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BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

Course overview

Start date

September 2017

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Course summary

The University of East London is making swift strides towards its aim of becoming London’s No 1 university for sport, and our much-admired Sport and Exercise Science degree is leading the way.

Study our challenging course and you’ll be examining the role that biomechanics, physiology, psychology and nutrition play in human performance. You’ll also look at how these disciplines interact, so you receive the complete education a multi-disciplinary sports scientist needs.

You’ll have the chance to study optional subjects that give our course its special flavour – such as our module in disability sport.

It’s a course that has attracted some of Britain’s leading sportsmen and women of the day such as European 200m champion Adam Gemili, Commonwealth 200m bronze medallist Bianca Williams and double European and Commonwealth medal-winning swimmer Aimee Willmott. It also develops the sports scientists and teachers who’ll help deliver the champions of tomorrow. 

If you want to know how good our course is, don’t just take our word for it. Listen to Adam.

“As an athlete you need to understand how your body works - the biomechanics," he says. "That knowledge has really helped me when I’m in the blocks to get the biggest first step that I can.”

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Degree + Foundation year

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If you have any questions, talk to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email

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of students agree the course has challenged them to achieve their best work ( NSS, 2017)

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 London Olympics and Paralympics.


We have a great track record in helping our students secure valuable work placements thanks to our close links with sports organisations. Our connections including football clubs such as West Ham United and Millwall.

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Samuel Amponsah

Sport and Exercise Science, BSc (Hons)

I chose UEL because they offered the course I wanted to study and saw the progress they were making in sports. Also, 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.

Entry requirements


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A Level
A Levels – including passes at A2 in at least 2 subjects, at least one A Level must be in a PE, Sport or Science related subject
Extended Diploma (QCF) or Diploma (QCF) in a related subject.
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and maths (See below for accepted equivalences)


(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.


Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We will also consider the UEL New Beginnings pre-entry course

Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll learn

We’ve worked hard to make this course as flexible as possible and you’ll discover we’ve found a pretty good balance between learning theory and actually seeing what that looks like in practice.

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. 

For instance, one of our students studied the coaching philosophy of Saracens Rugby Union Club. Another went to Leyton Orient to research how football goalkeepers distrib-ute the ball after collecting it in their area. This fascinating study led to him becoming a match analyst at the club after graduating.

What you'll study and when

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a bachelor’s degree, you can study this course as an ‘extended’ four-year programme. You’ll begin with a foundation year, which will prepare you for a successful transition to the degree course a year later.
By the end of the degree you’ll gain the same qualification as those obtaining direct entry to the course but you’ll take one year longer to complete your studies.
Academic & Communication Skills (core)

Essential Maths & ICT (core)

Human Biology (core)

Sports Development & Coaching (core)

Human Performance (core)
Psychological Aspects of Sport & Exercise (core)
Research Skills for Sport & Exercise (core)
Coaching Principles (core)
Development of Sport (core)
Research Methods and Design (core)
Physiological & Nutritional Assessment (core)
Analysis & Development of Performance (core)
Sport & Exercise Psychology (core)
Principles & Practice in Teaching & Coaching (optional)
Inclusion in Youth Sport & PE (optional)
Disability, Sport & PE (optional)
Training Programmes for Sport and Exercise (optional)
Sport & PE Policy (optional)
Independent Research Project (core)
Young People, Sport & PE (optional)
Work Placement (optional)
Applied Coaching (optional)
Chronic Health Conditions & Exercise (optional)
Contemporary Issues in Health, Sport & Physical Activity (optional)
Exercise Physiology Techniques for Applied Practice and Research (restricted optional)
Nutrition for Sporting Health (restricted optional)
Applied Sports Biomechanics (restricted optional)
Applied Sports Psychology (restricted optional)
Disability and Society (optional)

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.

Course specification Foundation Year

How you'll learn

We definitely like to do things differently at UEL, so there’s no danger of it being all lectures and no practical application. Indeed, we want you to throw yourself into sport. So you’ll get involved in workshops and do your own sports coaching and lab sessions.

You’ll learn in top-quality facilities at both our Docklands and Stratford campuses. We have fully equipped and advanced labs, including our own biomechanics suite to study people’s gait as well as specialist software used for nutritional analysis.

At our £21million SportsDock complex, we have a superb fitness centre and strength and conditioning room.

It’s important to us that our course is aligned with the principles of the British Association of Sports and Exercise Science (BASES), the UK’s professional body for sports and exercise science in the UK. The course is also accredited by SkillsActive, so you’ll be able to complete your Level 2 and Level 3 Gym and Personal Training Awards while you’re here.

Your friendly and supportive tutors, led by Dr Richard Buscombe, are all active in research and in community-based projects. You can get involved in worthwhile schemes like the one, funded by the NHS, in which we deliver exercise sessions for people with clinical conditions and young people who’ve suffered from alcohol and drugs abuse.

Your future career

A host of exciting career avenues in the sporting and teaching worlds will open up to you once you graduate, but the great thing about our course is that you may find they open up to you even while you’re studying for       your degree.

That’s because our work placements and the relationships we have built with sports organisations and schools are so strong.

They’re optional and flexible placements, which means you can choose your best time to undertake them. We have strong links with football clubs such as Leyton Orient, West Ham and Millwall and various sports academies    and schools. 

We’ve had students working at activeNewham, the sports arm of our local council, London Sport and the Olympic Park, which is right on our doorstep in Stratford. In some cases, these placements lead to full-time jobs. For instance, Oktay Huseyin was placed at a tennis academy in Essex and is now the head of strength and conditioning there.

Some of you will go on to further study, like one of Dr Buscombe’s students who did an extraordinary third-year project on spirituality and fandom in Lithuanian basketball. She’s now studying the same subject for her            PhD in Melbourne.

Our graduates have gone on to work for employers as varied as the National Basketball Association (NBA), Leyton Orient FC and the London Borough of Newham.

We’ve produced coaches, fitness club managers, personal trainers, private and community coaches and teachers. We even managed to find one of our students, Marshall Tutu, some tennis opportunities between his studies. Now he’s playing as a full-time professional.

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