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Durham University

Sport and Exercise Sciences

UCAS Code: C606

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

Specific subjects excluded for entry: General Studies and Critical Thinking. Information: Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

We require 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 (or equivalent). Applicants may be required to meet additional subject-specific requirements for particular courses at Durham. Please contact departments for further information.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,M2

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36

General information on subjects/grades required for entry: Seventeen points (6, 6, 5) from Higher Level subjects required.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2,H3

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

Subjects Required: We will prefer this qualification to be from a related subject area, e.g. Sport or Exercise focus.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,B

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,B,B

Departments will normally make offers based on Advanced Highers. In the absence of 3 Advanced Highers, where these are not offered by the applicant’s school, offers comprising of Advanced Highers and Highers or a number of Highers may be made on a case by case basis.

UCAS Tariff

136-160

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Sport and exercise sciences

In studying BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Sciences here at Durham, a mix of core and optional modules enables you to explore traditional sport, exercise and health science disciplines (across physiology; psychology; physical activity, nutrition and health). Modules from the Sociology of Sport and Sport Development and Policy subject areas are also available to select across all three years, allowing you to develop a broader knowledge base and skill set across the wider study of sport.

Research and academic study skills will be developed through bespoke modules, and during the final year dissertation project you will engage in deeper investigation of a sport and exercise topic that particularly interests you. In addition, our employability-focused course provides further opportunities for you to take sport and exercise leadership and placement modules, as well as open modules from other departments across the University.

Here at Durham, our multidisciplinary expertise across the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences allows you to tackle traditional and emergent sport and exercise problems from a variety of different perspectives. Learning, teaching and assessment approaches all emphasise the application of academic knowledge to real-life sport and exercise contexts and examples. As such, we enable you to develop your intellectual capacities and personal qualities, as well as to acquire a broad range of practical, professional and employability skills that can be applied to a range of future career paths and further postgraduate studies.

**Year 1**
You will establish a fundamental knowledge and understanding of key concepts and issues relating to different disciplines within the study of sport and exercise sciences, through the combination of five compulsory modules and the choice of an open module:
Critical Skills for Sport and Exercise Sciences
Introduction to Exercise Physiology
Introduction to Sport Psychology
Introduction to Physical Activity, Diet and Health
Sport, Culture and Society
Open Module: As part of our flexible teaching, you have the opportunity across all three years to expand on your academic interests through choosing to study ‘open’ modules offered in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences or in other subject areas, such as Business, Education, Languages, Criminology and Psychology.

**Year 2**
You will build on your knowledge and understanding of key concepts and issues in sport and exercise contexts. In addition, one of our compulsory modules will enable you to develop your understanding and application of research methods in preparation for your final year research dissertation project. Choices of optional modules then allow you to either begin to specialise in particular sport and exercise disciplines or alternatively maintain the breadth of study experienced in Year 1.

Compulsory modules: Research Methods in Action / Sport and Exercise Physiology / Physical Activity and Health Psychology
Then two optional modules (indicative list): Sport, Crime and Deviance / Media, Sport and Society / Sports Development / Leadership in Sport and Health
Open Module

**Year 3**
You will analyse and evaluate more complex issues in relation to selected disciplines within sport and exercise sciences. As is the case across the Department, modules and option choices in Year 3 are refined on an ongoing basis to reflect developments in industry, employment opportunities and the latest academic research. You will also undertake an in-depth, critical analysis of a chosen topic in sport and exercise sciences through your dissertation.

Compulsory module: Dissertation in Sport (40 credits)
Then minimum of two, or all three from (indicative list): Exercise Programmes for Health and Performance / Applied Sport Psychology / Nutrition for Sport, Physical Activity and Health
Then minimum of one, maximum two optional modules (indicative list): Sport in the Community Placement / Sport Policy in Action / Open Module.

Modules

Year 1
You will establish a fundamental knowledge and understanding of key concepts and issues relating to different disciplines within the study of sport and exercise sciences, through the combination of three compulsory modules and the choice of three optional modules.

Compulsory modules:
Critical Skills for Sport and Exercise Sciences
Introduction to Exercise Physiology
Introduction to Sport and Excercise Psychology.
Optional modules (indicative list):
Introduction to Sport, Culture and Society
Introduction to Physical Activity, Diet and Health
Introduction to Sport and Exercise Industries
Open Module*.
As part of our flexible teaching, you have the opportunity across all three years to expand on your own academic interests through choosing to study ‘open’ modules offered in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences or in other subject areas, such as Business, Education, Languages, Criminology and Psychology.

Year 2
You will build on your knowledge and understanding of key concepts and issues in sport and exercise contexts. In addition, one of our compulsory modules will enable you to develop your understanding and application of research methods in preparation for your final year research dissertation project. Choices of optional modules then allow you to either begin to specialise in particular sport and exercise disciplines or alternatively maintain the breadth of study experienced in Year 1.

Compulsory modules:
Contemporary Research Methods for Sport and Exercise Sciences (40 credits)
Advanced Sport and Exercise Physiology
Advanced Physical Activity and Health Psychology.
Then two optional modules (indicative list):
Nutrition for Sport and Health
Sports Development
Sport, Health and the Environment
Open Module*.
Year 3
You will critically analyse and evaluate more complex issues in relation to selected disciplines within sport and exercise sciences. As is the case across the Department, modules and option choices in Year 3 are refined on an ongoing basis to reflect developments in industry, employment opportunities and the latest academic research. You will also undertake an in-depth, critical analysis of a chosen topic in sport and exercise sciences through your dissertation (an independent research project).

Compulsory modules:
Dissertation in Sport (40 credits)
Exercise Programmes for Health and Performance
Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
Then two optional modules (indicative list):
Sport in the Community Placement
Sport Policy in Action
Nutrition based module (under development)
Open Module*

Please note that the list of optional modules available in any year will vary depending on available teaching staff. The lists above provide an example of the type of modules which may be offered

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£22,550
per year
International
£22,550
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

Stephenson College

St Cuthbert's Society

University College

College of St Hild and St Bede

St John's College

Josephine Butler College

No college preference

Hatfield College

John Snow College

St Aidan's College

Collingwood College

South College

Van Mildert College

St Mary's College

Grey College

St Chad's College

Trevelyan College

Department:

School of Applied Social Sciences

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

88%
med
Sport and exercise sciences

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sport and exercise sciences

Teaching and learning

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

80%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
92%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
64%
Male students
36%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A
C

After graduation


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Sport & exercise science

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,652
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Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
56%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Sports and fitness occupations
15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
12%
Teaching and educational professionals

One of the fastest growing subjects in the country, the number of sports science graduates went from under 3,000 in 2003 to over 10,000 in 2013. Numbers have fallen slightly since 2015, but we still have over 9,000 graduates in the subject. However, the good news is the country's appetite for good health and fitness - and the adaptability of graduates in the subject - means that sports science grads are less likely than average to be out of work. Sports science graduates, not surprisingly, tend to get jobs in sport, fitness and health - coaching and teaching especially - but they're found all over the economy. Management and business are also popular options for graduates from this subject — and sports science graduates are particularly found where drive, determination and physical fitness are an advantage.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Sport and exercise sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£25k

£25k

£30k

£30k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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