Sport and Exercise Sciences (BSc Hons)

Sport and Exercise Sciences

BSc (Hons)

A winning formula

Get career-ready on this flexible course that you can tailor to suit your interests. Areas of study include performance, nutrition and health and fitness.

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Game changers

Amazing experiences that will set you apart from the competition.

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Get first-hand clinical experience by working on our cardiac and stroke rehabilitation programmes, delivered on behalf of the NHS.

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This course is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Neil Grieg, Head of Medical at Brentford FC.

Make the most of our industry links on, placement and in the classroom. Neil Grieg, Head of Medical for Brentford FC, was recently a guest speaker.

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Our exceptional sports facilities are about to get even better.

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Learn from sports scientists at the top of their game

Prof. Mark de Ste Croix

Mark de Ste Croix

Professor of Paediatric Sport and Exercise

"My interests lie in paediatric sport and exercise, with an emphasis on injury prevention. Predominantly I've worked with football clubs, to identify injury risk in academy players and provide advice on recovery strategies and screening techniques.

We've been working with Athletic Bilbao for a number of years; last year they approached us to look at an increase in injuries in their youth academy players, so we went for a week to do testing.

We've also started a project with the England and Wales Cricket Board looking at back injuries in youth fast bowlers. For every project we'll always put forward as many students as we can so they get a practical taste of the professional world."

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Course outline

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.

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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

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Scientific enquiry and critical thinking' to 'Sports Injuries'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

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.


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

Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


3 Years (Full-Time)
4 Years (Integrated Foundation Stage)


Oxstalls, Gloucester

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

120 tariff points

Not enough tariff points? This course is available with an integrated foundation stage to help you prepare.

Typical offers

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

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.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/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 contact our admissions team if you have a question.

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UCAS Codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BSc (Hons) - 3 years full-timeC600
BSc (Hons) - 4 years integrated foundation stageC616

School of Sport and Exercise

Our School of Sport and Exercise degrees are based in our new international-standard sports arena and state-of-the-art labs. You'll be challenged and supported by experienced coaches, therapists and scientists, building strong skills for employability and for lifelong learning.

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