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Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): C600 (full-time); 350Q (sandwich)
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

Building on your passion for sport and exercise, we’ll support you to understand the how and the why of optimising athletic performance.

The course covers a wide range of disciplines including psychology, physiology, biomechanics, performance analysis and nutrition. You’ll get hands-on and apply your knowledge to real-world challenges in our excellent lab facilities.

More than 30 sport and leisure organisations support this course, including the British Olympic Association, Derby Rugby Club, and
the British Association for Sport and Exercise Science. It’s these links that get you valuable industry experience alongside learning the theory.

You’ll work with recreational and elite athletes and have the opportunity to take your Register of Exercise Professional (REPS) Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification alongside your degree.

Why choose this course?

You will have access to outstanding facilities, including a:

  • British Olympic Association (BOA) approved Environmental Chamber
  • Biomechanics laboratory including Biomechanics and Performance Analysis Suite.

You will be working with:

  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Science accredited physiologists
  • The British Psychological Society chartered psychologists and following nationally recognised guidelines of good practice.

What you’ll study

Sport and exercise scientists improve performance, and at NTU that's what we are passionate about. We help sportsmen and women raise their game while keeping them healthy and limiting the risk of injury. Just as sportsmen and women need the support of sport scientists, industry, healthcare, education and the public sector need conscientious, critical thinkers who know how to interact well with others, set and achieve goals and enthuse those around them. We will teach you how to do all of this and more.

Who will teach me?

The Sport Science team addresses contemporary issues within sport, exercise and physical activity. We take a reality-based approach to education where you are encouraged to put theory into practice. We provide you with multiple opportunities for hands-on learning through innovative teaching methods, lab work, industry placements and consultancy.

Sport at NTU

As well as offering a wide range of sporting activities organised by the Students' Union, the University is active in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions, which take place on Wednesday afternoons throughout the year. From rugby and football to swimming and rowing, there is chance to get involved with sports at all levels. Find out more about the sport and lifestyle programmes at NTU.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Find out more about the ULP.

Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology

This module provides the foundations of the key human systems (both anatomical and physiological) and their responses and
adaptations to sport and exercise.

Foundations in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Examine the psychological consequences of engaging in sport and exercise, as well as the mental factors that impact on quality
sport and exercise experiences.

Principles of Biomechanics

Learn about the theoretical and practical aspects of biomechanics relevant to understanding motion of the human body and the forces generated or experienced by the human body.

Sport, Culture and Society: a Critical Introduction

Explore the importance of the social sciences in the understanding of sport and in the education of every sports professional.

Foundation Nutrition

Learn the essential principles and concepts of nutrition, focusing upon the structure and function of nutrients, the effects of
consumption and the methods for assessing nutritional intake and status.

Introduction to Research

Get an overall perspective of the research process in the context of sport, exercise, health and leisure management, and learn the research skills necessary to successfully complete your studies.

Core modules

Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology

Through both theoretical and practical study you will learn how the body’s structures and functions are altered by bouts of physical exercise, and how these concepts can be applied to training.

Practical Applications in Sport and Exercise Psychology

This module introduces the concept of evidence-based practice, and frameworks of assessment, intervention and evaluation to address issues in sport, coaching, social and exercise psychology.

Experimental Biomechanics

Building on the biomechanical principles studied in Year One, you will develop the skills required to explain measurable human
movements and forces using biomechanical theories.

Research Design and Analysis

Using enquiry based learning, you will continue to learn about the research process and gain an understanding and experience of how research is conducted within the field of sport and exercise science.

Optional modules

Choose one module from:

Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Develop the fundamental knowledge and understanding that underpins the relationship between nutrition and exercise performance.

Observational Analysis for Sport

Learn the key concepts, skills and techniques for observational analysis of sports, including match analysis, motion analysis and techniques analysis.

Choose one module from:

Exercise and Health Physiology

Develop your understanding of how disease states affect physiological processes to impede exercise capacity and how exercise training can improve health and wellbeing.

Sociology of Sport, Health and the Body

Develop a critical understanding of the active body in society by connecting key theories and concepts with personal experiences, professional challenges, and popular cultural examples.

Behaviour Change in Sport and Physical Activity

Learn about evidence, methods and theory in relation to changing and maintaining behaviour(s) relevant to health and wellbeing.

Optional year-long work placement.  If you are not taking a placement, you will progress directly to your final year in year three.

Core modules:

Sport Project and Dissertation

You will produce an original and independent piece of work in a specialist area of sport and exercise science depending on your focus of study.

Applied Sport and Exercise Science

Adopt a multidisciplinary approach to sport and exercise science and develop case studies that apply at disciplines of sport and exercise science science.

Optional modules:

Choose one from:

Contemporary Issues in the Sociology of Sport: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

This module seeks to situate sport within a broad consideration of global processes, practices and consequences.

Sport, Exercise and the Brain

You'll explore how psychological factors, such as self-control, affect exercise adherence and sporting performance. Additionally, you will examine how physical activity and exercise affect psychophysiological outcomes, such as cognitive function and mental health.

Strength, Power and Endurance for Sport and Exercise

This module typically focuses on six topics related to applied exercise physiology and strength and conditioning research.

Exercise Testing and Prescription for Health

This module will cover elements such as general principles of exercise testing and prescription, paediatric conditions, geriatric conditions and gender specific conditions.

Choose one from:

Child and Adolescent Growth, Health and Performance

The module will describe and critically evaluate the processes of growth and development in humans, and the potential impact of these on the current (and future) health and performance of the growing child and adolescent.

Advanced Topics in Sport and Exercise Psychology

You will become familiar with selected areas such as motivational climate, athletic identity, mental toughness, psychology of injury and morality in sport. The emphasis of this module will be placed on current primary research.

Applied Biomechanics

This module addresses, in the context of biomechanics, how to improve and / or optimise human performance and to understand how human performance can be affected by or result in dysfunction.

Current Topics in Sport and Exercise Nutrition

This module provides the fundamental knowledge and understanding that underpins the relationship between nutrition and exercise performance.

Choose one from:

Motor Control and Skill Acquisition

This module outlines how human movement and motor programs are initiated, controlled, learned, taught and performed.

Challenging Critical Issues in Sport

You'll analyse complex problems such as sports injury, drug use in sport and inequality and develop potential solutions using positive social changes.

Environmental Sports Physiology

This module outlines some of the physiological adaptations that occur when the human body is exposed to an extreme environment.

Illness and Injury in Sport and Exercise

Investigate injury management and illnesses that occur in sport and exercise. You'll examine the epidemiology, mechanisms and risk factors and the use of strategies to avoid and lessen the occurrence of sports injuries and illnesses.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Rebecca King

Not only was the exchange an insight into the American education system but it allowed me to experience sport in a country whose culture is very centred around this area

How you’re taught

How will I study?

You will have around 12 hours of scheduled contact time per week, this will take the form of traditional lectures and seminars, practical workshops and external visits. The remainder of your time will be self-guided, independent study.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed using a variety of methods relevant to the specific modules, these include:

  • coursework: (assignments, group projects, dissertation, case studies)
  • practical: (oral presentation (individual and group), laboratory assessments / reports)
  • written: (exams, written tests)

Contact hours

Year 1 - lectures/seminars/workshops (26%) and independent study (74%)

Year 2 - lectures/seminars/workshops (24%) and independent study (76%)

Year 3 - lectures/seminars/workshops (18%) and independent study (82%)

A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study

Staff Profiles

Simon Cooper

Associate Professor

School of Science & Technology

Simon Cooper

Ian Varley

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Ian Varley

Cleveland Barnett

Associate Professor

School of Science & Technology

Cleveland Barnett - Senior Lecturer for Biomechanics

Neil Williams

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Neil Williams - Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition - staff profile

Michael Johnson

Principal Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Michael Johnson

How you’re assessed

Year 1 - coursework (50%), written (33%) and practical (17%)

Year 2 - coursework (60%), written (25%) and practical (15%)

Year 3 - coursework (83%), written (10%) and practical (7%)

A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study

Careers and employability

Your career development

This course will enable you to develop and apply a range of essential, transferable management skills that are greatly respected by employers.

Recent graduates have achieved the following company 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.

Graduate salaries range from £10,000 – £30,000 per year.

You can also undertake further study on one of our Masters-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.

Throughout your time with us you will have many opportunities to:

  • put theory into practice
  • gain valuable experience
  • develop the skills that will prepare you for the career of your choice.

Placements

NTU is one of the most employment-focused universities. Increasingly, employers want to recruit graduates who have real-world work experience. That’s why all of our courses, across every subject area, offer you a work experience opportunity. Our experts help build and support your future with a range of career programmes and events.

On this course, after your second year, you will have the opportunity to take a year's work placement (sandwich placement). This will give you the chance to gain vital experience and put your knowledge into practice. You're also twice as likely to secure a graduate job within six months if you take a work placement.

Our recent Engineering students have taken placements across a wide range of companies including the NHS, Nottingham Forest Academy, Leicester Tigers Rugby and well as local councils and swimming clubs. They secured varied roles such as Physical Activity Coordinator, Trainee Sport Scientist, Performance Analyst and Strength Conditioning Coach.

You'll be supported and assessed throughout your placement year and will write a reflective report and diary at the end of your placement. When you successfully complete your placement, you will be eligible to receive an additional award of a Diploma in Professional Practice.

Find out more about work placements.

Throughout your time with us you will have many opportunities through the placement and consultancy projects to put theory into practice and gain valuable experience and develop the skills that will prepare you for the career of your choice.

Currently, over 30 sport and leisure organisations support this course, providing you with invaluable industry experience including:

  • British Olympic Association
  • England Hockey
  • Nottingham Forest Football Club
  • Derby Rugby Club
  • British Association for Sport and Exercise Science.

As well as the new placement option, you will undertake research and consultancy projects with a host of leading organisations and agencies during this course.

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Campus and facilities

Where will I study?

Teaching events are held across Clifton Campus, and include interactive workshops in spaces specifically designed for collaborative, hands-on learning.

We have the stimulating and creative environment needed to equip students with the knowledge and transferable skills to put them ahead of the graduate crowd. We provide first class facilities that enhance the quality of our education and push the boundaries of our research, these include:

The University has a wide range of sporting and health related facilities across three of our campuses. We offer the following:

  • sports coaching
  • sports injury clinics
  • fitness suites
  • specialist facilities
  • more than 40 sports clubs.

Sport, exercise and health physiology laboratories

These are fully equipped with specialist facilities that provide a high-quality, dynamic learning environment to cater for different types of exercise testing and physical activity.

British Olympic Association (BOA) Approved Environmental Chamber

The chamber has been used by Olympic athletes for acclimatisation to extreme competition environments. It enables us to simulate climates anywhere in the world, from Everest to Egypt.

Biomechanics and Performance Analysis Suite

This includes isokinetic and isometric dynamometers for assessment of force produced by muscle groups of the body. You will also have access to a 3D camera motion analysis system.

The Culinary Skills Teaching Kitchen and the Lee Westwood Centre Nutrition Suite

You will have the opportunity to develop your cooking skills and deliver cook and eat sessions.

IT, Sports Psychology and Management suites

THese facilities are used for match analysis, statistical analysis, nutritional analysis and coaching analysis.

You will also have a host of sporting clubs and societies to get involved in.

Entry requirements

128 UCAS Tariff points

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – ABB, including Physical Education or a Science subject* and excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma** – DDM, including relevant Physical Education or Science modules; or
  • 128 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including a Physical Education or a Science subject and excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C/4.

* We will accept Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Sport Studies or Psychology

** If you are applying with a BTEC Extended Certificate (previously BTEC Subsidiary Diploma) you will also need an A-level in a science subject or equivalent.

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

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.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

  • If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – ABB, including Physical Education or a Science subject* and excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma** – DDM, including relevant Physical Education or Science modules; or
  • 128 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including a Physical Education or a Science subject and excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C/4.
  • * We will accept Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Sport Studies or Psychology

    ** If you are applying with a BTEC Extended Certificate (previously BTEC Subsidiary Diploma) you will also need an A-level in a science subject or equivalent.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Undergraduate preparation courses (Foundation)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Foundation courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Advanced standing (starting your undergraduate degree in year 2 or 3)

You may be able to start your undergraduate course in year 2 or 3 based on what you have studied before.  This decision would be made in accordance with our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy.

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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.

What do the course fees cover?

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text 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! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Placements

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.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs approximately £20 - £30.

A deposit is required for laboratory lockers (approximately £5)

There will be a £30 exam fee for students taking REPS qualifications.

Tuition fees 

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government. See our fees for 2022 entry.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

What do the course fees cover?

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text 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! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Placements

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.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs approximately £20 - £30.

There will be a £30 exam fee for students taking REPS qualifications.

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.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

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!

You can apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not applying to any other UK universities, you can apply directly to us on our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  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.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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