BSc/BSc (Hons) Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing

If you are seeking a career drawing on your interests in physical activity, health and wellbeing, this course will equip you with the skills you need to succeed in a wide range of relevant roles within different settings. Equally as important, it will kindle your passion to go out into the world and make a real difference in a field you truly care about.

Everyone knows that being physically active is good for health. So why do some people find it hard to make positive choices? How can we use science and creativity to support more people to be active and healthy? This is a fascinating and empowering subject that needs a broad range of knowledge and skills, including professional communication, leadership, health promotion and service development.

Why QMU?

  • Learn how to use scientific knowledge, creative thinking and your personal passion to make a positive difference in the world.
  • You will learn first-hand from professionals and service users from the voluntary, statutory and private health and social care sectors.
  • You will enjoy becoming an expert in this field, we think the course should be called ‘Fun, Health and Wellbeing…’

About the course

This degree focuses on supporting students in further education wishing to progress to university. For entry in 2022, students will join Year Three.

You will study the theory and practice of promoting healthy behaviours such as physical activity, and participate in community engagement activities in different environments with a wide range of service users. This is a course that will make you think differently about the world and the community around you. For example, did you know that if you teach a primary school child the very simple skill of catching a ball, they are more likely to be coordinated, to enjoy team sports in high school and to be active throughout their whole life and less likely to be overweight and unhealthy?

The two years of this programme are designed to build on your previous studies. You will develop an understanding of working with community groups and organisations such as charities and care homes. Studying entrepreneurship, leadership and service development you will learn how to identify community and organisational needs related to health and wellbeing, and design a sustainable solution to a particular issue. The process and solution you develop will draw on experience from the community engagement opportunities and can contribute to work required for your final year Honours project


Students joining this course with an HND can opt to study for an ordinary degree over one year or an honours degree over two years. You will complete a range of modules each year as outlined.


Year Three (first year on campus)

  • Transition to Learning in Higher Education/
  • Dissertation
  • Epidemiology in Public Health
  • Health Entrepreneurship
  • Integrating Module Year Three, Contemporary Practice in Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Health Behaviour Change
  • Work-based Learning Placement

Year Four

  • Honours Project
  • Work-based learning placement
  • Understanding Leadership
  • Integrating Module Year Four, Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing

This course is due for revalidation in 2021 and it is likely that modules will change from those listed here. Please check the website for any updates.

Teaching, learning and assessment

You will be taught in lectures, and seminars, and have work based learning experience with organisations off campus. Outside timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning through self-study.
You will be assessed by a combination of written exams, practical demonstrations, oral presentations and assignments at the end of each module or semester.

A breakdown of teaching, learning and assessment activities for this course will be added here shortly.

 >>More information on 'Teaching, Learning and Assessment'


You will be able to get involved in community-based activities in a variety of settings. These could include running exercise classes in public and private organisations, working with people with learning disabilities, and with organisations providing services to children or older adults. You will be expected to demonstrate that you can communicate effectively with people of all ages, with a wide range of physical and mental health capacity.

Exchange opportunities



Where do you want to make a difference to the lives of the people in your community? Look there, and that is where you will make the first steps on the road to a successful career.

Recent graduates are putting their passion into action in voluntary organisations, the NHS, charities, local authorities and the sports and leisure industries, for example, as a co-ordinator for Active Schools, or developing health and fitness programmes for leisure services.

You could develop your studies further at QMU on our MSc International Global Health and Development. You may study other areas such as community development or management.

Entry requirements

This degree focuses on supporting students in further education wishing to progress to university. For entry in 2022, there will be no Years One or Two running for this course and students will join in Year Three.

Direct Entry:

HND in a related subject with CB in the graded units

For details of related HND courses, see: www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications

Other: requirements: A satisfactory criminal records check is required.

Professional registration/ accreditation


Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Awarding body

QMU. For more information, please see ‘External Review’ section on the ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ page.

Please note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2022/23 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate)

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

Course Overview

2 years full-time
Start Date
September 2022
On campus
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding

A Student Story - more at foot of page

Scott Mulhearn - BSc/BSc (Hons) Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing "The lecturers are great, very knowledgeable and they pass on all they know onto you. In terms of teaching, there is not one thing that has been above the rest as everything is explained and taught to the next level."