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Sport Science BSc (Hons)

Why choose this course?

This course scored 100 per cent for student satisfaction in the 2015 and 2016 National Student Survey (NSS) course ranking.

This course is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)  

Guardian University Guide 

We are ranked number 1 in England and number 2 in the UK (out of 76) for Sport Science in the Guardian University League Tables 2020

The course has a strong emphasis on practical learning. Our specialist exercise physiology and biomechanics laboratories will give you experience of using the latest equipment and analysis techniques. 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. 

Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
3 years full time C600 2020
4 years full time including sandwich year C601 2020
4 years full time including foundation year C608 2020
6 years part time Apply direct to the University 2020
Joint honours: see course combinations for UCAS codes
Location Penrhyn Road

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • This course received 100 per cent overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2018). 
  • We are ranked number 1 in England and number 2 in the UK (out of 76) for Sport Science (Guardian University League Tables 2020). 
  • Our specialist exercise physiology and biomechanics laboratories will give you experience of using the latest equipment and analysis techniques.

Sport Science at Kingston

Sport Science students Louise and Tom talk about their experience studying at Kingston University:

What you will study

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

Year 2

Optional sandwich year

Year 3/4

Year 1 introduces 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. In a practice-based module you will explore the practical application of theories of coaching and leadership in sport and exercise. A further module teaches you the essential principles of scientific investigation.

Core modules

Essentials for Sport and Exercise Science

30 credits

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.
Sport and Exercise Psychology 1

30 credits

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.

Functional Anatomy and Exercise Physiology

30 credits

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.

The Science and Practice of Coaching (single honours only)

30 credits

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.

Year 2 extends your knowledge of physiology, and examines the effects of exercise on a range of physiological systems. It equips you with the scientific skills to monitor and assess health, fitness and performance. You will develop your understanding of sport and exercise psychology and will cover topics in biomechanics, nutrition and analysis in sport and exercise. A module in research methods will prepare you for your Year 3 research project.

Sports Science BSc core modules

Research Methods in Exercise Science

30 credits

This is a core module in all Sport & Exercise Science undergraduate courses. The module's focus is on the approaches to research design, data collection techniques and appropriate analyses to make accurate interpretations.  It further investigates quantitative and qualitative research methods introduced at Level 4 and introduces students to more advanced techniques. The module provides an essential introduction to research ethics and the ethical approval procedures that are required when using human participants for research. Skills developed in this module will form the foundation of the final year project module. This module also provides an overview of how to recognise and develop key and transferable skills to enhance employability through relevant professional development and research experience.

Sport and Exercise Psychology 2

30 credits

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.

Analysis in Sport and Exercise

30 credits

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.

Sports Science BSc optional modules

Health and Exercise Physiology

30 credits

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.

Sports Science BSc with Business optional modules

Sport and Exercise Psychology 2

30 credits

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.

Analysis in Sport and Exercise

30 credits

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.

Health and Exercise Physiology

30 credits

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.

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

Final year enables you to focus your degree on your areas of interest. A core module in extreme environments and ergogenic aids examines 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 undertake a project/dissertation on a selected topic.

Sports Science BSc core modules

Sport and Exercise Science Project

30 credits

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.
Extreme Environments and Ergogenic Aids

30 credits

This is a core module in Sports Science pathway, and an optional module in the Sports Analysis and Coaching, Exercise, Nutrition and Health and Biological Sciences (Human Biology) pathways. 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. This module also examines nutritional supplementation and prohibited methods to enhance physical performance, including a focus on current regulation and policies and the attitudes, values and behaviours that may precipitate doping and the consequences of doping in sport.

Sports Science BSc optional modules

Exercise and Health Psychology

30 credits

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

30 credits

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.
Biomechanics of Sport Performance and Injury

30 credits

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.
Applied Notational Analysis

30 credits

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.

Sports Science BSc with Business core modules

Management, Strategy & Organisations

30 credits

This module considers the development of the role of management in organisations, the importance of strategic analysis and decision making to enable sustainable development and the different contexts in which organisations might operate.
You will develop an understanding of the environment in which organisations operate and how organisations use internal resources and competences to achieve competitive advantage. The module examines the role of culture and management in organisations, and the options for growth and development

Sports Science BSc with Business optional modules

Extreme Environments and Ergogenic Aids

30 credits

This is a core module in Sports Science pathway, and an optional module in the Sports Analysis and Coaching, Exercise, Nutrition and Health and Biological Sciences (Human Biology) pathways. 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. This module also examines nutritional supplementation and prohibited methods to enhance physical performance, including a focus on current regulation and policies and the attitudes, values and behaviours that may precipitate doping and the consequences of doping in sport.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

You can choose to study Sport Science on its own or in combination with Business. In the latter, you will study Business modules alongside your Sport Science modules.

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

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list as these could change before your year of entry.

Foundation year

If you would like to study one of our science degrees at Kingston University but are not yet ready to join the first year of a BSc(Hons) course, you can include an extra foundation year within your chosen degree. Please see the science foundation year course page for details of modules.

Course combinations

What else you can study with this subject

You can study this course as a joint honours degree by combining it with one of the following subjects. Read more about how joint honours work, including the difference between major/minor and half field combinations.

  • Sport Science with Business
      • Type of combination: Sport Science major field
      • UCAS code: C6N1
      • Course duration: 4 years including sandwich year
      • Year of entry: Clearing 2019 and 2020
  • Sport Science with Business
      • Type of combination: Sport Science major field
      • UCAS code: C6NC
      • Course duration: 3 years full time
      • Year of entry: Clearing 2019 and 2020

      This course is also available for part-time attendance (course duration six years), please apply direct to the University

  • Sport Science with Business
      • Type of combination: Sport Science major field
      • UCAS code: C6ND
      • Course duration: 4 years including foundation year
      • Year of entry: Clearing 2019 and 2020

Entry requirements

Typical offer

  • 96 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications.
  • A Levels to include one Sport OR Science A2 at grade C or above in either PE (Physical Education), Sport Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science or Psychology, Sport Psychology. General Studies not accepted.

Alternatively, BTEC Extended Diploma in Sports and Exercise Science or Applied Science or Applied Biology with grades MMM.

Candidates are normally required to hold five GCSE subjects grades A*-C including Mathematics and English Language (or comparable numeric score under the newly reformed GCSE grading).

Alternative routes

We will consider a range of alternative Level 3 qualifications such as an Access Course in Sport and Exercise Science or Sport Science which has been passed with 96 UCAS points.

Applications from those that have undertaken a Science foundation year will also be considered.

International

We welcome applications from International Applicants. All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.0, with no element below 5.5.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching includes lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical laboratory experience with access to high-specification physiology and biomechanics laboratories.

Assessment includes continuous assessment (eg essays, laboratory reports, presentations), thesis and exam.

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Academic support

Our academic support team here at Kingston University provides help in a range of areas.

Dedicated personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of academic staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at Kingston and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University.

Your workload

Type of teaching and learning

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 1
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Guided independent study
Year 2
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Guided independent study
Year 3
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Placement: 50 hours
  • Guided independent study

How you will be assessed

Type of assessment

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 1
  • Coursework
  • Practical
  • Exams
Year 2
  • Coursework
  • Practical
  • Exams
Year 3
  • Coursework
  • Practical
  • Exams

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Your timetable

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. For undergraduate students Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Class sizes

To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally enrols 25 students and lecture sizes are normally 25­-65­.  However this can vary by module and academic year.

Who teaches this course?

The course is taught at the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing. Faculty staff have a wide range of experience across research and industry and continue to practice and research at the cutting edge of their discipline. This ensures that our courses are current and industry informed ensuring you get the most relevant and up to date education possible.

Staff will use their experience and professional networks to hone your skills and shape you into the next generation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates.

Course fees and funding

2019/20 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK or EU), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2019/20 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category  Amount
Home (UK and EU students) £9,250*
International Year 1 (2019/20): £14,200
Year 2 (2020/21): £14,600
Year 3 (2021/22): £15,000
Islands (Channel Islands and Isle of Man) To be confirmed by the Island Authorities

 * If your course involves a foundation year, the fee for that year for home and EU students will be £9,250 in 2019/20. The fees shown above apply for year 1 of the degree from 2018/19 onwards (fees may rise in line with inflation for future academic years). These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the results of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Eligible UK and EU students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Text books

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to, or be required to, buy your own copy of key textbooks.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences.

Free Wi-Fi is available on each of the campuses.

Printing

In the majority of cases coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Travel

Travel costs are not included but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses and halls of residence.

Note for EU students: UK withdrawal from the European Union

EU students starting a programme in the 2019/20 academic year will be charged the same fees as those who began in 2018/19 (subject to any annual increase in accordance with the applicable terms and conditions and the Kingston University fees schedule).

They will also be able to access the same financial support for the duration of their course as students who began in 2018/19, even if their degree concludes after the UK's exit from the EU.

No assurances have yet been made regarding 2020/21 and beyond. Updates will be published here as soon as they become available.

2020/21 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK or EU), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2020/21 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK and EU students) £9,250*
International Year 1 (2020/21): £14,600
Year 2 (2021/22): £15,000
Year 3 (2022/23): £15,450

* If your course involves a foundation year, the fee for that year for home and EU students will be £9,250 in 2020/21. The fees shown above apply for year 1 of the degree from 2020/21 onwards (fees may rise in line with inflation for future academic years). These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the results of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Eligible UK and EU students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

Facilities

There is a wide range of facilities for practical work at our Penrhyn Road campus, where this course is based. You will have access to a modern environment with the latest equipment.

Exercise physiology lab facilities

We have anumber of ergometers (eg treadmill, cycle, rowing kayak) for analysing sports-specific performance. Sophisticated equipment allows us tomeasure the physiological responses to exercise, such as.

  • oxygen consumption;
  • fat oxidation;
  • heart rate;
  • blood pressure; and
  • haematological responses.

Practical work helps you develop your understanding of exercise physiology and your practical skills. The high specification equipment ensures a high quality of research and allows staff to provide support services to top-class athletes from a range of sports.

Biomechanics lab facilities

A large laboratory provides space for teaching, research and consultancy activities. We can sophisticatedly analyse sports movements and skills thanks to:

  • force platforms fitted in the floor;
  • a six-camera motion analysis system;
  • an isokinetic dynamometer; and
  • electromyography.

Two smaller labs provide space for specific activities, such as gait analysis, assessment of muscle function and data analysis. The Library offers:

  • subject libraries, plus a free inter-library loan scheme to other libraries in the Greater London area;
  • online database subscriptions; and
  • a growing selection of resource materials.

Endorsement

This course is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)

British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)

British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)

What our students say

I've always been a keen sportsman and I wanted to know more about how the body functions and how it can be improved in relation to sport. I chose to study Sports Science at Kingston University because of its location - the area seemed clean, friendly and safe - and the content of the course appealed to me. 

For me, the practical sessions in both physiology and biomechanics have been among the highlights of the degree. The course is very 'hands-on', which is good as it gives you the necessary skills to pursue a career in sport and exercise sciences.  

I have also found the lecturers very approachable, helpful and accessible. I've struggled with scientific writing, but to overcome this, I went to see the relevant lecturers and they helped me endlessly.

George Garratt – Sports Science BSc(Hons)

After you graduate

You will graduate with specific skills and knowledge related to sport and exercise, as well as useful interpersonal and transferable skills. 

Employment opportunities include sport-, recreation- and health-related fitness roles in the private and public sectors, along with sport management and development. There are increasing opportunities for sport scientists to work with athletes or conduct research, and many of our graduates pursue careers in education.

Examples of recent graduate destinations

Types of jobs 

  • Sports coach 

  • Health adviser 

  • PE and sport lecturer assistant 

  • Gymnastics coach 

  • Project manager 

  • Personal trainer 

  • Health and wellbeing physiologist 

Employers 

  • Nuffield Health 

  • Virgin Active 

  • Bupa 

  • Newham Fitness Centre 

  • Kingston College 

  • Access to Sports 

  • Metsatark

Careers and recruitment advice

The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing has a specialist employability team. It provides friendly and high-quality careers and recruitment guidance, including advice and sessions on job-seeking skills such as CV preparation, application forms and interview techniques. Specific advice is also available for international students about the UK job market and employers' expectations and requirements. 

The team runs employer events throughout the year, including job fairs, key speakers from industry and interviews on campus. These events give you the opportunity to hear from, and network with, employers in an informal setting. For example, students can practise their interview skills with real employers at a 'speed interviewing' event on campus.

Employability preparation at Kingston University

In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate.  

As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include: 

  • placements; 

  • working or studying abroad; 

  • volunteering; 

  • peer mentoring roles; and  

  • internship opportunities within and outside the University. 

In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.

Courses available after you graduate

If you decide that you would like to go on to postgraduate study after your undergraduate course, we offer a 10 per cent discount on our postgraduate course tuition fees to our alumni.

What our graduates say

My family lives in Hamburg, Germany but I decided to study in England as sports science is more advanced here. As I had previously attended a Scottish boarding school for two years, I wasn't too apprehensive about coming to the UK, but of course it's always daunting to live in a new environment. Freshers' Week and events organised by the Students' Union really helped me settle in though. 

The content and structure of the course at Kingston was ideal for me as it covered the broad spectrum of my academic interests, plus allowed me to combine a science subject with business. Before I made my final decision I came to an applicant open day and just really liked the University and the surroundings. 

When I arrived I found the teaching staff were very enthusiastic, which motivated me to do well, and that there was a good balance between theoretical lectures and practical sessions. The highlight of my time here was achieving a first class degree and being awarded the UCB Pharma prize for the best joint honours student. 

After finishing my degree I volunteered in the Philippines, working with malnourished children and promoting physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. 

"If you're thinking about coming to university, I'd recommend studying a subject that you enjoy. I would also strongly recommend visiting any universities you might want to come to and talking to current students.

Vanezza Zabert – Sports Science with Business BSc(Hons)

How we work with external organisations

Our staff are actively engaged in research, presenting at international conferences and publishing in high-quality scientific journals. This means that you can be sure your course is being kept up-to-date and delivered by experts in the field.

Staff consultancy services can also give you the chance to observe sport science laboratory assessments of world-class athletes.  We provide physiological, biomechanical and psychological support to a variety of athletes and squads including:

  • the Great Britain Olympic Canoe and Kayak Team;
  • Fulham Football Club; and
  • Thames Turbo Triathlon Club.

Work placement year

How you can work in industry during your course

Placements:

  • provide work experience that is relevant to your course and future career;
  • improve your chances of graduating with a higher grade degree;
  • enhance your CV;
  • lead to a graduate job;
  • enable you to earn a year's salary whilst studying (the vast majority of placements are paid); and
  • help you to select your final-year project.

"To be successful, tomorrow's leaders will need to be far more rounded individuals than ever before. They will collaborate in pursuit of shared goals. They will guide, challenge and support...They will have an appetite for change and a hunger for continuous improvement, and they will have an ethos of learning and development..." Jeremy Darroch, Former Chief Executive, Sky.

"Doing a placement year effectively gives you one foot in the door of a future job and to stand out from the crowd... as well as enhancing my CV... and future interviews. It's a great motivator to be successful in my studies as it only serves to open even more doors and gain more skills." Placement student at Jagex Games Studios Ltd.

  • 81% placement students and 34% non-placement students got a first or 2.1 (Faculty of Computing, Information Systems and Mathematics, 2008).
  • 100% of placement students during 2008 recommend doing a placement (Faculty of Computing, Information Systems and Mathematics, 2008).
  • Many employers offer a graduate job to their successful placement students.

There is a lot of support available for students looking to secure a placement (eg a jobs board with placement vacancies, help with writing CVs and mock interviews). Getting a placement and passing the placement year are ultimately the student's responsibility.

For further information please contact the placements team by telephone 020 8417 2969 or email secplace@kingston.ac.uk.

Examples of placements

Placements can be with large multinational companies, international companies, local companies and small start ups; offering a diverse range of posts. Here are some examples of employers and roles:

Construction-based placement employers Construction-based placement roles 
RG Group
Multiplex
Costain
Willmott Dixon
Fluor
Assistant site manager
Assistant trades package manager
Assistant logistics manager
Health and safety officer
Construction engineer
Science-based placement employers  Science-based placement roles
Reckitt and Benckiser
GSK
Drug Control Centre
Minton Treharne and Davies Ltd
Various local and international hospitals
Bioanalytical sciences
Lab assistant
Pharmacy assistant
Sports coach
Engineering-based placement employers  Engineering-based placement roles
Airbus
BAM Nuttall
Nissan
Bosch
Wozair
Analysis of aircraft structure
Construction resources specialist
Site engineer assistant
Computing and IS-based placement employers Computing and IS-based placement roles
Disney
Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
IBM
McKinsey
Intel
Database co-ordinator
Software developer
Website developer
App developer
Mathematics-based placement employersMathematics-based placement roles
Lloyds Banking Group
AXA
Allianz
PAU Education, Spain
Analyst
Investment solutions
Research analyst
Accounts assistant

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