Sport and Exercise Science with a Foundation Year (BSc (Hons))

University of Kent the United Kingdom

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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
4 Years

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Course starts
September

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About Sport and Exercise Science with a Foundation Year at University of Kent

This programme is designed for students who may not meet the requirements for direct entry to Stage 1 of our degree courses, and is an excellent conversion course for applicants who have shown academic ability in non-science subjects. Our expert lecturers have vast research and applied experience in sports and exercise training, physiology, nutrition, biomechanics and psychology. Working with experts ensures you gain a good mix of theoretical knowledge and hands-on practice, in our first-class facilities and in the local community. We offer module options and placement opportunities which allow you to specialise and work towards your career goals and increase your employability. Reasons to study Sport and Exercise Science with a Foundation Year at Kent Our foundation year offers you the flexibility to progress to degrees across our Division of Natural Sciences. You may choose a degree in Sport and Exercise Science, but equally you could opt for a degree within another area of Sport and Exercise Sciences, or Biosciences, Chemistry or Forensic Science.Our expert lecturers have top-level experience in their fields, having worked with the England Football team and Olympians, Science in Sport and Team Sky, as well as links with sports clubs and companies, the NHS and many sporting bodies.Enhance your learning experience in our excellent facilities, including cycling and rowing ergometers; 3D motion video analysis; blood testing and respiratory gas analysis equipment; a rehabilitation gymnasium; an anti-gravity treadmill and an environmental chamber.You will benefit from the wider Kent Sport facilities on our Canterbury campus, such as the fitness suite, dance studio and indoor halls and outdoor sports pitches - as well as our new Kent Sport Clinic, which will be the most comprehensive sports performance clinic in the South East.Team Kent, funded by the students’ union, runs more than 60 different sports clubs and our large green campus is a great place for morning/evening runs or cycling.If you have competed at county level you can apply for one of the University’s sports scholarships.Sports Science at Kent scored 88% overall in the Complete University Guide 2023.Our Sport and Exercise Science degree is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). What you’ll learn In your foundation year, you study compulsory modules in biology, chemistry and scientific methods, plus a choice of optional modules. On successful completion of the foundation year, you will have reached a standard above A level and so be fully equipped to tackle a BSc degree course. In your first year, you'll develop a knowledge of anatomical and physiological principles, the human response to exercise and a theoretical basis of qualitative and quantitative research. As you progress with your degree, you can select optional modules in nutrition, sport and exercise psychology, massage techniques, case study work around specialised issues in sport and exercise. You also have the option to gain valuable professional experience by working on placement in the sports and leisure industry or completing an additional year in industry. There are other opportunities for experience working with us on community engagement projects (eg outreach work in schools). See the modules you'll study

Teaching involves practical laboratory and sports-based sessions, lectures, small group seminars and private study. You will have a number of lectures and practical sessions and a series of seminars each week – depending on the optional modules you select. You may also be required to spend time developing your practical skills and experience in placement or event situations.

Methods of assessment vary depending on the module but predominantly involve coursework, observed assessment, practical tests and, where appropriate, clinical assessments. Some modules are assessed via written exams.

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 ability to evaluate physical capacity and exercise training programmes
  • the nature of skill and models relating to the acquisition and performance of motor skills
  • exercise prescription for a range of population groups
  • social processes which influence individual and group behaviour and participation/performance in sport.

Intellectual Skills

You gain the intellectual skills to:

  • engage in academic study including critical evaluation
  • plan, execute and communicate a piece of independent work that requires a critical engagement with relevant data
  • solve familiar and unfamiliar problems in order to develop reasoned arguments and challenge assumptions
  • self-appraise and reflect on practice
  • recognise and respond to moral, legal, ethical and safety issues that relate to your studies.

Subject-specific skills

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 the physiological interpretation of data from fitness testing
  • the appraisal and evaluation of the effects of sport and exercise interventions
  • the ability to analyse, interpret and show critical judgement in the evaluation of the sport sciences. 

Transferable skills

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 to meet the challenges of an expanding and rapidly changing sports industry, while providing them with a wide choice of careers paths.
  • provide the skills to promote the health and performance of an individual or a group using a multidisciplinary approach
  • enable a critical knowledge and understanding of the sport sciences
  • make students aware of current research within sport and exercise science
  • provide a curriculum supported by scholarship, research and intellectual debate.

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Notes about fees for this course

Full Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Full Time Overseas: TBC EUR | Part Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Part Time Overseas: N/A

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