The University of Essex is one of the UK´s leading academic institutions, ranked ninth nationally for research excellence following the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008).
Our BSc Sports and Exercise Science (including Year Abroad) enables you to not only study some aspects of the subject in more depth but also focus on the science of coaching and training. You spend your third year abroad.
You have the opportunity to gain coaching awards from sports governing bodies. This mixture of discipline-based and interdisciplinary approaches ensures you have the skills required to optimise your employability. In addition to your lectures, you have the opportunity to develop practical sports science skills in laboratory sessions. A key feature of this course is a major research project, which you complete in your final year. When you graduate from Essex, you are a knowledgeable and skilled sports scientist.
Our courses are based on flexibility and choice, so that you can tailor your degree to your interests. In your first year you usually take four or five pre-requisite modules for your course allowing you flexibility to try subjects you have not come across before.
With a small number of exceptions, once you successfully complete the first year of your BSc, you qualify to enter the second year not only of that course but also of a range of other courses. This means you can change your course, providing you have taken the appropriate pre-requisites and places are available.
We continue to offer a range of optional modules in your second and final-years and most courses allow you to undertake a final-year project. The research project enables you to work in one of our research laboratories alongside our internationally reputed scientists, studying real science in a real scientific environment. Some of our science courses offer an optional extra year of an industrial placement.
We operate a credit framework for our awards, which is based on principles widely used across the UK university sector. Each module has a credit rating attached and our standard three-year course consists of 360 credits (120 credits in your first year, and 240 credits across your second and final years).
Please note that module information on our course finder provides a guide to course content and may be subject to review on an annual basis.
Anatomy and Physiology 1;
Anatomy and Physiology 2;
Cell Biology for Sports and Exercise Science;
Introduction to Biomechanics;
Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology;
Professional Skills in Sports and Exercise Science (double module); and
Principles of Nutrition and Metabolism
Energy for Exercise;
Biomechanics, Movement and Sports Injuries;
Sports and Performance Psychology;
Research Skills and Employability in Sports and Exercise Science;
Accessing and Developing Performance in Sport and Exercise; and
two options from: Health and Lifestyle, Muscle Performance and Fatigue, or Work-based Learning in Sports and Exercise Science
Research project (double module);
Issues in Sport and Exercise Science; and
five options from: Exercise Rehabilitation, Nutrition and Drugs in Sports and Exercise, Psychology of Sporting Excellence, Special Topics in Exercise Physiology, Movement Analysis, and Sports, Exercise and the Self
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
IELTS band : 6
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A-levels: ABB-BBB, including one science subject or Mathematics
Please note: PE, Sports Science and Psychology count as science A-levels
GCSE Mathematics and Science: C
GCSE English: C
IB: 32-30 points, including Higher Level Science or Mathematics grade 5 and Standard Mathematics and Science grade 4 (if not taken at Higher Level, we consider IB certificates at the Higher Level on a case-by-case basis)
BTEC qualifications, in relevant disciplines, will be considered on an individual basis, depending on the units studied. The standard required is generally at Distinction level.
If you are taking the Access to HE Diploma in Sciences please e-mail us.
No work experience is required.
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Essex.
For up-to-date information on funding opportunities at Essex, please visit: www.essex.ac.uk/studentfinance.