Durham University

Sport and Exercise Sciences Durham University Degree level: Undergraduate

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In studying BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Sciences here at Durham, a mix of core and optional modules enables you to explore traditional sport, exercise and health science disciplines (across physiology; psychology; physical activity, nutrition and health). Modules from the Sociology of Sport and Sport Development and Policy subject areas are also available to select across all three years, allowing you to develop a broader knowledge base and skill set across the wider study of sport.

Research and academic study skills will be developed through bespoke modules, and during the final year dissertation project you will engage in deeper investigation of a sport and exercise topic that particularly interests you. In addition, our employability-focused course provides further opportunities for you to take sport and exercise leadership and placement modules, as well as open modules from other departments across the University.

Here at Durham, our multidisciplinary expertise across the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences allows you to tackle traditional and emergent sport and exercise problems from a variety of different perspectives. Learning, teaching and assessment approaches all emphasise the application of academic knowledge to real-life sport and exercise contexts and examples. As such, we enable you to develop your intellectual capacities and personal qualities, as well as to acquire a broad range of practical, professional and employability skills that can be applied to a range of future career paths and further postgraduate studies.

Year 1
You will establish a fundamental knowledge and understanding of key concepts and issues relating to different disciplines within the study of sport and exercise sciences, through the combination of five compulsory modules and the choice of an open module:
Critical Skills for Sport and Exercise Sciences
Introduction to Exercise Physiology
Introduction to Sport Psychology
Introduction to Physical Activity, Diet and Health
Sport, Culture and Society
Open Module: As part of our flexible teaching, you have the opportunity across all three years to expand on your academic interests through choosing to study ‘open’ modules offered in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences or in other subject areas, such as Business, Education, Languages, Criminology and Psychology.

Year 2
You will build on your knowledge and understanding of key concepts and issues in sport and exercise contexts. In addition, one of our compulsory modules will enable you to develop your understanding and application of research methods in preparation for your final year research dissertation project. Choices of optional modules then allow you to either begin to specialise in particular sport and exercise disciplines or alternatively maintain the breadth of study experienced in Year 1.

Compulsory modules: Research Methods in Action / Sport and Exercise Physiology / Physical Activity and Health Psychology
Then two optional modules (indicative list): Sport, Crime and Deviance / Media, Sport and Society / Sports Development / Leadership in Sport and Health
Open Module

Year 3
You will analyse and evaluate more complex issues in relation to selected disciplines within sport and exercise sciences. As is the case across the Department, modules and option choices in Year 3 are refined on an ongoing basis to reflect developments in industry, employment opportunities and the latest academic research. You will also undertake an in-depth, critical analysis of a chosen topic in sport and exercise sciences through your dissertation.

Compulsory module: Dissertation in Sport (40 credits)
Then minimum of two, or all three from (indicative list): Exercise Programmes for Health and Performance / Applied Sport Psychology / Nutrition for Sport, Physical Activity and Health
Then minimum of one, maximum two optional modules (indicative list): Sport in the Community Placement / Sport Policy in Action / Open Module.

Course details

Modules

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How to apply

Application deadlines

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15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level AAB Specific subjects excluded for entry:
General Studies and Critical Thinking.

Information:
Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD Subjects Required: We will prefer this qualification to be from a related subject area, e.g. Sport or Exercise focus.
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits
M: 15 credits
We require 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 (or equivalent). Applicants may be required to meet additional subject-specific requirements for particular courses at Durham. Please contact departments for further information.
Scottish Higher AAABB Departments will normally make offers based on Advanced Highers. In the absence of 3 Advanced Highers, where these are not offered by the applicant’s school, offers comprising of Advanced Highers and Highers or a number of Highers may be made on a case by case basis.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D3, D3, M2
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 36 points General information on subjects/grades required for entry:
Seventeen points (6, 6, 5) from Higher Level subjects required.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H2, H2, H2, H3
Scottish Advanced Higher AAB
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Not accepted

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.dur.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/entry/

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £20,500 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

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Provider information

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Durham University
The Palatine Centre
Stockton Road
Durham
DH1 3LE


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