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Overview

Patients with long-term health conditions can improve their quality of life through safe and effective activity and fitness programmes. Our PgCert Clinical Exercise degree course will teach you the skills required to create these programmes, and prepare you for a career as a Clinical Exercise Specialist.

On this course, you'll learn to help people to manage their long term health conditions through personalised exercise training. You'll apply your knowledge to help people with long-term conditions, like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.

With professional qualifications, skills and experience, you'll be set for a career providing fitness and exercise training in clinical settings.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

Work in clinical settings and our specialist sport and exercise science laboratories

  • Develop your field skills, and learn how to devise personalised exercise training for people with different medical conditions
  • Learn to communicate with clients in a professional and approachable way
  • Work with clinicians, providing exercise in the management of long-term conditions
  • Gain qualifications endorsed by the Register of Exercise Professionals in Clinical Exercise, including:
  • exercise referral
  • cardiac disease
  • chronic respiratory diseases
  • stroke
  • cancer
  • falls prevention
  • These qualifications are essential if you want a career in clinical exercise.

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in a clinical exercise role.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • seminars
  • practical workshops
  • placements

How you're assessed​

You'll be assessed through:

  • Vocational training (MCQ and case study)
  • Practical assessment
  • Applied essays
  • Case studies
  • Project report
  • Poster presentation

Feedback is provided both before and after assignments.

Careers and opportunities

When you graduate, you'll have the skills needed for a successful career in:

  • cardiac rehabilitation
  • pulmonary rehabilitation
  • exercise after cancer
  • exercise after stroke
  • exercise for falls prevention

You can also pursue a career as an exercise physiologist in multi-disciplinary teams, exercise entrepreneur or exercise service manager.

Some other routes our graduates have taken include:

  • Health and wellbeing physiologist
  • Bariatric exercise physiologist
  • NHS trainee clinical scientist
  • Health advisor
  • Clinical exercise physiologist
  • Exercise referral coordinator
  • Exercise therapist
  • PhD research

Visit the Clinical Exercise Science PgDip page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!

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