BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

  • Study Abroad Option Available
  • Sandwich Year Option Available
  • International Students Can Apply
  • Professional Practice Placements
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Overview

UCAS Code:C602
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2016, September 2017
Department:Department of Sport and Physical Activity
Location:Edge Hill University

Please note, this programme is closed for September 2016 entry.

  • Gain a qualification endorsed by BASES – The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences – providing you with an advantage in the job market;
  • Discover the science behind sport and exercise and how to devise your own training programmes;
  • Have the opportunity to study a specialised pathway developing key vocational skills.

This degree is for those who want to explore the sciences that underpin sports and exercise performance, including sport and exercise biomechanics, physiology and psychology. The programme takes a multidisciplinary and applied approach to the study of sport and exercise, with the opportunity to follow a generic pathway or specialise in Applied Sports Science, Exercise and Health, or Nutrition. Professional practice is a key learning feature of this degree.

On successful completion of the programme, your final award will reflect your choice of pathway. You will graduate with one of the following award titles:

  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Applied Sports Science)
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Exercise and Health)
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Nutrition)
Department of Sport and Physical Activity

Course in Depth

What will I study?

Year 1 gives you a solid grounding in the disciplines relating to sport and exercise science. It will develop fundamental knowledge and skills in subject areas such as physiology and nutrition, biomechanics, psychology, high performance sport, as well as physical activity, exercise and health.

In Years 2 and 3, you have the opportunity to join a specialised pathway in Applied Sports Science, Exercise and Health or Nutrition. These pathways have been designed with specific careers in mind upon graduation. The Applied Sports Science pathway focuses on high performance sport, the Exercise and Health pathway focuses on the link between exercise and health status, whilst the Nutrition pathway considers the application of nutrition to both sport and exercise.

In addition to the specialist optional modules, you will also enhance your knowledge of key themes, such as sport and exercise physiology, biomechanics and psychology in Year 2, whilst in Year 3 you will undertake a dissertation and a work placement.

How will I 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. For each module you will have a detailed booklet that tells you what sessions are about, what to read, how you will be assessed and coursework guidance.

In the final year of your degree you will be provided with the opportunity to gain experience of professional practice in sport and exercise science. This will be in an applied sport and exercise setting directly related to your chosen interests.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through essays, projects and lab reports, critical analysis of papers, poster presentations, oral presentations, delivering practical workshop sessions and independent research. We use formal examinations from time to time but they never account for more than 60% of the marks for any module.

Who will be teaching me?

The Sport and 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.

A Great Study Environment

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science 2The Department of Sport and Physical Activity places a strong emphasis on practical work, underpinned by outstanding facilities including dedicated biomechanics, physiology, kinanthropometry and psychology laboratories, as well as a sports therapy clinic and a sport and exercise rehabilitation centre.

There are £30 million of sport and leisure facilities across 60 acres on campus, including top-of-the-range 3G football and rugby pitches, hockey pitches, tennis courts, a competition-standard athletics track and an athletics field. A new 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.

Modules

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Year 1

SPT1430 Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Physiology and Nutrition (20 credits)

Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Physiology and Nutrition introduces you to the essential concepts of exercise physiology and nutrition and their application in sports and exercise. The module provides you with a knowledge of both the structure and function of the various physiological systems and the manner in which nutrition plays a part in maintaining homeostasis. The exploration of these theoretical concepts will be supplemented by additional laboratory sessions which will assess physiological function at rest and during various modes and intensities of exercise.  The data collected will be utilised to develop competencies within the laboratory and enable you to undertake appropriate analysis.

SPT1432 Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Biomechanics (20 credits)

Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Biomechanics provides an introduction to biomechanics in the context of sport and exercise sciences. The ultimate aim of sport and exercise biomechanics is to improve sports performance, enhance the effectiveness of strength and conditioning exercise, and prevent sport- and exercise-related injury. Biomechanics is, in fact, a multidisciplinary science that encompasses elements of anatomy, kinesiology, mechanics, physics, and some mathematics. The module covers the underpinning skills, biomechanics tools, sports biomechanics, exercise biomechanics,  injury prevention and applied biomechanics. You will obtain hands-on experience in anatomy and kinesiology, video analysis and force plate analysis for the evaluation of technique in sport and exercise, and the measurement of the loads and forces that lead to musculoskeletal injury. The module will also refine your scientific writing skills.

SPT1434 Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Psychology (20 credits)

Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Psychology equips you with knowledge of the key concepts and theories of sport and exercise psychology. The module includes an overview of fundamental psychological theories and perspectives, personality and motivational theory, and emotions in sport and exercise. You will also be introduced to basic measurement tools and methods.

SPT1437 Investigating Sport and Exercise Sciences (20 credits)

Investigating Sport and Exercise Sciences covers the key skills required to investigate issues within the sport and exercise sciences. The module addresses the use of online databases in order to search for published literature and familiarises you with the Harvard referencing system and the scientific style of writing.  You will also learn how to review scientific literature and develop the essential skills required for investigating sport and exercise sciences, for example presentation skills, reflective practice and employability skills. An initiation to statistics theory is provided that includes types of data, normal distribution and statistical significance. Statistical analyses encompass preparation of descriptive graphs and tables and basic tests for relationships and differences using statistical packages for the social sciences (SPSS) software. Qualitative methods of research and data collection will also be explored.

SPT1438 Fundamentals of High Performance Sport (20 credits)

Fundamentals of High Performance Sport provides an overview of the multidisciplinary nature of high performance sport. The module enables you to investigate the relationships between physiology, biomechanics and psychology in a performance-driven sports setting. You will evaluate the role of a sports scientist in the optimisation of performance and develop the practical skills required to work with a range of athletes and sports. You will work individually and in groups to develop your ability to present information in an oral and written format. Furthermore, you will develop the ability to conduct pre-conditioning strategies and fitness assessments.

SPT1439 Fundamentals of Physical Activity, Exercise and Health (20 credits)

Fundamentals of Physical Activity, Exercise and Health examines the relationships that exist between physical activity, exercise and health. You will become familiar with the current physical activity guidelines for both adults and children and develop a fundamental understanding of the role that physical activity and exercise has in the promotion of physical and mental well-being. The module takes a multidisciplinary approach in investigating the way in which lifestyle choices impact on health and will have particular relevance for those who wish to work in the health and fitness industry, health promotion, or clinical exercise sciences. You will develop the practical skills required in order to promote physical activity and the safe and effective instruction of various physical activity and exercise modes.

Year 2

SPT2430 Sport and Exercise Physiology (20 credits)

Sport and Exercise Physiology develops your knowledge and understanding of physiological factors and their application to both sport and exercise. The module requires you to examine the acute and chronic physiological responses to sport and exercise. You will be encouraged to examine various modes and intensities of exercise including submaximal, maximal, supramaximal and intermittent activities. The aim is to develop your skills and competencies within a laboratory setting and therefore enhance your ability to monitor and evaluate physiological responses of clients and athletes.

SPT2432 Sport and Exercise Biomechanics (20 credits)

Sport and Exericise Biomechanics furthers your understanding and application of the study of human movement. Biomechanics tools that enable quantitative kinetic analysis of sporting techniques are used in laboratory sessions, while the module also highlights the potential for biomechanical analysis to be taken into the competitive or training environment.  The essence of the module is embedded in performance enhancement and injury prevention, providing you with a vocational appreciation of biomechanics in sport and exercise. Analysis is conducted through the application of theoretical mechanical principles pertaining to kinetic derivatives of force, with interpretation applied across a range of sporting case studies. You will begin to develop a sport-specific appreciation of biomechanical analysis through independent study of a self-selected movement.

SPT2434 Sport and Exercise Psychology (20 credits)

Sport and Exercise Psychology provides a theoretical understanding of contemporary sport and exercise psychology. The module is centred on three key themes. These are the psychological processes of sport participation, the psychological processes associated with exercise participation, and the psychological processes influencing the learning and performance of movement skills. Key components of the module include the understanding and evaluation of psychological theory and empirical evidence, as well as gaining practical experience of laboratory and/or field-based activities within the discipline. The module will be of direct relevance if you wish to gain an insightful understanding of the underpinning psychological theories and concepts in both sport and exercise settings.

SPT2437 Researching Sport and Exercise Sciences (20 credits)

Researching Sport and Exercise Sciences provides the opportunity to enhance your research skills. You will develop expertise in critically evaluating scientific literature, formulating research questions, and planning and designing meaningful and valid research. Applied statistics are further developed to include intermediate-level analyse, while research ethics for human subjects will also be introduced.

You will study two of the three modules below, with module choice dependent on your choice of pathway.

SPT2438 Training Methods for High Performance Sport (20 credits) is compulsory on the Applied Sports Science pathway. SPT2439 Scientific Principles of Exercise and Health (20 credits) is compulsory on the Exercise and Health pathway. SPT2440 Sport and Exercise Nutrition (20 credits) is compulsory on the Nutrition pathway.

You will study the compulsory module for your specialist pathway and select a second module from the remainder of the following three options.

Alternatively, if you are studying the generic pathway for this degree, you will select two of the following modules, with no specific combination of modules required.

SPT2438 Training Methods for High Performance Sport (20 credits)

Training Methods for High Performance Sport provides a multidisciplinary approach to the enhancement of sports performance through the application of strength and conditioning training principles, scientific evidence, contemporary theoretical constructs and training periodisation. The module enables you to assess the demands of a variety of sports performance settings, apply contemporary training principles, and implement training programmes and periodised plans.

SPT2439 Scientific Principles of Exercise and Health (20 credits)

Scientific Principles of Exercise and Health develops your understanding of contemporary issues in health and disease. The module examines the role that physical activity, exercise and lifestyle intervention strategies play in the treatment and prevention of disease as well as the promotion of health. The role, format and impact of lifestyle referral schemes on functional health status will also be evaluated.

SPT2440 Sport and Exercise Nutrition (20 credits)

Sport and Exercise Nutrition provides you with the opportunity to become familiar with the concepts related to sport and exercise nutrition. You will develop your knowledge of all major aspects of nutrition as it relates to the sport and exercise domain. This will include the manner in which nutrition plays a part in maintaining homeostasis and how nutrition impacts on sport and exercise performance. The exploration of theoretical concepts will be supplemented by additional laboratory sessions, which will assess the effects of nutrition on a range of physiological functions at rest and during various modes and intensities of exercise.  The data collected will be utilised to develop competencies within the laboratory while the subsequent analysis will allow for the effective interpretation of your findings.

Year 3

SPT3220 Dissertation (40 credits)

Dissertation allows you to engage in an in-depth independent research project, specialising your focus on a relevant area of interest.

SPT3441 Professional Practice in Sport and Exercise (20 credits)

Professional Practice in Sport and Exercise enables you to obtain ‘real life’ experience of working with employers from local, national and international contexts to enhance your awareness and understanding of the needs of industry environments. You will engage in the observation and analysis of professional practice within sport and exercise science settings and apply the theoretical principles underpinning the study of sport and exercise in a range of practical contexts. You will liaise with employers on a regular basis on this module, have the opportunity to engage in a variety of personal development activities, and reflect upon your work-related experiences and skills to consider how these will equip you for future employment in a sports-related setting.

You will study three further modules from the options below.

On the Applied Sports Science pathway, you will select three modules from SPT3430 Applied Sport and Environmental Physiology (20 credits), SPT3432 Applied Sports Biomechanics (20 credits), SPT3434 Applied Sports Psychology (20 credits), SPT3436 Applied Skill Acquisition in Sport (20 credits) and SPT3440 Applied Sports and Exercise Nutrition (20 credits).

On the Exercise and Health pathway, you will select three modules from SPT3431 Applied Clinical and Exercise Physiology (20 credits), SPT3433 Applied Exercise Biomechanics (20 credits), SPT3435 Applied Exercise Psychology (20 credits) and SPT3440 Applied Sports and Exercise Nutrition (20 credits).

On the Nutrition pathway, you will study SPT3430 Applied Sport and Environmental Physiology (20 credits), SPT3431 Applied Clinical and Exercise Physiology (20 credits) and SPT3440 Applied Sports and Exercise Nutrition (20 credits).

Alternatively, if you are studying the generic pathway for this degree, you will select three of the following modules, with no specific combination of modules required.

SPT3430 Applied Sport and Environmental Physiology (20 credits)

Applied Sport and Environmental Physiology evaluates the role and relevance of sports physiology in an applied performance setting. The module will examine the performer in the context of different environmental conditions and critically evaluate  key physiological limitations to performance. You will be encouraged to examine how a sports scientist applies various contemporary interventions and monitors the effectiveness of these in a laboratory and field setting.

SPT3431 Applied Clinical Exercise Physiology (20 credits)

Applied Clinical Exercise Physiology provides the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in exercise physiology and to apply your knowledge and skills to clinical populations. You will develop the ability to critically interpret results from exercise and non-exercise tests commonly used in clinical settings, design exercise programmes for clinical populations based on a critical evaluation of relevant scientific literature, critically evaluate the impact of prescription drugs on exercise testing, and critically evaluate the role of safety and ethics in clinical exercise testing and prescription.

SPT3432 Applied Sports Biomechanics (20 credits)

Applied Sports Biomechanics enhances your data collection, analysis and interpretation skills in order to develop the expertise required to undertake a holistic analysis of sports performance, with implications for performance enhancement and injury prevention.  The case-study of a sporting technique (selected from a range of data analysis sets) provides the opportunity to combine kinematic and kinetic analyses towards an appreciation of inter-segmental loading.  The module provides a contemporary appreciation of the vocational application of sports biomechanics and the myriad of data collection tools available to the sports biomechanist.

SPT3433 Applied Exercise Biomechanics (20 credits)

Applied Exercise Biomechanics enhances your knowledge of theoretical approaches in biomechanics, with emphasis on independent research and advanced methodological procedures. The module applies theoretical concepts of biomechanics to the analysis of strength and conditioning training exercises. The application of statics and dynamics helps estimate internal loads in the musculoskeletal system, including compressive stress, muscle forces, joint reaction forces and joint movements which may lead either to adaptation of biological tissues or to acute or chronic injury through inappropriate exercise activity. Muscle function is assessed objectively through the application of isokinetic dynamometry and surface electromyography which permit isolating weak muscle groups. The module will assist in the development of effective conditioning programmes and the design of exercise equipment.

SPT3434 Applied Sports Psychology (20 credits)

Applied Sports Psychology provides you with the opportunity to study the application of the discipline of sport psychology. You will review, consolidate, extend and apply your knowledge of sport psychology theory through a problem-based learning approach. The module will examine human behaviour in the sporting environment and focus upon the application of psychological skills training (PST) intervention strategies to maximise sporting performance.

SPT3435 Applied Exercise Psychology (20 credits)

Applied Exercise Psychology offers you the opportunity to study the practical application of  theories in exercise and health psychology. You will review, consolidate, extend and apply your knowledge of exercise and health psychology theory. Levels of intervention will be addressed and you will investigate matching strategy and theory to appropriate populations. You will also critically evaluate the empirical evidence demonstrating the psychological consequences of exercise and physical activity behaviours.

SPT3436 Applied Skill Acquisition in Sport (20 credits)

Applied Skill Acquisition in Sport recognises that the way in which complex movements are acquired and coordinated, how skills can be made robust under pressure, and how experts and novices differ in their cognitive-perceptual skills has been the object of research for nearly a century. This module will explore the theoretical frameworks and empirical evidence concerning how the brain controls movements and consider how this knowledge can be applied in the optimisation of movement skills and expertise development. You will gain an understanding of the contemporary issues in, and approaches to influence, both the control and learning of human movement, with a specific focus on applying this knowledge in real-world environments.

SPT3440 Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition (20 credits)

Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition offers you the opportunity to study the role and relevance of sport and exercise nutrition in a more focused and applied manner. The module will focus on the use of nutritional strategies in both acute and chronic scenarios to maximise adaptation to training, as well as before, during and after sport and exercise events. The module will examine the importance of individualising nutritional strategies for specific clients/athletes. The module will enable you to critically evaluate these factors and discuss how the use of the most effective nutritional strategy can influence sport and exercise performance.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme 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.

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

The UCAS Tariff system, which allocates points to a range of qualifications in university entry requirements, is changing for students joining programmes from September 2017 onwards.

The entry criteria below are mapped to the current UCAS Tariff for academic year 2016/17 entry and the new UCAS Tariff for academic year 2017/18 entry.

  • 2016/17 Entry – 300 UCAS Tariff points, preferably to include Physical Education, Sports Studies, a Science subject, or a related subject. GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or above (or equivalent) is also required;
  • 2017/18 Entry – 120 UCAS Tariff points, preferably to include Physical Education, Sports Studies, a Science subject, or a related subject. GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or above (or equivalent) is also required.

Example Offers

Some typical examples of how you can achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Levels – BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) – Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma – successful completion of Diploma to include 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be graded Distinction and 15 credits graded Merit.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as 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 the Welsh Baccalaureate and Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

A range of career opportunities exist within the health and fitness industry such as personal trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, fitness and health consultants, clinical exercise physiologists or GP referral scheme and physical activity programme coordinators. You could also work in applied sports sciences, institutes of sport, national governing bodies of sport or decide to train for a career in teaching.

In addition, universities and commercial ventures increasingly want specialised sports science support and performance managers. You may also have the opportunity to progress onto postgraduate study, including various sports-related postgraduate programmes at Edge Hill University.

How can I enhance my employability?

It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

  • Sandwich Year – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement as part of your programme (usually the third year of a four year degree) and gain highly relevant work experience;
  • Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend an additional year (usually the third year of a four year degree) studying or working abroad;
  • Language Learning – you may be able to select language modules in French, Spanish or Mandarin, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as additional study.

Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or study abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.

Finance

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for full-time study on this undergraduate degree are £9,000 per annum for UK and EU students and £11,350 per annum for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2016/17.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2016/17, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view our Money Matters 2016/17 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2016.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Scholarships

ScholarshipsEdge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

Apply

How to Apply

Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

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.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/bookanopenday.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective undergraduate students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradevents.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

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Course Changes

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