Undergraduate study
Sport and Exercise (Applied Sport Science)

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise (Applied Sport Science)

UCAS code: C610 BSc/SASS
UCAS code: C619 BSc/SASSFY for Year 0 entry

In the increasingly competitive world of sport, where the difference between success and failure is becoming ever smaller, elite sportsmen and women spend hours working to enhance their performance.

Course information


  • Length: 3 years or 4 years including foundation year

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  • Up to 5 years

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  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342308

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  • Facilities

    Sport & Exercise facilities

    The Sport & Exercise department is home to some outstanding facilities, including fully-equipped physio and biomechanics labs, an environmental chamber and a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool.

  • Student profile

This course investigates the scientific principles underpinning their training and preparation, which is necessary for optimum sporting performance. Our state-of-the-art laboratories are there for you to discover how athletes reach their maximum potential, by analysing physiological, psychological and technical aspects of their performance.

You develop laboratory and field skills, receiving high levels of support from our academic staff. The vocational elements of this course prepare you for specific careers, maximising your advantage in the jobs market when you graduate.

Course structure

Year 0 (foundation year) core modules

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Year 1 core modules

Anatomy and Biomechanics

A good knowledge of how the human body operates is crucial for you, as a student of sport and exercise sciences. In this module, you will learn to describe motion and the action causing the movements of the human body using anatomical and scientific terminology. You will also apply subject theory to specific sport and exercise situations. You will learn how to interpret scientific literature and present your own ideas in a scientific format.

Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology

This module introduces you to the physiological systems of the body, such as the cardio-respiratory system, skeletal muscle and the metabolic system. A typical teaching week will comprise of a one-hour lecture and either a two-hour laboratory or seminar session. The laboratory sessions are designed to teach you sport science laboratory techniques such as taking blood, measuring oxygen uptake, monitoring heart rate and others.

Motor Control and Learning: Principles and Applications

This module aims to introduce you to the basic principles relating to motor control and motor learning theories. It will develop your appreciation of how sport and exercise scientists, coaches and teachers incorporate this knowledge into their programmes. You will apply the theoretical knowledge gained from lectures during the practical coaching sessions on a wide variety of sports and skills.

Research Methods for Sport and Exercise 1

This module aims to introduce you to conducting research and the accompanying requisite study skills that you will need throughout your studies. Specifically, this module is intended to help you to develop essential intellectual and study skills in reading, writing and reasoning. You will discuss the history of science, including the fundamental concepts. You will also look at how the separate disciplines within sport and exercise such as psychology, biomechanics, physiology and sociology function by themselves and in combination.

Sport and Exercise Psychology

In recent years, the role of psychology in sport and exercise has received increasing recognition and is a central component of all sport and exercise education and training. This module introduces key concepts and theories within mainstream sport and exercise psychology and provides a basis for further development. You will investigate a diverse range of sport psychological issues including intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, arousal, goal setting and many others.

The Applied Sport Scientist 1

You explore those elements necessary to become an applied sports scientist and understand your current skills and attributes in relation to this. Alongside technical skill development and competencies there are opportunities to engage with personal development planning and reflection.


Year 2 core modules

Applied Exercise Physiology

You focus on the immediate and long-term effects of exercise on the physiological systems, for example - energy metabolism, cardiovascular system, neuromuscular system and the endocrine system of the human body. At the same time you develop the relevant practical skills required to establish a professional working practice in both the exercise physiology laboratory and field environments. Key areas of exercise physiology are covered, including introduction to health physiology, endurance performance, high intensity intermittent exercise, resistance training and nutritional ergogenic aids. A major focus is the development of your key practical skills and the application of theoretical knowledge to practical situations.

Human Movement in Sport and Exercise

Within this module you will study biomechanics and motor control in sport and exercise settings. You will learn and apply theory to why athletes move their bodies to complete techniques during sport, and how technique can be altered to improve performance or reduce injury. You will also learn how the body regulates the motor system to control movement and develop expertise in sporting actions.

Psychology of the Human Performer

You examine the major psychological aspects of working with others within a sport and exercise environment. You gain an understanding of what makes an effective practitioner within an applied setting. The personal and psychological skills needed to be an effective practitioner are discussed, alongside the analysis of effective leadership skills with particular attention on ethical implications.

Research Methods for Sport and Exercise 2

This module builds on the foundation given in Research and Study Skills, exploring experimental design, data analysis, statistical testing and distinguishing between quantitative (eg collecting fitness testing data in a sport science laboratory) and qualitative methods (eg interviewing athletes about their experiences within a sport). You will also be introduced to the ethical considerations of research.

Strength and Conditioning for Sport

This module examines the use of strength and conditioning within the concepts of sports performance and health-related exercise. You will develop your knowledge and skills that can be used in applying sport sciences to enhance the effects of training by using resistance training.

The Applied Sport Scientist 2

You build on what you learnt in the level 4 module, The Applied Sport Scientist 1. You explore and practically experience sport and exercise science both in a laboratory and a work-related activity. You have the opportunity to apply knowledge acquired from the curriculum and systematically analyse the current literature to inform practice - particularly in relation to measurement. Personal development planning and reflection are also a key feature of this module and will include evidence of 20 hours work-based experience.


Final-year core modules

Assessment and Intervention Strategies for the Human Performer

You build on the content of previous level 4 and 5 modules to develop the application of a variety of sport and exercise assessment and measurement techniques that form the basis of improving sports performance. You have the opportunity to apply knowledge acquired from across the curriculum and systematically evaluate the current literature to inform practice. Personal development planning and reflection are also a key feature.


This project-based module builds on your research skills acquired in Levels 1 and 2. You will need to demonstrate your knowledge of designing an experiment, analysing data and testing statistics to investigate a research question of your choice within the field of sport and exercise.


and two optional modules

Applied Biomechanics

This highly applied module builds on the Human Movement in Sport and Exercise module. You will be able to explore and apply biomechanical principles in a relevant area through a research process. The module allows you to develop the scientific skills used by bio-mechanitions working within sport and exercise.

Applied Sport Psychology

This module aims to extend the knowledge and skills you will have developed in Foundation Psychology and Sport and Exercise Psychology. You will explore the key issues related to working with individuals and teams when providing sport psychology support. You will also look at designing and implementing psychological interventions whilst developing an understanding of the ethical issues supporting best practice in sport and exercise psychology services.

Decision-making and Perceptual Training

You critically analyse and discuss research in the area of decision making and perceptual training in sport and exercise, a topic concerned with differences in decision-making processes between expert and novice performers and how decision making may be improved in order to enhance performance. You use an interdisciplinary approach by examining motor behaviour, psychological and physiological influences on decision making and perceptual training.

Environmental Physiology

Sport and physical activity can place a severe physiological demand on the human body. These demands are often made harder when the activity takes place in an extreme environment, such as competing in the heat of the Athens' Olympics or trekking across the ice sheets of the Antarctic. This module introduces you to the effects that different environmental conditions have on the physiological functions on the human body. It particularly focuses on the immediate and long-term responses to exercise in these extreme environments such as extreme heat, extreme cold, high altitude, the ocean depths and outer space.

Nutrition for Health and Physical Activity

Current concepts in nutrition relating to health and physical activity are critically reviewed and their practical application are evaluated using case studies and the professional experiences of the module leader. Sport specific nutritional requirements are investigated and you develop the skills to establish nutritional status relative to these needs. You acquire the skills to develop, implement and critically appraise dietary strategies and food programmes aimed at optimizing an individual’s health and performance.


Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

On this multidisciplinary course you experience different teaching and learning strategies, which ensure you graduate not only with excellent theoretical knowledge, but also with essential work-related skills. The teaching methods include lectures, seminars, laboratory work, workshops, practicals and tutorials.

How you are assessed

You are assessed by a wide variety of methods including group work, presentations, laboratory reports and examinations. Many of the assessments mirror work-related tasks that help you prepare for employment within industry.

Timetabling information
As a full-time student your timetabled hours are between Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 6.00pm. On Wednesdays the latest you will be timetabled is until 1.00pm. Hours of attendance vary between 12 hours and 20 hours per week. Part-time undergraduate students are required to attend during the same days and times as full-time students but for only a proportion of the time, dependant on the modules being taken. Module choices are discussed with course tutors during the enrolment and induction period. Further details are automatically sent to applicants due to enrol this year.

Your full teaching timetable for Semester 1 of the 2018/19 academic year should be available from 1 September 2018. Standard University term dates can be found here.

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Career opportunities

You will be equipped for a range of roles, such as providing biomechanical, physiological or psychological support services to sport performers. Roles also exist in commercial sport performance and sports medicine centres, offering specialist nutrition, training and monitoring.

All programmes are designed to incorporate employability skills development alongside your degree course. Our staff utilise their extensive connections to provide many and varied opportunities to engage with potential employers through fairs, guest lecture sessions, live projects and site visits. In addition we offer a series of workshops and events in the first, second and third year that ensure all students are equipped with both degree level subject knowledge plus the practical skills that employers are looking for in new graduate recruits.

Our award winning careers service works with regional and national employers to advertise graduate positions, in addition to providing post-graduation support for all Teesside University alumni.

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 88-112 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent). You must have GCSEs in English, Maths and Science at grade 4 (grade C) or equivalent. We recommend an Access course if you're a mature student.

For entry to Year 0 (Foundation Year) a typical offer is 32-64 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent) and GCSE grade 4 (grade C) or equivalent in English, Maths and Science.

To enter the second year you need an HND in Sport Science/Exercise with a merit profile in appropriate modules.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Course information


  • Length: 3 years or 4 years including foundation year

More full-time details


  • Up to 5 years

More part-time details

  • Daytime
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342308

Contact details

Further information