The first year of study is generic across the portfolio of Sport and Exercise Science degree pathways, and gives all students a grounding in the main principles of the subject area, along with the time to decide if they want to specialise in a particular pathway. The three core subjects of physiology, psychology and biomechanics form the foundations, with delivery comprising of a combination of theoretical lectures followed by an opportunity to apply that knowledge practically in our well-equipped sports science laboratories. Students will develop the hands-on skills required to use equipment such as: gas analysers, light gates, force platforms, motion analysis software, and body composition analysers.
Alongside the core subjects, the first year gives students the opportunity to study the principles of training and exercise, and to gain vocational awards as Gym Instructors and Personal Trainers alongside their studies, if they wish. A grounding in the basics of sports nutrition is also developed, as well as an understanding of the importance of physical activity in health and wellbeing.
In the second year, students continue to develop their knowledge in the foundational subjects of physiology, biomechanics and psychology, alongside developing their ability to understand and conduct research. Two optional modules allow students to pick from a wide range of modules across the school of Sport, Health and Outdoor Education. These modules could be from any one of a range of subjects such as: nutrition, exercise referral, coaching, outdoor lifestyles, and health promotion.
During the final year, students deepen their knowledge in their specialist area by conducting an independent experimental research study of their own, alongside an in-depth review of the literature. Building on the first two years, students develop knowledge in specific areas such as extreme physiology, advanced training methods and applied sport psychology, whilst also having options to choose modules from across the school.
Sport and Exercise Science is one of the top 10 most popular degree subjects in the UK, with over 65,000 students each year applying through UCAS for courses across the country.
The Complete University Guide ranks sports science at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David as 8th in the UK for student satisfaction, with 95% of students being satisfied with their experiences according to the National Student Survey.
Our portfolio of Sport and Exercise Science degrees allows students to specialise in certain areas, or remain on a generic pathway, according to their aspirations. After a common first year, students can choose to either remain on the generic pathway, or choose one of the following pathways: Sports Nutrition; Clinical Exercise Physiology; Personal Training; or Outdoor Fitness.
Sport and Exercise Science is studied on the Carmarthen campus which offers a friendly and personal learning experience. All social, recreational and educational facilities are on this campus, though some practical learning experiences may be located throughout Carmarthenshire and West Wales. Lecturing staff are also based on the Carmarthen campus and are easily accessible for tutorials to support all aspects of study. A very active Student Union provides an extensive array sport and leisure activities as well as supporting your social needs.
In addition to the main skills required of a Sport and Exercise Scientist, students graduating from University of Wales Trinity Saint David will also gain the skills required to conduct fitness and health assessments and will have the opportunity to qualify as gym instructors and personal trainers. Conducting and understanding research is also a key skill developed throughout the degree and students will be constantly challenged to critically review the latest research and conduct their own studies. Within the final year students will design and conduct their own research in a specialist area of their choice.
- Human Physiology and Fitness
- Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Personal Training
- Nutrition for Health
- Injuries and Chronic Disease
- Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise
- Advanced Training Methods
- Extreme Physiology
- Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Ergogenic Performance and Sport
- Exercise and Specific Populations
- Nutrition for Sport and Exercise
- Geraint Forster
- David Gardner
- Kate Louise Evans
- Alison Connaughton
- Hayley Herbert
- Dylan Blain
- Peter Herbert
Whilst the degree is predominantly assessed through a combination of course work and practical examination, students will also develop an extensive portfolio of professional practice and case study evidence.
90% of our graduates in this subject area are employed or in full-time further study within 6 months of graduating. In general, degrees in Sport and Exercise Science prepare graduates for careers such as:
- sport scientist (working with professional sports teams, governing bodies, etc)
- strength and conditioning coach
- NHS Clinical Exercise Physiologist
- Coaching and advising recreational athletes (e.g. triathlon, running, cycling)
- Youth sport
- Academic Research
All equipment needed to study this degree is provided by the University within the Sports Injuries Clinics, Human Performance Laboratory, Body composition laboratory, swimming pool, and fitness training facilities. Students will be required to purchase university tracksuit and training tops which are required in practical sessions and when working with external groups. In addition students wishing to achieve additional, vocational qualification will incur additional charges for these courses.
Several open days are held throughout the year where potential students are encouraged to come and discuss the course with academic staff. The dates for open days and taster days are listed on the University / Schools website.
- BSc Sport and Exercise Science (Sports Nutrition)
- BSc Sport and Exercise Science
- BSc Sport and Exercise Science (Personal Training)
- BSc Sport and Exercise Science (Outdoor Fitness)
- BSc Sport and Exercise Science (Clinical Exercise Physiology)
- BSc Sports Therapy
£30 induction overnight activity for all year 1 students
Sports clothing (£80-£120) depending on course