Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing

Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing BSc (Hons)

BSc (Hons) Physical Activity, Health & Wellbeing has been designed to provide an intellectually stimulating and vocationally relevant programme for students interested in health as it relates to physical activity, nutrition and overall wellbeing. This course will produce graduates that can serve the local community addressing important determinants of health & health inequalities in the North West, particularly issues around sedentary behaviours and poor food choices.

The curriculum emphasises the development of skills and knowledge that will help further academic and vocational training and subsequent employment. Students will extend their knowledge and skills in a range of activities through integrated practical experiences. A double Research Project, Consultancy Project or Entrepreneurship and Enterprise in Sport, Health and Wellbeing in the final year allows students to integrate their knowledge and skills in an area of specific interest.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years; Part time Four Years – commencing academic year 2021-22

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus or eLearning, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • Status:

    Subject to approval

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Burnley (Campus code: A)

  • Start Date:


  • This course will enable you to support inactive individuals and groups and provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to engage the most inactive people in society and change behaviour.
  • This course will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge base to be able to provide person-centred advice to the public as well as having the knowledge, capacity and ability to signpost to other local services and professionals where appropriate
  • The course is endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) subject to accreditation.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to work with the voluntary sector in year 2 and 3.


Course Overview

Year 1

  • XS1603 Understanding Nutrition and Food
  • HS1210 Understanding Health
  • PZ1022 Communication and Collaboration
  • TL1094 Professional Academic Development and Research Skills
  • TL1116 Lifestyle and Physical Activity

Year 2

  • XS2603 Nutrition through the lifecycle
  • XS2505 Coaching Behaviour Change: A Psychological Approach
  • XS2004 Professional Work Experience
  • PZ2073 Health Promotion
  • TL2213 Developing Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyles
  • XS2915 Health, Exercise and Wellness

Year 3

  • XS3900 or TL3172 or TL3158 Double Research Project or Consultancy Project or Entrepreneurship and Enterprise in Sport, Health and Wellbeing
  • TL3073 Coaching Process for Specific Populations
  • XS3005 Professional Work Experience 2
  • PZ3026 Promoting Healthy Lifestyle Choices
  • XS3601 Nutrition and Health

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 112 - 128 UCAS Points Science preferable (Biology, PE, Sport and Exercise Science).  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 112 - 128 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

Direct entry applicants to the final year (Level 6) may be considered from a relevant Foundation degree (for example: Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity) or related subject. Non-standard applications are considered on an individual basis and applicants may be interviewed

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

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DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Further Information

You will be taught by specialist research active expert staff, who have experience of teaching in health, nutrition, physical activity and coaching/leadership. This allows you the opportunity to gain skills that will provide an excellent platform for employment. 

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has come top of a national wellbeing league table. In the 2020 Student Welfare League Table has ranked UCLan in first position. 

When you arrive, you will be allocated an academic adviser who will oversee your progress and support you throughout your degree.


You’ll be able to use your skills to seek employment in the public or private sector improving physical health and wellbeing in populations. Some graduates may choose to further their studies by undertaking post graduate education.

In conjunction with your course leader you will be able to negotiate your work-based learning placement opportunities with organisations within the voluntary sector, sports clubs and other health related industries.

The foundation entry programme will allow you the opportunity to progress to the BSc (Hons) in Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing programme.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

Course Enquiries

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Sport and Health Sciences

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.


Please note that this course is subject to review/validation which may result in changes to the course structure. Any changes as a result of the review/validation will be immediately included and highlighted in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with a comprehensive list of those changes. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.