Sport Science BSc (Hons)

3 years full-time 4 years part-time (for further information on the part-time course combinations available click here)


Sports Science was ranked 4th in the UK and top in the West Midlands for overall student satisfaction in the 2013 National Student Survey
Why study Sports Science?

The leisure sector is one of the largest and fastest growing sectors of the global economy, and in the UK the leisure sector accounts for the third largest in terms of overall GDP (QAA, 2008).

The sports, health and leisure market offers a rapidly growing number of opportunities for employment in a wide range of careers, including a broad range of opportunities in sport and exercise science and related vocations. There is a real need for talented, well-equipped professionals to work in these expanding fields.

Undertaking a degree in Sports Science enables you to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and competencies required for establishing a career in sports science related professions from delivering physical activity programmes for local authorities to supporting elite athletes.

This new course will provide you with an opportunity to examine the practical, professional and theoretical elements that influence sports and exercise performance and participation. The course will enable you to gain an understanding of the different scientific theories that can be applied in sport science. You will become expert in making use of scientific methods of enquiry, interpreting and analysing scientific data and using a range of the latest technologies in sport and exercise science. You will also develop the skills needed to monitor and evaluate physiological and psychological responses to sport and exercise effectively.

As well as enhancing knowledge and experience of sports science, you will develop skills in communication, leadership, ICT, time management, organisation, critical thinking, presentation, problem solving, data handling and project management.

What does the course cover?

In Year 1, BSc Sports Science students study the same modules as BA Sport Studies students. In this first year of the course you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the principles that underpin participation and performance in sport and exercise. Here, you will gain a broad understanding of the various disciplines of sports science and sports studies including Exercise Physiology, Sport and Exercise Psychology, Sociology of Sport, Sports Pedagogy and Coaching, Biomechanics and Sports Policy and Management.

In year 2, you will explore the biomechanical basis of human movement and the application of sports science to a variety of sports. At the same time, you will develop a knowledge of the psychological and physiological principles behind sporting performance and a strong awareness of contemporary issues in sport, as well as an understanding of key research methods.

Along with students on the BA programme, you will complete the work placement module, but will be required to complete your placement in a context related specifically to Sports Science, such as a team or individual sporting environment. Gaining the valuable experience of working in an appropriate professional setting as part of your degree course will enable you to develop the relevant skills demanded by employers.

In Year 3, you will get the opportunity to choose four modules from a range including Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Pedagogical Studies in Physical Education, Psychology of Optimal Performance, Exercise Prescription for Health and Fitness and Critical Issues in Physical Education. You will also specialise further by undertaking a second applied Sports Science module and a module covering a variety of current issues in sport and exercise science.

While students on both BA and BSc programmes complete a dissertation module, as a Sports Science student you will be required to complete your dissertation on a sports science-related topic.

What makes this course noteworthy?

The BSc Sports Science degree programme has a large amount of practical and sports laboratory based work. You are encouraged to develop your own areas of academic research and relate your studies to practical sports situations. Fieldwork is regarded as an important part of the course too. Residential field trips will give you experience of a wide range of outdoor activities.

The Work Placement double-module provides a `real` opportunity to experience a work placement within the sector of your choice. You will also be given the opportunity to undertake a wide range of coaching courses offered by national coaching bodies, facilitated by Newman staff.

A double-module project in the final year provides you with the opportunity to gain greater specialist knowledge by carrying out a significant piece of research in an area of personal academic interest, practical significance and/or vocational relevance.

The teaching methods and course content are informed by relevant professional bodies including the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES), the Association of Physical Education (AfPE), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the European College of Sports Science (ECSS).

Modules are vocationally relevant and the course’s endorsement by the BASES Undergraduate Endorsement Scheme (BUES) ensures that our graduates are in the best position to pursue careers in their chosen profession.

At Newman you are taught by active researchers who apply their expertise in the world of sport. The lecturers on this course regularly present at international conferences and provide sports science support to elite level athletes.

The course also offers a certain degree of flexibility. You will have the opportunity to transfer at the end of your first year, subject to certain standard normal restrictions and conditions, to the BA Sports Studies degree programme if you discover that the topics covered by this course are more suited to your aptitudes.

How will I be assessed?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars and practical sessions. Assessment is by a combination of written examinations, presentations, assessed coursework and practical tests. The coursework may include a working portfolio, laboratory manuals, reports and essays.

What careers can I consider?

Graduates from the BSc Sports Science degree at Newman will be equipped for a wide range of careers in sports science and coaching, including a variety of roles in private, public and non-governmental organisations, and positions supporting elite athletes. Alternatively, graduates can choose to continue their studies at postgraduate level in order to acquire further specialist skills.

This single honours degree is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science.


pdf  Physical Education and Sports Studies Brochure
Last updated: 14 March 2012

Entry requirements

A minimum of 280 UCAS points (which must include minimum grades of BC or above at A2 level), BTEC National Diploma with an overall grade of Distinction Merit Merit, or an Access Diploma with a minimum of 39 credits with Merit or Distinction. A level 3 qualification in sport/PE or a science related subject is required. If you have a relevant HND or foundation degree qualification you may progress onto the final year of the degree. You will also need five GCSEs at grade C or above, including GCSE English Language and Mathematics, or a recognised equivalent. For alternative qualifications please see our entry requirements page.



£9,000 2015/16

£10,500 2015/16 International Students

Finance and Scholarship information

Course structure

Sport Science

As well as covering essential, foundational subject knowledge, the first year of the course has been very carefully designed to build in the development of a range of skills necessary for success in HE. Greater choice of modules are available in Years 2 and 3, to enable you to particularly develop your interests in some areas of the subject if you wish.

The compulsory Work Placement is intended to give you relevant experience in a career of your choice.


Year 1


Semester 1


Introduction to Sport and Physical Education in HE (20 credits)

Health and well being (20 credits)

TBC (20 credits)


Semester 2


Research methods (10 credits)

Preparation for placement (10 credits)

Elite Sport (20 credits)

Participation in sport and physical activity (20 credits)


Year 2 - Semester 1 & 2


Research methods (20 credits)

Placement (20 credits)


Semester 1


Biomechanics and performance analysis (20 credits)

Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology (20 credits)


Semester 2


Foundations of the Physiology of Sport and Exercise (20 credits)

Applied Sports Science (20 credits)


Year 3 - Semester 1 & 2


Dissertation (40 credits)


Semester 1 only


Applied Sports Science 2 (20 credits)

Choose 2 of the following modules, each worth 20 credits:

Investigating Sport and Exercise Psychology

Physiology of Sport and Exercise

Strength and Conditioning/personal training


Semester 2 only


Choose 2 of the following modules, each worth 20 credits:

Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology

Obesity and Health

Sports Biomechanics



Course code

Single Honours: 100% Sport Science

UCAS code:


Applications for full-time courses are made through UCAS.

Applications for flexible learning courses are made via Newman.

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