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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Enjoy high-quality teaching in a friendly learning environment
  • Set yourself up to flourish in your degree and beyond with our Foundation Year
  • Excel in your studies and favourite sports at our cutting-edge sport and exercise facilities
  • Study abroad at partner institutions near Chicago and Washington and professional practice opportunities
  • Take a course that is professionally endorsed by The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)

This dynamic degree prepares you for a career in the fast-growing field of sport and exercise science. On graduation, you’ll be at the forefront of laboratory-based performance evaluation, able to boost the achievements of elite athletes, devise a recovery programme for an injured amateur, as well as help people lead healthier and happier lives.

Centred around our state-of-the-art sport and exercise facilities at the the King Alfred Campus, this innovative, science-based programme allows you to focus on the disciplines of psychology, physiology, biomechanics and research methods within the field.

Expert teaching combined with bespoke amenities, such as biomechanics, physiology and psychology laboratories, ensure you have the knowledge base to critically evaluate and engage with contemporary sport and exercise research and practice.

You also develop the necessary skills to actively initiate and conduct scientific projects linked to individuals, teams and agencies from across the wider spectrum of sport and exercise.

This course comprises four key strands:

Sport and Exercise Psychology

This strand enables you to make an informed assessment of those psychological factors that are thought to influence an individual's involvement and performance in sport and exercise. Specifically, you explore how elite athletes cope with the expectations and outcomes of high level competition, as well as examining what motivates the child and amateur performer.

Sport and Exercise Physiology

Here, you study the underlying physiological adaptations that occur during sport and exercise and address issues pertinent to today's competitive athlete. This strand specifically addresses whole-body system integration, and looks at factors such as metabolism, nutrition, trainability and adaptation, as well as hormonal and cardiorespiratory responses.

Sports and Exercise Biomechanics

This strand centres on the mechanical analysis of human movement with a focus on reducing injuries and improving performance within both competitive sporting and recreational exercise settings. You study mechanical principles of motion, kinematic and kinetic concepts, develop anatomical knowledge as well as explore a range of quantitative measurement techniques.

Research Methods in Sport and Exercise

This strand seeks to develop a familiarity with both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and apply these to various sporting and exercise contexts. The supervised dissertation then provides an opportunity to carry out an independent piece of research in an area you are particularly interested in.

Graduates work in sport and exercise science support or performance sport support. Others enter careers in teaching, leisure, tourism, education, research and health.

Accreditation

The programme is accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) through the BASES Undergraduate Endorsement Scheme (BUES).

Careers

Graduates work in sport and exercise science support or performance sport support. Others enter careers in teaching, leisure, tourism, education, research and health.

Students develop a wide range of transferable employability skills including the ability to communicate effectively and work both independently and collaboratively. These skills are valued in a range of graduate careers, including those not directly related to sport and fitness. Many students also continue on to study for postgraduate qualifications to further enhance their employability. New innovative master's level programmes are constantly reviewed to ensure that they are at the forefront of contemporary study.

94% of our 2016/17 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degree with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Study abroad

Our Sports and exercise science course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the USA. 

For more information see our Study Abroad section. 

Learning and teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars, you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 0 (Level 3): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
Independent learning: 960 hours

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
Independent learning: 912 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
Independent learning: 912 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 264 hours
Independent learning: 912 hours
Placement: 24 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.

Assessment

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

Year 0 (Level 3)*:

58% coursework
17% written exams
25% practical exams

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

38% coursework
37% written exams
25% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

66% coursework
0% written exams
34% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

62% coursework
0% written exams
38% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS 

2021 Entry: 48 points

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.
For 2020 entry a GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in mathematics will be required.

If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent.

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
Send us a message

International Students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 0 (Level 3)

Modules Credits

Succeeding at University 15

Succeeding at University introduces you to learning in higher education and provides you with a framework for reflection and understanding of your own personal learning identity as well as tools for continuing educational success.

Making Sense of the World 15
Foundations of Health and Wellbeing 15
The Meaning of Life on Film 15
The Future of the Planet 15
Exercise and Wellbeing 15
Optional Modules
  • Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology - 15 credits
  • Nutrition and Wellbeing - 15 credits

Optional Credits

Succeeding at University 15

Succeeding at University introduces you to learning in higher education and provides you with a framework for reflection and understanding of your own personal learning identity as well as tools for continuing educational success.

Making Sense of the World 15
Foundations of Health and Wellbeing 15
The Meaning of Life on Film 15
The Future of the Planet 15
Exercise and Wellbeing 15
Optional Modules
  • Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology - 15 credits
  • Nutrition and Wellbeing - 15 credits

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Introduction to Scientific Research 15

This module will introduce the importance of research and explore the different philosophies that underpin scientific research in sport and exercise. It will also introduce a variety of specific qualitative and quantitative methods appropriate for the interdisciplinary study of sport and exercise. Consideration will also be given to key concepts such as validity, reliability and ethics.

Sport Matters 15

This module offers an introduction to the study of sport from a socio-cultural perspective. Specifically, this module will engage students in contemporary discussions about what matters in sport, culture, and life. This module will help students to understand difficult concepts and explore some of the fundamental questions and challenges in sport today. Using examples from across the globe, students will also be encouraged to reflect on their basic assumptions with regards to sport. At the same time, an emphasis will be placed on the development of transferable academic skills and critical thinking in particular.

Sport Psychology 15

This module will introduce students to key topics in sport psychology. It will cover some of the key psychological theories and concepts that influence peoples’ experiences in the sport environment. These might include exploring what happens when athletes fail to cope with stress and anxiety; how athletes respond to and deal with injury; and what role personality and mental toughness might play in athletes reaching their potential. Students will also begin to discuss key readings related to some of the central concepts and thus develop their understanding. Fundamentally this module establishes a knowledge base that links to other sport psychology modules at levels five and six.

Exercise Psychology 15

This module will introduce students to thinking psychologically about physical activity and exercise participation. It will explore some of the key psychological theories and concepts that impact experiences with regards to physical activity and exercise. These might include how physical activity and exercise can improve our psychological well-being and mental health, or how social and environmental factors might support active travel. Students will also begin to discuss key readings related to some of the central concepts and thus develop their understanding.

Essential Biomechanics 15

This module aims to introduce the basic concepts of biomechanics and relate these to human movement and sport performance. Students undertaking this module will extend and add to their knowledge of biomechanics and will gain the foundation of knowledge required for sport and exercise biomechanics modules at levels five and six.

Human Anatomy 15

This module will introduce anatomy with specific reference to human movement. Students will learn key terminology relating to muscular and skeletal structures and how those structures operate during different types of motion. Students will also be given the opportunity to explore anatomical structures in practical settings and gain a thorough understanding of how the human body moves.

Laboratory Techniques 15

This module aims to provide students with the essential laboratory skills and knowledge associated with physiological and biomechanical testing in sport, exercise and health settings. A particular emphasis will be placed on practical skills and the awareness of the importance of valid and reliable measurement techniques.

Human Physiology 15

This module intends to give students a basic yet broad grounding in key physiological systems that underpin sport and exercise performance. Students undertaking this module will extend their basic knowledge of physiology and will gain the foundation of knowledge required for sport and exercise physiology-based modules at levels five and six.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Physiology of Sport Performance 15

In this module, students will discuss the scientific principles, concepts and theories of sports performance and conditioning including the practical application to performance. Students will develop an applied understanding pertaining to the purpose and characteristics of ‘effective training’, and recognition of related limitations and special considerations. Students will use their understanding of structure and function of the body, training adaptations, testing and evaluation, to design appropriate exercise and fitness programmes to develop specific aspects of performance.

 

Data Analysis in Sport 15

This module will examine quantitative approaches to research in sport. An emphasis will be placed on practical research skills (e.g., key methods of data collection, management, analysis) and critical skills (e.g., evaluating research papers and methods), alongside a broad awareness of ethical issues in sport research.

Physiological Responses to Exercise 15

This module aims to extend students’ knowledge of physiology by exploring the acute responses of physiological systems to sport and exercise. Additionally, the long-term adaptations to exercise training are investigated as well as the transitional effects of starting exercise from rest. Students will be given an opportunity to further enhance their laboratory skills and to apply their theoretical knowledge to practical settings.

Control and Co-ordination 15

This module will aim to give students an understanding of a number of theoretical models concerned with the development and control of human movement patterns. Students will explore quantitative approaches to analysing these movements with a particular focus on the student’s ability to accurately analyse the data collected and provide scientifically underpinned reasons for their findings. There will be a range of topics covered from single joint skill performance to whole body co-ordination tasks as well as the role of movement variability in skilled performance.

Biomechanics in Action 15

This module aims to extend students’ knowledge into the application of biomechanical assessment in sport and exercise activities. There will be an emphasis on the evaluation of technique through the practical assessment of movement. Allied to this, students will develop additional proficiencies related to the use of biomechanical laboratory equipment and the collection, collation, analysis and presentation of data. The biomechanical principles underpinning performance in a range of sport and exercise settings will also be considered, compared, contrasted and evaluated and particular attention will be paid to the academic skills needed to succeed within an applied biomechanics research setting.

Clinical Physiology 15

This module aims to provide students with the knowledge that underpins the effect of various clinical diagnoses on the physiology of the human body. It will focus specifically on clinical diagnoses associated with the cardiovascular and cerebrovascular system, neurological conditions, diabetes and obesity.

Designing Exercise Interventions 15

This module will examine those psychological factors that affect physical activity and exercise behaviour. Specifically, this module will use theories and behavioural models to examine the possible barriers related to the adoption and maintenance of a physically active lifestyle in an environment where sedentary living is becoming ever more prevalent. The psychological processes that underpin the physical activity and exercise motivation literature will then be used to appraise the specific intervention programmes that practitioners may undertake.

Physiological Assessment for Sport 15

This module aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to perform laboratory and field physiological testing on a variety of athletes. It will focus specifically on the broader aspects of fitness by examining components of body composition, cardiovascular responses to exercise, pulmonary responses to exercise and anaerobic fitness.

Applied Biomechanics 15

This module aims to extend students’ knowledge into the application of biomechanical assessment in sport and exercise activities. There will be an emphasis on the evaluation of technique through the practical assessment of movement. Allied to this, students will develop additional proficiencies related to the use of biomechanical laboratory equipment and the collection, collation, analysis and presentation of data. The biomechanical principles underpinning performance in a range of sport and exercise settings will be considered, compared, contrasted and evaluated and particular attention will be paid to the academic skills needed to succeed within an applied biomechanics research setting.

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Dissertation 30

This module aims to provide students with the experiences of planning and executing an in-depth and independent research project that investigates a specific area within sport/exercise. Students will negotiate the focus of the project with tutorial guidance and will be expected to show an awareness of research methodology appropriate for an empirical research project. Emphasis will be placed on topics that are analytical, interdisciplinary and/or evaluative in nature. This is the opportunity for students to produce a research project in a particular area of interest that relates to the curriculum being studied.

Exploring Gait 15

This module aims to use the knowledge gained at levels 4 and 5 to expand into the specific areas of human gait patterns and functional movement screening. Students will become proficient in a number of methods of movement analysis as well as further developing their existing skills relating to laboratory equipment and the collection, collation and analysis of data. There will be an additional focus on client interactions and some of the unique challenges that come with working in an applied health and exercise setting.

Nutrition in Sport and Exercise 15

This module aims to critically evaluate the physiological and biochemical principles of sport and exercise within a nutritional context. Detailed consideration will be focused towards macronutrients and their role for individuals within a range of sport and exercise contexts. The module will provide students with skills surrounding the assessment and analysis of nutritional intake. The use of nutritional and supplement strategies will be critically evaluated in terms of performance enhancement and health.

Optional Modules
  • Sport Entrepreneurship and Innovation - 15 Credits
  • Study Abroad - 15 Credits
  • Professional Placement - 15 Credits
  • Advanced Physiological Assessment - 15 Credits
  • Rehabilitation Biomechanics - 15 Credits
  • Eating Well: Food and Value in the 21st Century - 15 Credits
  • Psychology of Injury - 15 Credits
  • Clinical Exercise Prescription - 15 Credits
  • High Performance Biomechanics - 15 Credits
  • Clinical Exercise Biomechanics - 15 Credits

Optional Credits

Dissertation 30

This module aims to provide students with the experiences of planning and executing an in-depth and independent research project that investigates a specific area within sport/exercise. Students will negotiate the focus of the project with tutorial guidance and will be expected to show an awareness of research methodology appropriate for an empirical research project. Emphasis will be placed on topics that are analytical, interdisciplinary and/or evaluative in nature. This is the opportunity for students to produce a research project in a particular area of interest that relates to the curriculum being studied.

Exploring Gait 15

This module aims to use the knowledge gained at levels 4 and 5 to expand into the specific areas of human gait patterns and functional movement screening. Students will become proficient in a number of methods of movement analysis as well as further developing their existing skills relating to laboratory equipment and the collection, collation and analysis of data. There will be an additional focus on client interactions and some of the unique challenges that come with working in an applied health and exercise setting.

Nutrition in Sport and Exercise 15

This module aims to critically evaluate the physiological and biochemical principles of sport and exercise within a nutritional context. Detailed consideration will be focused towards macronutrients and their role for individuals within a range of sport and exercise contexts. The module will provide students with skills surrounding the assessment and analysis of nutritional intake. The use of nutritional and supplement strategies will be critically evaluated in terms of performance enhancement and health.

Optional Modules
  • Sport Entrepreneurship and Innovation - 15 Credits
  • Study Abroad - 15 Credits
  • Professional Placement - 15 Credits
  • Advanced Physiological Assessment - 15 Credits
  • Rehabilitation Biomechanics - 15 Credits
  • Eating Well: Food and Value in the 21st Century - 15 Credits
  • Psychology of Injury - 15 Credits
  • Clinical Exercise Prescription - 15 Credits
  • High Performance Biomechanics - 15 Credits
  • Clinical Exercise Biomechanics - 15 Credits

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2020 Course Tuition Fees 

 UK/EU

International

Year 1 £9,250 £13,500
Year 2 £9,250 £13,500
Year 3 £9,250 £13,500
Year 4 £9,250 £13,500
Total £37,000 £54,000
Optional Sandwich Year £700 £700
Total with Sandwich Year £37,700 £54,700

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2020, the first year will cost you £9,250*. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students.

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,935.

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £112.50 and a 15 credit module is £1,687.

*The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Optional

Kit

In year 1, students are expected to wear the appropriate attire for practical sessions. Students can buy a department kit or wear their own. Students can buy as little or as much they like. Indicative cost is £15-£50 per item.

Core Texts

These are available from the University Library; however some students prefer to purchase their own copies. Some Core Texts can be bought second hand, or as an ebook which can often reduce this cost. Indicative cost is £50-£200 per academic year.

Professional Courses

The Department of Sport, Exercise and Health also deliver a number of professional courses (e.g., coaching courses, Combined Level 3 Gym Instructor and Personal Training, etc.) either as part of or alongside the taught curriculum. However, any course that is mandatory is delivered free of charge, with optional courses often heavily subsidised. Indicative cost is £10-£600 per course.

Volunteering or Placement

Students may also incur travel costs on volunteering and/or placement modules. However, the Department of Sport, Exercise and Health will consider each individual students’ circumstances when undertaking these experiences and seek to minimise any such costs as appropriate. Indicative cost is £10-£30 per day for travel.

Printing and Binding

The University is pleased to offer our students a free printing allowance of £20 each academic year. This will print around 500 A4 mono pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing. Our Reprographics team also offer printing and binding services, including dissertation binding which may be required by your course with an indicative coast of £1.50-£3.

Key course details

UCAS code
SS3X
Duration
4 years full-time
Typical offer
48 points
Location
On campus, Winchester