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Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:

HLSU175

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

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.

Endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), our course is focused on your future employability. You will have the opportunity to gain hand on experience of tasks that mimic real scenarios, such as devising fitness assessments and training programmes for athletes or producing public health promotion information. That’s why 94% of our students are in work or studying six months after they graduate. (DLHE 2014/15).

Sport and Exercise Science has been taught at Coventry University for almost 20 years and we are ranked in the top 25 in the country for the quality of ‘Sports Science’ education and research in the Guardian University Guide 2019.

See the facilities available in our brand new Alison Gingell Building

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is endorsed by the following bodies:

The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences

This course is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).

What our students say...

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

Alex Stott

Course information

The political and health sector focus on health and fitness has heightened the demand for sport and exercise scientists and performance consultants.

On this course, you will have the opportunity to learn how the healthy human body works during exercise, how to prevent or rehabilitate following injury, as well as how sport and physical activity promote health.

Our aim is to effectively prepare you for professional employment, your learning is underpinned by the three key pillars of exercise physiology, psychology and biomechanics, reflecting developments within the industry. For example, we consider the effect of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and exercise in extreme conditions.

The programme has been mapped against the British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) accreditation framework, which covers practical ability in laboratory techniques, reflective practice, theoretical basis of the physiology and psychology of sports and exercise.

94%

of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Modules

Overview

In the first year, you will have the opportunity to 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.

Modules

  • Research Skills in Sport and Exercise Science 1

  • Exploring Sport and Exercise Science

  • Functional Anatomy and Movement

  • Professional Skills in Sport and Exercise Science

  • Exercise Physiology

  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

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

Overview

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 to achieve successful performance, coaching and nutrition.

Modules

  • Measurement and Evaluation

  • The Applied Sport and Exercise Scientist

  • Physiology of Training

  • Mechanics of the Musculoskeletal System

  • Motor Learning and Control

  • Project Proposal

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

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

Overview

After your second year, you can choose to take an optional sandwich year, studying abroad or on professional placement.

Modules

  • Professional Placement

  • Study Abroad

Overview

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.

Modules

  • Independent Sport, Exercise and Therapy Sciences Project

  • Project and Performance Review

  • Optional modules

    • Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology
    • Exercise and Health
    • Applied Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
    • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
    • Sports Nutrition
    • Strength and Conditioning

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

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

13th

We are ranked as the 13th best University in the United Kingdom - Guardian University Guide 2019

In more detail...

  • Expert guest lecturers, which in the past included public health, obesity and sport performance.
  • High levels of student satisfaction – 94% overall and 93% for the quality of teaching in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.
  • Field trips which in the past have included visits to the University Hospital Coventry and Warwick metabolic lab (additional costs may apply).
  • Learn about the latest issues relating to the theory and practice of sport and exercise science through case studies and exposure to the applied environment.
  • We have experts in sport and exercise psychology, physiology, exercise and health, strength and conditioning, biomechanics and nutrition, many conducting ongoing research and consultancy.
  • Strong track record for graduate employability – 94% of graduates in work or continuing their studies six months after graduation (DLHE 2014/15). Of those employed 70% are in professional level roles.
  • Access to industry-standard software, including those for assessing dietary analysis and energy expenditure and specialist equipment, including fat suits, an environmental chamber and a range of ergometers and metabolic carts.
  • Endorsed by and meets the level of understanding and competencies required by the British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), the sector’s leading professional body, enabling you to apply for accreditation following a period of supervised experience as a sport and exercise scientist.

A teaching team with links to various sports teams and organisations including Coventry City Football Club (CCFC) and Coerver Coaching.

Your main study themes are:

  • Exercise Physiology: Exploring physiological adaptations and responses (acute and chronic) as a result of strength training, applied sport and exercise science, examining exercise in different populations, together with use of appropriate physiological assessment techniques.

  • Biomechanics: The biomechanical factors influencing sports performance and associated activities, as well as appropriate biomechanical assessment techniques.

  • Sport and Exercise Psychology: Psychological factors influencing sport and exercise performance, the use of psychological strategies to enhance and/or explain sport and exercise performance.

  • Nutrition: The science of nutrition and the use of dietary strategies to enhance sport and exercise performance. 

The course is available as a three or four-year course, with the latter incorporating a work placement or study year in a related field.

A variety of teaching methods includes lectures, seminars, tutorials, group work and practical skills sessions to develop experimental/practical techniques and the ability to make accurate observations and assess errors. This includes performance and fitness testing, body composition assessment and physical activity monitoring.

A series of workshops will be delivered during the first year of study with the aim of developing students’ scientific writing, research and laboratory skills. In laboratory sessions, you will learn key experimental techniques and develop essential experimental, data handling, reporting and broader scientific skills, such as literature researching, information technology, bioinformatics, data processing and the use of statistics.  

Throughout the course, you will receive insight from the latest research and input from current practitioners.

In addition, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade.

Assessment methods vary and include: examinations, individual written coursework (including essays, problem-solving tasks, case studies and laboratory reports), oral presentations, your project proposal and dissertation. Where possible assessments are designed to mimic ‘real life’ skills, such as case studies or designing a training programme.

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

  • Coursework, tests, essays: 45%
  • Formal examinations: 20%
  • Group work: 15%
  • Presentations and posters: 10%
  • Practical or project work: 10% 

45% assessed by coursework, tests, essays

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • Aspects of human physiological systems, their control during exercise, their limitations on sports performance and their changes with training.
  • The biomechanical principles involved in the execution of skills and equipment usage in sporting activities.
  • The psychological factors associated with the acquisition of skills, sport performance and exercise participation.
  • The biochemical factors that limit performance during exercise, changes that occur with training and the nutritional factors that affect sport performance and training.
  • The design, implementation and evaluation of the processes and outcomes of fitness and coaching programmes and interventions.
  • The positive role of exercise and physical activity in the prevention and treatment of disease. Health problems caused by activity, including overtraining and injuries

 

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the key skills of a sport and exercise scientist: reflective practice; evidence based practice; interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary practice; generic and specialised practical skills; health and safety (eg. good laboratory practice) and ethical considerations.
  • Research, critique and present scientific information to scientific and other recipients.
  • Demonstrate problem solving and apply scientific information.
  • Design and implement scientific investigations, including data collection, analysis and interpretation.

In a typical teaching week, you will have about 18-20 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 2 hours of tutorial (or, later, individual project supervision) each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 6-8 hours of workshops or labs each week.
  • Large group teaching: 10 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 18 hours of self-directed study each week e.g. working on course assignments.

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 several specific schemes to allow you periods of overseas study or work experience and the University offers multiple grants to enable such visits (subject to availability and competitive application). 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.

Global ready

Did 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 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

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.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

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

Alex Stott

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: HLSU175
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBC to include Biology or PE. Excludes General Studies. DMM in the BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma in a Biology or Sport Science related subject. 30 points to include a minimum of grade 5 in Biology at Higher Level. Minimum 5 GCSEs at A*-C to include English, Maths and two Sciences.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

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.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. 

We will accept Extended Diploma or Diploma in combination with another A Level equivalent.

 


*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.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language An IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language An IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say...

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

Alex Stott

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£13,700 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

As well as covering UK field trips, key materials and laser print, the fees for this course also include:

  • 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


The following are 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

What our students say...

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

Alex Stott

Career prospects

The current decade has been dubbed the ‘Golden Decade of Sport’, not least because events such as the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2015 Rugby World Cup created thousands of jobs in coaching, fitness, logistics, management and many more.

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. Some graduates have gone to work with specific sports teams, including CCFC and British Cycling and Formula 1, while others have found employment with governing bodies of sport.

If you are more interested in the medical and health applications of exercise science, you can pursue careers within cardiac and other rehabilitation teams within the NHS, or with local councils within sports development or exercise for health schemes.

You will be strongly encouraged to take a year out by applying for a work placement or completing a summer internship. Both activities allow you to demonstrate to potential employers that you can apply your skills and knowledge. 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.

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.

94%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DLHE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

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.

£20k

Our graduates earn an average salary of £20,000 six months after the course (DLHE 2014/15)

What our students say...

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

Alex Stott
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By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. We encourage you to read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University. A copy of the 17/18 Contract can be found here and the 18/19 Contract will be published shortly.