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BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Performance Sailing)

Our BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Sailing Performance) programme is built on strong foundations as we were one of the first institutions in the UK to develop a sports related degree programme and have a 20 year collaborative programme of research and physiological monitoring between the Royal Yachting Association (RYA). You can choose to specialise in one of the core Sport and Exercise Science disciplines alongside bespoke modules tailored towards high performance sailing and delivered by experts in their respective fields. 

The programme is to be submitted for endorsement by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) in September 2017 and is expected to achieve this endorsement in line with 3 other Sport and Exercise Science programmes in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Student view

Saskia Clark
Gold winning Olympic athlete and alumni
Chichester provided a great location for me to continue sailing at a high level while I was studying for my degree in sports science. Studying and sailing at the same time was a challenge but being part of student life helped me reflect on both training and competitions - with the added benefit that a Sports Science degree gave me insight into elements that could impact my performance positively. To do both you need to be organised and efficient and Chichester were great in understanding the pressures and helping me to balance both. It is possible to study and train at a high level at the same time with both so you do not need to put your sporting ambitions on hold while you get a degree.

Our facilities

Our facilities content

Over the past few years, we have redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available as you study for your degree.

We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.  All of our facilities are designed for academic teaching, research, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions and for your social/recreational use throughout the week and weekends. In addition, some modules will be delivered at the High Performance Centre in Portland.

The world-class Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is the focus of sporting activities, both academic and recreational, at the University.

The Tudor Hale Centre for Sport incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness suite. 

In addition, there is a sports hall used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee.

Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our brand new Sports Dome, incorporating four indoor tennis courts, our all-weather astro turf pitch, and grass rugby pitch.

University of Chichester Facilities

o    Brand new Sports Dome, with four tennis courts, three netball courts

o    Sports hall

o    110m synthetic athletics track

o    Modern fitness suite

o    Strength and conditioning room

o    Two multi-purpose gymnasiums

o    Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder

o    Grass football and rugby pitches

o    Outdoor netball and tennis court

o    Floodlit synthetic Astro Turf pitch

o    Two seminar rooms

o    Cricket nets

Sport Science Laboratories:

o    Four dedicated psychology labs

o    Two dedicated biomechanics labs

o    Five dedicated physiology labs

o    An environmental chamber to simulate heat, altitude, etc

o    A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space

Where this can take you

As well as supporting a career in sailing as a performer, coach, scientist, we also understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market. Our sport and exercise science students have gone on to work or training in a variety industries including:

o    Fitness consultant

o    Community Project Leaders

o    Athletic trainer

o    Sports psychologist

o    Sports science support personnel

o    Sports equipment consultant

o    Health promotion

o    Exercise prescription on GP referral schemes

Have you thought about postgraduate study? We offer a range of taught postgraduate MSc programmes, in addition to postgraduate research programmes (MPhil/PhD) across the field of sport disciplines. Supervision is offered by a strong, research-active team with a range of expertise. Our research interests stem from applied experience to deliver ‘real world’ meaningful results.

Work placements

Through our work placements you will develop skills which allow you to apply theory and knowledge in an operational sport or health setting.

Placements opportunities are available on most programmes within the Chichester Institute of Sport which provide you with a strong vocational focus.

Increase your employability – here’s what our students had to say.

 ‘The use of placements really enhanced my CV.’

‘The placement year is a good part of the course.’

‘The opportunities provided by the department through residentials and our placement year allowed me to grow and develop both personally and professionally, and allowed me to gain accurate insight into life after university.’

‘The placement year provides the opportunity to put theory into practice in the real world context. It was really beneficial to me as it allowed me to explore the other side of the world. I came back feeling more confident in myself. Having a placement year was a really valuable experience.’

‘Great real life experiences through placement.’

‘Good range of teaching placements within a variety of schools.’

‘It massively improved my ability and confidence to teach a wide range of sports through great experience in placements and lectures during my time here.’

Indicative modules

Year 1

  • Scientific Inquiry into Sport and Exercise
  • Applications of Psychology in Sport and Exercise
  • Physiology of the Exercising Human
  • Muscles and Movement

Year 2

  • Researching Sport and Exercise
  • Project Mamagement (Managing a Campaign)
  • Performance Analysis: Evidencing Performance Impact in the Sailing Environment
  • Decision Making in Sailing 
  • Physic of Sailing
  • Physiology (Human Factors) of Sailing
    • Physiological Limitations to Performance
    • Motivating Athletes
    • Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise

Vocational qualifications available: Powerboat Level 2, Coaching (Sailing) Level 2, Prince 2, UKSCA/REPS Personal Training, First Aid

Year 3

  • Research Project/Research Internship
  • Performance in Sailing
  • Work placement in Sport and Exercise Sailing
    • Human Factors in Performance Sailing
    • Performance Psychology
    • Performance Analysis - Data Analytics
    • Performance Coaching

Teaching and assessment

We pride ourselves on the quality of the teaching given to our students. Innovation, enthusiasm and expertise combine to deliver the excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation for learning and teaching.

When you come to Chichester, you will join a community of students and lecturers working in partnership to ensure that your learning experience reflects best practice and embraces the opportunities presented by new, interactive technologies.

How the programme will be delivered

Each module is delivered differently, depending on its content and focus of study.  In most modules you can expect lead lectures to introduce core content, but the majority of your time will be spent working in small groups with tutor support in seminars, workshops or laboratory sessions. Some modules will be delivered at the High Performance Sailing Centre in Portland, thus enabling access to experts delivering World Class performance programmes alongside World Class sailing facilities.

Many sessions will require you to have completed some preparatory work, and you will also be given structured follow-up work after a session to further progress your learning, often reading or an individual/group task.  As you progress through your degree, you will be expected to take more and more ownership over your learning and development, directing your study into areas of most interest to you.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, portfolios, practical assessments, lab reports, and oral presentations.

Our course includes a mix of assessments, so that you may develop a wide range of transferable skills. Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress. You can monitor your own progress, allowing you the opportunity to discuss and plan your development with your lecturers throughout the course. Where appropriate, special arrangements can be made for students with an identified need.

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Course length

3 years
Full Time