Applied Sport and Exercise (Top-up), BSc

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Course overview

This top-up degree programme allows you to progress on to a top-up route on a full or part-time basis when you have completed a foundation degree in a sport and exercise discipline.

You develop your research and laboratory skills alongside your abilities in critical thinking, problem solving and reflective practice to enhance your employment potential.


You develop a multidisciplinary approach to measuring and analysing activities from sport and exercise. Developing practical data collection techniques from the fields of physiology, psychology and biomechanics, you evaluate the techniques. You also develop your ability to analyse activities from a holistic perspective and prescribe suitable interventions to enhance performance. For your assessment, you produce a 4,000-word report. As part of the report, you write reflectively about the impact of your module on your personal and professional development.

You gain a comprehensive understanding of the theory and practice of applied sport psychology. As well as improving your knowledge and skills, you develop insight and an understanding of the role of the sport psychologist in elite and recreational sport, including both performance enhancement and holistic sport psychology. You explore key issues around providing sport psychology support to individuals and teams. Investigating how to design and implement psychological interventions, you develop an understanding of the ethical issues which underpin professional practice in sport psychology support services. You develop key employability skills including communication, creative problem solving, maintaining professional standards and critical reflection of your own practice. For your assessment, you complete a 4,000-word case study. You build a profile of an athlete, then design and implement an intervention to address the athlete’s needs in an area of performance enhancement.

You develop your understanding of the methods of enquiry associated with sport and exercise. You acquire skills related to research design, reflective practice, ethics, writing research proposals and data analysis. You also critically evaluate current literature from an area of sport and exercise to inform your research proposal for the study that you carry out as part of your dissertation. For your assessment, you produce a 4,000-word written research proposal and complete the ethical approval process.

Explore the various disciplines within sport and exercise science and make links to your professional practice. Apply knowledge acquired from the curriculum and systematically evaluate current literature to inform tasks in the workplace. Personal development, planning and reflection are key features of this module. You are assessed through the submission of an 8,000 word portfolio.


How you learn

Modules are delivered on one afternoon and evening (of the same day) each week for part-time students and over two days for full-time students. You experience a range of learning and teaching methods including lectures, seminars, weekend workshops, laboratory sessions, problem-based learning, reflective practice and independent research. The programme is structured to move from a tutor led focus in the first term to independent study in the later stages of the programme.

How you are assessed

A variety of assessments are used throughout the programme to ensure you have a range of opportunities to demonstrate your learning. Assessment includes written reports, a literature review with a critically evaluative summary to inform the dissertation research proposal, a portfolio, and a 10,000 word dissertation.Timetabling informationAs a full-time student your timetabled hours are between Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 6.00pm. On Wednesdays the latest you will be timetabled is until 1.00pm. Hours of attendance vary between 12 hours and 20 hours per week. Part-time undergraduate students are required to attend during the same days and times as full-time students but for only a proportion of the time, dependant on the modules being taken. Module choices are discussed with course tutors during the enrolment and induction period. Further details are automatically sent to applicants due to enrol this year.Your full teaching timetable for Semester 1 of the 2018/19 academic year should be available from 1 September 2018. Standard University term dates can be found here.

Our Disability Services team helps students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia

Entry requirements

Entry to this programme requires successful completion of a foundation degree (or other relevant level 5 qualification) in a sport and exercise related discipline. You must also hold GCSE English language and maths at grade 4 (grade C) or above (level 2 literacy and numeracy qualifications are also accepted).Due to the integration of the full and part-time delivery mode, you are required to attend a weekend session based at the main campus at the start of year one followed by one afternoon/evening a week for part-time students and two days a week for full time students for the duration of the programme.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.

Career opportunities

This programme builds on your current academic, vocational and professional experiences to equip you for work in the field of sport and exercise. This includes providing you with a higher skill set within your current organisation, and equipping you with the ability and knowledge to move into a range of jobs within the sector.


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Fee for UK/EU applicants

  • Length: 16 months; Top-up award
  • Attendance: Provisional dates: Induction - weekend workshop prior to the start of the programme then every Thursday, 12.00pm - 8.00pm
  • Enrolment date: September

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