Department of Sport and Exercise Science

Short Courses

Exercise and Fitness After Stroke

  • Course Type: Short Course
  • Mode of delivery: Blended (campus and independent learning)
  • Hours: 48 scheduled + 9 placement + independent learning
  • Start date: September 2018
  • Credits:30. Providing they are obtained within a five year period these credits can be used towards a postgraduate certificate (60 credits required), postgraduate diploma (120 credits required) or MSc (180 credits required including project) in Clinical Exercise Science. 
  • Cost: £1300* UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students / £2200* International Students. *Subject to annual increase. 
  • Entry requirements: A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject; DBS check; occupational health and statutory and mandatory training framework level 7. To be awarded the stroke specialist exercise instructor award attached to this course individuals are required to possess an Exercise Referral instructor qualification. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.


This course provides advanced cerebrovascular exercise and health physiology learning opportunities, which underpin the Exercise and Fitness Training after Stroke Instructor (EfS) certification that is provided as part of the course by Later Life Training. The overall aim of this course is to enable health-fitness professionals to design, implement and evaluate physical activity programmes for people after stroke that are safe, effective, based on current evidence and in accordance with the relevant clinical guidelines and national service frameworks. Stroke specific aspects include; an understanding of the disease process and how it is managed; physical activity and how this may influence the disease process; the positive and negative aspects of physical activity on risk factors in stroke; risks to the individual during exercise following stroke; the potential effects of medications on exercise performance, an understanding of the motivation and communication strategies aimed at improving health behaviour in this patient group.


The course will be assessed by two main assessments. A professional practice portfolio relates to the vocational aspects of the course and includes i) a written case study of a virtual patient (video resource provided as e-learning), ii) a practical assessment of exercise tailoring and group management skills (including written session plan and health & safety/risk assessment) and iii) a multiple choice question and short answer theory test (30 MCQ & 5 short answer). This a mandatory pass/fail artefact and must be satisfactorily completed to be awarded a pass (70% or higher). The course assessments will be completed with a 6 page written assessment that contributes to 100% of the course grade.

Interested candidates should contact in the first instance.