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BSc Exercise and Sport Sciences

Please note: The below is for 2022 entries. Click here for 2021 entries.
UCAS code C602
Duration 3 years
Entry year 2022
Campus St Luke's Campus
Discipline Sport and Health Sciences (including Nutrition)

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Typical offer

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A-Level: AAA - ABB
IB: 36/666 - 32/665

Contextual offers

A-Level: ABB - BBC
IB: 32/655 - 28/554


  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the scientific principles underlying sport and exercise performance and health
  • Understand the variables involved in enhancing performance: in exercise, sport, and other high-performance sectors such as medicine and the military
  • Take the opportunity to study abroad in your third year on our four-year programme
  • Develop employability skills through modules in leadership and business, physical education, and career development
  • Develop skills and experience as a scientist and researcher

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Top 15 in the world for Sports-related subjects

QS World University Rankings 2021

6th in the UK for Sports Science

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Dedicated laboratories for sport and exercise physiology, sports biomechanics and health and performance psychology

95% of our students go into graduate employment or further study within 15 months of graduating

Sport and Health Sciences students: Graduate Outcomes data from 2017/18 graduates

I selected Exeter as my top choice after attending an Offer-Holder Visit Day. It’s hard to articulate why, but I just remember walking around St Luke’s and just knowing it was the place I wanted to study, even in the awful February cold and rain! I just got this feeling. Maybe some of you reading this will know what I mean!


One of the main reasons I chose Exeter was the city itself. It’s such a great place to be a student, everything you need is within walking distance from both campuses and the city offers a diverse range of experiences, from historical buildings to restaurants and bars. The city centre and cathedral area are well-maintained and beautiful in all weathers. There are also some great places to visit further away down by the Quay or along the river offering nice restaurants and leisure activities. There’s also the Exmouth-Paignton train line which runs through Exeter and means you can escape to the seaside when the weather is nice at very little cost, which as a student is always good!

What I love most about being a student at the University of Exeter, specifically at St Luke’s, is the fact that the campus really feels like it’s yours. Everyone on this campus is proud to study here and we really get the best deal; a small and friendly campus dedicated to just a few subjects that aren’t oversubscribed in terms of student population, as well as being able to walk to the Streatham Campus if we want to use the facilities there too.

The sport and health sciences department is great. The lecturers are welcoming and always want to talk to you and get to know you better. The facilities are top-class and the university really cares about our opinions. You can really throw yourself into university life here as you make some amazing friends on the course.

During my time in Exeter, I was also lucky enough to have the chance to study abroad in Colorado, USA*. This was genuinely the best decision of my life. If you get the opportunity to spend part of your degree abroad, be brave and seize it! You will be so glad you did.

*Study Abroad destinations are subject to change.

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BSc Exercise and Sport Sciences with Study Abroad

Entry requirements (typical offer)

Qualification Typical offer Required subjects
A-Level AAA - ABB B in a science subject*
IB 36/666 - 32/665 HL5 in a science subject*
BTEC DDD - DDM See 'read more' below
GCSE C or 4 Grade C or 4 in English Language and Mathematics
Contextual Offer

A-Level: ABB - BBC
IB: 32/655 - 28/554

Specific subject requirements must still be achieved where stated above. Find out more about contextual offers.

Other UK, EU and International equivalences

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NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

Grades advertised on each programme webpage are the typical level at which our offers are made and provide information on any specific subjects an applicant will need to have studied in order to be considered for a place on the programme. However, if we receive a large number of applications for the programme we may not be able to make an offer to all those who are predicted to achieve/have achieved grades which are in line with our typical offer. For more information on how applications are assessed and when decisions are released, please see: After you apply

*Accepted science subjects: Biology/Human Biology; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Life and Health Sciences (Double Award only), Marine Science; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Sport Science; Statistics.


BTEC subject requirements

2010 syllabus

Applicants studying a BTEC National Extended Diploma (2010 syllabus) in Sport and Exercise Science or one of the following BTEC Extended Diplomas will be considered without an A-level science as long as the necessary grades have been obtained overall and a DDD-DDM profile is also achieved in the specified units: Sport and Exercise Science (including 40 credits from the mandatory units); Applied Science (including 40 credits from the mandatory units); Sport (Performance and Excellence) (including 6 of the following units: Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport; The Physiology of Fitness; Fitness Training and Programming; Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise; Sports Nutrition; Psychology for Sports Performance; Exercise Health and Lifestyle; Sports Injuries; Talent Identification and Development in Sport; Physical Education and the Care of Children and Young People; Research Investigation in Sport and Exercise Science; and Laboratory and Experimental Methods in Sport and Exercise Sciences). 

2016 syllabus

Applicants studying a BTEC National Extended Diploma (2016 syllabus) in Sport and Exercise Science, or Applied Science will be considered without an A level science as long as the necessary grades have been obtained overall. Applicants studying a BTEC National Extended Diploma (2016 syllabus) in Sport will be considered without an A level science as long as the necessary grades have been obtained overall and a DDD–DDM profile is also achieved in the following Mandatory (120 GLH) units: (1) Anatomy and Physiology, (2) Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Wellbeing, (3) Development and Provision of Sport and Physical Activity.

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Course content

Our BSc Exercise and Sport Sciences programme enjoys an international reputation for excellence. The programme is designed to provide you with a balanced understanding of both sport and exercise sciences across a range of sub-disciplines. During the degree you will develop your knowledge of physiology, biomechanics, and psychology, and gain a comprehensive understanding of the scientific principles underlying sport and exercise performance and participation. You will also acquire scientific research and enquiry skills that are important for careers in both sport and exercise science, and other science-focused industries.

The degree structure allows you to specialise in a particular area or to follow a broader-based programme. Optional modules reflect the application of scientific knowledge in a variety of populations, such as athletes, children, and the general public.

We have links with major universities in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Portugal, the USA, Canada and Spain. The Study Abroad option allows you to study at an overseas university in your third year, earning credits towards your final degree while also gaining vital experience and employability skills.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Focus on developing your foundational knowledge and skills within Exercise and Sport Sciences, including: anatomical knowledge; exercise and sport within a physiological context; exercise and sport related kinesiology and biomechanics; kinanthropometry; nutrition; and underlying theories of sport and exercise psychology.

Continue to develop your knowledge of topics including: the body’s physiological response to exercise; angular kinematics and angular kinetics; statistical data analysis techniques required for a dissertation; and key psychological themes related to sport performance and skill acquisition.

The Study Abroad option allows you to study at an overseas university in your third year, earning credits towards your final degree while also gaining vital experience and employability skills.

Put theory into practice. Subjects covered include: children and exercise; biomechanics of human movement; sports psychology; clinical exercise prescription; and physical activity and public health. The research dissertation, under the supervision of an academic tutor, will increase your ability for independent study and critical analysis.

My favourite aspect of the course was the wide variety of disciplines within sport sciences. Initially my main interest was human anatomy, however I’ve since developed an interest in biomechanics, and in particular how biomechanical factors play a role in injury.


BSc Exercise and Sport Sciences

Course variants

Why study abroad?

Students who have studied abroad demonstrate initiative, independence, motivation and, depending on where they stay, may also have gained a working knowledge of another language – all qualities employers are looking for.

Where can I study abroad?

We have links with major universities in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Portugal, the USA, Canada and Spain. You can find a complete list of International Exchange partner universities on the Study Abroad website (click on the College of Life and Environmental Sciences link).

What will I study whilst I am abroad?

The Study Abroad option allows you to study at an overseas university in your third year, earning credits towards your final degree while also gaining vital experience and employability skills.

Does it count towards my degree?

Yes: all assessments during the year abroad are undertaken at the host university and count towards your final degree.

Upon return to the University of Exeter, you will then complete the final year of your degree in a fourth year.

How does it affect my tuition fee?

If you spend a full academic year studying abroad you will pay a reduced fee for that year. You can find out more information in the fees section.

How do I apply?

There is no need to apply direct to this programme: apply via UCAS for BSc Exercise and Sport Sciences, and you can transfer onto the four-year programme with Study Abroad once you are at Exeter. 

Further information

For further information on where you can go and all the issues surrounding study abroad, see the Study Abroad website.


Tuition fees for 2022 entry

UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £25,000 per year

Year abroad

If you transfer onto the four-year version of this degree programme and spend a full academic year studying abroad, you will pay a reduced fee of 15 per cent of the maximum fee for that year.


The University of Exeter has over £2.5 million in scholarships available for students applying to study with us from September 2022 - including our Global Excellence Scholarships* for international fee paying students and financial support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, lower income households and other under-represented groups to help them access, succeed and progress through higher education.

* Terms and conditions apply. See online for details.

Find out more about tuition fees and funding


Our specialist facilities include:

  • Life Sciences Resource Centre containing a vast selection of anatomical models used for both teaching and during opening hours outside of taught sessions where students can come and use them to enhance learning. There is also a wide selection of books and real human bones.
  • Purpose built laboratories for sport and exercise physiology, sports biomechanics, and health and performance psychology, cognitive and social psychology
  • Well-equipped workshops and audio visual recording suite available within psychology

Investment in premier sporting facilities

Over the last decade the University has invested over £20 million in the creation of some of the highest quality training environments and resources for the development, coaching and playing of sport.

The Sports Park on the Streatham Campus boasts some of the most cutting-edge facilities in the UK including the Russell Seal Fitness Centre. This facility boasts a 200-station gym and numerous exercise studios.

Additional facilities include:

  • A 200-station gym
  • Squash courts
  • Indoor and outdoor grass pitches including flood lit astro and 3G pitches
  • Indoor cricket centre
  • Indoor tennis centre
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools
  • A fleet of boats at the Roadford RYA Sailing Centre

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Learning and teaching

How will I learn?

  • Lectures: introducing topics, and providing a framework for further reading, and background material for extended work.
  • Laboratory and practical sessions: work in smaller groups with specialist equipment to gain applied experience.
  • Seminars: discussion, role play and short presentations in smaller groups.
  • Independent research and study: reading, researching, writing, practice assignments, projects and dissertation.
  • Study groups: work with other students and utilise their support.
  • Dissertation: an extended and original piece of independent research conducted in an area related to your specialism. You will present this at a third-year Sport Science dissertation conference.
  • Guest lectures: hear from visiting experts in exercise and sport.

On average you’ll have 15 hours of teaching time per week with more at the beginning of the programme and less as you progress and take more responsibility for your own learning.

We’re actively engaged in introducing new methods of learning and teaching. For example, positive feedback from our students has led us to increase use of our learning environment, an easily navigable website where you can access detailed information about modules and utilise multimedia learning resources.

Learn from experts

We believe every student benefits from being part of a research-led culture and being taught by experts. Our staff have close links with a wide range of industrial, medical and sporting organisations with whom there may be the chance to collaborate for your final year research project.


All modules are assessed, with second and third year modules contributing towards your final degree classification. Modules are assessed using a variety of methods including essays, exams, oral and written presentations, laboratory reports and a dissertation. We aim to strike a 50:50 balance between coursework and exams over the duration of the programme.

Academic support

Teaching staff on every module are available for individual tutorial sessions when required. Module leaders are available to discuss module logistics, examinations and absences. Teaching staff also make themselves available at the end of lectures for further discussion and debate.

Extra-curricular support is also provided in the form of ‘drop-in’ sessions for more challenging parts of the course such as statistical analysis, scientific writing, and research methodology.

For pastoral support students are assigned a personal tutor, with whom they meet regularly in small groups or in one to one meetings.

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Being taught by fantastically engaging lecturers that are currently researching topics in sport sciences gives us access to the most up-to-date knowledge. Lectures are engaging, and all of the lecturers are so supportive and approachable.


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Your future

Employer-valued skills this course develops

A degree in Sport and Health Sciences will help you develop the key transferable skills valued by employers, such as leadership, decision-making, planning and organising, and personal communication. Vocational skills such as advanced laboratory training for biomechanical and physiological testing further enhance your employability.

Our graduates compete successfully for jobs across a diverse range of sectors including law, finance and business - as well as sport and health sciences - as they offer strong analytical and problem-solving skills which are valued highly across all sectors.

Supporting your career in Sport and Health Sciences

Each year Sport and Health Sciences students are able to access a huge range of opportunities when considering their future career options.

Employability sessions put on for students include: career talks from visiting alumni and employers from a range of backgrounds; career conversations with employers; an annual Careers and Networking Sports Health Science evening with alumni, organisations and employers; and a Careers in Healthcare event. In addition students receive support to access high-quality work placements through the optional Career Development module.

You will also be encouraged to attend and present at student conferences, such as the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Student Conference, and to be involved in initiatives including the student ambassadors scheme and workplace internships.

Careers services

We have a dedicated, award-winning Careers Service ensuring you have access to careers advisors, mentors and the tools you need to succeed in finding employment in your chosen field on graduation. We offer the Exeter Award and the Exeter Leaders Award which include employability-related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to your career decision-making skills and success in the employment market.

The University of Exeter has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students and graduates compete very successfully in the employment market. Whatever path you wish to follow, we’re here to help and support you with all your career and employability needs.

Career paths

Whatever you choose to do after graduation, your Sport and Health Sciences degree will stand you in good stead, with excellent employment prospects and transferable skills.

Many of our graduates are employed in discipline-relevant roles in the UK and overseas including 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.

Below are a few examples of initial jobs undertaken by graduates from our Sport and Health Sciences undergraduate programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Surveys 2016/17. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Recent graduates are now working as:

  • Cardiac Physiologist
  • Clinical Exercise Specialist
  • Performance Analyst
  • Personal Trainer
  • Physiotherapy Technical Instructor
  • Pupil Premium Sports Coach
  • Rehabilitation Assistant
  • Sales Executive and Business Development Manager
  • Student Performance Tennis Coach
  • Trainee PE Teacher

Recent graduates are now working for:

  • A P C Cardiovascular Ltd
  • Arize Lifestyle
  • CP+R
  • Exeter Chiefs
  • Llanwern High School
  • National Probation Service
  • NHS
  • Nuffield Health
  • RNLI
  • Sport Inspired

Further study

Further study is a popular choice for a number of students following graduation from a Sport and Health Sciences undergraduate degree. Below are a few examples of further study undertaken by recent graduates of undergraduate programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Surveys 2016/17.

  • MPhil Sport and Health Sciences
  • MRes Exercise Science
  • MRes in Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • MSc Applied Performance Analysis in Sport
  • MSc by Research Sport and Health Science
  • MSc Clinical Science (Cardiac Science)
  • MSc Human Reproduction
  • MSc in Sports Biomechanics
  • MSc Musculoskeletal Ageing and Health
  • PhD Sport Science

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