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Study a highly-practical sport and exercise science degree with dedicated pathways that fit your interests

C604
3 years full-time
Bishop Otter Campus

15th

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1. Complete University Guide Subject League Table 2021

Top 30

UK University

2. Guardian University Guide 2022

14th

for teaching quality

3. Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Overview

Explore the scientific foundations of sporting and exercise performance

If you love the science of the human body and want a highly-practical degree in sport and exercise science, then we have the course for you.

Endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), and Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), this course provides the scientific theory and practical skills required to work as a sport and exercise scientist or health and exercise practitioner.

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Choose your pathway

Within our sport and exercise science degree, you will learn how to support individuals and teams towards achieving their optimal performance whether that is in a sport, occupational or health setting.

CIMSPA professional standards (Gym Instruction, Personal Training, Health Navigator and Long-Term Conditions) are embedded throughout year 2 and year 3 within a range of optional modules.

This degree gives you the chance to work with experts in state-of-the-art facilities to develop your specialism of choice, as you choose between a degree that focuses on Sport Performance or Physical Activity for Health.

Our course structure means that you will explore the foundations of sport and exercise science before tailoring and personalising your degree to either a Sport Performance (SP) or Physical Activity for Health (PAH) route.

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

The success of any high-performance athlete is dependent on having a skilled and knowledgeable team of sports scientists behind them.

Our BASES-endorsed sport performance 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.

With a practical-based modular approach, you will learn from expert professionals and internationally renowned researchers

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

This pathway is for you if you want to help make people healthier through lifestyle change. Only 63% of adults and 47% of children meet the government’s physical activity recommendations (Active Lives Survey), with lower activity levels contributing to an increase in chronic disease.

This BASES-endorsed option is specifically designed to develop scientific knowledge and practical competencies in biomechanics, physiology and psychology, with application to health, exercise, and wellbeing.

In addition, you will gain CIMSPA professional competencies in Gym-Instruction, Personal Training, Health Navigator and Long-Term Conditions.

Both pathways are recognised education partners of CIMPSA

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The Course

Learn the scientific theory and practical skills required to work as a sport scientist

In your first year, 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.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

Questioning Sport, Exercise and Health

You will be introduced to study skills for higher education  and discover the philosophical underpinnings of research in the sport and health sciences. You will also be introduced to qualitative research methods.

Evaluating Sport, Exercise and Health

This module will use a sport, exercise and health science context to develop study and research skills through practical application. You will be introduced to simple methods of quantitative research and data analysis together with the rational for those methods. You will experience a wide range of learning modalities to develop your study skills including: practical data collection, computer laboratories, group seminars and group and individual tutorials.

Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology

Sport and exercise contexts provide a fascinating and complex opportunity to investigate the psychology of human affect, cognition and behaviour. This module aims to introduce you to diverse areas of psychology in the context of sport performance, exercise, and well-being.

Introduction to Skill Acquisition

This module explores the psychological factors that affect the learning and performance of skills in sport. You are introduced to selected theories of performance and learning and the strengths and weaknesses of these theories are examined. Research findings will be used to help you make the connections to your responsibilities as sports coaches.

Fundamentals of Human Physiology

This module will allow you to examine how key systems such as the musculoskeletal system, the cardio-vascular 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

This module serves as an introduction to the basic concepts of anatomy and biomechanics as they relate to human movement and performance in sport and exercise. You will be shown how such concepts can be practically investigated and will illustrate the integrative nature of anatomy and biomechanics.

Muscles and Movement – Causes of Motion

This module introduces you 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.

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. This module is aligned to the CIMSPA professional standards for Gym Instructor and Personal Training.

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

This module explores the relationship of physical activity and sedentary behaviour with both the development and control of non-communicable diseases (NCD). You will examine 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. This module is aligned to the CIMSPA professional standards Health Navigator and Long-Term Conditions.

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.

Project Management (Sport)

This module is 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.

Stress, Coping and Emotions

This module aims to examine the demands (i.e. stressors) of sport and how these are experienced by athletes, the appraisals and coping strategies employed by athletes when experiencing these stressors, and 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.

Sport 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.

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

More information on this module will be available soon. 

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 consider how this 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

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 & 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 Limitation 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

This module will introduce you 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.

Stress, Coping and Emotions

This module aims to examine the demands (i.e. stressors) of sport and how these are experienced by athletes, the appraisals and coping strategies employed by athletes when experiencing these stressors, and 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. This module is aligned to the CIMSPA professional standards for Gym Instructor and Personal Training.

Performance Analysis in Sport

The analysis undertaken could relate to technical, tactical and/or physical aspects of performance.. 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

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.

Dissertation

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

This 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.

Health And Well-Being Clinic

This module provides 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.

Advanced Research In Sport And Exercise

This module accesses sections of the provision for MSc students and so begins to move you towards postgraduate level thinking. You will work alongside MSc students to access sections of work at the appropriate level. Assignments will reflect that the module is in Year Three but will take an applied approach to promote independent use and evaluation of research methods and statistics.

Work Placement In Sport & Exercise Science

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.

Nutritional Strategies For Sport Performance

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.

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, recovery, 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

The module will introduce you to the fundamental principles and techniques of biomechanics. You will learn how to apply these within a teaching context and understand how it affects the pupils you teach.

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.

Dissertation

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.

Biomechanical Techniques

The module will introduce you to the fundamental principles and techniques of biomechanics. You will learn how to apply these within a teaching context and understand how it affects the pupils you teach.

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. This module provides 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.

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.

Nutritional Strategies For Sport Performance

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.

Work Placement In Sport & Exercise Science

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.

Physiological Monitoring Of Training And Performance

The module covers the key aspects of monitoring training and performance. The importance of operating within an ethical framework, incorporating issues such as confidentiality and consent will be at the heart of your studies.

Training Strategies For Sport Performance

This module aims to develop knowledge of the nature of physiological adaptation in response to exercise training, whilst addressing the concepts of overload, specificity, progression and reversibility. Athletic training will be discussed within theoretical and practical contexts.

Experience

Discover world-class sporting facilities to support your learning

Teaching and Assessment

Innovative teaching methods that focus on evidence-based practice

Teaching

Our team of Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, Readers and Professors ensure innovation, enthusiasm and expertise combine to deliver the excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation.

When you come to Chichester, you will join a community of students and staff working in partnership to ensure that your learning experience reflects best practice and embraces the opportunities presented by new, interactive technologies.

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.

Assessment

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.

Placement Opportunities

Utilise our extensive professional networks to support your learning

In the final year there is the option to complete a placement which will allow you to apply theory and knowledge in a sport, exercise or health setting of your choice.

This placement will give you the opportunity to further develop transferable skills which will make you more employable.

You will also have the opportunity to pursue your own placement option. Students are ultimately responsible for finding their own placement, however we have a dedicated placement coordinator who is available to assist students and has a network of contacts within the sector.

Study Abroad

Explore the opportunity to study part of your course abroad

As a student at the University of Chichester, you can explore opportunities to study abroad during your studies as you enrich and broaden your educational experiences.

Students who have undertaken this in the past have found it to be an amazing experience to broaden their horizons, a great opportunity to meet new people, undertake further travelling and to immerse themselves within a new culture.

You will be fully supported throughout the process to help find the right destination institution for you and your course. We can take you through everything that you will need to consider, from visas to financial support, to help ensure that you can get the best out of your time studying abroad.

Careers

Acquire the skills and knowledge required to gain employment within the sports, exercise or health sectors

A degree in sport and exercise science offers students the chance to start their career in a sector that is going from strength to strength.

We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market.

With a practical-based modular approach, you have the choice and flexibility to tailor your course to your interests, learning from internationally renowned researchers and practitioners.

We firmly believe that this approach will help you stand out in the competitive employment market, with the potential of pursuing a career with the English Institute of Sport, national governing bodies, professional clubs, the NHS, private health care sector, community practitioners, or further study at master’s level or PGCE.

Typical careers include:

  • Health and Exercise Practitioner
  • Athletic trainer
  • Sports psychologist
  • Sports science support personnel
  • Sports equipment consultant
  • Health promotion
  • Clinical Exercise Scientist
  • Public Health
  • Exercise prescription on GP referral schemes
  • Human Performance Scientist

Further study

We offer 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.

University of Chichester alumni who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.

Student View

"Lecturers are always available to help and answer questions and their open door policy provides a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere"

Chichester graduate Danielle in Oval Invincibles uniform ahead of the 2021 Hundred cricket competition

Danielle

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science graduate and women's cricket player
"My University experience has been unforgettable. I have received an enormous amount of support academically, and in terms of being able to pursue my cricket career. The practical side of the course provides a great applied angle, which I don’t feel would be as big a part of the degree at bigger Universities. The smaller classes benefit you as an individual, allowing you to be more hands on than would be possible in larger classes. I’ve connected with my lecturers and fellow students on a more personal level, making it easier to develop working relationships, and get the most out of my degree using their experiences and knowledge. I have formed lifelong friendships and created unbelievable memories along the way."

Andy

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science graduate
"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."

Mark

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Physical Activity for Health) graduate and now a Senior Cardiac Physiologist
“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.”

Megan

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Physical Activity for Health) graduate and PGCE PE graduate, now working a teacher
“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.”

Dev

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Sport Performance) graduate and now Performance Analyst for the Lawn Tennis Association
"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."

Amy

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Sport Performance) graduate and Help for Heroes Performance Pathway Scientist
"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."

Course Costs

Course fees 2022/23

UK fee
£9,250
International fee
£14,500

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

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

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Entry Requirements

UCAS
112-120
tariff points.
A Levels
BBB - BBC
including a science - PE accepted at grade C or above.
BTEC
DMM - MMM
including Sports Science.
GCSEs
C/4
or better in both English Language, Science and Maths.
IELTS
6.0 overall
with no element lower than 5.5
IB
28 points
Access to HE Diploma
Pass
with at least 12 credits worth of science units at Merit.

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When does this course start?

This course starts in September 2022.

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