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This course covers the three main disciplines of sport science: physiology (including nutrition), biomechanics and psychology. You’ll gain a fundamental understanding of physiology, anatomy, psychology, biomechanics, sports performance, biochemistry, nutrition, and strength and conditioning – and then apply your knowledge through practical classes and research. During your studies you’ll have many opportunities to use our state of-the art human performance labs, where you’ll learn to assess and improve sporting performance, as well as gain invaluable knowledge on the role exercise plays in improving health and wellbeing. You’ll also develop the analytical, written and verbal skills expected by employers. The course is also aligned to several vocational qualifications. After year one you will have the option of becoming a qualified fitness instructor and after year two you will have the option of becoming a qualified personal trainer.

Why choose this course?

Our excellent facilities ensure we can deliver a comprehensive programme of practical work to support lecture material. A focus on Personal Transferable Skills throughout the first and second year enables you to develop competence in a range of skill areas which will be of benefit professionally and personally and which are essential to success in a competitive employment market.

There are two dedicated sport science and therapy laboratories equipped with a range of treadmills, cycle ergometers and rowing machines. In addition, there is specialist physiology, biomechanical and biochemistry equipment, for example online gas analysers. Find out more about our facilities. You can also make use of the University’s £15 million Hertfordshire Sports Village at the de Havilland campus. 

Other additional opportunities include:

  • Guest lecturers: e.g. GSK, HSV, Felicity Aston (first woman to walk the Antarctic solo)
  • Work Experience: including local, national and international employers taking students for their work experience module in final year (e.g. football, rugby clubs, hospitals, other universities)
  • Opportunities to gain internationally recognised ACSM fitness training qualifications (with much of the material already embedded into the degree programme)
  • Opportunities for students to support applied testing and research in the labs
  • Level 2 Fitness Instructor
  • Level 3 Personal Trainer

Find out more about our sports staff

Graduate Stories

Read GSK Senior Scientist Matt Furber's graduate story
Read PE Teacher Sasha Kelly's graduate story

What job can I get?

Our graduates work with elite athletes, professional sports teams, health clubs and in the NHS. Recent jobs for our graduates include community rugby coach, police officer, trainee cardiac physiologist, fire brigade fitness advisor, health and fitness coach, personal trainer / gym instructor, pharmaceutical production technician and nutrition advisor.

Professional Accreditations

The course is part of the BASES undergraduate endorsement scheme.

Course details


Our graduates progress to a wide range of careers which reflects the multidisciplinary nature of the degree programme.

Our graduates have gained employment with elite athletes, professional sports teams, health clubs and within the National Health Service. Also, in the leisure industry, military, fire service and as coaches. They have progressed to study for a Master’s degree, PhD or teacher training qualification.

Job titles of recent graduates include:

Community Rugby Coach, Sports Lecturer, Police Officer, NHS Trainee Cardiac Physiologist, Special Needs Coach, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Fire Brigade Fitness Advisor, Health and Fitness Coach, IT Support Officer, Learning Support Assistant, PE Technician, Personal Trainer/Gym Instructor, Pharmaceutical Production Technician, Sport Science Support Officer, Lecturer in Sport Science in Further Education, Physiotherapy Assistant, Fitness Instructor, Recreation Assistant, Swimming Coach, Lifestyle Consultant, and Mental Health Physical Activity and Nutrition Advisor.

Examples of recent employers are the NHS, the English Institute of Sport, Lucozade Sport, and Mind.

Teaching methods

Our staff have high level of expertise and experience, with many of them accredited/chartered with professional organisations such as the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences - BASES, and the British Psychological Society - BPS.

BASES is a nationally recognised achievement, whereby the standards of operation, physiological testing, and laboratory management are assessed in relation to recognised clinical criteria and quality control. This successful accreditation is proof of our staff demonstrating high standards in operation.

Staff are also research and/or consultancy active ensuring that they remain at the forefront of developing their respective specialism and that our students are entwined in historical and contemporary debate and investigation.

Our students typically spend 8 hours a week in lectures, and 8 hours a week in practical laboratory sessions, workshops, or seminars. Practical work is an important and significant element of the Sports and Exercise Science degree, and the high levels of competence and independence demonstrated by our students in the laboratory enables them to become 'thinkers' and 'doers'.

Most modules are assessed by 50% coursework and 50% examination. The type of coursework is varied, depending on the module and includes essays, reports, practical write-ups, posters and seminar presentations.

Our laboratories boast an enviable range of performance testing equipment (e.g. Metalaysers for VO2 max testing; blood taking facilities and blood analysers to measure blood lactate and cholesterol; running treadmills; cycling and rowing ergometers; Dynamometers, Anthropometric equipment; weight-lifting equipment, and even an indoor putting green for psychological and biomechanical analysis).

Throughout your time at the University you work closely with a personal tutor in order to help develop academic, personal, and vocational skills. This work is supported by the University intranet (Studynet) which provides a location for lecture notes, study guides, assessment details, example exam papers, and discussion forums amongst other things.

You also have 24-hour access (during term-time) to two outstanding learning resources centres.

Part-time study

If you are studying part-time you will have 6 years to complete your course. You will complete 60 credits per year. The first four years are made up of compulsory modules but in further years there are optional modules. Your timetable will depend on which modules you pick.

Work Placement

Work Placement

In the third year you have the opportunity to spend a year working in industry or studying at one of our partner universities in North America or Europe. However you do not have to undertake a placement year, there will still be ample opportunities for you to gain work experience within the main programme of study. (Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks may be undertaken as part of this or the placement year)

Study abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme. Find out more about Study abroad opportunities


Level 4

Core Modules

  • Human Physiology and Nutrition - 30 Credits
  • Academic and Professional Skills - 15 Credits
  • Exercise Prescription and Fitness Testing - 15 Credits
  • Skill Acquisition and Motor Control - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Sport & Exercise Psychology - 15 Credits
  • Musculoskeletal Anatomy - 15 Credits
  • Principles of Biomechanics - 15 Credits


Level 5

Core Modules

  • Exercise Physiology and Metabolism - 30 Credits
  • Applied Biomechanics of Performance - 15 Credits
  • Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology - 30 Credits
  • Research Design - 15 Credits


  • Process and Practice in High Performance Sport - 15 Credits
  • Exercise for a Healthy Population - 15 Credits
  • Sports Conditioning and Testing - 15 Credits
  • Functional Anatomy and Clinical Biomechanics - 15 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Applied Independent Sports Research Project - 30 Credits


  • Sandwich Placement - Sport - 0 Credits
  • Year Abroad: Sport - 0 Credits
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in Sports Business Management - 15 Credits
  • Performance Physiology - 15 Credits
  • Exercise Referral & Health Promotion - 15 Credits
  • Work Experience in SES - 15 Credits
  • Technology in sport - 15 Credits
  • Contemporary issues in Sport Psychology - 15 Credits
  • Contemporary Issues in Exercise Psychology - 15 Credits
  • Advanced Biomechanics - 15 Credits
  • Sport & Performance Nutrition - 15 Credits
  • Strength and Conditioning - 15 Credits
  • Sandwich Placement - Sport - 0 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

You will be expected to purchase navy tracksuit bottoms, a white polo shirt and navy shorts before starting the course. These can be University of Hertfordshire branded, bought from us before induction, but do not have to be.

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

2019 entry 

72 - 168 UCAS points

A Levels

To include at least one Science A Level preferably Biology and/or PE (acceptable A levels: Human Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Sports Science).


BTEC Sport & Exercise Science or Applied Science at DMM (no other BTEC Diplomas are acceptable).

Access to Science

Access to Science with an average of merit at level 3.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

IB - 112 points with a minimum of 2 HL subject at grade 4 or above including one Science subject (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core). Plus GCSE English language, mathematics and double science at grade 4 (C) or above (or 2 single sciences). A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 is required for those for whom English is not their first language.

Find out more about international application requirements.

A DBS check may be required to be undertaken during your degree course.

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply


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