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Sport science is the application of scientific principles to human performance via the interdisciplinary approaches of physiology, psychology and biomechanics.

Sport and Exercise Science is also available as an undergraduate degree with a foundation year.
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Why study Sport and Exercise Science?

The Sport and Exercise Science degree offers you the opportunity to study one of the most popular degree subjects in the country. 

You'll benefit from studying at a university with a long and unique association with sport that also has good access to professional sports clubs. Your Sport and Exercise Science degree takes our long experience in this area and uses it to provide an applied focus, exploring the factors that contribute to enhanced sports performance.

Why St Mary's?

We have a good reputation for sport and strive to continually improve this and our excellent teaching standards. In this vibrant and exciting programme you will study a range of academic disciplines related to understanding and improving sports performance.

St Mary’s has a long tradition of excellence in sport-related degrees. Our Sport and Exercise Science degree is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists (BASES) (pathway specific) and many staff are active professional members of BASES.

The academic and applied expertise of our staff closely informs teaching across the degrees, and is supported by research, ensuring excellence in our teaching.

Our degree structure provides a stepping-stone to careers in sport-related fields and equips you with a range of skills valued by all graduate employers.

Key facts

  • Endorsed by British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists (BASES)
  • Excellent sports facilities and BASES accredited laboratories
  • Opportunities to spend a semester studying abroad at one of our partner institutions
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus with direct access to Central London via public transport

Combine Sport and Exercise Science with another degree

Sport and Exercise Science can be combined with any of the following courses to create a joint honours degree programme:

Entry requirements

96-112 UCAS points required

BBC - CCC

A Levels

DMM - MMM

BTEC Extended
Diploma

View alternative requirements

Additional requirement information

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

Requirements for other qualifications (including BTECs, Irish Highers, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureates and Access Courses) are also available. For more information please email apply@stmarys.ac.uk.

To calculate your expected UCAS points, please use the UCAS Tariff calculator.

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.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

Undergraduate degrees with a foundation year

The undergraduate degree with foundation year programme offers applicants without traditional qualifications or grades an alternative route to studying Sport and Exercise Science.

Course content



Year one

  • Introduction to Research Core
  • Physiology of Exercise Core
  • Introduction to Sport Psychology and Skill Acquisition Core
  • Basic Biomechanics Core
  • Sport Performance Core
  • Sport, Culture and Society Core

Year two

  • Research Methods Core
  • Physiology of Training Core
  • Social Psychology of Sport Core
  • Sports Biomechanics Core
  • Science in Practice Core
  • Sport, Power and Deviance Optional
  • Theories in Sport Sociology Optional
  • Skill Acquisition I Optional
  • Notational Analysis Optional
  • Muscle Physiology Optional
  • Contributing to the Community Optional
  • Experience and Employment in Education Optional
  • Experience and Employment in Business Optional
  • Experience and Employment in Sport Optional
  • Ergogenic Aids in Sport Optional
  • Science in Practice Optional

Year three

  • Research Project Core
  • Organisation of Training Core option
  • Management of Specific Populations Core option
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology Optional
  • Environmental Physiology Optional
  • Applied Sport Psychology Optional
  • Skill Acquisition II Optional
  • Sporting Lives Optional
  • Sports, Media and Representation Optional
  • Experimental Biomechanics Optional
  • Applied Biomechanics Optional
  • Performance Analysis Optional
  • Professional Observation Optional
  • Issues in Sport, Health and Exercise Optional
  • Managing in the Workplace Optional
  • The Enterprising Workplace Optional

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.

Career opportunities

As a Sport and Exercise Science graduate, you will be highly sought after by employers in a rapidly growing market place both nationally and globally. Sport and Exercise Science students are in increasing demand and our students have gone into many different careers in this new period of professionalism within sport.

These areas of employment includes:

  • Exercise physiologists
  • Sports psychologists
  • Lecturing
  • PE teaching
  • Sports development officers
  • Health physiologists
  • Personal trainers
  • Graduate training schemes (including companies unrelated to sport)

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Sport and Exercise Science students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree. The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

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.

Teaching breakdown

Learning on the course is made up through a combination of:

  • Contact time: 20%
  • Independent study: 80%

Independent study is a key feature of your degree and is crucial to furthering your knowledge.

You will receive your timetable a week before teaching is due to start at the latest.

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.

Feedback

We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within three weeks.

See how your final degree mark is calculated...

Compensated passes

Please refer to the information on compensated passes throughout your degree as outlined in the academic regulations.

Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £12,250

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

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

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

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 contact mark.cousins@stmarys.ac.uk.

Scholarships

A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to new undergraduate students. This includes:

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.

Facilities

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Further information

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