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What makes Exercise and Wellness Management at Worcester special?

This exciting course combines exercise and wellness with management to provide you with a degree that will enable you to pursue a career in the health and fitness sector.

You will have the opportunity to embrace the wider exercise and fitness industry by recognising the emerging and popular exercise trends alongside more traditional fitness activities. You will apply physiological, anatomical and psychological knowledge in utilising exercise to improve fitness, wellness and health and knowledge development to enable you to make considered and informed business and marketing decisions. 

The course is contemporary, diverse and distinctive and will enable you to develop skills that are essential in this dynamic and entrepreneurial industry.



Key Features

  • A course that balances exercise science, wellness and management skills
  • Specialist teaching facilities including the Sport Science Laboratory, the Strength and Conditioning Suite and the University Arena
  • Opportunities to work in different contexts that include private health clubs and community groups
  • You will develop research skills and methodologies within the exercise and wellness management sector
  • There will be opportunities to implement and promote a sustainable business strategy in the diverse industry of exercise and wellness

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

The course is aimed at people who have completed a Foundation degree, DipHE, HND or hold an equivalent qualification in exercise wellness management or related subject.

This qualification must be a full level 4 and level 5 qualification (120 credits for each year of study).


Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

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Course content

What will you study

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 


  • Exercise and Wellness Independent Research Project
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Psychological Considerations for Sport, Exercise & Health 
  • Work Based Learning (Exercise and Wellness Management Placement) or Event Project Management 
  • Sport Strategy in Action 
  • The Sports Entrepreneur 
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

You will study two 15 credit modules each semester with two 30 credit modules being taught across the two semesters. All modules are mandatory, however, you may choose to focus your independent study and/or your Work Based Learning modules in your preferred Exercise Science or Management discipline area.

The course structure allows for a balance of Exercise Science and Wellness modules and Management modules.


You are taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures, seminars and laboratory practical’s, practical activities etc. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures, and laboratory practicals are focused on developing subject specific skills and applied individual and group project work. You will have the opportunity to access the Sport and Exercise Science specialist learning resources and facilities such as the sport laboratories, the University Arena Strength and Conditioning Suite, IT suites along with the University Library, The Hive.

Work Based Learning forms an integral part of this course with a 30 credit module as part of the level 6 programme. Other work based activities will enhance aspects of the modules to ensure a contemporary approach and industry experts will contribute as guest lecturers.

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services, and also the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful. Meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least four occasions during the academic year

Contact time

In a typical week students will have around 12 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the individual module. At level 6 there is slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study or work within students’ professional placement. 

Typically, class contact time will be structured around interactive lecture/seminar or practical sessions dependent on module:

  • 1-2 hour lead lectures
  • 2-3 hours of laboratory practical or interactive seminars   

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 22 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including The Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.


  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time


Timetables are normally available one month before registration.

Please note that whilst we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, journal article reviews, business plan, portfolios, presentations and an independent studies project.

All learning activities and assessments are industry relevant. The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Level 6 (Year 3)

  • Major independent research project (dissertation) of approx. 4000- 6,000 words
  • 1 Poster Presentation
  • 5 Oral Presentations
  • 4 written assignments (e.g. essays, reports, business plan, journal article)
  • 1 Reflective Portfolio

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and (as at May 2019) 80% of lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.


Where could it take you?

The exercise and wellness sector is one of the largest and most diverse in terms of employment in the United Kingdom. The industry covers a wide range of areas with jobs in sectors such as health and fitness, wellness lifestyle and coaching, wellness tourism, fitness mind and body, preventive health and wellbeing and workplace wellness (Global Wellness institute, 2017).

This degree is aimed at students who work or want to work in one of the many areas of the health and exercise science sector. It combines academic study with vocational experience and will provide knowledge, understanding and skills in areas of business and management, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, fitness and exercise, coaching and mentoring.

The National Employers Skills Survey (2017) estimated that 19% of all establishments in the active leisure, learning and well-being industry covered by the survey were facing vacancies, equating to some 7,000 vacant jobs. Seven per cent of all establishments reported that they were facing hard-to-fill vacancies and 4% of establishments were facing a skill shortage vacancy. Skills shortages occur when businesses cannot recruit enough people who are appropriately qualified, skilled or experienced. The level of vacancies are slightly higher in the active leisure, learning and well-being sector.

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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2024/25 academic year is £16,200 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the academic year 2024/25 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20-credit module, £2,312 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

There will also be travel costs when you travel to and from placements.



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