Why Herts?
  • Our programme is accredited by BASES, REPs and is part of the NSCA Eductional Recognition Programme
  • We offer strong links to industry with a highly successful sandwich year placement programme, which has led to numerous employment opportunities
  • Enjoy flexibility in learning across the sports science curriculum - choose from multiple optional modules across level 5 and 6

About the course

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 accredited through the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). 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. Furthermore, this course is a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) recognised undergraduate programme, allowing students to complete the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist qualification near graduation.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BSc (Hons) Sports Sciences

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 sports 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)
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)
  • 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

Professional Accreditations

  • BASES undergraduate endorsement scheme
  • REPs endorsed
  • NSCA Educational Recognition Programme

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.

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.

Teaching methods

Our staff have high levels of expertise and experience, with many of them accredited/chartered with professional organisations such as the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences - BASES, the British Psychological Society - BPS, and the UK Strength and Conditioning Association - UKSCA. 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 and practical environment enable them to become 'thinkers' and 'doers'.

Modules are assessed in a variety of ways via coursework, practicals and exams. 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.

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
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Developing an Academic Approach 15 Credits Compulsory
    Human Physiology and Nutrition 30 Credits Compulsory
    Exercise Prescription and Fitness Testing 15 Credits Compulsory
    Skill Acquisition and Motor Control 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Sport & Exercise Psychology 15 Credits Compulsory
    Musculoskeletal Anatomy 15 Credits Compulsory
    Principles of Biomechanics 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Exercise Physiology and Metabolism 30 Credits Compulsory
    Applied Biomechanics of Performance 15 Credits Compulsory
    Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology 30 Credits Compulsory
    Research Design 15 Credits Compulsory
    Process and Practice in High Performance Sport 15 Credits Optional
    Exercise for a Healthy Population 15 Credits Optional
    Sports Conditioning and Testing 15 Credits Optional
    Functional Anatomy and Clinical Biomechanics 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Applied Independent Sports Research Project 30 Credits Compulsory
    Sandwich Placement - Sport 0 Credits Optional
    Year Abroad: Sport 0 Credits Optional
    Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in Sports Business Management 15 Credits Optional
    Performance Physiology 15 Credits Optional
    Exercise Referral & Health Promotion 15 Credits Optional
    Work Experience in SES 15 Credits Optional
    Technology in sport 15 Credits Optional
    Contemporary issues in Sport Psychology 15 Credits Optional
    Contemporary Issues in Exercise Psychology 15 Credits Optional
    Advanced Biomechanics 15 Credits Optional
    Sport & Performance Nutrition 15 Credits Optional
    Strength and Conditioning 15 Credits Optional
    Sandwich Placement - Sport 0 Credits Optional
  • 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

    Fees 2020

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2020/2021 academic year
    Part time
    • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2020/2021 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £13000 for the 2020/2021 academic year
    Part time
    • £1625 per 15 credits for the 2020/2021 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.

    View detailed information about tuition fees

    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    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.

    View detailed information about our accommodation

    Entry requirements

    UCAS pointsA LevelBTEC
    104BCC: Including at least one Science A level preferably Biology and/or PE (acceptable A levels: Human Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Sports Science)DMM: BTEC Sport and Exercise Science or Applied Science Extended Diploma at DMM. BTEC Sport Extended Diploma (RQF 2016) at DMM (With merits achieved in the following modules – Anatomy and Physiology and Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-Being) Level 3 OCR CTEC (Cambridge Technical in Sport and Physical Activity) Extended Diploma DMM (With merits achieved in the following modules – Body Systems and the Effects, Nutrition and Diet for Sport and Exercise, Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation). Additional Science BTEC's will be considered at tutor discretion.

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Part Time, 5 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)


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    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Part Time)
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students