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Sport & Exercise Science FdSc

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
2 years full time C603 2019
4 years part time Apply direct to the University 2019

This course is subject to validation.*

Why choose this course?

Our Sport & Exercise Science FdSc, taught jointly with Richmond upon Thames College (RUTC), offers a blend of human exercise theory and sport performance with an emphasis on practical experience in the workplace.

You will gain a comprehensive knowledge of the biomechanical analysis of human movement and sporting activity. You will learn how to apply this knowledge to improve sports performance and reduce the risk of injury.

You will also study human behaviour in the exercise environment. You'll look at the relationship between exercise and health and wellbeing, and how exercise could improve mental health. You will investigate how applied sport psychology can enhance sport training and performance. You'll learn how to evaluate and make informed judgements about the psychological factors that affect sports performance.

You'll experience using and working with the latest equipment and analysis techniques and graduate with potential for a wide range of careers and further study options.

What you will study

You will learn the fundamental theories of sports performance and human exercise, practical competencies and how to apply your academic knowledge.

The course reflects the multidimensional nature of sport performance and exercise, exploring anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and exercise psychology. The course enables you to develop your coaching philosophy and style based on your specific interests and specialisms.

You will gain in-depth knowledge of industry-standard analysis tools used to aid sports and exercise analysis and performance.

There are opportunities for work-based learning at a number of local amateur and professional clubs.

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 (Level 4)

  • This module aims to introduce the skills required for undergraduate study and future employment in the sports industry. The key and transferable skills for effective study are developed so that all students, irrespective of previous qualifications are adequately equipped to undertake learning and assessments. Alongside this there is also a focus on development of employability skills and practices. As part of an in depth exploration of an industry role of their choice students will be given opportunity to develop their career goals and assess their suitability for employment through reflection and a needs analysis in relation to their own professional development. As part of their journey into employment students will prepare for their work based placement module at level 5.

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  • This module aims to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of exercise prescription in a professional setting. This will include client assessment and gym based testing and programme construction. It will also develop the knowledge derived from functional anatomy and exercise physiology and apply this in a practical setting.  This will enable students to prescribe programmes for athletes from various sporting backgrounds with a variety of goals using complimentary training methods.  

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  • This is a core module in the Sport and Exercise Sciences field.  The module is designed to introduce the student to the fundamentals 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.

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  • This level four module is a core module in all Sports & Exercise Science undergraduate courses. The module seeks to introduce 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. These topics will be introduced within lectures, further examined within seminar, workshop and practical sessions, and supplemented with additional online material.

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Year 2 (Level 5)

  • With the aim of developing industry employability this module will equip students with the skills to undertake both a personalised work placement and to perform an industry based professional development project. Dependent on personal circumstance in terms of current employment, qualifications, experience and career aspirations students will then pursue one of these avenues. Prior to commencing the activity learners will seek approval for the proposed activity by developing and presenting a rationale and justification. Students will build upon the employability skills developed during the study of LS4800 and will focus on higher order skill application when working with clients and performing a role in the sports industry. Students will further develop their skills as a reflective practitioner alongside the application of underpinning knowledge.

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  • This module is designed to give the knowledge and practical skills necessary to manage the safe and effective treatment of common sports injuries. The module will provide an understanding of the mechanism of injury and explore treatment methods including sports massage techniques and their effects. In addition, students will consider the factors that influence the healing and repair process of human tissues. Students will gain competence in client consultation and assessment, including postural and movement analysis. This will enable them to apply clinical reasoning in the planning and application of appropriate sports therapy treatments to meet the needs of the athlete.

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  • This module is a core module in the Sports Science and Sports Analysis and Coaching fields. The 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 students with 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. Students gain experience in various hand notation systems as well as using a computer based system.

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Option modules

  • This is a core module in Sport Science and Exercise, Nutrition & Health degree pathways, and offered as an option on the Sports Analysis & Coaching degree pathway. The module seeks to enable students to further understand the psychological influences on human behaviour in sport and exercise environments. These topics will be introduced within lectures, further examined within seminar, workshop and practical sessions, and supplemented with additional online material.

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  • This is a core module in Sport Science, Exercise, Nutrition & Health and Biological Sciences (Human Biology) degree pathways, and offered as an option on the Sports Analysis & Coaching. This module covers the acute and chronic physiological changes induced by exercise and an understanding of cardio-respiratory health. This module will develop the students' application of exercise physiology to performance. The module will also enable students to apply the role of exercise and physical activity as a prescription therapy to clinical diseases. This module will further develop the student understanding by equipping them with the scientific skills to monitor and assess health, fitness and performance.

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*Subject to validation

We have robust internal approval procedures to ensure that our programmes of study are of the highest quality and will offer our students the best academic experience.  Our approval process is called validation.  Where a course is described as 'subject to validation' this means that the course is in development and the details are in the process of being finalised by the University. Whilst courses on our website with the status of 'subject  to validation' are approved by Kingston University, validation is not guaranteed. Should the course not go ahead you will be informed by the University and assistance will be provided to those who have been offered a place to find a suitable alternative course either at Kingston University or another provider.

Please note that students who require a Tier 4 Visa to study in the UK will not be issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for courses that have a Subject to Validation status.

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