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Sheffield Hallam University

UCAS Code: C600 | Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements

Access to HE Diploma


Approved Access to HE Diploma in a sport science or science-based course. Normally we require 15 of the level 3 credits to be graded at distinction level with 6 of these distinctions from science units. You also need to demonstrate an ability to • study academic subjects at degree level • debate topics and issues • draw on conclusions from written material • study independently as well as a member of a group • use computers and technology associated with contemporary teaching, learning and assessment methods • successfully complete a range of assignments including researched essays and practical examinations This is normally achieved by completing academic study at level three or above in the last four years.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalents

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From at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications one of which must be in Physical Education, Sport Studies or a Science subject (such as Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Psychology). We do not accept General Studies. For example: BBC- BBB at A Level including relevant subject(s). DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject(s). Merit overall from a T level qualification from Health or Science qualification. A combination of qualifications including relevant subject(s) which may include AS levels or EPQ.

About this course

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Course option


Full-time | 2024

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4 years | Sandwich | 2024


Sport and exercise sciences

**Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.**

**Course summary**

- Investigate the scientific methodologies and theories of sport and exercise science

- Promote exercise, inclusion and positive behaviours for better overall health

- Enhance your practical and lab skills in physiology, psychology, biomechanics and nutrition

- Work with renowned sports organisations and elite clubs to enhance athletic performance

- Stand out by applying your learning to work experience opportunities and live projects

Join us to enhance your scientific and analytical understanding of sport and exercise – ultimately aiming to improve both performance and health.

You’ll explore a wide range of captivating topics – from anatomy and biomechanics to physiology, psychology and nutrition.

**How you learn**

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

Throughout the course, you will acquire knowledge about how the body responds to and adapts to exercise. You’ll learn through teaching, working and doing – learning strategies to optimise sports performance and understanding techniques that promote positive behavioural changes for better overall health.

You’ll learn from accomplished staff who are actively engaged in research across all levels of sport. Because Sheffield is home to sports clubs in every major sport in the UK, you will benefit from our fantastic local ties with elite clubs and organisations. From football to ice hockey, basketball to rugby, Sheffield offers a diverse sporting landscape.

You learn through:

- Lectures, seminars and workshops

- A virtual learning environment (VLE)

- Work-based learning experiences

- Placements

- Field trips

- Practical activities in both simulated and in-situ environments

- Independent study

- Research opportunities

**Key themes**

You’ll explore theoretical, philosophical and practical aspects of sport and exercise science, offering insights into graduate roles in sports, physical activity and other professional settings. You’ll study topics like physiology, biomechanics, psychology, nutrition, coaching and physical activity – as well as key skills in digital capability and critical thinking.

This degree is aligned to the jobs market and growth in the sector. Performance analysis, strength and conditioning are all areas with growing career opportunities, so you will gain in-depth knowledge in these areas.

With flexible course pathways and assessments, you’re able to customise your studies based on your future career aspirations. Then in your final year, you can really focus on where your passions take you. Build your learning around your aspirations.

**Course support**

The course is designed to help you demonstrate your learning outcomes – with authentic assessment activities relating to real-world scenarios, your specific goals and your skills development.

These support roles include:

- Course and Module Leaders

- Your Academic Adviser

- Your Student Support Adviser

- Your Employability Adviser

- Central services like counselling, Library and IT

**Work placements**

There’s a mandatory short placement at the end of your second year. Over a minimum of 120 hours, you will be learning while you work and preparing to progress into employment after you graduate.

**Field trips**

On field trips you will be able to understand how your learning is applied first-hand to real-world situations, gaining valuable insight into working practice.

**Networking opportunities**

Your employability is enhanced by the involvement of employers and industry partners – from the real-world projects you complete to the opportunities to build networks at careers fairs and workshops.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

**Year 1**

**Compulsory modules**

Coaching Sport And Physical Activity

Scientific Principles For Health

Scientific Principles For Sport

The Impact Of Sport And Physical Activity

**Year 2 **

**Compulsory modules**

Applied Sport And Exercise Science

Multidisciplinary Approaches To Sport And Exercise

Optimising Wellbeing

Elective modules

Alternative Physical Activities

Analysis Of Sport And Games

Event Management For Sport And Physical Activity

Exercise Prescription For The Prevention Of Disease

Sport As A Tool For Social Change

Sports Club Development

Sports Facility Management Simulation

Technology For Sport And Physical Activity

Testing And Analysis In Sport And Physical Activity

**Year 3**

**Optional modules**

Placement Year

**Final year**

**Compulsory modules**

Independent Project In Sport And Physical Activity

Interdisciplinary Approaches To Sport And Exercise Science

**Elective modules **

Approaches To Talent Development

Coach Education And Development

Economics And Finance Of Sport

Entrepreneurship And Innovation For Sport And Physical Activity

Exercise Prescription For Long Term Conditions

Health Promotion

Innovative Practical Pedagogy

Major Sport Events

Nutrition For Sport And Physical Activity

Performance Analysis Of Sport

Programming And Prescription Of Training In Sport And Physical Activity

Sport And The Media

Sport, Brands And Culture

Sport Data Analytics

Sport Injury

Sport Journalism

Teaching As A Profession

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Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

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Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
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Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

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Top job areas of graduates

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Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
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.

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