Watch to find out more

Share This Page

Sport & Exercise Science - BSc (Hons) 

Course Overview

Professionally accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, the course focuses on the scientific basis of performance in sport and participation in exercise. The main thrust of the course is based on the disciplines of physiology, biomechanics and psychology with optional focus on performance analysis, sports coaching, and strength and conditioning. Sport and Exercise Science Students will follow a dedicated pathway throughout the three levels that focuses on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary aspects of Sport and Exercise Science with a high level of vocational relevance and experience. Students are given many opportunities to develop their practical contextual knowledge in exercise settings, training, coaching and performance.

Course Content

Year One:
Compulsory Modules:

  • Introduction to the Research Process*
  • Introduction to Applied Principles and Techniques in Professional Practice
  • Physiology of Sport and Exercise*
  • Biomechanics and Functional Anatomy for Sport and Exercise
  • Psychology of Sport and Exercise

Option Modules:

  • Introduction to Strength and Conditioning

Choose one from:

  • Sport Performance Analysis
  • Introduction to Sport Coaching/PE

Year Two:

Compulsory Modules:

  • Research Process*
  • Physiology of Sport and Exercise*
  • Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise
  • Psychology of Sport and Exercise

Option Modules:

Choose one or two from:

  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Sport Performance Analysis
  • Understanding and Applying Teaching and Coaching
  • Work Based Learning

If one chosen from above, choose two from:

  • Sport Techniques and Analysis (Athletics, Basketball, Cricket, Dance, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, HRE, Netball, Outdoor Adventurous Activities, Rugby, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Trampolining, Volleyball, Waterpolo)

Year Three:

Compulsory Modules:

  • Independent Project

Option Modules:

(Choose three from)

  • Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
  • Exercise Psychology
  • Sport Psychology
  • Exercise and Health Physiology
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology

And choose one from:

  • Problem based learning in coaching
  • Advanced Strength and Conditioning
  • Managing High Performance Sport
  • Sport Performance Analysis
  • PGCE Module

* Module also available through medium of Welsh.

Learning & Teaching

Learning, teaching and assessment methods have been selected to ensure the educational aims and the learning outcomes of modules and the programme are achieved.

The learning and teaching methods may include lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials and staff and students are expected to support these sessions via VLE. Lead lectures introduce key topics and concepts, which are developed through a range other learning and teaching methods such as seminar, tutorials, workshops to enhance the student experience and engagement. Students are also able to meet tutors or any other members of staff on a one to one basis. As a school, we are keen to implement the principal aim of Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Learning, Teaching and Assessment strategy: To provide student-cantered learning opportunities that deliver a quality and flexible learning environment. Improving personalised support and access to academic staff.

These selected methods emphasise and facilitate students’ critical development, and cohere around the integration of practice and theory. Through the programme, students will normally experience both tutor-led learning (usually at Level 4) and self-directed methods of learning, increasing independence and reflection encouraging positive attitudes towards lifelong learning (at Levels 5 and 6).

Through the teaching and learning methods and the embedding of ‘EDGE’ (enabling the development of graduate employability) students will be equipped with, develop and be able to demonstrate graduate attributes as defined by Cardiff Metropolitan University and Cardiff School of Sport.  We aim to help them to develop into reflective professionals and critical scholars. The teaching and learning has been designed so that from induction to graduation, students will encounter a learning experience that is coherent and develops their identity within their programme of study. A principal concept of this programme is to enable students to apply theory to practice.


The assessment strategies for each module vary to ensure that most appropriate method is used for that area of study. Modes of assessment are designed to reflect that students have fulfilled the learning outcomes of the programme of study, or part of a programme, and have achieved the standard required to progress to the next stage or to qualify for an award (as articulated by the FHEQ and CQFW).

Assessments support the student learning experience and provide opportunities for students to engage in formative and summative assessments to test knowledge, ability, skill, and critical understanding. The undergraduate modules are assessed primarily by a combination of varying types of assessments (e.g., written coursework, poster presentations, oral presentations, portfolios, seen and unseen exams, practical skills assessments) that are designed to assess, develop, and enhance academic and employability skills. Students who wish to obtain an honours degree award will be expected to produce a dissertation of between 8,000 to 12,000 words in the final year.

Employability & Careers

This course prepares our graduates to follow careers in sport and exercise science, fitness testing, instruction and health promotion, teaching and lecturing in primary, secondary and higher education, coaching, and in performance analysis within high performance and community levels of sport. In addition, graduates obtain roles in national governing bodies, sports institutes, and non-sporting areas (e.g., business and health).

For example, past graduates have gone on to study physiotherapy, medicine, chiropractic and nursing, while others have obtained employment as scientific support personnel (e.g., in fitness, biomechanics, physiology, psychology and performance analysis) for regional and international rugby teams, golf unions, professional football teams, the English Institute of Sport, Sport Wales, and lecturing globally in sport and exercise science related areas. The subjects studied and skills learnt give graduates the opportunity to continue their education to Master and Doctorate level or undertake a PGCE.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a strong sporting profile; five GCSE passes including English Language, Maths and Science at grade C or above, plus one of the following:

  • 320 points from at least three A Levels / Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades BB; grade B to be in a Science subject; General Studies excluded (acceptable Sciences include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE/Sport Studies, Psychology, Mathematics or Social Biology)
  • QCF BTEC Extended Diploma (Distinction, Distinction, Distinction) to include 12 Distinctions overall within a relevant subject
  • 320 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 3 x B1 grades; one in a Science subject (minimum grade C2 considered)
  • Pass Access with 45 credits at Level 3 to include 15 credits at Distinction within a relevant subject
  • 320 points from the Welsh Baccalaureate to include grades BB at A Level, grade B in a Science subject; General Studies excluded (acceptable Sciences include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE/Sport Studies, Psychology, Mathematics or Social Biology), Core counted as fourth subject
  • Qualifications equivalent to the above

If your qualification is not listed above, please refer to the UCAS website.

For applicants only undertaking 2 A Levels / 12-unit BTEC or equivalent, other qualifications and sporting achievements will be considered.

Successful applicants will be invited to a Sport Specific Applicant Day as part of the application process. For more information about Sport Open and Applicant Days, please click here.

Successful applicants are expected to give first priority to the university sports teams throughout their undergraduate careers.

Applicants are advised not to make multiple applications for other undergraduate degree courses within the Cardiff School of Sport, as applicants may have the chance to change option.

Selection Procedure:
Selection is based on the receipt of a completed UCAS application and attendance to a Sport Applicant Day.

Key Facts

Accredited by: The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences

UCAS Code(s): C600

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Sport
Cyncoed Campus

Course Length: Three years full-time.

Also available part-time and can be up to eight years. The part-time students join the full-time students for all modules. Therefore most of the modules are completed between 9.00am and 6.00pm on weekdays.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available please refer to For additional costs please refer to

Bursaries & Scholarships:
The university also offers a bursary and scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the School Administrator:
Tel: 029 2041 6591

Come and see us
If you’d like to find out more, then why not come and see us at one of our undergraduate Open Days. To book a place, click here.

See Also:
Cardiff School of Sport Website

Student Life

Check out why Cardiff is such a great place to study


For more information about getting as place in halls.

Tuition Fees and Scholarships

View current tuition fees and what scholarships are available.

Open Days

Find out more about when you can visit us and book a place online.

Student Support Services

Advice on disability, careers, counselling, health and finance.

How to Apply

Find out how and when you should apply.

Library & Learning Facilities

Check out the library and learning facilities available to our students.

Sports Facilities

Click here for further information on sports facilities.

Students Union

Visit the Students Union website for more information.

Research  & Enterprise

Latest information on Research and Enterprise at the University.

Campuses & Travel

Information on how to find us including directions and maps.

Investing in your Future

Over £50 million planned investment in estates and facilities.