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Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons)


If you have an interest in applying scientific principles to the way the body functions during sport and physical activity, how it adapts to training and you want to know how to undertake exercise effectively, then this is the course for you.


This is a hands-on course with a range of approaches to teaching including problem-based learning, case studies and laboratory classes.

If you choose this course you will benefit from:

  • A course which is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES);
  • a teaching team with links to various sports teams and organisations including Coventry City Football Club (CCFC) and Coerver Coaching, which allows you to put your knowledge into practice;
  • links with National Health Service (NHS) clinical services such as cardiac and pulmo

    nary rehabilitation and local authority healthy living initiatives, which increases your employment opportunities;
  • the opportunity to work with athletes or client groups through work experience modules and/or volunteering to become involved in a wide range of research and consultancy work undertaken by teaching staff and postgraduate students;
  • an annual coaching conference with external speakers for third year students to present their work to industry professionals, which begins building your professional network of contacts.



*Endorsements shall be renewed in accordance with the endorsers standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.


This is a very varied course that aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills for a whole host of possible careers.

In the first year you will learn the fundamental subjects of Sport and Exercise Science including: exercise physiology and metabolism, functional anatomy and movement, sport and exercise psychology and the principles behind exercise training and exercise prescription.

In the second year you will study the physiology behind different types of training, biomechanics, acquisition of skill, applications of sport and exercise psychology and how all these factors integrate together towards successful performance, coaching and nutrition.

In the final year you will carry out an independent research project, which forms a very important part of your degree, linked to one of the key topic areas. You will also study key areas of interest in more depth.


Your course will be based on lectures, with associated laboratory/practical classes, workshop activities and tutorials. In addition, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.


An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

Formal examinations 25%;

coursework, tests, essays 40%;

practical or project work 10%;

group work etc.15%;

presentations, posters etc.10%.

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.


In a typical week, you may have about 18 contact hours of study, which would break down on average as follows:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 2 hours of tutorial (or, later, individual project supervision) each week

Medium group teaching: 6 hours of workshops or labs each week

Large group teaching: 10 hours of lectures each week

Personal study: 18 hours each week studying and revising in your own time

Entry Requirements

Essential Entry Requirements: 

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language, Mathematics and Science, or specified equivalents. 


Typical Offers 

A-Levels: BCC to include Biology or PE. Excludes General Studies 

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DMM in a Biology or Sport Science subject 

Access: an overall pass (60 credits) in the Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit of which 15 must be in specified subject units e.g. Biology and/or Sport Science, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade A*-C, or specified equivalents.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: pass with a score of 27 points in 6 subjects to include Biology at Higher level

Find out more about acceptable equivalent qualifications here. 

English as a Foreign Language: IELTS 6.0


*Biology units: for Human Biosciences, Biomedical Science, Biological and Forensic Sciences, Medical and Pharmacological Sciences.
Biology and/or Chemistry Units: for Analytical Chemistry and Forensic Science, Food and Nutrition
Science units: for Environmental Health.
Biology and/or Sport Science units: for Sport and Exercise Science, Sports Therapy, Exercise Nutrition and Health.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Some of our graduates have gone on to work with specific sports teams including CCFC and British Cycling. Others work with governing bodies of sport. The leisure industry is a major employer in the UK and many of our students go into managerial and service delivery roles in leisure and health centres as well as teaching.

Graduates who are more interested in the medical and health applications of exercise science can go on to work within cardiac and other rehabilitation teams within the NHS, or with local councils within sports development or exercise for health schemes.

You are strongly encouraged to take a year out in a work placement or take a shorter work experience module in your second year studies. Both of these activities can significantly increase your employment prospects.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences’ own Employability and Placements Unit can help you to find suitable work placements and give you advice on how to get the most out of them.


Included in the fees:

  • Specified core reading material;
  • Any mandatory UK residential field trips;
  • Any mandatory UK site visits and trips;
  • 1,000 sides of black and white laser prints;
  • Tuition fee waiver for placement and study abroad year;
  • Sport and Exercise Science clothing;
  • Student membership of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) for final year students;
  • Free copy of SPSS statistics software;
  • Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate (formally CRB Disclosure) for those undertaking placements with children

Additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional training course and assessment fee to gain Coaching and Gym Instructor qualifications;
  • Any optional overseas visits and field trips: £400+ per trip

This will be updated with more specific information on the books and equipment you will receive as soon as it becomes available.

Find out more about No Hidden Extras here.


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university. The key: developing and enhancing students' employability, and delivering a serious competitive advantage in the jobs market. At Coventry, that starts right from the beginning.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and which broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very broad range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Click here for further details.


Our Sandwich degree option allows a full year work placement which can be taken abroad or you can undertake a study year abroad. The University runs a number of specific schemes to allow you periods of overseas study or work experience and the University offer a number of International Experience and Mobility Grants to enable such visits. A number of students in our Department have been successful in securing places via these schemes for example in Spain, the Netherlands and Canada.

The department has research links with Canada, Brazil and Australia, and students can progress to postgraduate study with these collaborators. Teaching staff also ensure that they bring their internationally rated research expertise into their teaching.


To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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Graduate – Paul Moss

The teaching staff were very effective and supportive throughout, bringing a variety of expertise to the course...



Course code:
  • 3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich

  • Undergraduate Degree

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Sandwich course


Contact Details:

Recruitment and Admissions Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222