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Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Sport and Exercise Science
with a Foundation Year

Unlock the science behind peak performance with Sport and Exercise Science.
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Course overview

This programme is designed for students who may not meet the requirements for direct entry to Stage 1 of our Sport and Exercise Science degree course. It is also an excellent conversion course for applicants who have shown academic ability in non-science subjects.

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 with a Foundation Year degree.

Why study Sport and Exercise Science at Kent?

Make your mark.

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.

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 endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).

Student-led clinics.

You'll gain invaluable practical experience and confidence in your ability to work with clients at all levels of fitness.

Everything you need to know about our Sport and Exercise Science 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 will develop a knowledge of anatomical and physiological principles, the human response to exercise and a theoretical basis of qualitative and quantitative research.

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.
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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.

Your future

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:

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

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.

Achieve your ambitions.
Find out more about our students and their careers after graduating.

Student stories

I've most enjoyed having the room to grow as a person and learn my way.

Rebecca Dennis, Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons)

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.

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. 

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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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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