University of Portsmouth
Clinical Exercise Science
There are increasing rates of ill-health resulting from sedentary living, poor dietary habits and high stress lifestyles. The duties performed by a Clinical Exercise Specialist (CES) are linked closely to treating patients living with a long term condition in which exercise has been shown to provide therapeutic benefit. Specifically, cardiovascular diseases, pulmonary diseases, diabetes, stroke, cancer and musculoskeletal limitations remain important health concerns that have all been shown to benefit from regular safe exercise. Therefore, this innovative course is designed to offer you an interdisciplinary approach to exercise in clinical settings and vocational qualifications and experiences that will enable you to apply theory to practice. The integration of theory and practice within this course will enable you to critically analyse, adapt and modify existing approaches to develop safe and effective physical activity programmes to optimise the health-related fitness of clients.
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert: A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance. In addition, applicants are required to have completed or be in the process of acquiring an industry-approved exercise referral qualification, such as the University of Portsmouth's Exercise Referral Course, which can be provided prior to commencing the course. Professional experience and other qualifications may be taken into consideration for applicants not meeting this requirement. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.
The modular programme is offered in one format: Part-time (12 months). The course includes 60 credits of taught units and it is possible to study parts of this course for CPD purposes, such as a single credit-bearing unit (30 credits), as a postgraduate certificate or to complete this PgCert and then top this up to a postgraduate diploma (PG Dip; 120 credits) or progress to the full MSc. The units contain vocational elements relevant for providing personalised exercise training for a range of medical conditions, including classroom, exercise laboratory and placement learning. Teaching will take place on Thursdays, Fridays and some Saturdays so attendance on selected weekends is necessary for the vocational training associated with some of the units. Placements take place in areas such as Southampton, Winchester, Portsmouth and Chichester and are scheduled according to placement provider requirements during the week. Each unit is generally taught over a three week block, however cardiac rehabilitation requires a longer study period. Options to choose include 60 credits from: Exercise for Cardiac Rehabilitation (30 credits) Exercise for Chronic Respiratory Diseases (30 credits) Exercise for Cancer Care (30 credits) Exercise and Fitness after Stroke (30 credits) Exercise for Falls Prevention (30 credits) Paediatric Exercise Science and Medicine (30 credits)
The delivery format for the course is largely based around seminar, practical, workshop and placement learning to integrate theory into practical sessions. Teaching sessions will include vocational training, seminar and exercise laboratory work, led by leading practitioners in the area of clinical exercise. You will be provided with a personal tutor to assist with academic and pastoral issues. The course has a problem-based learning approach and you will be assessed in a variety of ways with a focus on self-reflection and initiative and problem-based assignments. Here's how we assess you: Vocational training (MCQ and case study) Practical assessment Presentations Applied essays Case studies
|Qualification||Study mode||Start month||Fee||Course duration|
|Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert||Part-time||September 2018||4,400 per Year 1 (International)||1 Years|
|Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert||Part-time||September 2018||2,570 per Year 1 (Home/EU)||1 Years|
|Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert||Part-time||September 2019||2,900 per Year 1 (Home/EU)||1 Years|
|Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert||Part-time||September 2019||4,630 per Year 1 (International)||1 Years|
|Campus name||Town||Postcode||Region||Main campus||Campus||Partner|
|Main Site||PO1 2UP||South East|
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