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Sport and Exercise Science with Foundation Year

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course in a science based subject. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language at grade C or 4 or equivalent Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalent Science at grade C or 4 or equivalent

UCAS Tariff

64

This must include at least 24 (Grade D) from one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example: DDE at A Level. MPP in BTEC Extended Diploma. A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels and EPQ.

About this course


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Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2022

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich including foundation year | 2022

Subject

Sport and exercise sciences

**Course summary**

- Prepare for the degree with an extra foundation year at the start.

- Gain knowledge and understanding of how scientific methods can be used in sport, exercise, and health.

- Explore a range of sport and exercise science theories and concepts.

- Develop important laboratory skills in physiology, psychology and biomechanics.

Work with well-known sporting organisations and examine how the disciplines of scientific research can be used to improve the performance of athletes. You explore how important physical activity and exercise are for a healthy lifestyle in different populations. Performance analysis, strength and conditioning are all areas with growing career opportunities.

**How you learn**

The course is suitable if you don't meet the entry requirements for our BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other sport foundation students, then move on to the degree.

The course is specifically designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and attributes required for a professional career within sport or the wider employment sector.

**You learn through**

- lectures

- seminars

- tutorials

- project supervision

- demonstration

- practical classes and workshops

- workshop or studio time

- field trips

- external visits

In the foundation year, you build your Sport and Exercise Science interest and knowledge alongside developing your academic skills. You receive face-to-face feedback regularly during your modules in order to prepare you for the completion of your assignments. This will be via tasks set for you to undertake in the module seminars or in your independent study time.

**Applied learning
Work placements**

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your third and fourth years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. Previous students have worked as strength and conditioning coaches, applied sports scientists, cardiac rehabilitation assistants, physical activity referral specialists and as a performance analyst for a professional sports team. Many of our students choose to complete their placement aboard at a range of sporting organisations around the world.

Modules

Year 1
Compulsory modules
Contemporary Issues In Health, Sport And Social Care 40
Foundation Project In Health, Sport And Social Care 20
Personal And Professional Skills For Health, Sport And Social Care 40

Elective modules
Applied Science For Health, Sport And Social Care 20
Introduction To Social Science For Health, Sport And Social Care 20

Year 2
Compulsory modules
Developing Professional Skills In Sport And Physical Activity 20
Foundations Of Applied Physiology And Nutrition For Sport And Exercise 20
Foundations Of Biomechanics In Sport And Exercise 20
Foundations Of Physiology And Nutrition For Physical Activity And Sport 20
Foundations Of Psychology In Sport And Exercise 20
Foundations Of Research In Sport And Physical Activity 20

Year 3
Compulsory modules
Biomechanics Of Sport And Exercise 20
Physiology And Nutrition Of Sport And Exercise 20
Placement In Sport 20
Psychology Of Sport And Exercise 20

Elective modules
Enterprise And Innovation 20
Physical Activity And Health 20
Principles Of Conditioning For Sport Performance 20
Sport And Exercise Analysis 20

Year 4
Optional modules
Placement Year

Final year
Compulsory modules
Issues In Sport And Physical Activity 20
Project In Sport 40

Elective modules
Applied Analysis Of Performance In Sport And Exercise 20
Applied Physiology And Nutrition Of Sport And Exercise 20
Applied Psychology Of Sport And Exercise 20
Managing Sporting Enterprises 20
Physical Activity Programming For Special Populations 20
Strength And Conditioning For Sport Performance 20

Assessment methods

Coursework
Exams
Practicals

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Sheffield Hallam University

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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.

79%
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

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
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

76%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
75%
Course specific equipment and facilities
64%
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?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
69%
Male students
31%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section 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 & 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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
34%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Sports and fitness occupations
7%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
7%
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.

£17k

£17k

£21k

£21k

£23k

£23k

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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