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Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences BSc

Course code

C607

C63P, C609 with placement

Start date

September

Placement available

Mode of study

3 years full-time

3 years full-time with placement

4 years full-time with placement

Fees

2020/21

UK / EU £9,250

International £17,355

Entry requirements

BBC (A-level)

DDD (BTEC)

29 (IB)

2020 changes

Click here to read about the changes we are making to our education delivery from September 2020, in response to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Overview

The Brunel Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences BSc is designed for students interested in learning how sports science can be used to optimise athletic development, sport performance, as well as how it enhances health and wellbeing.

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 mind and body respond to the demands of sport and exercise and how they react under intense conditions such as strenuous physical activity or competition.

Your studies will be supported by some of the best teaching and sports facilities in the UK that include our:

  • state-of-the-art physiology, biomechanics and psychology laboratories
  • world-class indoor athletics centre
  • international-standard 400m six-lane athletics track with full field event facilities
  • large indoor netball hall
  • multi-use sports centre equipped with squash, basketball and netball courts, as well as a superb climbing wall.
  • members-only fitness suite featuring treadmills, cycles and rowing machines
  • a weight-training area with free and fixed weights
  • grass and third-generation (3G) all-weather pitches
  • outdoor tennis courts

You'll also have the opportunity to carry out a placement as part of your degree, giving you the experience to create a stand-out CV. Our Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences BSc offers two placement options: you can choose to carry out two placements during the summer vacations within the three year degree, or a one year placement between years two and three, as part of a four year degree.

This course is endorsed by The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). 

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You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

The course is designed to give you a solid understanding of the physiological, biomechanical and psychological factors that influence human movement and how these relate to sports performance, fitness and wellbeing. It will not only prepare you for jobs in the sports and health industry, but could also help you set new personal bests in your sport of choice.

In your first year, you’ll study core modules that will give you a fundamental knowledge across all the broad disciplines within sports, health and exercise sciences. 

In year 2, you’ll start to specialise in the areas of psychology, biomechanics and physiology. However, the flexibility of this course means that if you change your mind about the programme you wish to study, you can switch over to our Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (Physical Education, Coaching and Social Issues) BSc programme in the second year if you wish. 

You’ll be able to select specific modules to focus on during your final year to further specialise your learning. You'll also carry out a major project in a topic of your choice.

This course can be studied 3 years full-time, 3 years full-time with placement or 4 years full-time with placement, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

The programme specification is in the process of being updated and may not be an accurate reflection of the programme.

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Careers and your future

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 theory and practice, covering the most up-to-date industry knowledge which will prepare you for a career in a variety of fields.

You may wish to continue your education further by studying a postgraduate course. This programme is the ideal stepping stone to progress to postgraduate courses and a career in academic research. You could even choose to progress to a postgraduate course to become a physiotherapist.

Or, as this course equips you for pursuing a career in the clinical side of sport, you may want to work for the NHS or in any number of fitness-related careers. 

Alternatively, you could find your career in coaching, consultancy, fitness testing and training, sport development or sport management from grassroots to elite sport level. Examples of graduate schemes include the Greenwich Leisure Limited Trainee Manager Graduate Scheme or the Police Now National Graduate Leadership Programme.

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UK entry requirements

  • GCE A Level BBC, including either Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Maths, Human Biology, Psychology, Sport Science, Sport Studies, Sociology, Physics, or PE.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in Applied Science, Sport, Sport and Physical Activity or Sport and Exercise Science.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in Applied Science, Sport, Sport and Physical Activity or Sport and Exercise Science with an A Level at grade B in any subject.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in Applied Science, Sport, Sport and Physical Education with two A Levels at grades BC.
  • 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. GCSE English equivalent Standard Level 5 or Higher Level 4 and Mathematics Standard Level 4 or Higher Level 4
  • Obtain a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma in  Bioscience, Health, Forensic Science, Nutrition, Psychology, Science or Sport course with 45 credits at Level 3.

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.

If you are unable to meet the direct entry criteria above, you are invited to apply for a foundation course in Life Sciences at Brunel Pathway College. When you successfully pass the foundation year, you can progress on to the Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences BSc.

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EU and International entry requirements

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.

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)
  • TOEFL: 92 (min R18, L17, S20, W17) 

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

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 through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2020/21 entry

UK / EU

£9,250 full-time

£1,385 placement year

International

£17,355 full-time

£1,385 placement year

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.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of undergraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

You'll benefit from a ‘blended learning’ approach, which includes a combination of online and face-to-face learning opportunities, such as:

  • lectures (also available online and often accompanied with online preparatory activity)
  • seminars and laboratory-based workshops which incorporate team-based and problem-based learning
  • independent tasks with guided discovery.

Our teaching is research-led, which draws on our internationally renowned expertise, to introduce you to research processes early in your degree and continue to build on this throughout, so you'll be effectively prepared for your final year project.

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Assessment and feedback

We assess modules through a combination of critical reviews, lab reports, case studies, presentations, and exams. You'll also complete an e-portfolio that will promote your personal and professional development and enhance your digital literacy. And, in your final year, you'll write a dissertation.

 

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.