Plymouth Marjon University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of St Mark & St John

Sport and Exercise Science

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Course summary

The BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degree includes a number of pathways for you to specialise in; Sport and Exercise Science; Strength and Conditioning; Nutrition; Physical Activity and Health. The BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science programme establishes a contextualised understanding of the application of science (medicine, physical sciences and psychology) to sport performance and the optimisation of exercise participation. The programme identifies key strategies and techniques for optimising sports performance and maximising the benefits of exercise and is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES; BUES). The BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science is a multi-disciplinary programme and the core curriculum draws from the academic sub-disciplines physiology, psychology and biomechanics that underpin sport and exercise science academically and in applied practice. The University’s partner links with professional sports clubs, as well as elite and community sports programmes and athletes in Plymouth and beyond, provides numerous opportunities to develop students’ sport and exercise science knowledge in an applied setting. The degree prepares students to work not only as a sport and exercise scientist but also in a range of roles related to the degree including the exercise and fitness industry, health provision, supporting the coach and coaching process, teaching, research and rehabilitation. The sport and exercise science facilities enable students to develop and apply their knowledge in both a laboratory and field based setting. Their learning is supported with academic staff who hold both academic and professional practice qualifications and who continue to work in the sector as practitioners. The inclusion of specialist pathways (strength and conditioning, physical activity and health and nutrition) reflects the recognition to ensure the provision captures both the ‘sport’ aspect of programme (for example athlete performance, officiating and coaching and the impact of sport on the nation) and the ‘exercise’ component (positive and preventative impact of exercise on a wide ranging array of physical and mental health conditions).


Year 1- Professional Practice, Introduction to human movement and biomechanics, Anatomy and physiology for sport and exercise, Introduction to sport, health and exercise psychology, Introduction to sport and exercise nutrition, Conditioning principles for sport, exercise and health. Year 2- Work Based Learning: Sport and Exercise Science, Performance and technique analysis for sport, Sport and exercise physiology, Sport and exercise psychology, Research methods and analysis in sport and health sciences, Applied strength and conditioning for sport and exercise, Nutrition for health and performance, Exercise prescription and the fitness professional. Year 3- Honours Project, Performance biomechanics, Injury biomechanics, Performance physiology, Environmental physiology, Sport and exercise psychology, Applied sport psychology, Applied interdisciplinary sport and exercise science, Advances in strength and conditioning Advanced nutrition for sport and exercise Work based learning*, Advanced Lifestyle Practitioner, Entrepreneurship and small business management, Nutrition for strength and conditioning, Nutrition across the lifespan. Module prescription will be in accordance to the programme and pathway selected.

Assessment method

Learning agreement, Developmental Project, Research project, Case study, Critical review, Honours Project, Essay, Formal examination (online exam), Report / Laboratory Report, Oral Presentation, Portfolio / E-Portfolio / Resource File/Online Reflective diary, Poster Presentation, Practical Examination/Assessment, Research proposal, Website Pitch

How to apply

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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)

Year 2 – Higher National Certificate or evidence of 120 Credits gained at Higher Education. Module details will be required to check that previous study matches Marjon curriculum. Year 3 – Foundation Degree or evidence of 240 credits gained at Higher Education. Module details will be required to check that previous study matches Marjon curriculum.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Other Level 3 qualifications will be considered

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £13000 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £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
International £13000 Year 1

Additional fee information

EU applicants will be classed as International unless they have Pre-settled or Settled status.
Sport and Exercise Science at Plymouth Marjon University - UCAS