• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2019 and February 2020

Course Overview

Please note this course is subject to revalidation.

Are you interested in sport and the science behind it? Do you aspire to help elite athletes perform to their highest potential? Or make your mark by tackling current health challenges such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes?

Accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists (BASES) our  BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degreecombines underlying scientific principles from the sport science disciplines of physiology, biomechanics, sports psychology and sports coaching with the highly practical skills, of the more contemporary sports science disciplines of strength and conditioning and performance analysis to help prepare you for a career within the field of sport and exercise science.

On this course you will:

  • Learn in state-of-the-art facilities, including our Human Performance Laboratory
  • Develop a critical understanding of the fundamental principles which underpin applied sport and exercise science.
  • Learn how to analyse and evaluate performance needs.
  • Design and deliver training interventions with the goals of improving health and wellbeing, optimising performance and minimising the likelihood of injury.
  • Be able to work with all levels, from the recreational exerciser to the elite athlete.
  • Have the chance to work in a range of applied settings including; local sports clubs and their athletes, in schools and in the wider community.

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.

Course Details

UCAS CODE: C600

In year one, you will study modules that introduce you to the various sports science sub-disciplines and lay the academic knowledge and practical skills foundations that will underpin later years. Your second-year builds upon the first year with more applied modules that advance your knowledge across all of the sport science sub-disciplines. During your third year you will have the choice to pick from a selection of sport science sub-discipline modules to allow you to develop more in-depth knowledge in areas of interest to you.

Enhancing your employability when you graduate you will also have the opportunity to practice in a professional working environment, with work placement opportunities available at several local sports clubs. Finally, to complement your studies, you will also be encouraged to prepare for BASES, accreditation upon graduation.

Throughout your course you'll learn through a range of methods including practical sessions, debates and observations, as well as formal lectures and interactive seminars. You'll have opportunities to work on small group projects which will help develop your problem-solving skills, and you'll also be encouraged to take part in independent learning, so you keep up to date with the latest research. Whatever your learning style, you will be assessed in a variety of ways, ensuring you're able to develop your skills in different areas.

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.

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

  • Bioenergetics of Human Movement
  • Functional Anatomy and Kinanthropometry
  • Foundations of Exercise Physiology
  • Data Analysis in Sport and Exercise
  • Foundations of Biomechanics
  • Professional and Academic Skills for Sport
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology: Emotions and Behaviour
  • Sports Psychology: Individual Differences and Group Dynamics

Year 2 Modules

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

Year 3 Modules

  • Contemporary Coaching Issues (optional)
  • Research Dissertation
  • Working with a Client
  • Professional Development and Employability (optional)
  • Professional Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology (optional)
  • Sports Injury and Rehabilitation (optional)
  • Applied Performance Analysis (optional)
  • Exercise Referral (optional)
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship (optional)
  • Skill Acquisition and Learning in Sport & Physical Education (optional)

Fees

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.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023
advice@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks

Employability

What are my career prospects

The field of sports science has a wide range of career opportunities in areas including sports science support, strength and conditioning, performance analysis, sports development, coaching, health and fitness teaching, postgraduate study and research.


The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.