Sport and Exercise Science

BSc single honours or in combination with another subject Sport and Exercise Science 2017/18

Year of entry

This engaging degree course offers you the opportunity to explore the underpinning science associated with physical activity and sports performance. You will have access to a range of resources and equipment such as our student focused laboratories, which include aerobic, flexibility, strength and power testing, blood, gas and body composition analysis, cardiac and vascular ultrasound, force mat and platform assessment tools, 3D high speed filming and eye tracker hardware. This allows for a varied student learning experience where theoretical understanding can be contextualised in practical participation. 

Sport and Exercise Science is extremely well established at Christ Church with sport-related academic courses having been successfully delivered for over 35 years, making us one of the longest-standing sport and exercise science providers in the UK.

Top reason to choose this course

Studying Sport and Exercise Science with us guarantees that you will be taught by a well-qualified and dynamic team of research active staff, dedicated to ensuring that your course is stimulating and fun.

Awards

  • Student British Association of Sport and Exercises Sciences (BASES) conference presentation prizes.
  • Joint British Association of Sport and Exercises Sciences/British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine award for best exercise science research conference presentation.
  • Coubertin Prize 2008 awarded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee (IPCC).

Our degree in Sport and Exercise Science has a 92% overall student satisfaction rating

National Student Survey, 2016

With our BSc in Sport and Exercise Science, you will develop a specific and generic knowledge and skills that will make you a valuable asset to any employer. The degree programme will qualify you for a range of careers related to sport, exercise and physical activity. It also opens up routes into teaching, and further study to Masters level and beyond.

“Studying a Sport and Exercise Science degree at Christ Church equipped me with the necessary skills to pursue a career as an Exercise Physiologist. The friendly nature of staff and interactive nature of degree modules including Sociology and Psychology modules also helped me develop the necessary communication skills vital in my job at present.”

Sport and Exercise Science graduate

Sport and Exercise Science provides you with the opportunity to study the academic disciplines of biomechanics, physiology, psychology and sociology underpinned by research methods. You will experience a research informed teaching approach in:

  • Sport and Exercise Biomechanics – the analysis of human movement during sport, exercise and rehabilitation
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology – the study of the energy provision, system physiology, physiological responses and adaptations
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology – the cognitive, emotional and behavioral consequences of participation in sport or physical activity, the ways in which physical, motor and perceptual skills are learned and coached
  • Sport and Exercise Sociology – socio-cultural relations, historical development of sport, sport-media relations, sport in stratified societies, sport subcultures and global sport development.

In October 2014, one member of staff held the Guinness World Record for the fastest 100 km treadmill run (6 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds) – completed in our laboratory!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xZZnISnQC0

Industry stakeholders regularly contribute to the lecture programme to enhance the student experience.

Year one

Core modules

Orientation to Higher Education and Research

The aim of this module is to facilitate a smooth transition into Higher Education (HE) and the challenges it presents by building on your pre-existing skills, enabling you to become more independent and self-managed in your approach to study, learning and time-management. The module also aims to facilitate the development of skills and techniques used in the study of sport and exercise. It will identify a variety of methods by which research is conducted in sport and exercise science and will provide the opportunity for you to develop a scientific approach to your studies.

Introduction to the Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Skill Acquisition

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the fundamental psychological constructs that underpin our understanding of human behaviour and learning in sport and exercise settings. Central concepts such as personality, attributions, aggression, motivation, arousal, anxiety and stress are currently examined with reference to their implications for sport and exercise behaviour. The nature and development of groups and the influence of group dynamics on individual behaviour are also explored, along with cognitive processes involved in skill acquisition and performance, and the relationships between exercise participation and health and well-being.

Introduction to Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the biomechanical basis of sport and exercise, through both theoretical and practical experience. The module provides a foundation in the analysis of human movement, covering basic movement terminology, functional anatomy and principles of movement. It aims to apply fundamental biomechanical concepts to the study of human movement in sport and exercise.

Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the physiology of sport and exercise, through both theoretical and practical experience. The module currently covers key topics in physiology, including energy systems, the process of muscle contraction and the cardio-respiratory system. Laboratory practicals provide the opportunity to explore the physiological effects of these systems during exercise. Overall students will study the anatomy and physiology of gross structures and the responses and adaptations of these structures to sport and exercise training.

Introduction to Sport, Culture and Society

The aim of this module is to show how sociology can be used to study sport, culture and society. You will begin by exploring the historical development and management of modern sport from its folk roots. A number of social factors in sport such as gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and disability are then explored encouraging an understanding of the social problems and social issues associated with sport. Various theories that can help conceptualise sport and exercise as a social phenomenon are then examined in relation to globalisation, national identity, deviance, the media and the environment which help to develop a critical sociological approach to sport, physical education and leisure.

Sport, Exercise and Fitness

The aim of this module is to explore the nature of sport and exercise training for fitness through theoretical and practical experience. This module will introduce you to the concept of exercise training specificity in relation to those with either sport and/or fitness orientated goals, and will provide a firm foundation for those seeking employment in the fitness industry.

Year two

Core module

Research Methods in Sport and Exercise

You will explore alternative approaches to research in sport and exercise science, and the philosophies and practices associated with each. The research process will be explored from conceptualisation through to presentation. Accordingly, you will develop an understanding of how to design research, collect, analyse, and interpret data, and present research in an appropriate manner. This module develops your ability to critically evaluate and conduct research in sport and exercise science and provides the conceptual underpinnings for a third year individual study.

Likely optional modules

Psychology of Sport

This module examines a range of factors which influence the competitive sport performance of both individual athletes and teams. Psychological phenomena currently addressed on the module include individual motivation, confidence and anxiety and such social psychological processes as group motivation and cohesion, the nature of the group environment and the components of effective leadership.

Psychology of Exercise and Health

This module examines a number of the psychological factors associated with the adoption of and adherence to active lifestyles. Specific attention is paid to the cognitive and affective consequences of participation in exercise programmes, and the impact of these on health and wellbeing. An additional topic currently explored is the motivational effects of music in exercise settings.

Perceptual and Motor Skills in Sport Coaching

This module aims to provide insight into some of the factors which influence the acquisition and performance of perceptual and motor skills in sport. You will develop an understanding of selected cognitive and ecological methodologies to skilled performance. These theoretical approaches to skill acquisition will be used to critique the design and organisation of current coaching practice.

Sport and Exercise Biomechanics

This module explores selected biomechanical principles that influence physical performance through applying selected theoretical concepts to sport and exercise contexts. It will also aim to develop your competency in the scientific techniques used to evaluate biomechanical aspects of exercise. This module currently focuses on biomechanical principles of motion (conservation of momentum, impulse-momentum relationship, work-energy relationship), covering topics such as linear and angular kinematics and kinetics, forces and impulse, loading and injury, projectile motion, and fluid dynamics. It also includes an analysis of selected sports skills, and further develops your practical laboratory experience and use of selected analysis programs.

Sport and Exercise Training

This module investigates current understanding of selected physiological factors which influence physical performance, and identifies methods used to enhance these factors. The module will explore the physiological determinants of fitness, investigate methods to analyse and interpret the data from specific fitness assessments, and consider the role and limitations of training theory.

Nutrition for Sport and Exercise

This module explores the interaction between nutritional factors and physiological function associated with sport and exercise performance. The module will investigate current thinking on key nutritional principles, investigate methods of data analysis in this field, and explore the efficacy of common dietary practices used in sport and exercise to promote health and performance.

Sporting Identities and Lifestyles

This module considers the cultural meaning and significance of sport and exercise in selected societies. Specifically, the module explores the nature and characteristics of sport and exercise related sub-cultures by focusing on selected sociological themes and issues. It is currently structured around the establishment and maintenance of sport and exercise sub-cultures and students explore issues of socialisation and identity formation in relation to sport subcultures, examine sub-culture related deviancy such as violence, drug-taking and over-conformity to the ‘sports ethic’ and investigate the symbolic nature of the body in sport and exercise. Aspects of research methods in the sociology of sport and exercise sub-cultures will be studied.

Year three

Core modules

Either Individual Research Project or Applied Research Study

These two modules offer you the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of a particular topic or issue related to the Sport and Exercise Science sub-disciplines. You will be able to build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills developed so far in the course and further explore the use of quantitative and/or qualitative research methodologies, as appropriate.

Likely optional modules

Applied Sport Psychology

The module offers the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of a particular topic in the sport and exercise sciences. The module affords an opportunity to build upon knowledge, understanding and skills developed in years one and two, and a vehicle by which to further explore the use of quantitative and/or qualitative research methodologies used within the discipline. You will design, carry out, analyse and write up an individual research project under the supervision of a member of the academic staff with teaching responsibilities and/or research interests in the student’s area of study.

Psychology of Sport Coaching

The module will examine the processes and principles of coaching both adults and children in sport. You will gain significant theoretical and practical experience of different approaches to coaching practice and the application of coaching ideologies in a variety of sports. The module examines coaching research and current issues in coach behaviour, currently including such topics as the coach-athlete relationship, coaching styles, modes of communication, and motivational climates.

Applied Exercise and Health Psychology

This module provides you with the opportunity to investigate the processes involved in developing, delivering and evaluating a sport psychology intervention. A critical consideration of the evidence-base for sport psychology alongside an understanding of the practical techniques and processes commonly used by sport psychologists will equip you with a well-rounded perspective about the perils and promise of applied sport psychology.

Performance Biomechanics

This module focuses on the biomechanics of selected sport skills, including technique analyses, and discussion of the technologies used to develop sports equipment and to evaluate performance and training. Students currently critically appraise selected sports skills, sports footwear, with consideration of sport specific injuries, culminating in an evaluation of a sporting performance underpinned by appropriate theory and research in biomechanics.

Sporting Extremes

This module will consider specific aspects of exercise physiology associated with selected sporting extremes and their potential impact upon an individual’s ability to perform strenuous physical exercise. These currently include the physiological considerations of participating in sport and exercise at extremes of age and environmental conditions; as well as some of the physiological parameters governing the limits of human training/performance capacity.

Physical Activity and Health

This module reviews the origins of physical activity and health. It is intended that you will develop a critical understanding of the link between physical activity and a variety of forms of ill-health. This currently includes cardiovascular disease, cancer, high blood pressure, lung disease, obesity, diabetes and renal disease. A laboratory practical series will prepare you to conduct a cardiopulmonary exercise test, assess coronary heart disease risk profile and provide appropriate physical activity/exercise prescription.

Re-thinking Sport, Health and Body Cultures

This module requires you to think critically about the social construction of the body and identity amongst dominant cultures in sport, physical education and leisure. Consideration is first given to the historical underpinnings that inform how we conceptualise the body in contemporary society. Subsequently, attention centres on how the body may be theorised and the pressures of having the ‘perfect’ body amongst discourses that promote the anti-fat ethic and the moralisation of health and wellness. In doing so, the oppression and inequalities present in embodying a range of identities in sport, physical education and leisure are explored including gendered bodies, sexual bodies, disabled bodies and ‘cyborg’ bodies.

The Sport and Exercise Science degree opens up routes into teaching, through PGCE, and prepares you for further postgraduate study at all levels through to PhD. It also qualifies you for roles 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.

Wherever your career aspirations lie, a successfully completed Sport and Exercise Science degree will equip you with both the specific and generic knowledge and skills that may provide that essential ‘edge’ when trying to make a mark in today’s increasingly competitive job market.

Fees

The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time £9,250* £11,000**
Part-time N/A N/A

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

*Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2017/18 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,165 in Year 0.

**Tuition Fee Scholarship discounts of £1,500 are available to eligible overseas students. Visit the International webpages for further information.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

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 are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

CategoryDescription
Clothing / Kit Corporate (badged by programme) sports kit purchase is optional. Price list by garment is sent to students via online induction web page normally in July prior to the start of their course.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Each taught module has a standard 50 hours of student contact. This will typically be composed of lectures, seminars, practical work, labs, workshops, field based activity, tutorials, feedback on assignments. You will also be expected to engage in 150 hours of self-directed study per taught module.

Academic input

There are currently approximately 33 experienced staff who teach / deliver the course. In January 2016 there was one professor, four readers, four principal lecturers, 10 senior lecturers, seven university instructors (half time academic), three postgraduate students, and one senior lab technician, supported by three other technical staff. The Section is supported by a professional services team comprising nine specialist roles. The consultancy unit, SportsLab, also has a manager and access to a number of experienced sport performance consultants.

Surprising terms

You will require 55% in the year two Research Methods in Sport and Exercise module to select the Applied Research Study module in year three.

Our learning resources in Sport and Exercise Science have a 94% rating

National Student Survey, 2015

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

  • The acquisition of relevant theory and principles
  • The development of both academic and practical skills.

Accordingly, assessment procedures will take account of not only your 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.

Number 1 University for Sport and Exercise Sciences in Kent for Research Quality and Quantity

REF 2014

A typical offer would be  112 UCAS Tariff points.

Professional accreditation

None

Specialist facilities

As a student within the Section of Sport and Exercise Sciences, you will have access to our well-equipped laboratories used to measure and assess sport and exercise performance. You will also have the opportunity to work within our consultancy unit SportsLab, through which we work with professional athletes, conducting performance-related tests and using our expertise to help athletes boost their performance either as an individual or as a team.

Industry links

We work with Industry stakeholders aligned to the continued development of our teaching programme, research and consultancy work.

  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) – selected accredited staff;
  • British Psychological Society (BPS) – selected accredited staff;
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered – selected staff;
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA) – accredited staff.

BSc Hons Sport and Exercise Science with Sport and Exercise Science Foundation Year

This course can also be studied over four years with an additional foundation year (Year 0) for those without the formal entry qualifications. The foundation year is designed to provide you with the grounding you need to progress on to the degree.

Find out more.

UK/EU

Full-time study

Apply via UCAS

International

Full-time study

Need some help?

UK

For advice on completing your application please contact the Admissions Enquiry Team:

Email: admissions@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel:+44 (0)1227 782900

EU/International

Contact our International Team

Fact file

UCAS code

  • C600 Sport and Exercise Science

  • C608 Sport and Exercise Science with foundation year

Institutional code

  • C10

Length

  • 3 years full-time

    4 years full-time including a Foundation Year

    6 years part-time

Starts

  • September 2017

Entry requirements

Location

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