Our Sport and Exercise Science course focuses on the scientific principles that underpin sport and exercise. Our course is practical-based, stimulating, well-structured and research-informed, covering a range of topic areas including biomechanics, physiology and psychology. The practical elements of our Sport and Exercise Science course make use of purpose-built laboratories to develop your knowledge and understanding of the key issues within sport and exercise science.
Evidence supporting the need for exercise for fitness and health is now widely accepted in industry, education, medicine and sport. This increasingly important role has led to a demand for scientific evidence to improve sport performance making sport and exercise science one of the most rapidly advancing areas of study. Our course aims to develop your critical skills, allowing you to investigate and analyse issues from a scientific perspective, as well as enhancing your personal and transferable skills.
Our purpose-built laboratories allow you to develop your physiological, biomechanical and psychological practical skills. The first year of the course provides you with an introduction to the core disciplines which underpin the academic analysis of sport, allowing you to develop your knowledge, understanding and practical/laboratory skills. In years two and three you can choose from a range of modules, allowing you to tailor your studies towards a particular area of interest within Sport and Exercise Science.
In year one you will gain a sound understanding of the fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Science studying topics such as biomechanics, physiology, fitness training methods and psychology. Once you’ve developed your theoretical knowledge you will explore more specialised areas of sport and exercise science, such as anthropometry and biomechanical analysis, along with further work in the main science-based subjects. In year two you will combine the compulsory core modules (Sport Research Methods) with selected modules from across the subject area. You will have the opportunity to contextualise theory in practical sessions and courses will be underpinned by research methods.
The optional career and employability module in the first year gives you a head start when thinking about future careers or further academic study, allowing you to think about potential specialisms that you’d like to find employment in or study at postgraduate level. The final year of study will enable you to develop a critical understanding of the scientific principles underpinning sport and exercise performance. Further specialisation within a specific sport and exercise discipline culminates in an individual piece of research work on a topic of your choice.
The course modules are delivered within the classroom, sports hall and laboratories in a structured manner. All sessions are supported by our online learning environment, NILE. You can expect two hours of online or face to face contact time each week for each module. Classes are delivered in a variety of methods including lectures, seminars and practical sessions. Our aim is to provide you with opportunities to become actively involved in your learning. For each two hours of contact time you have there will be an additional two – three hours of non-contact directed study. Personal tutorials, and meetings with a personal academic tutor are additional to the time spent in the class.
Our academic staff are enthusiastic and experienced teachers that are actively involved in research in their specialist areas. Our careers and employability module ensures that you are well-prepared for employment.
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