Exercise Science BSc(Hons)

2019-20

2018-19

2018-19

Health, fitness, wellbeing – Exercise Science could help you become an exercise referral specialist, sports development officer or personal trainer.

It’s not too late to apply for September 2018. Find out more

Start date

17 September 2018

Duration

3 years full-time
6 years part-time

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB

BTEC - DDM

See full entry requirements

UCAS Code

B900

Places available (subject to change)

45

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, public health specialist, health promotion worker, sports and physical activity development officer, lifestyle coach, personal trainer or exercise referral specialist, this course will stand you in good stead once you move onto employment.

This course is endorsed by SkillsActive, the Sector Skills Council for sport and exercise, 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 second 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.

Dan Gordon, External Examiner

Placements


The course includes a compulsory 154 hour work placement in your second 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 will provide assistance in finding a suitable placements if necessary.

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.

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 from Sport and Exercise Sciences in 2016

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 (in one of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE, or Psychology) or a Distinction in BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (in one of the following subjects: 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 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.

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 Nutrition

In this module you’ll be encouraged to learn about the relationships between food, nutrition, lifestyle and health by investigating the importance of the five food groups that make up our diet, the nutritional needs of various groups in the community such as children and the elderly, and the relationships between diet and disease such as obesity and heart disease. You’ll also have the opportunity to analyse your own diets by using dietary analysis computer programs. Assessment for this module is by coursework and exam.

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.

Principles of Coaching

You’ll explore leadership and the role of the coach in the context of sport, exercise, physical activity and health. You’ll be provided with opportunities to develop practical skills such as communication, demonstration, observation, provision of feedback etc. Through coursework you’ll illustrate and apply an understanding of the coach’s responsibilities and liabilities in safeguarding the physical and emotional interests of the athlete or client. You’ll also gain experience of the coaching process through completing a practical, where you’ll work in small groups to plan, organise, deliver and evaluate an exercise or physical activity session.

Research and Study Skills

This module focuses on developing the academic skills required to progress in higher education and successfully complete the degree course. You'll examine the essential areas such as essay and report writing, referencing and use of Summon in searching for information. You’ll be introduced to concepts of research design and the research process and you’ll identify where support can be accessed to enable academic progression. This module will also introduce key concepts in Professional Practice to support future career goals. Assessment will involve coursework comprising two portfolios.

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 2, 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.”

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through seminars, group work, practical experience, tutorials, independent study and lectures. Assessment will include coursework, practice/ competency based learning and examinations. 17% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance is available on request after the publication of results.

Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. You can study this course on a part-time basis but, as this is a full-time course, you may have to attend every day of the week.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

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. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  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.

*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.

Course facilities

On the course you will be taught in a variety of environments, with access to a fantastic range of sports facilities in our Biomechanics, Physiology and nutrition labs, as well as the new recently built sport and fitness centre. Our facilities are invaluable in teaching, research and in testing the health and fitness of individuals ranging from patients recovering from injury to elite athletes and those with chronic diseases and health conditions. 

Your career


An undergraduate degree from the University of Huddersfield could be the start of an exciting career in your chosen field. Our graduates go on to succeed in a whole range of exciting careers.  Here’s just one example.

As a graduate of the University of Huddersfield you’ll also become a member of our alumni community, allowing you to stay in touch and continue to access university services.

*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 at Huddersfield go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers Survey 2014/15 and 2015/16 aggregated).

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.

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

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

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 Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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