Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons)
BSc Hons Sport and Exercise Science
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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.
This course is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), the leading sport science organisation in the country. BASES recognises this course gives you a high-quality student experience that maximises your career prospects.
The course is also recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). This allows you to register as a fitness instructor when you complete this degree. Membership of a body such as REPs is a requirement of the UKactive Code of Practice and assures employers that you have the appropriate skills to do the job.
97% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)
98% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018)
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.
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.)
Core modules in this year include:
- Introduction to Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
- Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology
- Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
There are no optional modules in this year.
Core modules in this year include:
- Advanced Exercise Physiology
- Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise
- Preparing Research, Innovation or Enterprise Projects
- Psychology of Sport and Exercise
Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Exercise in Different Environments
- Nutrition for Sport, Exercise and Health
- Physical Activity and Exercise for Healthy Ageing
- Principles of Skill Acquisition
- Strength and Conditioning for Sport, Exercise and Health
On this course, you can choose an optional placement year between your 2nd and 3rd year of studies or after your 3rd year.
During the study abroad placement year, you'll experience life at a university in another country. Alternatively, you can spend a year developing your experience in industry in the UK or abroad with the work placement year.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Core modules in this year include:
Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Advanced Sports Nutrition
- Advanced Strength and Conditioning
- Applications of Exercise Physiology
- Applied Skill Acquisition
- Biomechanics in Practice
- Biopsychosocial Approaches to Physical Activity and Health Promotion
- Environmental Physiology
- Introduction to Teaching
- Professional Development
- Professional Practice in Sports Psychology
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.
After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.
Previous students have completed placements in organisations such as:
- England Badminton
- England Volleyball
- Hampshire County Cricket
- Hampshire Football Association
- Parkwood Leisure
- Portsmouth Football Club
- Southampton Football Club
- Sport Hampshire and IOW
- Surrey Ladies Golf
The employability team in our Sport and Exercise Science department will work with you to find the ideal placement to feed your career goals. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
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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.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- laboratory work
- 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 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.
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:
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
- 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 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.
BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degree entry requirements
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.
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).
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
Tuition fees (2019 start)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £13,900 per year (subject to annual increase)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £3,080 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £6,950 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.
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.
If you take an optional professional qualification unit on this course, you’ll need to make a contribution of £265 towards to cost.
How to apply
To start in 2020 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 4 September 2019.
In the meantime, sign up to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
When you apply, you'll need:
- the UCAS course code – C600
- our institution code – P80
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 (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can 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.