If you are applying for this course from within the UK/EU, please apply through UCAS.Apply via UCAS
If you are applying for this course from outside of the UK/EU, click apply now.
This is the broadest of our suite of sports courses.
You will gain practical experience in the fields of psychology, physiology, biomechanics, nutrition and injury rehabilitation. You will combine these disciplines to analyse and develop strategies to optimise performance in sport and exercise, which will be supported by our excellent teaching team.
During the course you can choose modules in sport and exercise leadership which can result in accredited Gym Instructor, Personal Trainer and Exercise Referral awards at no additional cost, significantly enhancing your employment prospects.
Our teaching methods are designed to develop not only your knowledge but also skills that enhance employability. Methods include small group work, practical activities, workshops, lectures, tutorials, computer-based learning, presentations and independent learning.
As well as assessments that count towards your degree, there are also on-going assessments for feedback and consolidating your learning. Assessment methods include essays, reports, practical work and presentations.
Principles of Sport and Exercise Physiology (20 credits)
- Take an introductory look at the fundamentals of human physiology with applications to acute exercise
- Cover the structure and function of each of the systems in the body and the regulation of responses to exercise
Principles of Sport and Exercise Psychology (20 credits)
- Gain an understanding of psychology and motor behaviour within a sport and exercise setting
- Demonstrate knowledge of psychological concepts and explain their relevance in health-related physical activity/exercise and performance enhancement
Principles of Sport and Exercise Biomechanics (20 credits)
- Get an introduction to the way in which the fundamental laws of mechanics can be applied to understand and evaluate human movement through observation and measurement
Principles of Sport and Exercise Anatomy (20 credits)
- Gain theoretical and practical knowledge of the anatomy of the human body
- Identify individual structures using anatomical models, images and other media, and then compare them to real human subjects through palpation techniques
Principles of Sport and Exercise Leadership (20 credits)
- Cover issues that impact upon leading, coaching, instructing coaching and exercise related sessions
- Investigate the roles of the coach and instructor, qualities and requirements of the effective coach and instructor and the psychological, physiological and sociological factors that influence them
Personal and Professional Development (20 credits)
- Develop key study and employability skills essential for academic and professional success
- Increase your awareness and understanding of the processes involved in learning and professional development
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Sport and Exercise Physiology 1 (20 credits)
- Develop your knowledge of exercise physiology and its application to training in exercise and sports
- Examine both the acute and chronic effects of exercise on the cardiovascular, respiratory and musculoskeletal systems in both normal and abnormal environments
Sport and Exercise Biomechanics 1 (20 credits)
- Gain an understanding of the mechanics of rigid bodies and fluid mechanics contextualised into the realm of sport and physical exercise
- Investigate some of the neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems of the human body at rest and in motion in terms of injury, rehabilitation, and physical performance, using the biomechanical concepts
Sport and Exercise Psychology 1 (20 credits)
- Use the theoretical models of motivation to look at the determinants and correlates of adoption and maintenance of regular physical activity and of successful performance in sport
Research Methods in Sport and Exercise (20 credits)
- Study the research process and learn how to construct an investigation from an initial idea to the point of completing and presenting the study
- Learn quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis, and apply the most appropriate research
Performance Analysis (20 Credits)
- Take an introductory look at the analysis of human performance from an interdisciplinary approach using the three core disciplines in sport and exercise sciences – physiology, psychology, and biomechanics
Injuries and Rehabilitation (20 credits)
- Look at the prevention of injury and ill health, and the mechanisms of injury and healing, including psychological aspects
- Focus on strategies to reduce the risk of injury during the performance of sport and physical activity, and take an introductory look at sports massage, providing both theoretical knowledge and practical skills
Personal Training (20 Credits)
- Learn how to collect, interpret and analyse client information using validated methods appropriate for the health and fitness industry and in-line with current Sector Skills Council guidelines
- Take advantage of the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts to real-life and case study situations
Dissertation 1 or Dissertation 2 (20 credits or 40 credits)
- Carry out a small-scale piece of research on a sport and/or exercise-related area
- Analyse or review an existing data set or subject area using appropriate techniques and interpret the outcomes
Sport and Exercise Biomechanics 2 (20 credits)
- Explore the methods used in the biomechanical assessment of sporting performance through technique observation and analysis
- Carry out kinetic and kinematic analysis of human movement using modern instrumentation, involving electromyography, 3D motion capture, video digitising and analysis, use of force platforms and foot pressure measurements
Intervention Strategies (20 credits)
- Focus on analysis of human performance from an interdisciplinary approach using the three core disciplines in sport and exercise sciences
- Working in a group, develop a notational analysis system to assess performance within a relevant setting
Sport and Exercise Physiology 2 (20 credits)
- Look at how the body performs and responds to exercise
- Get an introduction to advanced and applied issues in sport and exercise physiology
Sport and Exercise Psychology 2 (20 credits)
- Examine the relationship between mental health and states (including anxiety, mood and self-esteem) and physical activity (including sports performance and exercise participation)
Nutrition for Sport and Exercise (20 credits)
- Focus on nutrition in sports and exercise, underpinned with an understanding of metabolism
- Consider the role of nutrition and physical activity in terms of health and nutritional supplements in relation to performance in sport and exercise
Physical Activity and Exercise for Special Populations (20 credits)
- Look at exercise and activity management skills in relation to specific populations and exercise referral individuals
- Review the current research relating to physical activity and exercise management for certain population groups
Exercise Behaviour Change (20 credits)
- Consider psychological issues in physical activity promotion and intervention within a multi-level framework
- Evaluate communication and behaviour change strategies selected to manage, support adoption and maintain exercise behaviour with an individual
Our typical offer is 112 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (e.g. 1 x AVCE double award).
We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.
The annual fee for this course is:
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
Sunderland’s strong links with regional and national sporting organisations, local hospitals and authorities, and health and fitness centres helps you get to know potential future employers. You will also gain first-hand experience of how Sport and Exercise Sciences can be applied in working environments. There is a major focus on career planning for both employment and further study at all stages in the Sport and Exercise Science course. You will be prepared for supervised experience, the initial stage in the process towards becoming a professionally recognised Sport and Exercise Scientist accredited through the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).
Sport and Exercise Sciences now has accreditation from PD: Approval, the national endorsement body for Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), to award vocational qualifications (related to the health and fitness industry) to students who successfully complete specific modules.
|University level||Main module mapped to||
|4||Principles of Sport and Exercise Leadership||Level 2 Gym Instructor|
|5||Personal Training||Level 3 Personal Trainer|
|6||Physical Activity and Exercise for Special Populations||Level 3 Exercise Referral Instructor|
Potential employers for graduates of this course include sports clubs, national sports associations, sports and leisure companies, recreation services, local authorities, health bodies including the NHS, schools and colleges. Many of our graduate sport and exercise scientists go on to provide clinical support services to health or medical professionals working in a variety of specialities.
During the course, you will be encouraged and supported to begin the process of supervised experience through BASES.
Job roles include the following (some require further training):