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St Mary's University, Twickenham

Health and Exercise Science and Sport Science

UCAS Code: BCY6
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
BSc (Hons) 12 months part-time 2017
Ucas points guide

104

% applicants receiving offers

50%

Subjects
  • Others in subjects allied to medicine
  • Sport & exercise science
Student score
62% LOW
79% MED
% employed or in further study
93% LOW
97% MED
Average graduate salary
£20k MED
£18k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

Scottish Highers
BBBC

BBBC

BTEC Diploma
MMD

BTEC Certificate
MD

BTEC Level 3 Diploma
DD*

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
MMD

International Baccalaureate
28

UCAS tariff points
104

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 104 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

50%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,000

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

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Course description

The Health and Exercise Science programme provides both academic and vocational qualifications. Staff are student-centred and interested in the holistic development of students. The programme is a relatively new innovation, addressing the growing need to improve the health of an increasingly sedentary population. The Community pathway focuses on health and exercise promotion in community settings through lifestyle and behavioural changes, distinguishing it from more traditional sport science courses which focus on sport performance. The Clinical Exercise Science pathway focuses on working with individuals for the prevention and management of chronic conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The pathway has integrated external qualifications into years one, two and three of the degree. The degree has integrated an external REPs qualification into year one of the degree. You will be studying at one of the UK's best institutions for sport and sport science. You will learn how sciences such as physiology, psychology, biomechanics and sociology can be employed to make sports performers the best they can be. The teaching on this programme is excellent and tutors will help you to achieve your potential. St Maryâ??s has a long tradition of excellence in sport-related degrees and the Sport Science programme is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists (BASES), and enjoys strong links with the English Institute of Sport (EIS), and UK Athletics, both based on campus. Many elite sports performers choose to study Sport Science at St Maryâ??s and we seek to support them in combining their sport with higher education. We also enjoy excellent laboratories and sports facilities.

Modules

Health and Exercise Year 1: community and clinical exercise science: modules are offered at Level 1 that introduce the major theoretical principles in: anatomy, physiology, nutrition, health psychology, exercise testing and physical activity instruction, health promotion and research methods. Year 2: Students can choose from two pathways: community: students build on their knowledge from level 1 by probing more deeply into relevant principles and theory in the context of the links between exercise and physical activity and health; modules will be offered in areas including biology related to health and physical activity, health promotion, behaviour change related to eating and exercise, physical activity programmes, aetiology of chronic diseases and research methods; and clinical exercise science; students build upon their knowledge base from year1, by probing more deeply into the application of scientific, theoretical and practical principles of exercise and health related to physical activity; this will include principles of exercise physiology and health, physical activity programmes, personal training, nutrition for health and disease, exercise and health behaviour, research methods and aetiology of chronic diseases. Year 3: Community; students focus on advanced issues in a range of applied areas with the aim of exploring and evaluating solutions to specific health problems based on lifestyle interventions in a variety of community settings; there will also be an opportunity to undertake a supervised research project on a topic that particularly interests them; modules offered will include the areas of health issues in specific population groups, global health issues, cardiovascular health and physical activity in specific population groups and related to health improvement such as tackling obesity. Clinical Exercise Science: Students focus on advanced issues in applied areas with the aim of exploring and evaluating specific health problems based on lifestyle interventions in a variety of settings; modules offered include clinical exercise physiology, physical activity and chronic disease, exercise referral, tackling obesity and metabolic syndrome, exercise psychology, and clinical placement; there will also be an opportunity to undertake a supervised research project on a topic that particularly interests the student. Sport Science Level 1: Kinesiology; exercise physiology; sport and exercise psychology; sport and society. Level 2: Students are required to probe more deeply into relevant theory and practice to understand the context of sport science and to develop skills of investigating and reporting; at this stage students can choose to study sport science as a single honours, major, minor or equal subject; the key disciplines: biomechanics; physiology and psychology are offered, as well as opportunities to study modules in such areas as notational analysis and sport sociology. Level 3: Students have the opportunity to undertake an extended research project, there are also a variety of modules including: applied exercise physiology; biomechanics; environmental physiology; exercise psychology; issues in sport; performance analysis; nutrition and the athlete; sport and the media; sporting lives; sport psychology; work placement.

St Mary's University, Twickenham

Campus

St Mary's University is unique in every sense of the word. As a student here, you'll be a part of more than an academic institution you'll also be in a close-knit community which has always valued diversity, sporting and academic brilliance and a sense of fun! Strawberry Hill House, a 300 year-old piece of gothic architecture, is the campus focal point.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 58%
Student score 62% LOW
Able to access IT resources

93%

Staff made the subject interesting

63%

Library resources are satisfactory

95%

Feedback on work has been helpful

33%

Feedback on work has been prompt

14%

Staff are good at explaining things

70%

Received sufficient advice and support

63%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
5% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
48% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
20% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
351 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
63% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
7% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 93% LOW
Average graduate salary £20k MED
Graduates who are sports and fitness occupations

9%

Graduates who are therapy professionals

7%

Graduates who are health associate professionals

49%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
These statistics refer to the prospects of graduates from a range of degrees including environmental health, counselling and occupational therapy, but the numbers of students taking these subjects (with the exception of occupational therapy) tend to be quite small. Job prospects overall, though, are better than average. There are also usually a larger number of mature students, particularly with counselling-related degrees. The graduates of 2012 tended to get jobs in related areas - not surprisingly, occupational therapy being the most important job - but they also went into a whole range of other job sectors, too. Graduates from these courses can be pretty flexible.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 84%
Student score 79% MED
Able to access IT resources

94%

Staff made the subject interesting

81%

Library resources are satisfactory

93%

Feedback on work has been helpful

68%

Feedback on work has been prompt

68%

Staff are good at explaining things

89%

Received sufficient advice and support

79%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
7% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
24% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
20% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
360 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
45% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
15% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 97% MED
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals

8%

Graduates who are sports and fitness occupations

18%

Graduates who are childcare and related personal services

10%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
One of the fastest growing subjects in the country, the number of sports science graduates has gone from under 3,000 in 2003 to nearly 9,500 in 2012. However, the good news is the country's appetite for good health and fitness means that sports science grads are less likely than average to be out of work. Sports science graduates, not surprisingly, tend to get jobs in sport and fitness, coaching and teaching especially, but they're found all over the economy. Management is also a popular option for graduates from this subject – after all, this is a degree for people who want to motivate others!
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