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Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons)


This course runs in 2017/18. 

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 could be 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 may 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 pulmonary 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 for third year students to present their work and develop conference-style communication skills valuable for both interview and industrial networking scenarios;
  • continuous opportunities for reflective practice in personal and professional development.


British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences - BASES - Endorsed Course

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, the principles behind exercise training, exercise prescription and research methods.

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.


Our Sport Science courses are ranked 8th by Guardian University Guide 2018


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

  • coursework, tests, essays 40%;
  • formal examinations 25%;  
  • group work 15%; 
  • practical or project work 10%;
  • presentations, posters 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: 

GCSE: Five GCSEs to include English, Maths and two Sciences subjects at grade C or above, 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: 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.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 27 points to include a minimum of 5 in Biology at Higher level.

Find out more about acceptable equivalent qualifications here. 

English as a Foreign Language: an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5.

If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.

*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?

Due to the practical nature of our course and development opportunities, students acquire a wide range of skills and knowledge. Some of our graduates have gone on to work with specific sports teams including CCFC and British Cycling. Others have gone on to 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 and research. 

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.

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:

  • Tuition fee waiver for placement and study abroad year;
  • 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;
  • Sport and Exercise Science clothing;
  • Student membership of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) for final year students;
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (formally CRB Disclosure) for those undertaking placements with children;
  • Free copy of SPSS statistics software

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

Find out more about No Hidden Extras here. 

No Hidden Extras is part of our student promise, and by accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University.


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 offers a number of grants to enable such visits. A number of students in our School have been successful in securing places on these schemes for example in Spain, France, Canada and the US.

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.


Centre for Global Engagement logoDid you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we’ve been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

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

Explore our Global Leaders Programme.

What our students say –
Alex Stott

The course had some brilliant opportunities to get hands on experience in the labs and to apply what I learnt in different environments.


Please note that all international visit/opportunities and placements are subject to successful student application and criteria being met. Locations, conferences and work experience are all subject to change. Please contact the Faculty for up to date information.


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

  • Undergraduate Degree

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Sandwich course


Contact Details:

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