The University of Wolverhampton

BSc (Hons)Sport and Exercise Science

Why choose this course?

This course enables you to explore and understand sport and exercise using the main disciplines of biomechanics, physiology and psychology, in relation to both high-performance and recreational participants.

The course is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Undergraduate Endorsement Scheme (BUES). You will benefit from completing a course specifically mapped against BASES undergraduate competencies which provides you with a solid foundation on which to embark upon a sport and exercise science career.

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What happens on the course?

In your first year, you will focus on developing the basics of how the body and mind work within sport and exercise whilst improving your study and research skills. Your second year will build on this, developing your understanding and experience of the application of sport and exercise science knowledge and skills.

You will also receive training in improving your subject specific knowledge and applying practical skills. In your final year, you will undertake an independent project enabling you to investigate an area of your choice, with an opportunity to specialise in two of the three sport and exercise science disciplines: applied sport biomechanics, physiology and exercise psychology.

Why Wolverhampton?

You will gain a thorough understanding of how the body functions and moves, how and why people behave as they do, and how to enhance performance. You will also develop relevant practical skills within laboratory and real-life settings. You will benefit from the use of hi-tech facilities to debate current issues in the subject, and develop your ability to communicate sport and exercise science information effectively to a range of audiences at regional, national and international level. This will give you the chance to gain entry to a range of graduate level jobs and postgraduate study within sport and exercise sciences.


Walsall Campus is home to the British Judo Centre of Excellence. You’ll also find a 12-court sports hall, floodlit 6-lane synthetic athletics track and football pitch, plus a 20m x 10m swimming pool, tennis courts, and extensive sports fields.

We offer a well-equipped set of physiology, biomechanics and social science labs, as well as a duel energy X-Ray absorptiometry (DEXA) suite.

The physiology labs have facilities for online gas analysis, blood analysis and 12 lead ECG monitoring in addition to blood pressure measurement, lung function evaluation and body composition assessment.

Our biomechanics lab includes a video editing suite, force platforms, motion analysis system and EMG muscle activity monitoring system. Our social science lab has facilities such as two interview pods with high-tech recording facilities that will allow the simulation of various social environments in which aspects of human interactions and behaviour can be captured and analysed.

What our students think

“The University has helped me a great deal and it’s been a privilege to be mentored by successful staff who have great research interests.”

“I am really enjoying studying at the University. The sports facilities are really impressive on Walsall Campus and I am developing a real interest in sports physiology and psychology.”

“I have found that my sports degree from the University of Wolverhampton gave me a really good foundation for my current job, the knowledge and the practical work I did was invaluable. The lecturers were really knowledgeable and helpful too.”

Career path

You will be well prepared to pursue employment and/or further training in a variety of sport and exercise careers including: Biomechanist, Clinical Cardiac Physiologist, Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Dietitian, Exercise Physiologist, Sports Science Support, Fitness Instructor / Personal Trainer, GP Referral Exercise Consultant, Health Promotion Specialist, Lecturer in Higher Education, Performance Analyst, Physical Activity Development Manager, Researcher, Respiratory Physiologist, Sports Development Officer, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Uniformed Services, Teacher.

For further information on careers in Sport & Exercise Science, please see the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences Guide to Careers in Sport & Exercise Sciences.

What skills will you gain?

As a graduate of this course you will be able to:

  • use a range of specialist equipment and technologies and scientific methods relevant to sport and exercise science
  • understand and apply the latest sport and exercise science information and techniques
  • use a range of media to communicate effectively to a range of audiences, e.g. regionally, nationally and internationally
  • be creative in identifying and solving problems in a variety of academic, work and research settings
  • utilise key and subject specific skills to gain entry to postgraduate level study in sport and exercise sciences and graduate level employment.

Who accredits this course?

The course is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Undergraduate Endorsement Scheme (BUES). You will benefit from completing a course specifically mapped against BASES undergraduate competencies.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 240 UCAS points from ‘A’ levels including a Science subject
  • BTEC National Diploma grade MMM, BTEC National Certificate grade DD in a Sports related subject
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD in a Sports related subject
  • Access to HE Diploma full award
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at

Other Requirements

Students will be expected to demonstrate an active interest or enthusiasm in at least one sport or activity.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Entry to this course requires a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 323135

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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