UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Clinical Exercise and Physical Activity CHLD0019

Module Date: Thursday 21 April - Thursday 28 April 2022


This module is designed for physiotherapists who wish to develop their and application of the current evidence base relating to the role of physical activity and exercise in the prevention and management of non-communicable diseases and public health concerns such as obesity, pain, bone and joint health, mental illness and cognitive decline. Muscle and exercise physiology, exercise prescription, health and exercise literacy, behaviour change, exercise testing and physical activity monitoring in health and disease across the life span forms the foundation of the curriculum.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this module, you should be able to:

  1. Understand and have advanced knowledge of muscle and exercise physiology in health and disease.
  2. Understand and have advanced knowledge of the cardiovascular and respiratory responses and adaptations to exercise in health and disease in adults and/or children.
  3. Apply theoretical knowledge of muscle and exercise physiology using advanced clinical reasoning skills to justify physiotherapy clinical interventions in the context of the evolving evidence base and contemporary professional and ethical framework in health and disease in adults and/or children. 
  4. Explain and critically evaluate the key experimental studies that have contributed to this knowledge

 Who is the module for?

This module is suitable for qualified physiotherapists with a degree in physiotherapy at least equivalent to a lower second class Bachelor’s degree in the UK.

The module can be chosen as a component of the Postgraduate Physiotherapy pathways at UCL. You may also undertake the course as a discrete unit for CPD or, if assessed, may use the 15 credits towards completion of the MSc

Teaching and Learning Methods

The module will be delivered via a combination of face-to-face lectures, online e-learning activities, practical sessions and seminars. Teaching will be facilitated by relevant experts in their field. 

Moodle, the UCL virtual learning platform will be used to facilitate communication both between tutors and students, and between the students themselves, and also to provide learning resources and feedback.

Teaching Mode

6 days of face to face lectures, workshops and supplementary online learning activities

Assessment: Submission  16 June 2022

Online patient information resource (40%)

1500 word essay (60%)