Sport Science

 

 

What courses? Sport science; physical education and sport; sports coaching; sport development; coach education and sports development; sport and exercise science; sport & exercise; sport & exercise nutrition; sports coaching and physical education; sport, health and exercise sciences; sports therapy; sport management; sports science and personal training; sport and exercise psychology; sports biomedicine; sports rehabilitation; sports technology; equine sports science.

What do you come out with? BSc or occasionally BA with some programmes like coach education and sports development.

Why do it? "If you’re hoping to pursue a career in the sport and health industries, are interested in the study of management applied to sport, or just how the body works, then sports science and its related disciplines could prove the perfect degree programme for you. Sports science encompasses a wide range of subjects from biology and physiology to psychology, sociology and sports management. Most degree programmes will allow you to gain a varied grounding before specialising in your preferred areas. Not only will a degree enable you to fine tune your interests, but it can lead to opportunities for further study and specialisation as well as practical work experience if taken as a sandwich course." - Dr Matthew Pain, programme director, sport and exercise science, Loughborough University

What's it about? How the brain functions during precision sports like archery; how muscle develops and degenerates; the psychology of elite performance; how to motivate people to exercise and stick at it; biological rhythms, body clocks and jetlag; immunology in relation to elite athletes and how to combat their susceptibility to viral infection. You learn what makes athletes run faster, throw further, or jump higher, and how best to prepare beforehand and recover afterwards. You study the effect of exercise on health among the general public and how to motivate people to get out there and do it. Anatomy and physiology, psychology, nutrition and bio-mechanics are core modules on all courses, making the degree largely science-based. At some places you can specialise in an area like coaching. Manchester Metropolitan runs a course in Coaching and Sport Development which focuses less on the science and more on sport in the context of business and coaching. Loughborough has a variety of joint honours programmes that allow students to combine sport science with subjects such as maths and English. Sport science with management is particularly popular and Birmingham even offers a course in applied golf management studies.

Study options: Three years, or four years if studied with a language, as part of a sandwich degree or at a Scottish university. At some institutions students have the opportunity to work in GP referral and exercise or physiotherapy, sports science athlete support, local primary and secondary teaching and in local or national sports development organisations. Assessment is based on a combination of coursework and exams, using a variety of assessment modes. Students usually do a research project in their third year.

What will I need to do it? Usually anything will do, although some universities specify one science and joint honours courses will often require the accompanying subject at A-level. A typical offer at Loughborough will be AAA for its flagship sport and exercise science degree. Liverpool John Moores asks for 260 UCAS points/BCC, while Manchester Met asks for a minimum of 240 points.

What are my job prospects? Good. Students go into sports and leisure industry, teaching, or fire and police services. Some become coaches or nutritionists, while others go on to do further research. According to The Times’ Good University Guide 2012, 33 per cent of graduates go straight into graduate-level jobs, earning an average salary of just over £18,000. 17 per cent continue with further study.

Where’s best to do it? Loughborough came top of the Complete University Guide 2012, followed by Durham, Edinburgh and Exeter. Students were most satisfied at Glyndwr however, closely followed by Aberystwyth and Southampton Solent.

Related courses: Physiotherapy, medicine, radiography, physiology; health and social care; podiatry; biomedical science.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Arts and Entertainment
Standing the test of time: Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd in 'Back to the Future'
filmReview: A week late, Secret Cinema arrives as interactive screening goes Back to the Future
Travel
travel
Arts and Entertainment
Sydney and Melbourne are locked in a row over giant milk crates
artCultural relations between Sydney and Melbourne soured by row over milk crate art instillation
Arts and Entertainment
Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux play teeneage lovers in the French erotic drama 'Blue Is The Warmest Colour' - The survey found four times as many women admitting to same-sex experiences than 20 years ago
filmBlue Is The Warmest Colour, Bojack Horseman and Hobbit on the way
Arts and Entertainment
Preparations begin for Edinburgh Festival 2014
Edinburgh festivalAll the best shows to see at Edinburgh this year
News
Two giraffes pictured on Garsfontein Road, Centurion, South Africa.
i100
News
Kenny Ireland, pictured in 2010.
peopleBenidorm, actor was just 68
Environment
View from the Llanberis Track to the mountain lake Llyn
Du’r Arddu
environmentA large chunk of Mount Snowdon, in north Wales, is up for sale
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
arts + ents
News
Morrissey pictured in 2013
people

Day In a Page

Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

Women's rugby

Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup
Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
Star Wars Episode VII is being shot on film - and now Kodak is launching a last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices