Sport and Exercise Science

BSc single honours or in combination with another subject Sport and Exercise Science 2016/17

This engaging and highly enjoyable programme offers the opportunity to explore the underpinning science associated with physical activity and sports performance. The multi-disciplinary nature of the programme ultimately ensures well rounded graduates who are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary for successful entry into their graduate career.

Sport and Exercise Science is extremely well established at Christ Church having been successfully delivered for over 35 years, making it one of the longest-standing sport and exercise science programmes in the UK. This internationally renowned programme has an impressive track record and continues to be one of the most popular programmes offered by the University. This reputable history and ongoing success has ensured that the programme is well-funded with first-rate resources and access to cutting edge equipment, allowing for a varied student learning experience where theoretical understanding can be contextualised in practical experience.

Studying Sport and Exercise Science at Canterbury Christ Church University guarantees that you will be taught by a well-qualified and dynamic team of research active staff, who are committed to maintaining the excellent reputation achieved to date. This wealth of expertise and dedication helps to ensure our goal that all students achieve their full academic potential by the end of their academic programme.

This three year (full-time) or six year (part-time) undergraduate programme offers a BSc honours in the multi-disciplinary subject of Sport and Exercise Science. It provides students with the opportunity to study this current and innovative subject critically through the academic disciplines of biomechanics, physiology, psychology and sociology underpinned by a ‘common’ core in research methods. Students will experience a research informed teaching approach in:

Sport and Exercise biomechanics - the analysis of human movement during sport, exercise and rehabilitation, through the application of mathematics, classical mechanics, principles of motion, functional anatomy, and cutting edge technologies; using both experimental and applied scientific support methodologies to enhance sporting performance and reduce injury occurrence.

Sport and Exercise Physiology - the study of the energy provision, system physiology; physiological responses and adaptations associated with training theory and practise, nutrition and sports performance; a critical evaluation of the underpinning physiology of sport and exercise extremes in applied settings.

Sport and Exercise Psychology - the cognitive, emotional & behavioural consequences of participation in sport or physical activity both individually & socially; the ways in which physical, motor & perceptual skills are learned & coached; the potential benefits & implications of engaging in sport/exercise for health & mental well being.

Sport and Exercise Sociology - the study of socio-cultural relations that impact on the nature and character of sport and exercise; historical development of sport, sport-media relations and sport in stratified societies (gender, race/ethnicity, age and disability); sport subcultures, identity and difference; the Olympic and Paralympic Games and global sport development.

The Sport and Exercise Science degree opens up routes into teaching, through PGCE, and prepares successful students for further postgraduate study at all levels through to PhD. It also qualifies graduates for careers in sport, physical activity and health administration and research, health and fitness publishing, as well as the ever expanding leisure industry. In addition it provides an excellent foundation for careers in the public sector, including the medical professions (cardiac rehabilitation, physiotherapy, health promotion and medical sales); whilst both the armed and police forces look favourably upon our graduates. However, wherever your career aspirations lie, students who have successfully completed a Sport and Exercise Science degree possess both the specific and generic knowledge and skills that provide that essential ‘edge’ when trying to make a mark in today’s increasingly competitive job market.

Year 1


  • Orientation to Higher Education
  • Introduction to Research in Sport and Exercise
  • Introduction to the Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Skill Acquisition
  • Introduction to Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Introduction to Sport, Culture and Society
  • Sport, Exercise and Fitness

Year 2


  • Research Methods in Sport and Exercise

Choose up to five options from:

  • Psychology of Sport
  • Psychology of Exercise and Health
  • Perceptual and Motor Skills in Sport Coaching
  • Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
  • Sport and Exercise Training
  • Nutrition for Sport and Exercise
  • Sporting Identities and Lifestyles

Year 3


  • Individual Research Project
  • Applied Research Study

Choose up to five options from:

  • Applied Sport Psychology
  • Psychology of Sport Coaching
  • Applied Exercise and Health Psychology
  • Performance Biomechanics
  • Sporting Extremes
  • Physical Activity and Health
  • Re-thinking Sport, Health and Body Cultures


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:







Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact or the International Office:

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

The programme includes a wide range of approaches to learning, teaching and assessment. These will support and retain a diverse range of students, including those from overseas. Students will be actively engaged in the learning process and be encouraged to take part in a range of formative tasks and group discussions to promote critical reflection and self-evaluation, learning new ideas and broadening their experiences. Teaching will largely comprise of lectures and interactive seminars, where students will be required to study in an informative and participative environment and where necessary, appropriate guidance will be provided on reading materials.

Students will assessed through a range of assessment methods, including individual and group presentations, case studies, essays and scientific reports. These are planned to take account of two inter-dependent aspects:

  1. the acquisition of relevant theory and principles;
  2. the development of both academic and practical skills.

Accordingly, assessment procedures will take account of not only the programme members‟ newly acquired knowledge and skills, but also the process of developing skills and the ability to apply such knowledge and skills in the world of work.

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UCAS code

  • C600 Sport and Exercise Science


  • 3 years full-time

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