students are required to attend during the same days and times as full-time students but for only a proportion of the time, dependant on the modules being taken. Module choices are discussed with course tutors during the enrolment and induction period. Further details are automatically sent to applicants due to enrol this year.

Your full teaching timetable for Semester 1 of the 2018/19 academic year should be available from 1 September 2018. Standard University term dates can be found here.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 88-112 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent). You must have GCSEs in English, Maths and Science at grade 4 (grade C) or equivalent. We recommend an Access course if you're a mature student.

For entry to Year 0 (Foundation Year) a typical offer is 32-64 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent) and GCSE grade 4 (grade C) or equivalent in English, Maths and Science.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

You will have the skills to develop and implement physical activity interventions for individuals. You could also consider a career in health-related fitness or teaching in mainstream education or health promotion fields.


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Entry to 2018/19 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 3 years or 4 years including foundation year
  • UCAS code: C606 BSc/PAEH
    C609 BSc/PAEHFY for Year 0 entry
  • Typical offer: 88-112 tariff points from at least 2 A levels (or equivalent)

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From Sept 2018 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants:
£4,500 (120 credits)
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  • Length: Up to 5 years
  • Attendance: Daytime
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384110

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The Sport & Exercise department is home to some outstanding facilities, including fully-equipped physio and biomechanics labs, an environmental chamber and a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool.


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