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Sport and Exercise Science

BSc (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2023 / September 2024



Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: part-time study is possible


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

UCAS Tariff Points


  • The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • CIMSPA Endorsed


Our Sport and Exercise degree will equip you to launch a career in this exciting field with:

  • in-depth academic knowledge
  • practical skills and experience.

You will gain experience from both laboratory and field work. Our Alpine Fieldwork module allows you to investigate the physical and physiological responses to sustained exercise. 

We are one of the UK’s leading sport universities. We have a strong performance history, including producing Olympic medal winners. We have our own in-house Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation Unit (CLEAR) and Human Performance Unit (HPU). This unit provides excellent hands-on experience and enhances employment prospects.

We maintain close links with local sports clubs, schools and the Oxford Sports Partnership. So there is plenty of scope for a varied range of work experience opportunities.

You will also have the ability to attain internationally recognised vocational qualifications by CIMSPA which demonstrate a practical ability that is vital in post-graduate employment.

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How to apply

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.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27


Entry requirements

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 taught at Abingdon and Witney College.

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.

International qualifications and equivalences


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.

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.

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.

Credit transfer

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.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home (UK) applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

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

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

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.

Learning and assessment

Year 1 will provide you with a thorough grounding in:

  • human physiology
  • exercise science
  • nutrition
  • academic science skills. 

In Years 2 and 3 you can choose from a range of advanced modules and select a pathway that reflects your interests. After completing the core modules, you can choose to concentrate on either sport or exercise related studies, or a combination of both.

We have developed a challenging fieldwork module. 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. This allows you to investigate a particular subject that interests you.

In your final year you must complete six honours-level credits for the honours component of the degree. You can choose these credits from a selection of honours-level modules. As an honours student you can choose to tailor your course towards the more established research model of a degree course by undertaking a project. 

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Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Anatomy for Sport and Exercise

Fitness and Assessment

Human Movement and Skill in Sport

Introduction to Biomechanics

Introduction to Nutrition

Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology

Physiology for Human Movement

The Sport and Exercise Practitioner

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Motivating Health Behaviour

Physical Activity and Health

Sport and Exercise Biomechanics

Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology

Optional modules

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

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)

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Choose from the modules listed in year 2.

Work placements

Optional modules

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.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

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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:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • 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.

Field trips

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.


Assessment methods used on this course

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. 

Study Abroad

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.

After you graduate

Career prospects

Our graduates have found employment in a wide variety of jobs. Examples include technical sales (Human Kinetics Publishing), therapeutic childcare (Action for Children), strength and conditioning (Watford Football Club), health promotion and community sports (County Council), clinical perfusionist, clinical exercise physiology in cardiac rehabilitation (NHS) and graduate entry into the forces.

Sport and exercise scientists are key people with an informed view of both the performance and the health-related benefits of exercise. In recent years, the government has become proactive in the promotion of active lifestyles for all. Consequently, there are increasing employment opportunities in the areas of sport and health and this is reflected in the demand for related courses in the higher education sector in the UK.

Further study

Our graduates have gone on to study on a wide range of courses. These include master’s programmes in Ergonomics and Sports Nutrition (Loughborough University), Sport and Exercise Physiology (University of Chichester, Loughborough University), Physiotherapy (Oxford Brookes University), Psychology (Oxford Brookes University) and Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition (Oxford Brookes University). They also include graduate teacher training programmes at either primary or secondary level.

If you're interested in further study, Oxford Brookes also offers a flexible choice of taught and research postgraduate degrees across a wide range of subjects.

Student profiles

Our Staff

Dr John Jakeman

"My teaching interests revolve predominantly around the preparation of individuals for exercise and performance, as well as teaching on laboratory specialist modules."

Read more about John

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Programme Changes:

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 page.