Level 6

Exercise, Health & Sports Performance BSc (Hons)

Duration Age Group Study Start Cost Available Locations
£8500 per year * Southend Campus
Duration Age Group Study Start Cost Available Locations
£8500 per year * Southend Campus
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Course code: C602

This course is subject to revalidation in 23/24 with the University of East Anglia

This course offers the opportunity to explore the six main strands of sports science (health & wellbeing, nutrition, professional practice, human physiology, human psychology and sports performance) providing a well-rounded learning experience that combines theoretical, practical and industry work.

Why study this degree at University Centre South Essex?

  • This course consists of six strands built around yours and the industry’s needs.
  • There is a great blend of classroom, lab space, sports field, and gym.
  • Excellent industry links for student placement

This course offers you the chance to study the six main strands of sports science (health & wellbeing, nutrition, professional practice, human physiology, human psychology and sports performance). This combines theoretical, practical and industry work. The theoretical work will allow you to learn from the historical application of sports science and how to critique past work and apply contemporary principles for the betterment of human conditioning within exercise, health and sports performance. In addition to developing awareness of sports ideologies within the six strands, you will demonstrate professional development through practical work, including industry-reflective assignments, work placements and attainment of additional qualifications throughout the three years.

At Level 4 (Year one) you will develop the underpinning knowledge and skills within each of the six strands.

At Level 5 (Year two) you will begin to specialise within each of the six strands, looking at areas such as applied biomechanics, physical programming for sport and fitness, applied nutrition, applied psychology and self-administered research in sport and exercise sciences.

Level 6 (Year three) focuses substantively on your ability to work independently to demonstrate appropriate employability skills on both a community-driven health project, and an independent research project. Other taught modules include Exercise Rehabilitation, Analysis of Physical Performance and Career Progression & Employability. The latter will incorporate your work placement of 20 hours. Types of placements/qualifications could centre around teaching, strength and conditioning, sports massage or specialist sports laboratory work.

There is a dedicated Practice Learning team to support students throughout the placement process.

Entry Requirements

A Minimum of 64 UCAS Points from one or more of the following:

  • A Levels
  • T Levels
  • BTEC/UAL Extended Diploma
  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Or equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • And English and maths GCSEs at grade 4 or above (grade A*-C) 

This list is not exhaustive, other qualifications may be considered.

Additional requirements

Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience

f you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at level 5

Other qualifications and relevant work experience may also count for academic credit. Further information is available at in the Higher Education Admissions Policy & RPL Policy for students studying on University of East Anglia degree programme

DBS Check (Disclosure and Barring Service)

All successful applicants for this programme must undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before
commencing practice placement in Year 3. DBS identification documents are verified by trained staff in line with DBS guidelines as part of the admissions process.

The administration charge for this service will be incorporated into the course fees.

Course Structure

Year one modules

  • Health and Well-Being (Children and Adolescents)
  • Foundations of Anatomy & Physiology
  • Skill Acquisition for Sport & Exercise
  • Foundations of Nutrition for Health
  • Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Introduction to Exercise Injuries

Year two modules

  • Health and Well-Being (Adults and Older People)
  • Applied Biomechanics
  • Physical Programming for Sport & Fitness
  • Applied Nutrition for Sport & Exercise
  • Applied Psychology for Performance
  • Research in Sport, Exercise & Health

Year three modules

  • Exercise Rehabilitation
  • Analysis of Physical Performance
  • Career Progression & Employability
  • Research Project
  • Community Project

Teaching & Learning


You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical work and laboratory sessions. Seminars will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of approximately four-six students. Practical and laboratory work will facilitate the implementation of theory within an applied setting. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will use industry-standard equipment and software to compliment your time on the course.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars and laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, the learning zone, and our sports science laboratory.

Assessment & Feedback

Assessment methods include:

  • Coursework (such as essays, reports, case studies, training plans, research proposals)
  • Presentations
  • Exams
  • Practical work


You will receive feedback on all formative work completed in lectures and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework.

Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader.

Feedback is intended to help you develop and improve your academic performance, and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor during developmental meetings. We will provide you with written and/or verbal feedback within 20 working days of submission for summative coursework assessments.

Course Cost

Adult, full_time: £8500 per year

Fees are per academic year for Home/UK students.

The following course-related costs are included in the fees:

  • Compulsory day trips and visits to support your studies
  • You will receive an allocation of pages for printing
  • Institution branded sportswear (T-shirt, tracksuit & quarter zip)
  • DBS Check (Third year)

Please note, there may be additional costs for optional trips.

Additional course costs can be found here

What Next...

You will have the opportunity to find employment across a variety of sectors. Probable job titles for a graduate from the programme include: Exercise Physiologist, Health Promotion Specialist, Sport Science Technician, Sports Development Officer, Performance Analyst, Personal Trainer, Nutritional Advisor, Behaviour Change, Research Assistant or Teacher. These roles are not  an exhaustive list, and you may also progress into supporting or managerial roles within coaching, fitness, sports performance and education.

You will be encouraged to engage in placement learning opportunities throughout the programme e.g. with Southend Divers, or within educational environments, and may therefore be offered employment in a variety of roles. Opportunities to gain employment whilst on the programme in both fitness environments (e.g. as fitness instructors or in supporting roles) and coaching environments (e.g. as assistant coaches) will enable you to initiate your career progression.

You will also have the opportunity to progress to postgraduate study, such as Masters and doctorial programmes in subjects such as: Sports Science, Clinical Exercise Science, Sport Performance, Sport and Exercise Psychology, or Performance Coaching.