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What makes Sport & Exercise Science at Worcester special?

As the margins between success and failure in performance sport narrow, sports science has an increasingly significant role to play in securing that all-important competitive advantage.

Worcester has a proven record of excellence in sport and exercise science, not only at the elite level, but in ensuring that the benefits of research and developments in performance sport improve health and wellbeing throughout society.

This programme explores the science in sport, considering how disciplines like physiology, biology and biomechanics can be utilised to improve performance and enhance wellbeing. You can choose from a range of discipline-specific and multi-disciplinary modules, equipping you with a diverse range of perspectives that will enrich your learning and enhance your career development.

Key features

  • This course is endorsed by the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences (BASES)
  • Excellent facilities, including BASES-accredited physiology labs, our Motion Performance Centre, and the University of Worcester Arena - an official Paralympic training venue and winner of the 2015 Guardian Buildings that Inspire Award
  • Teaching team at the cutting edge of international research, meaning your learning is enhanced by those shaping the latest discoveries
  • Excellent international links with a range of partners in the USA, Europe, New Zealand, Australia and Kenya, leading to collaborative research and overseas study opportunities

“One of my favourite aspects of the degree was the practical application it had to both sports performance and healthy lifestyles; which led to in-depth theoretical understanding but also practical experience.”

Sarah Browne, Sport and Exercise Science BSc

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

280 UCAS Tariff points including GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C or above

From 2017 there will be a change in the UCAS point system. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) may be required for some modules

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from   

The structure of the course is excellent, with discipline specific and multi-disciplinary modules - both of which are what employers look for in newly qualified sport and exercise scientists.

Helen Gravestock, Sport & Exercise Science BSc

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ. Visit our Academic Quality Unit pages for full programme specifications for each course.

Year 1


  • Body and Mind in Sport and Exercise
  • Foundations of Human Movement
  • Introduction to the Scientific Study of Sport


  • Physical Activity, Exercise and Health
  • Exercise Training and Prescription
  • Adapted Physical Education, Sport and Disability

Year 2


  • Contemporary Issues and Research in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Scientific Underpinnings of Physical Activity, Exercise and Health
  • Scientific Underpinnings of Sport Performance


  • Strength, Power and Speed
  • Motor Skill Progression
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Science of Disability Sport

Year 3


  • Independent Study
  • Work-Based Learning


  • Limits to Human Performance
  • Physiological Support of the Elite Athlete
  • Physical Activity in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease
  • Consultancy in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Biomechanical Analysis of Sports Techniques
  • Advanced Sport Nutrition

  • Case study

    Sarah Browne, Sport & Exercise Science BSc

    “My favourite aspect of the Sport and Exercise Science degree was the diversity of the course’s content. The wide range of modules gave me the opportunity to discover my favourite discipline of then create a pathway that enabled me to pursue my key interests. One of my favourite aspects of the degree was the practical application it had to both sports performance and healthy lifestyles; this enabled me to not only gain an in-depth theoretical understanding but also practical experience both in the laboratory and on the field. The members of staff within the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science made the transition to higher education easy, always providing support and guidance when needed whilst also facilitating an engaging classroom which I really enjoyed being a part of. I now plan to continue my studies at a postgraduate level in pursuit of my ambition to become a sports science practitioner in high performance sport.”

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching approach

You will study physiology, psychology and biomechanics, as well as modules that explore the way in which these disciplines interact to affect both sporting performance and health. You will also gain a thorough grounding in the investigative and research techniques required in order to work effectively in this field.

Teaching methods for all modules include lectures, seminars, tutorials and a large element of practical, group and teamwork. We aim to provide a learning context that will explore the full potential of all participants and encourage excellence in both theory and practice.

The expertise of the staff includes sports coaching and teaching, match analysis, biomechanics, exercise physiology, sports motivation and sports development. Students may have opportunities to take part in research projects.


Various assessment procedures are used including: coursework, essays, reports, seminar papers, oral presentations, practical work and an Independent Study.

No module uses entirely exam based assessment.


Where could it take you?


With the successful 2012 Olympics, opportunities in the field of sport and exercise science are set to increase and this course prepares students for a wide range of careers. Graduates have entered the following occupations: sport and exercise science support, fitness and health industry, sports coaching, sports development, police and armed forces.

Alternatively, you may wish to continue to postgraduate study and other professional qualifications.


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard annual fee for full-time UK and EU students enrolling in 2016 is £9,000 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for full-time international (non-EU) students enrolling in 2016 is £11,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fees for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on this course in 2016 are £1,180 per 15-credit module, £1,575 per 20 credit module and £2,360 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

Visit our Money Advice pages for information on how much you should budget for your course.

Financial support

£1,000 ABB or equivalent scholarships

The University of Worcester offers a £1,000 first-year scholarship to all new undergraduate students to the University who achieve at least ABB at A Level, or the equivalent qualification (such as distinction, distinction, merit at BTEC), and who are responsible for paying their own tuition fees.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.

£1,000 academic achievement scholarships

Based solely on academic performance, the University awards up to 100 scholarships of £1,000 each to eligible high-achieving undergraduate students after completion of their first and second year of a degree course, or first year of a foundation degree or HND.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £89 per week to the £145 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) C600 BSc/SES

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Admissions tutor

Chris Hughes
01905 542159