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


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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 years Full Time

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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

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. Bespoke modules include Physics of Sailing in Year Two and you will be taught this by Mark Rushall who is part of the British Sailing Team coaching staff. In Year Three you look at Applied Performance Planning. This is where you will look at the cycles of athletes and competition. There is also a work placement module and there are opportunities to work alongside the British Sailing Team sports science staff and the English Institute of Sport staff who support them. It's a great place to get contacts and experience.

You'll also be taught by readers and professors from the highest level within their areas. There will be lots of practical sessions, small group seminars and one-to-one tutorials for pastoral care and academic content. The tutorials can be booked as often as you like.

Real-life experience is key so you will be learning from our staff experience, as well as athletes.

We support athletes who compete at a regional, national or international level through our Gifted Athlete Scholarship Programme

There is also the option to study abroad in Europe, the US, or Canada 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.


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

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 

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


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, 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

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.

Children and Youth Sport

This module aims to give you an overview of a number of issues related to coaching children in sport and/or providing sports opportunities for them. The module examines the development of the young performer from a multidisciplinary perspective and aims to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge through appropriate assignments. 

Cognitive Psychology for Sport Performance in Sailing

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. 

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.  

Physics of Sailing

This module aims to extend your knowledge and practical skills in the application of engineering and biomechanics specific to sailing, with an emphasis on equipment and the environment. You will build an understanding of the science underpinning technical factors affecting sailing performance. In the first instance, you will be provided with the theoretical aspects of equipment and practical experiences on ways you can use technology to assess and evaluate sailing performance to gain improvements. 

Applied Meteorology

Many students can organise outdoor and adventure activities in simple contexts but few have the ability to do so in light of complex environmental factors. This module aims to provide you with a basic knowledge of the earth’s atmosphere, the principles underlying its behaviour, and the effects of weather on adventure environments. There is also the opportunity to develop your pedagogical decision-making process in outdoor and adventure environments.

Optional modules:

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.

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. 

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

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

Core modules:

Extended Research Project (Performance Sailing)

The research project provides an opportunity to apply appropriate knowledge, concepts, techniques, and research methods of Sport and Exercise Sciences to an extensive and in-depth study of a particular question or problem related to sport or exercise science. This module aims to foster a detailed understanding of the processes to undertake a significant research project and marks the culmination of your learning experience. The study will enable you to produce a written research report. 

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.

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.

Applied Performance Planning

An opportunity to show-case the skills you have developed throughout the programme of study to date. The aim is to develop and execute a performance plan that outlines the specifics of a sailing campaign. You are expected to develop the plan using What it Takes to Win (WITTW) and ‘performance backward’ planning techniques, identify a time bound plan for execution, include the structure for periodic review processes, and define milestone markers for assessing progression. 

Optional modules:

Applied Sport Psychology: Delivering 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.  

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.

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. 

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. 

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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.

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