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Sport and Exercise Science (including foundation year) - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Our Sport and Exercise Science (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) is an alternative route into undergraduate study if you don’t have the necessary qualifications or can’t meet the entry requirements to begin your studies on the standard course. On completion of this four-year degree you’ll graduate with the same title and award as students who study the traditional three-year course.

We've been ranked among the top 30 UK universities – and best in central London – for sports science in the Guardian's 2020 university league tables.

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On this four-year course you’ll develop in-depth knowledge in the field of sport and exercise science, including physiology, anatomy, psychology and coaching. You'll achieve an understanding of the role of therapists and scientists in sport and learn about the ways in which these roles may help to increase performance or prevent injury.

During your time at London Met you’ll receive exceptional support from an academic mentor and tutor, as well as from other services at the University. While you’re here, there will be opportunities to take advantage of various workshops, including those run by our careers service.

Your foundation year will equip you with vital scientific and study skills, so you’ll be well prepared to undertake more intense study in the subsequent three years of your degree. This year will be shared with students from other subject specialisms, presenting a great opportunity for you to learn about different areas of human sciences and meet students from different subjects.

On completion of the foundation year you’ll study the same content and have the same choice of modules as students on the Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) degree. If at the end of your foundation year you’d like to change your specialism there will be flexibility to allow you to do this.

Assessment

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

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Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code C609
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Entry requirements

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

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma) but may not have achieved the appropriate grades to immediately join a BSc programme
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent).

Applicants who meet the UCAS points criteria but who obtained a D (grade 3) in English and/or Maths at GCSE may be offered a University test in these areas

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 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 2019/20 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 0 modules include:

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

    This module introduces students to key concepts of cell biology and human physiology to provide a foundation for subsequent study of biological subjects at Level 4. The key aims and objectives of this module are to enable students to achieve a fundamental knowledge base of biology which will underpin studies at higher levels. An introduction will be given to the structure of cells and the concept of the cell as the basic unit of life. A range of cell types will be discussed. Following an appreciation of the role of cells in the structure and function of tissues and organs, students will be introduced to the anatomy and physiology of key organ systems in the body.

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

    This module will be introducing important ideas and concepts in fundamental chemistry that will allow students to study scientific subjects at level 4. The module aims to develop students’ understanding of fundamental concepts key to subjects involving the molecular sciences. In addition, skills adjunct to the chemical sciences including numeracy, logical argument, research, referencing and the utilisation of abstract models will be developed.

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

    The module introduces students to the application of the science of nutrition and sport in health and disease. It intends to offer a general insight into each area; students will discover the key concepts of nutritional and sport science.

    The module will provide a greater understanding thereby allowing students with little or no sport or nutritional science background to progress to undertake a degree in Human Nutrition, Dietetics, Sport Science or Sports Therapy at level 4.

    The aim of this module is to give students a greater awareness of nutrition and sports science. Students will be able to appreciate the role that diet and lifestyle choices have in promoting health. The module will aim to introduce the major food groups and their nutritional composition. Students will have a greater understanding of the concept that individual diet and lifestyle choices have in influencing health and disease. The module will also encompass an introduction to the sports science field, including but not limited to physiology, anatomy, psychology and coaching. Students will achieve an understanding as to the role of therapists and scientists in sport with particular attention to the ways in which these careers may help to increase performance or prevent injury.

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

    This module will introduce (i) the basic mathematical concepts needed to succeed on any science degree course; (ii) basic laboratory techniques related to life science modules, designed to support and re-inforce theoretical syllabus content; (iii) study skills to prepare students for future studies. The practical section will reinforce safe practice in the laboratory environment and introduce laboratory record keeping. The mathematics section will be taught using equations relevant to biology and chemistry to encourage connections between disciplines to be made. Supporting material will be available on-line; tutorial sessions will focus on practising mathematical techniques. Formative online pre-laboratory session questions will prepare the students in advance for the practical in question. Formative exercises in the form of mini tests will be carried out during tutorial sessions to reinforce the previous lecture.
    In terms of aims, this module will enable students to consolidate their understanding of mathematics, and to increase confidence by extending their use of mathematical vocabulary, definitions and formal reasoning. The module will also give students an introduction to the laboratory environment and to simple biological and chemical procedures. Particular attention will be drawn to developing study skills, and to broadening students’ transferable skills in time management, writing and studying skills, enabling them to derive maximum benefit from their proposed courses of study. The module will also give students an introduction to the laboratory environment and to simple biological and biochemical procedures relevant to any science degree.

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Year 1 modules include:

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

    This module intends to 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. These basic principles will primarily feature sport psychology and coaching. The module will primarily develop an understanding of the impact that psychological state has on both performance and participation; as well as the most effective way to develop a sound coaching/teaching knowledge base and pedagogy.

    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; plus coverage of health related aspects, showing how sport and exercise can benefit our physical condition and psychological wellbeing.

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

    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 provide an introduction to human anatomy and biomechanics. The module has a bias towards the specific interests of those studying for sports-related degrees. Thus, the principal focus in anatomy is the musculoskeletal system, together with movement analysis and the isolation of specific muscle groups. In biomechanics, the focus is on the basic anthropometry and kinematics of the human body.

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

    This module provides an introduction to exercise related physiology, the sub-discipline of sport and exercise science. 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.


    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 provide students with a fundamental grounding in exercise physiology. Students are made familiar with physiology, biochemistry and cell biology.

    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 knowledge gained is relevant for a variety of employment opportunities, particularly those within sports science, coaching, personal training and sports therapy.

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

    This module is intended to introduce students 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. In addition, the module introduces students to methods of data analysis using computer software.

    The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. The module aims to introduce students to the learning resources within the University to assist them with their personal and professional development. Students will enhance their planning, preparation, academic writing styles, referencing, resourcing and development for academia to enable an easy transition between levels. With regard to data analysis the aim of the module is to enable students to apply statistical techniques to data, as part of their other studies as well as in a more general work environment.

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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.

    The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. The module aims to: provide an understanding of human movement and its control in terms of physiological, biomechanical, and behavioural 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, develop critical thinking skills of data analysis and interpretation of results.

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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 and chronic exercise training. Students are also familiarised with a variety of field and laboratory-based tests of physical performance to assess components of fitness and work capacity
    Period: Year long (30 weeks), day
    Assessment: Lab report (40%); Written examination seen (30%) Written exam unseen (30%).

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

    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. The module aims to provide students with an understanding of key psychological theories which underpin sporting performance and participation itself. Students will focus initially on the psychological factors which influence an individual’s sporting behaviour and later develop an understanding of group dynamics in sport.

    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. Most mental skills developed in sport psychology are directly transferable therefore students are given qualities necessary to advance in many other areas of life.

    Assessment: Essay (001) (30%) + Case Study and Viva (002) (30%) +
    Group presentation (003) (40%)

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

    ST5060; Sports Science Research Methods; Spring teaching period. It is expected that students will have successfully completed Level 4 as a module pre-requisite.

    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:
    • autumn semester - Friday morning

    The ST5057 module explores a variety of theories drawn from the social sciences and encourages students to apply such thinking to contemporary issues in sport . The module examines variously; the history of sport, the globalisation of sport, the use of sport as a political tool, sport and nationalism, issues around gender and ethnicity and the controversies that surround both the delivery and practise of sport.

    • The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Educations Qualifications.
    • This module introduces students to theories from the social sciences which are pertinent to contemporary issues in sport.
    • It aims further to raise students’ awareness and enable informed engagement with a host of sporting contemporary issues.
    • Students will be provided with an opportunity to be actively engaged in their learning through directed reading of such research and through weekly classroom discussion. From this they will develop a life-long analytical awareness to sports-related social science research.
    • This module will also provide students with the qualities and transferable skills that arise from being encouraged to take personal responsibility for earning and concomitantly learn the work-place imperative that is analytical thinking.

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

    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. 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. 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. 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.

    Assessment: Class test (001) (50%) + Practical coaching (002) (50%)

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Year 3 modules include:

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

    This module focuses on motion capture and movement analysis backed up by other biomechanical analysis techniques including electromyography and the use of force platforms. Students will be expected to perform a small group research project, presenting the results as a poster conference at the end of the semester. Reflective work throughout the module will allow the student to develop a greater understanding of, and employability possibilities within, biomechanical research. Students will be given the opportunity to research either a project of their choice of select from a given list of project titles.

    The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. The module aims to provide the student an opportunity to examine an area of biomechanics, focusing on motion analysis, in detail. Students are encouraged to evaluate, and critically reflect on their chosen area of investigation. This module aims to prepare students for post-graduate study, and further research suitable for academic publication.

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

    Module code: ST6014
    Module Title: Applied Clinical and Exercise Physiology
    Description: 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.
    Period: Year long (30 weeks), day
    Required Prior Learning: ST5006
    Assessment: Seen written exam (50%) + Clinical Assessment (25%) + Written feedback report (25%)

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

    This module explores contemporary theory in sport psychology and its relevance to the competitive sporting environment. Approaching from an applied perspective which relates to employability, important concepts are considered in terms of their potential impact on an athlete’s psychological state and therefore their engagement and performance.

    The module aims to introduce students to the key real-life psychological demands associated with sports performance, in conjunction with coping mechanisms and solutions used to deal with those demands. In terms of employability, students will gain a critical insight into the applied practice of sport psychology and gain experiences of some of the key interpersonal skills that make an effective sport psychologist.


    Assessment: Essay (001) (25%) + Seen Exam (002) (25%) +
    Case Study (50%)

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

    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. This research will lead to the presentation of a detailed written report.

    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 encourage students to reflect and build upon their subject knowledge and expertise by means of a specific investigation requiring significant research. During the course of the module they will develop the skills necessary to plan, carry out, analyse and report upon the results of an experimental or analytical programme on a scientific topic. The module gives students the opportunity to attain achievement of a high level of personal development by working independently with the minimum necessary supervision. This module aims to provide students with the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring: the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility; decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts; and, the learning ability needed to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature.

    Formative feedback is provided on a weekly basis in the lecture/seminar sessions. These sessions are comprised of students working in similar areas of research which provides the opportunity for both peer and lecturer formative feedback. Students are supported by their supervisor with whom they are encouraged to facilitate regular contact. Students prepare interim reports, for which summative feedback is provided. Summative feedback is also provided on completion of the dissertation via assessment of the report, oral exam, and supervisors mark for process.

    The research programme will be carried out in consultation with a supervisor who will normally be an academic staff member of the School of Human Sciences.

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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 health science related ventures. The module is worth 15 credits and will run during the Spring.

    The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s, Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. More specifically, it aims to provide students with academic knowledge and understanding to implement good business practice including marketing, accounting, management, service and reflection. These topics should provide the underpinning information to allow students to harness an entrepreneurial approach to business and professional work to optimise their employability and performance.

    The module also seeks to develop competence in discussion, oral presentation and written work, encouraging clarity of presentation and transferable tools often used in many employment settings.

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

    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.
    Autumn and Spring Period (15 weeks).
    Assessment: Learning log & written project report (70%), Oral presentation (30%), Satisfactory Employer Comment (0%).
    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 provide the student with an opportunity to gain experience of the culture and structure of a working environment related to the student’s area of academic study. Students are encouraged to evaluate, and critically reflect on, the workplace as well as their role in it. Furthermore it is expected that students will apply previously-learned academic knowledge to employment tasks.

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After the course

This degree will prepare you for a career in both commercial and scientific settings. You’ll receive general scientific training and gain a range of transferable skills that will enable you to take a wide range of roles.

Our graduates have gone into roles in sports therapy at AFC Wimbledon and holistic training at Educogym.

What is a degree with a foundation year?

This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It's the perfect route into university if you don't meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course

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.

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How to apply

Apply to us for September 2019

Applying for a full-time undergraduate degree starting this September is quick and easy – simply call our Clearing hotline on or complete our online Clearing application form.

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 looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

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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