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Plymouth Marjon University

Sport and Exercise Science

UCAS Code: 5A8R

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Excluding General Studies

We will accept 2 AS levels in lieu of one A level but must be accompanied by 2 A Levels or BTECs General Studies is excluded.

Achieve 30-42 level 3 credits at merit/distinction with a minimum of 18 Level 3 credits at Distinction

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Grade C or 4 English Language or an acceptable equivalent qualification

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

DMM

We will accept triple grades achieved from a combination of other BTEC qualifications

UCAS Tariff

112

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Sport and exercise sciences

The BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degree includes a number of pathways for you to specialise in; Sport and Exercise Science; Strength and Conditioning; Nutrition; Physical Activity and Health.

The BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science programme establishes a contextualised understanding of the application of science (medicine, physical sciences and psychology) to sport performance and the optimisation of exercise participation. The programme identifies key strategies and techniques for optimising sports performance and maximising the benefits of exercise and is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES; BUES).
The BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science is a multi-disciplinary programme and the core curriculum draws from the academic sub-disciplines physiology, psychology and biomechanics that underpin sport and exercise science academically and in applied practice.

The University’s partner links with professional sports clubs, as well as elite and community sports programmes and athletes in Plymouth and beyond, provides numerous opportunities to develop students’ sport and exercise science knowledge in an applied setting.

The degree prepares students to work not only as a sport and exercise scientist but also in a range of roles related to the degree including the exercise and fitness industry, health provision, supporting the coach and coaching process, teaching, research and rehabilitation.

The sport and exercise science facilities enable students to develop and apply their knowledge in both a laboratory and field based setting. Their learning is supported with academic staff who hold both academic and professional practice qualifications and who continue to work in the sector as practitioners.
The inclusion of specialist pathways (strength and conditioning, physical activity and health and nutrition) reflects the recognition to ensure the provision captures both the ‘sport’ aspect of programme (for example athlete performance, officiating and coaching and the impact of sport on the nation) and the ‘exercise’ component (positive and preventative impact of exercise on a wide ranging array of physical and mental health conditions).

Modules

Toby - Second year, Sport and Exercise Science;
In our first year we learnt the basics that underpin the whole of sport and exercise science. We learnt about how a sportsperson’s mentality can affect performance. We also spent time in the sports science lab performing practical tests on athletes to assess performance. In the second year we’re learning about strength and conditioning and how bodies move during sport. We’ll build on our anatomical knowledge by learning about how bodies can be used efficiently. In the third year we will focus on how to apply our skills to work with professional and amateur athletes.

1st Year
Introduction to human movement and biomechanics
Sport, exercise and health psychology
Anatomy and physiology for sport and exercise
Academic, personal & professional development
Foundations of applied practice in sport & exercise science
Strength and conditioning Principles for sport and exercise

2nd Year
Research methods and analysis in sport and health sciences
Work-based learning: sport and exercise science
Performance and technique analysis for sport
Sport and exercise physiology
Sport and exercise psychology
Applied strength and conditioning for sport and exercise

3rd Year
Honours project
Performance biomechanics*
Injury biomechanics*
Applied exercise physiology*
Environmental physiology*
Performance psychology*
Applied sport and exercise psychology*
Applied interdisciplinary sport and exercise science*
Independent study*

*Optional modules

Assessment methods

You will be assessed using various methods including production of lab reports, practical assessments, essays, presentation, e-portfolio and website development.

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
£9,250
per year
International
£11,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Plymouth Marjon University

Department:

School of Sport, Health and Wellbeing

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.

80%
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

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
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

90%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
67%
Male students
33%
Female students
68%
2:1 or above
20%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


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Sport and exercise sciences

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.

£16,500
low
Average annual salary
95%
low
Employed or in further education
60%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Childcare and related personal services
12%
Sports and fitness occupations
11%
Health associate 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.

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