Sport and Exercise Sciences (BSc Hons)


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3 Years (Full-Time)


Oxstalls, Gloucester

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Understand the science of human performance in sport and exercise. The degree offers flexibility with module choices and the opportunity to pursue one or a mix of three specialist pathways; sports performance, exercise and health and nutrition.

You’ll learn from a team of practising professionals, either accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), chartered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) or registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). They are at the forefront of global research, with 71% of our sport and exercise research achieving internationally excellent or world-leading in the REF 2014.

Students develop skills through placements with professional teams and individuals undertaking challenging outdoor expeditions. They support training phases by measuring VO2max and lactate threshold testing, and work with coaches and athletes to individualise training programmes for maximum performance. Students could also experience clinical work placements or work as part of cardiac rehabilitation programmes. In these placements they would work in the community to support improved health and disease prevention programmes. This is a growing employment area.

All three pathways include the study of biomechanics, physiology and psychology. Key themes include exploring the body’s physiological adaptation to exercise, understanding the mechanics of movement and how they influence performance, and examining the psychological aspects of performance and health.

You’ll develop advanced skills in scientific research methods, undertaking a research project in your final year in an area that interests you. You’ll learn in fully equipped sports science, physiology and biomechanics labs and suites – frequently used by professional teams and athletes – including an environmental chamber, CV exercise stations, online CPX gas analysis, eye-tracking technology, hematology lab, lung function and spirometry equipment. You can see these facilities at our open day.

Study style

Interactive lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and e-learning materials make up the course.  Your assignments may include coursework, presentations, case studies, laboratory work, group debates and exams.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course. Some modules are compulsory, but in some cases you can also choose modules which interest you from outside your core area of study.

Entry requirements

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If you do not meet the entry requirements specified in the box below, please give us a call on 03330 432 414 as we may be able to help or offer you a place on a similar course.

Tariff information for 2018 entry*

120 tariff points

Typical offers

BBB at A levels, DDM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2018 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country. If you do not meet the academic and English language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO University of Gloucestershire, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree. INTO University of Gloucestershire is based at our Park campus and offers a range of courses including International Foundation Business, Hospitality and Tourism.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

* Subject to satisfactory DBS disclosure


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BSc (Hons) - 3 years full-timeC600


  • Applied sport scientist
  • Exercise referral specialist
  • Performance analyst
  • Lab technician/director

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Student Focus

Harri Cizmic

I’m head of strength and conditioning at Bromley Tennis Centre. I create training programmes to prepare young athletes for professional sport.

I had fantastic academic tutors at university. I played rugby with the Men’s Rugby Union. It was fantastic. My lecturers related my learning to real rugby challenges. I took a module called Physiology of Training. I realised that working with athletes of any ability would be a rewarding and stimulating career choice. I did a placement with the university’s sports and exercise science department. This experience was essential for getting my job.

Industry links

Gain industry experience through a work placement. Students have worked with organisations such as Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, Bristol Rugby, Swindon Town Football Club and British Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation. They have also undertaken laboratory and research roles across university departments.

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Staff Profile

John K Parker

“I played and coached professional golf extensively before moving into education, and as a lecturer I’ve enjoyed being able to contribute to sport psychology literature on areas related to golf and mental practice. I’ve also worked on a number of projects investigating how certain individual variables influence performance in sport. For example, I’ve recently completed a collaborative project for the British Milers Club, looking at the relationship between middle distance running times and an athlete’s perceptions of pain.”

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Internationally-excellent and world-leading research (REF 2014)

Our sport and exercise research is at the forefront of developments in the sector. This expertise ensures that you are at the forefront of sports and exercise science knowledge and that you develop high-quality research method and data analysis techniques.

Gain valuable industry experience

Gain insights into the career you want to move into through a carefully chosen work placement. Students have worked at clubs such as Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, Bristol Rugby, Swindon and Cheltenham Town football clubs, as well as across university departments.

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Tailor your studies to follow your area of interest

With three specialist pathways – sports performance, fitness and exercise, and nutrition – you can tailor your studies to suit your interests and career goals. You will also be able to choose a mix from each pathway if you want to explore a breadth of sport and exercise science topics.

BASES - The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences - Endorsed Course.