BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (in partnership with Peterborough United Foundation)

This is a male and female student / athlete pathway in which you will study the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degree alongside training and playing for Peterborough United Foundation. As with the mainstream course it will provide the opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge to prepare you for a career in sport, leisure or the health industry. But unlike the mainstream course this will also provide you opportunity to specifically develop your technical, psychological, tactical and physical attributes as a football player.

This course follows a multi-disciplinary approach where you will study core modules such as physiology, performance analysis, coaching and psychology alongside developing your football knowledge and play. A key aspect of this course is being able to apply what is being learned in theory sessions to the world of elite sport through your training sessions and game time. Football specific activities will be delivered by coaching staff with experience in recruitment, talent identification, coaching, management and sports governance.

Scientific methods are explored on the course in a specialised sports lab with the latest technology and analytical equipment. The laboratory boasts unique equipment such as Tobii 2 eye tracker technology, Catapult GPS Units, state-of-the-art performance analysis software (Hudl) and much more. As well as lectures at our Peterborough campus, students will use the gym facilities and sports hall at Peterborough College as well as the Mick George Training facilities at Peterborough United.

Employability is a key theme and will be embedded into your modules plus you can gain experience in the sports industry with opportunities to work with schools and sports teams. We hold annual sports conferences where you will learn and present emerging themes within the sport industry. Previous guests speakers include Mike Phelan (Manchester United Assistant Manager), Andy Etches (Director of Rezzil Virtual Reality) and Steve Gunn (GB Rowing Coach).

The 2019 National Student Survey (NSS) which measures student satisfaction on courses had a NSS results of 100% for the Sport and Exercise Science degree.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.

If you are applying to start in September 2021, you must meet the following entry requirements:

72 UCAS points in any subjects:

  • A-levels (CDE or BC)
  • BTEC (MMP)

There will be a practical trial process with Peterborough United to ascertain the current level of student’s attributes. The trials will be conducted by the coaching staff team with experience in recruitment, talent identification, coaching, management and sports governance. The head coaches and managers have a minimum of UEFA B coaching certificate in football.

To discuss the football aspect of the course, contact Peterborough United Foundation on 07706 245050 or jenna.lusk@theposh.com.

You must have GCSE English language, mathematics and a science at a minimum of grade C or grade 4.

If English is not your first language you will require a recognised Level 2 English language qualification or an IELTS score of 6.0 (with 5.5 minimum in each skill) or an equivalent English Language qualification.

EU STUDENTS AND OVERSEAS QUALIFICATIONS

We can accept a wide range of overseas qualifications and use UK NARIC to compare qualifications. For advice about overseas qualification conversion call the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk.

UCAS TARIFF

To find out more about UCAS tariff points and how they work, visit ucas.com/tariff-calculator.

We accept a wide range of qualifications such as A-levels (you must have grades for at least two A-levels), BTEC, Cambridge Technicals, International Baccalaureate (IB), NVQ Level 3, Access to Higher Education and Scottish Advanced Highers.

The tariff points for qualifications can be added and combined together (e.g. A-levels plus BTECs).

The UCAS points for A-level General Studies, AS-levels and the EQP (Extended Project Qualification) are accepted when combined with other full qualifications.

ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APCL) FOR ENTRY

APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.

EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR LEARNING (APL)

We offer students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning process ensures that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you identify any relevant prior learning when you apply. If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.

EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR EXPERIENTIAL CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APEL)

It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, which evidences their claimed exemptions for entry. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • Foundations of Psychology (15 credits)
  • Intro to Anatomy and Physiology (15 credits)
  • Intro to Sports Development (15 credits)
  • Academic Skills (15 credits)
  • Psychological Basis of Sport and Exercise (15 credits)
  • Foundations of Sports Coaching (15 credits)
  • Intro to Performance Analysis (15 credits)
  • Sociology of Sport (15 credits)
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • Applied Research Skills (15 credits)
  • Applied Exercise Physiology (15 credits)
  • Applied Psychological Profiling (15 credits)
  • Motor Learning and Performance (15 credits)
  • Project Preparation and Employability (15 credits)
  • Developing Effective Teaching and Coaching (15 credits)

PLUS CHOOSE 30 CREDITS OF OPTIONAL MODULES:

  • Applied Performance Analysis (15 credits)
  • Exercise Testing and Prescription for Health (15 credits)
  • Intro to Strength and Conditioning (15 credits)
  • Human Movement in Sport (15 credits)
    Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
    • Undergraduate Major Project or Undergraduate Placement Project (30 credits)
    • Interdisciplinary Coaching and Mentoring (15 credits)
    • Applications of Sport Psychology (15 credits)
    • The Developing Athlete (15 credits)
    • Physiological Approaches to Training and Assessment (15 credits)

    PLUS CHOOSE 30 CREDITS OF OPTIONAL MODULES:

    • Current Issues in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology (15 credits)
    • Strength and Conditioning for Human Performance (15 credits)
    • Applied Exercise Referral and Prescription for Health (15 credits)
    • Applied Human Movement in Sport (15 credits)

      If it is unviable to run an optional module due to student demand, an alternative module will be offered.

      A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours which includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study.  A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours which includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study.  A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time. 

      When studying this course at University Centre Peterborough, we will timetable your lectures as two full days a week over two semesters per year (part-time will be one to two full days a week over two semesters per year).

      We are able to offer this convenient timetabling to our students as we are a smaller institution so we can timetable our staff and resources more efficiently.

      Over the duration of your course, teaching will be delivered by the following methods:

      Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
      • 40%     Lectures
      • 40%     Seminars
      • 20%     Workshops
      Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
      • 40%     Lectures
      • 40%     Seminars
      • 20%     Workshops
      Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
      • 40%     Lectures
      • 40%     Seminars
      • 20%     Workshops

      There are two semesters per year and each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes up to 12 teaching weeks and 3 assessment weeks.

      If studying full-time you will be in classes, seminars and tutorials for approximately 15 hours per week and will spend the rest of your time in independent study and extra-curricular activities including work placement if not embedded in your course. We recommend that full-time students allow an additional 30 hours per week for additional study.

      The campus is open Monday to Friday throughout the year and you will also have 24/7 access to a virtual learning environment (VLE) with e-books, journals and abstracts plus teaching resources and interactive tools.

      Timetables are available at least 6 weeks before registration and you can refer to the academic calendar for examination weeks and resit periods.

      The days of the week you study may change each year and in some circumstances one of the full days might have to be split into two half days, but we aim to keep these as full days where possible.

      Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods:

      Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
      • 75%     Coursework
      • 25%     Written Exams
      Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
      • 70%     Coursework
      • 20%     Written Exams
      • 10%     Placement
      Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
      • 65%     Coursework
      • 35%     Written Exams
      • 10%     Placement (if you choose an Undergraduate Placement Project)

      We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.

      Formative assessment opportunities are written into all module plans to provide students with on-going feedback.  End of semester assessments will have formative opportunities in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester.  In addition revision sessions will be held in week 12.

      Your final degree classification is calculated as an average of your highest 60 credits at Level 5 and all credits at Level 6.

      70%+         First
      60-69%     2:1
      50-59%     2:2
      40-49%     Third

      As a player for Peterborough United Foundation you will be able to continue with your training and matches for the club.

      At level 5 of the course, there will be an opportunity to work alongside local employers to carry our projects and research.

      In your final year, you will have the choice of undertaking an Undergraduate Major Project or Undergraduate Placement Project and this placement can be with an employer in the sports or school sector.

      The degree will develop your psychological, technical, tactical and physical attributes to improve you as player in a professional football club. It will also improve your careers prospects during and after your playing career if you want to continue working in the football industry.

      You can continue your studies at postgraduate level to teach in primary or secondary schools with the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or you can study a Masters in Sport Psychology, Strength and Conditioning or Sport and Exercise Science.

      Just some of the future careers for graduates after completing the course include:

      • Sports Coach
      • Performance Analyst
      • Sports Development Officer
      • Sports Scientist
      • Sports Psychologist
      • Fitness Instructor / Personal Trainer
      • Strength and Conditioning Coach
      • Exercise Referral Specialist

      I am the Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degree at University Centre Peterborough.  I studied a BSc Sport and Exercise at the University of Northampton attaining a first class degree and went on to study at Coventry University for an MSc in Strength and Conditioning.

      I have worked in the health and fitness industry for over 10 years as a personal trainer, sports massage therapist and more recently a strength and conditioning coach at Northamptonshire County Cricket Club.

      Since 2014, I have been teaching across a range of modules from level 4 to 6 specialising in Strength and Conditioning and Physiology based modules.  I currently lecture on the following modules:

      • Research Methods for Sport and Exercise
      • Applied Research Skills
      • Applied Research and Employability
      • Strength and Conditioning
      • Long Term Athlete Development
      • Undergraduate Major Project

      Throughout my career I have conducted research focussing specifically on enhancing endurance performance.  I have conducted the following research:

      • Effects of Echinacea supplementation on 10km running time trial performance
      • Effect of ischemic pre conditioning on a 5km running time trial

      I am currently working towards publication for research that investigated the use of self myofascial release on cycling performance and currently conducting research that explores the use of biofeedback on psychophysiological factors in cycling pacing strategies. 

      As a dissertation supervisor I have supported students in the publication of their abstracts for the Journal of Sports Sciences and presentation at the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR).

      Qualifications

      • MSc Strength and Conditioning, Coventry University
      • BSc Sport and Exercise Science, University of Northampton
      • Diploma in Education and Teaching

      When you have chosen a course to study at University Centre Peterborough, your next step is to make an application.

      For this partnership course, in the first instance please contact Jenna Lusk from the Peterborough United Foundation on 07706 245050 or email jenna.lusk@theposh.com to discuss the football aspect of the course.

      Before you apply, you must also meet the academic entry requirements which is listed on the course information pages.

      All FULL-TIME APPLICATIONS must be made to UCAS via a web-based tracker system – www.ucas.com (the institution code for University Centre Peterborough is P56 and the UCAS code will be provided by Peterborough United Foundation).

      If you have any questions about making an application contact the UCP Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk.

      When to apply

      We advise you to make an application for your chosen course as soon as possible to secure your place. We will process your application within 1 to 5 working days so you know if you have been successful and received an offer.

      The following timeline is for applications to start a course in September 2021.

      FIRST UCAS DEADLINE

      • Applications for the majority of courses will be made by 6pm on 15th January 2021.
      • If you have not made your application by this date you can still apply to University Centre Peterborough at any time afterwards.

      UCAS EXTRA

      • If you missed the first UCAS deadline, you can still apply through UCAS Extra from Thursday 25th February to Sunday 4th July 2021.
      • This also gives you the opportunity to add University Centre Peterborough as an additional choice if you have used all five choices and are not holding any offers.

      UCAS CLEARING

      • From Monday 5th July 2021 you can apply via UCAS through Clearing.
      • Clearing is for those who have not yet applied or students who have waited until they have received their grades. However, you do not need to wait until you receive your grades before applying through Clearing.
      • If you have applied and been accepted at another university, you still have the opportunity to change to study at University Centre Peterborough.
      • If you don’t get the grades you expected, don’t panic. Just contact us during Clearing and we can  usually confirm your place very quickly. We are used to helping students at this time of year.

      Types of offer

      When you make an application, you will receive one of the following offers:

      • CONDITIONAL OFFER: You will have to meet certain conditions before the start of the course (such as achieving your exams with a certain grade). We will specify these conditions when making you an offer. When you achieve these grades your place will then be confirmed.
      • UNCONDITIONAL OFFER: You already meet the entry requirements for the course (i.e. you have achieved the grades already) and we are happy to offer you a place without conditions.
      • DECLINE: Unfortunately, we are not able to offer you a place at this time. We will advise you why you were unsuccessful on this occasion and we can give you advice on alternative courses for progression.

      Applicant days

      • We will be holding an Applicant Day for new students on Saturday 20th March 2021.
      • This invitation only event is available to students who are holding a Conditional Offer or Unconditional Offer. It will give you the opportunity to meet other students, academic staff and participate in subject sessions to help prepare you before starting in September 2021.
      • If you are still deciding on where to study then this day can be a great chance to see if studying with us is right for you.

      Advice Sessions and Open Days

      • If you would like help with your application, more information about student finances or have any questions, then you are welcome to book onto one of our regular Advice Sessions where you can speak to a member of staff for help and advice.
      • During our Open Days we run a series of talks on a variety of topics including applications and student finance.
      • For dates and times of the latest Advice Sessions and Open Days visit www.ucp.ac.uk/events.

      Key Facts

      Accredited by:
      Anglia Ruskin University

      Location
      Peterborough Campus and Mick George Training Facilities

      Duration and Delivery

      Full-time 3 years (2 full days a week over two semesters per year)


      Start Date
      September 2021

      Tuition fees

      The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students starting in 2021/22 will be £8,000 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.

      There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.


      Additional Notes

      Click here for terms and conditions 2021/22 including our complaints policy.


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