BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science 5A8R

    Course Overview

    Duration: Three years full-time
  • Our BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degree programme is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). To go on to become an accredited sport scientist you need a BASES endorsed sports science degree.

    Home to a world-class sports centre and dedicated sports science laboratory, Plymouth Marjon University is widely commended for the quality of its sports science programmes. This inspiring, varied course allows students to explore the impact of sport and exercise science on optimising athletes’ performance in competitive sport and exercise. It addresses the importance of sport and exercise scientists in the preparation of athletes for the competitive environment. It looks specifically at how they can have an significant impact on maximising performance outcomes, highlighting just how rewarding a sports science career can be.

    Using the sciences of sport and exercise physiology, psychology, biomechanics and technique analysis in conjunction with sports coaches, the course prepares sport and exercise graduates to work effectively in this challenging and demanding performance industry.

    As a sports science student you will learn the professional skills associated with being a sport and exercise scientist, academic skills specific to sport and exercise in relation to research, how data from research influences athletes’ performance, how sport scientists work with clients, athletes and coaches, how to assess the needs and demands of the client. You will also gain experience of laboratory and field-based practice, protocols and equipment. This wide-ranging and varied course provides students with a hands-on learning experience and all the equipment and facilities necessary to put theory into valuable practice.

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You will take six modules each year:

1st Year
  • Introduction to human movement and biomechanics
  • Sport, exercise & health psychology
  • Anatomy and physiology for sport and exercise
  • Academic, personal & professional development
  • Foundations of applied practice in sport & exercise science
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Principles for sport and exercise
2nd Year
  • Work-based learning
  • Research methods & analysis in sport & health science
  • Performance and technique analysis for sport
  • Sport & exercise psychology
  • Sport & exercise physiology
  • Applied strength and conditioning for sport and exercise 1
3rd Year
  • Honours project
  • Applying sports psychology and/or performance psychology
  • Performance and/or injury biomechanics
  • Environmental and/or performance physiology
  • Applied interdisciplinary sport & exercise science

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

Many graduates go on to work in the sport and fitness sector for employers such as Exeter Chiefs, Plymouth Argyle, The Marines, The NHS and Virgin Active. Others go on to work in schools, roles range from sports coach to sport and exercise scientist at a specialist sport academy. Postgraduate studies in health and exercise, nutrition and education have also been pursued.

A sports science degree is a great grounding to support the training and professional development of elite athletes. Our sports science graduates include Rocky Clark, England's most capped Women's Rugby player and Jemma Rose, an England international footballer.

ALUMNI OF BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

Current Students


Course Leader

The course is run by a team of industry experts with a wealth of experience of applied consultancy work, for example with British Diving, GB Taekwondo, Premiership footballers and Olympic athletes. The team, led by Caroline Westwood, is there to support and encourage students at every step of their journey.


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    You can find out more about our sport and health sciences faculty here.

    Read more about the cutting-edge equipment available for use by students in our BASES accredited sports science lab.