If you are interested in pursuing a career where you can combine a passion for sport, physical activity and exercise with a commitment to promoting health through science then this degree could be for you. Discover an applied understanding of sport, health and exercise sciences. You will gain hands-on experience in real world settings. You will learn how sport, physical activity and exercise can be used to prevent, manage and treat various physical and mental health conditions. And you will also explore the use of technology and data analytics in supporting health promotion, behaviour change, and encouraging people to be physically active.
Sandwich year option available
Work placement opportunity
International students can apply
What you'll study
In Year 1 you will be introduced to the key scientific principles which underpin the interdisciplinary study of sport, physical activity, exercise and health promotion. You will also develop an understanding of the fundamentals of the psychological, sociological, physiological, and biomechanical approaches to the study of health.
Example modules for Year 1 include:
Introduction to Sport, Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyle
Fundamentals of Sport & Exercise Psychology
Fundamentals of Sport & Exercise Biomechanics
Introduction to Critical Thinking for Sports Research
In Year 2 you will develop an applied understanding of scientific approaches to health promotion and behaviour change, and how sport, physical activity and exercise can be used to prevent, treat and manage various health conditions.
Example modules for Year 2 include:
Managing Health Behaviour Change Through Sport and Physical Activity
Scientific Principles of Exercise and Health
In Year 3 you will learn how to design, deliver and evaluate health-based programmes which use sport, physical activity and exercise to promote in various settings, including community and professional sports organisations, schools, and primary and secondary care. You will also gain valuable experience of using technology and data analytics to promote health and wellbeing.
Example modules for Year 3 include:
Managing Health-Based Programmes in Sport and Physical Activity
Applied Clinical Exercise Physiology
Professional Practice and Work Placement
Where your course includes optional modules, these are to provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.
How you'll study
The degree takes a hands-on approach, with practical experience in our purpose-built and well-equipped biomechanics, physiology and psychology laboratories. You will also have lectures, small group seminars, tutorials, workshops, taught practical sessions and ICT based learning.
How you'll be assessed
You will be assessed through practical workshops, essays, presentations and lab reports. We use formal written examinations from time to time but they never account for more than 50% of the marks for any module.
Who will be teaching you
Edge Hill University Sport, Health & Exercise Science team are highly experienced and enthusiastic with a real commitment to teaching sport and exercise sciences. Dynamic, friendly and supportive of your individual needs, staff are also actively involved in research and consultancy projects that influence the development of sport and exercise science and which directly feed into your degree.
Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points achieved through A Levels, BTEC, International Baccalaureate, Access Diploma, T Level, or Irish Leaving Certificate.
Preferably to include relevant sports and science-related subjects such as physical education, psychology, sociology, and health and social care.
|BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications)
|Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
|Overall grade of Merit.
|International Baccalaureate (IB)
|We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.
|Access to Higher Education Diploma
|45 credits at Level 3, for example 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.
Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.
If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.
English language requirements
International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.
If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.
How to apply
Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.
If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.Discover our accommodation
Based in the Wilson Centre, the Department of Sport and Physical Activity places a strong emphasis on practical work underpinned by outstanding facilities. There are dedicated laboratories in performance analysis, biomechanics, physiology, psychology, musculoskeletal, biochemistry, vision analysis, sleep, exercise and performance, and functional rehabilitation, as well as a sports therapy clinic.
Extensive use is also made of the on-campus leisure facilities which include top-of-the-range 3G football and rugby pitches, hockey pitches, tennis courts, competition-standard athletics track and an athletics field. Our sports centre boasts a 25-metre swimming pool, double sports hall for badminton, basketball, netball and squash, a 100-station fitness suite, aerobics studio and a health suite with sauna and steam rooms.
Where you'll study
The tuition fees for the academic year 2025/26 have not been confirmed yet. This page will be updated with further information when it is available.
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.
Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.
Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.
Your future career
This degree will prepare you for a wide range of careers in sport, physical activity and exercise, as well as the health and care sectors. These include roles in physical and mental health promotion, whether in communities and schools, or professional sports settings.
The course will also prepare you for work in primary and secondary care settings, including through physical activity and exercise promotion as part of multi-disciplinary teams alongside other health professionals.
Our students also have the opportunity to continue onto postgraduate study. And many train to become teachers with a PGCE in primary, secondary in physical education, or within further education.