Paediatric Exercise Science and Medicine Short course


If you've already got a relevant degree in health and fitness, and want to specialise in using exercise to help young people with diseases and chronic conditions, this short course will help you realise your ambition.

On this Paediatric Exercise Science and Medicine short course, you'll explore the impact that growth has on physiological function and exercise performance. You'll learn to understand the disease process, and pathophysiology of common paediatric conditions, and discuss physical activity and exercise programmes for children.

Once you've completed this course, you'll be able to design, implement and evaluate physical activity programmes for children and adolescents with juvenile-onset diseases or disorders. You'll also be aware of practices that are safe, ethical, based on current evidence and in accordance with the relevant clinical guidelines and national service frameworks.

Course details


  • Mode of study: Blended direct contact and independent study
  • Duration: 33 scheduled, 10 placement sessions and independent learning
  • Start and end dates: September 2018
  • Credits: 30


  • £1300 UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
  • £2200 International Students (may be subject to annual increase)

What you'll experience

On this short course you'll cover:

  • the impact of growth on exercise in adolescents
  • the disease process, and pathophysiology of paediatric conditions
  • the positive and negative aspects of physical activity in children
  • risks to the individual during exercise
  • the potential effects of medications on exercise performance
  • physical activity and exercise programmes

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed in two ways:

  • a practical assessment, contributing 30% to the unit grade
  • a brief report, contributing 20%, to summarise your findings of the practical assessment
  • a written assessment that contributes to 50% of the course grade

What's included

This course features an online learning environment.


This course is taught by lecturers with experience in exercise for young people with long term health conditions, and you'll learn through pre-course online lectures, lecture-seminars and practical sessions.

Teaching sessions take place on Monday to Friday for the first 2 weeks of term.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for this course, you'll need:

  • a 2:1 honour degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject
  • a DBS check
  • occupational health and statutory and mandatory training framework level 7
  • English proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0, with no component score below 6.5

How to book

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