BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
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Why choose this course?
- 90% of students said that they were satisfied with the overall quality of this course, according to the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS)
- BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science is a BASES (The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences) Undergraduate Endorsed Course - their rigorous assessment criteria ensures that only the highest calibre courses achieve the BASES endorsement award
- Enjoy the use of specialist facilities, including our brand new £10.8m Sports Centre, and state-of-the-art equipment, like our cycle ergometers, Batak reaction time wall, and VICON camera system
- Develop vital employability skills while undertaking work placements with organisations like Derby County Football Club and Leicester Tigers Rugby Club
- Work towards professional qualifications, such as the National Governing Body Coaching Awards, which are recognised and valued nationally by employers.
UCAS code: C603
Start date: September
Course length: Full-time: three years. Part-time: up to six years.
Campus: Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus
College: College of Life & Natural Sciences
This course is available to international students
About this course
Explore your passion
If you’re interested in the science behind sport and exercise and the roles of biomechanics, physiology, and psychology in performance, this course is for you. You’ll benefit from masterclass sessions from sport and exercise professionals. You’ll also test and measure health and fitness, and utilise computer software to analyse the results of performance in our specialist facilities. Our team includes accredited professionals who provide our students with quality teaching and support.
Our staff are actively involved in research, high-performance sport, applied sport science consultancy work, and are members of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science, National Strength and Conditioning Association, UK Strength and Conditioning Association, and Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity, so you can be sure you'll be learning from experts.
You'll have the chance to gain National Governing Body Coaching Awards, the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) Higher Professional Diploma, as well as prepare for the National Strength and Conditioning Association's (NSCA) accreditation, during this course. We're a centre for the NSCA's Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification, being one of only four universities in the UK to offer this. All of these professional qualifications are highly recognised by employers so you can ensure you'll be studying on a professional and up-to-date course.
You'll have the opportunity to undertake a six-week work placement during both your first and second years, which will help you translate theory into practice. Many of our students have had placements with Nottingham Forest FC, Derby Cricket Club, Leicester Tigers RFU, Derby County FC, as well as local schools, hospitals and leisure centres. Some of our students have also gone on to gain employment from their placements.
The University also boasts an excellent Sport and Exercise Internship Programme. We understand the need to best prepare you for life after study, and aim to develop your transferable skills to enhance your employability through experience. Over the past year, we have had thirty students performing a variety of roles with organisations who have approached us for assistance, including West Bromwich Albion FC and Team Derby.
If you enjoy challenges and would like to be recognised for your sporting passion, then you could become involved with Team Derby. Team Derby covers all aspects of sport here at the University, including our courses, sports clubs, Athletics Union and sport development, so there's a real sporting community and you'll be a part of it.
Our brand new £10.8 million Sports Centre includes a main hall, a fitness gym and associated strength and conditioning area, studios, squash and badminton courts, an internal climbing wall, sprint track, changing rooms, treatment rooms, and a café. Our new and exciting facility complements our existing floodlit all-weather pitches, tennis courts, sports hall, and fitness suite.
We have a well-equipped sport and exercise physiology laboratory and a separate biomechanics laboratory containing the latest equipment for testing and measuring the parameters of health and fitness. In addition, we use a range of computer software packages for statistical and movement analysis. Have a look at our Physiology Laboratory.
For students who follow the Strength and Conditioning pathway, you'll get to use some of the best lifting equipment and develop your practical skills in our strength and conditioning room. Have a look at our Strength and Conditioning facilities.
For recreational sport, we have a new 44-station fitness facility at our Kedleston Road site, equipped with the latest Technogym and Wellness system technology, catering for first timers or elite performers.
What you will cover
You’ll study the core science subjects of physiology, psychology and biomechanics, and have the opportunity to choose from specialised areas such as nutrition, performance analysis and strength and conditioning. This will enable you to follow your interests and tailor the course to your career aspirations.
You'll study modules such as:
- Academic and Applied Skills for Sport and Exercise Science
- Principles of Sport and Exercise Physiology
- Introduction to Anatomy for Sport and Exercise
- Motor Control and Learning
- Principles of Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Principles of Sport Biomechanics
- Research Methods for Sport and Exercise
- Physiological Assessment
- Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Biomechanical Assessment
You'll choose two of these optional modules:
- Nutrition and Metabolism for Sport and Exercise
- Physical Activity and Health
- Strength and Conditioning
- Injury Rehabilitation for Sport and Exercise Science
- Applied Sport Science
- Independent Study for Sport and Exercise
You'll choose to study at least one of these modules:
- Applied Sport Physiology
- Applied Sport Psychology
- Applied Biomechanics and Performance Analysis
In addition, you'll choose two of these optional modules:
- Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism for Sport and Exercise
- Biomedical Implications of Exercise, Activity, and Health
- Applied Strength and Conditioning
- Applied Injury Rehab and Risk Reduction
- Applied Sport Physiology (if not already selected as a core module)
- Applied Sport Psychology (if not already selected as a core module)
- Applied Biomechanics and Performance Analysis (if not already selected as a core module)
September 2016 typical entry requirements UCAS points 320 (up to 40 from AS-levels) Specific requirements at A-level N/A Specific requirements at GCSE Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths and English Interview / Audition N/A Portfolio N/A
The way UCAS Tariffs are calculated is changing in 2017. The entry requirement below reflects this change. Read more about these changes.
September 2017 typical entry requirements UCAS points 128 (up to 16 from AS-levels) Specific requirements at A-level N/A Specific requirements at GCSE Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths and English Interview / Audition N/A Portfolio N/A
Please Note: A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required to commence this course at the University. The Disclosure and Barring Service was established when the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged in 2012 and will now provide the criminal records checking service for this course.
If you have lived outside of the UK in the past five years (excluding holidays), you will need to provide a current satisfactory Certificate of Good Conduct from the country you were resident in. You will need to submit this at your course induction. Further information can be found on the gov.uk website.
Use our UniPoints app as a guide to calculate your UCAS Tariff points, search for courses and check entry requirements for 2017 and beyond.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
How to apply
- Full-time students should apply for this course through UCAS.
- Part-time students should apply directly to the University.
- If you want to start in September, you usually need to apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
Information for international applicants
Fees and finance
Full-time Part-time UK/EU
£9,000 per year
£1,125 per module
£11,500 per year
How you will learn
92% of students were satisfied with the teaching of this course, according to the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS).
We take pride in the teaching and learning experience of our students. You’ll learn through lectures, practicals, and seminars, all of which take place at our Kedleston Road site.
We have received particular praise from external reviewers on our innovative use of practical assessments, which take place in our new specialised facilities. These are carried out alongside written coursework, verbal presentations, and examination-style assessments to create a well-balanced assessment portfolio.
Careers and employability
Recent graduates now enjoy roles as cardiac physiologist assistants, sports coaches, health advisors, physiotherapy assistants, and performance analyst interns. Others have gained employment from their work placements and internships.
You may also choose to study MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science (Physiology, Psychology and general sports science pathways are available) where you will develop advanced knowledge in the subject, or our MRes (Sport and Exercise) , where you can further your applied sport science and research skills. Both these postgraduate courses offer students the opportunity to develop skills in teaching, and provide the skills and knowledge required for potential progress study at PhD level.
Read about a few of our graduates who went on to secure successful jobs in their chosen fields:
Graduate, Nicola Thorpe, went on to work for England Netball once she had graduated from the course.
"I am a Netball Development Officer covering Nottinghamshire and my main role is to encourage more people to play netball. I work closely with clubs, schools and other partners. This course definitely helped me to get the job and there are aspects that I learned on the course that I use in my day to day job."
Mark Faghy, who graduated with a First Class Honours degree, went on to study a PhD at the University.
"The applied nature of the course was something that was eye-catching on my visit to the University on an Open Day. From day one of the course this was apparent, with lots of practical sessions and hands-on work throughout a number of the modules on the course. As a person who learns by doing, these activities were fantastic for me in my development. The course and facilities were constantly developing and improving, allowing me to develop a broad set of skills that covered a number of key disciplines within sport science".
Graduate, Luke Jenkinson, started working at Sheffield United Football Club as a Strength and Conditioning Coach after graduating.
"I'm a UKSCA Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach working at Sheffield United Football Club. I am responsible for the athletic development of players ranging from under-8's to under-21's. I also develop and implement athlete centred interdisciplinary strength and conditioning programmes that operate throughout the whole club in line with the philosophy."
Graduate, Calum Hayes, now works at Walsall FC, providing pre-match and post-match analysis, as well as individual player analysis.
"Academically, I enjoyed the Sports Coaching modules with Vernon, as it allowed for the application of the theoretical knowledge obtained during lectures and seminars. In addition to this, both the physiology and the psychology captivated me and have provided me with a sound understanding from which to excel in a multi-disciplinary working environment. Coursework and deadlines mimic the real working world. The whole course is designed with an emphasis on gaining skills that are desirable and essential to prospective employers."
What our students say
"The help and support the staff offer is like no other. I feel very lucky to have been part of such a great team and I'm very grateful to all of the people I’ve met along the way."
Charlotte Healy, graduate
"Great facilities and inspiring lectures. It's been great applying the knowledge I have gained."
Joseph Clark, graduate
"I work to increase physical activity and sport for staff, governors, parents and pupils in schools. Studying at Derby has given me the knowledge and inspiration I need to develop and deliver sports initiatives."
Debbie Groom, graduate, went on to work as a Community Sports Development Officer
"The bond between staff and students is like no other; the enthusiasm for teaching and willingness to help students makes the course so enjoyable and rewarding. I feel that the amazing staff members, along with the excellent facilities, make the course ideal for supporting and developing you and your career prospects."
Hannah Musgrove, graduate
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