Start date: October 2021
BSc (Hons) UCAS: 38YX 3 years
BSc (Hons) UCAS: 0G62 4 years with professional training
BSc (Hons) UCAS: 39YX 4 years with foundation year
BSc (Hons) UCAS: 40YX 5 years with foundation year and professional training
Why choose this course
Surrey is one of the UK’s leading universities for sport and exercise science, with our courses ranked top 10 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.
Our BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science course is accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) under the Undergraduate Endorsement Scheme (BUES), a recognised award for UK courses providing a high standard of education.
With well-equipped specialist teaching labs, sporting facilities and practical classes based on our Stag Hill campus and at Surrey Sports Park, this course will prepare you for a rewarding career in professional sport, health promotion, teaching or research and will provide you with opportunities to gain additional qualifications.
What you will study
Sport and exercise sciences consider the theoretical knowledge and practical application of scientific principles relating to physiology, biochemistry, nutrition, biomechanics and psychology, to maximise sports performance and improve general health and wellbeing through exercise. Our BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science course builds on our multidisciplinary strengths in these areas.
You’ll benefit from the exceptional facilities based at our £36 million Surrey Sports Park and extracurricular opportunities to assist with athlete support, patient exercise referral, research project development and delivery, educational workshops and outreach projects.
“Since starting at Surrey I've definitely become more confident by pushing myself out of my comfort zone.” Izzie Coomber, student
The Sport and Exercise Science BSc with foundation has an additional year of study designed to support your transition on to latter years of the course. You will study full-time for one year at foundation level, and after successfully completing it you will be ready to move on to the next three years of the course.
You’ll benefit from Surrey’s exceptional facilities on both the Stag Hill campus and at Surrey Sports Park.
Our well-equipped specialist teaching laboratories include:
Biochemistry and tissue analysis labs containing analysis equipment for western blot, ELISA and PCr, and equipment such as an ILAB and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GCMS)
An exercise physiology lab containing cycle ergometers, treadmills and breath-by-breath gas analysis system
A biomechanics/movement (gait) lab containing 14-camera Qualisys Motion Tracking System, ground reaction force plates and Tekscan Plantar Pressure System
Anthropometric labs containing bioelectrical impedance, DXA and PQCT scanner.
Many of our practical classes will be based at Surrey Sports Park. Our commercial sports performance lab and private athlete training areas include:
The Surrey Human Performance Institute which contains an Isokinetic Dynamometer, breath-by-breath gas analysis equipment, SRM and WattBike cycle ergometers, treadmills, SVT hand-eye coordination trainer and bioelectrical impedance
A strength and conditioning suite which contains three Olympic lifting platforms, force plates, linear position transducer and an optical measurement system.
The facilities at Surrey Sports Park include a 50-metre swimming pool, netball, hockey and football pitches, 3G pitches, a full-size basketball hall and fully equipped gymnasiums.
The £36m development offers world-class sports provision, giving students, the community, elite athletes and teams the optimum environment in which to play, train, perform and enjoy the benefits of sport.
Surrey Sports Park brings world-class athletes to Surrey. It is the permanent training base for England Women's Rugby Sevens Squad, RFC Harlequins (rugby), Surrey Storm (netball), Surrey United (basketball) and Guildford City Swimming Club, and is a hub for regional squash and racquetball.
It acted as a base for teams competing in the 2015 Rugby World Cup and hosted the 2017 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup.
Support for elite athletes
If you’re a talented athlete and you would like to study with us, we have specialist support services to help you fulfil your sporting potential while receiving a high standard of education. The Surrey Sports Park is a Sport England TASS accredited centre providing performance services to athletes on the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme.
We also independently offer up to 36 sports scholarships to undergraduate and postgraduate applicants of exceptional sporting ability on our High-Performance Athlete Support Scheme.
Team Surrey clubs are at the heart of student sporting experience at the University of Surrey with over 5,000 student members, competing across more than 40 sports clubs.
Joining Team Surrey means you have the chance to compete in the British University and Colleges Sport competition. It also provides the opportunity for a variety of volunteering projects, particularly in coaching and community involvement.
As a student at Surrey, you’ll be treated as an individual. You’ll feel welcome from your very first day, and our low student-to-tutor ratio ensures that you’ll get to know your personal tutor and other academic staff members well during your years with us.
You’ll be allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the course and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.
BSc (Hons) - British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) - Recognised by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) for the purposes of endorsement by the BASES Undergraduate Endorsement Scheme (BUES).
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
A degree in BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science will open doors to a range of varied careers including sports science support, performance coaching, health screening and intervention, exercise referrals, postgraduate study, entry onto a PGCE PE programme and research.
Graduates from the University of Surrey have a superb employment record in the NHS and in the commercial, charity and public sectors.
"I’m now the Lead Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach at Burnley Football Club and love the relationships and rapport that I get to build with staff and players of all ages.” Mike Goulden, graduate
Required subjects: One of (at grade B): Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Sport Studies, Physical Education, Mathematics, Statistics, Psychology, Food Science and Nutrition, Food Technology or a related subject.
Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.
GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).
BSC (Hons) with foundation year
Overall: A-level CCD (or equivalent) to include one Science A-level.
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2021
You have the option to complete a Professional Training placement as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, helping to prepare you for your future career.
A significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
Sport and Exercise Science placements
The vast majority of our students choose to complete a Professional Training placement in their third year.
Our experienced tutors will help you to choose a suitable placement which could take place within sports organisations, professional clubs, commercial sports performance laboratories, nutritional companies, health organisations and research institutes, both nationally and internationally.
Examples of organisations that have participated in the scheme include:
Bristol City FC
Guildford City Swimming Club
University of Gothenburg
Surrey Sports Park
Macmillan Cancer Support
Christ Hospital School
University of Wollongong
Some of our placements may provide a salary and you’ll be visited by a tutor during the year to support you throughout your placement.