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Institution C58

UCAS C604

Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 years Full Time

15th
for student satisfaction
Top 30
UK University
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Entry Requirements and Fees

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Tariff points: 112 - 120

A Levels: BBC - BCC (including a science - PE accepted at grade C or above)

BTEC: DDM - DMM (including 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

 

2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

2021/22  International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

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."

Andy

"Returning to education as a mature student was a little daunting, but my experience of studying at Chichester has been brilliant. Life around campus is fun and friendly and my course has given me the chance to learn new skills, get involved in research and discover lots of different sports science disciplines. Lecturers are always available to help and answer questions and their open door policy provides a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere."

Course content

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 or 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. 

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.

There is the option to study abroad in Europe at one of our partner universities.

Our facilities

Campus Location: Chichester 

We offer you some of the best sporting facilities available to study for a degree. 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. It incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness centre. In addition there is a sports hall. Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our Sports Dome, lano sand dressed astro turf and a grass rugby pitch.

Facilities:

 

Sports Dome

Four tennis courts which can be used for a variety of sports.

Blue flooring and blue curtains separating courts with student throwing javelins
 

Sports hall

Used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee.

Fitness suite

Various membership levels available. Weights, resistance and cardio machines.

Weights, resistance and cardio machines

Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder

Available for any student to use after an induction and when Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is open.

Images showing external and internal climbing wall and external boulder

Grass football and rugby pitches

Students playing football and girl passing rugby ball

Floodlit lano sand-dressed astro turf 

A top of the range Lano sand-dressed astro all completely compliant to International Hockey federation standards.

  • 110m synthetic athletics track
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court
  • Two seminar rooms
  • Cricket nets 

Sport Science Laboratories:

Four dedicated psychology labs including a Virtual Reality Reader, Brain Imaging Unit and Observation Suite.

Student using software to track activity of body for sport psychology

Two dedicated biomechanics labs

Student running with rugby ball with sensor on past tracking posts

Five dedicated physiology labs

Used for testing on treadmills, bikes and various other pieces of equipment.

Physiology labs showing equipment used

An environmental chamber

Used to simulate heat, altitude, etc.

Envinronmental chamber in physiology lab

A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space

Sports Therapy students use these spaces for practical sessions and run a clinic. It is open for students, staff and external visitors who require treatment also either from Sports Therapy students or staff.

Sports therapy clinic with beds and rehab room

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, 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, BSc Sport and Exercise Science (Physical Activity for Health) and PGCE PE graduate and now working as a Teacher.

 

Dev in graduation gown and cap

"My work placement on the degree was invaluable and helped me with my job. I'm responsible for the Analysis for GB Wheelchair Tennis, be that during training or matches, singles or doubles. The course gave me exposure to the foundations and implementation of Performance Analysis. I liked that it combined statistics and sport. You get to help with athlete/coach development and watch sport every day. "

Dev, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Sports Performance), graduate and now Performance Analyst for the Lawn Tennis Association

 

Amy headshot

"My degree gave me an insight into the multi-disciplinary approach needed to support high-performance sport and gave me a good breadth of understanding across a range of fields that directly influence sports performance. The degree has supported my role with the necessary skills required to effectively manage multiple high-profile projects at once, stay up to date with current share practices and research and develop strong working relationships across a broad range of individuals from different knowledge and experience background to achieve a common end goal. It is so rewarding using what my degree taught me, either directly or indirectly, help me positively impact so many people on their journey either in high-performance sport or within their recovery journey from being in military service. My main duties are to support WIS athletes on a Paralympic performance trajectory as part of the Sports Recovery Athlete Academy and manage the sport components for Team UK in the build up to, during and after any major event such as the Invictus Games and Warrior Games."

Amy, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Sports Performance), graduate and Help For Heroes Performance Pathway Scientist and Major Events Sports Manager

 

Career Options

  • Athletic trainer
  • Senior Cardiac Physiologist
  • Sports psychologist
  • Sports science support personnel
  • Teacher

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, 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,  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 you will experience a breadth of disciplines underpinning sport and exercise science before tailoring and personalising your degree to either a Sport Performance (SP) or Physical Activity for Health (PAH) route.

Years Two and Three modules for the Physical Activity for Health route follow after Year Three Sport Performance modules.

 

Year One: Sport Performance and Physical Activity for Health

Questioning Sport, Exercise and Health

This module will introduce study skills for higher education and help you discover the philosophical underpinnings of research in the sport and health sciences. You will also be introduced to a range of qualitative research methods.

Evaluating Sport, Exercise and Health

The module aims to provide you with a foundation in quantitative study and research skills which will support and underpin your work in other sport, exercise, and health science modules.

Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology

Sport and exercise contexts provide a fascinating and complex opportunity to investigate the psychology of human effect, cognition, and behaviour. This module aims to introduce you to diverse areas of psychology in the context of sport performance, exercise, and well-being that you will meet on your degree programme in years two and three.

Introduction to Skill Acquisition

This module examines the psychological factors that affect the learning and performance of skills in sport. You are introduced to selected theories of motor learning and you will examine their strengths and weaknesses relative to real-world coaching. Research findings will be used to help you make the connections to your responsibilities as sports coaches.  

Fundamentals of Human Physiology

This module will cover the fundamental principles of Human Physiology by examining how key systems such as the musculoskeletal system, the cardiovascular system, and the respiratory system affect human performance. Specific attention is paid to energy metabolism in the context of the exercising human across the breadth of the energy spectrum.

Introduction to Applied Exercise Physiology

This module aims to develop an understanding of the application of scientific principles and techniques to evaluate human performance. Consideration will be given to the selection of an appropriate data collection environment (i.e. laboratory versus field) and the applicability across a range of activities that spans energy provision.  

Muscles and Movement - Anatomy in Motion

An introduction to the basic concepts of anatomy and biomechanics as they relate to human movement and performance in sport and exercise. You are shown how such concepts can be practically investigated and will illustrate the integrative nature of anatomy and biomechanics.  Practical work considers the general principles of biomechanics related methodology, data analysis, and statistical analysis for practical investigations into the evaluation of sport and exercise. 

Muscles and Movement - Causes of Motion

An introduction to the basic concepts of biomechanics as they relate to human movement and performance in sport and exercise. You are shown how the basic physical principles underpin performance in sport, and how such principles can be practically investigated. Practical work considers the general principles of biomechanics and related them to experimental methodology, data analysis, and statistical analysis for practical investigations into the evaluation of sport and exercise. 

 

Year Two: Sport Performance

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

Core modules:

Researching Sport, Exercise, and Health 

The module will provide you with practical skills of conducting research in the sport, exercise, and health environment, and you will further your research skills, including ethical considerations, research design, and methodology, analysis, and write-up.

Sports Injury and Prevention

This module aims to develop an awareness of potential injury situations and predisposing factors to injury in sport. Familiarity with types of sports injury and treatment procedures should aid in the prevention and effective treatment of injury in the workplace. 

Sport and Exercise in Extreme Environments

This module aims to examine the physiological challenge of performing in extreme and hostile environments and to examine how the human can exercise, maintain homeostasis, and survive. It will explore the theoretical limits of human performance, looking to identify mechanisms of physiological acclimatisation and adaptation. You will be able to discuss how this knowledge may be used to increase sporting performance and maximise safety e.g. competitions such as The Everest Marathon and Marathon Des Sables.

Cognitive Psychology for Sport Performance

Cognitive psychology is the study of the basic processes underpinning our interaction with the world. These processes include perception, attention, memory, and learning. Within the sporting domain, knowledge of cognitive psychology can promote efficient acquisition and effective performance of skill among athletes at all stages of skill development. This module critically examines the strengths and weaknesses of theory and research concerning the cognitive processes that underpin the acquisition and performance of skill. 

Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise

The biomechanical principles underpinning performance in a range of sports will be considered in relation to practical performance of sport. The module content will include analysis methodologies and research, which has enhanced biomechanics knowledge of sports performance. The biomechanics analysis and evaluation of selected sport and exercise activities will be considered e.g. golf, football, tennis, high jump, long jump, javelin, discus, gymnastics, cycling, swimming. 

Physiological Limitations to Performance

Athletic performances span from power and sprint activities lasting less than 10 seconds to endurance activities lasting many hours. The aim of this module is to more fully examine the metabolic, neuromuscular, neuroendocrine and cardiovascular systems of the human body to develop knowledge on the nature of limitations to performance across this intensity spectrum.

Performance Psychology

An introduction to the key theories and concepts in performance psychology, examining theory and research into a range of factors (e.g. confidence, motivation, emotional regulation) that have been proposed to contribute to performance in sport and other achievement domains. The module content will seek to develop an understanding of the importance of these concepts for performance, their determinants, and how to change them.  

Optional modules:

Stress, Coping, and Emotions

The challenging nature of the competitive environment presents sports performers with a multitude of stressors. While some performers are able to effectively cope with the challenges of overcoming these stressors, others are less successful. This module aims to examine a) the demands (i.e. stressors) of sport and how these are experienced by athletes, b) the appraisals and coping strategies employed by athletes when experiencing these stressors, and c) the subsequent emotional responses.

Developing and Monitoring Physical Performance

This module aims to provide you with the skills and knowledge to design interventions for improving both health and skills-related physical fitness. You will develop the ability to complete a health screening and needs analysis on clients and athletes, establish goals, select appropriate methods of individual physical performance assessments, and design interventions to improve physical performance. 

Performance Analysis in Sport

The analysis undertaken could relate to technical, tactical, and/or physical aspects of performance, although Performance Analysis can also be used to analyse various other facets of sport such as coach behaviour and coaching microstructure.  The use of sports performance analysis is paramount in light of the limitations of human memory, such as the volume of event recall and subjectivity. The module aims to introduce you to the key concepts, skills, and techniques associated to performance analysis, and outline its place in the scientific support of individuals and teams. 

Nutrition for the Prevention and Treatment of Disease

Eating a well-balanced diet, with adequate nutrients and appropriate calories is a fundamental requirement for long-term health. Malnutrition due both to under-eating or overeating and obesity is closely linked to increased illness and disease risk. This module aims to explore the relationship between nutrition, health, immunity, and disease, to evaluate government dietary guidelines, and review the current research in nutrition, digestion, and metabolism to investigate how they relate to the prevention and management of population health. 

 

Year Three: Sport Performance

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

Core modules:

Research Project

You are encouraged to identify a research question appropriate to your degree pathway that is of interest and relevance to your studies. The investigation may be based within single or multiple disciplines. An appropriate approach to addressing the question is then determined through discussion with tutors in your chosen area.

Planning and Monitoring of Training and Performance

A focus on planning and monitoring training of athletes and how a programme of physiological support can be used to enhance performance. You will engage in current literature identifying the physiological demands of the athletes chosen sport, key measures of physical fitness, and how we can enhance them.  An athlete’s ability to focus on training to gain maximal physiological adaptations, and relax in competition can represent the difference in making the podium or winning major tournaments.

Biomechanical Techniques

This module aims to enable you to develop experimental skills that may be of relevance, not only in biomechanics but also in other scientific fields where the accuracy of measurement is important. The experimental skills gained will underpin research in biomechanics, and equip you with the skills required for a final year independent project in the area. 

Applied Sport Psychology 1: Developing Mental Strategies

Traditionally, sport psychologists have advocated the use of numerous mental training strategies that are purported to enhance the cognitive, affective, and behavioural states of the performers that they work with. These might include imagery, goal-setting, relaxation techniques, and pre-performance routines; and advanced strategies such as Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT) and hypnosis. The aims of this module are to provide you with an understanding of the efficacy of these strategies, to provide opportunities to deliver these mental strategies and to reflect on the delivery of these strategies.  

Contemporary Issues in Sport, Exercise, and Health

This module will explore a selection of contemporary issues that may have ethical and moral considerations, in relation to sport, exercise, and health. A range of topic areas will be presented to you with the expectations that you will challenge through a review of case-studies, expert knowledge, and recently published peer-reviewed research. You will be encouraged to express your judgements and reflect upon your knowledge and experiences. 

Optional modules:

Group Dynamics in Sport

This module aims to examine and evaluate current knowledge of sport group productivity and functioning and evaluates current practice in developing and increasing the effectiveness of group functioning. It is important to have an understanding of group dynamics due to the potential impact that groups can have on an individual’s performance, life satisfaction and psychological well-being.

Advanced Biomechanics

This module aims to allow you to develop your conceptual biomechanics knowledge, knowledge of current practice, and independent practical skills. It gives the opportunity to follow interests within the field that may have been stimulated by either the third year biomechanics techniques module, or by areas you have come across in the course of your independent project work and which you would like to investigate further. It aims to develop your independence in the laboratory. 

Entrepreneurial (Business Set-Up)

The module adopts a very practical focus. It concentrates upon the planning that needs to be undertaken prior to the start-up of a small business. From your perspective, the primary output of the module is to produce a persuasive business proposal. The main intention of the module is to allow you to draw on the toolkit of understanding that you have developed within your studies to date. As a consequence, you are required to independently manage your own progress in achieving the learning outcomes and preparing for the assessment. 

Nutrition for Sports Performance, Exercise, and Health

Sports performance and the development of athletic ability relies on the individual being in peak health and having the correct nutrition support to fuel training adaptation and exercise performance. This module aims to examine the ways in which dietary intake influences energy metabolism, recovery of skeletal muscle after exercise, exercise performance, training adaptation, injury risk, and immunity. An important component of the module will be the study of the practical application of nutritional theory within the sporting arena. 

Practical Pedagogy (Placement)

An opportunity to experience a placement within a practical setting. This module aims to develop and refine pedagogical skills so that you can enhance pupil/performer progress and learning within a practical environment.

Work Placement in Sport and Exercise

An opportunity to complete a unit of directed study incorporating a work placement of 105 hours (3-weeks) in a sport and exercise environment. This placement can take place in a wide range of environments including sports clubs, schools, colleges, private companies, clinical settings, or within the community. The focus of the work placement should be relevant to your needs, the programme of study you are taking and career aspirations.

Applied Sport Psychology 2: Professional Practice

The ‘soft’ skills required by a sport and exercise psychologist are imperative to effectiveness as a practitioner. The aim of the module is to examine the nature of applied sport psychology practice and discuss and critique how sport psychologists work with clients in relation to initial assessment, case formulation, intervention planning, and delivery, monitoring, and evaluation. 

Occupational Health and Performance

The module aims to provide you with an understanding of how evidenced-based practice can be used to improve health and performance in occupational settings such as the military, emergency services, and industry. Students taking this module will have followed core modules within their programme and they will learn how their existing knowledge relating to sports and exercise performers and clinical populations and new concepts can be used to enhance health and performance in occupational settings. 

 

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.

Core modules:

Researching Sport, Exercise, and Health 

The module will provide you with practical skills of conducting research in the sport, exercise, and health environment, and you will further your research skills, including ethical considerations, research design, and methodology, analysis, and write-up.

Developing and Monitoring Physical Performance

This module aims to provide you with the skills and knowledge to design interventions for improving both health and skills-related physical fitness. You will develop the ability to complete a health screening and needs analysis on clients and athletes, establish goals, select appropriate methods of individual physical performance assessments, and design interventions to improve physical performance. You also have the opportunity to obtain REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals) Level 2 Gym Instructors Award.

Psychology of Physical Activity and Health

This module will seek to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the psychological theories applied to the contexts of physical activity and health and to evaluate the positive and negative psychological effects of participation in activities.  

Clinical Exercise Physiology

Explore the relationship of physical activity and sedentary behaviour with both the development and control of non-communicable diseases (NCD). You will examine the pathophysiology of NCDs, the physiological responses to physical activity, and methods to assess health and fitness for those individuals suffering from such disease states. You will explore the application and appraisal of exercise prescription guidelines for NCDs, with consideration of those that are serviced by exercise/GP referral schemes. If you have previously gained a Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) Level 2 qualification e.g. gym instructors award you will have the opportunity to complete additional assessments to gain REPs Level 3 Exercise Referral.

Clinical Biomechanics

This module aims to build upon the core biomechanical principles underpinning the practical analysis of human movement. It will also consider the role of biomechanical analysis in sports therapy and the assessment of patients. It will serve to widen your knowledge base and show the integrative nature of the separate disciplines of therapy and biomechanics. It will also provide a firm basis for work at a higher level in the discipline of biomechanics. 

Project Management

An introduction to the essential tools and methodologies for managing an effective sports project. The methodology used will be PRINCE2 to develop your own sports project. The content will include: Introduction to Project Management, Planning a Project, and Managing Successful Projects.

Nutrition for the Prevention and Treatment of Disease

This module will examine the combined effects of nutrition and physical activity on health with particular focus on prevalent diseases associated with these factors. Topics covered will include: dietary guidelines, dietary analysis, measurement of energy, macro- and micro-nutrient intake, digestion, absorption and metabolism; the role of micro-nutrients; nutrition and prevalent diseases; obesity; eating disorders; food allergies; under-nutrition and special populations e.g. diabetics.

Optional modules:

Stress, Coping, and Emotions

The challenging nature of the competitive environment presents sports performers with a multitude of stressors. While some performers are able to effectively cope with the challenges of overcoming these stressors, others are less successful. This module aims to examine a) the demands (i.e. stressors) of sport and how these are experienced by athletes, b) the appraisals and coping strategies employed by athletes when experiencing these stressors, and c) the subsequent emotional responses.

Critical Issues in Health Promotion, Lifestyle, and Exercise

The module aims to provide you with a critical appreciation of the principles, theory and practice of health promotion in the UK. This will involve the application of the knowledge of sport, health and physical activity in the context of the wider social, cultural and environmental issues facing agents of health promotion.

Sports Injury and Prevention

This module aims to develop an awareness of potential injury situations and predisposing factors to injury in sport. Familiarity with types of sports injury and treatment procedures should aid in the prevention and effective treatment of injury in the workplace. 

The Outdoor Experience - Emotions and Wellbeing

The aim of the module is for you to explore the experience of being in the outdoors from an emotional and well-being perspective. The restorative and therapeutic benefits of immersive experience will be examined and these will include creative activities, understanding of place, and connectedness to the environment and others. 

Reflection: Developing Your Teaching and Coaching

This module aims to provide an opportunity to select and develop specialist areas of interest. You will be required to develop skills in introspection, reflection, and reflective practice drawing upon theoretical concepts relating to pedagogy of sport and education. You will agree a suitable programme of work within a professional context of your choice which will involve you immersing yourselves in the culture and practices of this working environment.

 

Year Three: Physical Activity for Health

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

Core modules:

Research Project

You are encouraged to identify a research question appropriate to your degree pathway that is of interest and relevance to your studies. The investigation may be based within single or multiple disciplines. An appropriate approach to addressing the question is then determined through discussion with tutors in your chosen area.

Exercise and Physical Activity Interventions

Physical inactivity is recognised as a key predictor of a range of adverse health and social outcomes. Increasing activity levels in the general population is now a priority of the government, with increasing opportunities for physical activity professionals. The module applies health behaviour change theory and research to the promotion of physical activity in specialised populations, such as those with chronic health conditions or physical disabilities. It looks at different types of interventions, such as those targeting individuals, groups, and national campaigns.  

Cardiovascular Rehabilitation

This module critically examines the process of rehabilitation as it pertains to cardiovascular disease. Detailed exploration of the aetiology of coronary heart disease (CHD), lifestyle management, and psychology of behaviour change in relation to lifestyle. The evidence-base for exercise and nutritional interventions will be critiqued within the framework of primary, secondary, and tertiary care alongside the skills required to compile multi-disciplinary interventions for secondary prevention. 

Exercise Referral Clinic

This module aims to provide you with an opportunity to complete a unit of directed study incorporating experience in a practical-based setting, relevant to working with clinical populations. You will develop new knowledge and skills whilst in a practice-based setting, in addition to applying, consolidating, and reflecting on the learning gained in your prior modules. You will gain experience that enables you to develop, apply and reflect on the clinical practice of exercise within the health service including, but not limited to GP/ Exercise Referral, cardiovascular rehabilitation, the Obesity 4 Tier approach, and to draw on, and review, the profession’s evidence-base for lifestyle modification. 

Contemporary Issues in Sport, Exercise and Health

This module will explore a selection of contemporary issues that may have ethical and moral considerations, in relation to sport, exercise, and health. A range of topic areas will be presented to you with the expectations that you will challenge through a review of case-studies, expert knowledge, and recently published peer-reviewed research. You will be encouraged to express your judgements and reflect upon your knowledge and experiences. 

Optional modules:

Work Placement in Sport and Exercise 

An opportunity to complete a unit of directed study incorporating a work placement of 105 hours (3-weeks) in a sport and exercise environment. This placement can take place in a wide range of environments including sports clubs, schools, colleges, private companies, clinical settings, or within the community. The focus of the work placement should be relevant to your needs, the programme of study you are taking and career aspirations.

Nutrition for Sports Performance, Physical Development, and Health  

Sports performance and the development of athletic ability relies on the individual being in peak health and having the correct nutrition support to fuel training adaptation and exercise performance. This module aims to examine the ways in which dietary intake influences energy metabolism, recovery of skeletal muscle after exercise, exercise performance, training adaptation, injury risk, and immunity. An important component of the module will be the study of the practical application of nutritional theory within the sporting arena. 

Psychology of Injury and Rehabilitation

This module enables you to critically evaluate the psychological, social, and cultural factors in injury risk, theories of psychological responses to injury, and psychological, social, and cultural factors that impact recovery from injury and adherence to rehabilitation programmes. It will critically evaluate theory and research, and consider practical approaches to working with injured athletes to assist them with their response to and rehabilitation from injury experiences.

Biomechanical Techniques 

This module aims to enable you to develop experimental skills that may be of relevance, not only in biomechanics but also in other scientific fields where the accuracy of measurement is important. The experimental skills gained will underpin research in biomechanics, and equip you with the skills required for a final year independent project in the area. 

Classroom Pedagogy

This module will use a series of lectures and workshops to explore curricula employed in classroom teaching such as the National Curriculum, GCSE PE, BTEC Sport, and A-level PE to consider how schemes of work and lesson plans are developed for delivery in school and college classrooms.

Entrepreneurial (Business Set-Up)

The module adopts a very practical focus. It concentrates upon the planning that needs to be undertaken prior to the start-up of a small business. From your perspective, the primary output of the module is to produce a persuasive business proposal. The main intention of the module is to allow you to draw on the toolkit of understanding that you have developed within your studies to date. As a consequence, you are required to independently manage your own progress in achieving the learning outcomes and preparing for the assessment. 

Occupational Health and Performance

The module aims to provide you with an understanding of how evidenced-based practice can be used to improve health and performance in occupational settings such as the military, emergency services, and industry. Students taking this module will have followed core modules within their programme and they will learn how their existing knowledge relating to sports and exercise performers and clinical populations and new concepts can be used to enhance health and performance in occupational settings. 

Advanced Biomechanics 

This module aims to allow you to develop your conceptual biomechanics knowledge, knowledge of current practice, and independent practical skills. It gives the opportunity to follow interests within the field that may have been stimulated by either the third year biomechanics techniques module, or by areas you have come across in the course of your independent project work and which you would like to investigate further. It aims to develop your independence in the laboratory. 

Adventures in Coaching 

Explore current issues within the coaching process considering their application within specific adventure sport activities. Humanistic and Long-Term Athlete Development principles are considered. Observation and analysis of performance will be examined along with practical scientific assessment tools to identify performer needs. Developmental activities will be explored including the application of sports science in the development of training programmes within specific adventure contexts.

Delivering Sport and Physical Activity in the Community

The module examines the importance of staging community sport events or projects in the context of modern sports development. It will give you the opportunity to understand, in part through practical engagement, the complexity of staging community sport events and the management and administrative processes associated with them.

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?

  • 15th for Student Satisfaction (Guardian Subject League Table 2021)
  • 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 and 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 visit their page
  • 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.

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