THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTHAMPTON

Sport and Exercise Science

BSc (Hons)  |  Placement Year:   No

Evidence supporting the need for exercise for fitness and health is now widely accepted in industry, education, medicine and sport. This increasingly important role has led to a demand for scientific evidence to improve sport performance making sport and exercise science one of the most rapidly advancing areas of study. Our course aims to develop your critical skills, allowing you to investigate and analyse issues from a scientific perspective, as well as enhancing your personal and transferable skills. Our purpose-built laboratories allow you to develop your physiological, biomechanical and psychological practical skills. The first year of the course provides you with an introduction to the core disciplines which underpin the academic analysis of sport, allowing you to develop your knowledge, understanding and practical/laboratory skills. In years two and three you can choose from a range of modules, allowing you to tailor your studies towards a particular area of interest within Sport and Exercise Science.

In year one you will gain a sound understanding of the fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Science studying topics such as biomechanics, physiology, fitness training methods and psychology. Once you’ve developed your theoretical knowledge you will explore more specialised areas of sport and exercise science, such as anthropometry and biomechanical analysis, along with further work in the main science-based subjects. In year two you will combine the compulsory core modules (Sport Research Methods) with selected modules from across the subject area. You will have the opportunity to contextualise theory in practical sessions and courses will be underpinned by research methods.

The optional career and employability module in the first year gives you a head start when thinking about future careers or further academic study, allowing you to think about potential specialisms that you’d like to find employment in or study at postgraduate level.  The final year of study will enable you to develop a critical understanding of the scientific principles underpinning sport and exercise performance. Further specialisation within a specific sport and exercise discipline culminates in an individual piece of research work on a topic of your choice.

The course modules are delivered within the classroom, sports hall and laboratories in a structured manner. All sessions are supported by our online learning environment, NILE. You can expect two hours of online or face to face contact time each week for each module. Classes are delivered in a variety of methods including lectures, seminars and practical sessions. Our aim is to provide you with opportunities to become actively involved in your learning. For each two hours of contact time you have there will be an additional two – three hours of non-contact directed study. Personal tutorials, and meetings with a personal academic tutor are additional to the time spent in the class. 

Programme description

Evidence supporting the need for exercise for fitness and health is now widely accepted in industry, education, medicine and sport. This increasingly important role has led to a demand for scientific evidence to improve sport performance making sport and exercise science one of the most rapidly advancing areas of study. Our course aims to develop your critical skills, allowing you to investigate and analyse issues from a scientific perspective, as well as enhancing your personal and transferable skills. Our purpose-built laboratories allow you to develop your physiological, biomechanical and psychological practical skills. The first year of the course provides you with an introduction to the core disciplines which underpin the academic analysis of sport, allowing you to develop your knowledge, understanding and practical/laboratory skills. In years two and three you can choose from a range of modules, allowing you to tailor your studies towards a particular area of interest within Sport and Exercise Science.

In year one you will gain a sound understanding of the fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Science studying topics such as biomechanics, physiology, fitness training methods and psychology. Once you’ve developed your theoretical knowledge you will explore more specialised areas of sport and exercise science, such as anthropometry and biomechanical analysis, along with further work in the main science-based subjects. In year two you will combine the compulsory core modules (Sport Research Methods) with selected modules from across the subject area. You will have the opportunity to contextualise theory in practical sessions and courses will be underpinned by research methods.

The optional career and employability module in the first year gives you a head start when thinking about future careers or further academic study, allowing you to think about potential specialisms that you’d like to find employment in or study at postgraduate level.  The final year of study will enable you to develop a critical understanding of the scientific principles underpinning sport and exercise performance. Further specialisation within a specific sport and exercise discipline culminates in an individual piece of research work on a topic of your choice.

The course modules are delivered within the classroom, sports hall and laboratories in a structured manner. All sessions are supported by our online learning environment, NILE. You can expect two hours of online or face to face contact time each week for each module. Classes are delivered in a variety of methods including lectures, seminars and practical sessions. Our aim is to provide you with opportunities to become actively involved in your learning. For each two hours of contact time you have there will be an additional two – three hours of non-contact directed study. Personal tutorials, and meetings with a personal academic tutor are additional to the time spent in the class. 

Key Modules

Career Opportunities

This course provides you with the skills necessary to secure employment in a number of careers in a range of sectors including opportunities in sport science support, teaching, coaching, performance enhancement and the health and fitness industry. You will develop excellent communication and analytical skills which will give you a great advantage when looking for employment. You also have the opportunity to continue your academic study

Module & Subject
  • Anatomy and Human Movement (20 credits)

    • Module code: SPO1008
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    • Core module Y

    This module provides an introduction to the anatomy of the musculoskeletal system together with applied mechanics and ki… More

  • Careers and Employability in Sport (20 credits)

    • Module code: SPO1009
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    • Core module N

    This module introduces the student to career opportunities in sport and the employability skills required to achieve suc… More

  • Physiological Function and Response (20 credits)

    • Module code: SPO1003
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    • Core module Y
  • Introduction to Fitness Training Methods (20 credits)

    • Module code: SPO1012
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    • Core module Y
  • The Social Context of Sport (20 credits)

    • Module code: SPO1007
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    • Core module N
  • Introduction to Human Nutrition (20 credits)

    • Module code: SLS1010
    •  
    • Core module N
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology (20 credits)

    • Module code: SPO1024
    •  
    • Core module Y

stage2

  • The Psychological Basis of Sport and Exercise (20 credits)

    • Module code: SPO2003
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    • Core module N

    The module focuses on the psychological theory that attempts to explain individual differences and relates these to perf… More

  • Biomechanical Basis of Sport and Exercise (20 credits)

    • Module code: SPO2005
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    • Core module N

    This module builds upon the experience in functional anatomy and kinesiology gained in the first year. It will provide a… More

  • Sport Research Methods (20 credits)

    • Module code: SPO2018
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    • Core module Y
  • Motivation for Learning and Skill Instruction (20 credits)

    • Module code: SPO2022
    •  
    • Core module N
  • Nutritional Perspectives of Health and Disease (20 credits)

    • Module code: SLS2003
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    • Core module N
  • Sport in Society (20 credits)

    • Module code: SPO2002
    •  
    • Core module N
  • Fitness Training Methods (20 credits)

    • Module code: SPO2020
    •  
    • Core module N
  • Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Wellbeing (20 credits)

    • Module code: SPO2035
    •  
    • Core module N

stage3

  • Psychology of Exercise and Health (20 credits)

    • Module code: SPO3009
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    • Core module N

    This module will develop your understanding of the practical application of psychological theory into physical activity … More

  • Dissertation (40 credits)

    • Module code: SPO4001
    •  
    • Core module Y
  • Applied Sports Psychology (20 credits)

    • Module code: SPO3007
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    • Core module N
  • Theoretical Concepts of Coaching (20 credits)

    • Module code: SPO3015
    •  
    • Core module N
  • Contemporary Issues in Sports Physiology (20 credits)

    • Module code: SPO3017
    •  
    • Core module N
  • Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation (20 credits)

    • Module code: SPO3018
    •  
    • Core module N
  • Sport and Exercise Nutrition (20 credits)

    • Module code: SLS3008
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    • Core module N
  • Advanced Fitness Training Methods (20 credits)

    • Module code: SPO3025
    •  
    • Core module N
Entry Requirements
  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be CCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. In addition, you will need to have studied a physical education, sports science or science related subject at A Level, BTEC level 3 diploma or equivalent qualification.
  • For study at undergraduate level – minimum standard – IELTS6.0 (or equivalent
Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 41-45 Months
Course Fee:  12000.00
Course Level:  UNDERGRADUATE
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Park Campus, Boughton Green Rd, Northampton NN2 7AL, UK. Phone:+44 1604 735500
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