At Kent, our lecturers have vast experience in sports training, treatment of injuries and rehabilitation, and sport psychology. You work with our experts to gain a good mix of theoretical knowledge and hands-on practice. Our community of clients ranges from Olympians and Paralympians to members of the public, including the elderly and frail.
Our degree programme
In your first year, you study a variety of disciplines and gain a solid grounding in key subjects. Our modules cover all aspects of sport and exercise science including nutrition, human anatomy and physiology, sport psychology, movement and biomechanics with a focus on health related study.
In your second and final years, you choose optional modules that reflect your interests. You also conduct your own research project in the final year, choosing from specialist options that may include, physical activity interventions, exercise rehabilitation for clinical populations or contemporary issues in nutrition.
As part of your degree, you have the opportunity to promote your own event, and look at the issues involved in encouraging the public to become more physically active. You also have the option to gain valuable professional experience by working on placement in the sports and leisure industry, or supporting exercise rehabilitation in a community project.
Year in industry
This degree is available as a four-year programme with a year in industry. For more information, please see Sport and Exercise for Health with a Year in Industry BSc (Hons).
In addition to our campus laboratories we also have facilities based in the £11 million Medway Park development, a regional centre of sporting excellence. They include the latest equipment, such as our:
environmental chamber, which can recreate the atmosphere of a Brazilian jungle or the top of Everestanti-gravity treadmill, originally developed to help NASA astronauts to exercise in spacecycling and rowing ergometers to measure anaerobic capacityisokinetic dynamometer to measure muscle and joint functionbrain and muscle stimulators3D motion video analysisimaging and treatment ultrasoundgait analysis and force pedalsblood testing and gas analysis equipmentrehabilitation gymnasium.
There is a thriving sports scene for students. Sports clubs at the Medway campus include athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, cricket, football, kickboxing, rowing, taekwondo, rowing, hockey, football, rugby, equestrian, Thai boxing, table tennis, judo and volleyball, plus women’s netball and men’s futsal.
With our free shuttle bus, it’s also easy to join the sports clubs on the Canterbury campus. These include American football, archery, caving, cycling, cheerleading, floorball, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, snooker and pool, snowsports, and ultimate frisbee .
The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences has links to many sporting bodies. It has worked with companies such as Science in Sport and Team Sky, and with organisations such as:
the NHSRFU (governing English rugby)English Institute of SportBritish CyclingUK SportWorld Anti-Doping AgencyUEFAUK SportMinistry of Defence.
If you are competing at the equivalent of county level or higher you can apply for a sports scholarship from the University. The amount to be offered will be determined by the University Sports Scholarship Committee and each case is considered on its own merit. For more information please go to the Sports Scholarships page.
One of our best-known graduates is Olympic gold medallist Susannah Townsend. During her time at Kent she had a sports scholarship and played for Canterbury Hockey Club (where she continues to play midfield).
The programme involves lectures, small group seminars and private study. In addition, you are expected to design, lead and take part in practical sports sessions. You have several lectures or practical sessions and a series of seminars each week. You are also required to spend additional time developing your skills and knowledge in real-life situations.
The first half of Stage 1 is largely assessed by coursework and observed assessments. In the second half of Stage 1, some modules have written examinations in addition to coursework and practical assessments. During Stages 2 and 3, the form of assessment varies from 100% coursework to a combination of examination and coursework.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- anatomical and physiological principles
- the human response to exercise
- the theoretical basis of qualitative and quantitative research
- the nutrition required to perform at an optimum level
- the nature of a psychological approach in relation to sport and exercise
- exercise prescription for a range of population groups
- social processes that influence individual and group behaviour and participation/performance in sport.
You gain intellectual skills in the following:
- the skills needed for academic study including critical evaluation
- how to plan, design, execute and communicate a piece of independent work demonstrating a critical engagement with the relevant data
- how to apply knowledge to solve familiar and unfamiliar problems in order to develop reasoned arguments and challenge assumptions
- self-appraisal and reflection on practice
- the ability to recognise and respond to moral, legal, ethical and safety issues that relate to your studies.
You gain subject-specific skills in the following areas:
- relating the concepts of anatomy, physiology and metabolism to the body’s response to exercise
- practical skills in physiological assessment and interpretation of data from fitness testing
- the ability to appraise and evaluate the effects of sport and exercise interventions
- the ability to analyse, interpret and show critical judgement in the evaluation of the sport sciences.
You gain transferable skills in:
- communication, presentation, numeracy and IT
- interactive skills and group work
- problem solving
- self-appraisal and reflection on practice
- how to plan and manage your own learning.
The programme aims to:
- provide a multi-disciplinary education
- prepare students for the challenges of an expanding and rapidly changing sports health industry, while providing them with a wide choice of careers paths
- provide the skills needed to promote the health and performance of an individual or group using a multidisciplinary approach
- provide a critical knowledge and understanding of the sport and exercise sciences
- present a valuable educational experience with the opportunity to integrate theory and practice.