Department of Sport and Exercise Science

Short Courses

Exercise for Cancer Care

  • 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 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 learning opportunities in exercise and cancer care, which underpin the exercise and cancer rehabilitation instructor certification from CanRehab that is provided as part of the course. The overall aim of this course is to enable health-fitness professionals to design, implement and evaluate physical activity programmes for cancer survivors that are safe, effective, based on current evidence and in accordance with the relevant clinical guidelines and national service frameworks. Cancer 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 cancer; risks to the individual during exercise following cancer and its treatment; 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. The professional practice portfolio relates to the vocational aspects of the course and includes a written case study of a patient living with or in recovering from cancer, a viva to complete the case study assessment and a multiple choice question and short answer test. This is 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 six page written assessment that contributes to 100% of the unit grade.

Interested candidates should contact in the first instance.