Year 1 will provide you with a thorough grounding in
human physiology, exercise science, nutrition and academic science
skills. A feature of your first year is a series of tutorials with your
academic adviser (a member of the teaching staff responsible for
overseeing your academic progress while you are at university). The
tutorials are designed to help you adjust to academic life at
university and establish good study habits.
In Years 2 and 3, you have the opportunity to choose
from a range of advanced modules, enabling you to select a pathway that
reflects your interests. The choice is very wide-ranging. Once the core
modules have been taken, you can choose to concentrate on either sport-
or exercise-related studies, or a combination of both. A sound
grounding in nutrition is also available for those who are interested
in this area.
We have developed a challenging fieldwork module that is available to
students on a number of related degree courses. It investigates changes
in energy balance and physical fitness following a week of trekking in
the French Alps. There is also an independent study module allowing you
to investigate a particular subject that really interests you.
The honours component of the degree is based on the completion, in your
final year, of six honours-level credits. These
credits may be chosen from a selection of honours-level modules. In
their final year, honours students may choose to tailor their course
towards the more established research model of a degree course by
undertaking a project.
Alternatively, you may choose to adopt a more contemporary approach by
taking an applied honours-level module geared more towards practice. As
a Sport and Exercise Science student you can choose a practice-based
module that deals with clients from sporting, clinical or recreational
backgrounds, depending on your future career aspirations.
There are no additional costs associated with this programme, although
you will be expected to participate in practical activities, which will
require appropriate general sportswear.
As courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the module list you choose from may differ from those shown here.
- Introduction to Nutrition (Compulsory)
- Human Movement and Skill in Sport (Compulsory)
- Physiology for Human Movement (Compulsory)
- Anatomy for Sport and Exercise (Compulsory)
- The Sport and Exercise Practitioner (Compulsory)
- Introduction to Biomechanics (Compulsory)
- Fitness and Assessment (Compulsory)
Years 2 and 3
- Work Experience
- Human Nutrition and Metabolism
- Applied Human Nutrition
- Sport and the Modern City
- Global and Cultural Studies in Sport
- Principles of Training for Sport and Exercise
- Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Sports Development
- Laboratory Techniques in Sport and Exercise
- Research Methods
- Performance Analysis
- Talent Identification and Development
- Motivating Health Behaviour (Compulsory)
- Physical Activity and Health (Compulsory)
- Sport and Exercise Biomechanics (Compulsory)
- Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology (Compulsory)
- Enterprise Skills for Life Scientists (Honours component)
- Clinical Nutrition (Honours component)
- Energy Regulation and Obesity (Honours component)
- Sport and Exercise Nutrition (Honours component)
- Applied Practice in Sport and Exercise Science (Honours component)
- Advanced Practice in Sport and Exercise Psychology (Double honours component; Alternative Compulsory)
- Project/Dissertation (Double honours component; Alternative Compulsory)
- Alpine Fieldwork in Exercise Science (Double honours component; Alternative Compulsory)
- Strength and Conditioning for Sport and Exercise (Honours component)
- Special Populations and Rehabilitation (Honours component)
You have the opportunity to undertake a work experience module. 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.
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 physiological responses to sustained exercise in a mountainous
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.
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.
Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your
- increasing your employability within an international market
- boosting your language skills
- building your confidence in adapting to new situations
- improving your knowledge of different cultures.
While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.
We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is
available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international
programmes such as the Santander Student Awards.
There is also a European work placement programme which
gives you the chance to work abroad as part of your studies.
For more information, visit our pages on studying
abroad and exchanges.
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
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.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.
The teaching day is generally broken into three 3-hour blocks starting at 9.00am, 1.00pm and 5.00pm respectively. There are normally twelve teaching weeks together with associated practical work (which may run for four weeks, for example). Students are encouraged to attend all timetabled sessions, which may include lectures, seminars and tutorial sessions.
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published
on the website. For more information, please visit our
Changes to programmes