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University of Derby

Sport and Exercise Science

UCAS Code: C603
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Sport & exercise science
Student score
82% MED
% employed or in further study
99% MED
Average graduate salary
£16k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
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Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points

Your offer will be based on your predicted grades from your core A2s (full A levels), BTEC Diploma etc including grade C at A level in Biology or PE (or equivalent qualification). We will accept up to 16 points towards the total from level 3 qualifications such as AS (where those AS levels are not taken on to A2 level), the Extended Project, or Music qualifications. In addition you are required to have 5 GCSEs grades A-C or grade 4 including Maths and English.  For Access to HE please see the specific credits required in the section for Access to HE

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120-128 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


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


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

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Interested in the science behind sport and exercise? Then this action-packed and challenging degree is for you. WHY STUDY SPORT AND EXERCISE SCIENCE AT DERBY? Our course is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) so you can be confident that the the training, curriculum and resources available to our students is in line with professional standards. Hone your skills by using our specialist facilities, including our Sport Centre and state-of-the-art equipment such as our Human Performance Unit, VICON 3D motion capture system and breath by breath analysis system. Build vital employability skills through work placements; our students have enjoyed placements with organisations such as Derby County FC, Leicester City FC, hospitals and leisure centres. We also have an excellent Internship Programme - you could apply for an internship supporting athletes at local sports clubs – an experience which will help you build your professional networks and help you to stand out in a competitive job market. As part of the course, you’ll have the chance to gain additional sport and exercise science professional qualifications which are recognised and highly valued by employers. These include National Governing Body coaching awards and the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) Higher Professional Diploma. All will develop your confidence and leadership skills. Our sport and exercise science staff include accredited professionals and active researchers who will provide you with high quality teaching and support. They are actively involved in research, high-performance sport and applied sport science consultancy. HOW YOU'RE ASSESSED You’ll learn through lectures, practicals, and seminars and will be assessed through written coursework, verbal presentations, and examination-style assessments to create a well-balanced assessment portfolio. WHAT YOU'LL COVER We will give you an in-depth understanding of the science behind sport and exercise, including the roles of biomechanics, physiology and psychology in sport performance. In your second and third year you’ll choose from specialised areas in subjects such as nutrition, performance analysis and strength and conditioning. You’ll also have the chance to undertake your own independent research into a theme of your choice, culminating in a major conference where you will showcase your findings. YOUR CAREER Our recent sport and exercise science graduates now enjoy roles as cardiac physiologist assistants, sports coaches, health advisors, physiotherapy assistants and performance analysts. Some have secured employment on the basis of their success on work placements and internships - 100% of our BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science graduates were in work or further study within six months of completing this course (HESA, 2016). STUDY OPTIONS - This course is also available with a Foundation Year option.


University of Derby

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At Derby we provide you with education with the personal touch. We're a friendly, down-to-earth uni based in the Midlands. At Derby, you'll have to work just as hard to get your degree as at other universities, but we like to do things a bit differently. We believe in being approachable and caring, offering our students plenty of support and treating people as individuals.

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

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 87%
Student score 82% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



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
3% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
21% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
13% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
287 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
63% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
17% 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 99% MED
Average graduate salary £16k LOW
Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


Graduates who are sports and fitness occupations


Graduates who are childcare and related personal services


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 went from under 3,000 in 2003 to over 10,000 in 2013. Numbers have fallen slightly since 2015, but we still have over 9,000 graduates in the subject. However, the good news is the country's appetite for good health and fitness - and the adaptability of graduates in the subject - 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, fitness and health - coaching and teaching especially - but they're found all over the economy. Management and business are also popular options for graduates from this subject — and sports science graduates are particularly found where drive, determination and physical fitness are an advantage.
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