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About the course

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 internship opportunities. You can specialise in your third year, allowing you to hone your expertise further towards your specific career ambitions.

Accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), this degree is founded upon the underlying principles of physiology, psychology and biomechanics. The course combines these scientific principles with highly practical skills, helping to prepare students for a career in the sport science industry.

Units and assessments have been created to develop key employability skills such as communicating scientific results; teaching and developing specific skills with athletes; and planning, organising and conducting research projects. To complement their degree studies, students are encouraged to prepare for BASES and UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) professional accreditation.

To help prepare students for a career in the sports industry, a hands-on approach is encouraged. Through professional placements and applied practice students gain first-hand experience of working with teams and athletes in a high-performance environment. With support and mentoring from the course team, past students have provided sport science support to Premiership rugby and football players, Olympic athletes, and national teams. 

Additional qualification Professional accreditation Professional memberships Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities Further studies Sandwich year

Students have access to first class facilities which are regularly used by professional athletes, including players from Southampton FC. The course is accredited by The Register of Exercise Professionals and The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

What does this course lead to?

This course will provide opportunities for future work in a range of sports industry roles. Specifically, it will prepare you for an exciting career supporting athletes who want to enhance their performance. This could include sport science positions within professional sports clubs, national governing bodies, local councils and NHS Trusts. Similar and more specialist graduate destinations, including performance analyst and strength and conditioning roles, may also be available.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for those who love sport and who wish to learn about the science behind what makes a great athlete. The curriculum provides a solid grounding for those looking to pursue a career in roles such as exercise physiologist, strength and conditioning coach, or performance analyst.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry C602
  • 4 Years Sport, Health and Exercise Foundation Year N8C6

Sandwich

  • 4 Years Standard Entry 45T2
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2018/19 fees are not yet available. For guidance the 2017/2018 fees were: 
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval.

The 2018/19 international fees are not yet available. For guidance the 2017/18 fees were:
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year 

The 2018/19 sandwich year fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2017/18 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island sandwich year fees: £1,385
International sandwich year fees: £1,545

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

Compulsory costs:

  • Sport Kit Student package costs £105 (2016-7). Grants available
  • DBS check - £55
  • Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) - £300

Optional costs:

  • Professional body endorsement (Register of Exercise Professionals REPs) - £100+
  • Additional course kit

Bursaries and scholarships

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


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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • 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.
  • Alternative entry to this course is through the Sport, Health and Exercise Science Foundation Year
  • Mature Students - Considered on an individual basis.

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.


Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3039

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: www.ucas.com.

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.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Introduction to Biomechanics
  • Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology
  • Introduction to Sport Psychology
  • Introduction to Research and Academic Skills in Sport, Health and Exercise Science
  • Introduction to Physiology of Exercise
  • Skill Acquisition and Motor Learning
  • Introduction to Sport Science Support

Year two

Core units
  • Applied Principles of Biomechanics
  • Research Methods and Study Design
  • Applied Physiology of Testing & Training
  • Applied Principles of Sport Science support
  • Applied Techniques in Sport Psychology 

Options

  • Sports Massage
  • Applied Principles of Sport Performance Analysis
  • Applied Principles of Strength and conditioning 

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core units
  • Research Project or Work Based project

Select three out of the following four:

  • Professional Practice in Sports Psychology
  • Professional Practice in Biomechanics
  • Professional Practice in Physiology of Exercise
  • Professional Practice in Sport Science Support

Options

  • Advanced Sports Massage
  • Professional practice in Strength & Conditioning
  • Professional Practice of Sport Performance Analysis 

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Support

Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Adam Hawkey academic profile Adam Hawkey Head of Subject View profile
Scott Burnet academic profile Scott Burnet Senior Lecturer View profile
James Fisher academic profile James Fisher Senior Lecturer View profile
Matt Johnson academic profile Matt Johnson Senior Lecturer View profile
Adam Lewis academic profile Adam Lewis Lecturer View profile
James Steele academic profile James Steele Lecturer View profile
Louis Langdown academic profile Louis Langdown Lecturer View profile
Madi-Elena Suditu academic profile Madi-Elena Suditu Lecturer View profile
Rebecca White academic profile Rebecca White Lecturer View profile
Adam Kelly academic profile Adam Kelly Associate Lecturer View profile
Emma Mosley academic profile Emma Mosley Associate Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

Students have access to the University’s outstanding sport and exercise facilities, including BASES accredited physiology, psychology, and biomechanics laboratories, health and exercise gym and a sports therapy suite. These facilities are also regularly used by professional athletes and sports teams.

Gaining practical experience is a key element of the course – students have the opportunity to work with real-life clients during their degree.

Your future

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.
  • Everything on the course is based around preparing you for a job in sport science, and working with top-level athletes becomes the norm. Due to the applied nature of the course I’m really confident undertaking the real-life situations that my job throws at me. Other courses around the country give you knowledge but it’s the application that’s important and Solent provides the right foundations to begin a career in professional sport.

    Ben Rosen, sport scientist at Southampton FC

  • I really enjoy being able to work in research and with external clients. I’ve been given the opportunity to work with world-class athletes as part of my course, and have been able to apply what I have learned in lectures and through further reading. This year, we have worked with an Iron Man triathlete and with a Paralympic wheelchair rugby player who represented Great Britain and competed at London 2012.

    James Steele, PhD student and associate lecturer

  • Transferring sports science theory into practice is paramount in professional sport. This degree has been the perfect foundation and catalyst to my current employment.

    Jameson Mola, graduate - head of sport science for Bath RFC

Industry links

Staff who contribute to the Applied Sport Science degree course are currently involved in sport science support with a range of professional and national sporting organisations (England Netball, Southampton Football Club and the Saints Foundation). These links support course development by keeping staff up-to-date with good practice and provide ‘real world’ evidence for students to benefit from.

Some staff are also accredited by the UK’s professional body (BASES) and have the capacity to supervise students on BASES’ Supervised Experience scheme. One staff member is on the Board of BASES.

Having such strong links with the subject professional body ensure that developments in the course provision can be more easily matched with the recommendations and requirements of relevant organisations within the industry. Key industry guest speakers have delivered lectures on contemporary issues within the sport science industry.

Placements

Placements are embedded within some of the units and various levels of support will be provided to help students find suitable placements. Students have previously had the opportunity to apply for optional internships with University partner Southampton FC and a range of other top sports organisations. These include 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.

Students may get the opportunity 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 and after-hours sports clubs.

Graduate stories

Marc's story

Marc Rochon - Head of Academy Performance Analysis and Administration, Portsmouth FC

The practical experience I gained during the course was key in getting my career started. I worked at Southampton FC for my work-based learning unit where I was able to apply specific skills I'd learnt during our practical sessions in the health, exercise and sport science laboratories. After graduating, with the guidance of the course tutors, I was fortunate to be able to further my experience with a one year full time internship at Tottenham Hotspur FC. This proved an invaluable learning experience and opened doors to performance analysis roles at the top of the Premier League.

I now work with Portsmouth FC leading the first team and youth teams statistical and video analysis programs. I've been very fortunate to work with some great people in a great working environment for the past four seasons.

I would recommend that anyone wanting to pursue the same career path develops their knowledge base on the subject whilst gaining as much applied experience as possible.

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