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Sport and Exercise Science
UCAS code: C601
Start dates: September 2023 / September 2024
Full time: 3 years
Part time: part-time study is possible
Department(s): Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work
Fascinated by how the body responds to physical activity? Keen to work with sports professionals to help them reach their best? And want to impact societal health issues?
Our Sport and Exercise degree, endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), will help you to explore these topics and analyse the impact of exercise science.
You’ll cover a range of core subjects including biomechanics, physiology and psychology as well as optional modules such as nutrition, strength and conditioning, and performance analysis. Our specialist labs will give you plenty of scope to test results. Plus, members of our teaching team have a strong track record in helping elite sports teams.
In recent years, the government has recognised the benefits of the population being involved in physical activity and has invested heavily in sport. More people than ever go to the gym or get involved in some form of exercise. And sports professionals expect a whole raft of people to fine tune their performance. All this means you’ll be in great demand when you graduate.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Stand out with an internationally-recognised vocational qualification from the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).
A field trip to Morocco
Spend a week in the Moroccan High Atlas Mountains, testing the effects of mountain trekking on your body. This gives you real data to analyse on your return.
Links with local clubs
Benefit from our strong network which gives plenty of scope for interesting work placements so you can impress employers with your practical experience.
Make use of our specialist labs to look at physiological responses or biomechanics and motion analysis. Plus, try out our hi-tech strength and conditioning suites.
Our Inside Track programme
Be inspired by a range of industry experts at our popular mentoring events. And learn what a career in sport science is like in the real world.
Free language courses
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.
Endorsed by BASES (the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences); meets the requirements in topic breadth and quality to fulfil the professional requirements of BASES
In year 1, you’ll gain a thorough grounding in human anatomy and physiology, psychology, biomechanics, nutrition and professional skills.
Our Professional Skills for Sport and Coaching Sciences module will highlight the different aspects of the role and show you the range of career opportunities available. You’ll analyse where your existing strengths lie and develop the competencies of a successful sports practitioner to enhance your employability.
In year 2 and 3 you can pick from a range of advanced modules. You can choose to focus on sport or health and exercise science or a combination of the 2. You could look at our forward-thinking module Emerging Technology and Exercise and Health, sport focussed Applied Practice in Sport and Exercise Science module or health focussed Clinical Populations and Rehabilitation module.
There are optional work experience placements which will help you develop your skills, gain confidence and network with professional contacts. You also get the opportunity to choose a research-based project on a topic that interests you.
Learning and teaching
This degree includes:
- theoretical study across a range of disciplines
- the development of practical or field skills.
In particular you will use IT to find, analyse and present information. We believe this is an essential part of any modern science course.
To deliver content and learning outcomes we use:
- laboratory classes.
We believe that useful scientists should also be practical. We are committed to laboratory work, surveys and fieldwork as appropriate.
We have a good range of well-equipped and modern laboratories. In this environment, under the careful supervision of academic staff, you will be taught safe and effective ways to carry out laboratory investigations.
We use a wide variety of assessment methods to reflect the knowledge or skills being evaluated.
The majority of modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination.
Some modules are assessed by coursework only - very few are assessed entirely by examination.
We have developed a challenging optional fieldwork module, available to students on a number of related degree courses (the cost of the field-trip is not included in course tuition fees). The module investigates changes in energy balance and physical fitness following a week of trekking in the French Alps.
The route follows the Tour du Mont Blanc. It takes you through 160km of amazing alpine wilderness, circumnavigating the Mont Blanc Massif and passing through France, Italy and Switzerland.
This module gives students the opportunity to investigate the physical and psychological responses to sustained exercise in a mountainous environment.
Among the many benefits of field courses are the opportunities for students to further develop their transferable skills. Students and staff conduct each day’s activities together under, at times, challenging environmental conditions. Spending long periods of time together as a group requires students to employ a range of skills including teamwork, communication and problem solving. These are competencies invaluable in the workplace.
Please take note of the following modules marked as below:
- # can be studied in semster 1 or semester 2
- * modules required for CIMSPA personal training award
- ** alternate complusory (choose at least 1).
Introduction to Nutrition
Introduction to the Psychology of Sport and Exercise
Anatomy for Sport and Exercise
Professional Skills for Sport and Coaching Sciences
Human Movement and Skill in Sport
Physiology for Human Movement
Fitness and Assessment
Introduction to Biomechanics
Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology
Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
Physical Activity and Health
Principles of Training for Sport and Exercise*
Laboratory Techniques in Sport and Exercise
Motivating Health Behaviour
Sport and Exercise Nutrition
Work Experience 1
Independent Study 1#
Final project/ Dissertation**
Applied Pratice in Sport and Exercise Science**
Strength and Conditioning for Sport and Health*
Advanced Practice in Sport and Exercise Psychology
Clinical Populations and Rehabilitations
Emerging Technology in Exercise and Health
Sport and Exercise Nutrition
Independent Study 2#
Work Experience 2
Work experience modules
This is a placement which you will organise to align with your employment interests, although we can provide a range of possible alternative options. On site, the Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation Unit (CLEAR) and Human Performance Unit (HPU), based at Oxford Brookes' Centre for Sport, are excellent environments for practical experience of laboratory exercise tests. Local hospitals, sports clubs and sports centres also provide similar environments for hands-on field-based exercise tests. Recent work placement projects include: the development of exercise training programmes for CLEAR unit clients with significant movement disorders; performance analysis of Olympic-level athletes in the HPU.
Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from those shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.
As well as building up specific subject knowledge, you’ll develop general skills over the programme such as communication, teamwork and leadership – all highly rated by today’s employers.
With the increased focus on the importance of an active lifestyle for everyone, you’ll find there are many job opportunities in sport and health. And with the greater use of technology, there’s an even wider range of roles you can step into as an exercise scientist.
You might choose to follow in the footsteps of some of our graduates in roles such as:
- professional sports coach,
- personal trainer,
- performance analyst,
- strength and conditioning practitioner at sports clubs/gyms,
- rehabilitation specialist,
- health promotion,
- sports development officer/community support,
- sports scientists in sports clubs,
- clinical exercise physiology in cardiac rehabilitation (NHS),
- graduate entry into the forces.
Other graduates decide to specialise in a particular area of their studies and go on to do a research-based master’s related to their degree.
"I’ve been able to apply what I’ve learned to aspects of my own lifestyle."Read more about Jamie
"I got the job a month after graduating."Read more about Lauren
Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.
UCAS Tariff Points: 104
A Level: BCC
IB Points: 29
UCAS Tariff Points: 88
A Level: CCD
IB Points: 27
Specific entry requirements
A Level: Including one A Level or a comparable Level 3 qualification in a science subject (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology).
GCSE: Grade 4 (C) in English, Maths and Science. For English and Maths, Level 2 Functional Skills are accepted as alternatives to GCSEs.
- Ability to demonstrate an interest in sport.
- If you do not have a background in science, we encourage you to consider our Life Sciences Foundation year.
Please also see the University's general entry requirements.
English language requirements
An IELTS score of 6.0 overall (6.0 in Reading and Writing, 5.5 in Speaking and Listening) is required for all applicants whose first language is not English.
Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.
Pathways courses for international and EU students
If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.
If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Many of our courses consider applications for entry part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.
Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
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Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Financial support and scholarships
Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.
You will be expected to participate in practical activities, which will require appropriate general sportswear.
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