This course is offered as a four year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. You may also be interested in our three year BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science course.
The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.
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.
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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?
If you do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year programme, or do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, this four-year programme including a Foundation Year could be for you.
You’ll need to hold GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above, and will usually have achieved a minimum of 90 credits from a Level 3 qualification such as A Levels or BTECs.
International students should hold an IELTS of 5.5 (minimum of 5 in all areas).
Applicants will also be invited to attend an interview.
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:
Foundation Year Modules
- Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity
- Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility
- Inquiry and Research Skills
- Introduction to Sport Development and Performance
Year 1 Modules
- Sports Psychology: Individual Differences and Group Dynamics
- Foundations of Exercise Physiology
- Bioenergetics of Human Movement
- Professional and Academic Skills for Sport
- Sport and Exercise Psychology: Emotions and Behaviour
- Data Analysis in Sport and Exercise
- Foundations of Biomechanics
- Functional Anatomy and Kinanthropometry
Year 2 Modules
- Applied Strength and Conditioning (optional)
- Research in Sport and Exercise
- Cognition and Emotion in Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Sports Nutrition (optional)
- Performance Analysis (optional)
- Applied Sport and Performance Psychology (optional)
- Applied Exercise Physiology
- Coaching and Athlete Development (optional)
- Biomechanics and Kinesiology
- Exercise Prescription and Instruction
Year 3 Modules
- Small Business and Entrepreneurship (optional)
- Skill Acquisition and Learning in Sport & Physical Education (optional)
- Contemporary Coaching Issues (optional)
- Research Dissertation
- Working with a Client
- Professional Development and Employability (optional)
- Applied Performance Analysis (optional)
- Exercise Referral (optional)
- Professional Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology (optional)
- Sports Injury and Rehabilitation (optional)
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £9,250 per year
Full Time International, Academic Year 2020-2021: £12,500 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.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks