Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) – 2023 entry
Start date: September 2023
|Award||UCAS code||Course duration|
|BSc (Hons)||UCAS: 38YX||3 years View KIS data set|
|BSc (Hons)||UCAS: 0G62||4 years with professional training View KIS data set|
|BSc (Hons)||UCAS: 40YX||4 years with foundation year View KIS data set|
|BSc (Hons)||UCAS: 39YX||5 years with foundation year and professional training View KIS data set|
Apply for your chosen course online through UCAS, with the following course and institution codes.
|Course||UCAS code||Institution code|
|BSc (Hons) with professional training||0G62||S85|
|BSc (Hons) with foundation year||40YX||S85|
|BSc (Hons) with foundation year and professional training||39YX||S85|
Why choose this course
- Study a hands-on curriculum, recognised by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) for providing all the skills and knowledge you need to enter the profession.
- Access specialised exercise equipment at our £36m Surrey Sports Park and our sport and exercise science laboratories, including cycle ergometers, Olympic lifting platforms, force plates, a linear position transducer, an optical measurement system, isokinetic dynamometers and a sports vision trainer (SVT) hand-eye coordination device.
- Gain industry experience through our Professional Training placements, where you can work for a range of employers, including sports clubs, performance laboratories and nutrition companies.
- Apply for one of our sports scholarships, designed for individuals with exceptional sporting ability, to help support your studies.
- We are ranked top 10 in the UK for Sports Science by the Complete University Guide 2023 and have an over 90% satisfaction score for this course in the National Student Survey 2022.
- Complete nationally recognised gym instructor, personal training and working with people with long term conditions qualifications, without any extra charge.
What you will study
On this course, you’ll learn to maximise sports performance, improve general health and wellbeing and treat different pathologies through exercise.
In your first year, you’ll study topics, including anatomy, biochemistry, fitness and health, physiology, kinesiology, and skill acquisition, ensuring you have a solid foundation upon which to build the rest of your degree.
During 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 third year, you’ll select two optional modules, exploring topics such as advances in nutrition, biological rhythms, exercise referrals and prescriptions, and human movement and rehabilitation.
You’ll also complete a research project, bringing together all the practical, analytical, and presentation skills you’ve developed. Current students are investigating topics like ‘The effect of New Zealand blackcurrant extracts on running performance’. Watch a short video with Dr Ralph Manders interviewing current students about their final-year projects.
You’ll benefit from hands-on learning in our dedicated sport and exercise science facilities, including our human movement laboratory and our newly designed physiology laboratory and strength and conditioning suite. Next to this you will also be taught in our £12.5 million Innovation for Health Learning Laboratory, where you'll practise your wet-lab skills. Our labs are fitted with the latest industry equipment, that you’ll use to complete gas analysis, conduct western blots, measure bioelectrical impedance, and monitor biomechanics and movement.
You’ll also have practical classes at our £36m Surrey Sports Park, a hub for elite athletes and teams like England women's national rugby sevens team, that boasts an Olympic-size swimming pool, netball, hockey and football pitches, a basketball hall, climbing walls and fitness suites. The Park is also home to our commercial Surrey Human Performance Institute.
In our SES labs, you’ll have access to specialised exercise equipment, such as cycle ergometers, treadmills Olympic lifting platforms, force plates, a linear position transducer, an optical measurement system, isokinetic dynamometers and a sports vision trainer (SVT) hand-eye coordination device.
The time you spend in our facilities will give you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with sport and exercise sciences methodology and develop practical experience that’s essential in a sports career and valued by a wide range of employers.
Additional practical skills development
To help you gain even more practical experience in our facilities, we also have a range of optional extracurricular opportunities that you can get involved with, including helping with athlete support, patient exercise referral, research project development and delivery, educational workshops and outreach projects.
Team Surrey is the heart of all our sport and physical activity. We have over 40 sports clubs and you can choose to play socially or compete against other universities as part of British University and Colleges Sport (BUCS). There are also opportunities to take part in volunteering projects, including coaching.
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.
96% of our biosciences and medicine graduates go on to employment or further study. * Typical roles include:
- Exercise referral specialists
- Health screening practitioners
- 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
- Nuffield Health.
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 2022, HESA.
This course is taught by academic staff from the School of Biosciences.
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.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules usually can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
The structure of our programmes follow 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.
Please note: The full module listing for the optional Professional Training placement part of your course can be viewed on the relevant programme specification.
|FOUNDATION YEAR FOR BIOSCIENCES||Compulsory||Year-long|
Optional modules for Foundation - FHEQ Level 3
For further information on FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6 please view the programme specification for the full-time BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
Optional modules for Year 2 - FHEQ Level 5
Students must choose 2 from the listed optional modules.
Optional modules for Year 3 - FHEQ Level 6
Students must choose 2 from the listed optional modules.
Optional modules for Year 2 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 5
Students must choose 2 from the listed optional modules.
Optional modules for Year 3 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 6
Students must choose 2 from the listed optional modules.
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 Code of practice for the scheduling of teaching and assessment (PDF).
Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of:
- Group work (e.g. discussion groups)
- Laboratory-based practical's
- Online learning
- Role plays
Outside of these, you’ll be expected to carry out independent study, including coursework, essays, laboratory write-ups and reading.
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 use a variety of methods to assess you, including:
- Practical write-ups
- Practical skills assessments.
You’ll have approximately 24 contact hours each week.
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).
International entry requirements by country
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 at the Surrey International Study Centre. Upon successful completion, you can progress to this degree course.
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 offer holder event. 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
We recognise 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, the recognition of prior learning (RPL) process may allow you to join a course without the formal entry requirements or enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience.
There are restrictions on RPL a 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 September 2023
BSc (Hons) (with professional training year)
- Professional training
BSc (Hons) (with foundation year)
BSc (Hons) (with foundation and professional training year)
- Professional training
View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.
- 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 2023/24 academic year Professional Training placement fees.
There are associated costs with this course:
- Safety equipment and/or uniform: £95 – the equipment pack includes laboratory coat, laboratory glasses, laboratory books, pen and bag. 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: £95.
Scholarships and bursaries
We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.
Our award-winning Professional Training programme offers you the option to spend a career-enhancing year in industry, either in the UK or abroad. We have thousands of placement providers to choose from or you can source your own placement.
Most placements are paid, and we will support you every step of the way.
Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.
Sport and exercise science placements
You can choose to work for a range of employers, including sports clubs, sports performance laboratories, health organisations, nutrition companies, and other academic institutions, to practise and enhance your skills.
Previous students have gained placements with:
- AFC Wimbledon
- Bristol City Football Club
- British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association
- Christ Hospital School
- Club LaSanta
- Guildford City Swimming Club
- Harlequins F.C.
- Houston SaberCats
- Macmillan Cancer Support
- Surrey Sports Park
- Team Bath
- University of Gothenburg
- University of Copenhagen
- University of Wollongong
- West Ham United Football Club.
We also have an extensive number of partner institutions that offer placements exclusively to Surrey students, giving you access to research laboratories across the world. Our partner institutions include:
- Appalachian State University, North Carolina, USA
- Massey University, New Zealand
- Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
- North Carolina State University, North Carolina, USA
- University of Wollongong, Australia.
Applying for placements
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 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 our offer terms and conditions for the 2023/24 academic year and our registration terms and conditions (PDF) for the 2022/23 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 our full disclaimer.
Course location and contact details
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.
Additional informationSome modules on this course will be taught at Surrey Sports Park.
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