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Studying on the BA (Hons) Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity here at Durham will enable you to explore a broad range of topics across the spectrum from grassroots to elite sport, and also across the varied connections between sport and issues such as obesity, crime and inequality.
Across your three years of study, you will engage in a variety of core and optional modules in the social science disciplines of sport sociology, sport policy and sports development. The flexible design of the degree will also allow you to select and experience modules associated with other areas of the sport and exercise sciences, including physiology, psychology, and physical activity, nutrition and health.
Your 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, exercise or physical activity 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.
Learning, teaching and assessment approaches all emphasise the application of academic knowledge to real-life examples and practices in sport, exercise and physical activity. As such, we will 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.
You will establish a fundamental knowledge and understanding of key concepts and issues relating to selected disciplines within the study of sport, exercise and physical activity through the combination of five compulsory modules and the choice of an open module:
Critical Skills for Sport and Exercise Sciences
Sport, Culture and Society
Introduction to Physical Activity, Diet and Health
Introduction to Sport Psychology
Introduction to Exercise Physiology
Open Module: As part of our flexible teaching, you have the opportunity across all three years to expand on your own 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.
You will build on your knowledge and understanding of key concepts and issues in different sport, exercise and physical activity contexts. There is one compulsory module, which allows you to develop your skills and understanding of various research methods that will be valuable across your degree, into your final year research dissertation project and future career. Choices of optional modules then allow you to either begin to specialise in particular sport, exercise and physical activity subject areas or, alternatively, maintain the breadth of study experienced in Year 1.
You will critically analyse and evaluate more complex issues in relation to selected disciplines within the study of sport, exercise or physical activity. As is the case across the entire course, 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, exercise or physical activity, through your dissertation (an independent research project).
We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year, and will publish finalised core requirements for 2020 entry from September 2019.
For more information on this course, please see our website.
For more information on the content of this course, including module details, please see our website.
How to apply
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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!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
Specific subjects excluded for entry:
General Studies and Critical Thinking.
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.|
|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|
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|