BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
Why choose this course?
100% of our BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science graduates were in work or further study within six months of completing this course (HESA, 2016)
Interested in the science behind sport and exercise? Then this action-packed and challenging degree is for you.
- Harness our specialist facilities, including our sports centre and state-of-the-art equipment such as our High Performance Resistance Training Facility, VICON 3D motion capture system and breath by breath analysis system
- Build vital employability skills on work placements with organisations like Derby County FC, Derbyshire Country Cricket Club and Burton Albion FC.
- Strengthen your CV by working towards additional professional qualifications such as National Governing Body coaching awards
- Benefit from high-calibre teaching: our degree has been endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)
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
With superb facilities, expert staff and exciting real-world learning experiences, this course will help you hit the ground running in your sports science career.
Explore your passion for sport
We will give you an in-depth understanding of the science behind sport and exercise, including the roles of biomechanics, physiology and psychology in sport performance. You’ll also choose from specialised areas such as nutrition, performance analysis, and strength and conditioning. We offer masterclasses delivered by sport and exercise science professionals who will share their own career experiences with you. You’ll also become skilled in testing and measuring health and fitness, using the latest computer software to analyse performance results in our state-of-the-art facilities.
Inspiring work placements
There is the requirement to undertake a work placement during both your first and second years to help you translate theory into practice. Our students have enjoyed placements with Derby County FC, Leicester City FC, Leicester Tigers RFU and Derbyshire County Cricket Club as well as local schools, hospitals and leisure centres. Some students go on to secure employment as a result of their placements.
Exciting internship opportunities
To give you the best possible preparation for life after study, we also have an excellent Sport and Exercise Internship Programme. You could apply for an internship supporting athletes at local sports clubs – an experience which will help you build your professional networks and boost your employability skills.
Students have performed a variety of roles with organisations which have approached us for assistance, including West Bromwich Albion FC and Team Derby and we continue to develop links with local organisations to increase the opportunities offered to our students.
Strengthen your CV
As part of the course, you’ll have the chance to gain additional sport and exercise science professional qualifications which are recognised and highly valued by employers. These include National Governing Body coaching awards and the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) Higher Professional Diploma. All will develop your confidence and leadership skills.
We’ll also prepare you for National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) certification, if this is of interest to you. We’re one of only four universities in the UK to act as an accredited centre for the association’s Certified Strength and Conditioning (CSCS) awards.
Outstanding specialist facilities
Our £10.8m Sports Centre includes a main hall, fitness gym with strength and conditioning area, studios, squash and badminton courts, an internal climbing wall, sprint track, changing rooms, treatment rooms and a café. It complements our existing facilities such as floodlit all-weather pitches and tennis courts.
We have invested in cutting-edge facilities. You’ll hone your skills in 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.
If you follow the strength and conditioning pathway, you’ll get to use some of the best lifting equipment available and develop your practical skills in our specialist strength and conditioning suite.
You’ll also be well catered for if you want to take part in recreational sport – whether as a first timer or as an elite performer. We have a new 44-station fitness facility at our Kedleston Road site, equipped with up-to-the-minute Technogym and Wellness system technology.
Learn from the experts
Our sport and exercise science staff include accredited professionals who will provide you with high quality teaching and support. They are actively involved in research, high-performance sport and applied sport science consultancy. They are also members of leading professional bodies such as BASES, NCSA, CIMSPA and the UK Strength and Conditioning Association.
The team conducts important research into wide-ranging themes including performance profiling, injury rehabilitation, human balance control and neuromuscular fatigue – to name but a few subjects. You’ll also have the chance to undertake your own independent research into a theme of your choice, culminating in a major conference where you will showcase your findings.
Join Team Derby
If you enjoy a challenge and would like to make the most of your own sporting passion and prowess, you could become involved with Team Derby which is the focal point for the University’s sporting community. It encompasses all aspects of sport, including courses, numerous sports clubs, the Athletics Union and sport development activities.
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
- Coaching and Skill Acquisition
- 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)
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
At least a C in Biology or PE at A Level (or equivalent qualification)
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 applying in September should apply for this course through UCAS
- Part-time students should apply directly to the University
- Students applying in September should apply for this course through UCAS.
Information for international applicants
Fees and finance
Full-time Part-time UK/EU
£9,250 per year
£1,155 per module
£11,750 per year
Fees for 2018/19 entry are still being decided, so please check back later in the year for more information.
How you will learn
91% of students were satisfied with the teaching of this course, according to the 2016 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.
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will be communicated after enrolment on your course.
Careers and employability
Along with your subject-specific knowledge, you’ll graduate with a wide range of transferable skills – such as communication, problem-solving, research and presentation skills – which will stand you in good stead wherever your career takes you.
Our recent sport and exercise science graduates now enjoy roles as cardiac physiologist assistants, sports coaches, health advisors, physiotherapy assistants and performance analysts. Some have secured employment on the basis of their success on work placements and internships.
You can also consider taking your qualifications to the next level. We now offer the MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science – which includes Sport and Exercise Psychology or Physiology pathways – where you will develop advanced knowledge in your subject. Another option is our MRes (Sport and Exercise) where you can further your applied sport science and research skills. Both these postgraduate courses offer you the chance to develop teaching abilities and the knowledge which could pave the way to 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.
"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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