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

  • This degree programme is endorsed by British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists (BASES).
  • Students have access to excellent sports facilities and BASES accredited laboratories.
  • There are opportunities to spend a semester studying abroad at one of our partner institutions.
Sport and Exercise Science (with a Foundation Year) video

Why study Sport and Exercise Science (with a Foundation Year)?

This 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.

About the Foundation Year

Our four-year degree programmes (including a foundation year) provide an alternative route to undergraduate study at university if you do not have the grades to access higher education in the traditional way.

On successful completion of the Sport Science Foundation Year pathway you will progress on to the three-year undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science.

Entry requirements

48-72 UCAS points required

CDE - DD

A Levels

MMP - PPP

BTEC Extended
Diploma

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

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.

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).

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Course content

On successful completion of the foundation year you will be automatically enrolled on to the first year of the undergraduate degree.



Foundation year

  • Personal Learning Competencies Core
  • Taking a Professional Approach Core
  • Principles of Physics and Mathematics Core
  • The Chemistry of Nature Core
  • Foundation of Life Core
  • Individual Project Core

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 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 Science students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

How the degree is taught

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.

Teaching breakdown

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

  • Contact time: 22%
  • Guided learning: 43%
  • Independent study: 35%

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 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 claire.mcloughlin@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


Visit the campus

Open days

Attending an open day is a fantastic opportunity to get an insight into what life is like as a St Mary's student. During the day you'll have the chance to:

  • Speak to current students to hear about their experiences so far
  • Meet your future academics to put a name and a face to who you'll be learning from
  • Take a tour of the University and the on-campus accommodation options
  • Get involved with activities going on across campus as you explore new surroundings

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Campus tours

There are plenty of opportunities for you to explore the campus, even if you can't make it to an Open Day.

We run campus tours every Wednesday at 12pm. If you'd like to join us for one of these tours please register your place for your preferred day.

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Virtual tour

We know that for it's important to you to see where you'll be living and studying before you make your decision. However, we also know that for many people it's not always easy to make it to the campus.

That's why we've developed a virtual tour of campus, allowing you to explore that facilities and the beautiful views that we have to offer.

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