Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) – 2021 entry
Start date: October 2021
Why choose this course
Surrey is one of the UK’s leading universities for sport and exercise science, with our courses ranked top 10 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.
Our BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science course is accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) under the Undergraduate Endorsement Scheme (BUES), a recognised award for UK courses providing a high standard of education.
With well-equipped specialist teaching labs, sporting facilities and practical classes based on our Stag Hill campus and at Surrey Sports Park, this course will prepare you for a rewarding career in professional sport, health promotion, teaching or research and will provide you with opportunities to gain additional qualifications.
What you will study
Sport and exercise sciences consider 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. Our BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science course builds on our multidisciplinary strengths in these areas.
You’ll benefit from the exceptional facilities based at our £36 million Surrey Sports Park and extracurricular opportunities to assist with athlete support, patient exercise referral, research project development and delivery, educational workshops and outreach projects.
The Sport and Exercise Science BSc with foundation has an additional year of study designed to support your transition on to latter years of the course. You will study full-time for one year at foundation level, and after successfully completing it you will be ready to move on to the next three years of the course.
You’ll benefit from Surrey’s exceptional 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)
- An exercise physiology lab containing cycle ergometers, treadmills and breath-by-breath gas analysis system
- A 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:
- The Surrey Human Performance Institute which contains an Isokinetic Dynamometer, breath-by-breath gas analysis equipment, SRM and WattBike cycle ergometers, treadmills, SVT hand-eye coordination trainer and bioelectrical impedance
- A 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 £36m 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 a hub for regional squash and racquetball.
It acted as a base for teams competing in the 2015 Rugby World Cup and hosted the 2017 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup.
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 while receiving a high-standard of education. The Surrey Sports Park is a Sport England TASS accredited centre providing 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 exceptional sporting ability on our High Performance Athlete Support Scheme.
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 Sport competition. It also provides the opportunity for a variety of volunteering projects, particularly in coaching and community involvement.
As a student at Surrey, you’ll be treated as an individual. You’ll feel welcome from your very first day, and our low student-to-tutor ratio ensures that you’ll get to know your personal tutor and other academic staff members well during your years with us.
You’ll be allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the course and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.
BSc (Hons) - British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES)
Recognised by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) for the purposes of endorsement by the BASES Undergraduate Endorsement Scheme (BUES).
BSc (Hons) - Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA)
Endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
This course is accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES), which means that on successful completion of your studies, you’ll have the academic requirements needed to start your career. We’re also endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), meaning you’ll complete nationally recognised gym instructor and personal training qualifications as part of your course, without any additional cost. You’ll also have the option to specialise further and work with people with long-term conditions.
You’ll benefit from discounted BASES and CIMSPA membership, to gain access to graduate job opportunities, online professional development learning materials and a quarterly newsletter, so they can keep up to date with any changes within the field.
97% of our biosciences and medicine graduates go on to employment or further study.* Typical roles include exercise referral specialists, health screening practitioners and performance coaches.
Our alumni can be found in commercial, charity and public sectors across the UK, with recent graduates working for Burnley Football Club, the English Institute of Sports, the University of Bristol, and Wycombe District Swimming Club.
With the critical thinking, analysis, problem solving, decision-making, and communication skills learnt throughout the course, several graduates have sought alternative careers in food and retail industries. Many students also use this course to apply for further study, including postgraduate research and PGCE physical education programmes.
*Graduate Outcomes survey 2020, HESA.
Academic year structure
The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic the University has revised its courses to incorporate the ‘Hybrid Learning Experience’ in a departure from previous academic years and previously published information. The University has changed the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes. Further information on the general principles of hybrid learning can be found at: Hybrid learning experience | University of Surrey.
We have updated key module information regarding the pattern of assessment and overall student workload to inform student module choices. We are currently working on bringing remaining published information up to date to reflect current practice in time for the start of the academic year 2021/22. This means that some information within the programme and module catalogue will be subject to change. Current students are invited to contact their Programme Leader or Academic Hive with any questions relating to the information available.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:
Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
The course follows a modular structure that ensures the 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 course will incorporate a range of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and practical laboratory classes.
During your first year, you’ll underpin the bioscience theory and develop your practical analytical skills. You may have up to 24 hours of contact time each week and you will also be expected to carry out private study for a similar amount of time.
In your second year, you’ll 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 optional modules, providing you with the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge relevant to your desired career.
There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by graduate teaching assistants. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.
We assess modules individually and award credits for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.
Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.
Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.
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Do I meet the requirements for this course?
We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).
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, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
We normally make offers in terms of grades however complementary non-academic achievements and experiences will also be considered.
If you are a suitable candidate you may be invited to an Applicant Day. During your visit to the University you can find out more about the course and meet staff and students.
If you don’t meet our entry requirements, you might still be able to apply for this course with a foundation year. A course with a foundation year includes an extra year of study to prepare you for a full degree course. Find out more about our degrees with foundation year.
Recognition of prior learning
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please contact Admissions on +44 (0)1483 682222 with any queries.
The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2021
BSc (Hons) (with professional training year)
Professional training £1,850
BSc (Hons) (with foundation year)
BSc (Hons) (with foundation and professional training year)
Professional training £1,850
- Fees for UK students: The University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms.
- Fees for EU students: The UK is now no longer part of the EU, we are awaiting further instruction from the UK government and we will publish this as soon as it is provided. Find out more information about Studying in the UK and the Scholarships for EU students.
- Fees for international students: Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.
- Fees for international students with an integrated foundation year: The programme fee for Year 0 will match the lowest Year 1 overseas fee rate from across the substantive programmes for that year of entry. Students subsequently progressing into Year 1 will be liable for the same fee as overseas students joining at Year 1 for the same programme in that year. Annual fees after Year 1 will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.
The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.
- Students in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan: will have their fees paid by the Student Loans Company in line with their schedule.
- International students, or UK/EU students who have not taken out a Tuition Fee Loan: are required to pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
- 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
- 50% in January of the same academic year.
The exact date(s) will be detailed on invoices. Students on certain part-time programmes, where fees are paid on a modular or stage basis, are not eligible to pay their fees by instalment.
If you are sponsored: you will provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of your study.
Professional Training placement fees
If you are studying on a programme which contains a Professional Training placement year there will be a reduced fee for the academic year in which you undertake your placement. This is normally confirmed 12 to 18 months in advance, or once Government policy is determined.
See the information about 2020/21 academic year Professional Training placement fee.
There are associated costs with this course:
- Safety equipment and/or uniform: £86 – the equipment pack includes laboratory coat, laboratory glasses, laboratory book, pen and padlock. The exercise kit includes t-shirt, polo shirt and shorts. You are also responsible for the costs associated with maintaining/washing your kit.
Grand total: £86
Scholarships and bursaries
We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.
David Ebsworth Overseas Professional Training Year (PTY) Scholarship
You have the option to complete a Professional Training placement as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, helping to prepare you for your future career.
A significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.
Sport and Exercise Science placements
The vast majority of our students choose to complete 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.
Examples of organisations that have participated in the scheme include:
- AFC Wimbledon
- Bristol City FC
- Team Bath
- Guildford City Swimming Club
- University of Gothenburg
- Surrey Sports Park
- Harlequins FC
- Macmillan Cancer Support
- Christ Hospital School
- University of Wollongong
- Club LaSanta.
Some of our placements may provide a salary and you’ll be visited by a tutor during the year to support you throughout your placement.
Applying for placements
You can apply for numerous opportunities via an open and free-to-all process. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however we offer support and guidance throughout the process alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. We also provide support if you wish to source your own placement.
Find out about more about the application process.
Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and procedures, the student regulations , and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View an example of our offer terms and conditions and our registration terms and conditions (PDF) from the 2020/2021 academic year as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will generally be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us and before you accept an offer. Read more.
In particular we wish to draw your intention to the following matters affecting the academic year 2021/2022:
- Covid-19 - In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the 2020/2021 academic year. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach, details of which can be found here [link]. It is anticipated that these programme changes and the hybrid learning approach will be adopted throughout the academic year 2021/2022, however, given the changing nature of the pandemic, this is being kept under continuous review. Detailed information on all changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is available at the coronavirus course changes page. The linked pages set out information relating to general University changes and will also direct you to consider additional information relating to specific programmes.
- Brexit - The UK is now no longer part of the EU. We are awaiting further information and instruction from the UK government and we will publish this as soon as it is provided. EU students applying for programmes in the academic year 2021/2022 and students applying for courses with placements abroad should visit our dedicated webpages for the latest information on how the UK’s departure from the EU will affect their courses.
Campus locationStag Hill
Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught.
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.