Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons)

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


The course enhances your knowledge and own learning through the application of research based assignments and gives students the opportunity to use the excellent sporting facilities and laboratory equipment on offer at Newman, something which I have thoroughly enjoyed.   Emily Morris - Student
Why study Sports Science?

The sports, health and fitness industry offers a variety of different employment opportunities for sport and exercise science graduates. Growth areas in this field include roles supporting athletes, clubs and sport governing bodies.

On this course you will be given the opportunity to examine practical, professional and theoretical elements that influence sports and exercise performance, participation and health. You will also explore how sport and exercise science can help improve the performance of athletes and sports teams, and assist individuals in improving their health and well-being. You will be learning about how the very best practitioners improve sporting performance and how they are able to make life changing interventions for those suffering from obesity and other poor health related conditions. This course will give you the opportunity to become a well-equipped professional and will help develop the knowledge and skills for work or further study in this area.


What does the course cover?

On this British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) accredited degree you will explore all the major sub-disciplines associated with sport and exercise science. This will include modules in sports and exercise psychology, exercise and sport physiology, performance analysis and biomechanics. You will gain an understanding of the different scientific theories that can be applied in sports science and become an expert in making use of scientific methods of enquiry, interpreting and analysing scientific data and using a range of the latest technologies in sports and exercise science in our human performance laboratory. You will also develop the skills needed to monitor and evaluate 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. In addition, you will explore sport science support for athletes and have the chance to participate in work experience in a related area.

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.


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?

As a Newman Sports Science graduate, you will be well-equipped for a wide range of careers in sports science, coaching and related areas, including positions supporting elite athletes and teams. You could also be making a difference to real everyday lives by providing interventions for the sedentary, obese, elderly and ill. You will be well-prepared to continue your studies at postgraduate level to obtain higher degrees and acquire further specialist skills.

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

From 2017/18 tuition fees may rise in line with inflation.

Course structure

Sport and Exercise 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 and Exercise 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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