Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) – 2020 entry
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 both The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and The Complete University Guide 2020. Our BSc 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 at Surrey Sports Park, this course will prepare you for a rewarding career in professional sport, health promotion, teaching or research and 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 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 course is endorsed by the Register of Exercise Professionals, enabling you to complete gym instructor, personal training and exercise referral qualifications by undertaking vocational fitness assessments.
BSc (Hons) UCAS: 38YX
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BSc (Hons) UCAS: 0G62
4 years with professional trainingView KIS data set
BSc (Hons) UCAS: 39YX
4 years with foundation yearView KIS data set
BSc (Hons) UCAS: 40YX
5 years with foundation year and professional trainingView KIS data set
Professional Training placements
A Professional Training placement provides you with the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and many of our students are offered employment on graduation by their placement provider.
The Professional Training placement year gives our students an insight into their subject and career potential, and early access to professional experience. It can be invaluable in developing work-based skills and helping them secure a graduate career.
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
Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via our online placement opportunities platform called Surrey Pathfinder, within which students can select and apply for placement vacancies. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to the vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
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).
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.
A degree in BSc 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.
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad.
In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.
View our study and work abroad exchange information to find out more and see where you can go.
Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
As well as working in research laboratories, students on this course have also travelled to international schools to teach amateur and professional sport clubs.
If you work in another part of Europe you may be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant, as well as your full student loan if you take an unpaid research placement in an overseas university.
This is an excellent opportunity not only to gain valuable work experience and work in a foreign university laboratory, but also to improve or learn another language.
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 £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 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.
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 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 our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will 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.
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. Read more.
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.
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 credits.
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.
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:
Optional modules for Year 2 - FHEQ Level 5
Students must choose 1 from the listed optional modules.
Optional modules for Year 3 - FHEQ Level 6
Students must choose 2 from the listed optional modules.
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. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
The course 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 course will incorporate a range of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and practical laboratory classes.
During your first year, you’ll spend time in laboratory classes to underpin the bioscience theory and develop your practical analytical skills. You may have up to 24 hours of contact time each week (lectures, practical classes and tutorials) and you will also be expected to carry out 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.
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 an optional module, providing you with the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge relevant to your desired career.
Research students will sometimes help to deliver your modules. These students will be researching in a similar subject to the module, and will have undertaken training prior to being invited to teach. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.
This course is taught by academic staff from the School of Biosciences and Medicine.
MANDERS R Dr (Biosc & Med)
All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:
- Academic progress
- Pastoral/welfare issues
- Personal/professional development and employability.
Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded 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.
Learning and disability support
We have two services, Academic Skills and Development and the Disability and Neurodiversity Service which can help develop your learning.
Academic Skills and Development
Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.
Find out more about the study support available.
Disability and Neurodiversity Service
The University’s Disability and Neurodiversity Service supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).
If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.
We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.
English language support
Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.
What qualifications do you need?
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.
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 email Admissions with any queries.
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BSc (Hons) (with professional training year)
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BSc (Hons) (with foundation year)
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Overseas students: please note that annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.
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.
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. Students are also responsible for the costs associated with maintaining/washing their kit.
Grand total: £86
How to apply
Learn how to apply for an undergraduate course, see details about the UCAS application process and determine the steps you need to take if you receive an offer to study.
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