Sports and Exercise Science (Including Placement Year)

University of Essex

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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Are Olympic athletes born or made? Can exercise be bad for your health? What is the secret behind the world’s fastest sprinter? Studying sports and exercise science will help you to understand the biology, physiology, biomechanics and psychology of sport, exercise and physical activity. You will learn how the body responds and adapts to exercise, how and why different energy systems are deployed at different exercise intensities, how the principles of mechanics determine the flight of a javelin, how exercise can reduce the risk of getting cancer, and how mind and body interact to influence performance. On this four year version of the course, your third year is spent on a placement year in which you gain relevant work experience within an external business, and apply the theory that you have learned in a practical environment. The module structure for your first two years and your final year are the same as our three-year versions.

Course details


Many of our courses offer a choice of optional modules to tailor your learning experience. More information about these can be found on the University of Essex website.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeC606
Institution code E70
Campus nameColchester Campus
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BCC Including Science or Mathematics grade B.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Entry requirements for students studying BTEC qualifications are dependent on subjects studied. Advice can be provided on an individual basis. The standard required is generally at Distinction level.
Access to HE Diploma We will consider science based Access to Higher Education Diplomas. Advice can be provided on an individual basis.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points Including Higher Level science or Mathematics grade 5, plus Standard Level Science and Mathematics or Maths Studies grade 4, if not taken at Higher Level. We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Please note that Maths and Science in the IB are not required if you have already achieved GCSE or IB Middle Years Maths and Science at grade C/4.

In addition all applicants require GCSE Mathematics and Science at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent). If you do not meet the GCSE Science requirement but you have A-level Science or equivalent, please contact Undergraduate Admissions for advice before applying.

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
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £16860 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees displayed are for 2020-21 entry. Fees will increase for each academic intake and each academic year of study.
Sports and Exercise Science (Including Placement Year) at University of Essex - UCAS