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Sport and Exercise Science

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

UCAS Tariff

112

a minimum of 112 points from A levels including a C in Biology or Human Biology, or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Progression Diploma or Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits

About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Part-time | 2022

Subject

Sport and exercise psychology

**Why study this course?**

Sport and exercise sciences involve the provision of support services to elite athlete, public health and fitness, as well as special populations such as the elderly and hospital patients. This course has substantial components of physiology, anatomy, metabolism and biomechanics, with coverage of sports psychology and sports sociology. In a growing industry with excellent and diverse employment opportunities, graduates can find roles in the fitness industry, coaching, sports therapy, exercise physiology, health promotion and teaching.

**More about this course**

Mass sports participation and general exercise are rapidly developing occupations supported by an increasingly specialist industry specialising in testing and exercise prescription. The British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) defines sport and exercise science as: "The application of scientific principles to the promotion, maintenance and enhancement of sport and exercise related behaviours."

In this degree you’ll explore a wide curriculum with exercise physiology, biomechanics, psychology and sociology the core areas of focus. You’ll study the short and long term changes the body experiences after physical activity, environmental stress and exercise; the biomechanics of human movement, including the interaction between the athlete and the equipment they use; and motivation and group dynamics in exercise. You’ll also develop the skills to identify the optimal techniques to boost sporting performance and analyse movement to reduce risk of injury.

Our teaching staff are experts in their field with interests varying from elite athlete performance testing, supra-maximal exercise, cardiopulmonary testing, stroke rehabilitation and neuromuscular patterns in movement.

The University has state-of-the-art facilities available to you throughout the course, this includes Cosmed breath by breath gas analysers, Woodway treadmills, a climate chamber, blood analysers, BodPod (body fat analyser), Wattbikes, EMG and 2D motion analysis.

There’s also an optional work placement module where you’ll gain experience in the culture and structure of the sport and exercise science industry.

Modules

Modules for this course are subject to change. For full up-to-date module details please see the course page on the university website.
Year 1 modules include:

Essential Principals of Effective Coaching and Teaching (core, 15 credits)
Musculoskeletal Anatomy (core, 15 credits);
Human Physiology (core, 15 credits);
Professional Studies (core, 15 credits);
Introduction to Biomechanics (core, 15 credits);
Foundations of Sport Psychology (core, 15 credits);
Physiological Principals of Training (core, 15 credits);
Applied Sports Science (core, 15 credits)

Year 2 modules include:

Biomechanics of Human Movement (core, 15 credits);
Sociology of Effective Coaching and Teaching (option, 15 credits);
Sport Psychology: Controlling Individual Performance and Exercise (core, 15 credits);
Exercise Physiology (core, 15 credits);
Empowering London: Working Within the Community (option, 15 credits);
Environmental Exercise Physiology (core, 15 credits);
Biomechanical Applications (core, 15 credits);
Sports Science Research Methods (core, 15 credits);
Sport Psychology: Group Dynamics and Human Interaction (core, 15 credits)

Year 3 modules include:

Clinical Biomechanics (core, 15 credits);
Clinical and Exercise Physiology (core, 15 credits);
Sport Psychology and the Elite Athlete (core, 15 credits);
Sports Science and Therapy Dissertation (core, 30 credits);
Sport Psychology: Practical Application in the Real World (core, 15 credits);
Applied Exercise Physiology (core, 15 credits);
Human Movement Analysis (core, 15 credits)

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through written and practical exams, practical reports, presentations, class tests and a final research dissertation.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£15,576
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£15,576
per year
International
£15,576
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£15,576
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Holloway

Department:

Health Sciences

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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.

87%
med
Sport and exercise psychology

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.

Psychology (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

86%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
83%
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?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
80%
Male students
20%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
28%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

After graduation


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Psychology

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
41%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

What about your long term prospects?

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

Psychology

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

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