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BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science

  • UCAS Code:
    C605
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

This course covers a wide range of areas including physiology, psychology, biomechanics and nutrition to help you gain a comprehensive understanding of the impact of exercise on health. Everything is designed to help make you more employable, so you can expect to learn through practical experience; backing up the theory you will study through laboratory and field work.

You’ll also be able to make the most of our relationship with our partner AFC Bournemouth, with guest speakers and volunteering opportunities. You’ll also be able to attend conferences, workshops, field trips and industry visits to really bring your studies to life.

As well as engaging with guest speakers from the industry, local community stakeholders and elite sports clubs, you’ll also be able to use our sport performance laboratories to measure the impact that changes to a training regime can have. It’s here that you’ll begin to see how you as a coach can use that information to make real improvements to the performance of athletes or sports teams.

There are opportunities to work in this field all over the world, so you will also have the chance to broaden your horizons by studying abroad at one of our many partner institutions in Europe and the US.

As you’d expect from a course aimed at employability, you’ll also have the chance to undertake a work placement. This can be for either 6 or 30 weeks, and gives you the chance to make professional connections within the industry, as well as putting your learning into practice. That extends to your final assessment – if you want to, you can opt to undertake a research expedition instead of a dissertation. This will involve performing in-depth research on the needs and responses of people completing a UK-based endurance expedition.

Sport scholarships

If you’re passionate about sport and you’re a high-performing sport athlete with the desire to continue developing your talents whilst you’re studying, then have a look at our BU Sport Scholarships which are available to help support you financially. 

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2020, September 2021

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

3 year full-time with a 6-week work placement or 4 years full-time including a minimum 30- week work placement

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2020 entry: 112 - 128 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language, you will need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Contact hours and assessment 

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification. 

Download the programme specification (pdf 455kb)

Placements

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

The course includes a short 6-week work placement or a 30-week placement that will take place between your second and final year. You can even choose to undertake your placement abroad – giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

This course will suit applicants who have:

  • a strong interest in the science of sport and exercise
  • a clear interest in sport or exercise in your personal life, either through participating, coaching or supporting clubs and individuals in other ways.

Entry requirements

Careers

This degree will allow you to choose option units enabling you to tailor the degree to your chosen career path. This includes options to help you go into specific areas of sports science focusing on Physiology, Biomechanics, Psychology, Nutrition, Performance Analysis, Strength and Conditioning. The option units, and general skills learnt are transferable allowing you to move into related careers in teaching, coaching, personal training, sports leadership, entrepreneurship and many others.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.