This is the broadest of our suite of courses that equip you to work in sport and leisure. 95% of our Sport and Exercise Sciences graduates enter employment or further study within six months, according to the latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey published in 2015.
This course is accredited by The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.
During the first year, we will introduce you to sport-related psychology, physiology, anatomy and biomechanics. You will also learn about coaching and exercise leadership and be helped by staff to help develop your personal and professional skills. The first year is common with the Sports Coaching degree, allowing you to transfer between these programmes.
In the second and third years, you will deepen your knowledge in sport and exercise physiology, psychology, biomechanics, personal training, performance analysis, treatment of sports injuries, and gain valuable skills in research. In your third year, you will undertake a research project and choose between options that include sports nutrition, exercise for special populations and exercise behaviour change.
All modules include a mix of academic rigour and practical skills. Throughout your three years at Sunderland, you may choose modules in sport and exercise leadership which can result in Skills Active accredited Gym Instructor, Personal Trainer and Exercise Referral awards at no additional cost, enhancing your employment prospects significantly. To help you get the most from your studies we have invested heavily in laboratories with the latest equipment and technology and 90% of students rated our learning resources highly in 2015, according to the National Student Survey (NSS).
Our teaching team is passionate about the subject. 94% of our sports science students think that staff are good at explaining things, according to the NSS in 2015.
When you graduate, potential employers include professional sports clubs, recreation facilities, health and fitness clubs, local authorities, schools and colleges, and the health sector, including the NHS.
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