Why choose this course?
You’ll study on a National Strength and Conditioning Association recognised programme which will allow you to complete the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist qualification near graduation. During your time with us, you’ll cover the three main disciplines of sports science: physiology (including nutrition), biomechanics and psychology. You’ll learn about human anatomy, sports performance, and strength and conditioning. You’ll use the performance labs to learn how to assess and improve sporting performance. What’s more, you’ll gain invaluable knowledge on the role exercise plays in improving health and wellbeing.
Many of your lecturers are accredited or chartered with professional bodies. These include the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (U.K.S.C.A) and the British Psychological Society. This means you’ll learn from lecturers who are recognised for their high standards of knowledge and skills. They’ll be there to ensure those standards are transferred to you. You’ll spend around eight hours in lectures per week, and eight hours in practical sessions. Some of these will take place in our labs, others are interactive workshops and seminars. We’re rated TEF Gold, making us one of the best universities for teaching and support.
Herts is one of the few Universities with an Active Students and Staff programme. This means we offer free sports and exercise sessions to all our students and staff. This gives you an excellent opportunity to do research on the effects of sport and exercise on well-being. You could even get a part-time job working for them as an Activator – leading your own exercise sessions or assisting with qualified instructors. Maybe even play some new sports yourself.
More than just a degree
During your time with us, you’ll be able to access many additional resources and opportunities. Here are just a few of them:
Guest lectures from renowned companies and individuals. Past speakers include GSK, the Hertfordshire Sports Village, and Felicity Aston – the first woman to walk the Antarctic solo.
Work Experience: including local, national, and international employers taking students for their work experience module in the final year (e.g. football, rugby clubs, hospitals, other universities).
Guest lecturers: e.g. G.S.K, H.S.V, Felicity Aston (the first woman to walk the Antarctic solo)
Work Experience: including local, national and international employers taking students for their work experience module in the final year (e.g. football, rugby clubs, hospitals, other universities)
Opportunities for students to support applied testing and research in the labs
Opportunities to gain internationally recognised qualifications:
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (N.S.C.A)
A.C.S.M Certified Exercise Physiologist
Level 2 Fitness Instructor certification
Turn your dreams into your dream job
Because you’ll study various aspects of sport and exercise, there is a wide range of career opportunities waiting for you. Interested in becoming an exercise physiologist? A sports therapist? Maybe a health promotion specialist? This course will give you a solid foundation to do exactly that. If you prefer going into sports coaching or even manage a fitness centre of your own, we’ve got you covered. Some of our graduates have gone on to work and study in education, business, and nutrition. The opportunities are endless.
What's the course about?
In your first year, you’ll learn the foundations of human physiology and nutrition, as well as musculoskeletal anatomy, psychology and the principles of biomechanics. You’ll gain the analytical and problem-solving skills needed to excel. There is a special module to teach you how to perform and analyse fitness testing and exercise prescription. You’ll study the acquisition of skills and motor control. To help you settle into university life, you’ll take a module focused on developing the academic skills you need to be a successful student.
Your second year builds on what you learnt in the first year. You’ll study the applied biomechanics of performance, applied sport and exercise psychology and exercise physiology. The module on research design helps you understand the principles and methods that underpin scientific research. You’ll be able to use this to critique and understand research done in this field. It’ll also come in handy for your final year project in the third year. There are also a few optional modules for you to choose from. Learn about exercise for a healthy population, sports conditioning or functional anatomy and clinical biomechanics.
Work placement/study abroad option: Between your second and final year, you’ll have the option to study abroad or do a work placement for up to a year. Not only will this give you an amazing experience to talk about but will also give your CV a boost. If you’d rather go straight to your final year, that’s fine too. You’ll decide in your second year with us, so there is still plenty of time to think about this.
In your third year, there is only one compulsory module: your final year project. You’ll get a personal supervisor and together you will produce an independent sports research project. This means you’ll design and undertake your own project on a topic relevant to your area of study. You’ll present this in the form of a poster presentation and journal-style report. All other modules are optional and allow you to specialise in the areas you like best. Learn about technology in sport, advanced biomechanics or strength and conditioning. There is one module that allows you to gain 70 hours of work experience*
Your main campus is de Havilland
You’ll share this campus with students from business, law, sport, education, and humanities subjects. The student housing is close to our Sports Village which includes a gym, swimming pool and climbing wall. You can get breakfast, lunch, or dinner in our on-campus restaurant or bar (in the newly built Enterprise Hub) on days you don’t feel like cooking. You can also use the common room to play pool, video games or just to hang out with friends.  Our Learning Resources Centres are open 24/7, which means you can study whenever suits you best. Want to pop over to the other campus? You can take the free shuttle bus or walk there in just 15 minutes.