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 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 scientific grounding in the fields of professional sport, health and education, helping you secure your ideal career when you graduate.
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
- Boost your transferable skills such as teamwork, decision making, communication and time management
- Have the opportunity to learn a language and earn credit towards your degree as part of the University's Institution-Wide Language Programme
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
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.
For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.
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.
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.
Previous 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)
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
Either before or following your third year, you have the option to choose a work placement year to gain valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.
Previous students have completed placements in organisations such as Professional Sports Clubs, Sports Injuries Clinics, Schools, the NHS and in Universities.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great 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.
After you leave the University you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.