The Brunel Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (Human Performance) BSc is designed for students interested in learning how sports science can be used to optimise athletic development and sport performance.
You’ll learn how the human body works on physiological, biomechanical and psychological levels and how to apply this knowledge to training methods, mental techniques and nutritional strategies that enable people to consistently perform at the upper ranges of their abilities.
Crucially, you’ll gain insight into how the body and mind respond to the demands of sport and exercise and how they react under intense conditions such as strenuous physical activity or competition.
You’ll devise and implement training programmes for individuals and groups; monitor, evaluate, and enhance sport and exercise performance in laboratory and field settings; and design and conduct experiments with due regard for appropriate protocols, safety and participant consent.
The training methods and processes you’ll develop are applicable across all sports, skill levels from beginner to elite, ages, genders and contexts including professional, educational and community.
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 and understand and develop professional practice.
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The course is designed to give you a solid understanding of how the various disciplines of sports science can optimise sport performance. You’ll learn how the human body works on physiological, biomechanical and psychological levels and how to apply this knowledge to training methods, mental techniques and nutritional strategies that enable people to perform to their fullest potentials.
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
- Biomechanics of Human Movement
- Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing in the Lifecourse
- Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology
- Theory and Application in Sport and Exercise Psychology
- 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 one):
- Applying Sport Sciences to Practice: Coaching and Teaching Effectiveness
- Physical Literacy and Child Development
- Delivery of Sports Development
- Young People, Sport and Identity
- Pedagogy and Policy: Individual Needs
- Major project
- Biomechanical Analysis Techniques
- Issues in Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing
- Physiology of the High Performance Athlete
- Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Employability and Professional Development
- Synoptic study III
Optional (choose one):
- Pedagogy and Policy: Critical Issues
- Physical Literacy and the Learning Environment
- Sport, Media and Communication
- Managing Sport Development
- Applying Sport Sciences to Practice: Training Principles
Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel
and what you will learn on the course.
Careers and your future
This course will equip you for pursuing a career in the clinical side of sport. You may want to work for the NHS or in any fitness-related careers. The programme is the ideal stepping stone to progress to postgraduate courses and a career in academic research. Many choose to progress to a postgraduate course to become a physiotherapist.
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 or PE.
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in Applied Science, Sport, or Sport and Exercise Sciences.
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD Applied Science, Sport, 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, 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 your education will be innovative, inspiring and truly up-to-date.
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.