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Course summary

OVERVIEW UWS's BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science prepares you for a career where you will learn how exercise can be used to improve health and how to support athletes in maximising their performance. This degree focuses on the science behind high-performance sport and physical activity for the promotion of health . You’ll develop knowledge, skills and expertise in biomechanics, physiology, strength and conditioning, and sports psychology PRACTICAL FOCUS The teaching on the BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science is research-led and promotes both health and performance elements of sport and exercise science. Lab-based and practical tuition and assessments are a key feature of this degree and will develop your hands-on skills and sport and exercise knowledge. You will use newly equipped laboratories, which include labs in: Human Health and Performance; Cardiovascular Imaging; Sport and Exercise Science; Extreme Environments; Exercise and Health Biochemistry; Sport Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation; and Biomechanics as part of your studies. During the programme, you will undertake work placements with a relevant employer. This placement is specifically designed to develop your skills and experience in the workplace, enhancing your job prospects within the sports industry upon completion of your degree. We have excellent existing links with a number of clubs and organisations, and we also encourage you to identify organisations that you are interested in working with. CAREER PROSPECTS Graduates of the programme have gone on to become sport scientist, personal trainers, sport science technicians, physiologists, researchers, lecturers, active schools co-ordinators, strength and conditioning coaches, performance analysts, and sport business owners. This means as a sport and exercise scientist you could: // Work alongside sports coaches to assess and improve athletes’ performance // Work with doctors to help people improve athletes’ health through physical activity // Work with hospitals and Primary Care Trusts in areas such as cardiac rehabilitation and health promotion to take part in research projects or contribute to the design and production of sports equipment Jobs Typical roles include: Sport Scientist, Performance Analyst, Strength and conditioning Coach, Sport Physiologists, Personal Trainer. Further Studies Many of our graduates have successfully progressed to postgraduate study such as taught Masters (MSc) courses or research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD) in sport, exercise or health areas.


Throughout the course, a variety of topics will be covered starting from the fundamental principles of sport coaching, sport and exercise, and physical activity, health and fitness in first year. These topics are developed in second year through the study of principles of human movement, sport and exercise physiology, psychosocial aspects of sport and exercise, as well as personal training. The science of sport is further investigated in third year through modules in Measurement in Sport and Exercise Science, sport conditioning and iomechanics, physiological adaptations to exercise, research and evaluation, physical activity and health, and the psychology of sport. In the final year of the degree, a range of optional modules are available, enabling students to focus their studies in their particular area of interest. These modules include the female athlete, exercise in extreme environments, clinical exercise physiology, international field trip, and paediatric sport science, amongst many others. The final year also includes a dissertation, and students are given a wide range of topics to select from.. Students with a particular interest in physical activity have the choice of undertaking the Physical Activity and Health pathway in 4th year, which includes modules geared to those considering employment in the health and physical activity sector. Throughout the programme, modules are highly practical-based, and placement modules are included in year 2 and 3. There is also the opportunity for students to gain additional qualifications alongside their studies through the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) Check the 'Course Details' section on the course entry on the UWS website for more information on topics covered per year.

Assessment method

This degree will be taught through a combination of learning methods including tutor-led lectures, tutorials and seminars, laboratory practicals, workshops and exercises in a simulated work environment, small group teaching and group project work. Independent, online and peer-to-peer learning is an important element of this course. Our Sport and Exercise Science degree uses a variety of assessment methods. The below list provides a guide to the types of assessment methods you can expect: // group and individual work // multiple-choice exams // reflective practice reports // essays // case study deconstruction // practical examination // research production // individual and group oral presentations // individual and group poster presentations // laboratory reports

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

International applicants

ACADEMIC TECHNOOGY APPROVAL SCHEME (ATAS) CERTIFICATE You do not require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate before you can be considered for an unconditional offer of study on this undergraduate BEng (Hons) degree course. ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. These are shown below.

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

Year 1: SWAP Access to STEM (ABB); Access to Life Sciences (BBB). As entry to year 3 is very competitive some applicants with HND with AA in the Graded Unit may be offered Year 2 entry, subject to availability.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)



English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill / component.
Cambridge English Advanced176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Cambridge English Proficiency176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Trinity ISEPassISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with no element below 51
TOEFL (iBT)78no sub-test less than: Reading: 17; Listening: 17; Speaking: 17; Writing: 17

DUO LINGO In addition ot the above English Language tests, for 2022-23 entry, the University has approved the use of the online Duolingo English test as evidence of English language ability. UWS will accept an overall score between 90-115 with no component score below 90. For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The reason for this is that it’s essential that you are able to read, speak and understand the English language to get the most out of your time at UWS. All international applicants are required to meet minimum English language standards, with the exception of: // Native speakers of English // Erasmus students (unless advised otherwise) // non-Erasmus students from EU partner institutions (your institution must provide confirmation of your English language ability in the absence of a formal qualification) The qualifications above must have been gained within two years prior to the start of your course at UWS.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1820* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £17250* Year 1
International £17250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

TUITION FEE INFORMATION - SCOTTISH STUDENTS: Eligible Scottish domiciled students can usually apply to have their tuition fees paid for them each year of their studies by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). If you're not sure about your eligibility, you should contact SAAS. You need to apply to SAAS each year of study to have your tuition fees paid directly to UWS. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - UK, IRISH & GIBRALTARIAN STUDENTS: Eligible students who are domiciled in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland as well as from the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar or the Republic of Ireland will qualify for tuition fees of £9,250 per academic session of study to a maximum of three years if you are studying on a four year bachelor degree course (eg. BAcc (Hons) / BA (Hons) / BEng (Hons) / BSc (Hons)). So, if your degree is four years' duration, you will only be charged tuition fees for three years. Similarly, if you are studying a five year integrated master's degree course (eg. MEng (Hons)) the you will only be charged tuition fees for four years. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - INTERNATIONAL (NON-EU) & EU STUDENTS: These tuition fees apply to all non-EU, EEA, and all other EU students (excluding those from Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar, whose fee level is as per UK (non-Scottish) students - see section above for more details). ADDITIONAL COSTS: The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career. In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs such as consumable study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms. You may also want to purchase some core texts and technology such as a new laptop etc. Some of these additional costs are optional, some, such as uniforms or safety equipment may be mandatory. Check the course entry on our website for more more information.
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