MCAST Higher Diploma in Exercise for Health

MCAST Higher Diploma in Exercise for Health

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MCAST Higher Diploma in Exercise for Health
Course Code CS5-03-16
MQF Level Level 5
Duration 2 years full-time
Awarding Body MCAST
Entry Requirements MCAST Advanced Diploma in Sports


MCAST-BTEC National Diploma in Sports


MCAST-OCE Diploma in Personal Training


Any MQRC-approved sport, exercise or science related qualification of not less than 60 ECTS/ECVET points at EQF level 5 or higher


2 A-Level passes and 2 I-Level passes

Compulsory A or I-Level: Physics or Chemistry or Biology or Physical Education

SEC/O-Level pass in English

Other Entry Requirements
Course Description In the light of the rising international and local incidence of obesity and inactivity-related non-communicable diseases and conditions, this course is intended to prepare suitably qualified professionals to work alongside medical and healthcare professionals in promoting physical activity and exercise interventions designed to improve the general health of society and of the individual.

The programme is intended specifically for existing sports or exercise professionals interested in gaining further qualifications in the field of advanced exercise prescription, delivery and supervision. Students will develop the knowledge and skills required to assist clients and patients with a range of specialised goals and needs, including those with various health challenges, non-communicable diseases, conditions, injuries or disabilities.

The programme ultimately assists students to pursue careers in a range of sports, exercise and clinical settings, and is mapped to the rigorous standards upheld by various international accrediting bodies in the field. Students will also develop their research skills with a view to providing a contribution to this growing sector.

Study/Course Delivery
Assessment The course will be assessed as follows:


The programme will be delivered over a two year period during which the student will engage in a series of lectures, tutorials, practical investigations, talks from guest speakers, work placements and projects. Practice, review, discussion, evaluation and development are encouraged throughout the course, in a learning environment rich in peer and tutor support.


In fullfilment of the vocational learning outcomes of the course, the assessment protocols for each unit embrace a formative task-based approach where appropriate, encouraging active experimentation and reflective observation via projects and hands-on tasks using such instruments as reflective diaries and direct-observation practical assessments.


To ensure assessment remains fit for purpose and level appropriate, and inkeeping with approaches in higher education, learners are also encouraged to engage in abstract conceptualisation and research activites via the creation of research reports and papers, designed to develop basic research and academic writing skills.


Learners will compile an assessment portfolio comprising take-home and time-constrained assignments, formative reflective diary and all assessment-related resources, documentation and evidence.


Programme Learning Outcomes 1. Carry out screening, testing and risk stratification of individuals with a range of health challenges

2. Plan evidence-based exercise interventions for a range of individuals with various specialised needs

3. Motivate individuals with controlled health conditions to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyle behaviours

4. Collaborate and communicate effectively with clients, patients, medical and health care professionals

Core Study Units
  • Physical Activity Development, Culture & Society
  • Role of the Exercise for Health Specialist
  • Continuing Professional Development & Lifelong Learning
  • Psycho-social Aspects of Exercise for Health
  • Advanced Functional Anatomy
  • Biomechanics
  • Nutrition for Health
  • Information Management & Administration
  • Exercise for Health as Business
  • Physiology & Pathophysiology
  • Sports & Exercise Injuries
  • Health & Fitness Assessment
  • Training Methods & Techniques
  • Session Planning & Programming
  • Session Delivery & Evaluation
  • Research Project in Exercise for Health
  • Internship in Exercise for Health
Specialist Units
Supplementary Units
Supporting Units
Optional Units
Progress After Completion
Career Opportunities Exercise for health specialist