Physical Activity and Health

BSc Level 6 Top-Up

The role of physical activity in contemporary society is being increasingly recognised from a social/environmental and a public health perspective, and there is an increasing need for thinking practitioners who are able to work with and alongside other professionals from the fields of fitness, health and sport.

The BSc Physical Activity and Health (Level 6 Top-Up) programme is designed as a balanced academic and vocationally relevant programme that enhances students’ employability in this rapidly growing field.

Campus Warrington Campus
Course BSc Level 6 Top-Up
Length 1 Year full-time, up to 3 Years part-time
Start date September 2015

Why study Physical Activity and Health at Warrington?

Together with a comprehensive academic framework, this programme has a strong vocational emphasis with modules that will offer you the opportunity to utilise the practical skills/competence and qualifications gained from Foundation-Degree-level study. The course will also broaden your understanding of the academic and occupational opportunities available to you in terms of project work, further research and employability options. 

Graduates from this programme will have the appropriate academic, technical and professional knowledge to enter careers in a range of settings, including:

  • health, fitness and well-being promotion
  • physical activity/sport development (e.g. community sport development, youth sport development)
  • postgraduate studies.


The programme comprises five modules at Level 6, including a 40-credit Dissertation module which can be seen to fit into the conceptual areas of physical activity promotion and healthy lifestyle/sport development.

Programme Structure:

Level 6:


This double-weighted (40-credit) module is designed to enable you to develop your ability to work autonomously, research in depth a discrete specialised area of study, and produce a dissertation on a topic specific to your programme of study. You will be allocated a supervising tutor to submit an original piece of work of 8-10,000 words. This piece of work will use previously and concurrently acquired knowledge and skills that are synthesised in a logically argued and extensively evidenced format.

Exercise and Health

This module aims to critically evaluate evidence for the preventative and therapeutic effects of physical activity on specific conditions and diseases, e.g. coronary heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer. It will also enable you to develop a critical understanding of the methods of assessing physical activity/fitness, sedentary behaviour and health in populations, and incorporates contemporary/research-informed guidelines and recommendations for safe and effective exercise to enhance health.

Physical Activity Promotion

This module is designed to develop your understanding of theoretical perspectives for health/physical activity promotion research and practice. It will enable you to develop a critical understanding of theories/models/approaches that underpin physical activity and its promotion. You will be actively involved in applying skills in developing and presenting materials, discussion and argument. Overall, the aim is to develop insight into how previous work informs personal philosophy and opportunities, e.g. health advocacy.  

Student Conference: Issues in Sport and Physical Activity

This module aims to provide you with an opportunity to be an integral part of an academic conference. Students will work in small groups to present information on a contemporary theme in appropriate ways. In particular, students will be expected to communicate a detailed and academically informed understanding of a contemporary issue to their peers and invited guests.

Strategic Management for Physical Activity and Health

This module is designed to develop your understanding of the processes of strategic planning and management in physical activity, health and sports contexts. You will be required to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of specific processes (e.g. community development, strategic planning) and the skills required to implement strategic plans. Ultimately, you will apply your skills to critically review the effectiveness of a physical activity, health or sport-related strategies in achieving specific objectives.

Teaching and learning methods include:

  • Interactive lectures
  • Analysis of contemporary research papers and research data
  • Practical skills sessions
  • Case study work
  • Discussion groups/seminars
  • Individual tutorials

Assessments develop and test both academic knowledge and skills and those valued in the workplace. Assessments vary between modules, and include:

  • Assignments/coursework, including essays and reports
  • Practical work
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Examinations

The assignment/examination ratio is normally weighted heavily towards coursework, although formal examinations do exist within the programme.

In the recent Teaching Quality survey, the Department received strongly favourable student reviews on its quality of feedback to students. In addition, we have been commended by our External Examiners on the depth and breadth of feedback on students' work provided by tutors and the range of assessments methods.

In general, students are expected to demonstrate a theoretical and critical approach that requires evidence of ability to cite appropriate reading/research evidence. Assessments are designed to incorporate assessment of key transferable knowledge and skills (e.g. time management, communication), as well as subject knowledge and skills.

Formative assessment is used as appropriate across the programme to support and gauge student progress.

The course will prepare you for a wide range of jobs, including:

Jobs directly related to your degree:

  • Advanced fitness instructor
  • Exercise referral/active lifestyle coordinator
  • Health promotion roles, e.g. workplace/community health
  • Sports administration

Jobs where your degree would be useful:

  • Community sports development
  • Youth sports development
  • Event organiser

You will be equipped with transferable skills which are valued by employers such as:

  • research and data analysis skills;
  • the ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • presentation and oral communication skills;
  • written communication skills, including report writing;
  • time-management and planning skills;
  • effective problem-solving skills;
  • professionalism and customer focus;
  • a good understanding of information technology.

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This Level 6 Top-Up degree is designed for students who have successfully completed one of the following Higher Education Level 5 Qualifications and who now wish to progress to a full-/part-time BSc (Hons) in Physical Activity and Health as part of their academic and professional development:

All students entering through these programmes will have undertaken industry-based training and qualification as well as periods of work preparation and work experience at both Level 4 and Level 5 of their respective programmes.

A number of students will be qualified to an equivalent of Level 3 Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) recognition in personal training, and some will have undertaken further more specialist industry training and qualification, e.g. CYQ Diploma in Exercise Referral. Having said this, the awards are not a requirement of the previous Foundation Degree study or criteria for entry to the Top-Up year and the BSc Physical Activity and Health programme.

All students applying to the Top-Up (Level 6) award must satisfy a minimum average mark criterion. A mark average of 50% across 100 credits at Level 5 of the University's Foundation Degree will normally be considered to be the minimum academic entry requirement.

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