If you can see yourself helping athletes to unlock their full potential, then this BASES-endorsed programme is for you! You will explore the factors limiting sports performance, and develop strategies to overcome these limitations and break through performance plateaus. The best Sport and Exercise Scientists have learnt that this is only half the battle; to be successful you need to master the art of providing feedback, support and advice in a way that is beneficial and easy to understand for athletes and coaches. These skills are developed with experience and this programme will help you become a reflective practitioner. We will also provide you with opportunities to network with industry professionals, experiencing first-hand the highs and lows of working in performance sport.
What will this course 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.
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
UCAS CODE: C600
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.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will be a UCAS Tariff score of 80. 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.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.
Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Year 1 Modules
- Professional and Academic Skills for Sport
- Sports Psychology: Individual Differences and Group Dynamics
- Foundations of Exercise Physiology
- Data Analysis in Sport and Exercise
- Foundations of Biomechanics
- Bioenergetics of Human Movement
- Sports and Exercise Psychology: Emotions and Behaviour
- Functional Anatomy and Kinanthropometry
Year 2 Modules
- Research in Sport and Exercise
- Applied Strength and Conditioning (optional)
- Applied Exercise Physiology
- Applied Sport & Performance Psychology (optional)
- Coaching and Athlete Development (optional)
- Biomechanics and Kinesiology
- Cognition & Emotion in Sport & Exercise Psychology
- Exercise Prescription and Instruction
- Performance Analysis (optional)
- Sports Nutrition (optional)
Year 3 Modules
- Professional Development and Employability (optional)
- Research Dissertation
- Small Business and Entrepreneurship (optional)
- Skill Acquisition and Learning in Sport & Physical Education (optional)
- Applied Performance Analysis (optional)
- Contemporary Coaching Issues (optional)
- Exercise Referral (optional)
- Professional Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology (optional)
- Sports Injury and Rehabilitation (optional)
- Working With a Client
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU, September 2019: £9,250 per year
Full Time International, September 2019: £12,000 per year
Full Time Home and EU, February 2020: £9,250 per year
Full Time International, February 2020: £12,000 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.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks