Do you have a keen interest in sport? Do you want to understand the science behind what makes an elite athlete able to fulfil their greatness? Our BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science course is the perfect way to not only contribute to the careers of professional athletes but to also help tackle health challenges facing society today, meaning the contribution you go on to make will be invaluable, wherever you choose to go. Why study this subject? On this course, you’ll learn in state-of-the-art facilities, develop a critical understanding of the principles underpinning sport and exercise science and learn how to analyse and evaluate performance needs. You’ll design and deliver training interventions with the goal of improving health and wellbeing, optimise performance and minimise the risk of injury. You’ll leave us being confident in working with people at all levels of ability, from recreational exerciser to elite athlete. This course has been designed so you’ll learn the foundations of sport and exercise science, as well as having the opportunity to practically apply your new knowledge and skills in professional environments, supporting professional athletes currently at the top of their game. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree. All our teaching staff at BNU are actively engaged in professional practice meaning we’re constantly strengthening relationships with high-performance sports organisations who provide our students with even more opportunity to learn. We’re currently linked with Watford FC, Wycombe Wanderers, Reading Ladies WSL and academy teams, Amateur Swimming Association, British Rowing, GB para-athletes and many community level sports clubs, athletes and local schools. The impressive relationships we have with accrediting bodies and local and national organisations means you’ll be set-up perfectly to apply for jobs within gyms, leisure facilities and health clubs both to support you whilst you study with us and once you’ve graduated. What facilities can I use? During your degree, you’ll spend a considerable amount of time using our Human Performance, Exercise and Wellbeing Centre which has an indoor three-lane running track that incorporates 3D motion-capture technology. This facility helps to enhance athletes’ performance through improved technique, and also assists with injury prevention and rehabilitation. The Human Performance laboratory is also equipped for assessing a range of physiological, biomechanical and psychological parameters. You’ll have the opportunity to use our state-of-the-art observation lab to engage in the measurement of psycho-physiological responses using Biopac©. You’ll be able to measure the activity of the cardiovascular system, brain, autonomic nervous system and more. You’ll also have access to Tobii eye tracking equipment and HTC Vive, a virtual reality software, meaning you can push the boundaries and get creative with your research ideas! What will I study? Over the three years you’ll study with us, you’ll focus on learning the key areas of sport and exercise science, covering areas like health physiology, biomechanics, sport nutrition performance analysis, human anatomy and data analysis. You’ll spend time learning how to analyse and evaluate performance needs and develop a critical understanding of the fundamental principles which underpin applied sport and exercise science. What are my career prospects? This course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities, such as:
- Sport science support
- Strength and conditioning
- Health assessment and screening
- Performance analysis
- Teacher training.
Year one Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility Inquiry and Research Skills Introduction to Sport Development and Performance Year two Introduction to Coaching Theory and Practice Introduction to Health Physiology Human Anatomy Foundations of Exercise Physiology Data Analysis of Sports and Exercise Science Foundations of Biomechanics Foundations of Sport & Exercise Psychology Fundamentals of Strength and Conditioning Year three Coaching and Athlete Development (optional) Research in Sport and Exercise Applied Exercise Physiology Cognition and Emotion in Sport and Exercise Psychology (optional) Sports Nutrition Applied Biomechanics Exercise Prescription and Instruction Performance Analysis in Sport Applied Sport and Performance Psychology Year four Contemporary Coaching Issues (optional) Research Dissertation Clinical Biomechanics (optional) Training and Periodization in Physiology and Nutrition (optional) Professional Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology (optional) Sports Injury and Rehabilitation Exercise Referral Sports Science in Practice Skill Acquisition and Learning in Sport
This course combines underlying scientific principles and highly practical skills from the sport science disciplines. We combine principles from classic disciplines like physiology, biomechanics and sports psychology with skills from contemporary ones like strength and conditioning, sports coaching, performance analysis and nutrition. The way we’ve designed this programme to combine such a broad combination of subject areas means you’ll graduate with a holistic understanding of what it takes to prepare for a career within the field of Sport and Exercise Science. You’ll be taught by our specialist teaching team through lectures, practical sessions, seminars and workshops and your work will be assessed through presentations, portfolio assessments, viva, practical assessments and written work.
How to apply
This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.
Republic of Ireland
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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For information about applying to Buckinghamshire New University as an International applicant, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/international
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Buckinghamshire New University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships. For more information, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/financial-support-bursaries-and-scholarships