Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons)

Coventry University
Program overview
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree

Start dates
September 2023

September 2024

September 2025
Coventry University

About this program

Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons)

This course is designed to enable you to help people to achieve their potential by applying scientific principles to the way the body functions during sport and exercise.

The multi-disciplinary and applied nature of this degree aims to prepare you for a career in sport or exercise, including scientific support, exercise training, health promotion and rehabilitation.

In the first two years of this course your learning is underpinned by the three key pillars of exercise physiology, psychology and biomechanics, reflecting developments within the industry. You will have the opportunity to learn how the healthy human body works during exercise, how the body responds to training, as well as how sport and physical activity promote health. In the final year there is an independent research project as well as the opportunity to specialise in an area of Sport and Exercise Science.

This course is currently endorsed by the British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and has been mapped against their accreditation framework, which covers practical ability in laboratory techniques, reflective practice, theoretical basis of the physiology and psychology of sports and exercise.Sport and Exercise Science has been taught at Coventry University for almost 20 years and Coventry University is ranked 13th for research quality in this area (Sport Science) in the Complete University Guide 2020.

Admission requirements

UK students


A-Level applicants are required to have three A Levels. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A Levels in nominated subjects.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit of which 15 must be in specified subject units* e.g. Biology and/or Sport Science.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma.

We will accept Extended Diploma or Diploma in combination with another A Level equivalent.

International students

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall (with at least 5.5 in each component area)
  • If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the provider.

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Program content

Year one

  • Exploring Sport and Exercise Science
  • Functional Anatomy and Movement
  • Professional Skills in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Research Skills in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Motor Learning and Control

Year two

  • Measurement and Evaluation
  • The Applied Sport and Exercise Scientist
  • Physiology of Training
  • Applied Biomechanics
  • Principles in Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Project Proposal

Placement year

  • Professional Placement
  • Enhancement Year

Final year

  • Independent Sport and Exercise Science Project
  • Project and Performance Review
  • Applied Exercise Physiology
  • Optional modules
    • Exercise and Health
    • Applied Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
    • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
    • Sports Nutrition
    • Strength and Conditioning.

Program delivery

  • 3 years full-time
  • 4 years full-time (study abroad or work placement)


  • UK students : £9,250 per year.
  • International students : £16,300 per year.


On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • Aspects of human physiological systems, their control during exercise, their limitations on sports performance and their changes with training.
  • The biomechanical principles involved in the execution of skills and equipment usage in sporting activities.
  • The psychological factors associated with the acquisition of skills, sport performance and exercise participation.
  • The biochemical factors that limit performance during exercise, changes that occur with training and the nutritional factors that affect sport performance and training.
  • The design, implementation and evaluation of the processes and outcomes of fitness and coaching programmes and interventions.
  • The positive role of exercise and physical activity in the prevention and treatment of disease. Health problems caused by activity, including overtraining and injuries

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the key skills of a sport and exercise scientist: reflective practice; evidence based practice; interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary practice; generic and specialised practical skills; health and safety (eg. good laboratory practice) and ethical considerations.
  • Research, critique and present scientific information to scientific and other recipients.
  • Demonstrate problem solving and apply scientific information.
  • Design and implement scientific investigations, including data collection, analysis and interpretation.

Career paths

  • Some of our graduates have gone on to work with specific sports teams including Coventry City FC and British Cycling.
  • The leisure industry is a major employer in the UK and many of our students go into managerial and service delivery roles in leisure and health centres, as well as teaching and research.
  • Graduates who are more interested in the medical and health applications of exercise science can go on to work within cardiac and other rehabilitation teams within the NHS, or with local councils within sports development or exercise for health schemes.

About this institute

Coventry University

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CV1 5FB Coventry


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