BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Coaching)

BSc(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science(Coaching) degree will provide you with the skills and knowledge to prepare you for a career in sport, leisure or the health industry.

This course follows a multi-disciplinary approach where you will study core modules such as physiology, psychology and coaching, and learn about the interaction between these core disciplines as experienced in real life settings. You will also have the opportunity to study applied modules and tailor your degree to your preference through modules such as performance analysis, strength & conditioning and the developing athlete. You will develop a theoretical understanding of sport, exercise and coaching sciences and be able to apply it within practice.

These scientific methods are explored with a specialised laboratory environment utilising the latest technology and analytical equipment in a small, friendly and supportive setting. As well as lectures at our Peterborough campus, students will use a state-of-the-art sports laboratory, gym facilities and sports hall at Peterborough College.

Employability is a key theme and will be embedded into your modules. Throughout your studies you will gain significant experience in the sports industry working with sports teams and organisations such as Peterborough United Football Club, Peterborough Rowing Club and a variety of educational institutions. Previous students have worked in local schools as teaching assistants in PE lessons gaining valuable experience in teaching (an enhanced DBS check is required), whereas others have obtained internships working with sports academies.

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 2022, you must meet the following entry requirements:

72 UCAS points in any subjects:

  • A-levels (CDE or BC)
  • BTEC (MMP)
  • Cambridge Technicals (MMP)
  • Access to HE (45 credits)

Mature students or students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

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.


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


To find out more about UCAS tariff points and how they work, visit

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.


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.


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.


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)
  • Introduction to Academic Skills for Sport and Exercise(15 credits)
  • Human Anatomy(15 credits)
  • Psychological Basis of Sport and Exercise(15 credits)
  • Introduction to Sports Development(15 credits)
  • Foundations of Sports Coaching(15 credits)
  • Foundations of Exercise Physiology and Nutrition(15 credits)
  • Introduction to Performance Analysis(15 credits)
  • Foundations of Skill Acquisition(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)


  • Anticipation and Decision Making in Sport (15 credits)
  • Practical Coaching Skills(15 credits)
  • Applied Performance Analysis(15 credits)
  • Introduction to Strength and Conditioning(15 credits)
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • Undergraduate Major Project or Undergraduate Placement Project (30 credits)
  • Multi-disciplinary Approaches to Training and Assessment(30 credits)
  • Applications in Sport and Exercise Psychology(15 credits)
  • Leadership, Management and Mentoring(15 credits)


  • Contemporary Issues in Sport and Exercise Science(15 credits)
  • Strength and Conditioning for Human Performance(15 credits)
  • The Developing Athlete(15 credits)
  • Coaching Placement(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

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. The placement can be with an employer in the sports or school sector.

As the course is timetabled as full days during the week when studied full-time, this also gives you the flexibility to find a work placement, internship or volunteering opportunity which will improve your employability after you graduate. All students are encouraged to identify work experience in addition to their work placement to aid their career development.

Each year, there are many students who complete the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science course who go on to study at postgraduate level. This includes the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) to teach in primary or secondary schools and 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

Aimee Evans

I am the course leader for the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degree at University Centre Peterborough. Alongside my academic and research career, I have worked in the professional sports industry as a sport scientist / strength and conditioning coach at Leicester City Football Club, Peterborough United Football Club and Hull City Football Club.

Throughout my career, my research has focused on enhancing athletic performance and maximising adaptations to training. More specifically, my current PhD-related research investigates the recovery kinetics within professional soccer.

I currently lecture on modules relating to strength and conditioning, developing athletes, physiological approaches to training, and research skills. I am passionate about ensuring students leave university as well-rounded individuals with a blend of practical and theoretical knowledge to support them within future careers. This is a key theme throughout our modules at UCP, where students will have the opportunity to put their academic understanding into practice in the classroom, laboratory or on the field.


  • PhD Sport, Health and Exercise Science (currently studying)
  • MRes Sport and Exercise Science
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training (currently studying)
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

Professional memberships

  • Accredited BASES Sport and Exercise Scientist
  • Certified NSCA Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Associate UKSCA member

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

All FULL-TIME APPLICATIONS must be made to UCAS via a web-based tracker system – (the institution code for University Centre Peterborough is P56).

All PART-TIME APPLICATIONS can be submitted directly to University Centre Peterborough. You can download and complete the following form then email to, or send it through the post, or visit us in person.

Before you apply, please check that you meet the entry requirement which is listed on the course information pages.

If you have any questions about making an application contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email

If you are currently studying

University Centre Peterborough are committed to supporting all of our applicants who are currently studying A-level, BTEC, Access to HE or other qualifications. We want everyone achieve the best possible outcomes and we will support applicants in the coming months so they are not disadvantaged in any way due to recent changes in exams and grading. All applicants should continue to work hard as this will help teachers assess your ability and help prepare you before starting your higher education or degree course.

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 2022.


  • Applications for the majority of courses will be made by 6pm on 26th January 2022 
  • If you have not made your application by this date you can still apply to University Centre Peterborough at any time afterwards.


  • If you missed the first UCAS deadline, you can still apply through UCAS Extra from Friday 25th February to Monday 4th July 2022.
  • 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.


  • From Tuesday 5th July 2022 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

Key Facts

Institution code
Tariff points
Validated by:
The Open University

Peterborough Campus

Duration and Delivery

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

Part-time 4 years (1-2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

Start Date
September 2022

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students starting in 2022/23 will be £8,000 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.

Fees for part-time study are pro-rata depending on the number of credits you are studying (i.e. 90 credits per year will be 75% of the tuition fee).

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

Additional Notes

Click here for terms and conditions 2022/23 including our complaints policy.

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