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


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3 years Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

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

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

Student view

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

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and British Sailing Team are world leaders in Olympic Sailing. If a career in high performance sport excites you, then this degree is for you. Our BASES endorsed Performance Sailing progamme 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.

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.


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

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:

  • Performer, coach or scientist in sailing
  • Athletic trainer
  • Community project leaders
  • Exercise prescription on GP referral schemes
  • Fitness consultant
  • Health promotion
  • Sports equipment consultant
  • Sports psychologist 
  • Sports science support personnel

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.

Our postgraduate courses:

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester

  • MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • MSc Physical Activity and Public Health
  • MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration)*
  • MSc Sports Coaching 
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology (BPS route)
  • MSc Sports Performance Analysis
  • MSc Strength and Conditioning
  • MA Sport Pedagogy and Physical Education
  • PGCE Primary
  • PGCE Secondary Physical Education

*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.

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.’

‘Great real life experiences through placement.’

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 – or tel: 01243 793542

Course accreditations

Indicative modules

Year One

Questioning Sport and Exercise

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Evaluating Sport and Exercise

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Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology

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Introduction to Skill Acquisition

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Fundamentals of Human Physiology

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Introduction to Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology

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Muscles and Movement 1 and 2

This module aims to introduce students to the basic concepts of anatomy and biomechanics as they relate to human movement and performance in sport and exercise. Students 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.

Year Two

Developing and Monitoring Fitness for Performance and Health

In most cases, successful sporting performance is dependent on the physical development of participants to meet the demands of their activity. The aim of the module is to provide students with a grounding in the knowledge of planning physical fitness tests and fitness training programmes. Furthermore, the module aims to develop practitioners with the mentality to look for, and skills to find and evaluate, scientific evidence to support their practice.

Physics of Sailing Equipment and Environment

This double module aims to extend the students’ knowledge and practical skills in the application of engineering and biomechanics specific to sailing, with an emphasis on equipment and the environment. Students will build an understanding of the science underpinning technical factors affecting sailing performance. In the first instance students will be provided with the theoretical aspects of equipment and practical experiences on ways they can use technology to assess and evaluate sailing performance to gain improvements. Secondly, this module will provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the earth’s atmosphere, the principles underlying its behaviour and the effects of the environment on sailing performance.

Project Management

Project management has become increasingly an essential technique for managers in a variety of industries. What was once a technique only applied to large construction and engineering projects has become ubiquitous across all sectors of the economy to such an extent that many talk of the ‘projectification’ of society. In this module, the discipline of project management will be critically surveyed and students will apply project management techniques and concepts to plan a project in the area of public health.

Decision Making for Sailing Performance

One of the key sailing components of Olympic sailing performances is a sailor’s ability to build an accurate picture of the ever-changing environment (i.e., perceptual skills) and to make rational decisions under time-pressure and uncertainty (i.e., strategic and tactical skills) in order to execute the fastest route from one mark to the next while positioning to gain advantage on other boats. The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the unique demands of sailing performance, and specifically the skills that enable sailors to make accurate and logical decisions. The module will consider strategic and tactical decision making processes unique to sailing, and the psychological skills of decision making (self-awareness of optimal mindset, situational awareness, and emotional awareness, focus of attention/concentration, adaptability and resetting). The aim will be to provide students with the knowledge of how to train decision making in elite sailing.

Vocational qualifications available: Powerboat Level 2, Coaching (Sailing) Level 2, Gym Instructor, First Aid

Year Three

Extended Research Project

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Applied Performance Planning

The module content will include but is not limited to; the historical development of performance analysis systems, real-time versus lapsed time analysis systems, the development and implementation of bespoke analysis systems for different sports, systematic observation protocols, computerised performance analysis systems e.g. SportsCode, video capture, editing, formatting and review, the roles of the ‘Professional Performance Analyst’, performance profiling, motivational DVDs, time-motion analysis, information feedback and report generation, invited speaker series

Work Placement in Sport and Exercise Science (105 hours)

This module offers the student 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 the student’s needs, the programme of study they are taking and career aspirations.

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. 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.

Additional Costs

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Additional Costs