Department of Sport and Exercise Science

Short Courses

Paediatric Exercise Science and Medicine

  • Course Type: Short Course
  • Mode of delivery: Blended (campus and independent learning)
  • Hours: 33 scheduled + 10 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. Prior experience or learning (to undergraduate level) in exercise physiology to access this unit. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

Objectives

Children and adolescents are not simply ‘mini adults’. They are growing and maturing at their own rate and, consequently, their physiological responses to exercise are profoundly different from adults. The first part of this course will explore the impact that growth and maturation has on physiological function and exercise performance. Understanding the exercise responses of the healthy child is essential to understanding the responses of paediatric patients and appropriate normative reference data will also be introduced and discussed. The overall aim of this course is to enable the design, implementation of effective exercise testing and training interventions for children and adolescents with juvenile-onset diseases or disorders that are ethical, safe, effective and based on current evidence and in accordance with the relevant clinical guidelines and national service frameworks. Therefore, the later parts of this course will enable you to understand the disease process and pathophysiology of a number of common paediatric conditions and discuss physical activity and exercise programmes for these individuals.

Assessment

The course will be assessed by two main assessments. The first assessment is a practical/viva contributing 30% to the unit grade with a brief report (20%) to summarise the findings of the practical assessment. The final assessment is a written assessment that contributes to 50% of the course grade.

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