The Brunel Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences BSc gives students interested in pursuing careers in the sports and fitness industries a strong foundation in the sciences behind sport and exercise and how they relate to human performance and health.
You’ll learn how the human body works on physiological, biomechanical and psychological levels and how this can be applied to improve athletic performance, prevent injury, speed up rehabilitation and promote fitness and wellbeing.
You’ll develop the skills needed to monitor, evaluate, and enhance sport and exercise performance in laboratory and field settings and to design and conduct experiments with due regard for appropriate protocols, safety and participant consent.
Your studies will be further enhanced by some of the best sports facilities in the UK including our:
- Modern physiology and biomechanics laboratories
- Indoor athletics centre: an extensive indoor athletics facility
- Sports hall and indoor netball hall: a bespoke netball training facility
- Multi-use sports centre equipped with squash, basketball and netball courts and a superb climbing wall
- Members-only fitness suite featuring 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 third-generation (3G) all-weather pitches
- Outdoor tennis hard courts
We offer three study options. You can choose three years full-time, six years part-time or four years full-time with a one-year professional placement between years two and three that will give you the chance to apply what you’ve learned to real-life situations.
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)
The course is designed to give you a solid understanding of the physiological, biomechanical and psychological factors that govern human movement and how these relate to sports performance, fitness and wellbeing. It will not only prepare you for jobs in the sports industry but could help you set new personal bests in your sports of choice.
Work for your Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences degree consists of compulsory and optional modules and a final dissertation.
Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.
- 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 I
- Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing in the Lifecourse
- Research and Learning Skills II
- Work Based Learning
- Synoptic Study II
Compulsory for students selecting a sandwich placement:
- Work placement workshops
- Work placement
Optional (choose four, at least one of which must be from the 'options two'):
- Biomechanics of Human Movement
- Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology
- Theory and Application in Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Applying Sport Sciences to Practice: Coaching and Teaching Effectiveness
- Delivery of Sports Development
- Young People, Sport and Identity
- Pedagogy and Policy: Individual Needs
- Physical Literacy and Child Development
- Major project
- Issues in Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing
- Employability and Professional Development
- Synoptic Study III
Optional (choose four, at least one from 'options one' and at least one from 'options two'):
- Biomechanical Analysis Techniques
- Physiology of the High Performance Athlete
- Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Applying Sport Sciences to Practice: Training Principles
- Pedagogy and Policy: Critical Issues
- Sport, Media and Communication
- Managing Sports Development
- Physical Literacy and Learning Environment
Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel
and what you will learn on the course.
Careers and your future
This pathway is broad-based and will prepare you for a career in a diverse range of fields. You may wish to continue your education further by studying a postgraduate course. You could find your career in coaching, consultancy, fitness testing and training, sport development or sport management. Examples of graduate schemes include the Greenwich Leisure Limited Trainee Manager Graduate Scheme or the Police Now National Graduate Leadership Programme.
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 2019/20
- GCE A Level BBC, including either Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Maths, Physics, Human Biology, Psychology, Sport Science, Sport Studies, Sociology, Physics, 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, Maths, Physics, Human Biology, Psychology, Sport Science, Sociology or PE.
- International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points including 5 at Higher Level in one of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, 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.
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
Our staff have national and international reputations for their research, publications and 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. This means that your education will be at the forefront of scholarship and practice, covering the most up-to-date industry knowledge.
Your courses will consist of lectures, seminars, workshops, laboratory and practical sessions, online leaning and computer-assisted sessions to teach quantitative data collection and analysis and computer simulation.
We constantly review our teaching methods in response to student feedback in view of developing and improving them.
Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.
Assessment and feedback
Modules are assessed by combinations of individual and group projects, oral presentations, case studies, report writing, and examinations. In the final year you are also required to write a dissertation.
Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.
Fees and funding
Fees for 2019/20 entry
£9,250 full-time; £6,935 part-time; £1,000 placement year
Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.
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, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.
There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about undergraduate student funding options.