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BSc (Hons)
Sport and Exercise Science

Designed for those with a strong interest in sports, exercise and health, this course will prepare you with a thorough grounding in sports science. Graduates of this course will be qualified to pursue a range of careers in this field including support roles for athletes and teams, and self-employed personal trainers.

Qualification: BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: C600

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September

Is this course for me?

Are you interested in areas of sports science such as exercise physiology and psychology, or perhaps fitness instruction, nutrition and conditioning. This dynamic degree course covers all of this and more. You’ll look into areas like anatomy and kinanthropometry, and spend time studying biomechanics. We are looking for applicants who can demonstrate a deep interest in health and fitness, and also approach problems with a critical, but logical mind.

This course also has options that are aimed to give you a solid understanding of related areas of sports science such as performance analysis, exercise referral and sports injury and rehabilitation.

What this course will cover
You’ll study key modules in sports nutrition and performance analysis, as well as biomechanics and kinesiology. The broad range of areas you’ll cover ensures you get a taste of all areas of the sports science field gaining a thorough understanding along the way.

Throughout the degree programme you’ll benefit from a variety of guest lectures from industry practitioners, field trips and have the chance to attend sport and exercise science conferences.

Gain additional qualifications
During this course you will learn about the science behind sports performance, exercise and health. You’ll spend time working in the Human Performance Laboratory and have the opportunity to get your L2 Gym Instructor and L3 Exercise Referral Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) qualifications. These are embedded into the curriculum and are offered at no extra cost.

A well connected teaching staff
To assist your professional skills, teachers will involve you in their ongoing research and consultancy enabling you to network and take advantage of potential career related opportunities. These may include lab internships and placement opportunities within sport teams and organisations.

This programme of study is taught by practicing sport scientists accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) and the British Psychological Society (BPS).

We have strong links with a number of sports organisations, many of which sit on the University’s doorstep. These include the National Sports Centre at Bisham Abbey, home to several governing bodies of sport, and Stoke Mandeville Hospital, birthplace of the Paralympics.

You’ll have the opportunity to blend academic study with a professional sports environment. The University hosts the Reading Ladies Football Club Senior Academy and also the pro basketball team, Surrey United.

Hands-on work practice
In the third year, you’ll have the chance to develop and practice your acquired skills in the professional working environment. This is done as part of the Working With a Client module. However, existing links with nearby sport governing bodies also provide the potential for further work experience through part-time work during the holidays.

Human Performance Laboratory
Our Human Performance, Exercise and Wellbeing Centre includes an indoor three-lane running track that incorporates 3D motion-capture technology. This facility helps to enhance athletes’ performance through improved technique, and also assists with injury prevention and rehabilitation. The human performance laboratory is also equipped for assessing a range of physiological, biomechanical and psychological parameters. We are also the only university in the UK to focus on disability sport, an area of increasing importance.

Year One

  • Bioenergetics of Human Movement
  • Functional Anatomy and Kinanthropometry
  • Foundations of Exercise Physiology
  • Data Analysis in Sports and Exercise Science
  • Foundations of Biomechanics
  • Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Professional and Academic Skills for Sport

Year Two

  • Research in Sport and Exercise
  • Applied Exercise Physiology
  • Cognition and Emotion in Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Biomechanics and Kinesiology
  • Exercise Prescription and Instruction
  • Performance Analysis in Sport
  • Applied Sport and Performance Psychology
  • Applied Strength and Conditioning

Year Three

  • Contemporary Coaching Issues
  • Research Dissertation
  • Working with a Client
  • Professional Development & Employability
  • Professional Practice Issues in Sport Psychology
  • Sports Injury and Rehabilitation
  • Applied Performance Analysis in Sport
  • Exercise Referral

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 80-96. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Full-time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full-time International: £10,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details, visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Further information
Find out more about our fees and funding.
Find out more about our fees for international students.

Questions about fees?
Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit

What are my career prospects?

Having studied at Bucks, you will be associated with a university that has been a pioneer in sport-related studies for over 15 years. We have a strong reputation for our sport courses and as a graduate you’ll be able to make full use of our partnerships with public and private sector sport organisations both nationally and internationally. Previous graduates have gone on to work in strength and conditioning at the English Institute of Sport, as research assistants at international universities and a performance analysts with sports teams such as Watford Football Club.

When you finish this course you’ll have acquired the specific skills necessary to work in the fitness industry, health promotion and exercise referral initiatives. Graduates will also be well suited to careers in sports development and personal training. You may chose to go into sports science support for individual athletes or teams delivering fitness testing, strength and conditioning programmes.

Additionally, you will be able to take on a range of professional and postgraduate qualifications such as MSc Health Rehabilitation & Exercise, or the PGCE in Physical Education.

How will you help me prepare for my future?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employment pages to find out more.

I liked the way there were a lot of practical opportunities and how we could use the Human Performance Lab. We took activities outdoors and were not confined to sitting in a classroom all day.

Babajide Fatogun