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Applied Sport Science (top-up) - Mansfield BSc (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): C602
  • Start Date(s): September 2024
  • Duration: One year full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: NTU at Mansfield
  • Entry Requirements:
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This top-up degree gives you a hands-on approach to learning. You’ll be taught in small groups with access to lots of practical and lab-based work. This approach makes you think and behave like a professional sport scientist. Modules have been designed to give you practical skills and industry knowledge. Regular guest speakers bring the subject to life through their insights into what’s happening right now in the industry.

Assessment will be through coursework activities where you’ll demonstrate your understanding through written reports, individual and group presentations, project work as well as through your portfolio which you’ll develop on this course as evidence of your professional and academic progress.

You’ll be applying your learning in our state-of-the-art sport science facilities at our Mansfield site. Our well-equipped labs include eye-tracker systems for sport psychology, 3D motion capture systems for biomechanics and a range of bikes, treadmills and performance analysers for sports physiology.

If you have any questions about our Sport and Exercise Science course, you can now chat to our experienced lecturers and course leaders through Unibuddy.

Taught at NTU in Mansfield, we are providing access to alternative routes in higher education. We've built qualifications with the local job market in mind. Each of our higher education courses is relevant, hands-on and work focused.

  • Top 20 in the UK for teaching quality in Sport Science (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023).
  • Top 10 University for Sport in the British Universities & Colleges Sports (BUCS) Championship 2021 - 2022.

What you’ll study

In the Applied Performance Analysis module you’ll link with professional sports teams from around the world, and in our Exercise and Health for Children and Adolescents module you’ll gain experience of collecting physical activity and health data in a school environment.

Analysis of Human Performance

You'll develop your knowledge of the physical capabilities of athletes or clients and understand how to measure and evaluate human performance in sport and exercise science laboratory settings. To understand human performance, you must understand traditional and modern methods of collecting, analysing, and interpreting data, and you'll gain a lot of experience doing this within a sporting setting.

Exercise and Health in Children and Adolescents

This module is ideal grounding if you are looking to work with children and adolescents in the future. You'll learn how to critically assess and measure methods of assessing health in children before using this knowledge to make recommendations.

Advanced Topics in Sport Psychology

Develop your critical evaluation skills by focusing on current topics in sport and exercise psychology. You'll study and discuss sport psychology using journals and relevant literature - broadening your knowledge of this multidimensional subject.

Performance Analysis

In this industry-focused module, you will consider the performance analysis needs within a specific sporting context, focusing on notational analysis and using specialist equipment and software. You will apply diagnostic, analytical and creative skills to develop a Performance Analysis department.

Research Project

You'll produce an original and independent piece of work related to your interests, in a specialist area of sport science, coaching, exercise science or sport and leisure management.

Staff Profiles

Stuart Jolly

Principal Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Dr Stuart Jolly, Principal Lecturer in the Dept of Sport Science at NTU. Extensive experience of course development, quality assurance and course leadership.

How you’re assessed

Assessment will be through coursework activities where you’ll demonstrate your understanding through written reports, individual and group presentations, project work as well as through your portfolio which you’ll develop on this course as evidence of your professional and academic progress.

Careers and employability

Your future career

This course equips you for employment in a wide range of jobs in the sport and leisure industry, in both the public and private sectors. It can also lead to postgraduate study after graduation. Recent NTU sport science graduates have gone on to the following companies and roles:

  • NHS – respiratory physiologist
  • Northampton Saints Rugby Club – assistant performance analyst
  • Derby College – lecturer in biology and health nutrition
  • Manchester City Football Club – academy performance analyst
  • Excel Sport Coaching – head coach
  • Sports Xtra – regional manager
  • International Football Association – football coach
  • West Bromwich Albion – academy match analyst
  • David Lloyd – sales and marketing consultant
  • Derby County Football Club – performance analyst
  • Stoke City Football Club – Stoke City football community programme worker
  • Tottenham Hotspur Football Club – junior sport science intern.

Careers Team

At NTU in Mansfield, our award-winning Employability team is here to inspire and enhance your career planning, whichever path you choose. Whether you wish to go on to further study or to look for job opportunities, we can guide you to be a successful candidate.

Campus and facilities

We are continually investing in our facilities and transforming our learning and teaching environment to create an inspiring and innovative atmosphere. Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has announced an exciting new partnership with West Nottinghamshire College, which will see its higher education (HE) provision delivered from the College’s main campus in Mansfield. Teaching will take place at the College’s £6.5 million University Centre, which opened in 2016 and which is equipped with the latest facilities and state-of-the-art technology. Facilities include:

  • Diner and Courtyard Café
  • Learning resource centre
  • Social spaces
  • Sports hall
  • Student support services
  • Students' Union
  • Dedicated study zones including PC suites

As a Sport and Exercise Science student at Nottingham Trent University in Mansfield, you'll learn how to use sport and exercise science equipment and apply cutting-edge technologies in our high-tech Mansfield Sport and Exercise Science Laboratory throughout your foundation degree.

Entry requirements

  • a foundation degree in sport science or a related area; or
  • Pass of an HND course in sport science or related area: and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C/4.

Other requirements:

  • an enhanced level Disclosure and Barring Service check;

Other qualifications and experience

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or information, get in touch through our enquiry form

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on telephone +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our brand-new library, industry-standard workshops and study spaces, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

You’ll need to cover the cost of your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment and consumables. However, our NTU in Mansfield library is home to a wide range of books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! Our library team work closely with our academics to ensure that our library collection closely matches the topics you’ll be studying, to provide relevant resources for you to use, free of charge.

Printing and materials costs

Students should also budget approximately £100 per year to cover any printing that they may require to support their studies.


If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please call us on +44 (0)115 848 4200 or complete our enquiry form.