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BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (part-time, suitable for Public Services and Military personnel)

Apply science to improve physical performance in the field.

Course designed for members of the Armed Forces

Entry requirements

Army All Arms PTIs receive up to 140 APL credits for the completion of professional courses (AAPTI and JNCO), experience and qualifications.

Military personnel and Public Service PTs who fall outside this criteria will be considered for entry with a relevant Sport HNC

A GCSE in English Language at grade c or above (or equivalent) is also required.

UCAS code Apply direct to Marjon

Duration 36 month part-time course specifically designed for armed forces and public services physical trainers.

Course Summary

This course in Sport and Exercise Science aims to give Army All Arms and Public Service PT instructors a qualification for their formal academic and professional responsibilities in the sport and exercise science environment.

Learners will develop a critical understanding of the concepts, theories and principles of sport and exercise science on our BASES endorsed degree programme. In addition they'll develop technical proficiency in an array of practical and analysis techniques, studying in our British Association of Sport and Exercise Seciences (BASES) accredited sport science laboratory (the only one in the South West). Modules are delivered through a blended learning approach including taught lectures, lab practicals, conditioning practicals and e-learning on one or two block days per month.

Why this course at Marjon?

Train in dedicated sport and exercise science labs.

Teaching by qualified academic staff and UKSCA, NSCA and BASES accredited practitioners.

Insightful sessions by guest speakers from professional organisations.

Get real life experience working alongside Sport Therapists and Health Scientists.

Academic skills package to support your studies.

Study at our world class Sport & Health Centre.

Modules for this course


1st Year

Workshop: Academic and professional skills
Workshop: Skill acquisition and motor control
Introduction to Human Movement and Biomechanics

2nd Year

Sport and exercise physiology
Performance and technique analysis for sport
Sport and exercise psychology
Research methods and analysis in sport and health sciences

3rd Year

Applied sport and exercise psychology
Applied exercise physiology
Performance biomechanics
Work Based Learning
Honours project


Tim Scrivener

“Initially I was nervous with my limited academic skills, but this was immediately dispelled on the first day with the support from the tutors, which continued throughout the course. The balance of face to face lessons and home study worked well allowing me to continue at work with no disruption and to attend the university for lessons. The tutors are always on hand to offer advice and assistance. I would highly recommend to anyone who is invested in expanding their knowledge and skills.”

Royal Navy Petty Officer (Physical Trainer)

Marc Feighery

“Each module was new to me, however the tutors explained everything in detail and were always on hand to provide support. I received a prompt response at all times allowing me to submit assignments accurately and on time. The knowledge gained has proven useful and given me more confidence when delivering PT and sporting sessions. Overall the course flexibility and online learning materials were excellent. I would recommend the course to others; the support throughout makes anything achievable.”

Royal Navy Petty Officer (Physical Trainer)

What might you become?

This degree enables you to further your career within the Armed Forces or enables a move into the Education and Sport sectors.

How you’ll be taught and assessed?

Course leader

Melissa Coyle

Melissa is a practising BASES accredited and HCPS registered sport and exercise psychologist She has worked with a wide range of people ranging from professional football to amateur runners to international surfers. Her interests include increasing self-awareness and positive growth and mental health, developing confidence and emotional control, reducing anxiety, and facilitating communication with peers, parents, coaches and managers.

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Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £12,500 (five payments of £2500)

Additional costs:

Contact us for flexible payment arrangements and ELC information.


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