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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • Copius Consultants
  • English Institute of Sports
  • Sports Institute Northern Ireland
  • Statsports
  • Pricewater House Coopers
  • Mourne Gymnastics
  • Craigavon Borough Council

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Fitness Instructor
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Sports Coach
  • Sports Scientist Professional
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Active Community Coach

Overview

Important notice – campus change This course will move to the Belfast campus in September 2019.  Students will change campus part way through this course. Find out more

To lead, inspire and shape the future of sport.

Summary

Study Sport and Exercise Sciences at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

Sport and Exercise Science is becoming one of the most popular subjects for undergraduates and provides excellent career opportunities. Advances in the sports industry and the growth of competition have made a scientific approach to sport fundamental to monitoring and improving performance.

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About this course

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About

This programme allows you to use a scientific approach to analyse performance in sport and exercise and to develop academic and professional skills which you can use to find employment in this expanding field. Science subjects studied include physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Find out more about placement awards

Attendance

Students should be available to attend lectures, seminars and practical classes as timetabled, during weekdays. The programme duration is three years, or four years including optional placement year.

Start dates

  • September 2017
How to apply

Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand.

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Year one

Effective Learning and Employability in Sport

Year: 1

This module aims to develop both students? study skills and employability capacities. Self-awareness, IT skills, career planning and transferable skills will all be delivered within this module. Students will also have the opportunity to complete the `Building Your Skills? PDP module through the Career Development Centre which can contribute credit to students achieving the Edge Award.

Principles of Teaching and Coaching

Year: 1

This module will introduce students to the best practice principles of teaching and coaching in relevant contexts. It will involve the examination of basic theory into basic coaching/teaching practice

Sports Practice

Year: 1

Understanding new sports will provide the students, through participation and observation, with the opportunity to acquire and broaden their understanding of and a competence in a range of physical activities.

Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology

Year: 1

Through a series of lectures and tutor-led seminar sessions, students will understand the theoretical and practical importance of sport and exercise psychology to enhancing performance.

Introductory Coaching Award

Year: 1

Through a series of tutor-led practical sessions and focusing on a single sport, students will understand the concepts involved in coaching and have the ability to develop, implement and evaluate coaching sessions and self-reflect upon their own coaching practice. Students will have the opportunity to achieve a recognised Governing Body coaching award. ?

Principles of Anatomy and Physiology

Year: 1

The module provides students with a foundation of anatomy and physiology that is relevant to higher level study within physiology and other related interdisciplinary subjects within sport and exercise science. In addition, the module seeks to establish basic measurement, evaluation and writing skills that are pertinent to discipline.

Basic Biomechanics

Year: 1

This module provides key introductory knowledge and practical experiences in the basic biomechanical analysis of sport and exercise motion and equips the student to apply theoretical knowledge to the basic understanding of performance.

Year two

Sport & Exercise Psychology

Year: 2

This module provides students with a grounding in the theoretical constructs underlying contemporary issues in the domain of sport and exercise psychology. Students are encouraged to critically evaluate competing theoretical accounts of psychological phenomenon. They also gain an understanding of the measurement of different concepts and constructs. ?

Research Methods

Year: 2

This module is designed to introduce both the practical and conceptual understanding of research methodologies within sport, exercise and leisure research.

Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise

Year: 2

Through a series of lectures and tutor-led seminar sessions, students will understand the theoretical and practical importance of sport and exercise psychology to enhancing performance.

Physiology of Sport and Exercise

Year: 2

This module considers the acute and chronic responses and adaptations of exercise on the physiological systems. The effects of nutrition on sport and exercise performance will also be discussed. Practical experience of the use of contemporary sport and exercise physiological techniques is also provided. The knowledge and skills obtained from this module will be pertinent for related sport, exercise and health modules chosen in final year.

Sports Development and Management

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module provides students with theoretical knowledge of the sports industry as well as case study examples and guest lectures to allow the students to appreciate the management of sports development work in practice.

Strength And Conditioning

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module provides students with the basic knowledge, skills, and abilities to physically prepare athletes to meet the demands of competitive sport. A special emphasis is placed on the development of the student's practical proficiency.

Motor Learning and Performance

Year: 2

This module is optional

Through a series of lectures and tutor-led practical sessions, students will understand the theoretical and practical importance of motor learning and performance. Students will also develop experience delivering fundamental movement skills programmes.

Applied Coaching Principles

Year: 2

This module is optional

Through a series of lectures, tutor-led and participant led practical sessions students will develop a clear understanding of the essential components of safe and effective coaching methodology and develop competence in planning, implementing and evaluating effective coaching programmes at both participation and developmental level.

Physical Education: Theory and Practice

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module introduces the student to the factors and policies which impact the design and delivery of physical education in schools and theories that underpin effective learning and teaching in key stages 1 and 2. Students are given the opportunity to discuss and apply theory to practice in practical teaching scenarios in seminars, workshops and micro teaches/practicals.

Health and Fitness Instruction

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module provides students with the knowledge and skills to effectively develop and maintain fitness in healthy populations and/or those individuals with medical clearance to exercise.There is an opportunity to attain a recognised Fitness Instructor qualification.

Performance Analysis

Year: 2

This module is optional

This module will provide students with a basic understanding of the concepts underlying notational analysis systems .It will also provide practical skills to help them provide analysis that can be applied to a practical coaching and service provider environment to enhance the coaching process.

Year three

Diploma in Professional Practice (International) (DPP/DPPI)

Year: 3

This module is optional

During the 3rd year, students gain up to 48 weeks (minimum of 130 days) structured work experience in primary/secondary level education, the fitness and leisure industry, in agencies concerned with sport and health, or in relevant research institutions. This placement experience is designed to provide an insight into the world of work, to consolidate knowledge and skills acquired during the first two years and to promote the development or transferable skills.

Diploma in International Academic Studies (DIAS)

Year: 3

This module is optional

This placement experience is designed to provide experience of an educational and cultural environment outside the UK to promote the development of transferable skills.

Year four

Research project: sport and exercise sciences

Year: 4

This module will provide knowledge, practical opportunities and research skills in the undertaking of an independent piece of research in the sport and exercise sciences.

Elite Athlete

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module will aim to develop student's ability to critically analyse current elite sports and coaching programmes and assess how programmes can be successfully planned implemented and evaluated.

Sports Strategic Management

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module explores the background, principles and practices of the strategic management process, which sports and leisure organisations employ to ensure competitive advantage over their competitors. The module is designed to ensure the students gain the underpinning knowledge and competencies to become potential managers in the fastest growing global industry of the 21st Century.

Exercise Metabolism

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module will provide an overview to an exciting new area of exercise science, and will provide the student with an opportunity to further develop an understanding of the human body during conditions of exercise stress.

Applications in Sports Biomechanics

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module provides the student with current and relevant knowledge related to the conceptual and practical experimental and modelling analysis of biomechanical analysis of human motion.

Advanced Sports Development

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module is primarily concerned with investigating the evolution of sports development and examining the many different strands of the profession. The module will also highlight the role of government and key agencies in the formulation of policy and strategies that impact upon the sports development domain and seek to develop key vocational and entrepreneurial skills.

Physical Education: Advanced Policy & Practice

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module will involve students in the critical appraisal of recent educational policy and initiatives and a critical assessment of how the subject area of physical education can respond to such initiatives. Issues that impact the effective delivery of physical education will be critically examined in theory and in practice in both the school and university context.

Applied Sport Psychology and Contemporary Issues

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module provides students with a critical overview of the contemporary topics in applied sport psychology. It also equips them in developing entrepreneurial cognition and innovation in their group tasks. Furthermore, they will develop an understanding of a client-centred approach to consulting in their needs assessment case study.

Physical Activity, Exercise and Health

Year: 4

This module is optional

Society is faced with an inexorable rise in chronic disease development, often linked to lifestyle factors such as poor diet and physical inactivity. This module equips students with a critical understanding of the role of exercise in the prevention of such diseases, by exploring the underlying physiological mechanisms, and the importance of health promotion in target populations.

Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module considers the relationship between nutrition and exercise. The module provides the student with the opportunity to further develop an understanding of the human body and how good nutritional practices can be effective for exercise performance and good health.

Applied Performance Analysis

Year: 4

This module is optional

This module will provide students with an in-depth knowledge and the practical skills required to evaluate the impact of performance analysis theories, principles and concepts on sporting performance and how these can be applied to a coaching, teaching and service provider environment.

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is AAB to include a grade A from one of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, PE, Physics, Sports Studies, Sport Science & Leisure Industry or Double Award Applied Science (grade AB).

BTEC

Overall BTEC award profile DDD (to include a unit grade profile of 11 distinctions) in a sport or science based BTEC.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile of Irish Higher grades A1,A1,A1,B1. Specific subjects required include two A1 Highers in the following: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Physics & Chemistry. Plus English and Mathematics grade D at Higher level or grade C at Ordinary level.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall Access profile pass with an average of 70% in each level three module. To include two level three modules from the following: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physical Education, Psychology or Sport Studies. NICATS Maths (25 credits) or Maths 1 and 2 or GCSE grade C Maths.

Please note that this is currently under review with UCAS for 2017. Please refer to the Equivalence of Qualifications for indicative requirement.

GCSE

GCSE Profile to include English Language, Mathematics and a Science at grade C. Essential/Key Skills in Application of Number is not regarded as an acceptable alternative to GCSE Mathematics.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Foundation Degree in Sport & Exercise Fitness (Sports Science pathway) Pass at Commendation (65%) allows advanced entry to Year 2 to be considered.

Applicants should note that, as they will be engaged in 'regulated activity' involving children or vulnerable adults as part of their course, there is a compulsory, legal requirement to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure from AccessNI. The cost for this is payable by the applicant and is currently £33. More information on Enhanced Disclosures may be accessed by www.accessni.gov.uk (http://www.accessni.gov.uk).

In addition to the AccessNI check, all candidates are required to undergo a health screening check undertaken by their own doctor.

HND (science/sport related) entry requirement:

Pass HND with overall Distinction to include 90 distinctions in level 5 credits/units

HNC (science/sport related) entry requirement:

Pass HNC with overall Distinction to include 120 distinctions in level 4/5 credits/units

Applicants may also meet the course entry requirements with combinations of the different qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS (provided subject requirements as noted above are met). Examples of acceptable combinations include:

2 A Levels and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

OCR National Diploma and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

2 A Levels and Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

A Level and BTEC National Diploma

For further information regarding combination offer requirements, please contact Faculty Office staff on T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6098 or E: facljn@ulster.ac.uk

Teaching and learning assessment

Teaching and learning occur in larger and small groups in which the emphasis is placed on a welcoming environment that promotes student responsibility, empowerment and confidence. The emphasis on a welcoming environment can be seen in the interaction that occurs between students, and between staff and students, in large group/lecture environments such as interactive discussions promoting dialogue, the use of various media and online technologies and the use of real-life problem-based tasks/scenarios to promote interdependent learning. We also promote the experience of interdependent learning in small group environments through peer teaching and coaching, oral and poster presentations. The assessment methods employed within the course are directly underpinned by the course team's awareness of the kinds of knowledge and skills which graduates need in the vocational and professional practice of sport.

Exemptions and transferability

Foundation Degree in Sport, Exercise and Fitness (Sports Science pathway); pass at commendation level (65%) allows advanced entry application to year 2 to be considered. This collaborative provision is only offered at the following colleges: Northern Regional College (NRC), South Eastern Regional College (SERC), Southern Regional College (SRC) and North West Regional College (NWRC).

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • Copius Consultants
  • English Institute of Sports
  • Sports Institute Northern Ireland
  • Statsports
  • Pricewater House Coopers
  • Mourne Gymnastics
  • Craigavon Borough Council

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Fitness Instructor
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Sports Coach
  • Sports Scientist Professional
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Active Community Coach

Career options

Career Destination Statistics indicate a significant number of sports graduates go on to study the PGCE in Physical Education, while a further 5 – 10% pursue other postgraduate qualifications both at the University of Ulster and at other institutions in the UK and abroad. A growing number of graduates gain employment in the leisure industry, with a significant proportion of each cohort embarking on careers in areas unrelated to sport. The extensive placement programme allows the course team to remain in touch with the needs of employers. Students completing this programme would be equipped to undertake postgraduate study on a growing number of taught MSc's in the sport and exercise sciences. Opportunities for MPhil/DPhil level studies may be available for those who demonstrate the requisite abilities.

Work placement / study abroad

The School of Sport continues to work towards developing its industrial placement programme due to the recognised value of offering students such an experience. Increasing numbers of students on this undergraduate programme have chosen to spend a placement year between their second and final year, leading to the award of Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) or a Diploma in Academic Studies (DIAS). Currently around 75% of students undertake such placements. However, we have chosen to keep placement optional as we take cognisance of the fact that many of our students gain employability skills and work experience in their paid or voluntary part- time work, or in the case of our mature students, prior to entering their course.

Academic profile

  • The course is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES): for the period 2014-2019
  • 90% of the course team are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • 1 member of staff has a University's Distinguished Teaching Award Fellowship
  • 8 members of the course team were included in the submission for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. Overall, 65% of our research was rated as world leading and internationally excellent reflecting our emphasis on research selectivity and quality.
  • Several members of staff have received funding for teaching & learning related initiatives. Examples include HEIF awards, FDTL Awards, Fusion project, CIES, Invest NI and Play board developments.

Apply

Applications for full time undergraduate courses are made through UCAS

https://www.ucas.com/.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Tuition fees shown are for last years entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing and may be subject to an annual increase. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study. Read our Tuition Fees Payment Policy

Northern Ireland & EU:
£3,925.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£6,000.00
International:
£12,890.00

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Dame Mary Peters prize for the highest aggregate mark in final year.

Additional mandatory costs

Additional Cost - Sports Kit, Access NI.

As part of entry to your course, you will be required to purchase a sport kit. 2015/16 costs were approx £160.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course. 

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees. 

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

Faculty Office (Mrs June Edgeworth)

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6029

E: j.edgeworth@ulster.ac.uk

Course Director:Dr Rodney Kennedy

T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6242

E: r.kennedy@ulster.ac.uk