Sport and Exercise Science

Coventry University

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary

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Preparing you for a variety of graduate level careers in industry, professional sport, health and education, this degree aims to provide you with a strong scientific understanding of human physiology, psychology, anatomy, biomechanics and biochemistry. Based in the state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building, you can take full advantage of our cutting-edge facilities, including indoor running track and extensive exercise science laboratories. You’ll be taught by staff with a broad range of academic and professional experience, many of whom have worked with a range of health initiatives, professional athletes and clubs. We also work closely with a range of National Health Service (NHS) clinical services, such as cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation and local authority healthy living initiatives. Our strong employer links include local professional sports teams and National Health Service (NHS) clinical services, such as cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation and local authority healthy living initiatives, which increases your employment opportunities. We recognise that to be an effective sport and exercise scientist, you first need to be an effective communicator. Alongside an appreciation of the physiological, psychological and biomechanical factors influencing human performance, our course will help you develop effective listening, verbal and non-verbal communications skills through first-hand experience of situations directly related to applied sport and exercise science. This is a hands-on course with a range of approaches to teaching including problem-based learning, case studies and laboratory classes, which blend scientific rigour with practical and professional experience and knowledge. We aim to develop your expertise and practical ability to prescribe exercise programmes, then evaluate and monitor their effectiveness on the human body.  Key Course Benefits *Expert guest lecturers, which in the past included public health, obesity and sport performance. *Field trips, which in the past have included visits to the University Hospital Coventry and Warwick metabolic lab (additional costs may apply). *Learn about the latest issues relating to the theory and practice of sport and exercise science through case studies and exposure to the applied environment. We have experts in sport and exercise psychology, physiology, exercise and health, strength and conditioning, biomechanics and nutrition, many conducting ongoing research and consultancy. *Strong track record for graduate employability - 95% of graduates from this course in work or continuing their studies six months after graduation (DLHE 2016/17). *Access to industry-standard software, including those for assessing dietary analysis and energy expenditure and specialist equipment, including fat suits, an environmental chamber and a range of ergometers and metabolic carts. *Endorsed by and meets the level of understanding and competencies required by the British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), the sector’s leading professional body, enabling you to apply for accreditation following a period of supervised experience as a sport and exercise scientist.

Course details


Your main study themes are: Exercise Physiology Exploring physiological adaptations and responses (acute and chronic) as a result of strength training, applied sport and exercise science, examining exercise in different populations, together with use of appropriate physiological assessment techniques.  Biomechanics The biomechanical factors influencing sports performance and associated activities, as well as appropriate biomechanical assessment techniques.  Sport and Exercise Psychology Psychological factors influencing sport and exercise performance, the use of psychological strategies to enhance and/or explain sport and exercise performance For more information about what you will study, please visit our website. Please be aware that some optional modules may require a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

Professional bodies

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

  • British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level BBC to include Biology or Physical Education. Excludes General Studies.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM in Biology or Sport Science subject.
Access to HE Diploma The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit of which 15 must be in Biology or Sport Science related units. Plus GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 / C or above.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points to include 5 points in Biology at Higher level.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English, Mathematics and two Sciences.

All applications are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and your motivation to study the course. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate/BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 National Diploma/BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry onto degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that are equivalent to three A2 Levels. This may include subject specific requirements where necessary. If you are successful in receiving an offer, you will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and studying at Coventry University.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit from the European Union, this may change their student status and/or their tuition fee charges. Coventry University Group will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance at that time.

Provider information

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Coventry University
Priory Street

Clearing contact details

Recruitment and Admissions

02476 791791

Course Clearing information

Additional information

Thursday 15th and Friday 16th August - 07:00 - 19:00 Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th August - 10:00 - 16:00 Monday 19th August onwards - 8:30 - 17:00

Course contact details

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UK Admissions Office

024 7765 2222

European and International Admissions Office

+44 024 7765 2152

Sport and Exercise Science at Coventry University - UCAS