Exercise and Fitness after Stroke Short course


If you've already got a degree in a sports-related field and you're a qualified Exercise Referral instructor, this short course will help you build on your skills and experience to work with people who have suffered from stroke.

On this Exercise and Fitness After Stroke short course, you'll learn how the body reacts to stroke and how you, as an Exercise and Fitness Training after Stroke (EFS) Instructor, can help it recover.

Once you've completed this course, you'll be able to design, implement and evaluate physical activity programmes for people after stroke. You'll also be aware of practices that are safe, effective, based on current evidence and in accordance with the relevant clinical guidelines and national service frameworks.

Course details


  • Mode of study: Blended direct contact and independent study
  • Duration: 48 scheduled, 9 placement sessions and independent learning
  • Start and end dates: email cpd@port.ac.uk to register your interest for future courses
  • Credits: 30


  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man Students: £1,300
  • International students: £2,200 (may be subject to annual increase)

What you'll experience

On this short course you'll cover:

  • 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 for improving health behaviour in patients


You'll be taught by lecturers, physiotherapists and exercise specialists with experience in exercise for people with a stroke. You'll learn through pre-course online lectures, lecture-seminars and practical sessions.

Teaching sessions take place on Thursdays and Fridays for three weeks with one Saturday attendance.

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed in two ways:

  • A professional practice portfolio, including a written case study of a virtual patient, a practical assessment of exercise tailoring and group management, and a multiple-choice theory test
  • A written assessment

Entry requirements

What you need for this short course

To be eligible for this course, you'll need:

  • a 2:1 honour degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject
  • a DBS check
  • occupational health and statutory and mandatory training framework level 7
  • English proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0, with no component score below 6.5

To be awarded the stroke specialist exercise instructor award, you'll need an Exercise Referral Instructor qualification.

How to book

This course has already been delivered. 

To register your interest for future courses, please email cpdcourses@port.ac.uk

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