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Sport and Exercise Science

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-A,B,B

128-136 points, with 32 points from an A level in a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, PE, Physics, Psychology or Sports Science and the Active Leisure Industry or Sports Studies) or equivalent.

128-138 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Sport or Science).

Cambridge Pre-U score of 52-54, to include a minimum of 2 Priniciple Subjects, including a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, PE, Physics, Psychology or Sports Science and the Active Leisure Industry or Sports Studies) at M3.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English, Mathematics and Science or PE/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English, Mathematics and Science or PE.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26-27

26-27 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with 5 points from a Higher Level in a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, PE, Physics, Psychology or Sports Science and the Active Leisure Industry or Sports Studies). 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C or above).

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3-H2,H2,H2,H3,H3


To include a Higher Level Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, PE, Physics, Psychology or Sports Science and the Active Leisure Industry or Sports Studies) at H3.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDD-DDM

Must be in a relevant subject.

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDD-DDM

Must be in a Sports related subject.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DDD-DDM

Must be in a Sports related subject.

128-136 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers, with a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, PE, Physics, Psychology or Sports Science and the Active Leisure Industry or Sports Studies) at grade D.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

UCAS Tariff

128-136

128-136 points, with 32 points from an A level in a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, PE, Physics, Psychology or Sports Science and the Active Leisure Industry or Sports Studies) or equivalent.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

6.0 years | Part-time | 2022

Subject

Sport and exercise sciences

**Overview**
Pushing boundaries. Breaking records. Competing in extreme environments.

On this BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degree, you’ll learn to apply scientific principles that help athletes perform at their best.

But it's not just elite sportspeople who will benefit from your knowledge and skills. Become a passionate advocate for the essential role sports science plays in society as you uncover ways everyone can use physical activity to boost their health and wellbeing.

- Put your learning into practice in our advanced sports science facilities including three climatic chambers, a swimming flume and motion capture systems

- Be taught by expert staff who are actively engaged in research projects that inform the future of sport and exercise science

- Enhance your CV as you gain valuable experience through our ties with local sports and healthcare providers

- Gain first aid, national coaching and specialised gym instructor qualifications

- Set yourself up for a career in professional sport, healthcare or education

**Endorsed by:**
This course is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES).

**Careers and opportunities**
In today's health-conscious world, the sports and health industries continue to expand. Sport and exercise scientists have a vital role in keeping sportspeople, athletes and the general population in peak physical health.

**What jobs can you do with a sport and exercise degree?**
Roles our graduates have gone onto include:
- PE teacher

- personal trainer

- clinical physiologist

- NVQ coordinator

- sports development officer

- sports and exercise scientist

- sports therapist and physiotherapist

- cardiac rehabilitation technician

**Graduate destinations**
Organisations our graduates have gone on to work in, include:
- Crystal Palace Football Club

- Portsmouth Tennis Academy

- Bupa

- Nuffield Health

**Placement year (optional)**
Either before or following your third year, you have the option to choose a work placement year to gain valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Our specialist team of Science and Health Careers advisors can help you with finding a work placement and improving your employability skills. They'll provide you with a database of placement vacancies, support with your job search – including help with applications and interviews – and support throughout your placement year.

**Potential placement roles**
Previous students have taken on placement roles including:
- sport for development project officer

- performance analyst

- assistant sports therapist

- women's sport engagement officer

- physical technician

- academy coach

- PE teacher

- physiotherapist assistant

- rugby development coach

- nutritionist

**Potential placement destinations**
Previous students have completed placements in the following organisations:
- Reading FC

- Pompey in the Community

- Exeter City FC

- Sussex County Cricket Club

- Welsh Rugby Union (WRU)

Modules

Year 1
Core modules in this year include:
- Introduction to Sport and Exercise
- Biomechanics
- Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology
- Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology

Year 2
Core modules in this year include:
- Advanced Exercise Physiology
- Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise
- Preparing Research, Innovation or Enterprise Projects
- Psychology of Sport and Exercise
- Principles of Performance Analysis

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Exercise in Different Environments
- Nutrition for Sport, Exercise and Health
- Physical Activity and Exercise for Healthy Ageing
- Principles of Skill Acquisition
- Strength and Conditioning for Sport, Exercise and Health

Placement year (optional)
On this course, you can choose an optional placement year between your 2nd and 3rd year of studies or after your 3rd year. During the study abroad placement year, you'll experience life at a university in another country. Alternatively, you can spend a year developing your experience in industry in the UK or abroad with the work placement year. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3
Core modules in this year include:
- Project

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Advanced Sports Nutrition
- Advanced Strength and Conditioning
- Applications of Exercise Physiology
- Applied Skill Acquisition
- Biomechanics in Practice
- Biopsychosocial Approaches to Physical Activity and Health Promotion
- Environmental Physiology
- Introduction to Teaching
- Professional Development
- Professional Practice in Sports Psychology

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through written exams, essays and lab reports, individual or group presentations, practical exercises.
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

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
£16,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Science and Health

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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.

81%
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

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
72%
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

77%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
71%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
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?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
75%
Male students
25%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
15%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

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.

£21,000
high
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
68%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

33%
Sports and fitness occupations
9%
Public services and other 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.

£18k

£18k

£24k

£24k

£27k

£27k

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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