Exercise Science BSc(Hons)

2019-20

Start date

30 September 2019

Duration

6 years part-time
3 years full-time

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB

BTEC - DDM

See full entry requirements

Places available (subject to change)

30

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472479

About the course

Every day there’s another story in the news about how physical exercise can improve people’s wellbeing – not just physically, but mentally too. Meanwhile, the number of people with diseases linked to inactivity and poor nutrition is rising dramatically. This course looks at the science behind the stories to help you develop expertise in a discipline that many employers are looking for.

Leading an unhealthy lifestyle doesn’t just affect a person’s wellbeing, it has economic effects on society too. The course looks at two key areas, physiology and psychology, giving you the chance to explore why people behave the way they do and how the body works. By looking at both aspects, you’ll have the opportunity to develop professional skills and knowledge to promote physical activity as an intervention, helping people achieve a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.

Whether you want to teach or go on to become a physical activity coordinator, sports development officer, personal trainer or exercise referral specialist, this course will stand you in good stead once you move onto employment.

This course is endorsed by PD:Approval for recognition by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), enabling you to pick up some very useful industry-recognised qualifications while you’re studying with us. The course is also endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), and you could become a member of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).

You’ll be able to take advantage of some great facilities, including our biomechanics and physiology labs as well as our recently built sport and fitness centre. You’ll also have the chance to go on a work placement in your fourth year, giving you real-world professional experience. Previous students have undertaken placements with Primary Care Trusts, schools, colleges, local authority sports development units, private gyms and private sports providers.

The course and the modules have been designed to prepare the student for the workforce and are complimented by an array of practical/vocationally orientated sessions.

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Dan Gordon, External Examiner

Course detail

Core modules:

Anatomy and Physiology

Two branches of science, anatomy and physiology provide the foundation for understanding the body’s parts and functions. You will be supported to develop an underpinning knowledge and understanding of the human body systems that are of most relevance to sport, exercise and health. You’ll also be supported to develop an understanding of homeostatic control and how this relates to the pathophysiology of disease. Your knowledge will be assessed through an in-class test.

Introduction to Biomechanics

Biomechanics is the study of the forces acting on and produced by the body. You’ll be supported to develop an understanding of the academic and practical skills required of a sport and exercise scientist, providing you with knowledge to interpret biomechanical principles that govern human motion. Biomechanics is one of the key sport and exercise science disciplines recognised by British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Your understanding will be assessed via an exam. You’ll also produce coursework where you will practically apply knowledge by producing a lab report based on biomechanical laboratory data collection.

Sport; Exercise and Health Psychology

This module will investigate how people think, feel and behave in a sport and exercise context. You’ll have the opportunity to explore how to improve diet, exercise and physical activity levels, and gain an understanding of psychological skills and their influence on sports performance and exercise and dietary behaviour. You’ll be assessed through an in-class test and coursework in the form of an essay on a selected topic related to physical activity participation, diet or sports performance.

This course aims to equip you with the techniques, professional skills and the opportunity to undertake additional qualifications for employment in these fields. Through the ‘Work Placement Module’ in year 4, you’ll have the opportunity to apply your learning and knowledge in a professional setting, via a practical work-based experience.

Daniel, graduated Sport and Exercise Sciences in 2016

“The variety in modules has allowed me to develop wide range of expertise. All the modules were interesting and in-depth, allowing us to understand and learn a variety of subjects that are relevant and can be transferred into a number of future careers. Modules also have a good mixture of practical and theory based sessions.”

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level (preferred subjects include PE, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Psychology). The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A-level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course.

120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a grade B or above at A Level (preferred subjects include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE, or Psychology) or a Distinction in BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (preferred subjects include Applied Science, Sport, Sport and Exercise Science)

DDM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (preferred subjects include Sport, Exercise, Applied Sciences, Health Studies or Health Sciences)

  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above to include 15 credits in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology
  • 120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications which should include PE, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Psychology at Higher Level grade 5 or Standard Level grade 6.

If you were educated outside the UK, you are required to have International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a score of 6.0 with no lower than a 5.5 in any single component. If you have alternative qualifications or do not meet the IELTS requirement we also offer a range of Pre-Sessional English Programmes.

You may be eligible to gain accreditation for your prior learning towards this course.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

You also need enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance to enable you to undertake placements. We arrange this during year 1 of the course. Previous convictions will affect your choice of placements.

Student story


Find out what student life is really like from our current student Precious who is studying Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Huddersfield.

Learn about Precious’s love of sport and desire to work with children that influenced her choice of degree. In her film she describes how her course has given her confidence and self-belief. Watch her film to find out more.

Placements


The course includes a compulsory 154 hour placement in your fourth year in an appropriate environment, helping you to relate theory to practice and develop skills in a real work context. The teaching staff have developed excellent links with local employers and can provide assistance in finding a suitable placements.

Previous placement providers have included Primary Care Trusts, primary and secondary schools, colleges, local authority sport development/physical activity units, community based physical activity projects, private gyms and private physical activity/sport providers.

You can find more information on placements here.

My work placement in a secondary high school PE department enabled me to understand the responsibilities and tasks involved. It gave me the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge to make better informed decisions about my future career.

Jade Thompson, graduated Sport and Exercise Science 2016>

Jade Thompson, graduated Sport and Exercise Sciences in 2016

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your career


We know you’re coming to university to undertake your course, meet new people and broaden your horizons. However, we also help you to focus on life after you have graduated to ensure that your hard work pays off and you achieve your ambition.

So while you’re here (and even after you graduate) the Careers and Employability Service offer professional help, support and guidance, including industry-supported workshops, careers fairs and one-to-one guidance sessions.

*Source: Whilst this is a new course and therefore no graduate statistics for this specific course are available, 100% of graduates from this subject area go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers Survey 2014/15).

100% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which you would be a part of should you decide to study this course. The school provides you with support in a variety of areas, these include:

Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances and extension requests, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks, welfare support, as well as binding, loan of MP3 recorders and print credit.

Academic Skills Development Team: provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.

Student Support Officer: provides confidential and impartial advice on welfare and course related issues.

Royal Literary Fund Fellow: a professional writer who helps students improve their essay writing. They provide assistance with structuring essays, developing an argument and improving the style and use of language.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Unilearn System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing modules.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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