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Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (Coaching) BSc

Placement Offered This course has a Placement Year option
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Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences at Brunel University London is currently in the top 10 in the UK and the top 100 in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017).

You can apply to spend a year studying abroad at San Francisco State University.

Brunel University London’s impact on the future wages of its graduates is among the best in the country compared to other universities, according to a new analysis of government data by The Economist (2017).

About the course

As a Brunel student, you will enjoy research-led teaching of the highest quality -which will stand you in good stead in your future employment. Our great location in London, plus our strong links with sports personnel, organisations and institutions at local, regional, national and international levels, enables us to offer our students considerable opportunities for career progression.

By specialising in coaching, you will acquire knowledge and understanding of sport health and exercise sciences from a coach’s perspective. The focus is on the evaluation and application of different pedagogical approaches within the coaching setting. As a result, you will better understand of athletes’ learning and developmental needs.


The main aim of our newly-revamped programme is to give you the opportunity to build your degree to suit your preferences and needs. This is why we offer a range of bespoke pathways, all of which are designed to improve your versatility and confidence – and ultimately your employability.

Your employability after graduating is important to us, so we offer a range of opportunities and events throughout your course to prepare you for life after graduation. These include:

  • sandwich placements in the UK and abroad
  • employability workshops by the award winning Placements and Careers Centre
  • sport science careers events and
  • opportunities to study in America.

We have an international reputation for sporting excellence, offering sport scholarships and making flexible arrangements for high level performers. Up to 100 national sporting honours are achieved by our current students each year and we can boast Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European champions amongst our graduates.


Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)

Course content

All of our new undergraduate programmes comprise discrete study blocks, which enables students to draw on the knowledge and skills acquired from a combination of study blocks; such integrated learning is a proven cornerstone of effective learning. You only have to decide on your pathway at the start of your second year at Brunel.

Level 1

  • Fundamentals of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
  • Research and Learning Skills I
  • Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy
  • Introduction to the Social Sciences of Sport
  • Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing
  • Synoptic study 1

Level 2

  • Applying Sport Sciences to Practice: Coaching and Teaching Effectiveness
  • Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing in the Lifecourse
  • Physical Literacy and Child Development
  • Research and Learning Skills II
  • Work Based Learning
  • Pedagogy and Policy: Individual Needs
  • Synoptic Study II
Optional (choose one from):
  • Biomechanics of Human Movement
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Theory and Application in Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Delivery of Sports Development
  • Young people, Sport and Identity

Sandwich Placement

For all students selecting the sandwich option (40-week placement in third of four years), the following study block is compulsory:

  • Work Placement Workshops
  • Work Placement

Level 3

  • Major Project
  • Pedagogy and Policy: Critical Issues
  • Physical Literacy and the Learning Environment
  • Issues in Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing
  • Applying Sport Sciences to Practice: Training Principles
  • Employability and Professional Development
  • Synoptic Study III

Optional (choose one option -with appropriate Level 2 pre-requisites):

  • Biomechanical Analysis Techniques
  • Physiology of the High Performance Athlete
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Sport, Media and Communication
  • Managing Sports Development

Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.


We work closely with our award-winning Professional Development Centre to offer a broad range of opportunities for students to enhance their employment prospects while studying with us. Such opportunities include

  • Sandwich placements in industry
  • study abroad at San Francisco State University
  • Summer placements with members of teaching staff, as Research Assistants
  • Internship opportunities (paid and unpaid) with local and national teams/organisations
  • Local authority summer camp experience in coaching
  • Links with professional bodies such as BASES and the BPS.
  • Opportunities to gain coaching and personal trainer awards

On completion of their studies, students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the following skills:

  • Communication – written and oral (through assignments, research projects, and group presentations)
  • Ability to work as part of a team through collaborative activity (e.g. group projects and presentations across all three levels)
  • Ability to network: being able to form relationships and get to know people
  • Ability to interpret different forms of data and work across different disciplines
  • Willingness to learn and act independently when required
  • Adaptability when confronted with different and sometimes challenging situations
  • Ability to conduct research, analyse and interpret findings, both quantitative and qualitative independently
  • Ability to prioritise workloads and work to deadlines/targets

We prepare you for a broad range of career opportunities in a wide range of sport-related jobs, in such areas as coaching, consultancy, fitness testing and training, higher education and research, sport development, sport management, teaching, and youth work.

Graduates have found positions with, among others, the UK and regional Sports Councils, national governing bodies for sport, international organisations, sports clothing/footwear companies, professional clubs and local authorities, as well as in the leisure industry, the pharmaceutical industry and the armed forces.


We prepare you for a broad range of career opportunities in a wide range of sport-related jobs, in areas such as coaching, consultancy, fitness testing and training, higher education and research, sport development, sport management, teaching, and youth work.

Graduates have found positions with, among others, the UK and regional Sports Councils, national governing bodies for sport, international organisations, sports clothing/footwear companies, professional clubs and local authorities, as well as in the leisure industry, the pharmaceutical industry, and the armed forces.

Undergraduate study can prepare you for PGCert (Education) courses and Master’s degrees.


Work placements

All Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences students can include a work placement year as part of their course. Our current students are working at many different companies in the UK and overseas including Queens Park Rangers Football Club, the London Sports Trust and Quiksilver.

We encourage all students to undertake a placement as research shows that these students secure better grades in their final year and earn significantly more upon graduation.

The main objective of the work placement is to give Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences undergraduates an opportunity to apply their knowledge of theory to practical problems in real-life situations. In this way the relevance of the theory becomes more apparent and often the application of knowledge leads to a deeper understanding of the theory itself.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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Entry criteria 2018/19

  • GCE A-level BBC, including either Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Maths, Physics, Human Biology, Psychology, Sport Science, Sport Studies, Sociology or PE.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in Applied Science, Sport, or Sport and Exercise Science.  
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in Applied Science, Sport, or Sport and Exercise Science, with an A-level at grade B in any subject.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject, with two A-levels at grades BC, to include Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Human Biology, Maths, Psychology, Sport Science, Sociology, Physics, or PE.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points including 5 at Higher Level in one of the following subject; Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Human Biology, Psychology, Sport Science, Sociology or PE.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass an Access to Bioscience, Health, Forensic Science, Nutrition, Psychology, Science, or Sport course, with 45 credits at Level 3 with Merit in all units. Applicants must also demonstrate that they have substantial relevant work or life experience since leaving school or college.

Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above are also required, including English Language and Maths.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

A commitment to sport or exercise is expected from all applicants.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU entry requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.

We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.

Teaching and learning

How will we maximise your learning?

At Brunel, we emphasise students’ active involvement in learning – it is not a passive process, whereby you simply ‘absorb’ knowledge.

You develop independent study skills through set reading tasks, student-led seminars, group work/presentations, laboratory work and self-testing, culminating in the writing of the final year dissertation. We regularly use formative assessment – the ongoing process whereby students reflect on their own learning – to foster a sense of confidence and independence.

In order to maximise your learning opportunities, we are committed to providing you with access to high quality resources (including those designed for students with special needs) and the best possible learning environment. We will introduce you to the services provided by the Library and by the Computer Centre as part of your induction programme and give you a library card along with a username and password allowing you unlimited access throughout your period of study to the library resources, the University intranet, email and the web.

How will we teach you?

Teaching excellence is given a very high priority at Brunel. Our teaching is enhanced by staff scholarship, research and involvement in sport performance and with national/international agencies and organisations.

We constantly review our teaching methods in response to students’ mid-module and end-of-module feedback - continually developing innovative learning and teaching methods, including ‘virtual laboratories’ and online learning.

Lectures – Lectures take place in a relatively formal setting. They aim to impart information and to provide you with a framework and the stimulation for independent study.

Seminars – Seminars are an integral part of the teaching process in sport sciences. Lecture material is examined in more detail, or theoretical concepts and/or data are analysed and discussed in small groups. Seminars give you the opportunity to engage with members of staff and other students to a greater extent than is possible in a lecture setting.

Tutorials – All our members of academic staff have published office hours during which time they are available to discuss academic matters relating to specific modules. Individual or small group tutorials are integral to the dissertation module.

Practicals – Practical classes are designed to give you hands-on experience of some of the experimental techniques relevant to particular Sport Sciences disciplines. They often give you the opportunity to use laboratory and field equipment while working with people to collect, analyse, interpret, and present your results in an appropriate format. Importantly, there are also sport performance-based classes, where the emphasis is on linking theory with practice.

Computer-assisted sessions – Computer-assisted sessions are used to teach quantitative data analysis methods, during which you will be given the chance to practise analytical methods in a computer laboratory, equipped with sufficient terminals to allow everyone hands-on experience. Many of the laboratory practical sessions in physiology and biomechanics also incorporate the use of information technology in data collection, analysis and computer simulation.

How will we support and guide you?

On entry to the University you will be allocated your own personal tutor who can advise you or refer you to colleagues with relevant knowledge - covering everything from health and medical matter to the extensive support services at Brunel.

The tutor - student relationship normally lasts for the whole of the three-year period of your degree course, who can act as your academic and character referee after your graduation.

Assessment and feedback

In keeping with our passion for developing motivated and independent learners, we employ a broad range of assessment methods, including individual projects, oral presentations, group projects, essays, case studies, oral assessments, laboratory report writing, written examinations, computer-based tests and practical tasks (these include sports laboratory work and in-the-field performance). End-of-term formal written examinations frequently form at least part of the assessment of a module and may include a number of elements - for example multiple choice, written essays, short answers and data analysis questions.

Special features

Outstanding facilities

We have some of the best sports facilities in the UK which include an indoor and outdoor sports and fitness complex. You’ll get to study in our modern physiology and biomechanics laboratories as well as train on the same running track used by Olympic legend Usain Bolt.

Facilities include:

  • Indoor Athletics Centre: an extensive indoor athletics facility
  • Sports Hall and Indoor Netball Hall: a bespoke netball training facility
  • A multi-use sports centre equipped with squash courts, basketball and netball courts and a superb climbing wall
  • A members-only fitness suite incorporating treadmills, cycles and rowing machines and a weight-training area with free and fixed weights
  • Athletics track: an international standard 400m six-lane track with full field event facilities
  • Grass and all-weather third generation (3G) and synthetic pitches
  • Outdoor hard tennis courts.

Placement opportunities

All Sport Sciences students can include a work placement year as part of their course. Current students are working at many different companies in the UK and overseas including Queens Park Rangers Football Club, the London Sports Trust and Quiksilver. We encourage all students to undertake a placement as research shows that these students secure better grades in their final year and earn significantly more upon graduation.

Brunel Sport Scholarships

The purpose of the scholarship programme is to support and develop talented sportsmen and women studying at Brunel. The Sport Scholar Gallery shows the successful students awarded the scholarship.

American Exchange Programme

San Francisco State University is the destination for two of our undergraduate students every year. All undergraduate Sport Science students can apply for the exchange. If selected, you would study for one year in America then return to Brunel for your last year of study.

Staff Credentials

Our staff have national and international reputations not only for their research and publications, but also their applied work. Many are accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), the British Psychological Society (BPS) or the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which enables them to work with high performance athletes from a wide variety of sports – and many of them do so.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2018/19 entry

UK/EU students: £9,250 full-time; £6,935 part-time; £1,000 placement year

International students: £16,200 full-time

Additional course related costs

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually in line with RPI, or 5%, whichever is the lesser.

There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about undergraduate student funding options.