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Physical Activity & Health

Regular physical activity is one of the greatest investments we can make to improve our wellbeing.

Governments recognise this, and the drive to inspire people to be more active and minimise the impact of unhealthy lifestyle choices on health services and society has seen the demand for suitably trained professionals soar.

Our courses are delivered by industry experienced staff with a diverse range of practical, research and teaching skills. Our expertise includes designing, leading and evaluating programmes in the areas of young people, obesity management, cardiac rehabilitation, diabetes, mental health, older adults and hard to reach populations. Examples of our partners include: FA Premier League; Homeless FA; Sport England; Public Health England; MoreLife; Leeds City Council; OneLife Suffolk; Leeds Rhinos Foundation; Notts County FITC; TagTiv8 and various schools. The breadth and depth of these industry links provide students with real world application to their learning and multiple opportunities beyond their degree.

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Focusing on the main themes of science, intervention, application, research and professional practice, our undergraduates understand how to design and implement different interventions aimed to increase physical activity and health across the lifespan. There is also opportunity for our students to gain additional industry recognised qualifications alongside their degree, for example; Level 2 Gym Instructor & Leadership of Physical Activity and Exercise in Children and Level 3 Exercise Referral. Consequently students leave the course with relevant experience and qualifications to help them gain competitive advantage in industry.

Our undergraduate degree in Physical Activity, Exercise & Health is available with an integrated foundation year. If you don't have the required UCAS points to be able to secure a place on one of our sports degree programmes, the foundation year will prepare you for academic life at our University.

Our postgraduate students focus on developing an extended knowledge of Physical Activity & Health with ample opportunities to apply their learning through problem solving and live brief provided by our local industry partners. As independent learners and critical thinkers, our Postgraduate students are highly skilled for future employment as practitioners.

Our Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes are for those wanting to develop their knowledge, skills and professional experience allowing students to positively impact the promotion of lifelong physical activity, exercise and health behaviours that enhance quality of life and prevent, treat and rehabilitate disease.

Having worked as an Instructor at a children’s adventurous activity company, I found myself asking: why do so many children lack experience of being active and what can be done to change this? I answered my own question by studying Physical Activity and Health at Leeds Beckett University.  The course was brilliant, providing me with the knowledge I had wanted, practical experience and plenty of support. The importance of what the degree stood for strongly resonated with me, so after graduation I became involved with research projects looking at population groups that are at risk of inactivity. Within a year of graduating I secured my position as a GTA. This means I am now teaching undergraduates on the same course I studied, whilst writing a PhD centred on physical activity

Kathryn Brook, BSc (Hons) in Sport, Physical Activity & Health (2014) - Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), Leeds Beckett University