Sport and Exercise for Health - BSc (Hons)

Are you passionate about sport and health and fascinated by the science behind it? Driven to learn more about using sport and exercise to make a difference to people’s lives? From enhancing the performance of elite athletes to improving the quality of life for the elderly, the innovative BSc Sport and Exercise Science for Health at Kent gives you the knowledge and practical experience needed to launch your career in this exciting vocation.

Overview

At Kent you are taught by lecturers with vast experience of working in a range of fields and with clients from Olympians and Paralympians to members of the public, including the elderly and frail. You work with our experts to gain a good mix of theoretical knowledge and hands-on practice and placement opportunities, developing a range of highly valuable laboratory and clinical skills, giving you the best possible start to your career.

Reasons to study Sport and Exercise Science for Health at Kent

  • Our excellent facilities, including physiology laboratories, a biomechanics laboratory with 3D motion capture cameras, enhance your learning experience
  • A range of optional modules enable you to specialise and tailor the course to suit your career goals.
  • Our lecturers have extensive knowledge and experience in their fields, having worked with the England Football team and Olympians, Science in Sport and Team Sky, as well as links with sports clubs and private companies, the NHS and many other sporting and health organisations.
  • Canterbury campus is home to an outstanding sports centre and gym, outdoor pitches, indoor and outdoor tennis and netball courts; and plenty of green space as well as more than 60 extra-curricular sports clubs.

What you'll learn at Kent

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

In your first year, you study a variety of disciplines and gain a solid grounding in key subjects including anatomical and physiological principles, the human response to exercise and a theoretical basis of qualitative and quantitative research. In your second and final years, you choose optional modules that reflect your interests in topics such as nutrition, sport and exercise psychology, massage techniques and sports injuries.

You also conduct your own research project in the final year, choosing from specialist options that may include, physical activity interventions, exercise rehabilitation for clinical populations or contemporary issues in nutrition.

You also have the option to gain valuable professional experience by working on placement in the sports and leisure industry or completing an additional year in industry.

Flexible tariff

Make Kent your firm choice – The Kent Guarantee

We understand that applying for university can be stressful, especially when you are also studying for exams. Choose Kent as your firm choice on UCAS and we will guarantee you a place, even if you narrowly miss your offer (for example, by 1 A Level grade)*.

*exceptions apply. Please note that we are unable to offer The Kent Guarantee to those who have already been given a reduced or contextual offer.

Entry requirements

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. All applications are assessed on an individual basis but some of our typical requirements are listed below. Students offering qualifications not listed are welcome to contact our Admissions Team for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.

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    A level

    BCC including grade B in an appropriate subject (eg Biology, Chemistry, Sport, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Mathematics, Applied Science)

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    Mathematics grade C

  • medal-empty Access to HE Diploma

    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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    Distinction, Merit, Merit in a sport or science subject plus GCSE Mathematics grade C

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    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.

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    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.

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    The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.

Please contact the School for more information at study-sports@kent.ac.uk.

If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.