As part of your degree, you study a variety of disciplines, including sport and exercise psychology and nutrition. You also have the opportunity to promote your own event, and look at the issues involved in encouraging the public to become more physically active. In your final year, you conduct your own research project, choosing from specialist options that may include strength and conditioning, physical activity interventions and contemporary issues in nutrition.
The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences is superbly equipped. You also benefit from being taught by staff members who are both excellent teachers and leading researchers in their field. The School provides an enthusiastic and supportive environment for motivated and ambitious students.
In addition to our exercise science laboratories and sports therapy clinics on campus, the School has its own dedicated specialist facilities at Medway Park for your first year. These new facilities include an environmental chamber, one of the first treadmills in any UK university specially designed to reduce impact when exercising, 3D video imaging and analysis, force pedal and gait analysis, and an ultrasound imaging scanner.
We will be relocating the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences to the Canterbury campus from September 2021. If you are due to start your course in September 2020, the first year of your degree will be taught in Medway. This exciting move will allow us to provide enhanced facilities, study and social space for you as well as helping you become part of a broader academic community in your second and final year.
Year in industry
Your year in industry takes place between your second and final year of your degree programme, giving you invaluable work experience. This greatly enhances your CV and employability while giving you the opportunity to apply your academic skills in practical context. It also gives you an idea of your career options after graduation. Most placements are paid opportunities, and there may be the possibility of a job with the same company after you graduate.
This degree is also available as a three-year programme without a year in industry. For more information please see Sport and Exercise for Health BSc (Hons).
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.