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Course summary

The course offers the opportunity to explore the 6 main strands of sports science (Health & Wellbeing, Nutrition, Professional Practice, Human Physiology, Human Psychology & Sports Performance) providing a well-rounded learning experience that combines theoretical, practical and industry work. The theoretical work will allow students to learn from the historical application of sports science and how to critique past work and apply contemporary principles for the betterment of human conditioning within exercise, health and sports performance. In addition to developing awareness of sports ideologies within the 6 strands, students will demonstrate professional development through practical work, including industry reflective assignments, work placements and attainment of additional qualifications throughout the 3 years.


At Level 4 (Year 1) students will develop the underpinning knowledge and skills within each of the 6 strands. Students will undertake additional qualifications in coaching and encouraged to take on optional work placement experience in a coaching environment. At Level 5 (Year two) you will begin to specialise within each of the six strands, looking at areas such as applied biomechanics, physical programming for sport and fitness, applied nutrition, applied psychology and self-administered research in sport and exercise sciences. In addition to these specialist modules, you will continue your professional development by undertaking an optional further block of work placement within a fitness area, as well as working towards an additional qualification linked to the fitness/training industry. Level 6 (Year 3) focuses substantively on students’ ability to work independently to demonstrate appropriate employability skills on both a community driven health project, and a scientific research endeavour. Other taught modules include Exercise Rehabilitation, Analysis of Physical Performance and Career Progression & Employability. The latter will incorporate mandatory work placement of at least 20 hours, together with an additional qualification in a specific area of the students’ choosing. Types of placements/qualifications could centre around teaching, strength and conditioning, sports massage or specialist sports laboratory work.

Assessment method

The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subjects informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or 'formative' assessment for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. In-class assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for these do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include coursework (such as essays, reports, case studies, training plans, research proposals), presentations, exams and practical work. The grades achieved from summative assessments will count towards your module mark, with the percentage split between assignments identified on each assignment brief or module guide.

How to apply

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University Centre Southend
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)7IELTS 7.0 - minimum 6.5 across all components.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

International £17930 Year 1
England £8500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8500 Year 1
Scotland £8500 Year 1
Wales £8500 Year 1
EU £17930 Year 1

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Exercise, Health & Sports Performance at University Centre South Essex - UCAS