Department of Sport and Exercise Science

Short Courses

Exercise for Falls Prevention

  • 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.

Objectives

This course provides advanced learning opportunities in exercise and musculoskeletal health, which underpin the exercise for falls prevention instructor 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 with a history of or high risk of falls that are safe, effective, based on current evidence and in accordance with the relevant clinical guidelines and national service frameworks. Falls specific aspects include; an understanding of the process of the ageing musculoskeletal system; physical activity and how this may influence the ageing process; the positive and negative aspects of physical activity on risk factors for falls; risks to the individual during exercise in people who are prone to falls; 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.

Assessment

The course will be assessed by three 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) to assess learning. This 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 (35%) of Exercise for Falls Prevention with respect to clinical guidance and best practice. The course assessments will be completed with a four page written assessment that contributes to 65% of the course grade.

Interested candidates should contact andrew.scott@port.ac.uk in the first instance.