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.
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. Some of our staff, such as Nick Gardiner, have even contributed to prestigious publications in clinical sports medicine.
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.
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, 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)
If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Sport and Exercise Science Extended Degree.
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.
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.
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.
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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News and success stories
A Sports Therapy professional has contributed to a leading trade publication, drawing on his personal experience with a debilitating sporting injury.
Meet the team
Aldo LenaPhoto of male lecturer Aldo Lena
Christopher ChamberlinPhotograph of male staff member Christopher Chamberlin
James DavisPhotograph of James Davis
Nick GardinerPhotograph of Nick Gardiner
Roger GossettPhotograph of Roger Gossett
Karl GraingerPhotograph of Karl Grainger
Ian GummeryPhotograph of Ian Gummery.
Joanna Jenkins (neé Baker)Photograph of Joanna Jenkins.
Mia PreeceMia Preece
Kat PaicePhotograph of female lecturer Kat Paice.
Raffaella PontonuttiPhotograph of Raffaella Pontonutti
Paul StarrsPhotograph of Paul Starrs
Georgia WhitfieldPhotograph of Georgia Whitfield
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