Full-time undergraduate (3 years)
Intermediate awards: BSc (without honours), CertHE, DipHE
No major athlete or team is complete without a sports scientist on their staff. Our course trains you to work in this fast-moving field – and there’s financial support for promising athletes. You’ll work with professional athletes to understand and apply the four key disciplines of sports science: physiology, psychology, biomechanics and nutrition.
Your course will have a new home in Compass House, which will extend our campus along East Road. You’ll have the latest technology at your fingertips and be able to collaborate with other students on innovative projects to hone your skills.
I chose sport science because I have always had a love of sport and how the body works. It was great to tailor what you study to the subjects that interest you
Sports science uses scientific principles and techniques to help improve the performance of athletes. It’s applied at all levels, from grassroots to elite level performance.
Professional sports scientists make a significant contribution to the success of athletes and teams across an array of sports at national and international level. They also provide education on the benefits of exercise to people’s general health and wellbeing. Our course gives you the skills you need to work at the top level. You’ll explore the nature of human performance from health through to athletic excellence; how the human machine operates when engaged in sport and exercise, and how to interpret and evaluate its responses. You’ll learn to work safely and ethically as a sports scientist.
Our sport and exercise science laboratories will help you put what you’ve learnt to the test. They contain cutting-edge, industry-standard equipment – including 3D motion capture suite, high speed treadmills, metabolic carts for the assessment of cardiorespiratory responses, force plates, hydrostatic weighing tank for assessing body composition, full haematology suite, an array of cycle and rowing ergometers, GPS systems for field work and eye-tracking glasses. You’ll also have access at any time to a wide range of sports science software packages.
We offer scholarships and bursaries to promising athletes.
Sports science graduates are increasingly in demand around the world. There are wide-ranging employment opportunities – from introducing people to sports, to developing them as participants and even helping take them to the top. As a sports scientist, you could work:
You could also continue your studies at a higher level, perhaps by doing a PGCE which would allow you to teach. You might go on to train as a physiotherapist, exercise physiologist, clinical exercise consultant or healthcare scientist in the NHS. Postgraduate degrees in sports science are also more and more popular as a route into doing research.
You’ll be encouraged to improve your employment prospects by making connections with industry. Consider becoming a student member of the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences (BASES). You can then attend, and even present at their student conferences. We also have links with a range of sporting organisations, including:
We have strong research and collaboration links with the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge; and the Department of Sport at the University of Montpellier, France.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses, including MSc Sport and Exercise Science.
Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help you measure your progress. These include presentations, practical skills tests, scientific reports, case study critiques, online assessments and a research project.
We’ll also encourage you to reflect on your work, and participate in peer assessment.
The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.
Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.
Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.
Please note, the estimated additional costs for this course are £100-£200 (for trainers, shorts and t-shirts for lab work over lifetime of degree).
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
Grants and scholarships are available for:
We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email email@example.com for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
Entry requirements are for September 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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