What students say about sports science
In my first year I had about 12 hours in lectures each week and some workshops to attend, too. The content was pretty diverse from sports management, sports coaching and science of sport, for example. We were assessed in various ways, for example, we did essays as well as small multiple choice progress tests and at the end of first year we had a couple of exams. We also had to present to small lecture groups on a specific topic and we had lab time too in some modules.1st year, University of Hertfordshire
The content is very good, challenging, but not making exceptionally large demands on your time. Topics are interesting and lecturers are always using new research examples from their fields so you are learning the most up to date information. There is a good balance of coursework and exams. You also have labs where you really get to be hands on with some of the more basic equipment. These are great as you get real practical skills.2nd year, University of Birmingham
My course was comprised of four modules, each module was timetabled once a week for two hour sessions. The content of my course comprised of event management, project dissertation, contemporary issues in sport and advanced professional experience. I was required to complete written and oral assessments as well as an exam.1st year, University of Gloucestershire
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
- Biology or another science / maths
Useful to have
- Physical education
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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- Sports and fitness occupations
We don't have the average graduate salary for this subject yet.
Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Fitness instructor
- Sports coaches
Other real-life job examples
- Marketing executive
- Sports officials
- Gym or leisure centre management
What employers like about this subject
A degree in sports science will get you subject-specific skills in areas such as physiology, psychology, nutrition and biomechanics. You will also learn transferable skills including communication, team-working, time management, customer focus and the ability to motivate yourself and others. Employers that recruit sports scientists include gyms, fitness centres and sports clubs, and schools and hospitals.