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BSc (Hons)Sport and Exercise Science

5 years with foundation and industry years
20222023
UCAS code:
SES4
Institution code: S30
UCAS points:
48
Campus:
Southampton City Centre
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Do you want to turn your love for sport into an academic qualification and study for a sports-related honours degree here at Solent University? Leading directly on to our highly-regarded sports degrees, the one year foundation programme will equip you with the skills you’ll need to progress on to the full BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degree.

Studying the sport foundation year could give students an opportunity to extend previous experience gained, or provide a route back into education. The course will help develop the key academic skills required to make the transition to studying a the full BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science undergraduate degree.

Endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), the sport and exercise science 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 you for a career in the sport and exercise 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 your degree studies, you’ll be encouraged to prepare for BASES and UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) professional accreditation.

To help prepare you for a career in the sports industry, an applied and hands-on approach is encouraged. Through professional placements and applied practice you will 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.

Throughout your degree you’ll have access to a range of professional facilities such as our specialist BASES-accredited laboratories (physiology, biomechanics and psychology), a £28m sports complex, the award-winning Spark teaching building and a 24-hour library service.

Our academic team are all highly experienced within the industry and have extensive teaching, research and professional backgrounds. This ensures your learning experience will be informed by the latest evidence-based research and industry developments.

This video 'Why study BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science' is available as a text transcript, with a description of visuals.

Why choose this course?

Course features

  • Additional qualification

    This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree

  • Foundation year available

    If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years

  • Professional membership

    You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

  • Further studies

    After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent

  • Placement year

    If you apply for this course with a placement year, you have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry between your second and third years

Who is this course for?

This sport foundation year is perfect for sports enthusiasts who wish to study for a full honours degree, but might not meet the entry requirements. Upon completion of the foundation year, students will be able to progress directly on to the first year of the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise science undergraduate degree.

The sport and exercise therapy course is ideal for anyone with a passion for sport and exercise, in particular the science behind athletic performance. Applications from mature students looking for a change of career are particularly welcomed.

What does this course lead to?

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.

Meet the team

The course is delivered by staff who have extensive teaching, professional and industry experience. Staff are committed to delivering an excellent student experience which blends theory and practice through real-world learning opportunities.

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 on this course have access to the University's industry-standard sport and exercise facilities, including the Sports Complex, physiology lab, biomechanics lab and sport and exercise psychology lab. And as Solent is an Adobe Creative Campus, all students also have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes the full suite of Adobe professional software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, XD, Premier Pro, and more.

Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces. Away from studying, why not try out the gyms, fitness studios and sports halls in our £28 million Sports Complex, or watch a blockbuster film at our student-run cinema with Dolby Atmos audio.

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