• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe | Uxbridge | Aylesbury
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2021

Course Overview

This course is offered as a four year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. 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?

Our  BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degree is endorsed by the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences and combines 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


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.

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?

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to admissions@bucks.ac.uk

Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

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

  • Introduction to Coaching Theory and Practice
  • Introduction to Health Physiology
  • Human Anatomy
  • Foundations of Exercise Physiology
  • Data Analysis of Sports and Exercise Science
  • Foundations of Biomechanics
  • Foundations of Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Fundamentals of Strength and Conditioning

Year 2 Modules

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

Year 3 Modules

  • Contemporary Coaching Issues (optional)
  • Research Dissertation
  • Clinical Biomechanics (optional)
  • Training and Periodization in Physiology and Nutrition (optional)
  • Professional Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology (optional)
  • Sports Injury and Rehabilitation
  • Exercise Referral
  • Sports Science in Practice
  • Skill Acquisition and Learning in Sport


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, Academic Year 2021-2022: £13,750 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

How do I apply?

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


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!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

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

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