Sport and Exercise Science
This degree focuses on the scientific principles that underpin sport and exercise. Students tailor their studies from a range of modules, studying biomechanics, physiology, sociology and psychology, and can make use of purpose-built laboratories to develop practical skills. The programme offers internship opportunities with three local professional sports clubs.
Modes of study
Part time, Full time
Three years full-time or flexible part-time.
Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be 260-300 UCAS tariff points. In addition, applicants are expected to have studied a Physical Education, Sports Science or related science subject in an A-level or BTEC level 3 Diploma, or equivalent qualification.
UCAS code: C600
UCAS description: BSc/SpEx
Evidence as to the need for exercise for fitness and health is now widely accepted in industry, education, medicine and sport. This increasingly important role has led to a demand for scientific evidence to improve sport performance. These factors have contributed to sport becoming one of the most rapidly advancing areas of study. The course aims to develop graduates who can think critically and analytically from a scientific perspective, and who also possess a range of personal and transferable skills. The range of modular choices in the second and third stages allows students to tailor their studies towards a particular area of interest. We have purpose-built laboratories which enable physiological, biomechanical and psychological practical skills to be developed alongside the practical experiences gained throughout all areas of sport and exercise science.
This course will enable students to develop a critical understanding of the scientific principles underpinning sport and exercise performance. This will be achieved through study of the areas of biomechanics, physiology, sociology and psychology. There will be opportunity to contextualise theory in practical sessions and courses will be underpinned by research methods. Once a theoretical base has been established more specialised areas of sport and exercise science, such as anthropometry and biomechanical analysis, are developed along with further work in the main science-based subjects. Further specialisation within a specific sport and exercise discipline culminates in an individual piece of research work.
Stage one provides an introduction to the core disciplines which underpin the academic analysis of sport.
This stage aims to develop students' knowledge of key theories, concepts and research methods across the four core disciplines of sport and exercise science.
Stage three allows students to develop their specialist interest within the field of sport and exercise science.
Special course features
- Students are encouraged to become members of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)
- Opportunities to gain additional coaching qualifications
- Anatomy and human movement
- Biomechanical basis of sport and exercise
- Injury prevention and rehabilitation
- Physiological function and response
- Physiology of exercise and health
- Psychology of exercise and health
- Psychology of individuals and groups in sport
- Research methods
100 per cent of students were in work or further study in the six months following the course.
Source: University of Northampton 2011-2012 Annual Programme Review.
Students are assessed through coursework and examinations.
This course prepares students for a number of careers in a range of sectors and includes opportunities in teaching, coaching, sport development, performance enhancement and the health and fitness industry.
For undergraduate application information please see our how to apply page.
Fees quoted are for home and EU students commencing their course in the academic year 2013/14. Tuition fees are payable for each year of the course. The fees are subject to annual increases in subsequent academic years.
Full time fees
- BA and BSc and Joint Honours degrees consist of 360 credits in total
- Foundation Degrees and HND programmes consist of 240 credits in total
- Students who enrol on 100 or 120 credits in an academic year will be liable for full time fees
- 20 credits £1000
- 40 credits £2000
- 60 credits £3000
- 80 credits £4000
- 90 credits £4500
Scholarships and bursaries
Full time students taking this course may be eligible for the University of Northampton Bursary 2013/14.
The following scholarships may be applicable:
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.
For further help for international students please see our international students pages.