BSc (Hons)

Sport and Exercise Science

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  • UCAS code(s): C600 / 350Q
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 3 / 4 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

On this course students develop a multidisciplinary approach to sport and exercise science. Our sport and exercise science degree focuses on the scientific aspects of sport and exercise, and includes physical activity for health. It also offers many opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge in a variety of practical situations.

This course is ideal for students who have an interest in sports and exercise science. At NTU, we know how to raise standards and will help you develop into an experienced, capable scientist with a range of highly-valued, transferable skills.

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.

This course offers the unique opportunity to leave the University with numerous coaching qualifications and awards in addition to the degree.

Our recent graduates have gone on to become:

  • performance analysts for major football clubs
  • personal trainers
  • head coaches.

You you will be working with:

What our students say

"Some of the practical equipment we use on the course includes

  • douglas bags
  • cycle ergometers
  • treadmills
  • gas analysers
  • the environmental chamber
  • lactate analysers etc, all of which are totally relevant to the course in lab sessions.

"We also studied specific subjects like the disabilities module which is not taught at many universities and is valuable for understanding sport for all.

"If I had any advice for someone considering this course I'd say 'do it!' It's definitely the best thing I have ever done."

Eleanor Grove, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

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.

Visit our academic team pages to find out more about our approach to teaching, our partners and research interests.

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.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the ULP.

  • Year One

    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.

    Principles of Training

    This module provides essential information for working effectively and safely with the general population, as well as special
    populations, in a gym environment.

    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.

  • Year Two

    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.

    Training Principles to Practice

    You will have the opportunity to gain the industry recognised Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS) Level 3 award. You can
    choose the Personal Training or Exercise Referral pathways.

    Observational Analysis for Sport

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

    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.

  • Year Three

    This is your optional placement year.

  • Final year

    Core module:

    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.

    Chose two modules from:

    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.

    Choose two further modules from:

    Sport and Exercise Nutrition

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

    Environmental Sports Physiology

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

    Exercise Testing and Prescriptions for Health

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

    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.

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

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.

Lectures will be taught across Clifton Campus in:

  • Erasmus Darwin
  • Centre for Effective Learning in Science (CELS)
  • Teaching and Learning building.

See Clifton Campus maps and travel information.

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)

Assessment methods

Year 1 - coursework (38%), written (45%), and practical (17%)

Year 2 - coursework (67%) and written (33%)

Year 3 - coursework (56%), written (37%), and practical (7%)

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

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

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

Year 2 - lectures/seminars/workshops (23%) and independent study (77%)

Year 3 - lectures/seminars/workshops (24%) and independent study (76%)

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:

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.

Excellent placement opportunities

You will have the option to undertake a one year work placement. On successful completion you will graduate with an additional award – the Placement Diploma in Professional Practice.

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

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.

Entry requirements

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.

* 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.

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.

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.

* 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.

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you are an international student who does not meet the direct entry requirements for this course, you can prepare for it at Nottingham Trent International College. Their Foundation Certificate in Science and Engineering (life sciences) offers students a guaranteed progression route to this degree on successful completion to the required level.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

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!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

  • For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.
  • For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

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.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

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?

All mandatory costs for the course are covered in the course fee. In addition, most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. A good supply of these essential textbooks are available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

Students may choose to apply for a placement option during their course. If successful, students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

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 - £50.

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

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

What do the course fees cover?

All mandatory costs for the course are covered in the course fee. In addition, most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. A good supply of these essential textbooks are available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

Students may choose to apply for a placement option during their course. If successful, students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

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 - £50.

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

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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