sport and exercise science students monitoring a running student
UCAS Code
C600
Mode of Study
Part-time, Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement, 6 years part-time
Start Date
September 2020

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.

Endorsed by:

This course is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES).

This course provides entry to the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) endorsed by PD:Approval.

97% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

96% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2019)

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

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

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)

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

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.

The lab classes enhance what you have already learnt during lectures.

Emma Burnett, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degree

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

What you'll do

You'll explore the theoretical basis required for the application of biomechanics in sport and exercise.

You’ll develop the practical skills required to collect biomechanical data using current and emerging technologies, to understand sporting technique and develop your knowledge of human performance.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Apply biomechanical knowledge and principles to a variety of sporting situations
  • Utilise appropriate practical skills for the collection and analysis of biomechanical data
  • Manage information and communicate effectively in an appropriate format for biomechanics
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 329 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a coursework report (20% of final mark)
  • a 20-minute practical skills assessment (30% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute exam (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll explore how systems such as the musculoskeletal system, the cardio-vascular system and the respiratory system affect human performance.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Apply sport and exercise physiology knowledge and principles to a variety of sporting situations
  • Use appropriate practical skills for the collection and analysis of sport and exercise physiology data
  • Develop appropriate teamwork skills during physiological data collection
  • Manage information and communicate effectively in an appropriate format for sport and exercise physiology
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 328 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a coursework report (20% of final mark)
  • a 20-minute practical skills assessment (30% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute exam (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll explore some of the core areas of psychological theory in the context of sport and exercise settings. You'll develop an understanding around different psychological theories that can be used to study behaviour in sport and exercise environments.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Describe basic knowledge of theories in the core areas of sport and exercise psychology
  • Describe how psychological methods can be used to influence sport and exercise behaviour and performance
  • Describe information from a variety of sources, including qualitative and quantitative research
  • Display the appropriate enquiry skills to conduct measurement and/or analytical procedures in sport and exercise psychology in a safe, reliable and precise manner
  • Utilise leadership or collaborative working skills to support success
  • Effectively communicate key aspects and findings to a variety of audiences using a range of media
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 328 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a written assignment including essay (20% of final mark)
  • a coursework report (30% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (50% of final mark)

Year 2

Core modules

What you'll do

You’ll explore the impact that external environments and sex have on sport and exercise performance.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the cardio-pulmonary and metabolic responses to exercise in healthy individuals
  • Critically evaluate various physiological factors limiting exercise ability in healthy adults
  • Utilise appropriate data handling and analysis techniques & interpret your findings
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 168 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a coursework portfolio (50% of final mark)
  • a 1-hour written exam (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

Using industry standard equipment, you’ll use these principles to critically analyse how biomechanics can be used to improve sport and exercise performance or reduce injury risk.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Compare and contrast biomechanical data collected using emerging digital technologies in new situations in either a sports injury or performance context
  • Demonstrate your ability to analyse biomechanical data within a team, to investigate applied scenarios
  • Communicate ideas relating to biomechanical analyses to a scientific audience
  • Apply knowledge and demonstrate intellectual curiosity of biomechanical principles to examples in sport and exercise
  • Demonstrate understanding of biomechanical data collection and processing methodologies
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 163 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,000-word coursework report (50% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll explore the key considerations when preparing to conduct research, innovation and enterprise project work.

You’ll look at various designs and approaches to develop your knowledge and awareness in preparation for research, innovation and enterprise project work moving into your final year.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Evaluate and appraise approaches to tackling research, innovation and enterprise projects
  • Propose and justify a suitable methodology and appropriate plan for a specific research, innovation or enterprise project
  • Propose and explain the correct analysis or evaluation approach for a specific research innovation or enterprise project
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops, and project supervision meetings. 

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 156 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word report (50% of final mark)
  • a 15-minute oral assessment and presentation (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

Using contemporary theory and research, you’ll develop your understanding of the factors that impact on sport performance and athlete mental health.

You'll learn about the promotion of physical activity and the role of exercise in the treatment of mental health problems.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Integrate and evaluate appropriate theories, models and research in sport and exercise psychology
  • Communicate your knowledge effectively through written work
  • Demonstrate intellectual curiosity of key and emerging issues in the psychology of sport and exercise for individuals, groups, and organisations
  • Locate, summarise and accurately reference appropriate information sources using current and emerging digital technologies to answer research questions
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 166 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • 2 x 2,000-word written assignments including essays (50% of final mark, each)

Optional modules

What you'll do

You’ll develop a critical understanding of the processes involved in developing a physical employment standard. In addition, you'll have the chance to experience various modes of exercise in different environmental conditions in a laboratory setting.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss the physiological responses to different environmental stressors
  • Discuss the physiological responses to different modes of exercise
  • Measure and evaluate the effect of the environment on exercise performance
  • Discuss the impact of task and environment on physical performance
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 158 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • 2 x written assignments including essay (35% of final mark, each)
  • a coursework exercise (30% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll develop a critical understanding of the requirements for fluid, macro and micronutrients for health, fitness and sport. You'll learn the skills needed to analyse the relationships between nutrition, health, fitness and sports performance.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Analyse, synthesise and evaluate current research on nutritional strategies suggested to optimise health and/or physical performance
  • Develop knowledge and proficiency in measurement techniques to indicate nutritional status in relation to health and or sport
  • Discuss and critically reflect upon the factors that determine energy balance and their relation to health and disease or sport performance
  • Perform a dietary analysis
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops, and take part in guided independent study.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 30-minute practical skills assessment (30% of final mark)
  • a 3,000-word coursework report (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll then explore how the ageing process impacts normal physiological function. As a research-driven module, you'll gain invaluable practical experience in the assessment of physical activity and health.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Explain the role of physical activity and exercise in the maintenance of optimal health across the lifespan
  • Measure, analyse and interpret physiological data in relation to health status
  • Demonstrate appropriate presentation skills to communicate scientific knowledge effectively
  • Explain the physiological adaptations that occur as humans age and how these relate to health status
  • Identify appropriate exercise tests and training programmes for paediatric and elderly populations
  • Explain the effects that physical activity and exercise training have on cardiovascular, metabolic, pulmonary and musculoskeletal health
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures and tutorials, and practical classes.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 158 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 15-minute oral assessment and presentation (30% of final mark)
  • a 1-hour practical skills assessment (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll develop an understanding of core psychological theories and models that are applied to skill acquisition.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Describe key concepts and principles of the Skill Acquisition process
  • Critically evaluate the efficiency of different approaches to the study and training of perceptual skill in sport
  • Design the appropriate practice environment to promote perceptual motor skill acquisition in a safe, reliable and precise manner
  • Identify and use the appropriate instructions and feedback (when, what and how) to enable effective communication to a variety of audiences
Teaching activities
  • 13 x 1-hour lectures
  • 4 x 2-hour seminars
  • 6 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 9 x 1-hour tutorials
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 158 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a  2500-word coursework report (50% of final mark)
  • a 15-minute oral assessment and presentations (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll develop your knowledge, understanding and practical skills in applied strength and conditioning, physiology, biomechanics and injury.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Analyse and evaluate the strength and conditioning requirements for a training programme
  • Design and progress a training programme according to a client's requirements and best practice in strength and conditioning
  • Evaluate the underpinning scientific justification for a training regimen
  • Select and teach exercises appropriate to the client's needs using best practice in strength and conditioning
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, tutorials, workshops and seminars.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 154 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 20-minute oral assessment and presentation (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word coursework project (60% of final mark)

Year 3

Core modules

What you'll do

You'll be advised by University staff of the nature of the project which you'll undertake. The project will usually be group-based but in exceptional cases, individual projects may be undertaken.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Work independently and as part of a team in an effective manner
  • Critically evaluate the existing literature on a particular topic to form a research hypothesis and method
  • Apply appropriate scientific techniques to implement the research plan and evaluate its effectiveness
  • Analyse data, evaluate findings, and draw evidence-based and well-argued conclusions in an academically rigorous manner
  • Communicate effectively the research process and the findings by means of a written report
  • Present your research project in the form of a poster presentation, demonstrating an ability to respond to markers' questions on all aspects of the project
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures and project supervision meetings. 

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 383 hours studying independently. This is around 11.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 4,000-word dissertation (70% of final mark)
  • an oral assessment and presentation (30% of final mark)

Optional modules

What you'll do

You will critically appraise current sport supplement evidence and literature and be able to understand the strengths and limitations of the research.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically appraise the evidence supporting ergogenic aids and come to a balanced conclusion
  • Collect and analyse data from laboratory practicals
  • Present findings from laboratory practicals in a poster presentation
  • Present findings from laboratory practical’s in a scientific article
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 172 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 20-minute oral assessment and presentation (30% of final mark) – a 10-minute presentation, a 5-minute question and answer session, and 5-minutes to change over
  • a 2,000-word coursework project (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll be challenged to apply contemporary theories and methodologies to the evaluation of strength and conditioning. You'll critically evaluate applied strength and conditioning research and advanced analysis procedures.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Describe key concepts and principles of the study of strength and conditioning
  • Use new and existing knowledge of human responses and adaptations to plan and deliver an effective strength and conditioning coaching session
  • Identify and review the strength and conditioning requirements for a long term periodised training programme
  • Critically evaluate emerging themes in the strength and conditioning literature regarding their practical application to the delivery of effective programmes and sessions
  • Effectively communicate key aspects to a variety of audiences using video presentation
  • Be able to work in a range of environments, responding positively to new situations by being aware, flexible, and adaptable
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes and workshops, and take part in guided independent study.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 175 hours studying independently. This is around 10.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 10-minute practical skills assessment (50% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll examine core issues in the development of test procedures and protocols for physiological assessment in both laboratory and field settings.

You'll expand your understanding of how these procedures influence the information that's obtained and develop a critical analysis and interpretation of this information.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Describe and critically evaluate tests used in the physiological assessment of athletes
  • Evaluate data from athlete assessment and provide evidence-based training guidelines
  • Translate data from research studies into practitioner-friendly information
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 168 hours studying independently. This is around 

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a coursework exercise (50% of final mark)
  • a 20-minute oral assessment and presentation (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll examine various approaches and methods to make skill learning more effective and robust. You'll study examples and applications from current research across domains including development age groups and elite level athletes.

What you’ll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Compare, contrast and critically appraise theoretical perspectives in skill acquisition specific to practice design topics
  • Critically contextualise and outline applied issues in skill acquisition research for elite athletes
  • Interact effectively as a member of a group to compare, contrast and critically translate scientific research to inform the delivery of an evidence-based practical
  • Critically evaluate limitations of current skill acquisition research, evidence and outline requirements for future work
  • Critically contextualise and outline applied issues in skill acquisition research for children and youth athletes
  • Compare, contrast and critically appraise theoretical perspectives in skill acquisition specific to perceptual motor learning topics
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 20-minute oral assessment and presentation (50% of final mark)
  • a coursework report (50% of mark)

What you'll do

In this module you will critically evaluate applied sports and exercise biomechanics research and advanced biomechanical analysis procedures.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically evaluate musculoskeletal biomechanics using appropriate theories and tools
  • Work as a member of a group to design an original biomechanical project and to formulate a unique research question
  • Work as a member of a group to research, prepare and deliver an oral presentation on an original biomechanical project
  • Demonstrate good practice in biomechanical data collection, analysis and presentation
  • Summarise and critique current applied sports and exercise biomechanics research
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes and workshops, and take part in guided independent study.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 167 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 20-minute oral assessment and presentation (40% of final mark)
  • a written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll also critically explore health promotion and apply this knowledge to design a 'real world' programme.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to

  • Critically evaluate, synthesise and translate research evidence for a lay audience
  • Effectively pitch an idea for a community-based project to a funding agency, and in doing so, develop one's employability skill set
  • Effectively work in a team to design and critically discuss a health promotion initiative which is rigorously informed by theory and research
  • Respond to health challenges in a professional capacity by translating knowledge for the improvement of local, national, and the international community
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes and workshops.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 167 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 500-word written assignment including essay (25% of final mark)
  • a 15-minute oral assessment and presentation (25% of final mark
  • a 2,000-word coursework portfolio (50% of mark)

What you'll do

You’ll experience extreme environments first hand, then use this to critically analyse the methods used to enable humans to work and perform in these environments.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Incorporate new and existing knowledge to understand the responses to extreme environments (heat, cold, altitude and depth)
  • Critically evaluate the impact of extreme environments on human physiology and exercise performance
  • Evaluate information on the effects that environmental stressors have on pathophysiology
  • Communicate with different audiences explaining the impact of extreme environments on human physiology
  • Measure and analyse physiological status in relation to extreme environmental stressors
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops, and you'll take part in guided independent study.

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 168 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 5-minute audio podcast (30% of final mark)
  • a 90-minute written exam (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll develop fundamental skills needed to be a teacher, and the capability to structure and deliver a short lesson.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Analyse the expectations of a professional teacher in terms of skills, knowledge and conduct
  • Discuss the importance of safeguarding students
  • Apply fundamental concepts of teaching and learning theory to plan an effective, peer-assessed lesson
  • Deliver lesson plans with clear objectives, student-centred learning and assessment of learning
  • Reflect on the use of active learning methods within subject specialism
Teaching activities
  • 10 x 2-hour seminars
  • 2 x 1-hour tutorials
  • 10 x 1-hour lectures
  • 4 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a practical skills assessment (50% of final mark)
  • a written assignment including essay (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

The three primary routes in this model include a work placement, an independent learning project or a mini self-employment placement.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically analyse your own skills relevant to the requirements of a graduate career, using relevant evidence
  • Reflect and evaluate the experience and knowledge gained during your professional development activity
  • Critically analyse career development needs using relevant evidence
Teaching activities

On this module you'll take part in a placement, and attend tutorials and workshops.

 

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 178 hours studying independently. This is around 11 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 15-minute oral assessment and presentation (30% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word written assignment including essay (70% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll develop an appreciation of theory and research related to coaching in sport and will consider how best to apply this in practical setting.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Describe and analyse key concepts and principles of the practice of sport psychology
  • Select the appropriate techniques to conduct psychological assessments for athletes, teams and coaches in a safe, reliable, and precise manner
  • Critically examine data derived from psychological assessments for athletes, teams and coaches to analyse client psychological issues
  • Critically evaluate core techniques and strategies aimed at improving athlete, team, and coach performance in sport
  • Synthesise information from a variety of sources to produce appropriate evidence-based recommendations to improve client performance
Teaching activities

On this module you'll attend lectures, seminars and tutorials. 

Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 167 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 15-minute oral assessment and presentation (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word coursework report (60% of final mark)

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

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.

Placement year

Either before or following your third year, you have the option to choose a work placement year to gain valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Previous students have completed placements in organisations such as Professional Sports Clubs, Sports Injuries Clinics, Schools, the NHS and in Universities.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

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Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great 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.

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'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your Law and Business degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and workshops for about 15 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your Sport and Exercise Science degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops and guided independent study for about 9 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.

Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Term times

The academic year runs from September to early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Extra learning support

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

Learning support tutors

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

Academic skills support

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library support

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from the faculty librarian for science.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Support with English

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free English for Academic Purposes programme to improve your English further.

Entry requirements​

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 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).

See the other qualifications we accept

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

See alternative English language qualifications

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

What skills and qualities do I need for this sport and exercise science degree course?

In addition to meeting the course entry requirements and having an interest in sport, exercise and health, the following skills and attributes are useful on this sport and exercise science degree:

  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • problem solving and decision making ability
  • a commitment to research and continuing professional development (CPD)
  • ability to work under pressure and cope with stressful situations
  • a scientific methodical approach to work
  • IT skills

We'll support you in developing these qualities further on the course.

How can I prepare for a sport and exercise degree?

Depending on what you've studied since you left school, you might need to brush up on some aspects of basic sciences such as chemistry, maths, physics, biology and so on. You can use resources such as GCSE study guides to refresh your memory and get a head start in year 1.

Also, try to watch some live sporting performances and list the qualities you think are important to perform well in that sport. See if you can split them into the 3 main branches of sports science – physiology, biomechanics and psychology.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start)

Full-time

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £14,300 per year (subject to annual increase)

Part-time

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £3,080 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £7,150 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You’ll have to pay for meals and other living costs while completing compulsory fieldwork, amounting to £50–£1000. Travel and accommodation costs are covered by your course fee.

You’ll need to contribute towards the cost of optional fieldwork programmes, which usually come to £50–£1000.

You may need to a pay a returnable deposit for some field trips to ensure attendance. For day trips, this deposit is £20. For trips that last several days and require overnight stay, the deposit is £50. The deposit for these trips will be returned to you after the trip.

If you take an optional placement unit or placement year, you’ll need to cover the costs of travel, accommodation and subsistence. These costs will vary depending on the duration and location of the placement. The cost will usually be £50–£1000.

Common questions about this subject

Can't find the answer to your questions about this course or anything else about undergraduate life? Contact us

Common sport and exercise science questions

Sport and exercise science is the application of scientific principles to maximise sports performance and improve health through physical activity and exercise.

It answers questions such as:

  • What are the effects of different warm ups on strength training?
  • What are the short and long-term effects of interval training on the human body?
  • What is the effect of heat stress on how our brain can process information?
  • How does the technique we use to land when we jump change following knee surgery?

In today's health-conscious world, the sports and health industries continue to expand. Sport and exercise scientists have a vital role in keeping sportspeople, athletes and the general population in peak physical health.

Therefore, there's likely to be high demand for sport and exercise science graduates now and in the future.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2020, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – C600
  • our institution code – P80

If you’d prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

Apply for this part-time course using our online application form. Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

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