Undergraduate Study

BSc Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences

UCAS code BC03
Duration 3 years
Entry year 2020
Contact

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Entry requirements

A levels: AAA
IB: 36
BTEC: DDD
Grade C in GCSE English Language

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Campus St Luke's Campus
Discipline Medical Sciences

Overview

  • You’ll develop a holistic understanding of the human body and exercise and physical activity through the combination of medical sciences and sport and health sciences
  • You will seek to prevent disease and treat targeted disorders through appropriate physical activity, lifestyle-related health behaviours and nutrition
  • You are supported and encouraged to undertake a Professional Training Year in the UK or abroad and gain invaluable experience working as part of a leading research team
  • You’ll learn through interdisciplinary small group learning
  • You’ll be part of our world-renowned research community from day one, working with researchers on their current cutting-edge research

Small cohort of students

Professional Training Year – encouraged and open to all students

Interdisciplinary learning

“I love the fact that there’s a sport science and medical sciences side; I have a big passion for Biology but also love sports and science so it’s the perfect combination. I’m a very practical learner, and we get to transfer the information we learn in lectures into our practicals, which really helps embed the knowledge.”

Bella

BSc Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences

Entry requirements

Qualification Required grades Required subjects
A-Level AAA With Professional Training Year: A*AA GCE AL Biology grade B and another science at grade B. GCE AL/AS science includes: Biology/Human Biology*; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths*; Life and Health Sciences; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Statistics.
*If more than one of these is taken they would only count as one ‘science’.
IB 36 With Professional Training Year: 38 IB Biology at HL5 and a second science at HL5.
BTEC DDD With Professional Training Year: D*DD Applicants studying a BTEC Extended Diploma will also require two grade Bs in GCE AL science subjects, one of which must be Biology.
GCSE Grade C in GCSE English Language n/a
Contextual Offer

A-Level: BBB
IB: 30
BTEC: DDM

Specific requirements must still be achieved, therefore where a grade A is required, offers will be ABC or ACC. Find out more about contextual offers.

International equivalences

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NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

Will there be an interview?

No – we don’t interview for this programme.

What happens next?

If you receive an offer from us, you’ll be invited to an offer-holder visit day where you can find out more about the Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences programme from our current students and meet the academics who will be teaching you.

Course content

Taught jointly by the University of Exeter Medical School and Sport and Health Sciences, this programme blends an understanding of the pathology, prevention and treatment of acute or chronic disease/injury, alongside an insight into the science underpinning the optimal preparation, performance and rehabilitation of the athlete or healing patient.

The programme will comprise of modules delivered jointly by the Medical School and Sports and Health Science Department of the College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES) and include the opportunity for Professional Training (PTY) Placement in either disciplines. A wide range of module options are available in years 2 and the final year from a flexible range offered by both Colleges. The combination of medical sciences and sports and health science will develop a holistic understanding of the human body and exercise and physical activity to extend the range of career opportunities and employability training possible in fitness, health and wellbeing disciplines. The programme will provide access to expert academics, research and facilities on our St Luke’s Campus.

If you choose the Professional Training Year for this course, it will take place between your second and third (final) year.

Your first year will develop your existing knowledge and understanding of the functions of the human body. This will be supplemented with training in basic laboratory, research and study skills.

This year builds your knowledge, skills and professional aptitudes by reflecting on your previous year’s portfolio of achievements and feedback received from tutors and assessments. Core modules focus on mechanisms, treatment and diagnosis of disease and an introduction to the medical research process. You’ll apply your developing research skills to designing, running, analysing and reporting on your own research project. You can specialise in particular areas of medical or sports science or retain a broad focus to your degree by choosing from a range of optional modules.

You have the option of completing our popular, career-inspiring PTY. This is a research placement in which you will gain first-hand experience of a research environment and develop your employment-focused transferrable skills.

In your final year, you will apply your previous training to an independent research project by working with world-leading health, medical or clinical researchers within the Medical School. This project may involve data collection or the analysis of existing data and will require you to understand and review published scientific literature.

Course variants

UCAS code: BC04

You can choose to, and we actively support and encourage you to, undertake a Professional Training Year (PTY). The PTY provides you with an excellent opportunity to gain invaluable experience of working as part of a leading research team. This gives you the chance to discover what it is like to work in a real research environment or a health intervention setting and will enhance your career prospects. You will contribute to a medical or health related project, and may have the opportunity to attend a national or international science conference to present your research data, or co-author a research paper.

If you choose a PTY, it will take place after your second year of study, and your degree will take four years to complete.

Why choose a Professional Training Year?

Undertaking a PTY placement will enhance your professionalism, independence and confidence; increase your subject knowledge and research skills; improve your problem-solving, team-working, leadership, communication and project management skills; and prepare you for working in a professional work environment.

How is the PTY organised?

You apply for a PTY during your second year of study and are supported to apply for positions with guidance from our staff. During your PTY you are closely support by both your workplace supervisor and visiting PTY tutor.

How do I apply?

You can apply directly to one of these options using the UCAS codes below, or you can apply to the standard BSc Medical Sciences course and transfer onto the PTY option at the end of your first year.

OptionUCAS code
BSc Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences (standard course) BC03
BSc Sport and Exercise Medical Sciences with Professional Training Year BC04

How does it affect my tuition fee?

If, as part of your four-year degree programme, you spend a full academic year studying or working abroad you will pay a reduced fee of £1,350 (or 15 per cent of the maximum fee for that year). If you spend a full year on a work placement (in the UK) you will pay a reduced fee of £1,800 (or 20 per cent of the maximum fee).

Fees

Tuition fees for 2020 entry

UK and EU students: £9,250 per year
International students: £22,950 per year

Please note that these figures may be subject to change.

Find out more about tuition fees and funding

Learning and teaching

Throughout the programme, you benefit from a careful blend of innovative and traditional teaching methods employed by both the Medical School and the Biosciences department. A variety of stimulating, cutting-edge resources are also available to support your learning.

Structured small group learning sessions

In tutor-led groups of 8-12 students you will investigate key scientific concepts and systems presented in the form of triggers. The style of trigger varies week by week but will include patient-based clinical case studies, current media-worthy medical science breakthroughs and extracts from research papers.

Lectures and seminars

Large group lectures and cutting-edge research seminars delivered by academics as well as external speakers will complement your studies. Lectures may contain students from a variety of different programmes for which the lecture content is relevant.

Practical laboratory sessions

These practical sessions will be conducted in a variety of biological science, exercise physiology and biomechanics or IT laboratories depending on the areas being explored. You will have the opportunity to carry out different techniques and procedures under the guidance of technicians and demonstrators.

Online learning

Your learning will be supported by the University’s virtual learning environment. You will have individual access to electronic journals, content-rich study guides, and interactive online learning materials covering various science disciplines, formative online assessments and group discussion forums.

Assessment

Regular assessment is used to help provide you with frequent feedback, enabling you to identify your strengths, as well as areas for improvement. Feedback is provided in a number of different ways including online written feedback and self, peer, tutor or small group feedback. Assessment formats include multiple-choice tests, essays, structured practical exams, reflective essays, oral and poster presentations, scientific report writing, short-answer question tests and independent project work.

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Your future

This programme is designed to prepare you for employment in a wide variety of professional careers and helps to develop the key transferable skills valued by employers.

These skills range from identifying and solving problems, to efficient communication, leadership and management. You will gain vocational skills within a range of laboratory settings during the programme.

Science graduates compete well in the graduate employment market as they offer strong analytical and problem-solving skills valued highly across all sectors.

Our graduates will be well placed for careers or further study in the areas of medicine, health and wellbeing coaching, sports and fitness coaching, physiotherapy, sports nutrition, sports law, sports psychology, sports physiology, general teaching and marketing, sports management and administration for the public sector, sports governing bodies and health and lifestyle consultancy.