Sport and Exercise Science at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

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Course summary

This is a Connected Degree Portsmouth is the only University in the UK with the flexibility to choose when to do an optional paid placement or self-employed year. Either take a placement in your third year, or finish your studies first and complete a placement in your fourth year. You can decide if and when to take a placement after you've started your course. Overview Pushing boundaries. Breaking records. Competing in extreme environments. On this BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degree, you’ll learn to apply scientific principles that help athletes perform at their best. But it's not just elite sportspeople who will benefit from your knowledge and skills. Become a passionate advocate for the essential role sports science plays in society as you uncover ways everyone can use physical activity to boost their health and wellbeing.

  • Put your learning into practice in our advanced sports science facilities including three climatic chambers, a swimming flume and motion capture systems
  • Be taught by expert staff who are actively engaged in research projects that inform the future of sport and exercise science
  • Enhance your CV as you gain valuable experience through our ties with local sports and healthcare providers
  • Gain first aid, national coaching and specialised gym instructor qualifications
  • Set yourself up for a career in professional sport, healthcare or education
Careers and opportunities In today's health-conscious world, the sports and health industries continue to expand. Sport and exercise scientists have a vital role in keeping sportspeople, athletes and the general population in peak physical health. What jobs can you do with a sport and exercise degree? Roles our graduates have gone onto include:
  • PE teacher
  • personal trainer
  • clinical physiologist
  • NVQ coordinator
  • sports development officer
  • sports and exercise scientist
  • sports therapist and physiotherapist
  • cardiac rehabilitation technician
Graduate destinations Organisations our graduates have gone on to work in, include:
  • Crystal Palace Football Club
  • Portsmouth Tennis Academy
  • Bupa
  • Nuffield Health
Placement year (optional) Either before or following your third year, you have the option to choose a work placement year to gain valuable longer-term work experience in the industry. Our specialist team of Science and Health Careers advisors can help you with finding a work placement and improving your employability skills. They'll provide you with a database of placement vacancies, support with your job search – including help with applications and interviews – and support throughout your placement year. Potential placement roles Previous students have taken on placement roles including:
  • sport for development project officer
  • performance analyst
  • assistant sports therapist
  • women's sport engagement officer
  • physical technician
  • academy coach
  • PE teacher
  • physiotherapist assistant
  • rugby development coach
  • nutritionist
Potential placement destinations Previous students have completed placements in the following organisations:
  • Reading FC
  • Pompey in the Community
  • Exeter City FC
  • Sussex County Cricket Club
  • Welsh Rugby Union (WRU)


Year 1 Core

  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Biomechanics (40 credits)
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology (40 credits)
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology (40 credits)
Year 2 Core
  • Advanced Exercise Physiology (20 credits)
  • Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise (20 credits)
  • Preparing Research, Innovation Or Enterprise Projects (20 credits)
  • Psychology of Sport and Exercise (20 credits)
  • Exercise As Preventive Medicine (20 credits)
  • Exercise in Different Environments (20 credits)
  • Nutrition for Sport, Exercise and Health (20 credits)
  • Principles of Performance Analysis (20 credits)
  • Principles of Skill Acquisition (20 credits)
  • Strength and Conditioning for Sport, Exercise and Health (20 credits)
Placement year Optional
  • Sandwich Year Study Placement (120 credits)
  • Sandwich Year Work Placement (120 credits)
Year 3 Core
  • Project (40 credits)
  • Advanced Sports Nutrition (20 credits)
  • Advanced Strength and Conditioning (20 credits)
  • Applications of Exercise Physiology (20 credits)
  • Applications of Sport and Exercise Psychology (20 credits)
  • Applied Skill Acquisition (20 credits)
  • Biomechanics in Practice (20 credits)
  • Biopsychosocial Approaches to Physical Activity and Health Promotion (20 credits)
  • Environmental Physiology (20 credits)
  • Exercise Medicine and Rehabilitation (20 credits)
  • Practical Applications of Performance Analysis (20 credits)
  • Professional Development (20 credits)
Changes to course content We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through written exams, essays and lab reports, individual or group presentations, practical exercises. You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • BASES, British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £17200 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Placement Year and Year abroad: UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £1,385 EU – £1,385 (including Transition Scholarship)| International (Non-EU) – £2,875. Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to
Sport and Exercise Science at University of Portsmouth - UCAS