Physical Activity and Exercise Programming in the Management of Cardiovascular Disease


Cardiovascular disease (CVD) continues to be the leading cause of morbidity and mortality globally and the World Health Organisation has identified physical inactivity as one of the nine key significant contributing risk factors. There is a strong evidence-based for physical activity and exercise training in the secondary prevention of CVD. The British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR) offers a suite of courses both at fundamental and advanced levels to guide practitioners on how to best assess, prescribe, deliver and instruct CVD clients on how to exercise effectively and lead a physically active life. This module, delivered in partnership with BACPR brings these elements together in an interactive and informative manner.


Module Code:



Credits:  20
Cost: Contact Admissions

Module Aims:

This module aims to add academic rigour and assessed module credits to the UK's most popular professional development courses on physical activity for cardiac rehabilitation professionals which is delivered independently but currently not assessed by the BACPR. It provides the opportunity for International students to receive both University academic credits and certificates from the UKs leading organisation on Cardiovascular Rehabilitation (the BACPR) The module, delivered over four days, takes students from the rudiments of physical activity and exercise in managing people with cardiovascular disease, to managing patients of higher risk and more complex, lower functional capabilities. The tutors (all with Post-graduate level training and qualifications) include representation from the three professional groups that are typically involved in delivering the exercise component of cardiac rehabilitation, which are physiotherapists, sport & exercise scientists (exercise physiologists) and advanced exercise instructors. All of this provides a clear demonstration to students of the inter-disciplinary and inter-professional approach to delivering exercise to people with CVD. This module, taking an exercise class based approach in Part I, adds a practical dimension to the more in-depth theoretical, clinical and laboratory based module entitled Clinical Exercise Testing and Prescription, that also includes the use of exercise machines and specified tests of fitness testing.


Module Outcomes:

By the end of the module students will be able to: 

1. Appreciate the variation of exercise motor learning in the patient of advanced years and the implications for teaching exercise in cardiovascular populations.

2. Critically evaluate the principles of exercise prescription, medical contraindications and pharmacological considerations for a range of cardiovascular patient groups.

3. Demonstrate expertise in the design, implementation and evaluation of aerobic, flexibility and muscular conditioning exercise programmes for individual patients with cardiovascular conditions and typical comorbidities

4. Critically review the different styles and modify skills in exercise leadership and management to a variety of cardiovascular rehabilitation settings.

5. Examine and critically appraise own methods of utilising group dynamics and exercise adherence.

6. Demonstrate effective clinical problem-solving and clinical reasoning techniques for exercise prescription and programming in cardiovascular rehabilitation.

7. Learning clinical decision making process in order to determine inclusion/exclusion of patients who are considered borderline, higher risk by the standard guidelines and yet would benefit from participation

8. Critically evaluate the evidence that underpins the art and science of exercise prescription and programming


This module contributes to the following core dimensions:

1. A pragmatic approach to synthesising evidence-based practice for delivering effective physical activity and exercise programmes for people with cardiovascular disease and other typical co-morbidities.

2. It covers a spectrum of learning from core fundamental principles to advance practice in dealing with specialised conditions of patients who either have low functional capacity and/or a higher risk of complications.


Who to contact:

For further information on the module content please contact:


Dr Mike Morris

Module Leader

University of Chester

Parkgate Road



Telephone: 01244 513363



For an application pack please contact:


Health and Social Care Admissions

University of Chester

Parkgate Road



Tel: 01244 511000