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BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

  • Course Type: Undergraduate Degree
  • Institution Code: P56
Course overview

What can this course lead to?

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

Who is it for?

The BSc (Hons) 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, performance analysis, 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 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).

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.

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 courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 20 students.

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What is covered?

YEAR 1 - Level 4

  • Introduction to Performance Analysis (15 credits )
  • Human Anatomy (15 credits)
  • Psychological Basis of Sport and Exercise (15 credits)
  • Research in Sport and Exercise Science (15 credits)
  • Foundations of Skill Acquisition (15 credits )
  • Foundations of Exercise Physiology and Nutrition (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Academic Skills for Sport and Exercise (15 credits)
  • Foundations of Kinesiology and Human Movement (15 credits)

YEAR 2 - Level 5

  • Applied Research Skills (15 credits)
  • Applied Principles of Sports Training (15 credits)
  • Exercise Testing and Prescription for Health (15 credits)
  • Project Preparation and Employability (15 credits)
  • Fitness Testing and Training (15 credits)
  • Assessment in Applied Sport Psychology (15 credits)

YEAR 3 - Level 6

  • Undergraduate Major Project or Undergraduate Placement Project (30 credits
  • Multidisciplinary Approaches to Training and Assessment (30 credits )
  • Applications in Sport and Exercise Psychology (15 credits)
  • Applied Exercise Referral and Prescription for Health (15 credits)
  • CHOOSE 30 CREDITS - Optional Modules
  • Motor Learning and Performance (15 credits)
  • Injuries and Rehabilitation (15 credits)
  • Applied Performance Analysis (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Strength and Conditioning (15 credits)

CHOOSE 30 CREDITS - Optional Modules

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

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

72 UCAS Points from a sports related subject and 5 GCSE grades C/4 or above including English and Maths.

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. For more information on EU and overseas qualifications, UCAS, accreditation of prior learning and failure to meet the entry requirements please visit

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The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students will be £8,250 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. 

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)


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