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Sport and Exercise Science (with a Placement Year) BSc (Hons)

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4 years

UCAS points

112 - 96

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Explore human potential in facilities used by Olympians with our Sport and Exercise Science degree

Examine scientific principles, such as physiology, psychology, and biomechanics, to understand and improve sports performance with our Sport and Exercise Science degree. You will learn about human anatomy, the physiology of exercise, the social influences on performance, and more.

Our vibrant and exciting programme is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists (BASES). Many of our staff are also active professional BASES members.

Exceptional reputation for sport

St Mary’s has an exceptional reputation for sport. With our Sport and Exercise Science BSc, you will have access to sports clubs and opportunities to work with professional teams and societies.

Share world-class facilities with Olympians

You will share our world-class facilities with Olympians, other students, and the community. Some of our facilities include:

  • environmental chamber,
  • strength and conditioning facility
  • specialist physiology laboratories
  • biomechanics laboratories.

Learn from experts

We take pride in our excellent teaching. We have an extensive team of academics covering a broad range of subjects, so you can specialise in an area of sport science.

You will learn from experts conducting research – from motor rehabilitation to how cherry juice aids recovery.

Our student, Ashika, tells us that our lecturers are also “really friendly. You can ask them anything”.

Our Sport and Exercise Science degree rose 27 places in the Complete University Guide 2023.

Follow St Mary’s Sport Science on Twitter.

About the Placement Year

A placement year enables you to undertake a year of experience in an organisation between your second and final year.

It will enable you to:

  • apply the knowledge and skills you gain from your course in a work setting
  • build your commercial awareness and insights into organisations and industries you might want to work in
  • develop your professional skills through company training, networking skills and confidence in the workplace
  • get some great experience for future job applications or even land a graduate job.

Support from St Mary’s every step of the way

Securing a placement can really help you develop your job search skills and the Employability Service placement and Careers Teams can support you to find and apply for available opportunities.

Please note: in the event that you cannot secure a placement you will be able to transfer onto the three year version of your degree programme.

Please note: this course is subject to validation.

Rishi Patel

Senior lecturer in Exercise Physiology

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Course content


The modules listed below are the modules that were available to students in the 2023/24 academic year and are illustrative of what may be offered for 2024/25. 

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Entry requirements

80 UCAS points should include at least two B grades at A Level (or equivalent). One A Level (or equivalent) should be a science subject - this includes PE. 

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references, and your motivation for study.

112 - 96


Grade 4/C in GCSE English, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent) is preferred.

We offer GCSE equivalency tests for those who need to improve their GCSE grades.

UCAS Personal statement support

Create your UCAS personal statement through our online builder and we'll email you a copy of your completed version at the end.

Further Information

For more information about entry requirements please email

Fees & funding

Tuition fees





1100 during placement year)

*Please note: these fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Government's review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans, and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.

For further information about additional costs please see our additional costs webpage


Find out more about our range of scholarships and bursaries available to undergraduate students .

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

How the degree is taught

Contact time - 20%

Independent study - 80%

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

The modular structure of the degree allows you to tailor your degree to suit your needs and ambitions.

We're committed to providing the very best teaching and look to continually use new, innovative approaches alongside more traditional methods.

Assessment methods

We use a wide range of assessments that helps develop key skills for both academic and employability purposes.

Assessment methods include essays, poster presentations, web-based assessments, oral presentations, and practical and written exams.


We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within 15 working days.

Career opportunities

On our Sport and Exercise Science BSc, you will develop essential transferrable skills like communication, critical thinking, and collaboration, setting you up for any career, not just one directly related to sports science.

Sport science is also a rapidly growing global market – your skills and knowledge are in high demand.

Please contact our Career Services at for further information on jobs and postgraduate opportunities.

Some examples of job roles and areas of work for graduates of undefined include:

exercise physiologistssports development officerssports psychologistshealth physiologistsPE teachersgraduate training schemes (including companies unrelated to sport)personal trainers

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Open Days

Open Days are a fantastic opportunity for you to meet academic staff. You'll also be able to look around the campus, speak to current students and find out more about services such as Accommodation, Student Wellbeing and Study Abroad.