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Sept 2020

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1 year (foundation)
+ 3 years (degree)



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Claire McLoughlin
Claire McLoughlin

Principal Lecturer - Sport Rehabilitation
020 8240 2336

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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 (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.

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

Course content

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

Foundation year

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

Year one

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

Year two

  • Ergogenic Aids in Sport 
  • Physiology of Training 
  • Research Methods 
  • Science in Practice 
  • Social Psychology of Sport 
  • Sport, Power and Deviance 
  • Sports Biomechanics 
  • Theories in Sport Sociology 

Year three

  • Applied Biomechanics 
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology 
  • Applied Sport Psychology 
  • Environmental Physiology 
  • Experimental Biomechanics 
  • Issues in Sport, Health and Exercise 
  • Professional Observation 
  • Research Project 
  • Sporting Lives 
  • Sports, Media and Representation 
Please refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

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.

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.

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.


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Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

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

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £11,750

* 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

Further information

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