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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Enjoy high-quality teaching in a friendly learning environment
  • 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.

94.4% of our 2015/16 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 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: 288 hours
Independent learning: 912 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on our King Alfred Campus or at our West Downs Campus (both 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 1 (Level 4)*:

75 % coursework
0 % written exams
25 % practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

87 % coursework
0 % written exams
13 % practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

82 % coursework
0 % written exams
18 % 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 

2018 Entry: 96-112 points

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

International Baccalaureate: 25 points

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 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Introduction to Research Methods 30

This module introduces some of the essential study skills required to perform well in all modules and assessments in a sport and exercise context. The study skills element of this module will place a particular emphasis upon transferable skills. The module will also introduce students to the scientific philosophies that underpin quantitative and qualitative research. Students will then be introduced to a variety of specific quantitative and qualitative research methodologies appropriate for the interdisciplinary study of sport and exercise. This module will also introduce the concepts of reliability and validity.

Foundations of Sport and Exercise Biomechanics 30

This module aims to introduce the basic concepts of biomechanics as they relate to human movement and sport performance. The basic physical, anatomical and biomechanical principles underpinning the practical analysis of movement will be described. In addition, this module introduces students to a laboratory environment and provides practical experience in exercise testing from a biomechanical perspective using a range of specialist tools. Students will also explore how biomechanics can be applied in a sport and exercise setting and how this may impact the development of sporting technique and equipment in the future.

Foundations of Sport and Exercise Physiology 30

This module intends to give students a basic, yet broad, grounding in key physiological systems critical for sport and exercise performance. Students undertaking this module will extend their basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology and will gain the foundation of knowledge required for sport and exercise physiology based modules at levels five and six. In addition, this module will introduce students to the laboratory environment and provide practical experience in exercise testing.

 

Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology 30

This module will introduce students to thinking psychologically about sport and exercise. It will introduce some of the key psychological theories and concepts that influence peoples’ experiences in the sport and exercise environment. These might include exploring what happens when athletes fail to cope under pressure and how sport psychology can help them to do so; how self-confidence and self-efficacy play their part in influencing people’s involvement and experiences in sport and exercise environments; and examining the role of personality and mental toughness in the sport and exercise domain. Students will also begin to discuss key readings related to some of the central concepts and thus develop their understanding.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Semester 1 Credits

Research Methods in Sport and Exercise 30

This module seeks to develop a greater appreciation of how to research more complex and interdisciplinary issues in sport/exercise. Students will develop and extend their knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research design and methodologies as well as considering research that adopts a blend of both paradigms. In this way students will be challenged to consider mixed methodological approaches (‘triangulation)’ to produce more meaningful findings and to consider the ethical issues surrounding the undertaking of research. Through the development of a greater sensitivity to research methods, students will then carry out a small-scale research project.

Sport and Exercise Biomechanics 1 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 and analysis of data generated. The biomechanical principles underpinning performance in a range of sports and exercise settings will be considered, compared, contrasted and evaluated.

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.

 

Sport and Performance Psychology 30

The module provides the student with the opportunity to gain an understanding of the psychological factors both influencing and determining performance. Building on a strong theoretical foundation, students will explore a range of psychological factors impacting upon both team and individual aspects of performance. Key aspects of individual performance will be explored including the characteristics required to performance effectively and consistently under pressure. Crucial aspects of team performance and functioning will also be explored including leadership, communication, cohesion and role clarity.

Semester 2 Credits

Research Methods in Sport and Exercise 30

This module seeks to develop a greater appreciation of how to research more complex and interdisciplinary issues in sport/exercise. Students will develop and extend their knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research design and methodologies as well as considering research that adopts a blend of both paradigms. In this way students will be challenged to consider mixed methodological approaches (‘triangulation)’ to produce more meaningful findings and to consider the ethical issues surrounding the undertaking of research. Through the development of a greater sensitivity to research methods, students will then carry out a small-scale research project.

Biomechanics of Product Design 15

This module aims to introduce and explore the types of materials and products used in sports biomechanics. More specifically, this module intends to analyse the progression of sports in line with progression in material development; and ultimately explore the relationship between materials, product design and sporting innovation within a biomechanics framework. The module will examine materials such as wood, metals, plastics/composites, carbon, fabrics, as well as Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate (EVA) and rubber, with the aim of exploring their individual properties and role within various sports. The module will also cover structures, aerodynamics, manufacturing, and the role of materials in injury prevention and performance excellence.

Physiological Assessment 15

This module will outline the rationale and importance of physiological testing.  Students will address the advantages and disadvantages of several specific laboratory and field based tests as well as learning the skills to carry out these tests themselves. There will be an emphasis on the interpretation of data and results and how this can be fed back to athletes. Students will also critically examine how specific types of training may influence these parameters from a physiological interpretation perspective.

Sport and Performance Psychology

The module provides the student with the opportunity to gain an understanding of the psychological factors both influencing and determining performance. Building on a strong theoretical foundation, students will explore a range of psychological factors impacting upon both team and individual aspects of performance. Key aspects of individual performance will be explored including the characteristics required to performance effectively and consistently under pressure. Crucial aspects of team performance and functioning will also be explored including leadership, communication, cohesion and role clarity.

Year 3 (Level 6)

Semester 1 Credits

Dissertation 30

TThe Dissertation is a double module that provides students with the experiences of planning and executing an independent research project that investigates a specific area within sport/exercise. Each student 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 which 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.

Sport and Exercise Biomechanics 2 15

This module aims to encourage students to draw on their understanding of the concepts learnt at levels four and five to critically evaluate literature and raise their awareness of contemporary topics in sport and exercise biomechanics research. Students will be encouraged to utilise their practical skills and understanding of biomechanics to identify and conduct appropriate tests in research-based settings. Additionally, students will learn sound methods of data collection and analysis to enable the interpretation of results.

Physiology of Exercise and Health 15

This module will build upon students’ fundamental knowledge of human movement and function to focus on the impact that lifestyle, exercise and diet have on the human body, and how these affect hereditary and environmental disease. There will be a particular emphasis on the role of lifestyle modification (e.g. exercise and diet) in the management of a variety of disease and ill health conditions. Students will develop an understanding of the clinical importance of assessing body composition and physical function, whilst learning how these assessments should be performed in a clinical setting.

Psychology of Exercise and Health 15

This module will critically examine those psychological factors which affect exercise and health-related behaviour. This module will also use contemporary theories and behavioural models to explore the possible barriers related to the adoption and maintenance of a healthy lifestyle within 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 critically appraise the specific intervention programmes that practitioners may utilise. This module will also enhance the synthesis of psychological thought to provide a more comprehensive analysis of empirical and anecdotal issues in exercise and health research.

Semester 2 Credits

Dissertation 15

The Dissertation is a double module that provides students with the experiences of planning and executing an independent research project that investigates a specific area within sport/exercise. Each student 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 which 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.

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.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, 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.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

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 £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

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 £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.

 

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. Cost £20-£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. Cost £70-£299 per academic year.

Printing and binding

Students may be required to pay for the costs of dissertation printing and binding. Cost £10.

Key course details

UCAS code
SS34
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
96-112 points
Location
King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester