Do you have a keen interest in sport? Do you want to understand the science behind what makes an elite athlete able to fulfil their greatness?
Our BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science course is the perfect way to not only contribute to the careers of professional athletes but to also help tackle health challenges facing society today, meaning the contribution you go on to make will be invaluable, wherever you choose to go.
We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.
For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.
At BNU, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union has been ranked in the top three in the UK in the National Student Survey (NSS 2020). We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich your university experience. It’s a big deal!
Why study this subject?
On this course, you’ll learn in state-of-the-art facilities, develop a critical understanding of the principles underpinning sport and exercise science and learn how to analyse and evaluate performance needs.
You’ll design and deliver training interventions with the goal of improving health and wellbeing, optimise performance and minimise the risk of injury. You’ll leave us being confident in working with people at all levels of ability, from recreational exerciser to elite athlete.
This course has been designed so you’ll learn the foundations of sport and exercise science, as well as having the opportunity to practically apply your new knowledge and skills in professional environments, supporting professional athletes currently at the top of their game.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
All our teaching staff at BNU are actively engaged in professional practice meaning we’re constantly strengthening relationships with high-performance sports organisations who provide our students with even more opportunity to learn.
We’re currently linked with Watford FC, Wycombe Wanderers, Reading Ladies WSL and academy teams, Amateur Swimming Association, British Rowing, GB para-athletes and many community level sports clubs, athletes and local schools.
The impressive relationships we have with accrediting bodies and local and national organisations means you’ll be set-up perfectly to apply for jobs within gyms, leisure facilities and health clubs both to support you whilst you study with us and once you’ve graduated.
What facilities can I use?
During your degree, you’ll spend a considerable amount of time using our Human Performance, Exercise and Wellbeing Centre which has an indoor three-lane running track that incorporates 3D motion-capture technology. This facility helps to enhance athletes’ performance through improved technique, and also assists with injury prevention and rehabilitation.
The Human Performance laboratory is also equipped for assessing a range of physiological, biomechanical and psychological parameters.
You’ll have the opportunity to use our state-of-the-art observation lab to engage in the measurement of psycho-physiological responses using Biopac©. You’ll be able to measure the activity of the cardiovascular system, brain, autonomic nervous system and more. You’ll also have access to Tobii eye tracking equipment and HTC Vive, a virtual reality software, meaning you can push the boundaries and get creative with your research ideas!
Additionally, the University has a commercially run sports hall and fitness centre meaning you’ll have the opportunity to learn within a real working environment.
Our library is packed with all the information you need for your assessments – you’ll have access to hundreds of specialist books, articles and online journals. Not to mention there’s plenty of room to knuckle down for some quiet study time.
We’ll also sign you up to our Virtual Learning Environment which means you’ll have access to lots of online resources wherever you are!
What will I study?
Over the three years you’ll study with us, you’ll focus on learning the key areas of sport and exercise science, covering areas like health physiology, biomechanics, sport nutrition performance analysis, human anatomy and data analysis.
You’ll spend time learning how to analyse and evaluate performance needs and develop a critical understanding of the fundamental principles which underpin applied sport and exercise science.
In your final year, you’ll also work closely with your personal tutor to dive into an area you’re particularly passionate about through your dissertation project.
How will I be taught and assessed?
This course combines underlying scientific principles and highly practical skills from the sport science disciplines.
We combine principles from classic disciplines like physiology, biomechanics and sports psychology with skills from contemporary ones like strength and conditioning, sports coaching, performance analysis and nutrition.
The way we’ve designed this programme to combine such a broad combination of subject areas means you’ll graduate with a holistic understanding of what it takes to prepare for a career within the field of Sport and Exercise Science.
You’ll be taught by our incredible teaching team through lectures, practical sessions, seminars and workshops.
Your work will be assessed through presentations, portfolio assessments, viva, practical assessments and written work.
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 80 - 104
A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Introduction to Coaching Theory and Practice
Foundations of Biomechanics
Fundamentals of Strength and Conditioning
Year 2 Modules
Introduction to Health Physiology
Foundations of Exercise Physiology
Data Analysis of Sports and Exercise Science
Foundations of Sport & Exercise Psychology
Year 3 Modules
Coaching and Athlete Development (optional)
Applied Exercise Physiology
Cognition and Emotion in Sport and Exercise Psychology (optional)
Exercise Prescription and Instruction
Performance Analysis in Sport
Year 4 Modules
Research in Sport and Exercise
Applied Sport and Performance Psychology
Year 5 Modules
Contemporary Coaching Issues (optional)
Professional Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology (optional)
Sports Injury and Rehabilitation
Skill Acquisition and Learning in Sport
Year 6 Modules
Clinical Biomechanics (optional)
Training and Periodization in Physiology and Nutrition (optional)
Sports Science in Practice
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£4,900 per year
What are my career prospects?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
The blend of theoretical, practical and work-based learning you’ll experience in this course will set you up for a career within the fields of high-performance sport or clinical exercise.
Our course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities, such as:
- Sport science support
- Strength and conditioning
- Health assessment and screening
- Performance analysis
- Teacher training