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What makes Sport & Exercise Science at Worcester special?

As science plays an increasingly important role in sport, the opportunities to work in this field are growing rapidly. At Worcester, we have the facilities and specialist staff to help you make the most of these opportunities – everything we do is geared towards you becoming a skilled practitioner.

In our labs, you’ll practise essential procedures, guided by supportive lecturers. And your work placements will show how your studies apply directly to the real world. They’re also linked to the industry qualifications you’re likely to need in your career – whether you choose to specialise in physiology, biomechanics or psychology, or study these in combination.

Key features

  • Excellent facilities – including our Biomechanic Laboratories and Motion and Performance Centre – which you use every week for lectures and practical sessions
  • Lecturers who are trained practitioners in sport or exercise science, and still do the job in the community – they can show you tips and short-cuts you won’t find in any textbook
  • Guest lecturers, including Worcester Warriors Rugby Club Head Sports Scientist; Ross Dewar, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Worcestershire Cricket Club; and Steve Ingham, Jessica Ennis-Hill’s physiologist
  • Great playing facilities outdoor and indoor, including the University of Worcester Arena, an official Paralympic training venue and winner of the 2015 Guardian Buildings that Inspire Award
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“One of my favourite aspects of the degree was the practical application it had to both sports performance and healthy lifestyles; which led to in-depth theoretical understanding but also practical experience.”

Sarah Browne, Sport and Exercise Science BSc

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

112

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points including GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) may be required for some modules

Shortlisted applicants may be interviewed

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com   

The structure of the course is excellent, with discipline specific and multi-disciplinary modules - both of which are what employers look for in newly qualified sport and exercise scientists.

Helen Gravestock, Sport & Exercise Science BSc

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Introduction to the Scientific Study of Sport
  • Body and Mind in Sport and Exercise
  • Foundations of Human Movement

Optional

  • Physical Activity, Exercise and Health
  • Exercise Training and Prescription
  • Adapted Physical Activity, Sport and Disability
  • Optional modules offered by the Language Centre

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Contemporary Issues and Research in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Scientific Underpinnings of Sport Performance
  • Scientific Underpinnings of Physical Activity, Exercise and Health      

 

Optional

  • Motor Skill Progression
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Strength, Power and Speed
  • Scientific Analysis of Sports Disability Coaching
  • Optional modules offered by the Language Centre

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Independent Study
  • Work-Based Learning (Sport and Exercise Science Placement)

Optional

  • Limits to Human Performance
  • Consultancy in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Biomechanical Analysis of Sports Techniques
  • Physiological Support of the Elite Athlete
  • Physical Activity in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease
  • Advanced Sport Nutrition
  • Applied Performance Analysis

  • Case study

    Sarah Browne, Sport & Exercise Science BSc

    “My favourite aspect of the Sport and Exercise Science degree was the diversity of the course’s content. The wide range of modules gave me the opportunity to discover my favourite discipline of then create a pathway that enabled me to pursue my key interests. One of my favourite aspects of the degree was the practical application it had to both sports performance and healthy lifestyles; this enabled me to not only gain an in-depth theoretical understanding but also practical experience both in the laboratory and on the field. The members of staff within the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science made the transition to higher education easy, always providing support and guidance when needed whilst also facilitating an engaging classroom which I really enjoyed being a part of. I now plan to continue my studies at a postgraduate level in pursuit of my ambition to become a sports science practitioner in high performance sport.”

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.  A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and laboratory practicals.  Lectures will provide students with the fundamental knowledge and key concepts required for the degree.  Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures, and laboratory practicals are focused on developing subject specific skills and applied individual and group project work. You will study physiology, psychology and biomechanics, as well as modules that explore the way in which these disciplines interact to affect both sporting performance and health. We aim to provide a learning context that will explore the full potential of all participants and encourage excellence in both theory and practice.You will also gain a thorough grounding in the investigative and research techniques required in order to work effectively in this field.

The expertise of the staff includes sports coaching and teaching, match analysis, biomechanics, exercise physiology, sports motivation and sports development. Students may have opportunities to take part in research projects.In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

You use industry-standard software and have access to laboratory and computer facilities throughout the course.       

 

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 12 -16 contact hours of teaching.  The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study.

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • 1-2 hours of lead lectures
  • 2-3 hours of laboratory practicals or seminars      

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 24-48 hours of personal self-study per week.  Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics with research and consultancy experience, postgraduate students' laboratory technical staff and demonstrators.  In addition you can expect to receive sessions with guest lecturers who are currently engaged in Sport and Exercise science activities outside of the university.

Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and majority of course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Assessment

 The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.  Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as written essays and reports, written, oral and practical exams, oral and poster presentations and a final year independent studies project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1

  • 2 x 1 hour exam
  • 1 Practical exam
  • 3 Poster presentations
  • 2 Oral presentations
  • 5 Written assignments  

Year 2

  • 1 x 1.5 hour exam
  • 2 Practical exam
  • 2 Poster presentations ·
  • 3 Oral presentations ·
  • 6 Written assignments  

Year 3

  • 1 Poster presentations
  • 4 Oral presentations
  • 7 Written assignments
  • 1 Independent Study of 8000-10000 words

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

There are an increasing number of opportunities in the field of sport and exercise science, and this course prepares you for a wide range of careers.

Endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) the course is closely linked to the industry qualifications you’re likely to need in your career.

You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to gain coaching and industry qualifications alongside your degree. We give you the time, space and subsidies to choose from a huge range of nationally recognised courses.

Graduates have entered the following occupations: sport and exercise science support, fitness and health industry, sports coaching, sports development, police and armed forces. Alternatively, you may wish to continue to postgraduate study and other professional qualifications.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2018/19 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2018/19 will be £12,100 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2018/19 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses. In addition, you will need to cover the cost of travelling to and from approved workplaces and placements in order to meet the requirement that you spend no fewer than 600 hours in practice over the duration of the course.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £98 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £159 per week.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) C600 BSc/SES

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS CODE:

C600

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk  

Admissions tutor

Chris Hughes
01905 542159
c.hughes@worc.ac.uk