Exercise for Cardiac Rehabilitation


If you want to build on your existing health and fitness qualification, and specialise in fitness programmes that aid rehabilitation from heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular conditions, this is the course for you.

On this Exercise for Cardiac Rehabilitation short course, you'll get advanced cardiac exercise and health physiology learning. This knowledge underpins the cardiac rehabilitation exercise instructor certification from the British Association of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation (BACPR) – which you'll get as part of your studies.

That means when you complete this course, you'll be able 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.

Course details


  • Mode of study: Blended direct contact and independent study
  • Duration: 48 scheduled, 9 placement sessions and independent learning
  • Start and end dates: September 2018
  • Credits: 30


  • £1300 UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
  • £2200 International Students (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 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 for improving health behaviour in patients

How you'll be 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

What's included

The course includes a course manual, an online learning environment and teaching materials.

When you've successfully completed the course, you'll receive certification as a Cardiac Exercise Specialist.


This course is taught by lecturers and exercise specialists with experience in exercise for people with cardiac disease, and 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 attendance on two Saturdays.

Entry requirements

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

How to book

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