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Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (Dual Degree)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A-A,A,B

136-144 Points to include a minimum of 2 A Levels, or equivalents, with 32 points from a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, PE, Physics, Psychology or Sports Science and the Active Leisure Industry or Sports Studies)

138-144 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Sport or Science).

Cambridge Pre-U score of 56-60, to include a minimum of 2 Principle Subjects, including a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, PE, Physics, Psychology or Sports Science and the Active Leisure Industry or Sports Studies) at M3.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27-28

27-28 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,H2,H2,H3-H2,H2,H3,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.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDD

Must be in a Sports related subject.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDD

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

Must be in a Sports related subject.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

136-144 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

136-144

136-144 Points to include a minimum of 2 A Levels, or equivalents, with 32 points from a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, PE, Physics, Psychology or Sports Science and the Active Leisure Industry or Sports Studies)

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time with time abroad | 2022

Subject

Sport and exercise sciences

Are you interested in improving the sporting performance of others, understanding the health benefits of physical activity and studying overseas?

On this BSc (Hons) Sport, Health, and Exercise Sciences dual degree course, you'll study in Portsmouth and Australia and turn your interest into a fulfilling career you can take anywhere around the world.

Studying fields including sports psychology, sports biomechanics and exercise physiology, you'll:

- Learn how to apply best practice exercise techniques to help others reach their personal and professional health goals

- Use a combination of theory, research and practical lab techniques to understand and improve people's physical performance, while helping them minimise the risks of sport-related injuries

- Develop skills and knowledge to help everyone – from elite athletes who want to achieve new records in their sporting disciple to those who play sports for fun – get the most out of exercise

- In year 3, you'll study in Australia at Edith Cowan University. You'll experience another culture, get access to further expertise and high-tech equipment, and gain an international perspective that will help set you apart when you embark on your career.

By the end of the course, you'll have extensive knowledge of the fields of professional sport, health and exercise science. You'll be ready to take on a variety of professional scientific or non-scientific roles in the private, corporate and government sectors of the sports industry. You could also study sport, health and exercise science further at postgraduate level.

**Advantages of dual degrees**

This course is a dual degree (also known as a double degree).

When you complete the course successfully, you'll have 2 degrees:

- BSc (Hons) Sport, Health, and Exercise Sciences from the University of Portsmouth

- BSc International Exercise and Sports Science from Edith Cowan University

Dual degrees allow you to achieve 2 degrees in 3.5 or 4 years rather than 6 years.

You'll benefit from a global education experience and the high-calibre teaching expertise, latest research and modern facilities at 2 universities. You'll also develop a more comprehensive knowledge of global sport and exercise science than on a single degree and gain an understanding of different cultures, which will help you work more effectively with people from different backgrounds.

All of this will help you stand out in a competitive job market after you graduate.

**Location - Portsmouth and Perth, Australia**

You'll be based in Portsmouth in years 1 and 2, and for 6 months at the end of the course. You'll spend year 3 in Perth, Western Australia at Edith Cowan University.

You'll get support with travel arrangements, visas, finding accommodation and accessing loans and other funding that can help pay for your study and living costs when you're in Australia.

Edith Cowan University is one of the top 100 young universities in the world one of the top 100 universities in the Asia-Pacific regions (Times Higher Education 2019 and 2020). The Good Universities Guide 2021 gives the University 5 out of 5 stars for its learner resources, student support, teaching quality and overall experience.

**Facilities and equipment you'll use includes:**
- A biomechanics lab

- A physiology lab

- An immersion pool and swimming flume

- A portable EMG system to measure how muscles activate and fatigue during sport

- Infrared motion analysis to understand how the body should move for best practice training

- Climatic chambers for manipulating temperature, humidity and altitude (including one at sub-zero temperatures for polar preparation)

- Force plates to assess total force and rate of force development for athletes, which helps you prescribe the correct exercise programme for them

- GymAware and PUSH bands for carrying out Velocity Based Training (VBT)

Modules

Year 1 (at Portsmouth)

Core modules:
- Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology
- Introduction to Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
- Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2 (at Portsmouth)

Core modules:
- Advanced Exercise Physiology
- Psychology of Sport and Exercise
- Work Based Learning
- Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise

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

Year 3 (at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia)

Core modules:
- Statistical Research Methods
- Exercise Rehabilitation
- Motor Learning and Control
- Lifespan Growth and Development
- Sports Injury Prevention and Management
- Conditioning for Team Sport Athletes

Optional modules:
- Performance Analysis and Player Monitoring
- Exercise Delivery
- Advanced Resistance Training
- Principles of Practices of Resistance Training

Year 4 (at Portsmouth)

- Applications of Exercise Physiology
- Professional Practice in Sport Psychology
- Advanced Strength and Conditioning
- Applied Skill Acquisition
- Biomechanics in Practice
- Advanced Sports Nutrition
- Biopsychosocial Approaches to Physical Activity and Health Promotion
- Environmental Physiology
- Project

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through:

- Practical assessments
- Client reports
- Video submissions
- Blogs
- Infographics
- Essays
- Portfolios
- Presentations
- Exams

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.

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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