• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe Campus
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2018

Course Overview

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.

Course Details

UCAS CODE: C600

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

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.

Teaching and Learning

Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning.

Structured learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials and other time-tabled sessions. The amount of time set aside for each activity (‘contact hours’) is set out in individual module descriptors and so will vary depending on the modules you take. When you are not attending structured learning and teaching activities you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, using the library, preparing for seminars, and completing coursework assignments.

The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.

Overall workload

Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.

Year 1: 26 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 306 hours
Independent learning: 894 hours

Year 2: 28 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 338 hours
Independent learning: 862 hours

Year 3: 28 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 335 hours
Independent learning: 865 hours

Assessment

You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.

Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.

Balance of assessment

The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose.

Year 1

60 percent coursework 30 percent written exams 10 percent practical

Year 2

65 percent coursework 15 percent written exams 20 percent practical

Year 3

85 percent coursework 0 percent written exams 15 percent practical

Feedback

You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.

Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.

What are the course 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.

Course Modules

Module Map

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
  • Bioenergetics of Human Movement
  • Data Analysis in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Foundations of Biomechanics
  • Foundations of Exercise Physiology (optional)
  • Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Functional Anatomy and Kinanthropometry

Year 2 Modules

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

Year 3 Modules

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

Fees

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.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.

For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020
student.centre@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow

Employability

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 choose 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 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.