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BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science

Sport & Exercise Science - BSc (Hons) Degree


Key Facts

​​​​​Accredited by:
The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences 

UCAS Code: C600

Place of Study: 
Cyncoed Campus

Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences

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.

Part-time fees:
Charges are per single module unless specified: undergraduate = 10 credits. Please contact the programme leader for further information on modules to be studied part-time and how this will affect fees.



Course Overview

​Professionally accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, the BSc Sport and Exercise Science degree at Cardiff Met 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 sport and exercise physiology, biomechanics and psycholog​y, with an option theme of study based on either performance analysis, sports coaching, strength and conditioning or fitness instruction and personal training. ​

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. 

You will be afforded  many opportunities to develop your practical contextual knowledge in exercise settings, training, coaching and performance.​

Course information on this page relates to September 2018 entry.

​Course Content​

Year One:​

Compulsory Modules:

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

Option Modules:
Choose one from:

  • Introduction to Strength and Conditioning
  • Sport Performance Analysis
  • Introduction to Sport Coaching and Physical Education*
  • Fitness Instructing and Personal Training**

Year Two:

Compulsory Modules:

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

Option Modules:
Choose one or two from:

  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Sport Performance Analysis
  • Sport Coaching and Physical Education*
  • Work Experience
  • Exercise Referral**

If one chosen from above, choose two from:

Applied Principles and Techniques (Athletics, Basketball, Badminton, Cricket, Dance, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, HRE, Netball, Problem Based Learning through Outdoor Adventurous Activities, Rugby, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Trampolining, Volleyball, Water Polo).

Year Three:

Compulsory Modules:

  • Independent Project (Dissertation)*

Option Modules:
Choose three or four from:

  • Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise
  • Exercise Psychology
  • Sport Psychology
  • Advanced Exercise Physiology for Health*
  • Advanced Sport and Exercise Physiology

If only three from above choose one from:

  • Problem Based Learning in Coaching*
  • Advanced Strength and Conditioning
  • Managing High Performance Sport
  • Sport Performance Analysis

* Module also available through medium of Welsh.

** Please note that these option modules incur an extra fee due to their link with Active IQ qualifications. For further information, please visit our additional course costs web pages:

Learning & Teaching

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

The learning and teaching methods include lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials and you will be  supported in these sessions via a Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle). Weekly lead lectures introduce key topics and concepts, which are developed through a range other learning and teaching methods You 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-centered learning opportunities that deliver a quality and flexible learning environment.

These  methods emphasise and facilitate your critical development, and cohere around the integration of practice and theory. Through the programme, you will  experience tutor-led learning and self-directed methods of learning, increasing independence and reflection that encourage positive attitudes towards lifelong learning).

Through the teaching and learning methods and the embedding of 'EDGE' (enabling the development of graduate employability) skill sets you 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 you to develop into reflective professionals and critical scholars and be able to apply theory to practice The teaching and learning has been designed so that from induction to graduation, you will encounter a learning experience that is coherent and develops a specific identity within your programme of study. ​


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 both support and facilitate the student learning experience and provide opportunities for students to engage in formative and summative assessments to test knowledge, ability, skill, and critical understanding. 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 complete an independent project (dissertation) of between 8,000 and 12,000 words in the final year.​

Employability & Careers

This course will prepare you to follow a career 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, our graduates have obtained 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 postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) for example.

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Applicants should normally have five GCSEs including English Language (or Welsh First Language), Maths* and Science at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England), plus 120 points from 3 A level (or equivalent).  Typical offers may include:

  • A Levels: 120 points to include grades BB; grade B to be in a Science subject (acceptable Sciences include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE/Sport Studies, Psychology, Mathematics or Social Biology). Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will normally be considered as a third subject
  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma with DDD overall
  • VTCT Extended Diploma in Sports Studies grade DDD overall
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 120 points from Highers to include 3 x H2 grades; one in a Science subject (minimum grade considered at Higher is H4)
  • Scottish Advanced​ Highers: 120 points with grades CC
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: Pass with 15 credits with Distinction and 30 credits with Merit
  • Applicants should also, preferably, ha​ve a strong sporting profile

 *For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.

Applicants are normally made an offer based on the details above. For applicants who are only undertaking 2 A levels (or equivalent) or are not predicted to meet the standard tariff offer above, applications will be considered based on the strength of the whole academic profile and we may issue a graded offer in lieu of an offer using the UCAS Tariff.

If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to UCAS Course Search for the entry requirements. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

Sport Applicant Days:
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. 

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

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

Part-time applications should be made direct to the University at:

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3

If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff Met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.

Contact Us

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

For course specific enquiries, please contact the Programme Support Team:

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting