Department of Sport and Exercise Science

Short Courses

Exercise for Cardiac Rehabilitation

  • 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 cardiac exercise and health physiology learning opportunities, which underpin the cardiac rehabilitation exercise instructor certification from the British Association of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation (BACPR) 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 people with cardiovascular disease that are safe, effective, based on current evidence and in accordance with the relevant clinical guidelines and national service frameworks. 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 CHDs; risks to the individual with cardiac disease during exercise; 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 in cardiac rehabilitation, 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 second assessment is a two page critical evaluation of the reality of cardiac rehabilitation with respect to clinical guidance and best practice. The course assessment will be completed with a four page written assessment that contributes to 65% of the course mark.

Interested candidates should contact in the first instance.