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 are active researchers and have practical experience of working in areas such as sports management and policy, sport marketing and leadership, nutrition, sport psychology and sport science, and their research underpins our teaching, ensuring you learn about the latest thinking in the field.
Reasons to study Sport and Exercise for Health with Sport Management with a Foundation Year
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 for Health with Sport Management, but equally you could opt for a degree within another area of Sport and Exercise Sciences, or Biosciences, Chemistry or Forensic Science.Through our wide range of modules you will discover best practice and innovation in sport management with insights from leading international researchers, specialists and practitioners from within the UK and global sport sectors; including in the areas of sport development, volunteering, professional sports work, and sport-mega event legacy.We have professional connections with the NHS, sports teams and organisations, health-promoting agencies and private businesses, and regularly engage with them across sport, science and health. These relationships inform our research-led teaching and practice, and improve your employability through providing work placement opportunities and unique sector insights.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.
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.
You’ll study key areas including sport industries, sports marketing, sports leadership, sport and exercise promotion, exercise physiology, psychology, nutrition, biomechanics, as well as exercise for special and clinical populations. You will also develop your research skills in advance of undertaking your final year research project, which gives you the opportunity to use our excellent lab-based facilities and equipment ensuring you develop practical skills.
In your second and final years you can select optional modules to tailor your studies more specifically towards your career aspirations, for example by completing a work placement module.
See the modules you'll study
Year in industry
Tailor your degree to suit you by spending a year working in industry in the UK or abroad. Taken between your second and final years, a Year in Industry will give you the chance to put into practice the skills you’ve learnt and gain further valuable experience of real-world applications of sport and exercise science. Many placements pay a salary and you will gain relevant experience, skills and confidence, which will benefit you in your final-year studies and when applying for jobs after graduation.
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.