School of Health Sciences

Exercise, Health and Wellness Coaching

PgCert | PgDip | MSc

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PgCert | PgDip | MSc Exercise, Health and Wellness Coaching
This course will enhance your knowledge of exercise and wellness coaching and prepare you for an exciting profession in an industry with developing career opportunities. You will have the ability to positively impact the health and wellbeing of inactive populations by tackling barriers to lifestyle changes.

This course will equip you to meet national health needs with relevant, up-to-date knowledge of the role of exercise for health and wellbeing, and the ability to effectively apply this knowledge through real-life work-related experiences and industry work-based learning. You’ll develop wellness coaching skills, to help inactive individuals to overcome barriers to lifestyle change and to maintain healthy behaviours. This course offers a real opportunity to change peoples’ lives and make a positive and lasting difference to society.

This course has multiple study options
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  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
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1 year

Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
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  • Part Time
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2 years

Wellness coaching draws on coaching philosophies developed in performance sport and applies these to populations with health and wellbeing needs. Partnered with knowledge of exercise programming and delivery for these populations, the course draws upon key elements of health psychology and health promotion.

The course has been designed to be available both full-time and part-time. Students undertaking both modes will complete the same modules on campus together, however the order in which students complete modules may differ. The course has been designed such that part-time students are generally only required to attend campus one day-per-week, and full-time students attend on two days. Directed and self-study will be completed in addition to these days.


Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information. 

Detailed module information
Activity Summary

You will learn through a variety of methods including directed practical sessions using the range of technologies available in our facilities, including the Human Performance Laboratory and RGU Sport. You’ll take part in group work during tutorial sessions and peer reviews, and experience real-life situations through case studies on campus and within professional environments and work-based learning opportunities.

  • Seminars - 10 students per group, 52 hours 
  • Tutorial - 10 students per group, 52 hours 
  • Project Supervision - 10 students per group, 35 hours 
  • Practical class or workshop - 10 students per group, 52 hours 
  • Placement / Work Based Learning - 10 students per group, 132 hours
Independent Study

A significant portion of this course is underpinned by independent learning, and you will be expected to be responsible for managing your coursework, reading and other learning activities appropriately.

Staff Delivering on This Course

The teaching team members deliver applied, industry relevant modules that span the broad field of Sport and Exercise Science, with an adaptable and contemporary approach meaning we develop graduates who are industry-ready. Our team have regularly been recognised through annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards, with multiple team members being recognised for their lecturing and support. Members of the academic team are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy with some working towards Senior Fellowship. This is a professional recognition of practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning. The delivery of this course is closely supported by our industry partners who help us to develop the opportunities for worked-based learning throughout the entire course.


Typically students are assessed:

  • 4 written assignments, including essays
  • 2 practical skills assessments
  • 1 presentation
  • 1 poster defence

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.


The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.



All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.



The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support


Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library


A work-based learning module is a key feature of the course, where you will have the opportunity to implement learning from your course either in your own workplace, or through an arranged placement with an industry partner.


Job Prospects

The range of potential employers includes schools, colleges and universities, sports councils and national governing bodies, local authorities, charitable sports trusts as well as private sector fitness centres and leisure facilities.

Students may also wish to progress to further research in the field of health and wellness coaching.


  • Applicants normally hold an undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in a relevant subject, with a classification of a 2:2 or above.
  • Applicants who do not meet the standard entry qualifications but have relevant work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • We may invite an applicant to interview, which can take place either face-to-face, via telephone or via Skype.

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:


Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Pre-Sessional English Programme at RGU

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.

For Academic Year 2019/2020

UK/EU Students


  • £7,380


  • £3,690 per academic year

International Students


  • £11,450


  • £5,725 per academic year
Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Other Fees and Charges

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.

Alumni Discount

Student Funding

Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.

Postgraduate Students' Funding

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:



For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

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Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

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