The first year of study is very similar to the other courses on 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 scientific principles that underpin sports nutrition.
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 further nutrition specific modules build on the knowledge gained in the first year, developing knowledge of dietary analysis, and nutrition for sport and exercise.
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 further developing their sports nutrition knowledge through studying ergogenic aids to performance, and dietary planning.
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. A distinctive feature of this particular pathway is that it has been aligned with the scientific knowledge requirements and competencies detailed in the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr - a nationally recognised quality mark for working in Sports Nutrition). The course has been mapped to the SENr knowledge competencies at an introductory level. Whilst this undergraduate degree would need to be followed by an appropriate post-graduate qualification in order to be accepted onto the Graduate Register, this course is recognised as providing you with the required knowledge to prepare you for this further study. Professional accreditation is becoming more and more important in gaining employment in this growing area.
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
- Science of Nutrition
- Nutrition for Sport and Exercise
- Dietary Analysis
- Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise
- Dietary Planning for athletic performance
- Advanced Training Methods
- Extreme Physiology
- Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Ergogenic Performance and Sport
This pathway has been aligned with the scientific knowledge requirements and competencies detailed in the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr - a nationally recognised quality mark for working in Sports Nutrition). The course has been mapped to the SENr knowledge competencies at an introductory level.
- 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
- Sports nutritionist
- 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