Sport, Health and Exercise Science

Applied Exercise Science for Health

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About the course

Taught by first-class, research-active staff in state-of-the-art facilities that include the world-class £1.5m Health and Human Performance Laboratory, this course develops a solid understanding of the core principles governing exercise science across a range of clinical groups. An emphasis on practical leaning sets it apart from the purely classroom-based courses offered at many other institutions. You'll apply theory to real world scenarios and in doing so, you'll be prepared for a seamless move into employment upon graduation.

There are three course options available for studying Applied Exercise Science for Health at Hull. The foundation year option is ideal if your qualifications do not allow direct entry on to the three-year BSc. There is also a four-year study option, allowing you to specialise in your preferred area in Year 4 on the MSci course.

The importance of utilising exercise primarily for its health benefits has increased rapidly in recent years, leading to a growth in job opportunities for highly skilled and practically adept graduates in the field. A real point of difference at Hull is the opportunity to undertake work experience across our regional network of healthcare providers – including our NHS partners. This focus on the practical application of your studies allows you to work closely with clients and patients, harnessing the critical skills so highly sought-after by potential employers. Ultimately, the programme will foster your confidence to translate evidence into day-to-day practice, communicate with a variety of individuals and motivate behavioural change.

Study

Foundation Year

In your foundation year, you will undertake modules that are provided across the Faculty of Science and Engineering for the pre-certificate stage, gaining a solid grounding in readiness for further study on the BSc itself. Modules will focus on Mathematics and Numeracy and Preparation for Learning in Higher Education in addition to specific modules run by the Sport, Health and Exercise Science school.

After successful completion of your Foundation Year, you will continue onto the full BSc degree programme.

The programme offers a distinctive learning ethos which holds your experience above all else. Our approach is friendly and supportive, and inclusive of all ability levels and backgrounds. At Hull, we pride ourselves on giving you scope for student autonomy and self-directed learning.

Year 1

You study the fundamental building blocks of anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, psychology, and how to conduct science and research in the field of exercise science for health.

Year 2

In Year 2 you will be introduced to more specific exercise science and health modules, again focusing on the areas of biomechanics, physiology, psychology and research methods.

Year 3

Here you will study specific exercise science and health modules that have been developed by leading researchers in the field who work with the NHS and other health care partners in the Hull and East Riding. Modules will focus on the public health agenda and the key areas of psychology, physiology, exercise prescription and biomechanics. In addition, you will undertake a dissertation in an area of your own particular interest and take an applied work experience module.

You are able to switch to a Masters course from bachelor level study and vice versa, subject to attainment conditions and funding where applicable. This may require you to complete certain modules as part of any transfer.

The programme offers a distinctive learning ethos which holds your experience above all else. Our approach is friendly and supportive, and inclusive of all ability levels and backgrounds. At Hull, we pride ourselves on giving you scope for student autonomy and self-directed learning.

Year 1

You study the fundamental building blocks of anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, psychology, and how to conduct science and research in the field of exercise science for health.

Year 2

In Year 2 you will be introduced to more specific exercise science and health modules, again focusing on the areas of biomechanics, physiology, psychology and research methods.

Year 3

Here you will study specific exercise science and health modules that have been developed by leading researchers in the field who work with the NHS and other health care partners in the Hull and East Riding. Modules will focus on the public health agenda and the key areas of psychology, physiology, exercise prescription and biomechanics. In addition, you will undertake a dissertation in an area of your own particular interest and take an applied work experience module.

You are able to switch to a Masters course from bachelor level study and vice versa, subject to attainment conditions and funding where applicable. This may require you to complete certain modules as part of any transfer.

Final Year

In Year 4 you will concentrate on a chosen specialism. Additional work placements will enhance your experience of real life applications and an in-depth exploration of relevant themes will increase your abilities as a scientist in an exercise and health context.

You are able to switch to a Masters course from Bachelor level study and vice versa, subject to attainment conditions and funding where applicable. This may require you to complete certain modules as part of any transfer.

Entry Requirements

  • Tariff points: 280 points, can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 200 points from two or more A levels, or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications.
  • IB Diploma: 28 points
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma: DMM in relevant subject(s).
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass Access to HE Diploma (Science) with minimum of  18 credits at distinction in science units.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

Foundation Year entry requirements:

  • Appropriate for those returning to study after a minimum three-year break, or those with non-UK qualifications unsuitable for UK level 4 entry.
  • We expect applicants to demonstrate an experience of, or interest in, a related subject and an aptitude for academic work which may be determined by an essay and/or interview alongside the application.
  • Candidates with A-level qualifications in subjects other than those key to the degree will usually require a minimum of 200 points.

International students (language requirements)
If your first language is not English, you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency.

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Future prospects

When you graduate with a degree in Applied Exercise Science for Health you will possess the confidence to translate evidence based skills in exercise science and health into day-to-day practise, communicate solutions to health problems and motivate behavioural change.

Skills gained will enable you to pursue a career as a professional health care provider with a specific understanding in exercise science and health behaviour. For example, you will have the academic and practical skills needed to set up your own private clinic, work in occupational health settings, practice in the leisure industries, operate in the armed forces or secure a career within the NHS. You may also consider staying on for additional study to work towards either a Masters by research or PhD.

The transferable skills you learn on this course, from communication and leadership to organisation and time management, are highly sought-after by employers in the public and private sectors. You will therefore also be equipped for a successful career in areas including the Civil Service, the Police, broadcasting and banking.

A number of graduates from other sports-related programmes have been selected by elite professional football clubs in the past, while others have chosen to teach physical education in primary and secondary schools.

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