20 April 2023 | Book now

Learn about studying a degree in Sport and Exercise Science at our Sport Science Taster Day

Pushing boundaries. Breaking records. Training in extreme environments. Sport and Exercise Science covers many elements of elite sports, health and fitness.

Depending on what you choose to study, a Sport and Exercise Science degree could help you gain the knowledge needed to understand and enhance athletic performance.

Sound like you? Save your place at our Taster Day on 20 April 2023 to learn more about courses, careers and sports' unique role in society.

Book now

Students

Save your place
Book now

Teachers

Book a group of students
Book now

Programme

See what's coming up
Programme

Taster Day Location

Find out where you're going
Look on map

Guide to Taster Days

Get the experience you want
Find out more

At our Sport and Exercise Science Taster Days, you'll:

  • Discover where a Sports and Exercise Science course can take you and where our graduates go on to work
  • Explore Biomechanics and what makes a goal-scoring free-kick
  • Investigate the concept of sport leadership and how we can increase sport and physical activity within the community and wider population
  • Use biofeedback practices to change how we move
  • Understand why some athletes thrive under pressure and why others struggle
  • Hear from and chat to current students about life as a student at Portsmouth
  • Gain useful experience for the subjects you like, which you can talk about on your UCAS personal statement

Our new Ravelin Sports Centre: A fly-through tour

Reach the pinnacle of sport

We've built a new sports centre for you to play, train and compete. Designed to be one of the UK's most sustainable sports centres, it's all waiting for you as a Portsmouth student.

Taster Day location and meeting point

Check in opens from 9.00am at St. Michael's Building, White Swan Road, Portsmouth PO1 2DT. Look out for our students in purple T-shirts who'll help direct you.

For schools and colleges arriving by coach or minibus, we recommend parking on Museum Road, Portsmouth. For more information on checking in and how to get here, take a look at our guide to taster days page.


Taster Day programme

Here's what's coming at our Sport Taster Day.

Book your place now

Sport and Exercise Science Taster Day

We're excited to meet you. Check in from 9.00am and get ready to learn about studying your favourite subjects at uni.

Here's our guide to subject taster days, should you want to learn a little more about our Taster Days before booking.

We'll meet at St. Michael's Building, White Swan Road, Portsmouth PO1 2DT.

Exciting careers await you in all types of sporting pursuits. Biomechanics, physiology, nutrition, psychology, and business operations of elite sport. It all starts with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science.

Learn more about the different career options available to graduates of the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science, including the different courses and opportunities at Portsmouth.

The physiological responses of elite and novice athletes differ when running or cycling at the same work rate. For instance, when Mo Farah runs at a given speed the physiological stress is much less than for a novice athlete.

These responses provide insight into the physiological demands of a given sporting activity, and enable changes in fitness to be monitored. In this session, you'll examine the cardio-vascular, respiratory and thermal responses to a bout of steady-state exercise to see how they compare to elite athletes like Mo Farah.

*Note: this is 1 of 4 sessions running at this time:

  • How can Mo Farah run so fast?
  • Squat are you doing? Using biofeedback to change how we move
  • Leadership and the management of others to become sports leaders
  • Why do athletes set goals?

You'll attend any 1 of these sessions during this particular timeslot, but you'll get to see all 4 talks over the course of the day.

Quick breather. Take stock of the morning then get ready for the next session.

Biomechanics is the study of how and why we move. One application of biomechanics is in the area of strength and conditioning is called "biofeedback". Biofeedback is where we measure certain characteristics of how we complete a task that a coach or athlete couldn't measure themselves and provide this in the form of feedback.

In this session, we'll explore how we can use biofeedback to help athletes move symmetrically (equally on both sides) during movements like squatting and jumping. You'll use our state-of-the-art Motion Capture System and force plates, and see which of you is the master of the squat rack.

*Note: this is 1 of 4 sessions running at this time:

  • How can Mo Farah run so fast?
  • Squat are you doing? Using biofeedback to change how we move
  • Leadership and the management of others to become sports leaders
  • Why do athletes set goals?

You'll attend any 1 of these sessions during this particular timeslot, but you'll get to see all 4 talks over the course of the day.

To increase sport and physical activity opportunities within a community or wider population it is essential we upskill, empower and develop a range of leaders or coaches to become the enablers of others to be active.

Let's investigate the concepts of leadership and how we may manage and guide others to become effective leaders themselves.

*Note: this is 1 of 4 sessions running at this time:

  • How can Mo Farah run so fast?
  • Squat are you doing? Using biofeedback to change how we move
  • Leadership and the management of others to become sports leaders
  • Why do athletes set goals?

You'll attend any 1 of these sessions during this particular timeslot, but you'll get to see all 4 talks over the course of the day.

Fuel-up. Feel free to bring your own lunch for the day or grab something from the cafeteria.

Athletes experience varying levels of motivation during their sport careers. One of the main areas of interest for sport psychology researchers and practitioners has been to understand how to help athletes increase and/or maintain their level of motivation.

Here, we'll introduce the concept of goal-setting and how it can be used to influence athletes' motivation and behaviour in a manner that contributes to their development and success.

*Note: this is 1 of 4 sessions running at this time:

  • How can Mo Farah run so fast?
  • Squat are you doing? Using biofeedback to change how we move
  • Leadership and the management of others to become sports leaders
  • Why do athletes set goals?

You'll attend any 1 of these sessions during this particular timeslot, but you'll get to see all 4 talks over the course of the day.

Closing summary of the day, but the floor is yours to ask your questions – to our lecturers and current students.

This could be about different Sport subjects, the transition from college to uni, any of the talks you've watched so far, the city of Portsmouth, moving away from home – and/or whatever you want to know about uni.