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Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: Up to 6 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

120* (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

Y002

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

Joint Honours

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

What is Joint Honours?

A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.

You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.

Course description

Liam James Moloney, BA (Hons) Sport and Exercise Studies and Maths, talks about the reasons he chose to study at Derby

Discover more about sport coaching, sport development and elements of sport science by choosing Sport and Exercise Studies as part of a dynamic Joint Honours programme.

The wide-ranging skills you gain from Sport and Exercise Studies will give you a real head start in the competitive graduate job market.

Set the pace for success

This course will give you insights into sport coaching, sport development and aspects of sport science.

You’ll be taught by a vastly experienced team including accredited physiologists, strength and conditioning coaches, sport development specialists and psychologists. We also offer tuition by exercise, health and business experts to help you develop as an all-round sports professional.

In addition, a personal academic tutor will be assigned to you to provide continuous support and help shape your development and career planning. 

Real-world experience

Work placement and internship opportunities are a key part of this course. They provide a chance for you to put the knowledge and skills you’ve developed into practice while enhancing your career prospects and boosting your confidence.

Our students have enjoyed placements with Derby County FC, Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Leicester Tigers RFU and Derby County Community Trust. Some students go on to secure employment as a result of their placements. We also have a fantastic working relationship with Mickleover Sports Club, the second biggest football club in Derby.

You’ll have the chance to get involved in coaching sessions, applied case studies and community sport development work. You could also gain additional professional qualifications highly valued by employers. These include National Governing Body coaching awards which will demonstrate your leadership potential.

Outstanding specialist facilities

You’ll undertake practical work in our state-of-the-art facilities. Our new £10m+ Sports Centre includes a main hall, 70-station 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 resources for our sport students. 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, fitness and performance. In addition, we use a range of computer software packages for statistical and movement analysis. 

You’ll find some of the best lifting equipment available in our strength and conditioning suite and we also boast treatment and specialist assessment rooms in our clinical skills suite.

Learn from the experts

Our 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 the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA).

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 sport clubs, the Athletics Union and sport development activities.

What you will study

Example modules are shown below, the modules available as a Joint Honours student will be dependent on the subject that you combine with. In your first year, modules will be defined for you, and will be dependent on your subject combination to ensure you have the best fit. In your second and third years, module availability and the number of modules you are required to take will depend on whether you choose this subject as a major, joint or minor.

Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Year 3Year 3

Code: 4BY501

Coaching and Skill Acquisition

This module will focus on the application of skill acquisition theories in the coaching practice. Students will develop an understanding of how principles such as feedback, attentional focus and the environment can inform session design and delivery; with the view to enhancing both athlete learning and performance.

Student’s practical skill development will centre upon their ability to enhance performance through the application of skill acquisition principles. Students will be taught via a variety of lectures and seminars as well practical coaching sessions. The module will also provide students with the opportunity to engage with PDP activities related to the role of the coach within the sporting industry.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 4SO500

Academic and Applied Skills for Sport and Exercise

This module is taught in two parts: Academic skills and research skills. The academic skills component provides students with grounding in the key skills needed to be successful at undergraduate study; including, literature searching, literature review, academic writing, referencing, and presentation skills. The research skills component gives students an introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methods, including descriptive statistics.

Students will learn how to collect and interpret data using a range of approaches including questionnaires, interviews and experimental methods. The emphasis on the module is to develop student’s confidence in engaging with academic literature including the associated terminology.

Personal Development Planning (PDP) will be embedded into the program with a series of “step-to-success” workshops which will support students in their professional development . Students will be required to engage with the PDP programme by collating hours in a Sport and Exercise based placement in addition to participation in associated activities in an area related to sport.

Most of the delivery will be based on seminar sessions wherein students will be given structured tasks which will be completed individually or in groups. Delivery and assessment will provide students with the opportunity to engage and explore their own area of interest with respect to the associated academic literature.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 4SO501

Principles of Sport and Exercise Psychology

The role of psychology is an increasingly important and recognised aspect of participation and performance in sport and exercise contexts. This module examines various personality and social-psychological factors that impact upon participation and performance.

The module offers a range of sport and exercise psychology topics focusing on three main areas: 1) Individual participants in sport and exercise, 2) Strategies for performance enhancement, and 3) Groups, group processes, and intergroup relations. For each topic, theories and research evidence are applied to practical examples.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Practical

Code: 4SO503

Introduction to Sport Management

The growth of both private and public sector investment in sport has seen the continued professionalisation of both its administration and management. Indeed, with greater investment comes greater accountability to key stakeholders such as shareholders or public bodies. This module therefore begins the process of equipping students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become the professional managers of sport organisations in the future.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 4SO508

Principles of Sport and Exercise Physiology

Knowledge of how the different parts of the body function during physical activity is necessary to understand how humans can take part in sport and exercise.

This module examines the basic physiology of the relevant body systems. What these systems consist of, how they function and how they respond to an acute bout of physical activity will be considered. In addition to building core knowledge of sport and exercise physiology, students will acquire a set of core skills in the laboratory. This module underpins the subsequent study of sport, exercise and health, and is therefore important preparation for modules at Levels 5 and 6.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 4SO509

Introduction to Anatomy for Sport & Exercise

This module provides students with a theoretical understanding of human anatomy. The module considers the human body in action and aims to introduce students to the integrated function of anatomical systems during physical activity and exercise. The module will incorporate both theoretical and practical elements to ensure students are given the appropriate opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of anatomy within an applied context.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5BY500

Nutrition and Metabolism for Sport and Exercise

This module investigates the function and role of dietary macro nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats and proteins, micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals, supplements/ergogenic aids and fluid consumption on sport and exercise performance.
20 Credits
optional
Exam

Code: 5BY502

Strength and Conditioning

Strength and conditioning specialists or coaches help athletes to maximise athletic performance, reduce injury risk and avoid overtraining.

This module builds on the scientific principles studied in biomechanics, motor control, anatomy and sports physiology at level 4, and applies them to this interdisciplinary and practical subject area. Students will study applied biomechanics and physiology within the context of strength and conditioning and learn to develop periodised, safe and effective evidence based sport specific training programs. The module will incorporate a high practical element, with students developing practical competence in core lifts and other practical disciplines as well as theoretical understanding of the practical competencies. Where appropriate, key nutritional strategies to support training methods will be introduced.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5SO501

Physical Activity and Health

This module will enable students to understand the incidence and causes of mortality and morbidity. The benefits of physical activity on multiple facets of health such as coronary heart disease, metabolic syndrome, obesity and cancer will be discussed. The module will also examine health promotion initiatives put forward by a range of organisations, and the methods by which people can be motivated to become more physically active for health benefit.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5SO502

Research Methods for Sport and Exercise

This module builds upon the knowledge and skills developed in the level 4 Research and Academic Skills module. The module is designed to prepare students for their dissertation at level 6. Students will conduct a systematic literature review in a topic area related to their degree, in order to develop a coherent research question.

Particular emphasis will be given to developing a robust rationale for the research question proposed based on a critical review of existing literature. Furthermore, students will propose a research methodology based on the rationale developed.

The overall focus of the module is on the process of “doing research”, and this will reflect in the delivery methods used. As such, students will be encouraged to explore the suitability different methodologies with respect to the research question asked. There will be the opportunity within sessions for students to critically review literature, and peer review research proposals. In addition to developing a research rationale and design for a proposed research project, students will undertake a range of in-class assessed qualitative and quantitative data analysis tasks using SPSS, including inferential statistics.

The Steps-to-Success programme will be implemented in this module, in conjunction with the employability and careers office, The focus will be placed on graduate schemes, teacher training, networking, job applications and masters programmes. Students will be required to engage with the Professional Development Planning (PDP) for Sport and Exercise programme by collating hours in a Sport and Exercise based placement in addition to participation in associated activities in an area related to sport.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Develop a coherent research question based on a review of the associated academic literature
  2. Provide a robust rationale for the research question proposed based on academic literature
  3. Develop a suitable research methodology for the proposed research question
  4. Analyse and interpret quantitative and qualitative data gathered from a range of research methods used in sport and exercise
  5. Demonstrate evidence of Professional Development through engagement with PDP and Sport and Exercise placement

Module content

The module will focus on the following topic areas:

  • Research proposal writing
  • Literature (critical) review
  • Research question rational
  • Research methodology (quantitative and qualitative)
  • Reliability and validity
  • Thematic analysis
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Inferential statistics
  • Probability and significance
  • Reporting/summarising data
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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5SO503

Sport and Exercise Psychology

This module provides an overview of various sport and exercise psychology topics at an intermediate undergraduate level. The significant role of individual characteristics and social processes when designing interventions to enhance sport performance and exercise participation is explained. The module focuses on how psychology can be used by sport and exercise psychologists to enhance performance and physical activity.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5SO504

Sports Coaching: Theory & Practice

A question that is often asked by coaches and coach educators is whether coaching is an art or a science? The answer is that it is probably both and therefore it is necessary for coaches to have the knowledge and skills that cover both areas. This module will deal primarily with the ‘art’ element of the question, in the knowledge that the ‘science’ is covered in modules studied elsewhere in the programme.

The module will enable a student to develop a knowledge and understanding of the skills and techniques of sports coaching. It will involve both the theory of the coaching process and put this into practice by applying the skills.

The module in itself will not result in the award of a particular NGB qualification but will provide a good foundation of relevant coaching skills that are applicable to all NGB coaching awards. Students are encouraged to check the notice boards for the availability of courses in their chosen sport.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5SO525

Applied Sport Business Management

Overall the module is intended to provide students with an integrated approach to assessing the financial performance of sport organisations, examining the business sector that the sport organisation operates within and to give the student the necessary skills to make informed management planning and control decisions.

Students will be introduced to the theoretical perspectives and develop the practical tools to maintain alignment with the changing landscape of business. Meeting corporate targets is a practice one expects to support the continuing growth and development of the business. A manager should be able to evaluate an organisation (in the context of a changing business environment), and plan appropriate strategies designed to enhance and/or protect overall business performance.

Consequently this module aims to develop students ability to evaluate performance relative to the evolving and fluctuating business environment; as a result students will be able to plan both effective and sustainable long-term business initiatives, solutions and frameworks.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6BY501

Applied Strength and Conditioning

The module provides students with the theoretical knowledge and practical competencies required to work with a variety of populations within the field of strength and conditioning. Students will further develop the skills and abilities introduced at level 5 through an on-going practical case study, and a selection of advanced training topics will be explored in-depth.

The module will incorporate a high practical element, with students developing competence in practical strength and conditioning disciplines as well as theoretical understanding of the practical competencies. Where appropriate key nutritional strategies to support training methods will be introduced.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical

Code: 6SO500

Advanced Sports Coaching

This module will investigate the development of coaching. It will critically examine the coaching process and the role of the coach within the process, including talent identification and development. The module will bring together and apply material learnt from other modules studied throughout the course.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6SO501

Applied Sport Psychology

This module explores selected psychological factors related to sport. It allows students to become familiar with theoretical frameworks and current sport and exercise literature related to chosen areas. Students will develop critical appraisal and develop the skills to apply theory and research to real-life practical situations. Consideration of applied consultancy practice, professional philosophy, ethics and approaches to psychological support for athletes will develop students’ understanding of applied sport psychology focusing on performance and well-being.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6SO502

Biomedical Implications of Exercise, Activity and Health

The high incidence of lifestyle-related health problems like coronary heart disease, obesity and stress means that increased activity and programmes that encourage and support the adoption and maintenance of healthy lifestyles are becoming increasingly important.

The challenge of increasing the level of physical activity requires an understanding of individual and situational factors that inhibit regular exercise. It is also recognised that that several clinical populations could benefit from regular activity (e.g. cardiac rehabilitation, osteoporosis and diabetes) and medical teams dealing with such patient groups need an understanding of how to promote long-term adherence to exercise. The module deals with the biomedical, lifestyle and physiological aspects of disease in normal and clinical populations. The health benefits of improved lifestyle and increased activity and underlying mechanisms and will be explored.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Practical

Code: 6SO510

Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism for Sport and Exercise

This module builds on the basic grounding delivered in 5BY500 Nutrition and Metabolism for Sport & Exercise. Students will investigate a variety of pertinent topics such as but not limited to: nutraceuticals / synergistic use of ergogenic aids in sport and exercise performance, nutrition and immune function, nutrition for the global athlete, dysfunctional approaches to nutrition in athletes (i.e. fe/male athlete triad) and nutritional strategies for exercise in extreme environments.

The module will also progress student’s knowledge in more advanced topics of nutrition for sport and exercise such as the direct/indirect role of nutrigenomics and/or nutrigenetics on health and sport and exercise performance.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam

Code: 6SO519

Contemporary Issues in Sport Management and Development

This module’s aim is to provide students with a critical understanding of contemporary issues, and address current and topical issues, associated with the sports management and sport development sectors, whilst establishing strong links between theory and practice. Its main purpose is to enable students to reflect and appraise the sports management and development industry, in relation to their principles and practices.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6SO998

Independent Study for Sport and Exercise

The independent studies module provides students with the opportunity to reflect and build upon their subject knowledge and expertise by conducting an in-depth investigation; requiring a systematic and significant application of both acquired research skills and understanding.

The investigation may adopt a variety of frameworks, typically dependent upon a combination of both the discipline and topic in question. The rationale being to avoid limiting the students to the traditional empirical research format; instead empowering them to select an investigatory design that is best suited to the conduct, completion and presentation of the study in focus e.g. an industry report or an individually focused / institutionally targeted case study etc.

Irrespective of the study framework, all work requires students to apply critical scrutiny and analysis to a diversity of appropriate theories, concepts and procedures. Such work will inevitably relate to a field of study deemed appropriate by a specialist in the area. The module offers the opportunity to develop an in-depth critical understanding alongside the refinement of both their subject and research skills.

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40 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6TL518

Elite Sports Development

The module is designed to give students an understanding of the concepts and practice in elite sports development. It will give students an awareness of what is increasingly becoming a significantly specialist branch of sports development.

It considers the way in which elite sports systems require a specifically focused developmental approach that often required the involvement and alignment of a number of key stakeholders in the development process. The module will investigate whether high performance sport is still a natural extension or culmination of the sports development curriculum, which specialist requirements this aspect of sport commonly has and what the role of the coach is within this development structure.

The module will introduce elite sports development as a concept and look at examples in the United Kingdom. The module will look at the social impact on the development of these development programs and analyse the efficacy of a number of programs International elite sports development will also be analyse and comparisons drawn to development programmes in the UK. The module will also look at the driving factors around the development of elite sports development programs and trends related to government intervention.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework
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Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

Assessment methods are designed to test a range of industry relevant skills. Students will be assessed through individual coursework assignments, examinations, groupwork, practical work, oral presentations, and poster presentations.

You will learn through lectures, seminars, practicals and technology-enhanced innovations. You’ll have the opportunity to get involved in coaching sessions, applied case studies, and community sport development work. You’ll be assessed on your knowledge, and applied practical and research skills, which will all take place in our new specialised facilities.

How you're assessed

You will be assessed in a variety of ways to test your knowledge, skills, and practical ability. These could be individual or group assessments in our new specialised facilities. For all assessments, you will receive clear guidance on what is required of you to enable you to achieve to your potential.

Work placements

Work-based learning is an element in several of the modules.

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

Dr Stuart Mourton

Dr Stuart Mourton
Programme leader

Programme Leader - BSc Sport and Exercise Science, Lecturer in Motor Control

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points120* (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.

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.

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Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year*

£1,155 per module*

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or 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.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or 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.

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Careers

Graduating with Sport and Exercise Studies as part of your Joint Honours programme is a great start to your career: a well-regarded qualification combined with key employability skills. Take a look at how we help you to improve your employability.

You could work as a sport development officer or as a coach for one of the National Governing Bodies or local authorities. Our recent graduates have secured jobs in coaching, sport development, teaching, the fitness industry, sport management, media and marketing.

Alternatively, you could join the police force or armed services or become a personal trainer or lifestyle coach. If you complete relevant postgraduate training, you could go into physiotherapy or into PE teaching in primary and secondary schools.

You can also consider other ways of 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.

These could also pave the way to PhD studies.

Contact us

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Additional information about your studies

You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.

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Teaching hours

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 usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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