Develop your knowledge and understanding of how physical activity and sport benefit health and the importance of living an active lifestyle. You benefit from a sports and exercise science teaching provision that is ranked within the top 10 nationally by the Times (2013 University rankings). **What you study** On this course, you gain the technical and professional skills needed to gain a career in areas such as personal training, health promotion and developing community interventions. Your studies focus on • exercise physiology • psychology • nutrition • people and communities • programming and prescription • research methods • enterprise management • innovation. In your first year, you explore key theories and concepts in modules such as foundations of physical activity and health. You also develop laboratory skills in specialist facilities, including a biomedical lab, a psychology booth for consultation and an exercise fitness suite. You then learn to link these scientific concepts and skills to working with clients through lectures, seminars and laboratory sessions. We develop your analytical skills and personal qualities so you can produce programmes for individuals and groups in various settings, including • the workplace, such as wellness schemes • the community, such as physical activity referral schemes and cardiac rehabilitation • corporate, such as sport and health clubs. **Expertise** You are taught by a team of lecturers who can offer you both industry and academic experience. Our lecturers working in research have been widely published on topics such as the effects of exercise on hunger and weight loss, motivational interviewing and physical activity prescription in type 2 diabetes. You also gain the perspectives of potential employers, such as Sheffield International Venues and Places for People Leisure Nuffield, who visit to discuss career and work experience opportunities. **Placements and work experience** During year two, you apply what you learn on a six-week work placement in a physical activity, sport, exercise, health or leisure-related environment. This is a great opportunity to gain professional skills and add experience to your CV. If you are doing your work placement in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme. You can gain further practical experience through working with our Centre for Sport and Exercise Science (CSES) and will be offered opportunities to enrol on an internship programme. The student wellness scheme is a health service for students run by students that offers physical activity and health consultations. **Additional qualifications** This course gives you the foundation to gain British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) accreditation or certified exercise practitioner status in preparation for further study and supervised experience. Fitness industry awards have been embedded in first and second year modules and you have the option to complete these qualifications.