Sport and Exercise for Health with Sport Management - BSc (Hons)

Launch your career in the sport, exercise and health sector with this multi-disciplinary degree. This unique course equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to boost the performance of elite athletes and to work with members of the public including children, older people and those adapting to illness and injuries, to improve their quality of life.

Overview

Our expert lecturers are active researchers and have practical experience of working in areas such as sports management and policy, sport marketing and leadership, nutrition, sport psychology and sport science, and their research underpins our teaching, ensuring you learn about the latest thinking in the field.

Reasons to study Sport and Exercise for Health with Sport Management at Kent

  • Through our wide range of modules you will discover best practice and innovation in sport management with insights from leading international researchers, specialists and practitioners from within the UK and global sport sectors; including in the areas of sport development, volunteering, professional sports work, and sport-mega event legacy.
  • We have professional connections with the NHS, sports teams and organisations, health-promoting agencies and private businesses, and regularly engage with them across sport, science and health. These relationships inform our research-led teaching and practice, and improve your employability through providing work placement opportunities and unique sector insights.
  • During your course you will have access to our fantastic facilities including cycling and rowing ergometers; 3D motion video analysis; blood testing and respiratory gas analysis equipment; a rehabilitation gymnasium; an anti-gravity treadmill and an environmental chamber.
  • You will benefit from the wider Kent Sport facilities on our Canterbury campus, such as the fitness suite, dance studio and indoor halls and outdoor sports pitches - as well as our new Kent Sport Clinic, which will be the most comprehensive sports performance clinic in the South East.
  • Team Kent, funded by the students’ union runs more than 60 different sports clubs and our large green campus is a great place for morning/evening runs or cycling.
  • If you have competed at county level you can apply for one of the University’s sports scholarships.

What you'll learn

You’ll study key areas including sport industries, sports marketing, sports leadership, sport and exercise promotion, exercise physiology, psychology, nutrition, biomechanics, as well as exercise for special and clinical populations. You will also develop your research skills in advance of undertaking your final year research project, which gives you the opportunity to use our excellent lab-based facilities and equipment ensuring you develop practical skills.

In your second and final years you can select optional modules to tailor your studies more specifically towards your career aspirations, for example by completing a work placement module.

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Year in industry

Tailor your degree to suit you by spending a year working in industry in the UK or abroad. Taken between your second and final years, a Year in Industry will give you the chance to put into practice the skills you’ve learnt and gain further valuable experience of real-world applications of sport and exercise science. Many placements pay a salary and you will gain relevant experience, skills and confidence, which will benefit you in your final-year studies and when applying for jobs after graduation.

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

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    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 studynats@kent.ac.uk.

Typical entry requirements for 2022 entry remain published on the UCAS course search website. These provide a rough guide to our likely entry requirements for Clearing applicants. 

During Clearing (after 5 July), our entry requirements change in real time to reflect the supply and demand of remaining course vacancies and so may be higher or lower than those published on UCAS as typical entry grades. Our Clearing vacancy list will be updated regularly as courses move in and out of Clearing, so please check regularly to see if we have any places available. See our Clearing website for more details on how Clearing works at Kent.

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.

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Course structure

Duration: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

SPOR3380 Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology (30 credits)

SPOR3440 Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology (15 credits)

SPOR3450 Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics (30 credits)

SPOR3500 Introduction to Sport Industries (15 credits)

SPOR3550 Research in Sport & Exercise Sciences (30 credits)

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

SPOR5300 Sport and Exercise Leadership (15 credits)

SPOR5550 Principles of Sport Marketing (30 credits)

SPOR5670 Sport and Exercise Promotion (30 credits)

SPOR5920 Research Methods, Design & Planning (30 credits)

Optional modules

Students must select a total of 15 credits from a list of optional modules that will be provided.

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

SPOR5230 Exercise Prescription, Referral and Rehabilitation (30 credits)

SPOR5660 Research Study in Sport Science (45 credits)

Students must select ONE of the following modules:

SPOR5780 Event Management (30 credits)

SPOR5790 Industry Placement (30 credits)

Optional modules

Students must select a total of 15 credits from a list of optional modules that will be provided.

Fees

The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • Home full-time £9250
  • EU full-time £15900
  • International full-time £21200
  • Home part-time £4625
  • EU part-time £7950
  • International part-time £10600

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.

Additional costs

General additional costs

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Funding

University funding

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

Government funding

You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.

Scholarships

General scholarships

Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

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.

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Teaching and assessment

The programme involves lectures, small group seminars and private study. In addition, you are expected to design, lead and take part in practical sports sessions. You have several lectures or practical sessions and a series of seminars each week. You are also required to spend additional time developing your skills and knowledge in real-life situations.

The first half of Stage 1 is largely assessed by coursework and observed assessments. In the second half of Stage 1, some modules have written examinations in addition to coursework and practical assessments. During Stages 2 and 3, the form of assessment varies from 100% coursework to a combination of examination and coursework.

Contact hours

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.

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

  • provide a multi-disciplinary education
  • prepare students for the challenges of an expanding and rapidly changing sports health industry, while providing them with a wide choice of careers paths
  • provide the skills needed to promote the health and performance of an individual or group using a multidisciplinary approach
  • provide a critical knowledge and understanding of the sport and exercise sciences
  • present a valuable educational experience with the opportunity to integrate theory and practice. 

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • anatomical and physiological principles
  • the human response to exercise
  • the theoretical basis of qualitative and quantitative research
  • the nutrition required to perform at an optimum level
  • the nature of a psychological approach in relation to sport and exercise
  • exercise prescription for a range of population groups
  • social processes that influence individual and group behaviour and participation/performance in sport.

Intellectual skills

You gain intellectual skills in the following:

  • the skills needed for academic study including critical evaluation
  • how to plan, design, execute and communicate a piece of independent work demonstrating a critical engagement with the relevant data
  • how to apply knowledge to solve familiar and unfamiliar problems in order to develop reasoned arguments and challenge assumptions
  • self-appraisal and reflection on practice
  • the ability to recognise and respond to moral, legal, ethical and safety issues that relate to your studies.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in the following areas:

  • relating the concepts of anatomy, physiology and metabolism to the body’s response to exercise
  • practical skills in physiological assessment and interpretation of data from fitness testing
  • the ability to appraise and evaluate the effects of sport and exercise interventions
  • the ability to analyse, interpret and show critical judgement in the evaluation of the sport sciences. 

Transferable skills

You gain transferable skills in:

  • communication, presentation, numeracy and IT
  • interactive skills and group work
  • problem solving 
  • self-appraisal and reflection on practice
  • how to plan and manage your own learning.

Independent rankings

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

Careers

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. 

You can read their stories, and find out about the range of support and extra opportunities available to further your career potential.

Professional recognition

Graduates may be eligible to apply for Register of Exercise Professionals accreditation. They may also be eligible to sit for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health and Fitness Specialist qualification.

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