Sport & Exercise Science BSc (Hons)

This degree offers an exceptional blend of research-informed teaching and practical learning, based on the professional qualification and experience of our staff. The degree strikes a balance between learning about sport and exercise science from a professional practice perspective and learning science through sport and exercise. This approach equips students with the skills necessary to either follow a career in the sports industry or to transfer what they have learned into another sector of the economy, such as in the field of science.

UCAS course code
York St John University
Course fees
2018 - 2019: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,500 per annum
3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request
Study Abroad
Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
Start date
September 2018

Course overview

This course is based around the study of biomechanics, physiology and psychology and is taught using a mix of lectures, seminars, practical field-based work, laboratory experience and research.

A distinctive feature of all the Sport Degrees at York St John University is that they are underpinned by our philosophy (our ‘school of thought’) which is value-led and stresses the importance of social justice. Therefore, on our Sport & Exercise Degree you will learn how to put the performer before the performance, how to keep athletes healthy and how to develop excellence not elitism.

In the Sports Science element of this degree you will learn about talent identification, talent development, training programmes, fitness testing and motivation. In the Exercise Science section of this degree you will how to develop the health of individuals and communities through physical activity. Topics include looking at the role exercise can play in preventing coronary heart disease, obesity, dementia and depression.

Course structure

This Sport & Exercise Science programme reflects the expertise and research interests of our passionate, professional and highly-qualified staff. The Team who teach our Sports Psychology modules conduct world-class research in the area of perfectionism and burnout. They have produced approximately 60 peer-review papers, 10 book chapters and numerous conference presentations since 2008. This research has typically been based on the idea that perfectionism may produce better performance but undermines the wellbeing of athletes, dancers and exercisers and therefore should be avoided.

Our research-informed curriculum employs innovative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment which help ensure the programmes provide an excellent student experience. 

You will be able to use your knowledge and skills in both practical and vocational settings, enabling reflection and development through engagement with authentic activities. The programme reflects the technology-rich environment of modern sport; making extensive use of the virtual learning environment which includes online lectures, webinars, electronic feedback and audio/video feedback alongside regular use of high-specification specialist equipment used in the monitoring and evaluation of athletes.

Level 1

Modules include:

  • Research, Practice, and Citizenship 
  • Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Introduction to Research Methods in Sport
  • Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
  • Fundamental Sociological Issues in Sport, Culture and Society

All modules are 20 credits

Level 2

Modules include:

  • Research Design and Analysis
  • Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise
  • Theory and Research in Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Applied Research Methods and Design
  • Social Justice in Sport: Ethical Perspectives
  • Physiology of Sport & Exercise

All modules are 20 credits

Level 3

Modules include:

  • Research Paper
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
  • Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Social Justice in Sport: Sociological Perspectives
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology

All modules are 20 credits

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.

Teaching & Assessment


In designing this Degree, we were aware from the outset that how you will learn and be assessed is very important to you.

Historically the Sports Science area has been University leading in numerous teaching, learning and assessment initiatives with insightful employment of authentic practical experiences alongside digitally enhanced teaching and learning giving you the opportunity to develop meaningful practical and professional competencies within the discipline area.

The curriculum design is focussed upon developing the type of practitioners capable of future employment within multi-disciplinary sport environments.


On the Sports & Exercise Science Degree you will encounter a range of learning and teaching experiences including lectures, laboratories, practical work, seminars and digitally enabled learning activities. As you progress you will be increasingly expected to make significant contributions to your own learning. This includes completing self-directed study which often involves independent laboratory or field based practical work, data collection and presentation.


The learning and assessment strategies employed across sport are engaging, student-centred and learning orientated. They include applied practical work within modules and assessments which develop career orientated skills and competencies. The School uses video feedback, flipped classrooms, blended delivery approaches and audio feedback on written work and examinations.

Assessment & feedback

To improve the quality of your learning experiences the programme will use formative assessment, i.e. ‘mocks’ that do not count toward degree classification, to provide feedback. We know that some students do not always have the skills they need to show what they have learned in a formal assessment and that many students get anxious about exams and hand in dates. Therefore, we have taken care to streamline both the number of assessments and the criteria used to mark them. In addition we will provide you with the opportunity to benefit from self-evaluation and peer assessment.

As you develop and learn more the assessments we use change in nature, becoming more diverse and challenging over the course of the programme. Level 1, for example, utilises continuous assessment allowing in semester review and evaluation of performance as well as presenting the opportunity to employ interventions aimed at improving success within the semester. Levels 2 and 3 present additional opportunities to demonstrate skills of analysis, synthesis and critical review through a variety of assessment approaches that seek to embed research design, engagement and interpretation into the curriculum.

Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96-112 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language and Maths

Professional sports experience and industry recognised qualifications may be considered in lieu of some of the academic admissions requirements.

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Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

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 will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.

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

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,500 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

Additional costs and financial support

Course-related costs

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

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Study abroad

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

Financial help and support

Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

Sport & Exercise Science (SES) Activities

Visit our SES Pages for a showcase of all the outstanding work and achievement of SES students and staff at York St John University. 

International students

We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our International Pages about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.


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