Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons)

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UCAS code: C600 112 UCAS points
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 3 years
    • Pound 9250 per year
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, home applicant, part time

    • Home Applicant
    • Part time
    • Pound 2310 pro-rata full time fee
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 3 years
    • Pound 14820 per year

Degree with foundation year

UCAS code: C4A6 64 UCAS points
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 4 years
    • Pound 9250 per year
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 4 years
    • Pound 14820 per year

What makes this course different

  • BASES accredited

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

    Learn about our accreditation
  • Famous facilities

    You'll have access to truly outstanding sports facilities. TeamUSA were so impressed with our £21 million SportsDock facility that they made it their training base for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

  • 92% Positive Student Development

    You can be confident that your knowledge and skills will develop throughout your studies. 92% of respondents said this course challenged them to achieve their best work. (NSS, 2023).


BASES Accredited

This course is accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Course modules

The beauty of sharing a first year with your colleagues from our Sports Coaching and Sport, Physical Education and Development courses is that you can swap to one of those courses at the end of year one if you wish.

In year two, you'll complete a mixture of compulsory and optional modules. The options include Disability, Sport & PE, Principles & Practice in Teaching & Coaching and Inclusion in Youth Sport & PE.

For your final-year project, there's more scope to specialise, allowing you to focus on areas of particular interest to you.

NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

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Your future career

Many exciting careers in the sports, exercise and health fields are available to you. We will showcase these through live experiences in our teaching while you study.  Every sport and exercise science student has the opportunity to take work placements either paid or voluntarily and build relationships with sports organisations and schools before they graduate.

Industry links

We have strong links with industry leaders in sport, exercise and health which we make the most of through working with real people in real situations in the field. Many organisations use our student-led clinics in SportsDock where you gain hands-on experience working with elite athletes, army personnel, Parkinson's patients and our own East London Sport teams.

Graduate employers

Our graduates have gone on to work for employers as varied as the NHS, the National Basketball Association (NBA), Arsenal FC, Leyton Orient FC and the London Borough of Newham. The number of roles in exercise and health settings working with specialist populations in referral programmes or behaviour change is ever-expanding offering an increase in graduate-level opportunities.

Job roles

Sport and exercise science graduates enter the workforce in any number of roles including; strength and conditioning specialists, performance analysts, exercise physiologists, and private and community coaches and teachers. We encourage our students to think creatively about their future careers and as such we have a significant number who go on to be self-employed or set up small and midsized enterprises.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

Further study

Graduates may choose to move on to one of our postgraduate courses in Strength and Conditioning, Sports Psychology, Sport Analytics or Sport & Exercise Physiology. 

UEL Sport and Exercise Science graduates have also gone on to study in areas such as cognitive neuroscience and medical physiology at some of the most prestigious institutions in the UK. Some of our graduates go on to a career in teaching via our PGCE Physical Education course with our School of Education & Communities where as a UEL student we provide support for your application and interview technique.

Jack Little smiling in front of a white background.
My placement with Colchester United helped me be confident in applying for my dream job. I now work for FIFA as a Tournament Analyst"
Jack Little

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated careers support, and further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. Our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting-edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

This digital platform provides you with careers and employability resources, including: 

  • Jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work 
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts 
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services 
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you've mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

Our Mental Wealth programme

We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top: 

  • Work-based projects 
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations 
  • Support in starting a new business 
  • London on our doorstep

How you'll learn

Our innovative Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) approach enhances face-to-face learning by providing students with scheduled on-campus contact hours and additional learning opportunities. Through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), students can access course materials and resources beyond their scheduled hours. We offer access to industry-standard technology and specialised spaces to prepare students for their future careers. Dedicated time for activities and development, along with a holistic approach to learning, fosters academic, personal, and professional growth. Students benefit from career support through on-campus and virtual Career Zones, personalised support services, and a dedicated online portal, Track My Future (TMF).

    Guided independent study

    When not attending timetabled lectures or workshops, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This will typically involve skills development through online study, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects and preparing coursework assignments and presentations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, specialist facilities, such as game labs, the library, the full Microsoft Office software, including MS Teams, and Moodle: our Virtual Learning Environment.

    Academic support

    Students are supported with academic or subject-related queries by a programme director, module leaders, academic advisors (you’ll have an academic advisor from the teaching team as soon as you arrive with us), and university central support services.

    Dedicated personal tutor

    If you need a bit of extra help with certain skills such as academic writing, English, maths, or statistics, academic tutors offer workshops, drop-in sessions, and one-to-one appointments to help you achieve your potential.

    You can receive advice and guidance on all aspects of the IT systems provided by the university from our IT Service Desks located on all three campuses. Our Student Support hubs feature centralised helpdesks.

    UEL provides support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs).


    Each of the sport and exercise science modules is worth 20 credits which equates to 200 guided learning hours.  This includes 4 hours of face to face contact per week which would typically be made up from lectures, seminars, practicals and tutorials.

    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

    The sport and exercise sciences degree benefits from the inclusion of shared modules in term 1 of the first year so that students can get a grounding in some of the general principles and study skills that underpin the course.  From there the course has optional modules each year that compliment the core programme of study.  As such class sizes in year 1 are larger than in the final year where you would typically expect to be in a group lecture of around 50 students.  The seminars and practical sessions are broken down so these sessions run with approximately 25 students offering more focussed teaching and a lot of time to ask questions and check understanding.

How you'll be assessed

We'll assess you with a mixture of coursework and exams. Coursework includes essays, research reports, group and seminar presentations and a final-year project. Most of the assessment in your first year is by coursework and we'll give you as much feedback as possible. The balance of coursework and exams in year two will depend on your optional choices. In your third year, half of your assessment will be based on research coursework and a work placement.

Breakdown of assessment:

  • Year 1 = Exam (35%), Laboratory or Practical Assessment (33%), Portfolio/Coursework (15%), Presentation (8.5%), Report (8.5%)
  • Year 2 = Portfolio/Coursework (42%), Laboratory or Practical Assessment (18%), Presentation (17%), Report (15%), Exam (8%).
  • Year 3 = Portfolio/Coursework (60%), Presentation (17%), Exam (15%), Report (8%)

Campus and facilities

Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD


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What our students and staff say

UEL Sports
I chose UEL because they offered the course I wanted to study and saw the progress they were making in sports. Previous students told me how good the lecturers were at delivering the course. Being at UEL opened up some great opportunities for me, including working with the US Olympic team and placements at Leyton Orient Football Club and Mile End Hospital."

Samuel Amponsah

Sport and Exercise Science, BSc (Hons)

Mo Jafar landscape
What inspires me is the idea of paying it forward…throughout my education I had many people support me along my learning journey and seeing current and former students that I have taught do the same for other young people is extremely humbling."

Mo Jafar

Senior lecturer in Sport, PE and Development