Exercise for Falls Prevention Short course


If you're a qualified Exercise Referral instructor or health care professional, this short course will help you build on your skills and experience to provide exercise and physical activity advice for people with a history or at risk of falling.

On this Exercise for Falls Prevention short course, you'll get an understanding of how ageing, physical activity and medication can affect the likelihood of someone falling. You'll use your expertise to learn how to design, implement and evaluate physical activity programmes for patients at risk.

You'll ensure your methods are safe, effective, based on current evidence and in accordance with the relevant clinical guidelines and national service frameworks.

And when you complete the course, you'll receive certification as a Postural Stability Instructor.

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Course details


  • Mode of study: Blend of direct contact and independent study
  • Duration: 48 hours 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

  • advanced learning opportunities in exercise and musculoskeletal health
  • 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 for improving health

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

What's included

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


This course is taught by lecturers, physiotherapists and exercise specialists with experience in exercise for older people, 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 one Saturday attendance.

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

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