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Sport and Exercise Science

BSc (Hons)

100% student satisfaction

National Student Survey 2018

Outstanding facilities

You'll learn in our Peak Condition Clinic and Biomechanics Facilities

Top 10 for Sports Science

Our courses placed in the UK top 10 in the Guardian league tables 2019

UCAS code:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Mode of study:
3 Years
Academic year:
09 September 2019 - 19 June 2020
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In this degree, cutting-edge sport and exercise science will be used to get the best out of an individual whether they're an athlete who wants to maximise their sports performance or someone who wishes to improve their health.

This course is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise (BASES).

Working in sport, and within a healthcare context, you'll use our first-class facilities for analysing sporting performance – and you'll develop a critical understanding of key areas in sport and exercise science, such as physiology, psychology, and biomechanics.

We’ve invested over half a million pounds on updating and building new sport and exercise laboratories, to provide state-of-the-art facilities for your learning.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Sciences

Course content

Throughout this course, your practical skills will be developed by working in both laboratory and field settings, and by using our first-class facilities to plan, design and carry out analysis and interpretation of human performance.

There will also be the opportunity to work in our student-led clinic, under the supervision of BASES-accredited staff. You will develop your interpersonal skills through working with real athletes and with individuals in a health care context or community setting – all so that you can communicate eloquently, both verbally and in writing.

Year 1 will begin by developing your research skills in sport and exercise. We’ll introduce physiology biomechanics and nutrition, the psychology of sport and exercise, and look at coaching and teaching in sport.

Year 2 topics include research and graduate employability in sport and exercise, advanced sport and exercise psychology, physiological assessment and intervention, as well as biomechanics and kinesiology.

In addition to focusing on personal and professional development in sport and exercise (which allows you to do an independent project), Year 3 provides a choice of core and sports option modules to help tailor your expertise, such as nutrition, personal training, stress, emotion and sports performance, business and enterprise, sports coaching, drugs in sport, as well as sport and exercise physiology for health & fitness, the psychology of competitive performance and applied biomechanics and kinesiology.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

Professional body accreditation

Recognised by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) for the purposes of endorsement by the BASES Undergraduate Endorsement Scheme (BUES).

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This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2019/2020 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2019-2020 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Developing Research Skills in Sport and Exercise
Academic and Employability Skills in Sport and Exercise
Fundamentals of Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics
Fundamentals of Nutrition and Metabolism
Coaching and Teaching in Sport
Fundamentals of Psychology of Sport and Exercise
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Year 2 compulsory modules
Research and Graduate Employability in Sport and Exercise
Physiological and Nutritional Processes and Mechanisms
Advanced Sport and Exercise Psychology
Biomechanics and Kinesiology
Year 3 compulsory modules
Personal and Professional Development in Sport and Exercise
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Entry requirements

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 112. plus grade C or above in Maths GCSE
  • A Level: BBC

All applicants are individually assessed.



You will be provided with opportunities to prepare you for employment.

Graduates from our Sport and Exercise Science degree have gone on to be:

  • Sports scientists (sports psychologists, exercise physiologists, and biomechanists) working with professional clubs and athletes
  • Healthcare and exercise professionals working with GP referrals and in rehabilitation
  • Personal trainers working with recreational athletes
  • Entrepreneurs in sport and leisure, setting up their own companies
  • Cardiac physiologists in NHS settings

Others have continued their studies to Masters or PhD level.

Teaching and assessment


You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course.


You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.


You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.


You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Jacky Forsyth
Dr Jacky Forsyth Senior Lecturer

Dr Jacky Forsyth is a Senior Lecturer in exercise physiology. She conducts a wide range of leading research around women in sport and exercise, and specialises in the relationship between ovarian hormones, exercise and health.

Her research into the differences in fat oxidation between males and females after high intensity interval exercise was used in the BBC One documentary, The Truth about Fat.

Through her work at Staffordshire University and beyond, Jacky wants to inspire more females to work and study in sport and exercise, and tailors her teaching to ensure all her students are 100% work ready when they leave.

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For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BSc (Hons)
09 September 2019

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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