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Sports and Exercise Science (Including Placement Year)

Course overview

(BSc) Bachelor of Science
Sports and Exercise Science (Including Placement Year)
University of Essex
University of Essex
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Events, Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism
BSC C606

A-levels: BCC, including B in one science subject or Mathematics (PE and Psychology count as science A-levels)

GCSE: Mathematics and Science C/4
If you do not meet the GCSE Science requirement but you have A-level Science or equivalent, please contact Undergraduate Admissions for advice before applying

BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM (in relevant subjects).

IB: 28 points, including Higher Level Science or Mathematics grade 5, and Standard Level Mathematics and Science grade 4, if not taken at Higher Level. We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Please note that Standard Level Maths in the IB is not required if you have already achieved GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or above or 4 in IB Middle Years Maths.

Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

External Examiners

Dr Owen Thomas
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Reader: Sport Psychology

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 1 - 2019/20

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 SE101-4-FY Professional Skills and Development 1 Compulsory 30
02 SE106-4-AU Introduction to Sports and Exercise Science Compulsory 15
03 SE102-4-SP Biomechanics Compulsory 15
04 SE104-4-AU Sport and Exercise Psychology Compulsory 15
05 SE103-4-SP Principles of Nutrition and Metabolism Compulsory 15
06 SE105-4-FY Anatomy and Physiology Compulsory 30
07 SE401-5-SU SRES Summer School Compulsory 0

Year 2 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 SE201-5-FY Professional Skills and Development 2 Compulsory 30
02 Option(s) from list Optional 30
03 Option(s) from list Optional 30
04 Option(s) from list Optional 30

Year Abroad/Placement - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 SE220-5-FY Placement Year Compulsory 120

Year 3 - 2022/23

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 SE309-6-FY Research Project and Skills in Sports Science Compulsory 45
02 SE305-6-AU Issues in Sport and Exercise Science Compulsory 15
03 Option(s) from list Optional 30
04 Option(s) from list Optional 30

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

The course has the aims of developing in our students:

- An understanding of the need for both multi-disciplinary and an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Sports and Exercise Science.

- An understanding of, and an ability to use, the body of knowledge (biological, biochemical, biomedical, psychological and biomechanical) that provides the foundation of Sports and Exercise Science.

- An understanding of, and an ability to apply, the methods and approaches of Sports and Exercise Science.

- An ability to analyse and suggest solutions to applied problems in Sports and Exercise Science.

- An ability to appraise and evaluate the effects of sport and exercise interventions on a variety of participant groups.

- An ability to handle, interpret and evaluate quantitative information and to plan and carry out "library" and practical research under supervision.

- The key laboratory, field and workplace skills required for careers in Sports and Exercise Science, or related areas.

- The key skills of communication, numeracy, ITC use, problem solving, working with others, self-evaluation and self-improvement, and autonomous learning using Sports and Exercise Science as a context and focus.

- An awareness of the ethical, health and safety issues that underpin best practice.

- A foundation of knowledge, understanding and skills required for further study and research.

- An appreciation of the need for, and importance of, lifelong learning and personal development planning

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 Basic biology, psychology, physics and biochemistry that are relevant to sports and exercise science
A2 The structure and function of the human body from the molecular to the whole body level
A3 The interaction between sport and exercise and the human body (across the life cycle and in special populations)
A4 The principles of biomechanics and their application to sport and exercise
A5 Selected psychological theories and how they are applied to an understanding of sports and exercise performance and of the effect of sport and exercise on the psyche
A6 The scientific underpinning of the principles and practice of training
A7 The principles of nutrition and the effects of dietary manipulation, ergogenic aids and drugs on physiology and performance
A8 Appropriate practical scientific methods and approaches, including observation, experimentation, modelling; and techniques used in their analysis
Learning Methods: Lectures are the principal method of delivery of A1 to A7 and contribute to the delivery of A8.

Lectures direct students to textbooks and on-line material (Years 1 to 3), and research papers (Year 2 and particularly Year 3).

Laboratory practicals in Years 1 and 2 complement lectures and contribute to the teaching and development of A1-A7.

Practicals, the summer course (Year 2) and the research project (Year 3) are the main mode of delivery of A8.

Coursework associated with lecture modules in Years 2 and 3 develop A1 to A8.

The summer course in year 2, and the research project in Year 3 teach and develop A8 and also a range of A2 to A7 depending on project topics.

Team work is a feature of all laboratory practicals and is particularly developed in first and second year skills modules and for A8 (Year 3).

Seminar with larger groups are used to teach A3 in Year 2 and A6 in Years 2 & 3.
Assessment Methods: A1 to A8 are assessed by:

Multiple Choice Questions (Year 1 and Year 2 summer course)

Essays (All Years)
Written practical reports (Years 1 and 2)
Exercises in data analysis and interpretation (DAI), (Years 2 and 3)

Unseen written exams: short answer, essay (Years 1 and 2) and questions involving DAI (Year 2)

Oral presentations test A3-A7 (depending on the topic chosen) and A8 in Year 3 (research project).

The project report (Year 3) tests understanding in depth of some of A2 to A8 (depending on project topic).

Vodcasts test A3, A5, A6, and A7 (Years 1-3)

Evaluation and client reports test A3, A5, A6, and A7 (Year 3)

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Retrieve, select and collate appropriate information in the Sports and Exercise Sciences
B2 Evaluate primary and secondary evidence and arguments
B3 Analyse and interpret quantitative information in graphs, figures, tables and equations and use appropriate statistical tests
B4 Integrate and link information across course components, including material met in different years, from different disciplines and covering different scales of organisation.
B5 Plan and conduct a research task (including risk assessment and ethical approval where appropriate)
B6 Present data correctly, choose and apply an appropriate statistical test and interpret the output
Learning Methods: B1 is taught in SE101 and developed by providing references in lectures, practicals and project work, particularly in year 2 and 3.

Setting of directed learning topics (Years 1 and 2) develops skills in B1, B2 and B4.

B1 and B2 are developed by coursework essays (Years 2 and 3).

B2 and B3 are taught by explicit inclusion of data analysis in lectures and classes in Years 2 and 3 and through progressive development of DAI coursework (particularly in Years 2 and 3).

B1 to B3 and in some cases B4, are developed through analysis and presentation of results of practical work in Years 1 to 3.

B4 is achieved by progressive subject development through the 3 years, by the Year 2 summer course and Skills module and the Year 3 Issues module.

B5 is taught via team project work in SE101, the Year 2 summer course and the Year 3 research project.
Assessment Methods: B1, B2 and B4 are assessed by coursework (Years 1 to 3) and exam essays (Years 1 and 2) and coursework literature reviews in Years 2 and 3.

B2 and B3 are assessed by coursework (Years 2 and 3) and compulsory exam DAI questions (Year 2), practical reports (Years 1 and 2), evaluation and client reports (Year 3) and the research project report (Year 3).

B4 is assessed by integrative exam questions and coursework in Years 2 & 3 B1 to B4 are also assessed in the Year 3 individual research project.

B5 is assessed in SE101 and the Year 3 research project module.

B6 is assessed in Year 1 & 2 practicals, SE101 mini project and in the Year 3 research project.

C: Practical skills

C1 Able to carry out basic practical investigations, safely and effectively following a written schedule
C2 Able to use appropriate basic exercise and analytical equipment
C3 Able to explain the principles and limitations of a range of more advanced practical techniques
C4 Able to perform the key laboratory and field procedures required for careers in Sports and Exercise Science
C5 Able to use appropriate software packages to analyse quantitative data and to present results appropriately with necessary statistical treatment
Learning Methods: Skills C1 to C4 are taught in supervised practicals in Years 1 and 2, and the summer course in Year 2.

SE101 teaches aspects of C1, C3 and C5.

Other lectures in years 1 to 3 may also contribute Project work in Year 3 also teaches and develops C1 to C5.

As part of C1 to C4, safety and ethical issues are addressed through practical documentation (Years 1 and 2) and developed by students preparing risk assessments and ethical permissions and consents in SE101 and the Year 3 research projects.

C5 is addressed through IT and statistics training in Years 1 and 2 (SE101 and SE201) and the use of more specialised software is taught or developed in practicals, the summer course and the Year 3 project.
Assessment Methods: C1, C4 and C5 are assessed through Year 1 and 2 practicals, the Year 2 summer course and the Year 3 research project.

C3 is assessed in many practicals in Years 1 and 2 and in theory exams in Years 1 and 3.

C2 and C4 are assessed in Year 1 (SE101) and indirectly in the assessment of other practical and project work (Years 2 and 3).

D: Key skills

D1 Communicate clearly and concisely in written and oral form.
D2 Proficient in various word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, web browsing and email packages, and able to use appropriate online databases.
D3 Apply appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods to collect and analyse data.
D4 Able to explore, analyse and find effective solutions for problems involving reasonably complex information.
D5 Work effectively as part of a team to collect data and/or to produce reports and presentations.
D6 Study independently, set realistic targets and plan work and time to meet targets within deadlines and evaluate and reflect on own performance.
Learning Methods: Essay writing and Scientific Paper Format (SPF) report writing skills (D1) are taught in SE101 and developed in all subsequent modules.

Additional guidance on Essay and SPF writing is given in Years 2 and 3 and in the Moodle Academic Skills resource.

Required length of essays and reports increases from Year 1 to 3.

Oral presentation skills (D1) are developed in some practicals, the year 2 summer course (Years 1 and 2) and the research project in Year 3.

IT use (D2) is taught in Year 1, particularly in SE101 and developed throughout Years 1 to 3..

Most coursework are written and submitted electronically, including essays, vodcasts, evaluation client reports and the Year 3 research project.

Library, on line catalogue and web skills (D2) are taught in SE101 and developed by provision of module-related material on the Web and through preparation of practical (Years 1 and 2) and project reports (Years 1-3).

Web-based material (D2) is used in several modules including practicals.

D3 is taught in lectures and seminars (Years 1 and 2), and developed in many subsequent practical and theory modules (Years 1 to 3).

D4 is introduced in Year 1, and is taught through DAI questions in Years 2 and 3, and in some practical classes, and developed in the Issues module, and in supervised project work (Year 3).
Team work (D5) is intrinsic to most practicals in Years 1 and 2 and is particularly developed in the Year 2 summer course and, for most students, by the Year 3 research project.

D6 is addressed in SE101, including introduction to PDP, developed through the provision of explicit directed learning tasks (Years 1 and 2), increasing amounts of student managed learning from Years 1 to 3, attendance monitoring, rigid deadlines, feedback on assignments and discussions with personal tutor.

D6 planning component is developed in the Year 1 and 2 skills modules, mini-project and in the Year 3 research project.
Assessment Methods: Written skills (D1) are assessed through essays in coursework (all years) and exams (Years 1 and 2) and in practical reports (Years 1 and 2), in the Issues module and the research project report (Year 3).

Oral presentation skills (D1) are assessed in SE201, some practicals, the Year 3 Issues Module and in the Year 3 research project.

IT and Maths skills (D2 and D3) are assessed through worksheets and exams in Year 1 and Year 2.

Thereafter, practical work, coursework and exam questions throughout the degree course assess numerical skills.

Most coursework from year 2 onwards has to be prepared by computer and submitted on-line.

Problem solving (D4) is assessed by case studies in Year 2 and the Issues module in Year 3.

D5 is indirectly assessed through team presentations in the Year 2 summer course and for most students in the Year 3 research project (not all are team projects).

Team presentations are also assessed in some modules in Year 2 and in the Issues courses in Year 3.

D6 is assessed indirectly by examining directed learning material (Years 1 and 2), by awarding marks for evidence of additional reading and by imposing strict deadlines for coursework assignments.

D6 PDP is assessed in the Year 1 skills module through the development of a cv, career action plan and e-portfolio, and is further assessed in the Year 2 work-based experience presentations (SE201).

The planning component of D6 is assessed in a Year 2 mini-project and in the Year 3 research project.


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