The Brunel Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (Physical Education, Coaching and Social Issues) BSc is for students who are interested in working in physical education or youth sport, developing sport in communities, helping individuals fulfil their potential in sport and health, as well as those seeking to gain a strong understanding and application of sports coaching principles and practices.
You'll explore the sociological, political, pedagogical and psychological factors that influence participation in physical education and sport, and how these relate to sports performance, physical activity, health and wellbeing. You'll learn how to plan, deliver, manage and evaluate high-quality activities and events aimed at encouraging and enabling people to get involved in sport and physical activity, from grassroots to elite level.
You’ll also explore social issues in physical education such as gender, race and religion and inclusive practice. In addition, you'll learn historical and philosophical aspects related to PE.
Your studies will be supported by some of the best teaching and sports facilities in the UK that include our:
State-of-the-art physiology, biomechanics and psychology laboratories
World-class indoor athletics centre
International-standard 400m six-lane athletics track with full field event facilities
Large indoor netball hall
Multi-use sports centre equipped with squash, basketball and netball courts, as well as a superb climbing wall.
Members-only fitness suite featuring treadmills, cycles and rowing machines
A weight-training area with free and fixed weights
Grass and third-generation (3G) all-weather pitches
0utdoor tennis courts
You'll also have the opportunity to carry out a placement as part of your degree. This will give you the type of experience that will enable you to create a standout CV. Our Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (Physical Education, Coaching and Social Issues) BSc offers two placement options: you can choose to carry out two placements during the summer vacations within the three year degree, or a one year placement between years two and three, as part of a four year degree.
UK entry requirements
GCE A Level BBC, including either Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Environmental Science, Maths, Physics, Human Biology, Psychology, Sport Science, Sport Studies, Sociology or PE.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DMM in Applied Science, Sport or Sport and Exercise Sciences.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma DM in Applied Science, Sport or Sport and Exercise Sciences, with an A Level at grade C in any subject.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma M in Applied Science, Applied Human Biology, Sport or Sport and Exercise Science with two A Levels at grades BB.
International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points, including 5 at Higher Level in one of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Maths, Physics, Human Biology, Psychology, Sport Science, Sociology or PE. GCSE English equivalent SL 5 or HL 4 and Mathematics SL 4 or HL 4.
Obtain a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma in Bioscience, Health, Forensic Science, Nutrition, Psychology, Science or Sportwith 45 credits.
Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above are also required, including English Language and Maths.
EU and International entry requirements
If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.
English language requirements
IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)
BrunELT: 63% (min 55% in all areas)
TOEFL: 92 (min R18, L17, S20, W17)
This course is designed to prepare you to work in physical education, coaching or sport development. You’ll gain a solid grounding in the sport and exercise sciences and learn to plan, teach and assess physical activities and programmes.
In your first year, you’ll study core modules that will give you a fundamental knowledge across all the broad disciplines within sports, health and exercise sciences.
In year 2 you’ll start to specialise in the areas of education, social issues in sport and the policies and practices within physical education, sport development and coaching. However, the flexibility of this course means that if you change your mind about the areas you wish to study, you can switch over to our Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences BSc programme in the second year if you wish.
During your final year, you’ll be able to select specific modules to focus on, to further specialise your learning. You'll also carry out a major project in a topic of your choice.
This course can be studied 3 years full-time, 3 years full-time with placement or 4 years full-time with placement, starting in September.
Year 1 Compulsory
Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Biomechanics
Introduction to Research Methods and Data Analysis
SP1600 - Introduction to the Psychology of Sport and Exercise
Personal and Professional Development
Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing
Physical Education Policy and Pedagogy
Sport Development Issues and Policy
Year 2 Compulsory
The Application of Sport Science to Coaching: Working with Individuals
SP2720 - Developing Research Methods and Data Analysis Skills
Graduate and Transferable Skills
Physical Education, Pedagogy and the Learning Environment
SP2603 - Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing in the Life Course
Policy and Practice in Physical Education, Sports Coaching and Sport Development (Macro Analysis)
Social Issues in Sport
Year 3 Compulsory
Advanced Research Methods and Data Analysis: Final Year Project
Employability and Professional Development
SP3604 - Issues in Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing
The Application of Sport Science to Coaching: Working with Teams
Critical Issues in Sport
Critical Pedagogy and Learning in Physical Education and Sport
Policy and Practice in Physical Education, Sports Coaching and Sport Development (Micro Analysis)
£1,385 placement year
Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy.
Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.
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