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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. 

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Codes:

College C58

UCAS C604

Course Length:

3 years Full Time

Career Options

  • Athletic trainer
  • Senior Cardiac Physiologist
  • Sports psychologist
  • Sports science support personnel
  • Teacher
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Entry Requirements and Fees

2019 UK fee: £9,250

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/4 or better.

BTEC / Cambridge Technical: DDM (Sports Science)

GCSEs: English language, mathematics and science at grade C/4 or better

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

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

Student view

Manisha

The course has allowed me to broaden my understanding on the subject as well as apply my learned knowledge throughout. Lectures and seminars are very engaging and interesting. The teaching support is outstanding and all lecturers are willing to provide the best help they can.

Course content

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. 

In year one students will experience a breadth of disciplines underpinning sport and exercise science before tailoring and personalising their degree to either a Sport Performance (SP) or Physical Activity for Health (PAH) route.

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 next Olympic Games.

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

This route gives 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 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 Sports Dome, incorporating four indoor tennis courts, our all-weather astro turf pitch, and grass rugby pitch.

Facilities

  • 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

“The Sports and Exercise Science degree not only provided me with a good underpinning knowledge of human anatomy and physiology in relation to both health and disease, it also enabled me to gain valuable experience and confidence with handling scientific data; and further promoted my interpersonal skills such as being organised, proactive and my managing time effectively.”
Mark Norris, BSc Sport and Exercise Science (Physical Activity for Health) graduate and now a Senior Cardiac Physiologist.

“My degree has helped me massively to share the knowledge I have gained throughout my degree in a simpler form to the younger generations inspiring them to participate and love sports and physical activity and the benefits they reap from it. I’m thankful for my undergraduate degree as it has set me up tremendously to be able to share the complex knowledge I learnt in a simpler form for young people.”
Megan Seward, BSc Sport and Exercise Science (Physical Activity for Health) graduate and now training to be a PE teacher at the University of Chichester.

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. Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

*Subject to approval

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.

"My placement involved a combination of dietitian/nurse shadowing; using current literature to develop resources for patients; and presenting talks on physical activity and its benefits to patients in their Tier 3 weight management programme. The placement was a real eye opener and provided me with the opportunity to apply what I have learnt in my other modules in a clinical setting”
Dan Prosser, Physical Activity Consultant, Bariatric Unit, St Richards Hospital

“I am spending my placement as an occupational physiologist within the Occupational Performance Research Group (OPRG). This has given me the chance to observe what is expected within a professional sports science environment, working with various occupations and focusing on a large contribution to military-based research.”
Oliver Page, Exercise Physiologist, Occupational Performance Research Group

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 Clare Deacon at c.deacon@chi.ac.uk or call 01243 793542.

Course accreditations

Indicative modules

In year one students will experience a breadth of disciplines underpinning sport and exercise science before tailoring and personalising their degree to either a Sport Performance (SP) or Physical Activity for Health (PAH) route.

These modules include:

YEAR ONE: SPORT PERFORMANCE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FOR HEALTH

  • 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: SPORT PERFORMANCE

Following the strong foundation gained in Year One, students can now maximise their choices and specialise through the degree route of Sport Performance. In Year Two, students are offered bespoke modules and electives to enhance their theoretical and practical skills to obtain a career in sports 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)

YEAR THREE: SPORT PERFORMANCE

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

  • 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

YEAR TWO: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FOR HEALTH

Following the strong foundation gained in Year One, students can now maximise their choices and specialise through the degree route of Physical Activity for Health. In Year Two, students are offered bespoke modules and electives to enhance their theoretical and practical skills to obtain a career in the physical activity and health sector.

  • 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: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FOR HEALTH

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

  • 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

ADDITIONAL VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Level 2 Gym Instructor
  • Level 3 Personal Training
  • Level 3 Exercise Referral
  • Level 4 Cardiovascular Disease*

*Subject to approval

International English Studies

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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?

  • Strong emphasis on theory to practice 
  • A highly practical course delivered in cutting edge sport and exercise science laboratories
  • Taught by an expert staff team who genuinely care about your development
  • Internationally renowned research and cutting edge applied practice
  • Autonomy and choice in learning throughout the programme
  • Integrated vocational qualifications to make you highly employable

Additional costs

As a University of Chichester student you will be provided with many things to support you but there may be additional costs which you may encounter whilst studying. The information below will help you understand our provision and what else you need to budget for.

  • We charge for the assessments for the Additional Vocational Qualifications.
  • If you undertake a placement which requires a DBS check, this will cost £44.
  • Field Trips / Educational Visits – these are optional and do not have to be undertaken to complete the programme. Students make a contribution towards the cost (e.g. travel, sometimes accommodation);
  • If you require a Diagnostic Assessment for a Specific Learning Difficulty such as Dyslexia, the University may be able to assist you arrange this. You will be required to pay for this assessment, although some financial assistance may be possible from the University Hardship Fund. Further information is available from the Disability and Dyslexia Service. For more information, please click here
  • Graduation: It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Graduands must wear academic dress. Academic dress, guest tickets and photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Financial help available from the University

We offer a number of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at Chichester. Our Finance pages provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.