BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

Do you want to gain real, hands-on experience of the fascinating and inextricably linked areas of sport and exercise science? USW’s Sports and Exercise Science degree is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES), which ensures that what you learn meets industry standards and gives you the skills needed to start a career in this exciting sector.

Modules are varied and adopt scientific procedures in physiology, biomechanics and sport psychology whilst applying underpinning theory and concepts in disciplines such as strength and conditioning, nutrition and physical activity and health. This offers a unique insight across the spectrum from promoting health, using exercise to combat a range of hypokinetic diseases to optimising peak athletic performance. You will also have the chance to take part in practical sessions in our superbly-equipped physiology, biomechanics laboratories and environmental chamber, which allow the measurement of a vast array of physiological and performance variables.

What you will study


Year One

Measurement and Evaluation- 20 credits
This module aims to introduce the student to the areas of measurement, data retrieval, analysis and interpretation, health and fitness assessment, and exercise prescription.

Human Nutrition I – 20 credits
This module introduces students to the properties and roles of carbohydrates, proteins, fat; vitamins, minerals, and water. Consideration will be given to achieving optimum body weight in addition to health promotion. Digestion and absorption of foods at the macro level will be considered, paying attention to the GI tract. Dietary analysis...

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As part of your studies you will be based at our Glyntaff campus has specialist exercise physiology laboratories including:

  • Multiple CV exercise testing stations (arm cranks, cycle and rowing ergometers, treadmills)
  • On-line CPX gas analysis
  • Haematology lab, lung function & spirometry
  • Biomechanics lab which contains the following specialist equipment:Humac Norm Isokinetic dynamometer; Woodway Curve treadmill, Quintic HS cameras and associated software, CODA motion, and Kistler Force platform....
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Work and Study Placements

Our Centre of Employability, Enterprise and Leadership in Sport (CEELS) demonstrates our commitment to ensuring our students are employable upon graduation. We have partnerships with over 50 sports organisations who offer work placements, enabling you to gain first-hand experience of working in the sports industry an essential requirement for anyone wanting to gain employment in sport.

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This course is taught at: Glyntaff Campus, Pontypridd


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  • Full Time 3 Years Start Date: Sep 2017
    • Part Time 6 Years Start Date: Sep 2017
      • Full Time 3 Years Start Date: Sep 2018
        • Part Time 6 Years Start Date: Sep 2018

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