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BSc (Hons) Applied Sport Science

Learn to apply leading sport science in real-world situations

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Are you interested in a career in sport and exercise science? This degree specialises in physiological, psychological and biomechanical theories, focusing on how these can be used to enhance human performance. You’ll be able to put these theories into practice in the University’s industry-standard labs, as well as through opportunities for internships. You can also specialise in your third year, allowing you to hone your expertise further.

  • This degree scored 100% for student satisfaction in the 2014 National Student Survey.
  • Students have access to first class facilities, which are regularly used by professional athletes, such as players from Southampton FC.
  • The course is accredited by The Register of Exercise Professionals and The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.
  • Previous students have had the opportunity to gain national governing body and industry awards during their degree.
  • Past students have had to the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with live clients.
  • Students can specialise in their third year.
  • Gaining work experience is encouraged and past students have been placed with University partners including GB Wheelchair Rugby and Reed’s High Performance Academy.
  • Students are taught by an experienced course team who have backgrounds in research and have worked with the England Women’s football and rugby squads, GB rugby league, GB orienteering, GB wheelchair rugby and several professional football clubs from the Premier League to League 2.
  • The course team has good industry links, from which students can benefit.

The industry

The sports industry is highly competitive. Southampton Solent’s sport science degree equips students with the key skills, detailed knowledge and practical experience needed to succeed in this area.

This industry-focused degree aims to prepare students for roles such as an exercise physiologist, sport scientist, or strength and conditioning coach. Recent graduates have gone on to roles including a GPS analyst, head performance scientist, strength and conditioning specialist, and a coach for a sailing team. Graduates have also gone on to work with the Royal Marines.

The programme

Students have access to the University’s outstanding sport and exercise facilities, including fully equipped modern physiology, psychology, biomechanics, and health and exercise labs. The physiology laboratory is officially accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), marking it as one of the UK’s leading sport and exercise science facilities. 

To complement their degree studies, students are encouraged to prepare for BASES and UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) professional accreditation and join Level 2 of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), with the option to attain Level 3. This combination of academic and industry qualifications can help students build their professional network and increase employability upon graduation.

To help prepare students for a career in the sports industry, the University encourages a practical, hands-on approach. The course team’s background in sport science research and their strong industry links have given past students the opportunity to undertake optional internships with the University’s partner Southampton FC and a range of other top sports organisations, including a number of professional football and rugby clubs, Hampshire Cricket, Spire Hospital, and local athletics clubs. Those aspiring to be teachers have been able to gain experience through school placements and after-hours sports clubs.

The course team’s links with the industry have also provided past students opportunities to attend guest lectures. Recent speakers have included international sport scientists from the English Institute of Sport, international cricket and premiership football, and from GB squads such as wheelchair rugby, sailing and basketball.

Next steps

Think you can see yourself as a sports scientist? With its industry-standard labs, focus on practical experience and strong industry links, Southampton Solent’s applied sport science degree will allow you to develop the theoretical and practical skills valued by employers to open up a wide range of career opportunities in sport and exercise science, across every sport.

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* NSS 2014, BSc (Hons) Applied Sport Science. Please note that information displayed on KIS/Unistats may include data from previous years, or other Solent courses within the wider subject area.

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UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry C602


  • 4 Years Standard entry 45T2

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
280 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
112 UCAS Tariff points

Year one:


Core units

  • Introduction to Physiology of Exercise
  • Introduction to Sports Psychology
  • Introduction to Biomechanics
  • Health, Fitness and Programme Design
  • Client Testing and Training
  • Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology
  • Study Skills for Sport and Exercise.

Year two:


Core units

  • Research Methods for Sport and Exercise
  • Applied Techniques in Sport Psychology
  • Applied Principles of Biomechanics
  • Application of Fitness Testing and Training


  • Diet and Nutrition (HESS)
  • Physical Education Teaching Essentials
  • Applied Principles of Sport Performance Analysis
  • Advanced Training Principles
  • Applied Principles of Strength and Conditioning
  • Sports Massage

Year three:


Core units

  • Project 


  • Sports Nutrition and Performance
  • High Performance Coaching 
  • Professional Practice in Sports Psychology
  • Professional Practice in Biomechanics
  • Professional Practice in Physiology of Exercise
  • Sport Science Support
  • Physical Education
  • Professional Practice of Sport Performance Analysis
  • Advanced Sports Massage
  • Professional Practice of Strength and Conditioning 
  • Curriculum Plus

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course combines classroom sessions with practical workshops, working individually and also in groups. As the course progresses, the amount of work you undertake with real-life clients increases to complement the theoretical underpinning.

Work experience
You’ll have the opportunity to apply for optional internships with University partner Southampton FC and a range of other top sports organisations, including Reed’s High Performance Academy, Reading FC, British Swimming, Hampshire Rugby, Queens Park Rangers FC, London Irish RFC, Hampshire Cricket, Spire Hospital, Spire Perform Centre, GB Wheelchair Rugby and more.

You’ll be able to assist staff with consultancy projects involving athletes from these organisations, as well as with Olympic athletes and Salisbury Triathlon Club, while aspiring teachers can gain experience through school placements, after-hours sports clubs and other options.

Written coursework such as case studies, presentations and projects, practical sessions, debates, oral and written examinations.

Our facilities

You’ll have access to our outstanding sport and exercise facilities, including fully equipped modern physiology, psychology, biomechanics, and health and exercise labs.

BASES logo

Our physiology laboratory has been officially accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), marking it as one of the UK’s leading sport and exercise science facilities – an elite group that includes Manchester United FC.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry C602


  • 4 Years Standard entry 45T2

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

The skills you’ll develop on this course open up a wide range of career opportunities in sport and exercise science, across every sport imaginable. You could work with professional, elite or Olympic athletes, ensuring they maintain peak fitness in world-class competitions, or with hospitals and health organisations to develop training and recovery programmes for patients suffering injury or disability. You could also work with schools or even teach, developing fitness programmes and encouraging the next generation of athletes to excel.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Exercise physiologist
  • Sport scientist
  • Teaching (primary, secondary and tertiary)
  • Sport and exercise physiologist
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Biomechanist
  • Mental skills coach
  • Performance analyst
  • Sport and exercise technician.

Links with industry

We have excellent links with local and national sport and exercise organisations as well as local schools. You’ll be able to take advantage of student internships and part-time and full-time work, as well as an exciting programme of guest lectures. Recent speakers have included international sport scientists from the English Institute of Sport, international cricket and premiership football, and from GB squads such as wheelchair rugby, sailing and basketball.

We also have close links to the sports medicine arm of private healthcare provider Spire Hospital, providing numerous student placements and a series of paid graduate appointments. There are research opportunities available to both staff and students, undertaking analysis in sport, health, exercise and sports medicine, and joint research projects with Spire physiotherapists and consultants.

Transferable skills

Presentation, project management, time management, leadership, communication, IT and numeracy. These skills are developed in both the classroom and practical academic and placement opportunities, aligning real-life experiences with these skills practised in the classroom.

Further study

If you want to develop your sport science and coaching skills to a higher level then Solent’s MSc Athletic Development and Peak Performance provides you with the experience that the professional sport industry is looking for.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Recent graduates have gone on to roles including GPS analyst at Southampton FC, strength and conditioning specialist at Southampton FC, head of sport science at Bath Rugby Club, performance analyst at Brighton and Hove FC, head performance scientist at GB Wheelchair Rugby, exercise physiologist at Nuffield Health, sport and exercise technician at Spire Perform Centre, strength and conditioning specialist for sailing at Lake Garda in Italy, and coach for GB Topper Sailing. Graduates have also gone on to work with the Royal Marines.


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time, Sandwich

Accreditations: The course is accredited by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).

Entry requirements


UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

280 points (for 2016 entry) or 112 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • Mathematics, English and science at GCSE, at grade C or above.
  • Desirable: A-level physical education or human biology, or equivalent.
  • All successful applicants will be required to undertake a criminal record check processed through the Disclosure and Barring Service.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

UK and EU placement year fees: £1,350

International placement year fees: £1,500

Other costs

Compulsory: Professional Body Endorsement (Register of Exercise Professionals REPs).
Year 1: £300; year 2: £200 and year 3: £100.

Compulsory kit: £75 (additional optional kit also available in various combinations).

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

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Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply


Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.


UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry C602


  • 4 Years Standard entry 45T2


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