Undergraduate

BSc Sport and Exercise Science

Learn how to help athletes improve their performance. And how to protect the general public's health and wellbeing through exercise.

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

3 years

Typical offer

112 points

A Level grades: BBC

UCAS code

C610

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Course overview

Where else can you get opportunities to learn from Team GB? Nowhere else. Because Hull is the only official university partner of Team GB. We’re well connected locally too: professional sports teams, the NHS, nutritional health providers, schools. That means lots of hands-on placement opportunities, CV-boosting volunteering and career-inspiring networking as part of your degree.

Course overview

Why study it here?

First, your work placement is already built into your degree. So you get to apply the scientific theory of physiology, psychology and biomechanics with hands-on experience.

You can tap into our close links with Hull City, Hull KR and Hull FC: all three clubs have former Hull students working for them.

Plus the NHS, City Health Care Partnership, First Step Sport, Body Type Nutrition, Hull Sport and many local schools. And, of course, our partners Team GB – more on them later…

Second, you’ve got some of the best facilities in the industry on your doorstep. Like our Health and Human Performance Lab, Environmental Chamber and Exercise Physiology Labs.

And then there’s our new £16-million sports centre, and the opportunity to join one or more of the 50 Athletic Union clubs run by the students’ union.

Third, you join a university that invests in your potential. Each year, we award scholarships on our Talented Athlete Programme. As well as a cash award, you get personal support to suit you and your sport.

Fourth, you learn from tutors who work with both elite-level sports performers and NHS patients. As well as FIFA, the International Olympic Committee and the World AntiDoping Agency.

And fifth – the big one – you join the only university in the UK to have an official partnership with Team GB. What does that mean for you?

It means opportunities you can’t get anywhere else. Elite athletes and industry experts giving guest lectures and seminars, possible internships, and more.

Plus in your final year, you get to decide what you want to study. You can follow your passions and interests in psychology, biomechanics, physiology or nutrition and choose whether you want to focus on health and exercise, or sports and performance.

Add it all up, and you’ll leave here a well-rounded sports graduate with standout industry experience. Just what you need to pursue a truly rewarding career.

Six reasons to study Sport and Exercise Science at Hull

  1. Placements with professional sports teams
  2. 95% graduate employability rating
  3. Study at the official university partner of Team GB
  4. £16m investment in sports facilities
  5. Talented Athlete Programme for rising stars
  6. Student Thesis Conference in your third year

What you'll study

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

First year modules

  • Core

    Applied Human Physiology

    In lectures and lab sessions, you'll cover the structure and function of the body's major organ systems. 

    Principles of Anatomy and Biomechanics

    Explore anatomical structures of the musculoskeletal system and how they relate to functional human movement.

    Preparation for Learning in Sport, Health and Exercise Science

    This module considers the key study skills required to succeed in the sport, health and exercise science programmes. 

    Sport, Health and Exercise Psychology

    This module provides you with knowledge of various psychological assessment tools and techniques, such as anxiety inventories, imagery, relaxation and goal setting.

    Challenges Faced with Sport, Health and Exercise Science

    Here we adopt a solution-focused mindset - creatively approaching challenges like drugs in sport, obesity, poor nutrition and the ageing population.

    Conducting Science in Sport, Health and Exercise Science

    A solid grounding in to the scientific practice underlying the subject. It explores and critiques how data is collected and analysed.

Second year modules

  • Core

    Social Psychology of Sport, Health and Exercise

    Examine the effects of psychosocial dynamics in performance sport, health and exercise. You'll explore issues like muscle dysmorphia, drug use in sport and barriers to exercise. 

    Sport Physiology

    Examine the fundamentals of physiology in the context of sports performance. This module introduces methods of measuring performance and and physiological responses during sport.

    Analysis of Human Movement

    Explore the biomechanical methods to analyse human movement - including kinematics and kinetics using motion capture and force plates.

    Exercise Testing and Prescription for Health

    Explore the key concepts and skills involved in measuring fitness and writing an exercise prescription for non-clinical populations. 

    Professional Standards within Sport, Health and Exercise Science

    This module exposes you to the multiple disciplines within sport, health and exercise science, exploring how specific career pathways can be formed in accordance with relevant governing bodies.

    Research Methods

    Prepare and complete a small action research project to develop skills that will help you across your studies. It's hands-on learning about research methodology, ethical approval, data analysis and formulating research questions.

Final year modules

  • Core

    Dissertation

    You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

    Professional Practice in Sport, Health and Exercise Science

    This module provides you with an opportunity to engage in an approved work experience placement in a range of sport, health and exercise science activities.

  • Optional

    Exercise Prescription in Health and Disease

    Study the underlying pathophysiological basis of various disease states including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis and sarcopenia. 

    Contemporary Issues in Health and Exercise Psychology

    Gain a solid background in contemporary issues in health and exercise psychology. It will help you design behavioural change interventions that promote a healthier lifestyle.

    Sport Performance and Injury Prevention

    You'll explore key themes that impact sporting performance and injury prevention, as well as developing key practical and personal skills by conducting a mini research study.

    Nutrition in Sport and Exercise

    Gain an understanding of nutrition relating to health. You'll focus on the role of macronutrients, fluid balance and supplements, and their importance in sport and exercise.

    Applied Psychology in Sport Science

    Here you'll learn about the role of a sport psychologist, including qualification routes, code of conduct and ethics.

    Training and Performance in Extreme Environments

    Gain an understanding of working and exercising in environmental conditions under which the human body is severely stressed. 

    Nutrition in a Specialist Sporting Population

    Investigate the changing nutritional considerations that influence the performance of specialist sporting populations, as well as those exercising in extreme environments.

    Biomechanics in Health and Clinical Practice

    On this module, you'll cover topics such as lower-limb amputation, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, normal development, ageing and barefoot running.

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

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Entry requirements

Typical offer

  • A level grades BBC

  • BTEC grades DMM

  • Points required 112

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Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 18 credits at distinction in science units.

You will require a satisfactory Health check and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check 

Worried you don’t quite meet our entry requirements?

We consider experience and qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations above.

But it’s not just about the grades – we’ll look at your whole application. We want to know what makes you tick, and about your previous experience, so make sure that you complete your personal statement.

If you have any questions, our admissions team will be happy to help.

Don't meet our requirements?

We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

Switch to the foundation year

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Fees and funding

UK

£9,250 per year*

EU/International

£17,200 per year

UK fees for 2021 entry have not yet been confirmed. The fees shown are for 2020 entry.

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan of up to £9,488 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of our website.

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Sport rehabilitator
  • Clinical exercise scientist
  • Sport scientist
  • Personal trainer
  • Sport nutritionist
  • Performance analyst
  • Performance nutritionist
  • Coach

On these degrees, you’ll gain theoretical knowledge and real-world skills that are relevant to this growing market. So, when you graduate, you’ll be ready to work in specialist areas like professional sport, personal training and a range of NHS roles including health trainer or enter the NHS Scientist Training Programme. Recent graduates have gone on to secure roles with respected professional football clubs including Middlesbrough and Hull City.

Postgraduate study options include MSc Cancer RehabilitationMSc Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and MSc Clinical Exercise Physiology or MRes and PhD research.

Careers advice and support

Our team give you expert career advice and training. We’ll help you explore your options and progress into a career you’ll love. You’ll learn how to apply for jobs, prep for interviews and impress potential employers.

We can also get you into the room with a range of employers at on-campus events. Networking helps you plan your career path and can open doors to internships and job offers.

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*Satisfaction score for learning resources (National Student Survey 2019, HEIs)

†Percentage of students from this subject area in work or further study within six months of graduating: UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018