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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.

BSc (Hons) Applied Sport Science scored 95% overall satisfaction for the National Student Survey 2019.

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.

Modules 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. 

This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree.
Additional qualification
This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree.
Professional memberships
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you apply for this course with a sandwich year, you have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry between your second and third years.
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 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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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island placement year fee: £1,425
International placement year fee: £1,850

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

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

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Compulsory costs

  • Sport kit - student package costs £105. 
  • DBS check - £55

Optional costs

  • Additional course kit

Bursaries and scholarships

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.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

104-120 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D or  equivalent, which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 104 UCAS points.
  • Mathematics and English GCSE, at grade 4 or above (previously grade C).
  • 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.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

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
  • 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.

Pre-Sessional English programme

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.

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

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 15 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 the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply
Placement Year 4 years Apply

Sport, Health and Exercise Science Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply
Placement Year 5 years Apply
How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Sport Science Support
  • Sport Psychology
  • Research Methods in Sports Performance
  • Functional Anatomy and Exercise Physiology
  • The Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise
  • Introduction to Skill Acquisition and Motor Learning

Year two

Core modules
  • Applied Principles of Biomechanics
  • Applied Techniques in Sport Science Support
  • Physiological Testing in Sport and Exercise
  • Applied Techniques in Sport Psychology
  • Applied Research and Study Design in Sports Performance


  • Performance Analysis
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Soft Tissue Therapy

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

Year three

Core modules
  • Professional Practice in Sport Science Support
  • Individual Project

Select two out of the following three:

  • Professional Practice in Sport Psychology
  • Physical Performance in Extreme Environments
  • Professional Practice in Biomechanics


  • Professional Practice in Sport Performance Analysis
  • Advanced Strength and Conditioning
  • Advanced Soft Tissue Therapy

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


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
James Wright academic profile James Wright Senior Lecturer View profile
Louis Langdown academic profile Louis Langdown Senior Lecturer View profile
Rebecca White academic profile Rebecca White Senior Lecturer View profile
Adam Lewis academic profile Adam Lewis 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.


Students have access to the University’s professional sport and exercise facilities, including fully equipped physiology, psychology, and biomechanics labs, a health and exercise gym, and a sports therapy suite. And our 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.

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 are embedded within some of the modules 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 while gaining as much applied experience as possible.

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