Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) – 2018 entry

Why choose this course

Surrey is one of the UK's leading universities for Sports Science, with our programmes ranked within the top ten in the Complete University Guide 2018.

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.

What you will study

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 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.

Course facts

Qualification Course length Professional Training UCAS KIS code
BSc (Hons) 36 months 38YX View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 48 months 0G62 View KIS data set

Professional Training placements

As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you 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 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 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.

Applying for placements

Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. 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 a 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.

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 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. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.

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.


You will 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)
  • 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 the centre for regional squash and racketball.

It acted as a base for teams competing in the 2015 Rugby World Cup 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 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

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.

You will be allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

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 and Exercise Referral qualifications.

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

Academic year structure

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

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 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.


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.


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.


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 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.

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.


This course is taught by academic staff from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

Programme leader

MANDERS R Dr (Biosc & Med)

Personal tutor

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

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.

Policies and regulations

Please refer to our academic regulations and student policies and regulations. These may be amended from time to time.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH 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.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

What qualifications do you need?


Overall: ABB.

Required subjects: One core science from: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Mathematics, and one preferred subject from: core science, Sport Studies, Physical Education, Psychology, or Statistics. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDD in Applied Science or Sport and Exercise Science (please contact us if you are taking a different BTEC).

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 32.

Required subjects: HL5/SL6 in One core science from: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Mathematics, and one preferred subject from: core science, Sport Studies, Physical Education, Psychology, or Statistics.

GCSE or equivalent: English and Maths HL4/SL4.

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 78%.

Required subjects: At least 7.5 in One core science from: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Mathematics, and 8 in one preferred subject from: core science, Sport Studies, Physical Education, Psychology, or Statistics.

GCSE or equivalent: English 6 (Language 1/2) or 7 (Language 3), and Mathematics 6.

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit.

Required subjects: This must include 15 credits in one core science from: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Mathematics, and 15 credits in one preferred subject from: core science, Sport Studies, Physical Education, Psychology, or Statistics.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

Scottish Highers

Overall: AABBB.

Required subjects: One core science from: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Mathematics, and one preferred subject from: core science, Sport Studies, Physical Education, Psychology, or Statistics.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Maths Scottish National 5,C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with ABB from the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Required subjects: One core science from: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Mathematics, and one preferred subject from: core science, Sport Studies, Physical Education, Psychology, or Statistics. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

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.

Select your country

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each 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. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

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.

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.


Qualification Course length Professional Training UK/EU fees Overseas fees Professional Training fees
BSc (Hons) 36 months £9,250 £20,500 Not applicable
BSc (Hons) 48 months £9,250 £20,500 £1,800

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.

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.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this programme:

  • 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

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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