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Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. Course summary

  • Investigate the scientific methodologies and theories of sport and exercise science
  • Promote exercise, inclusion and positive behaviours for better overall health
  • Enhance your practical and lab skills in physiology, psychology, biomechanics and nutrition
  • Work with renowned sports organisations and elite clubs to enhance athletic performance
  • Stand out by applying your learning to work experience opportunities and live projects
Join us to enhance your scientific and analytical understanding of sport and exercise – ultimately aiming to improve both performance and health. You’ll explore a wide range of captivating topics – from anatomy and biomechanics to physiology, psychology and nutrition. The foundation year is suitable either if you don’t meet the entry requirements for the degree, or if you’d like further preparation before you start. You’ll gain the knowledge and confidence you need to progress onto the course. How you learn All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. Throughout the course, you will acquire knowledge about how the body responds to and adapts to exercise. You’ll learn through teaching, working and doing – learning strategies to optimise sports performance and understanding techniques that promote positive behavioural changes for better overall health. You’ll learn from accomplished staff who are actively engaged in research across all levels of sport. Because Sheffield is home to sports clubs in every major sport in the UK, you will benefit from our fantastic local ties with elite clubs and organisations. From football to ice hockey, basketball to rugby, Sheffield offers a diverse sporting landscape. You learn through:
  • Lectures, seminars and workshops
  • A virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Work-based learning experiences
  • Placements
  • Field trips
  • Practical activities in both simulated and in-situ environments
  • Independent study
  • Research opportunities
Key themes You’ll explore theoretical, philosophical and practical aspects of sport and exercise science, offering insights into graduate roles in sports, physical activity and other professional settings. You’ll study topics like physiology, biomechanics, psychology, nutrition, coaching and physical activity – as well as key skills in digital capability and critical thinking. This degree is aligned to the jobs market and growth in the sector. Performance analysis, strength and conditioning are all areas with growing career opportunities, so you will gain in-depth knowledge in these areas. With flexible course pathways and assessments, you’re able to customise your studies based on your future career aspirations. Then in your final year, you can really focus on where your passions take you. Build your learning around your aspirations. Course support The course is designed to help you demonstrate your learning outcomes – with authentic assessment activities relating to real-world scenarios, your specific goals and your skills development. Throughout your studies, support will be available through various individuals who will enable you to reach your potential through academic, professional and personal development. These support roles include:
  • Course and Module Leaders
  • Your Academic Adviser
  • Your Student Support Adviser
  • Your Employability Adviser
  • Central services like counselling, Library and IT
Applied learning There’s a mandatory short placement at the end of your third year. Over a minimum of 120 hours, you will be learning while you work and preparing to progress into employment after you graduate.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information. Year 1 Compulsory modules Foundations Of Sport And Physical Activity Introduction To Investigating Contemporary Issues In Sport And Physical Activity Year 2 Compulsory modules Coaching Sport And Physical Activity Scientific Principles For Health Scientific Principles For Sport The Impact Of Sport And Physical Activity Year 3 Compulsory modules Applied Sport And Exercise Science Multidisciplinary Approaches To Sport And Exercise Optimising Wellbeing Elective modules Alternative Physical Activities Analysis Of Sport And Games Event Management For Sport And Physical Activity Exercise Prescription For The Prevention Of Disease Sport As A Tool For Social Change Sports Club Development Sports Facility Management Simulation Technology For Sport And Physical Activity Testing And Analysis In Sport And Physical Activity Year 4 Optional modules Placement Year Final year Compulsory modules Independent Project In Sport And Physical Activity Interdisciplinary Approaches To Sport And Exercise Science Elective modules Approaches To Talent Development Coach Education And Development Economics And Finance Of Sport Entrepreneurship And Innovation For Sport And Physical Activity Exercise Prescription For Long Term Conditions Health Promotion Innovative Practical Pedagogy Major Sport Events Nutrition For Sport And Physical Activity Performance Analysis Of Sport Programming And Prescription Of Training In Sport And Physical Activity Sport And The Media Sport, Brands And Culture Sport Data Analytics Sport Injury Sport Journalism Teaching As A Profession

Assessment method

Coursework Practicals

Professional bodies

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

  • The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

If you do not have any of the qualifications above but have relevant experience you are welcome to discuss potential opportunities with the admissions tutor.

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English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

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Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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
EU £16655 Year 1
International £16655 Year 1

Additional fee information

Our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/2025 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2023/2024 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Our tuition fees for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2023/24 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees:

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Sport and Exercise Science with Foundation Year at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS