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Sport and Exercise Science

BSc (Hons)

90% student satisfaction with teaching on the course

National Student Survey 2019

Outstanding facilities

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

Top 20 for Sports Science

Our courses placed in the UK top 20 in the Guardian League Tables 2020

UCAS code:
C601
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time, Stoke-on-Trent campus
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Duration:
3 Years
Start date:
14 September 2020
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You’ll use cutting-edge sport and exercise science to succeed in the industry, whether that’s maximising the performance of athletes or improving the health and wellbeing of the community.

In the first year of your degree you will cover the fundamental principles of sport and exercise science including exercise physiology, sport psychology, biomechanics, strength and conditioning, coaching and research/academic skills providing you with a broad foundation of understanding to further develop and build upon in years 2 and 3.

In year 2, you will have the option to complete this degree in one of two ways: You can either remain on the broad-based sport and exercise science course, or you can choose our optional pathway which will allow you to focus on the specialist area of strength and conditioning.

Whichever route you take through your sport and exercise science degree, upon completion, you will be ideally placed for graduate employment or postgraduate study.

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.

The BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science course is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise (BASES), although does not currently include the new strength and conditioning pathway.

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

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

Work placements

The Sport and Exercise Department works with local, regional and national employers alongside international university partners to provide students with placement and work experience opportunities both in the UK and abroad. In 2018/19 our students visited Nippon Sport Science University in Japan and we are currently planning this years’ trip to ILEPS in Paris.

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 Peak Condition service under the supervision of BASES-accredited staff. You will develop your interpersonal skills through working with real athletes and with individuals in a healthcare 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, strength and conditioning 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 and nutritional processes and mechanisms, as well as biomechanics and kinesiology. Students on our optional strength and conditioning pathway will also cover principles of strength and conditioning and performance lifestyle.

In addition to focusing on personal and professional development in sport and exercise (which allows you to do an independent project), Year 3 of our broad-based degree provides a choice of core and sports option modules to help tailor your expertise. Those students who have chosen to focus their interest on strength and conditioning will study specialised modules in this area.

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 Peak Condition service under the supervision of BASES-accredited staff. You will develop your interpersonal skills through working with real athletes and with individuals in a healthcare 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, strength and conditioning 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 and nutritional processes and mechanisms, as well as biomechanics and kinesiology. Students on our optional strength and conditioning pathway will also cover principles of strength and conditioning and performance lifestyle.

In addition to focusing on personal and professional development in sport and exercise (which allows you to do an independent project), Year 3 of our broad-based degree provides a choice of core and sports option modules to help tailor your expertise. Those students who have chosen to focus their interest on strength and conditioning will study specialised modules in this area.

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 12 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.

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 12 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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Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

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Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

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

All applicants are individually assessed.

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 48 points
  • A levels: A, DD, EEE
  • BTEC: PPP

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Careers

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

Teaching

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 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.

Assessment

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 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.

Feedback

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 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.

Staff

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.

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 course starting on 14 September 2020 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£14,000 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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