Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons)

Overview

If you're interested in improving sporting performance or understanding the health benefits associated with physical activity, this endorsed BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degree course helps you turn your interest into a fulfilling career.

You’ll use a combination of theory, research and practical laboratory techniques to understand and improve human performance, while minimising the risks of sport-related injuries. You'll develop tools to help everyone – from those who play sport for fun to elite athletes – get the most out of their exercise.

By the end of the course, you'll have in-depth grounding in the fields of professional sport, health and education, helping you secure your ideal career when you graduate.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Be taught by expert staff with industry-relevant accreditations who are actively engaged in research projects that inform the future of sport and exercise science
  • Put what you learn into practice using our ties to local sports and healthcare providers
  • Be able to get specialist qualifications that match your career aspirations in areas such as first aid, coaching and gym instruction
  • Boost your transferable skills such as teamwork, decision making, communication and time management

Sport and Exercise Science facilities you'll be able to use include:

  • a biomechanics lab
  • a physiology lab
  • climatic chambers for manipulating temperature, humidity and altitude (including one at sub-zero temperatures, for polar preparation)
  • an immersion pool
  • a swimming flume
  • a portable EMG system for measuring muscle activity

  • a motion tracking system with integrated force platforms

Work experience and career planning

To make sure that you're prepared when it comes to securing the perfect job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you find the coaching roles, placements, internships and voluntary roles that will help you to kick-start your ideal career and complement what you’ll be learning on the course.

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits. (This may be different if you're studying part time.)

Year 1

Core modules

Introduction to Sport and Exercise Biomechanics – 40 credits - This module introduces you to the fundamental principles of biomechanics (the science of technique).

Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology – 40 credits - This module will introduce you to the fundamental principles of sport and exercise physiology.

Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology ­­– 40 credits - This module will introduce you to the fundamental principles of sport and exercise psychology. 

Year 2

Core modules

Advanced Exercise Physiology – 20 credits - This module will develop your understanding of the fundamental physiological concepts of exercise performance. 

Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise – 20 credits - In this module, you'll build upon the fundamental principles of biomechanics covered in your first year.

Preparing Research, Innovation or Enterprise Projects – 20 credits - This module introduces you to a range of qualitative and quantitative methods.

Psychology of Sport and Exercise  – 20 credits - In this module, you’ll explore common psychological issues in sport and exercise. 

Optional modules

Exercise in Different Environments – 20 credits - In this module, you'll examine the effect that different environments have on various modes of exercise performance. 

Nutrition for Sport, Exercise and Health ­– 20 credits - In this module, you'll explore current topics in nutrition related to health-related fitness and sport.

Physical Activity and Exercise for Healthy Ageing – 20 credits - This module will give you an insight into the immediate and possible future benefits of physical activity and exercise training for health early in life.

Principles of Skill Acquisition  – 20 credits - This module will introduce you to the fundamental principles of skill acquisition in human performance. 

Strength and Conditioning for Sport, Exercise and Health – 20 credits - In this module, you'll examine the principles and application of strength and conditioning programmes.

Year 3

Core modules

Project – 40 credits - This module provides you with an opportunity to pursue, by independent investigation, the detailed study of a particular topic in the broad subject area of sport and exercise.

Optional modules

Advanced Sports Nutrition – 20 credits - This module introduces you to the nutrient and energy requirements needed for sport.

Advanced Strength and Conditioning – 20 credits - This module focuses on the advanced principles of strength and conditioning.

Applications of Exercise Physiology – 20 credits - In this module, you'll focus on the application of physiology in exercise and sports performance.

Applied Skill Acquisition – 20 credits - This module will provide you with a theoretical framework for understanding the application of skill acquisition in practice.

Biomechanics in Practice – 20 credits - This module aims to apply biomechanical theories and tools to the evaluation of musculoskeletal biomechanics.

Biopsychosocial Approaches to Physical Activity and Health Promotion – 20 credits - In this module, you'll examine multiple disciplinary perspectives on physical activity and movement.

Environmental Physiology – 20 credits - This module will develop your understanding of how the environment can influence human physiology. 

Introduction to Teaching – 20 credits - The module will introduce you to the role and expectations of a teacher.

Professional Development – 20 credits - In this module, you’ll consolidate your development and employability skills to progress towards your respective graduate or research career.

Professional Practice in Sports Psychology – 20 credits - This module will develop your understanding of sport psychology application and professional practice.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • laboratory work
  • tutorials
  • work in field settings

You'll also get support from a personal tutor throughout your degree.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written exams
  • essays and lab reports
  • individual or group presentations
  • practical exercises

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

What can you do with a Sport and Exercise Science degree?

Previous BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science graduates have gone on to work in roles in areas such as:

  • the NHS
  • health and fitness training
  • teaching and education
  • strength and conditioning
  • sport science support (UK Sport, EIS, professional clubs)

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • PE teacher
  • fitness instructor
  • NVQ coordinator
  • sports development officer
  • sports and exercise scientist
  • sports therapist and physiotherapist
  • cardiac rehabilitation technician

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

BSc (Hons), BSc (Hons), BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Part-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 32 points from a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, PE, Physics, Psychology or Sports Science and the Active Leisure Industry or Sports Studies).

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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