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Sport and Exercise Science - BSc (Hons)

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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.

We've been ranked among the top 50 UK universities – and best in central London – for sports science in the The Guardian's 2019 university league tables.

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More about this course

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.

Assessment

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

Fees and key information

Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code C602
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Our teaching plans for autumn 2021

We are planning to return to our usual ways of teaching this autumn including on-campus activities for your course. However, it's still unclear what the government requirements on social distancing and other restrictions might be, so please keep an eye on our Covid-19 pages for further updates as we get closer to the start of the autumn term.

Entry requirements

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

  • a minimum of 112 points from A levels including a C in Biology or Human Biology, or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification  eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Progression Diploma or Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent)

If you don't have traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing our Sport and Exercise Science (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) degree.

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

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.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2021/22 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:
    • spring semester - Thursday morning

    This module provides the foundations for the research analysis and activity which you will pursue throughout your degree program. You will develop the skills required to read, interpret and analyse research in a variety of forms. This module also introduces you to methods of data analysis using computer software. You will enhance your planning, preparation, academic writing styles, referencing and resourcing. With regard to data analysis, the aim of the module is to enable you to apply statistical techniques to data, as part of your other studies as well as in a more general work environment.

    The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

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

    This module will introduce students to basic principles of coaching and teaching in a range of areas, which will be critical to development of a true understanding of sports performance and participation. These basic principles will feature sound philosophies in coaching and teaching which will foster a solid basis from which individual pedagogy can be forged over the rest of the year and on to subsequent years of the programme.

    In parallel, practical coaching/teaching sessions will run, where you will be able to put the coaching theory into practice and develop the confidence to deliver sessions in the active sporting environment. Simultaneously, other skills will be acquired based around communication, leadership, teamwork and group management.

    In addition, parts of the module will focus on sociology of sport and health related aspects of sport and exercise, referring to the sociological value of sport and how this links to coaching and teaching pedagogy as well as the social impact of the PE curriculum in schools. There will also be coverage of health-related aspects of sport and exercise, showing how sport and exercise can benefit our physical condition and mental wellbeing.

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

    This module will introduce students to basic principles in a range of areas, which will be critical to development of a true understanding of sports performance and participation from the psychological perspective. The module will primarily develop an understanding of the impact that psychological state has on both performance and participation. In order to achieve this the module will cover the basics in a range of psychological criteria from goal setting, through concentration, confidence and imagery to development of leadership skills. Throughout each topic will be viewed from the position of competitive sport, participatory sport and health and fitness styled exercise.

    In addition, parts of the module will focus specifically on emotional and psychological wellbeing, showing how sport and exercise can benefit our physical condition and psychological wellbeing.

    The development of sound reflective practice principles will be included within the scope of the module and both theoretical and practical application of reflection will be considered highly.

    Practical elements will be included within the syllabus, featuring measurement and assessment tools used in sport psychology as well as practical application of sport psychology in a sports hall or laboratory-based environment.

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

    This module aims to provide an introduction to human anatomy and basic biomechanics of human movement. It is a broadly-based introduction to anatomy of the musculoskeletal system and human movement, and the isolation of specific muscle groups that produce these movements. This module has a bias towards the specific interests of those studying for sports-related degrees. You will have the ability to learn and explore the anatomy of the musculoskeletal system and human movement of the lower limb, upper limb and trunk.
    Thus, among other topics, you will learn to identify and name structures such as bones, joints, muscles and other relevant soft tissue structures found in the human body using appropriate terminology. You will also learn to describe the function of these structures, and understand their relevance to sport and exercise.

    The teaching methods include lectures, seminars and practicals. The seminar sessions involve group discussions based on directed learning, which is supported by material available on Weblearn.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday

    This module introduces students to the theoretical and practical aspects of human anatomy and physiology in health and disease. It is designed to provide Sport degree programme students with a fundamental knowledge relevant to the continued study of Exercise Physiology This module aims to provide students, through lectures, tutorials and practical classes, with a sound knowledge of human body structure using appropriate anatomical nomenclature and an in-depth understanding of the physiology of selected body systems. The module will also aim to introduce basic concepts in immunology and pathology which are recurring themes in study at Levels 5 and 6.

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

    This module aims to provide an introduction to human biomechanics. The focus is on the basic anthropometry and kinematics of the human body. The module is designed to provide students with the basic understanding of mechanical principles of the human body and their application in sport, exercise and rehabilitation. The module aims to help you understand how internal and external forces acting upon the human body affect movement, and how these principles are used to help improve performance. In addition, the biomechanical principles can help you understand the mechanical mechanisms of musculoskeletal injury pathologies, and how to apply them to reduce the risk of injury in sport and guide treatment. In this module you will be able to learn biomechanical measurement techniques, understand and evaluate the relevance of the measurement of the physical characteristics of humans to sport and athletes. You will also learn about how soft tissue structures behave under mechanical load and how it relates to sporting activities, exercise, and rehabilitation techniques.

    The teaching methods for this module include lecture and practical sessions. The practical sessions take place in the physiology laboratory and you will be separated in small groups.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Friday

    In this module you will be provided with an introduction to the Physiology of exercise a sub-discipline of sport and exercise sciences. This is accompanied by the principles of training and athletic preparation which ensures a bias towards the specific interests of those studying for sports-related degrees.

    The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

    You will gain a fundamental grounding in exercise physiology including physiology, biochemistry and cell biology as they relate to exercise performance and so develop knowledge of the immediate responses of the body to exercise and also the longer term adaptations to exercise stimulation

    The module encourages an appreciation of the contribution of Physiological Science to sports performance and exercise delivering both theory (the muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems) and practical skills (scientific methods of testing and data collection). The training principles element addresses the scientific basis of Sport and exercise performer support, organisation of preparation and the basis of different approaches to training.

    The knowledge gained is relevant for a variety of employment opportunities, particularly those within sports science, coaching, personal training and sports therapy. This knowledge transfers directly to Level 5 study in which there are advances in the level of interaction with applied and exercise and environmental physiology.

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

    This module is intended to introduce you to the study of sport in higher education at London Metropolitan University as well as developing life-long skills in organisation and application of knowledge.

    This module will develop your transferable skills to enable you to derive maximum benefit from your chosen courses of study, provide clear guidance on the University’s teaching, assessment and progression regulations to facilitate smooth passage through your chosen courses of study.

    The module will introduce you to the learning resources and support facilities available within the University to assist you with your personal and professional development. The development of study skills will include writing laboratory records, scientific reports and essays.

    The module also aims to introduce you to the development, scope and organisation of your chosen sports discipline and its associated professional bodies and employment opportunities. The transferable skills that will be developed will also prepare students for employment.

    The module engages you in an exploration of activities that allow skills and knowledge relevant to your field of study to be developed. It allows you to reflect on yourself as a learner, your development in a civic engagement context, as well as a work-based learning and careers context. Additionally, by constructing knowledge as individuals, and as part of a culturally diverse learning community, this module supports your development and achievement, and your ability to communicate effectively in a variety of professional, social and cultural contexts.

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Year 2 modules include:

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

    The module aims to provide an understanding of human movement and its control in terms of biomechanical principles; develop the ability to apply theoretical understanding of human movement in a variety of contexts including the analysis and development of sporting performance, and the prevention and treatment of injuries; and, develops critical thinking skills of data analysis and interpretation of results.

    The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

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  • This module focuses on understanding the principles of human movement in terms of anatomy and biomechanics. In addition the module provides examples of the application of this knowledge to performance analysis, the development of sporting excellence, and injury prevention. A tutorial programme explores in more detail some of the numerical methods which support biomechanical analysis.

    This module aims to provide an understanding of human movement and its control in terms of biomechanical and anatomical principles; illustrate how this knowledge may be applied to the analysis and development of human performance, and the prevention and treatment of injuries.

    The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

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  • You will be familiarised with a variety of field and laboratory-based tests of physical performance to assess components of fitness and work capacity associated with strength and power-based sports and muscle metabolism.

    Secondarily you will undertake study into the impact on exercise of specific environmental exposure on physiology associated with high altitude hypoxia, high environmental temperatures and humidity including fluid balance and cold exposure.

    The module builds on the Level 4 study of Physiology and links in specifically with the Level 6 module which follows in the Spring semester. Key concepts of anaerobic energy production in strength and power sports and muscle metabolism will be addressed. In addition you will learn about the highly practical and industry related concepts of athlete support provision with specific reference to an appreciation of the impact of environmental impacts on exercise training and performance and potential ergogenic benefits of exposure extremes such as high temperatures and humidity.

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  • This module introduces you to the responses of tissues and organs to acute and chronic exercise training. You will learn about the theoretical underpinnings of fundamental tests used including maximal oxygen uptake incremental exercise tests and blood lactate analysis and the so-called threshold concept and these will be accompanied with relevant lab testing experience.

    Other key concepts addressed are endurance, acid base balance, cardiovascular, respiratory and high intensity intermittent training.

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  • This module elaborates on the key theories in sport psychology, covering a wide range of sport psychology topics and the mental skills used within those topics. Psychological issues relating to individual behaviour patterns are favoured and are studied in detail. The impact of psychological factors on both participation and performance are studied.

    The module aims to provide students with an understanding of key psychological theories which underpin sporting performance and participation itself. Students will focus on the psychological factors which influence an individual’s sporting behaviour, whether it be in competition, training or general participation. The module aims to develop students’ communication and literacy skills to allow them the ability to write a scientific piece of work with confidence. Most mental skills developed in sport psychology are directly transferable therefore students are given qualities necessary to advance in many other areas of life.

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  • The module aims to provide students with an understanding of key psychological theories which underpin sporting performance and participation itself. As a progression from the Autumn sport psychology module students will focus on developing an understanding of how those performing or participating in sport either facilitate or inhibit the performance of others. This will involve considering areas of human communication, team cohesion and social interaction in sport, as well as exploring the manner in which we are affected by being in the presence of other people.

    The module encourages an appreciation of how to work effectively in a team setting and also aims to develop students’ communication and literacy skills to allow them the ability to write a scientific piece of work with confidence. All mental skills developed in sport psychology are directly transferable therefore students are given qualities necessary to advance in many other areas of life.

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  • The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Educations Qualifications. This module aims to allow students to reflect on their chosen course. Students will select their project within the context of the course and possible future career. Students will consider and carry out the preparation necessary for a scientific dissertation proposal. In so doing, students will gain experience in devising dissertations by taking into account experimental design, feasibility in terms of costs and resources, and aspects of ethics and safety.

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

    A new innovative module combining work based learning and a radical model of critical and transformative citizenship. This module has been developed to allow you to work intensively with a London community project/organisation in order to identify (in partnership with them) a challenge they are faced with and work towards positively addressing this challenge This innovative module is an exciting opportunity to work at a grass-roots level to effect change and to learn about the key issues currently affecting London and other large cities.

    We live in the sixth wealthiest economy in the world, and London produces 22% of all Gross Domestic Product (GDP). However, we also have a significant problem with inequalities and wealth distribution. The current poverty rate in the UK is 22% and in London this is even higher at 28%.

    As of July 2020 there have been 79,437 violent crimes in the last year resulting in injury in London and 152 homicides. Included within this, there has been a steady increase in incidents of serious youth violence, with latest figures showing 8,151 young victims. This is despite concerted efforts to better support young people. The COVID-19 lockdown raised awareness of the prevalence of domestic violence, however, even before lockdown London was seeing a steady increase with reported cases rising from 75,159 in April 2016 to 91,226 in June 2020.

    London's health inequalities are created by social, geographical and biological factors. The difference between highest and lowest healthy life expectancy in areas of London is 15.7 years based on Public Health England data. Contributing factors include infant mortality, excess weight, physical activity, smoking, homelessness and disease.

    We are facing a global climate and ecological crisis, and London is a case in point. As the capital’s population grows to 11 million by 2050, addressing problems of polluted air, water stress, poor access to public greenspace, and the effects of climate change, such as overheating and flooding, will become increasingly urgent. London therefore has ambitious targets to meet WHO air quality guidelines by 2030, become carbon neutral by 2050, and become half greenspace and have 12% more tree cover by 2050.

    However, at the same time the scope for local authorities to address these issues has been reduced by heavy pressures of austerity and a neo-liberal policy agenda. Many local community voluntary organisations are left with a vacuum to compensate for.

    As a university and ‘anchor institution’ to the London economy, we believe it is our role to help ‘Empowering London’. This module has been designed to empower you as our student by learning about some of the challenges facing our city and to contribute to addressing this via work based learning. Our fundamental aim is to help you become a values driven graduate who can make a positive difference to society. This module will provide you with some of the tools to achieve this goal.

    The module is designed to enhance your wider personal and professional development. It will facilitate application and progression of knowledge gained via your studies and wider life experience. The module includes values-driven, professional training and work experience to assist in preparing you for your individual future career. Through work based practice, you will positively contribute to a key part of the University’s Strategic agenda, addressing current social and economic issues facing London communities. This unique module allows you to be challenged by contributing to current, real world projects, working with the University and students from other professional disciplines to make a positive difference to society.

    The initial stages of this 15 credit, year-long module will introduce you to a range of professional skills and techniques, including: reflective self-assessment; preparation for employment as a values-driven graduate within inclusive work environments; becoming an ethical leader; being a critical employee and developing approaches for co-operative and collaborative working.

    You will then be introduced to employment experience opportunities supporting organisations and/or individuals in the local community. This could include working with communities and organisations towards programmes aiming to address collective identity and civic agency in neighbourhoods. You will work individually or in teams, in partnership with community institutions to support the activities of one of London Met’s strategic priorities - the Empowering London initiative. Your practice will positively contribute to addressing the challenges facing London which impact everyone’s lives.

    The module has been co-created with students and ongoing feedback will be sought from a range of students on an ongoing basis.

    The module aims to enable you to:
    ● Effectively express and understand your current skills and abilities in relation to your career values and goals
    ● Practically apply the knowledge gained through your course programme to a work/neighbourhood environment
    ● Make a positive contribution to the challenges of current social and economic issues facing the University’s local communities and consider these from national and global perspectives
    ● Gaining unique insight of current challenges facing cities in the areas of social wealth; the environment; discrimination; health; poverty and deprivation and crime and partner with community institution to design potential solutions
    ● Gain understanding and direct experience of the graduate level skills, knowledge and insights required for inclusive practice and problem resolution within institutions to enable you to become an inclusive leader in society
    ● Recognise your personal and professional development through your work based practice and how to apply the experience and knowledge gain to your future goals

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  • This module explores the key pedagogical theories that inform sports coaching and teaching as well as covering a wide variety of themes relevant to contemporary sports education and training, and their sociological implications. The module includes a strong emphasis on experiential learning with students engaging in practical coaching and teaching sessions on a weekly basis.

    The module aims to provide students with an overarching appreciation of important theories relating to effective teaching and coaching practice, as well as their influences on our social interaction. Students are afforded various opportunities to develop their practical competencies in relation to teaching and coaching. Ultimately, the module seeks to develop responsible and effective practitioners with a firm grounding in the necessary interpersonal and decision-making skills required within the coaching/teaching profession. This will be incorporated with an understanding of the role of sport in society. The ability to communicate and use a variety of strategies to achieve coaching/teaching objectives is developed, along with an appreciation of the value of reflective practice in personal development.

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Year 3 modules include:

Where this course can take you

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.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

Discover Uni – key statistics about this course

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How to apply

September 2021: If you’re a UK student or an EU student with settled/pre-settled status and want to study full-time from September, you can apply through Clearing – call 0800 032 4441 or apply online. If you're an international applicant or want to study part-time, select the relevant entry point and click the "Apply direct" button.

Applying for 2021

If you're from the UK, or you're from the EU and have settled or pre-settled status, apply through Clearing for courses starting in September 2021 – call 0800 032 4441 or apply online.

Applying for 2022

If you're a UK applicant wanting to study full-time starting in September, you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified. If you're an international applicant wanting to study full-time, you can choose to apply via UCAS or directly to the University.

If you're applying for part-time study, you should apply directly to the University. If you require a Student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.



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.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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