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What makes Sport and Exercise Science at Worcester special?

As science plays an increasingly important role in sport, the opportunities to work in this field are growing rapidly. At Worcester, we have the facilities and specialist staff to help you make the most of these opportunities - everything we do is geared towards you becoming a skilled practitioner.

In our labs, you'll practise essential procedures, guided by supportive lecturers. And your work placements will show how your studies apply directly to the real world. They're also linked to the industry qualifications you're likely to need in your career - whether you choose to specialise in physiology, biomechanics or psychology, or study these in combination.

You can find out more about the news and research from the BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science staff and students in our latest newsletter.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Excellent facilities - including our Biomechanic Laboratories and Motion and Performance Centre - which you use every week for lectures and practical sessions
  • Lecturers who are trained practitioners in sport or exercise science, and still do the job in the community - they can show you tips and short-cuts you won't find in any textbook
  • Great playing facilities outdoor and indoor, including the University of Worcester Arena, an official Paralympic training venue and winner of the 2015 Guardian Buildings that Inspire Award
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

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Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points (for example, BBC at A Level), and GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) 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 admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com

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?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Introduction to the Scientific Study of Sport, Exercise & Physical Activity
  • Foundations of Human Movement
  • Psychology of Sport, Exercise & Physical Activity
  • Physiology of Sport, Exercise & Physical Activity

Optional

  • Exercise Training and Prescription
  • Professional Skills for Sport & Exercise Scientists
  • Optional Language modules

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Creating Successful Research in Sport & Exercise Science
  • Scientific Underpinnings of Sport Performance
  • Scientific Underpinnings of Physical Activity, Exercise and Health
  • Industry Skills for Sport & Exercise Scientists

Optional

  • Nutrition for Sport & Exercise
  • Introduction to Strength and Conditioning
  • Performance Analysis
  • Optional Language modules

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Sport & Exercise Science Independent Research Project
  • Work-Based Learning (Sport and Exercise Science Placement)

Optional

  • Psychological Considerations for Sport, Exercise & Health
  • Biomechanical Analysis of Sports Techniques
  • Physiological Support of the Elite Athlete
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Advanced Sports Nutrition
  • Advanced Training & Conditioning
  • The Sport Entrepreneur
  • Applied Performance Analysis
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching and Learning

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and laboratory practicals. Lectures will provide students with the fundamental knowledge and key concepts required for the degree. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures, and laboratory practicals are focused on developing subject specific skills and applied individual and group project work. 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. We aim to provide a learning context that will explore the full potential of all participants and encourage excellence in both theory and practice.You will also gain a thorough grounding in the investigative and research techniques required in order to work effectively in this field.

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. In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

You use industry-standard software and have access to laboratory and computer facilities throughout the course.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 12 -16 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study.

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • 1-2 hours of lead lectures
  • 2-3 hours of laboratory practicals or seminars

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 24-28 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics with research and consultancy experience, postgraduate students' laboratory technical staff and demonstrators. In addition you can expect to receive sessions with guest lecturers who are currently engaged in Sport and Exercise science activities outside of the university.

Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and majority of course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as written essays and reports, written, oral and practical exams, oral and poster presentations and a final year independent studies project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1

  • 4 x exams
  • 1 Practical exam
  • 3 Poster presentations
  • 2 Oral presentations
  • 5 Written assignments

Year 2

  • 2 x exams
  • 2 Practical exam
  • 2 Poster presentations
  • 3 Oral presentations
  • 6 Written assignments

Year 3

  • 1 Poster presentations
  • 4 Oral presentations
  • 7 Written assignments
  • 1 Independent Study of 8000-10000 words

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Meet The Team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. Below are a selection of the teaching team, and you can see the full team by visiting our Sport staff profiles listing.

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Dr Andrea Faull-Brown

Dr Faull-Brown has a breadth of applied and research experience in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology spanning over 15 years, working with both non-disabled athletes and those with a physical disability. Her experience ranges across all level of competition working with coaches and athletes of Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth Games standard, with the highlight of her career being working the GB Women’s Wheelchair Basketball team in their preparations for Rio 2016. Having supported athletes from Beijing in 2008 through to Rio in 2016 is a testament to her career in Applied Sport Psychology at the highest level and this experience is brought into the classroom to help educate the future generation of practitioners.

As Head of Department for Sport and Exercise Science, Andrea has seen the successful growth of the course provision and student numbers on these courses. She is particularly passionate about supporting students in terms of their ability to achieve and fulfil their potential and prides herself on a strong working relationship with the other Heads of Department as well as the staff in her team.

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Dr Jennifer Joyce

Originally from Ireland, Dr Jennifer Joyce joined the University of Worcester in September 2013. Jennifer graduated from the University of Limerick, Ireland in 2007 with a BSc in Sport and Exercise Sciences (1st Class Honours), before continuing her studies at the University of Chichester, UK where she received a Masters degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Having developed an interest in the relationship between exercise and the brain during her time at both of these institutes, Jennifer completed a PhD examining the effects of exercise on cognitive function in older adults.

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Dr Matthew Cook

Dr Matthew Cook joined the University of Worcester in January 2017 as a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science. Before joining the University, Matthew was a PhD student at the University of Chichester. His thesis examined the effect of New Zealand blackcurrant on physiological responses at rest and during exercise in trained cyclists.

Matthew is an accredited sport and exercise scientist by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and has worked with a range of athletes including cyclists and runners. One of his highlights in applied support work was assisting athletes competing in the 2014 and 2015 Marathon des Sables by undertaking acclimation before the event.

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Dr Ben Duncan

Ben joined the University of Worcester in December 2016 after completing his BSc Honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science (2010) and being awarded his PhD at the University of Brighton (2017). Ben’s PhD entitled 'The metabolic effects of acute and prolonged hypoxia' examined the potential use of hypoxia (altitude) as a preventative and treatment tool for metabolic disorders, namely obesity.

Ben has a particular interest in environmental physiology and endurance performance and has provided support to a variety of athletes. Support for individuals undertaking ultra-challenges including the North Pole marathon, the Marathon de Sables and the Jungle Marathon were of particular interest, as was working with endurance athletes from Sussex County England Athletics and power athletes in the sports of Team Gym and British Bobsleigh.

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Dr Dan Eastough

Dan Eastough studied for his BSc degree in Sports Science at the University of Wales, Swansea, before completing a PhD in Neuroscience and Motor Control at the School of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Birmingham. He then spent two and a half years as Higher Education Course Leader at North East Worcestershire College (now Heart of Worcestershire College) before joining the University of Worcester in 2009 as a Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics. Dan is the Head of Department for Sport and Exercise Science within the School, overseeing undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Sports and Exercise Science, Sports Therapy and Performance Analysis. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and holds Distinction level teaching qualifications in both HE and FE settings.

Dan has a keen interest in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) and in the optimal use of IT, digital devices and educational platforms to improve the learning and teaching experience for both staff and students.

Having spent over 20 years in the practice and coaching of martial arts and fitness instruction, Dan has a particular interest in training and conditioning for health, fitness and well-being and sees sport and exercise education as a key component in the promotion of habitual physical activity and healthy living.

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Chris Hughes

Chris completed his undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University in 1995 specialising in Biomechanics and Notational Analysis, and stayed in Liverpool to progress to a teaching assistantship and eventually completing an MPhil in The Effects of Forefoot Morphology on the Kinetics and Kinematics of Locomotion. From Liverpool he moved to the University of Gloucester before settling in Worcester. Prior to his career in Sports Science he completed a degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering at Southampton University, which explains his interest in the mechanical aspects of sport, from not only the body but through to the testing machinery and the equipment used.

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Haydn Jarrett

Haydn joined the University in 2001 having previously been Head of the Department of Sports Studies at the University of Wolverhampton. His passion is teaching and his area of professional interest is physical activity and health, in particular clinical exercise and walking for health. He has been involved in a large number of international, national and regional initiatives to promote physical activity that have brought in some £4.75 million to the Worcester/University economy and is currently working on a number of projects including an EU funded European Degree In Physical Activity and Lifestyle Counselling (PALC) and healthy eating and exercise programmes among breast cancer survivors as part of his work at the University's McClelland Centre for Health and Wellbeing.

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Annie Lambeth-Mansell

Annie is a Senior Lecturer in SSES and has been a member of the team since 1999. Her area of expertise is in sports nutrition, having completed and MSc in Sports Nutrition, though she also teaches in physiology and research methods. Annie has published papers on the nutritional practices of elite female soccer players and pacing in mountain biking. She is a British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) accredited sports scientist and frequently presents lectures and workshops on sports nutrition and physiological testing to local sports clubs and schools. A keen cyclist and mountain biker herself, Annie is passionate about all aspects of nutrition, supplementation and the science of optimal performance.

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Dr Louise Martin

An enthusiastic and engaging lecturer, Louise draws upon real life sporting situations to illustrate the theoretical physiological underpinning of sport and exercise. This approach reflects Louise's interest in problem-based learning which contributed to her being awarded a University Teaching Fellowship in 2006.

Louise has a number of peer reviewed publications that reflect her interest in endurance performance physiology (swimming, running, cycling) and the use of a range of strategies to optimise performance.

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Dr Jessica Mee

Jessica is a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science. Before joining the University in 2019, she held a researcher and lecturer post at Bangor University for 3 years following the completion of her PhD and role as a Technical Instructor at the University of Brighton.

Her area of expertise is in optimising endurance performance for competition in extreme environments with a particular interest in the female athlete. 

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Dr Andy Renfree

Andy Renfree joined the University of Worcester in April 2006 and contributes to both the BSc Sport and Exercise Science and the MSc Applied Sport Science. He is interested in the determinants of sport performance from both a physiological and psychological perspective. A particular interest is the way in which athletes regulate their work rate (or pace themselves) during exercise, and the factors that may influence the ability to do this effectively. Andy is keen to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

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Dr Clare Rhoden

Dr Clare Rhoden joined the University of Worcester in 1995, then the Worcester College of Higher Education, with a strong background in multidimensional competitive anxiety, stress management and applied performance psychology and her PhD research applied these areas to the equestrian sport of eventing. With an enthusiasm for understanding what's going on and an interest in a range of sports including team, pairs and individual sports, Clare's research continued to analyse the emotional element of performance along with associated aspects of goal achievement, goal disengagement and adaptive self-regulation. Focusing on the sport of badminton Clare explored the emotions and self-efficacy amongst mixed-sex and same-sex doubles sharing findings with the Worcester Badminton Performance Centre. Clare's current research is located in the context of exercise and physical activity in later life with ongoing projects focused on the emotions in exercising and non-exercising older adults alongside the role of self-efficacy, age stereotypes and awareness of ageing in shaping physical activity engagement. Clare engages with the local community through her contributions to the University of Worcester’s Active Ageing Week hosted in collaboration with the International Council on Active Ageing.

Clare is a Higher Education Academy Teaching Fellow and a Chartered Psychologist within the British Psychological Society Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers.  Clare is also a member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Clare has competed at club level in a range of sports including equestrian eventing, dressage, show-jumping, hockey, triathlon and she loves skiing.

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Dr Julia West

Julia West has a keen interest in sport and performance. She played football for a number of years in the Women's premiership as goalkeeper for different clubs and earned her England University caps against America, Scotland and Wales. As a keeper, Julia's perspective on football may be slightly different, if not interesting, and she is happy to discuss this with all comers. Julia read her BSc in Sport from Brunel University, where she also successfully achieved an MSc in Sports Coaching. Not surprisingly both undergraduate and postgraduate research projects were related to goalkeeping and performance.

Having completed her PhD in situational motivation, which arose from observations within her goalkeeper coaching, Julia has now turned her attention to all things goalkeeper related. Julia likes to include challenging concepts in her teaching approach which have proved fun and successful providing opportunities for great ideas and discussions!

Find your passion

Sarah Browne

“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.”

Careers

Where could it take you?

There are an increasing number of opportunities in the field of sport and exercise science, and this course prepares you for a wide range of careers.

Endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) the course is closely linked to the industry qualifications you're likely to need in your career.

You'll also have plenty of opportunities to gain coaching and industry qualifications alongside your degree. We give you the time, space and subsidies to choose from a huge range of nationally recognised courses.

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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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK students registering in the academic year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students registering in the academic year 2021/22 is £13,100 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK students registering on this course in the academic year 2021/22 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 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.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

All Physical Education and Sports Coaching students are expected to wear School of Sport and Exercise Science branded sports kit. This includes a polo top, t-shirt and a hooded sweatshirt and costs approximately £85

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

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.

UCAS Code

C600

Get in touch

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

Dr Andrea Faull-Brown

Admissions tutor