BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

The Sport and Exercise Science 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, coaching and psychology and learn about the interaction between these core disciplines as experienced in real life settings.  You will develop a theoretical understanding of Sport and Exercise Science and be able apply it to current 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 main Park Crescent campus, students will use state-of-the-art sports laboratory, gym facilities and sports hall.

This course has a strong focus on employability.  In addition to your degree you will have opportunities to undertake additional qualifications as part of your degree to equip you with the skills and knowledge to be successful in your subject area.

Throughout your studies you will gain a significant amount of sports industry experience working with sports teams in the local area such as Peterborough United Football Club, Vivacity and Premier Sport. In addition students have worked in local schools as teaching assistants in PE lessons gaining valuable experience in teaching.  Employability is a key theme and will be embedded into your modules throughout.

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

  • Placements will be offered to students to help develop experience and improve career prospects.
  • Additional qualifications will be provided to supplement your degree making you more employable in the sector.
  • 100% of students in 2017/18 were employed within 6 months of graduating or studying a postgraduate qualification.

Please contact us 01733 214466 or email for the latest UCAS tariff during Clearing. For details about Clearing please visit

We accept UCAS points with the following qualifications:

  • A-levels
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
  • Cambridge Technicals Level 3
  • IB Diploma
  • Access to HE

Students who do not qualify by any of these qualifications should call 01733 214466 or email to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

You must have GCSEs English, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above or grade 4 or above.

We accept A-level General Studies and AS-levels when combined with other full qualifications.

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


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.


UCP offers students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning processes ensure that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you should 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, in which their claim is justified in detail and is supported by relevant evidence. 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.

If you have any questions about entry requirements contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email

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)
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Sports Development (15 credits)
  • Academic Skills for Sport and Exercise Science (15 credits)
  • Psychological Basis of Sport and Exercise (15 credits)
  • Foundations of Sports Coaching (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Performance Analysis (15 credits)
  • Sociology of Sport (15 credits)
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • Applied Research Skills for Sport and Exercise Science (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 30 credits of optional modules dependant on pathway
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • Undergraduate Major Project / 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 30 credits of optional modules dependant on pathway

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 includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study.  A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours 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).

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

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.

We recommend that full-time students allow up to an additional 30 hours per week for additional study. The campus is open Monday to Friday throughout the whole year and open late until 9.00pm from Monday to Thursday during term time. You also have 24/7 access to online resources from Anglia Ruskin University.

Timetables are available at least one month before enrolment and you can refer to the academic calendar for examination weeks and resit periods. Note that 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%     Practical Exams
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • 70%     Coursework
  • 20%     Practical Exams
  • 10%     Placement
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • 55%     Coursework
  • 35%     Practical Exams
  • 10%     Placement

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

Future careers after completing this course may 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) Sports Coaching and Physical Education 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).


  • 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.

All full-time applications for UK and EU students 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 directly to University Centre Peterborough. Contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email to start your application.

If you only wish to apply to University Centre Peterborough and already have the entry requirements, you can also apply directly to us by downloading and completing the following form.

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


For full-time undergraduate and HNC/D applications, 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 a successfully received an unconditional or conditional offer. We are available to help you through every step of the way.

From Friday 5th July 2019 you can apply via UCAS through Clearing. This is open to 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.

For more information how to apply through Clearing please visit

Key Facts

Institution code
Accredited by:
Anglia Ruskin University

University Centre Peterborough (90%) / Peterborough Regional College (10%)

Duration and Delivery

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

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

Start Date
September 2019 or September 2020

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students starting in 2019/20 or 2020/21 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. 60 credits per year will be 50% of the tuition fee).

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

Additional Notes

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