Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) – 2017 entry

At Surrey, we aim to deliver an educational experience that will inspire a generation of independent and professional sport and exercise scientists capable of providing a significant contribution to society through health and performance research.

What you'll study

Combining our long-standing reputation for excellence in biosciences education, world-class sporting facilities at the Surrey Sports Park and collaboration with Surrey Clinical Research Centre, our Sport and Exercise Science programme will prepare you for a rewarding career in professional sport, health promotion, teaching and research.

Programme overview

As a field, sport and exercise sciences considers the theoretical knowledge and practical application of scientific principles relating to physiology, biochemistry, nutrition, biomechanics and psychology, to maximise sports performance and improve general health and wellbeing through exercise.

We have built on the strengths of our well-established programmes in Biochemistry, Biological Sciences and Nutrition, together with those offered within the fields of engineering, human sciences and business, to provide a balanced multidisciplinary Sport and Exercise Science programme that enables students to obtain professional vocational qualifications alongside a degree.

Students benefit from Surrey’s state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities based at the £36 million Surrey Sports Park, such as the Surrey Human Performance Institute, strength and conditioning suite and health and fitness centre, as well as extracurricular opportunities to assist academics and Surrey Sports Park staff with athlete support, patient exercise referral, research project development and delivery, educational workshops and outreach projects.

The course is delivered by more than 20 highly qualified academics representing a wide range of expertise in disciplines that inform sport and exercise sciences.

You will study the core disciplines of biomechanics, physiology and psychology, with an additional focus on nutrition and unique insight into sports management.

You will learn how the body responds and adapts to exercise, from the molecular to the whole body level, and develop an understanding of the impact on health and sports performance. You will gain professional skills in a range of exercise environments, from sport performance to patient exercise referral settings.

The programme follows a modular structure and is conducted over three or four years, depending on whether you choose to complete a Professional Training placement.

You will share some modules (including Physiology, Biochemistry and Nutritional Sciences) with students on other biosciences programmes, but as the curriculum develops you will undertake a wide range of programme-specific modules.

In your final year, you will have the option to tailor your degree to your interests by selecting an optional module and undertaking a research project.

The programme is endorsed by the Register of Exercise Professionals, enabling students to complete Gym Instructor and Personal Training qualifications by undertaking vocational fitness assessments whilst studying for their degree.

Programme structure

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

In Year 1, you will develop a strong foundation of knowledge by studying key areas of human bioscience. All modules will feature laboratory and/or field-based practical sessions, which are designed to underpin the theory covered in lectures and seminars, and develop your practical skills.  

Compulsory modules:

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

During Year 2, you will study more applied sport performance modules, covering the core disciplines of biomechanics, physiology and psychology. You will evaluate current practice with respect to training and assessment of athletes and gain a unique insight into the managerial environment of sports organisations.

This, combined with a comprehensive overview of human nutrition, provides a strong knowledge base to critically assess the interdisciplinary determinants of elite performance. An introduction to the pathology of metabolic diseases prepares you for the focus on exercise and health sciences in your final academic year.

For those on the four-year programme, a specific focus of your studies in Year 2 is preparation for your Professional Training placement.

Compulsory modules:

Professional Training placement (optional)

The vast majority of Surrey students choose to undertake a Professional Training placement in their third year. Our experienced tutors will help you to choose a suitable placement which could take place within sports organisations, professional clubs, commercial sports performance laboratories, nutritional companies, health organisations and research institutes, both nationally and internationally.

Some of our placements may provide a salary and students will be visited by a tutor during the year to ensure their success. Students who do not wish to undertake a Professional Training placement follow the three-year programme.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

In Year 3, you will study the benefits of exercise in health and disease, and specialist modules in Strength and Conditioning, and Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition. You will have the opportunity to tailor your degree by choosing an optional module.

You will also complete a research project, carried out under the supervision of a member of academic staff. Our staff have research expertise in a wide range of fields including sports performance, exercise physiology and nutrition, vascular and musculoskeletal health, and appetite regulation in healthy and patient populations. 

Multidisciplinary projects are also possible for students interested in biomechanics, psychology and management, for example.

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules may include:

Professional recognition

The University is seeking accreditation for this programme from the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). This is expected to be in place for the first cohort of graduates.

The programme is endorsed by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs)  to provide Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Training qualifications.

The course has been designed to meet industry standards and requirements.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this programme:

  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £20
  • Other: £66
  • Grand total: £86

The equipment pack includes laboratory coat, laboratory glasses, laboratory book, pen and padlock.

The exercise kit includes t-shirt, polo shirt and shorts.

Global opportunities

You may wish to consider spending your Professional Training placement working in another country. Students have travelled to the USA, Canada, Australia, Brazil and many European countries and typically work in a research laboratory at a partner institution.

If you work in another part of Europe you will be eligible for an Erasmus grant, as well as your full student loan if undertaking an unpaid research placement.

This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience and work in a foreign university laboratory, but also to improve or learn another language.

Learn more about the Erasmus programme or discover where our global opportunities can take you.

Teaching and assessment

The programme follows a modular structure and is conducted in an order that ensures continuity of learning. This is demonstrated by the shift in emphasis from theoretical scientific foundations to practical applications in a variety of exercise environments.

Our programme will incorporate a range of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and practical lab classes. During your first year, you will spend time in laboratory classes to underpin the bioscience theory and develop your practical analytical skills.

In your second year, you will apply your knowledge in a sporting context, incorporating perspectives from physiology, nutrition, psychology, biomechanics and management, with opportunity for interdisciplinary application and the development of discipline-specific practical skills.

In your final year, you can tailor your studies to suit your interests by conducting an independent piece of research and choosing an optional module, providing you with the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge relevant to your desired career.

In your first year you may have up to 24 hours of contact time each week (lectures, practical classes and tutorials) and you will also be expected to undertake private study (such as pre- and post-lecture reading, tasks within the University’s e-learning platform, coursework preparation and write-ups) for a similar amount of time.

The number of contact hours will decrease with each academic year, alongside the expectation that you will undertake more independent study.

Assessment takes place through a combination of examinations, coursework, oral presentations, practical examinations and group projects.

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one, providing you with a clear indication of your academic progress. Credits are accumulated towards the award of Bachelor of Science (BSc) with honours.

Contact hours

The following represents an indicative estimate of how you can expect your time to be split on this programme, based on the information available at the time of publication (February 2016):

  • 1 per cent personal tutorial/small group teaching
  • 4 per cent medium group teaching
  • 20 per cent large group teaching
  • 75 per cent studying and revising in your own time


Students benefit from Surrey’s state-of-the-art facilities on both the Stag Hill campus and at Surrey Sports Park.

Our well-equipped specialist teaching laboratories include:

  • Biochemistry and tissue analysis labs containing analysis equipment for western blot, ELISA and PCr, and equipment such as an ILAB and gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GCMS)
  • Exercise physiology lab containing cycle ergometers, treadmills and breath-by-breath gas analysis system
  • Biomechanics/movement (gait) lab containing 14-camera Qualisys Motion Tracking System, ground reaction force plates and Tekscan Plantar Pressure System
  • Anthropometric labs containing bioelectrical impedance, DXA and PQCT scanner

Many of our practical classes will be based at Surrey Sports Park. Our commercial sport performance lab and private athlete training areas include:

  • Surrey Human Performance Institute which contains an Isokinetic Dynamometer, breath-by-breath gas analysis equipment, SRM and WattBike cycle ergometers, treadmill, SVT hand-eye coordination trainer and bioelectrical impedance
  • Strength and conditioning suite which contains three Olympic lifting platforms, force plates, linear position transducer and an optical measurement system

The facilities at Surrey Sports Park include a 50-metre swimming pool, netball, hockey and football pitches, 3G pitches, a full-size basketball hall and fully equipped gymnasiums.

The £36 million development offers world-class sports provision, giving students, the community, elite athletes and teams the optimum environment in which to play, train, perform and enjoy the benefits of sport.

Surrey Sports Park brings world-class athletes to Surrey. It is the permanent training base for England Women's Rugby Sevens Squad, RFC Harlequins (rugby), Surrey Storm (netball), Surrey United (basketball) and Guildford City Swimming Club, and is the centre for regional squash and racketball.

It acted as a base for teams competing in the 2015 Rugby World Cup and is the host venue for the 2017 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup.

Note: all students will have to purchase course specific exercise kit at a cost of £66, which has to be worn during practical sessions.

Support for elite athletes

If you’re a talented athlete and you would like to study with us, we have specialist support services to help you fulfil your sporting potential whilst achieving academic excellence. The Surrey Sports Park is a Sport England TASS accredited centre (TAC) delivering performance services to athletes on the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme.

We also independently offer up to 36 sports scholarships to undergraduate and postgraduate applicants of outstanding sporting ability on our High Performance Athlete Support Scheme (HPASS).

Team Surrey

Team Surrey clubs are at the heart of student sporting experience at the University of Surrey with over 5,000 student members, competing across more than 40 sports clubs.

Joining Team Surrey means you have the chance to compete in the British University and Colleges (BUCS) competition. It also provides the opportunity for a variety of volunteering projects, particularly in coaching and community involvement.

Academic support

You will be allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and to advise on option and career choices, helping you get the most from your studies with us.

As a student at Surrey, you will be treated as an individual. You will feel welcome from your very first day, and our low student-to-tutor ratio ensures that you will get to know your personal tutor and other academic staff members well during your years with us.

Graduate prospects

A degree in Sport and Exercise Science will open doors to a range of varied careers including sports science support, performance coaching, health screening and intervention, exercise referrals, postgraduate study, entry onto a PGCE PE programme and research.

Graduates from the University of Surrey have a superb employment record in the NHS and in the commercial, charity and public sectors.

2017 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?



We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers.

It is desirable for those applicants taking part in the Science Practical Endorsement in either Physics, Biology or Chemistry to obtain a pass.

Access to HE Diploma

QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 39 Level 3 Credits at Distinction and 6 Level 3 Credits at Merit. 

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma



We accept BTEC L3 Extended Diploma Applied Science and BTEC L3 Extended Diploma Sport and Exercise Science.  For all other BTEC L3 Extended Diploma’s please contact so we can access the science content against our entry requirements.

European Baccalaureate

75 per cent

International Baccalaureate

35 points

Scottish Highers

Scottish Advanced Highers AAB/Scottish Highers AAABB

Welsh Baccalaureate

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and A-level AA

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

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Required subjects

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above. 

One core science A-level (Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics), and one A-level in a preferred subject (core sciences, Sport Studies, Physical Education, Psychology or Statistics) are required.

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades, but candidates may be required to attend an interview. Complementary non-academic achievements and experiences will also be considered.

Suitable candidates may be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

English language requirements

6.5 IELTS minimum overall (or equivalent)

6.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill (or equivalent)

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

See 2018 entry information

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BSc (Hons) 3 Years 38YX View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 4 Years 0G62 View KIS data set

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Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

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