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Sport Science BSc(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
3 years full time C600 Clearing 2014 and 2015
4 years full time including sandwich year C601 Clearing 2014 and 2015
4/5 years full time including foundation year C608 2015
6 years part time Apply direct to the University Clearing 2014 and 2015
Joint honours: see course combinations for UCAS codes

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Why choose this course?

If you are interested in the scientific processes and principles that underpin sports participation and performance, this course – endorsed by British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) – is ideal.

It covers the theory and practical aspects of sport science, giving the opportunity to explore a range of sport-related subjects, from exercise physiology and sport psychology to biomechanics and notational analysis.

Kingston University was ranked 13th out of 69 institutions – and 1st in London – in the Guardian's University guide 2015: league table for exercise, health and sports science.

You can choose to study Sport Science on its own or in combination with Business. See the Course combinations section for more information.

What will you study?

Year 1 introduces you to human anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, and sport and exercise psychology. You will examine the theory and practice of effective coaching and will have the opportunity to develop your coaching and leadership skills. You will also take part in a practical-based module, which will explore the theories that underpin coaching and leadership roles in sport and exercise in a practical context. There is a further module designed to teach you the essential principles of scientific investigation.

In Year 2, you will extend your knowledge of physiology and examine the effects of exercise on a range of physiological systems, equipping you with the scientific skills to monitor and assess health, fitness and performance. You will further your understanding of sport and exercise psychology and will cover topics in biomechanics, nutrition and analysis in sport and exercise. You will also take a module in research methods to prepare you for your final-year research project.

Year 3 introduces some choice into your studies and enables you to focus your degree on your areas of interest. A core module in extreme environments and ergogenic aids will provide you with essential knowledge of applied physiological responses to exercise and performance conditions. In addition there is the option of covering sport injuries, which will provide essential knowledge of injury assessment and rehabilitation. All final-year students also undertake a project/ dissertation on a selected topic.

If you choose to take the four-year sandwich route of this degree, you will undertake one year of industry-related work experience.

Course endorsement

BASES logoOur Sport Science BSc(Hons) course is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).

 

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1

  • This module provides an essential introduction to the skills required for undergraduate study and scientific research and to understand the principles of qualitative and quantitative experimental research and elementary data analysis. The skills developed in this module will begin to formulate the foundation to later research methods modules and the final year project or dissertation module.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Manage time to become effective independent learners.
    • Demonstrate and reflect on a range of academic key and transferable skills required for effective learning, including but not limited to oral presentations, written reports essays and demonstrate an awareness of feedback.
    • Locate contemporary research publications both in text and electronic format and reference them appropriately.
    • Understand the terminology and basic concepts of research in the field of sport and exercise science.
    • Identify appropriate methods of experimental research in sport and exercise sciences.
    • Conduct and interpret the results of statistical tests.
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  • This module introduces fundamental psychological constructs and how they impact upon our understanding of human behaviour and learning in sport and exercise environments. Such constructs include personality, motivation, anxiety, stress as well as the learning and performance process.

    On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

    • Identify and discuss the theories of sport and exercise psychology.
    • Describe the major theories of motor control and learning.
    • Discuss how psychological variables influence behaviour.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of measurement in sport and exercise psychology.
    • Demonstrate key skills of communication (group discussions; making a presentation; reading, selecting, extracting, and collating information from appropriate sources; produce written materials), numeracy (data collection; recording data, evaluating data; performing calculations), ICT (produce a document that incorporates and combines different types of information; search for, retrieve, and store information using ICT resources), teamwork, and develop independent learning skills.
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  • This module is designed to introduce the fundaments of functional anatomy and physiology, particularly the skeletal, neural, muscular, metabolic, respiratory and cardiovascular systems. The focus will be on the understanding of the biomechanics of movement and the physiological adjustments in response to the demands of sport and exercise.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Name the main anatomical features, and describe the functional skeletal, muscular and neurological anatomies of the major muscles, bones and joints of the human body.
    • Identify and describe the structure, function and interaction of systems used extensively in exercise, particularly the neural, muscular, metabolic, respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
    • Evaluate data from physiological and biomechanical assessment.
    • Use practical equipment accurately and demonstrate awareness of, and basic competency of sport and exercise laboratory equipment.
    • Demonstrate key skills of communication, numeracy, ICT, teamwork and develop independent skills.
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  • This module introduces theories related to coaching and leadership roles in sport and exercise. The module aims to create the environment where the individual develops their own practical competencies in related coaching and leadership skills.  In addition, the module aims to provide the experiential basis necessary to appreciate and understand sport as an academic subject.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of coaching, group management, and leadership theories.
    • Explain and discuss how theories of group coaching, management, and leadership can be applied to practical sport and exercise settings.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of structural, technical and tactical aspects of selected sports.
    • Develop practical coaching experience from assistant/observer to lead coach in a variety of sport and levels.
    • Lead a short session on warm up/cool down or technical, tactical skills related to a sport.
    • Demonstrate the key skills of creative thinking, problem solving, communication (group discussions; presentation; reading, selecting, extracting, and collating information from appropriate sources; produce written materials; incorporate images in documents including tables, charts, and diagrams), ICT (produce a document that incorporates and combines different types of information), teamwork (working with others), and develop independent learning skills.
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Year 2

  • This module focuses on the approaches to research design, data collection and statistical analysis and further discusses quantitative and qualitative research methods and introduces advanced statistical techniques.  The module provides an essential introduction to research ethics and the ethical approval procedures that are required when using human participants for research.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Reflect on personal and academic skills, and to research potential employment opportunities in the sport, health and exercise related industries, demonstrating an awareness of the attributes and skills needed to achieve your aspirations.
    • Formulate a research question based on the evaluation of relevant peer-reviewed literature.
    • Construct a viable research proposal with a sound rationale and appropriate research design.
    • Understand the procedures of applying for ethical approval for a study involving human participants and produce a relevant information sheet and informed consent form.
    • Perform and interpret appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative analysis.
    • Demonstrate the key skills of creative thinking, problem solving, communication (read, select, extract and collate information; produce a written report incorporating tables, charts, graphs and diagrams), numeric (collection of data;  design recording formats; perform basic calculations), ICT (presentation of data;  production of written report, search for and retrieve and store information), and independent learning.
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  • This module considers the psychological influences on human behaviour in sport and exercise environments and the concepts and methodologies of sport and exercise psychology.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Discuss theories of sport and exercise psychology.
    • Demonstrate how psychological theories can be applied to sport and exercise settings.
    • Critically discuss methodological issues related to sport and exercise psychology research and limitations of theories in sport and exercise psychology.
    • Demonstrate key skills of communication (group discussions; making a presentation; reading, selecting, extracting, and collating information from appropriate sources; produce written materials), numeracy (data collection; recording data, evaluating data; performing calculations), ICT (produce a document that incorporates and combines different types of information; search for, retrieve, and store information using ICT resources), teamwork, and develop independent learning skills.
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  • This module covers the acute and chronic physiological changes induced by exercise and an understanding of cardio-respiratory health as well as develop the application of exercise physiology to performance. The module considers the role of exercise and physical activity as a prescription therapy to clinical diseases and develops the scientific skills to monitor and assess health, fitness and performance.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • To explain how different intensities and duration of physical activity/exercise affects the major physiological systems.
    • To identify and apply the key aspects of cardio-respiratory measurements to the proposed limitations and physiological adaptations to exercise and physical activity participation.
    • To evaluate the issues/implications/benefits of exercise participation in relation to unhealthy individuals and special populations with reference to professional guidelines.
    • To evaluate the need for, and methods of, screening patients prior to exercise testing and prescription.
    • To use practical equipment accurately and demonstrate awareness of, and the practical competencies in, screening and assessment.
    • To demonstrate key skills of creative thinking, problem solving, communication, numeracy, ICT, teamwork and develop independent skills.
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  • This module introduces technical and tactical analysis of sport performance. The technical aspect introduces the key mathematical and physical concepts underlying the biomechanical analysis of sport and exercise and provides an appreciation of how the application of biomechanics may be used to explain and enhance sporting and exercise movements, with practical analytical experience. The tactical aspect provides an appreciation of the application of notational analysis to enhance the coaching process.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Demonstrate application of the mathematical and physical concepts underlying biomechanical analysis of sport and exercise.
    • Evaluate and analyse both sporting and exercise movements through the application of biomechanical theory.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts underlying the notational analysis of sports behaviour and strategy and its role in the coaching process.
    • Explain and evaluate data collection systems in notational analysis and their use in different sports.
    • Demonstrate key skills of communication, numeracy, ICT, teamwork and develop independent skills.
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Optional sandwich year

Year 3/4

  • This module is to measure academic independence in utilising the skills previously learned in Essentials for Sport and Exercise and Research Methods in Exercise Science where a significant piece of original and independent research is undertaken throughout the third year.  To produce a plan and undertake some form of data collection which will culminate in the writing of a scientific project and oral presentation.

    On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

    • Devise and write a concise plan of a proposed research project, paying due consideration to health and safety regulations and ethics, if required.
    • Undertake original research and compare the outcomes with the current understanding.
    • Write a structured and lucid report of the work carried out that is appropriately analytical and critical.
    • Evaluate and communicate complex information both orally and in writing.
    • Demonstrate key skills of creative thinking, problem solving, communication (produce written reports; oral presentation; incorporate tables, charts and diagrams in documents; collate information), numeracy (collect and analyse data), ICT (to obtain information; present written reports and oral presentation), and opportunity to reflect.
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  • This module provides coverage of the environmental influences that impact on humans when exercising or competing in sport. The physiological reactions to discrete environmental stresses are described and methods of acclimatisation or coping are explained. The module examines nutritional supplementation and prohibited methods to enhance physical performance, including focus on current regulation and policies and the attitudes, values and behaviours that may precipitate doping and the consequences of doping in sport.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Explain and interpret the effects of environmental factors on sport and exercise performance and critically evaluate strategies to overcome these environmental limitations.
    • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of nutritional supplements and methods of doping, including critical evaluation of the theoretical mechanism of action, the evidence supporting an ergogenic effect, and possible side effects.
    • Distinguish the difference between supplements and controlled substances and their status in and out of competition according to the World Anti-Doping Code Prohibited List, and recognise substances and methods that are detrimental for sports performance and health.
    • Critically evaluate different methods of doping prevention and policies.
    • Discuss the attitudes, values and behaviours that precipitate doping in sport.
    • Demonstrate key skills of communication (produce written reports and/or oral presentations; incorporate tables, charts and diagrams in documents/presentations; collate information), numeracy (collect and analyse data), ICT (to present coursework; to obtain information), teamwork (working with others), and develop independent learning skills.
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  • Choose from the following:

    • Exercise and Health Psychology
      This module covers the adoption and maintenance of physical activity/exercise and health behaviours. The module is intended to develop critical understanding of theories of behaviour prediction and evaluate research surrounding the benefits of physical activity/exercise for psychological health and well-being. In addition, the module develops understanding through the evaluation of interventions to promote physical activity and mental health.

      On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

      • Evaluate the benefits of exercise for psychological health and wellbeing.
      • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of determinants of health behaviour.
      • Develop an advanced critical understanding of exercise and health behaviour theories and their application.
      • Demonstrate key skills of communication (group discussions; making a presentation; reading, selecting, extracting, and collating information from appropriate sources; produce written materials), numeracy (data collection; recording data; evaluating data), ICT (produce a document that incorporates and combines different types of information; search for, retrieve, and store information using ICT resources), teamwork, and develop independent learning skills.

      Applied Sport Psychology
      This module furthers the understanding of the application of psychology to sport, including the role of the sport psychologist, and the types of skills used by these professionals with individual athletes and teams. Building upon the existing knowledge of psychological theory previously gained and applying this knowledge to case studies and stories of professional athletes. The module aims to  develop  an understanding of the frameworks used by sport psychologists working in the field, as well as having the opportunity to  apply these skills through role play. This module will develop critical understanding of sport psychology through the evaluation of interventions to promote athletic performance.

      On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

      • Effectively and critically apply psychological theory to the sport domain
      • Demonstrate an understanding of the applied sport psychology process: from needs analysis to intervention and evaluation, with a high level of autonomy and in an evidence based fashion
      • Demonstrate a developed critical understanding of the moral and ethical issues when working with performers in the area of sport psychology
      • Demonstrate key skills of communication (group discussions; making a presentation; reading, selecting, extracting, and collating information from appropriate sources; produce written materials), numeracy (data collection; recording data, evaluating data performing calculations), ICT (produce a document that incorporates and combines different types of information; search for, retrieve, and store information using ICT resources), teamwork, and develop independent learning skills.
       
    • This module provides a critical, theoretical and practical understanding of applied techniques used in the biomechanical analysis of human movement and sporting activity to identify how the application of biomechanics may be used to improve sports performance and reduce the risk of injury. The module also provides critical awareness of the mechanisms, prevention, assessment and treatment of injury associated with sport participation.

      On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

      • Apply knowledge and practical experience of the techniques used for recording and analysing sporting movements.
      • Critically evaluate how applied biomechanics can improve sporting performance and reduce the risk of injury.
      • Demonstrate a developed critical awareness of differing approaches to movement analysis.
      • Demonstrate a developed critical awareness of differing approaches and methodologies related to injury assessment and rehabilitation.
      • Demonstrate key skills of communication, numeracy, ICT, teamwork and develop independent skills.
       
    • This module develops previous skills gained and further enhances the role of notational analysis within sport. The module sees a much greater emphasis placed on the applied application on notational analysis and how this supports the coaching cycle within a variety of sports. Computerised notational investigations to gain insight into performance will be required.

      On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

      • Discuss the role of notational analysis in the coaching process, alongside current trends within the field.
      • Develop computerised notational systems for sport analysis.
      • Explain and describe computerised data collection systems in notational analysis and critically evaluate their application.
      • Critically evaluate the research area and understand the current developments within notational analysis research.
      • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the statistical measures and their application in notational research.
      • Demonstrate the key skills of communication (read, select, extract and collate information; produce a written report incorporating tables, charts, graphs and diagrams), numeracy (collection of data; design recording formats; perform basic calculations), ICT (presentation of data: production of written report, search for and retrieve information), teamwork (data collection with others) and independent learning.
       
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  • Choose from the following:

    • This module provides coverage of the environmental influences that impact on humans when exercising or competing in sport. The physiological reactions to discrete environmental stresses are described and methods of acclimatisation or coping are explained. The module examines nutritional supplementation and prohibited methods to enhance physical performance, including focus on current regulation and policies and the attitudes, values and behaviours that may precipitate doping and the consequences of doping in sport.

      On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

      • Explain and interpret the effects of environmental factors on sport and exercise performance and critically evaluate strategies to overcome these environmental limitations.
      • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of nutritional supplements and methods of doping, including critical evaluation of the theoretical mechanism of action, the evidence supporting an ergogenic effect, and possible side effects.
      • Distinguish the difference between supplements and controlled substances and their status in and out of competition according to the World Anti-Doping Code Prohibited List, and recognise substances and methods that are detrimental for sports performance and health.
      • Critically evaluate different methods of doping prevention and policies.
      • Discuss the attitudes, values and behaviours that precipitate doping in sport.
      • Demonstrate key skills of communication (produce written reports and/or oral presentations; incorporate tables, charts and diagrams in documents/presentations; collate information), numeracy (collect and analyse data), ICT (to present coursework; to obtain information), teamwork (working with others), and develop independent learning skills.
       
    • This module furthers the understanding of the application of psychology to sport, including the role of the sport psychologist, and the types of skills used by these professionals with individual athletes and teams. Building upon the existing knowledge of psychological theory previously gained and applying this knowledge to case studies and stories of professional athletes. The module aims to  develop  an understanding of the frameworks used by sport psychologists working in the field, as well as having the opportunity to  apply these skills through role play. This module will develop critical understanding of sport psychology through the evaluation of interventions to promote athletic performance.

      On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

      • Effectively and critically apply psychological theory to the sport domain
      • Demonstrate an understanding of the applied sport psychology process: from needs analysis to intervention and evaluation, with a high level of autonomy and in an evidence based fashion
      • Demonstrate a developed critical understanding of the moral and ethical issues when working with performers in the area of sport psychology
      • Demonstrate key skills of communication (group discussions; making a presentation; reading, selecting, extracting, and collating information from appropriate sources; produce written materials), numeracy (data collection; recording data, evaluating data performing calculations), ICT (produce a document that incorporates and combines different types of information; search for, retrieve, and store information using ICT resources), teamwork, and develop independent learning skills.
       
    • This module provides a critical, theoretical and practical understanding of applied techniques used in the biomechanical analysis of human movement and sporting activity to identify how the application of biomechanics may be used to improve sports performance and reduce the risk of injury. The module also provides critical awareness of the mechanisms, prevention, assessment and treatment of injury associated with sport participation.

      On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

      • Apply knowledge and practical experience of the techniques used for recording and analysing sporting movements.
      • Critically evaluate how applied biomechanics can improve sporting performance and reduce the risk of injury.
      • Demonstrate a developed critical awareness of differing approaches to movement analysis.
      • Demonstrate a developed critical awareness of differing approaches and methodologies related to injury assessment and rehabilitation.
      • Demonstrate key skills of communication, numeracy, ICT, teamwork and develop independent skills.
       
    • This module develops previous skills gained and further enhances the role of notational analysis within sport. The module sees a much greater emphasis placed on the applied application on notational analysis and how this supports the coaching cycle within a variety of sports. Computerised notational investigations to gain insight into performance will be required.

      On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

      • Discuss the role of notational analysis in the coaching process, alongside current trends within the field.
      • Develop computerised notational systems for sport analysis.
      • Explain and describe computerised data collection systems in notational analysis and critically evaluate their application.
      • Critically evaluate the research area and understand the current developments within notational analysis research.
      • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the statistical measures and their application in notational research.
      • Demonstrate the key skills of communication (read, select, extract and collate information; produce a written report incorporating tables, charts, graphs and diagrams), numeracy (collection of data; design recording formats; perform basic calculations), ICT (presentation of data: production of written report, search for and retrieve information), teamwork (data collection with others) and independent learning.
       
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You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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