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BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

Our British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) endorsed Sport and Exercise Science programme is built on strong foundations as we were one of the first institutions in the UK to develop a sports related degree programme.

You can choose to specialise in Sport Performance & Physical Activity for Health. The aims of the programme are to develop sports science graduates who have the scientific theory and practical skills required to work as sport scientists, supporting individuals or teams towards peak performance; or to work as health and exercise professionals within exercise referral schemes or other community programmes for promoting an active lifestyle.

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Course Length:

3 years Full Time

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels (or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical): 112 to 128 UCAS Tariff Points to include a science (PE accepted) at grade C or better.

BTEC / Cambridge Technical: DDM (Sports Science)

GCSEs: English language, mathematics and science at grade C or better

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

Access to HE Diploma to Science: Pass with at least 12 credits worth of science units at Merit

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Student view

Pippa Wilson MBE
Studying at Chichester has been brilliant, with fantastic teaching facilities and lecturers helping you achieve to the highest level you can.

Course content

The courses at Chichester are taught by well qualified staff and further enhanced by a strong research and consultancy profile with many staff having achieved professional accreditation from BASES.

The establishment of UK Sport and National/Regional Centres of Excellence and the Department of Health’s National Support Teams means that there is a growing demand for well-qualified sport and exercise scientists.

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

Our Sport Performance themed pathway provides you with the skills and knowledge required to assess critically the physiological, biomechanical and psychological characteristics of the athlete and to apply these skills to performance enhancement. We have a strong tradition of applied sports science delivery and this transfers to our hands-on laboratory-based course. Career opportunities within these sectors are rapidly on the increase as we move towards the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Physical Activity for Health)

Our Physical Activity for Health themed pathway has a strong practical approach, from both an academic and industry perspective, giving you the opportunity to work with diverse populations in the physical activity, exercise and health sectors.  Career opportunities within these sectors are rapidly on the increase as a result of the Government’s drive to help people live longer with healthier living, by reducing the burden of ill health associated with unhealthy lifestyle factors such as physical inactivity, poor diet and obesity.

Our facilities

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.

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.


  • Brand new Sports Dome, with four tennis courts, three netball courts
  • Sports hall
  • 110m synthetic athletics track
  • Modern fitness suite
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder
  • Grass football and rugby pitches
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court
  • Floodlit synthetic Astro Turf pitch
  • Two seminar rooms
  • Cricket nets

Sport Science Laboratories:

  • Four dedicated psychology labs
  • Two dedicated biomechanics labs
  • Five dedicated physiology labs
  • An environmental chamber to simulate heat, altitude, etc
  • A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space

Where this can take you

We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market. Our students have gone on to work o training in a variety industries including:

  • Fitness consultant
  • Community Project Leaders
  • Athletic trainer
  • Sports psychologist
  • Sports science support personnel
  • Sports equipment consultant
  • Health promotion
  • 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.’

Placements Office

Chichester Institute of Sport has a dedicated placement coordinator.

Students are ultimately responsible for finding their own placement, however the placement coordinator is available to assist students and has a network of contacts in local clubs and schools.

Our students are from all over the UK, with the majority from the South and South East of England, with a few students from overseas.

Many students find work placements in their home towns, as well as local opportunities in Sussex..

Placements are integral to your development as a student and are integrated within University-based work.

You will need to ensure you have all the necessary documentation in place before you start your placement.

Some courses will insist that you complete a DBS check on entry to the course and others will require you to complete a check once you have started.

Please check that you have completed all necessary documentation before commencing your placement.

To contact the Placement Coordinator please email Alison Davis – or tel: 01243 816224.

Indicative modules

In first year students on both the Sport Performance (SP) and Physical Activity for Health (PAH) route, experience the breadth of disciplines through taught modules that underpin each degree.

These modules include:

Year 1

  • Scientific Inquiry into Sport and Exercise (Double Module S1 & S2)
  • Applications of Psychology in Sport and Exercise (Double Module S1 & S2)
  • Physiology of the Exercising Human (Double Module S1 & S2)
  • Muscles and Movement (Double Module S1 & S2)

Year Two

Following the strong foundation gained in Year One, students can now maximise their choices and specialise through the degree route of their choice – Sport Performance or Physical Activity for Health.

Sport Performance

  • Researching Sport and Exercise (Single Module S1 & S2)
  • Sports Injury and Prevention (S1)
  • Sport and Exercise in Extreme Environments (S1)
  • Cognitive Psychology for Sport Performance (S1)
  • Motivating Athletes (S2)
  • Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise  (S2)
  • Physiological Limitations to Performance (S2)
  • Plus one Elective from
  • Psychology of Physical Activity and Health (S2)
  • Nutritional Aspects in Health and Disease (S2)
  • Performance Analysis in Sport (S2)

​​Physical Activity for Health

  • Researching Sport and Exercise (Single Module S1 & S2)
  • Sports Injury and Prevention (S1)
  • Project Management (S1)
  • Exercise Prescription for Health and Fitness (S1)
  • Psychology of Physical Activity and Health (S2)
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology (S2)
  • Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise  (S2)
  • Nutritional Aspects in Health and Disease (S2)

Year Three

The final year gives students the opportunity to specialise further and complete the following modules:

Sport Performance

  • Research Project (Double Module S1 & S2)
  • Biomechanical Techniques (S1)
  • Training Strategies for Sport Performance (S1)
  • Issues in Sport and Exercise Science (S2)
  • Plus three electives from:
  • Semester 1: 1-Elective
  • Nutritional Strategies for Sports Performance
  • Work Placement in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Applied Sport Psychology: Delivering Mental Strategies
  • Semester 2: 2- Electives
  • Advanced Biomechanics
  • Group Dynamics in Sport
  • Physiological Monitoring of Training and Performance
  • Work Placement in Sport and Exercise Science

Physical Activity for Health

  • Research Project (Double Module S1 & S2)
  • Physical Activity, Obesity and Diabetes (S1)
  • Exercise and Physical Activity Interventions (S1)
  • Cardiovascular Rehabilitation (S2)
  • Issues in Sport and Exercise Science (S2)

Plus two Electives from:

Semester 1: 1-Elective

  • Nutritional Strategies for Sports Performance
  • Work Placement in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Psychology of Injury and Rehabilitation
  • Biomechanical Techniques

Semester 2: 1- Elective

  • Advanced Biomechanics
  • Health and Well-Being Clinic
  • Physiological Monitoring of Training and Performance
  • Work Placement in Sport and Exercise Science

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.

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.

Additional Costs

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Why this course?

  • You will be provided with the scientific background to enable you to analyse sports performance
  • You will be trained to provide advice on how to maintain and enhance performance to a range of populations
  • Opportunities and knowledge of how to undertake further study in Sport and Exercise Science and related areas
  • Preparation for entry into employment
  • Taught by specialists reflecting the varied expertise available within the department