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Sport and Exercise Science - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Sport and exercise sciences involve the provision of support services to elite athlete, public health and fitness, as well as special populations such as the elderly and hospital patients. This course has substantial components of physiology anatomy, metabolism and biomechanics, with coverage of sports psychology and sports sociology. In a growing industry with excellent and diverse employment opportunities, graduates can find roles in the fitness industry, coaching, sports therapy, exercise physiology, health promotion and teaching.

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Mass sports participation and general exercise are rapidly developing occupations supported by an increasingly specialist industry specialising in testing and exercise prescription. The British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) defines sport and exercise science as: "The application of scientific principles to the promotion, maintenance and enhancement of sport and exercise related behaviours."

In this degree you’ll explore a wide curriculum with exercise physiology, biomechanics, psychology and sociology the core areas of focus. You’ll study the short and long term changes the body experiences after physical activity, environmental stress and exercise; the biomechanics of human movement, including the interaction between the athlete and the equipment they use; and motivation and group dynamics in exercise. You’ll also develop the skills to identify the optimal techniques to boost sporting performance and analyse movement to reduce risk of injury.

Our teaching staff are experts in their field with interests varying from elite athlete performance testing, supra-maximal exercise, cardiopulmonary testing, stroke rehabilitation and neuromuscular patterns in movement.

The University has state-of-the-art facilities available to you throughout the course, this includes Cosmed breath by breath gas analysers, Woodway treadmills, a climate chamber, blood analysers, BodPod (body fat analyser), Wattbikes, EMG and 2D motion analysis.

There’s also an optional work placement module where you’ll gain experience in the culture and structure of the sport and exercise science industry.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through written and practical exams, practical reports, presentations, class tests and a final research dissertation.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • two A levels with minimum grades BB including biology, PE, human biology, biology, sports science or sports studies (or 80 or more UCAS points from an equivalent qualification)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

Entry from appropriate foundation and access courses will also be considered.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entry is only available for September start. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    This module provides an introduction to the various sub-disciplines that constitute sport and exercise science.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

    This module is intended to introduce students to the practical aspects of sports performance. The module will also develop specific coaching and psychology attributes required to develop sports performance.

    Guidance notes: Students must pass the practical attendance in order to successfully complete the module

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    This module is intended to introduce students to the study of Sports courses in higher education at London Metropolitan University as well as developing life long skills in organisation and application of knowledge. This module also includes the theory and practical abilities to apply safe and effective massage to a sports person. In addition, the module introduces students to methods of data analysis using computer software.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning

    This module is a broadly-based introduction to human anatomy and systems physiology, with a bias towards the specific interests of those studying for sports-related degrees. The module also includes background material in chemistry, biochemistry and cell biology.

    Guidance notes: Students must satisfy the practical attendance requirement in order to successfully complete the module

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    This module focuses on understanding the principles of human movement in terms of anatomy, biomechanics, and the physiology of the muscular, nervous and skeletal systems. In addition the module explores the application of this knowledge to performance analysis, the development of sporting excellence, and injury prevention.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

    This module introduces students to the responses of tissues and organs to acute exercise and chronic exercise training. Students are also familiarised with a variety of field and laboratory-based tests of physical performance and physical fitness – both to assess components of fitness and work capacity as well as to screen for risk of sports injuries.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning

    The ST5002 module, entitled Psychological Factors in Sport: Individuals and Teams, focuses on the key psychological theories within the sport psychology field; such as motivation and arousal. Psycholgical issues relating to individual behaviour and group dynamics are both incorporated.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday morning

    This module allows students to use self-reflection to determine the best choice of project/dissertation for their chosen subject or career. This is linked to studying the processes that will maximise their employability.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday afternoon

    This module explores the key pedagogical theories that inform sports teaching and coaching. The module includes a strong emphasis on experiential learning with students regularly engaging in practical coaching and teaching sessions.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Friday morning

    The ST5061 module, entitled Sociological Issues in Sport, explores sociological theory and encourages students to apply such theory to contemporary issues in sport such as the role of the media, the globalisation of sport, and the use of sport as a political tool.

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    The first half of this module examines the response of the various physiological systems to exercise with an emphasis on training and other applied aspects. There is also a focus on sports nutrition, including ergogenic aids. Selected advanced topics of current interest are introduced. The second half develops an advanced understanding of the physiological effects of, and adaptations to, differing climatic and environmental conditions.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    This module will enable students to reinforce the skills necessary to carry out a scientific programme requiring significant research. It will allow students to demonstrate the final development of their subject knowledge, skills and understanding through extended research based on laboratory, literature or field work, or meta-analysis of databases. This research will lead to the presentation of a detailed written report.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    This module explores contemporary theory in sport psychology and its relevance to the elite athletic performer. Approaching from an applied perspective, important concepts are considered in terms of their potential impact on an athlete’s psychological state.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning

    This module is an introduction to the principles of business in the specific context of sport related ventures.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Friday afternoon

    This module analyses the relationships between exercise and a variety of disease states including cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic diseases. It focuses on aetiology, prevention, diagnosis and rehabilitation.

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  • This module extends students' learning experience by providing them with an opportunity to reflect on, and evaluate, their personal experiences of a given employment related to their area of academic study.

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If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:

  • Biomechanics and Training Principles
  • Practical Sport Experience
  • Science, Research and Application
  • Sport and Exercise Anatomy and Physiology

Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:

  • Biomechanics and Control of Human Movement
  • Psychological Factors in Sports: Individuals and Teams
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Sports Science Research Methods
  • Practical Delivery in Coaching and Training (option)
  • Sociological Issues in Sport (option)

Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:

  • Applied Exercise Physiology
  • Dissertation (Sport and Exercise Science)
  • Sports Psychology and the Elite Athlete
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology (option)
  • Business Developments in Sport (core)
  • Sport and Exercise Science Work Placement (option)

This degree will prepare you for a career in the scientific or commercial worlds, with many students choosing to work in the fitness industry. You'll receive general scientific training that will enable you to take on a wide variety of roles. Previous graduates have gone into careers such as sports therapy at AFC Wimbledon and holistic training at Educogym. Others have continued on to a PGCE, enabling them to work in education.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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