Taking part in sport can be life-changing and so can a degree in sport and exercise science. Gaining the skills to boost elite athletes’ performance, improve fitness in the general population or support people with ongoing health conditions opens up rewarding career options.
You’ll be joining a school that’s passionate about sport – playing it, understanding its impact and promoting it. Our links with external sports organisations, community groups and clubs, combined with outstanding on-campus facilities, ensure you gain in-depth knowledge alongside practical experience.
Our academic staff are leaders in their fields, producing research that improves the performance of coaches and athletes and looks at how sport and exercise can improve physical and mental health in the general population. They are also approachable and use their top-level experience to help you to choose modules that support your career ambitions.
If you would also like to gain the knowledge and skills to develop and apply sport management strategies, we offer a Sport and Exercise Science with Sport Management degree.
Dr Chris Fullerton and student Robyn Jones talk about how our Sport and Exercise Science degree could be the first step to wherever you want to go.
Sports Science at Kent scored 88% overall in The Complete University Guide 2023.
If you are already competing at county level or equivalent (at least), you can apply for a sports scholarship from the University.
The course is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).
You'll gain invaluable practical experience and confidence in your ability to work with clients at all levels of fitness.
Our typical offer levels are listed below and include indicative contextual offers. If you hold alternative qualifications just get in touch and we'll be glad to discuss these with you.
BCC including grade B in an appropriate subject (eg Biology, Chemistry, Sport, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Statistics, Mathematics, Applied Science, Human Biology)
Distinction, Merit, Merit in a sport or science subject plus GCSE Mathematics grade C
30 points overall or 15 at HL including Biology/Chemistry/Physics/Mathematics, Sports, Exercise and Health Science 5 at HL or 6 at SL and Mathematics 4 at HL or SL.
Mathematics grade C / 4
Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average including 60% in Fundamentals of Human Biology and 60% in Life Sciences plus 50% in LZ013 Maths and Statistics.
The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.
The University welcomes applications from Access to Higher Education Diploma candidates for consideration. A typical offer may require you to obtain a proportion of Level 3 credits in relevant subjects at merit grade or above.
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Teaching involves practical laboratory and sports-based sessions, lectures, small group seminars and private study. You will have a number of lectures and practical sessions and a series of seminars each week – depending on the optional modules you select. You may also be required to spend time developing your practical skills and experience in placement or event situations.
Methods of assessment vary depending on the module but predominantly involve coursework, observed assessment, practical tests and, where appropriate, clinical assessments. Some modules are assessed via written exams.
For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours. The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
For programme aims and learning outcomes please see the programme specification.
As a Sport and Exercise Science graduate, you'll leave Kent with an excellent grounding in scientific knowledge and extensive laboratory experience. In addition, you also develop the key transferable skills sought by employers, such as:
This means that our graduates are well equipped for careers across a range of fields. They have gone on to work in sports science support for elite athletes, professional sports teams, teaching and in the NHS for physical activity, exercise referral or health promotion.
I've most enjoyed having the room to grow as a person and learn my way.
For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.
For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.*
The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.
All students who are part of the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences will receive a complimentary hoodie once they have started the course.
Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.
Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details.
At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence.
The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.
We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.
Many of our sports scholars go on to earn incredible achievements in their chosen sport. Here they tell us their favourite thing about the University of Kent.
I loved the vibe it gave off when I looked around, it seemed friendly, supportive and fun. Also the sports science course offered a year in industry that I thought would be a great opportunity for me.
If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can apply through UCAS or directly on our website if you have never used UCAS and you do not intend to use UCAS in the future.
We welcome applications from students all around the world with a wide range of international qualifications.
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