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Therapeutic Exercise and Physical Activity (distance learning)

Clinical Reasoning
Clinical Reasoning
Clinical Reasoning
Clinical Reasoning


This module addresses two important challenges currently facing healthcare. Firstly, it addresses the need for healthcare professionals to facilitate lifestyle changes specifically around physical activity. Secondly, it improves our ability to use specific effective exercise to address therapeutic goals in a wide range of areas, for example, musculoskeletal practice and neurological rehabilitation. By using specific, effective exercise, service users can be helped to self-manage long-term conditions and rehabilitation can become more effective.

Who the course is aimed at

This module is aimed at physiotherapists and exercise professionals who work with or wish to work with patient populations.

Benefits of taking the course to the individual, the organisation and the patient

The module develops advanced skills around facilitating physical activity in clinical populations and in using specific exercise to address therapeutic goals. Specifically, the module will  address exercise for pain relief, fatigue, managing long-term conditions and mental health. The module will increase effectiveness in changing behaviour and prescribing exercise and thus will positively influence lifestyle choices and self-management in a range of patient groups.

What you learn

You will gain in-depth understanding of theories and evidence supporting clinical reasoning in therapeutic exercise. You will improve the ability to apply exercise prescription principles in clinical practice, engaging service users with exercise and with physical activity using both communication skills with individuals and with wider groups.

General areas covered

  • principles and practice of behaviour change interventions
  • patient expectations and experience including barriers to exercise and factors affecting adherence
  • exercise physiology
  • principles of exercise prescription in a range of conditions and populations.

To Study this distance learning module you will require access to a computer with:

  • a reliable internet connection
  • Microsoft or Apple Mac Supported Office Software
  • the current version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox

Fees and Funding for 2021/22

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home student: £1,415

EU / International students: £1,415 - this is part-time study and therefore cannot provide sponsorship for Tier 4.


his module attracts Workforce Development / Workforce Transformation funding WDF/WTF by the following schemes

How to apply

To apply for a self-funded place, please complete and return the application form below:

To apply for a Workforce Development / Workforce Transformation funding WDF/WTF funded place, please complete and return the relevant application form below

Further information and Workforce Development Funding / CPD Funding online application form

  • Entry requirements

    • Relevant professional qualification
    • You will require a reliable internet connection
    • If English is not your first language you will be required to submit IELTS scores

    The above must be evidenced in your application form

  • Attendance

    Delivery Method:

    This module is delivered via distance learning

    View our statement on notional study hours »

    Provisional timetable

    This module is planned to commence delivery in September 2021 and will run for a period of 10 weeks.

    This module is delivered via distance learning. Attendance at the university is not required but engagement with online activity is expected.

    View our statement on timetable changes »

  • Assessment

    Module assessment is made up of one or more assessment tasks. The assessment task(s) for this module are:

    • Written Essay
    • Project Work

    Successful completion of this module will earn you 30 level 7 credits

Further details

For further information please contact the module leader Alison MacFarlane - or contact the student experience team:

(0114) 225 2373

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