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Undergraduate Course

Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons)/MSci

If you aspire to change your community and the world through sport, science and research then this is the degree for you.

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You can extend this BSc degree to an MSci at any point during your course. Our philosophy of sport values social justice over elitism and participation over consumerism. We put the performer before the performance, and the main focus of your learning will always be on keeping athletes healthy. You will learn to apply your sport science knowledge to all levels of sport participation, from elite level training to working with individuals recovering from injury.

87% of Sport and Exercise Science students felt that their lecturers were good at explaining things. (National Student Survey 2021)

This course has been endorsed via the BASES Undergraduate Endorsement Scheme

York campus

  • UCAS Code – C6C6 | MSci C6C7
  • Duration – 3 years full time | 6 years part time | MSci 4 years full time | 8 years part time
  • Start date – September 2022
  • School – School of Science, Technology and Health

Minimum Entry Requirements

    104 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

Discover Sport at York St John University

Course overview

This course is centred around 3 core areas of sport science: physiology, biomechanics and psychology. You will learn how these specialisms interact to keep athletes healthy and performing at their best. You will gain both the academic knowledge and the practical skills you need for your career. You will learn how to improve performance at the highest levels in elite sport but also how to improve the health of individuals and communities through exercise. This includes examining the impact physical activity can have on preventing heart disease, obesity, dementia and depression.

The academic staff you will work with are active researchers who will keep you up to date with the debates and issues facing sport and exercise science today. While we are keen to share our passion for sport, we are also not afraid to confront the negative aspects of the industry. You will investigate contentious issues concerning:

  • The impact of perfectionism
  • Bullying and gambling in sport
  • How money impacts the personal lives of professional sportspeople.

You will engage with these debates, respond to the latest developments and carry out your own research. We also keep your learning relevant by addressing contemporary news stories concerning sport as they unfold, delivering tailored lecturers to address the issues they reveal.

We have community partnerships across the region, leading to many opportunities to gain valuable industry experience. These partners also contribute to your academic study, with a guest lecture or case study from an industry professional on every module.

This course can be studied as a 3 year BSc (Hons) or as a 4 year MSci. If you choose the 4 year option you will graduate with a Masters level qualification. You can make this choice at any point during your degree.

Choosing this option means that you will:

  • Stay for an extra year, gaining even more skills, knowledge and experience
  • Be guaranteed a professional placement as part of your course
  • Have more opportunities to build professional connections and increase your employability
  • Leave with a postgraduate MSci instead of an undergraduate qualification, without needing to reapply for a new course.

 

Course structure

Year 1

Our academic year is split into 2 semesters. How many modules you take each semester will depend on whether you are studying full time or part time.

In your first year, if you are studying full time, you will take:

  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 2.

If you are studying part time, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module we will introduce you to you to the key concepts across the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor areas of learning in sport, exercise, and physical education. In developing an understanding of these areas, you will start your journey to become a reflective, value led practitioner.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will learn about the importance of human physiological systems for health, exercise and sport. You will gain the necessary skills to perform a range of physiological measures that can be used to evaluate an individual’s health status. You will learn how to interpret and communicate scientific information and use contemporary research to investigate and solve problems. 

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module we will introduce you to basic methodological approaches, theories, and concepts that are used to study the thoughts, emotions, and behaviours of participants in sport and exercise. You will learn how to understand and explain the psychology of sport and exercise.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module will provide you with a firm grounding in research skills. You will learn basic analytical techniques and the fundamental concepts and principles that are key to research methods in the field of sport.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module we will introduce you to the fundamental mechanics that underpin all aspects of human movement for performance and health. You will take a multidisciplinary approach, which will provide a vital foundation for the theoretical perspectives covered across the course. We will introduce you to basic concepts of research, scientific enquiry and academia. 

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

As a future practitioner it is important for you to understand the increasingly complex and diverse nature of modern society. This module will introduce you to a range of social issues in sport from a sociological perspective. You will be encouraged to develop a more critical understanding of long term power struggles surrounding issues of equity, diversity and inclusion in sport. 

Year 2

In your second year, if you are studying full time, you will take:

  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 3 compulsory modules in semester 2.

If you are studying part time, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will advance your skills in both research methods and research design, allowing you to progress beyond the stage of being an informed consumer, to becoming an informed critical thinker. You will learn how to produce quality research using a range of quantitative and qualitative research designs commonly employed in sport research.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will examine the mechanical principles that limit, control and explain human movement. You will learn how to make links between practical data collection and analysis of subject specific movements, while also developing your analytical skills.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Sport and exercise psychology includes an array of complex theories and concepts, and a vast amount of accompanying research. On this module you will explore how these theories and concepts are tested in sport and exercise contexts, and how research findings allow different theories and concepts to be evaluated.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will develop your research, writing proficiency and design skills. You will work with an academic supervisor to identify a research question and plan a piece of empirical research to answer that question. You will have the opportunity to share your proposed research at a student research conference and receive formative feedback from peers, staff and invited guests. 

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

The aim of this module is help you to develop your passion for critical inquiry, as well as your confidence in challenging social injustices. You will examine a broad range of ethical dilemmas, theories and interventions in the field of sport. 

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will explore how the body’s physiological systems function during exercise. You will examine the physiological principles that limit, control and determine human performance. You will also develop an awareness of important physiological measurement techniques.

Year 3

In your third year, if you are studying full time, you will take:

  • 1 compulsory Research Paper (dissertation) module across semesters 1 and 2
  • 2 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 2 compulsory module in semester 2.

If you are studying part time, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

On this module you will investigate a topic of your choosing, taking into consideration the ethical issues associated with research. With support from your tutor, you will analyse data, evaluate your findings and produce a final research report.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will deepen your understanding of applied biomechanics in sport and exercise, incorporating the analysis of complex technical performances in human movements. You will explore contemporary areas about applied sport and exercise biomechanics. 

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will further your understanding of applied practice in sport and exercise psychology. You will gain the practical and psychological skills training that can be used to improve performance, increase participation and support wellbeing in sport and exercise contexts. You will explore the roles and responsibilities of practitioners in sport and exercise psychology and the psychological skills training that is required.  

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will consolidate and develop your understanding of social justice by examining ethical issues in sport. You will explore a broad range of ethical dilemmas, theories and interventions in the field of sport. This will provide you with the skills to inform and shape decisions relating to performance, practice and governance.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will further your understanding of applied practice in sport and exercise physiology. You will gain the physiological skills training that can be used to analyse and assess human performance in sport and exercise contexts, such as physiological measurement techniques. You will explore the roles and responsibilities of practitioners in sport and exercise physiology and the skills training that is required.

Year 4

This is only for if you are taking the extended MSci option.

In your fourth year, if you are studying full time, you will take:

  • 4 compulsory modules across semesters 1 and 2.

Modules

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

On this module you will engage with advanced research methodologies. You will propose a viable and ethically sound project that answers a research question at the forefront of sport, exercise, or physical education. Once the project is complete, you will gain experience of sharing your findings using the typical methods used in research. You will draw from previous modules on the course, especially those that focus upon research design and analysis. A high level of independence and evaluative skill is needed on this module.

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

This module is your opportunity to put what you have learnt on the course into practice with one of our community partners. You will work in an area that directly aligns with your course. You will gain invaluable practical experience that prepares you for a career in sport, exercise, or physical education.

This module has 3 phases:

  • A preparatory phase focused on preparing for the placement
  • A placement phase, where you will experience working in a sport, exercise, or physical education context
  • A debrief phase after the placement, focused on reflection and formative activities.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will develop the skills needed to work with other practitioners, understand other disciplines, and work in an interdisciplinary manner yourself. You will learn how to solve complex problems that are best approached in an interdisciplinary manner. You will be challenged and encouraged to think about old problems in new ways and extend your knowledge outside of your own areas of expertise.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will be introduced to current issues and debates in sport, exercise and physical education. We will provide you with the critical tools to help guide you towards new insight. You will investigate research methodologies, statistical techniques, and consider broader sociocultural issues that shape what is studied in sport, exercise, and physical education, and how it is studied.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning

A typical week will consist of:

  • 3 lectures
  • Smaller classes to further investigate the theory you learn in lectures (for example seminars, workshops, laboratory practical sessions)
  • Supported open learning (for example journal club and supervised laboratory and practical activities)
  • Sports scholarship sessions which focus on your academic skills and career development.

You will also have regular individual tutorial sessions with your academic tutors to support your learning.

Alongside these timetabled sessions you will carry out your own independent study. This often involves laboratory or field-based practical work, data collection and presentations.

Our teaching draws on both our research and professional experience. This means your learning is informed by the most current thinking in the subject area. You can find out more about our research and backgrounds by visiting our staff pages.

Assessment

The assessments we use are designed to develop skills which will be applicable to a career in sport. This includes a lot of applied practical work, giving you the hands on experience which will be essential to your future career.

You will receive feedback on your work throughout each module. This will help you to improve your work for your graded assessments. You will also benefit from self evaluation and peer assessment with your classmates.

The types of assessment we use become more varied as you progress through the course, such as lab based reports, presentations and essay writing.

Career outcomes

Your future with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science

You could find your self working with anyone from elite athletes to older people using exercise to keep healthy. The skills you develop on this course will also benefit you in a range of other careers in sport and health. This includes critical thinking, communication, working with clients and fieldwork.

This degree could be the first step toward your career in:

  • Personal training
  • Coaching
  • Sport scientist
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Teaching.

Discover more career options on Prospects careers advice pages.

You could also progress onto a postgraduate degree and take your learning even further.

 

Whatever your ambitions, we can help you get there.

Our careers service, LaunchPad provides career support tailored to your ambitions. Through this service you can access:

  • Employer events
  • LinkedIn, CV and cover letter sessions
  • Workshops on application writing and interview skills
  • Work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Personalised career advice.

This support doesn't end when you graduate. You can access our expert career advice for the rest of your life. We will help you gain experience and confidence to succeed. It's your career, your way.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    104 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

Calculate your UCAS Tariff points

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

This course is available with foundation year

If you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto this degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education, this is a great option for you. Passing a foundation year guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year or you can proceed onto one of our integrated masters courses.

Sport foundation year

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Mature entry offer scheme

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. You can read them on our Admissions page.

Fees and Funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK and EU 2022 entry

The tuition fee for 2022 entry onto this course is

  • £9,250 per year for full time study
  • £6,935 per year for the first 4 years if you study part time.

These prices apply to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

International 2022 entry

The tuition fee for 2022 entry to this course is £12,750 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a Student Visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

For detailed information on accommodation and living costs, visit our Accommodation pages.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

For advice on everything from applying for scholarships to finding additional financial support email fundingadvice@yorksj.ac.uk

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