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Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Sport and Exercise for Health

Study the science behind sport performance, exploring its relationship with physical and mental health.
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Course overview

Are you passionate about sport and fascinated by how the science behind it impacts health? Are you driven to learn more about using sport and exercise to make a difference to people’s lives?

Launch your career in this exciting field with the innovative BSc Sport and Exercise for Health at Kent. It gives you the knowledge and practical experience needed for a broad range of careers, from enhancing the performance of elite athletes to improving the quality of life for the elderly.

At Kent you’ll learn from expert lecturers who have vast experience in sports organisations, training, sport psychology, and injury and rehabilitation. They work with a range of clients from Olympians and Paralympians to members of the public.

You'll gain a good mix of theoretical knowledge and hands-on practice. You'll also develop a range of highly valuable laboratory and clinical skills, giving you the best possible start to your career.

Are you also interested in sports management strategies? Get the best of both degrees with our Sport and Exercise for Health with Sport Management degree.

Why study Sport and Exercise for Health at Kent?

Ambition never stops.

Dr Steve Meadows explains the types of careers available to Sport and Exercise for Health graduates.



Sports Science at Kent scored 88% overall in The Complete University Guide 2023.

Funding your studies.

If you are already competing at county level or equivalent (at least), you can apply for a sports scholarship from the University.

Professional recognition.

The course is pre-authorised by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) so graduates are eligible to sit the ACSM EP-C certification exam.

First-class facilities.

You'll gain invaluable real-world experience in our laboratories and clinics.

Everything you need to know about our Sport and Exercise for Health course

Entry requirements

Typical A level offer
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Click below to find out more.

Course structure

You study the science behind sports performance and physical activity and cover topics such as anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, psychology and sport nutrition.

How you'll study

We use a variety of learning and teaching methods including practical laboratory and sports-based sessions, lectures, small group seminars and private study.

Your future

You graduate 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:

  • excellent communication skills
  • work independently or as part of a team
  • the ability to solve problems and think analytically
  • time management.

This means that our graduates are well equipped for careers across a range of fields and 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.

Gain transferable skills.
"There’s lots of practical work and it was fascinating learning how to assess people, monitoring heart rates, using a Douglas bag (which analyses exhaled breath) and so on."
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Hands-on learning.

Access to high-quality equipment is crucial to your learning. Enhance your experience with hands-on practice in our laboratories and custom-built teaching spaces.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • UK
  • EU
  • International
  • UK
  • EU
  • International

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.* 

Your fee status

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.

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. 


We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Next steps

Ready to apply?

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.

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