Sport, Health and Exercise Science

Applied Sport Science for Performance

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About the course

By its very nature, this degree is ‘hands-on’ in its approach and provides a distinct advantage over the purely classroom-based courses at other UK institutions. Delivered as an ‘all-inclusive’ programme, it provides a solid grounding in theory and academia before training you in the practical elements of working as a sports scientist - with the goal of enabling you to help athletes attain the highest level of physical performance in professional sport. Ultimately, the programme fosters your confidence to translate evidence into practice, and motivate athletes in various disciplines.

There are three course options available for studying Applied Sport Science for Performance at Hull. The foundation year option is ideal if your qualifications do not allow for direct entry on to the three-year BSc course. There is also a four-year Masters level study option which allows you to specialise in your chosen field in Year 4, and turns you into an exceptional performance-focused sports scientist.

We have close relationships with a number of sports teams including Hull KR, Hull City Tigers AFC, Bradford Bulls and other leading clubs - many of which are attracted to partnerships thanks to our leading-edge research activity and world-class labs (as well as the use of performance analysis innovations such as Prozone and GPS). This gives you the distinct advantage of working with practitioners and benefiting from real-world exposure. Such access also boosts your employability by giving you a head start in building a professional network of contacts.

Study

Foundation Year

On the 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 department.

The Department of Sport, Health and Exercise Science has also created its own Student Thesis Conference - the only one of its kind in the UK. This allows Year 2 students to present research plans, while Year 3 students can reflect on their completed trials and publish their findings. Such demonstrations of real life thesis' and applications are invaluable in terms of boosting employability.

Year 1

You will look at the fundamental building blocks of anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, psychology and research methods relevant to the field of Applied Sport Science for Performance.

Year 2

In Year 2 you build on this as we introduce more specific sport science and performance modules to prepare you for more specialist options in Year 3. These will complement the modules drawn from the existing provision, for example Sport and Exercise Nutrition and Research Methods.

Year 3

Here you explore specific Applied Sport Science modules in addition to existing provision (Applied Psychology in Sport; Performance Physiology; Human Locomotive Systems) focusing on aspects of performance analysis (Prozone, GPS) in key scientific support areas of physiology and biomechanics. In addition, there will be the Dissertation module and an embedded work experience placement.

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

The Department of Sport, Health and Exercise Science has also created its own Student Thesis Conference - the only one of its kind in the UK. This allows Year 2 students to present research plans, while Year 3 students can reflect on their completed trials and publish their findings. Such demonstration of real life thesis and application is invaluable in terms of boosting employability.

Year 1

You will look at the fundamental building blocks of anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, psychology and research methods relevant to the field of Applied Sport Science for Performance.

Year 2

In Year 2 you build on this as we introduce more specific sport science and performance modules to prepare you for more specialist options in Year 3. These will complement the modules drawn from the existing provision, for example Sport and Exercise Nutrition and Research Methods.

Year 3

Here you explore specific Applied Sport Science modules in addition to existing provision (Applied Psychology in Sport; Performance Physiology; Human Locomotive Systems) focusing on aspects of performance analysis (Prozone, GPS) in key scientific support areas of physiology and biomechanics. In addition, there will be the Dissertation module and an embedded work experience placement.

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

Final Year

In Year 4 you have the chance to heighten your experience and hone your skills in a chosen field, introducing a new suite of advanced biomechanics, physiology, psychology and performance analysis (for example GPS and Prozone). You will therefore be able to specialise on a focused discipline ‘pathway’. To enhance essential communication and critical reflection, Year 4 will include new modules in Needs Analysis Consultancy and Professional Skills as well as placement modules. A Dissertation module will offer the option of undertaking a significant piece of research or a consultancy placement, as a Supervised Experience stepping stone to accreditation with the PSRB.

You are able to switch to a Masters course from bachelor level study and vice versa, subject to attainment conditions and funding where applicable. You may also be required 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 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

Employability is a key area for the programme, with dedicated work placement opportunities. Your enhanced experience of studying on a longer Masters pathway will increase chances of employment and give you the real life skills needed to practice at the very highest level.

There is a growing demand in elite sports environments for applied practitioners that have professional skills to undertake analyses and deliver Sport Science for Performance enhancement.

This is a focused pathway into Applied Sport Science equipping you with the practical skills for a growing market.The programme is underpinned by strong relations with a wide variety of community and health to ensure you are offered a wide range of formal, informal and voluntary placement opportunities throughout you time with us.

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