Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) – 2021 entry

Key information

Start date: October 2021

BSc (Hons) UCAS: 38YX

3 years

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BSc (Hons) UCAS: 0G62

4 years with professional training

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BSc (Hons) UCAS: 39YX

4 years with foundation year

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BSc (Hons) UCAS: 40YX

5 years with foundation year and professional training

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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.

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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.

 

Foundation year

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.

Facilities

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

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.

Academic support

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.

Professional recognition

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 (Hons) 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.

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

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 had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the 2020/21 academic year. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach. View detailed information on the changes

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:

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

Timetables

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. 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).

Teaching

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 postgraduate research students. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.

Assessment

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

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.

Entry requirements

A-level

BSc (Hons) 

Overall: BBB.

Required subjects: One of: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Sport Studies, Physical Education, Mathematics, Statistics, Psychology, Food Science and Nutrition, Food Technology or a related subject.

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).

BSC (Hons) with foundation year

Overall: A-level CCD (or equivalent) to include one Science A-level.

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

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDM 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 Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Psychology, or Sports, Exercise and Health Science.

GCSE or equivalent: English and Maths HL4/SL4.

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 75%.

Required subjects: One of: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Sport Studies, Physical Education, Mathematics, Statistics, Psychology or Food Science and Nutrition.

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 27 at Distinction and 18 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: ABBBB.

Required subjects: One of: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Sport Studies, Physical Education, Mathematics, Statistics, Psychology or Food Science and Nutrition.

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

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with BBB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Required subjects: One A-level of: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Sport Studies, Physical Education, Mathematics, Statistics, Psychology or Food Science and Nutrition.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics ­– Numeracy as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. Please check the A-level drop down for the required GCSE levels.

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

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will receive our standard A-level offer, plus an alternate offer of one A-level grade lower, subject to achieving an A grade in the EPQ. The one grade reduction will not apply to any required subjects.

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.

Selection process

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.

Foundation

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 email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2021

BSc (Hons)

UK £9,250

Overseas £22,400

BSc (Hons) (with professional training year)

UK £9,250

Overseas £22,400

Professional training £1,850

BSc (Hons) (with foundation year)

UK £9,250

BSc (Hons) (with foundation and professional training year)

UK £9,250

Professional training £1,850

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: While the UK is part of the EU, the University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by the Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. Once the UK has left the EU, the fees rules may change and the University is bound to comply with applicable legislation.
  • 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.

Payment schedule

  • 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 2019/20 academic year Professional Training placement fee.

Additional costs

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

Placements

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.

Find out how students at Surrey developed their skills in industry by undertaking a placement year.

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.

Disclaimer

This online guide 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.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

Placement location

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.

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Address

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