Sport & Health

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Coaching)

The BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Coaching) award provides a tailored degree-level sport science course for those interested in developing knowledge across a range of coaching-related disciplines such as physiology, nutrition, psychology and coaching.

This three-year full-time award provides the theoretical and developmental aspects of sport in conjunction with the practical skills needed for many of the varied careers that exist within the industry.

Combining the acquisition of practical and transferable skills with theoretical understanding, the award will produce graduates capable of applying their scientific knowledge to the pursuit of improving athletes. There are many research projects and ancillary industries targeted at athletes as either an individual, or part of a collection, or a team. This award will give the student a thorough understanding of the aspects that influence the athlete's welfare, performance needs and health.

The awarded title of this course will change from 2023 to BSc (Hons) Sport Science with Coaching

Introduction to Human Physiological Systems
(15 credits)
Nutrition for Health
(15 credits)
Professional Skills in Sport, Health and Wellbeing
(15 credits)
Individual Differences in Health, Sport and Exercise
(15 credits)
The Practice of Coaching
(15 credits)
Analysis of Human Movement and Performance
(15 credits)
Introduction to Psychology
(15 credits)
Introduction to Physical Literacy *
(15 credits)
Research Skills in Sport, Health and Wellbeing
(15 credits)
Exercise Physiology
(15 credits)
Strength and Conditioning Coaching
(15 credits)
Nutrition for Sport and Exercise
(15 credits)
Developing Innovative and Inclusive Practice
(15 credits)
The New Psychology of Health
(15 credits)
Work Placement
(15 credits)
Coaching and Leadership
(15 credits)
The Coach-Athlete Relationship in Sport and Exercise
(15 credits)
Performance Analysis
(15 credits)
Capstone Project
(30 credits)
Applied Coaching Science
(30 credits)
Applied Exercise Physiology
(15 credits)
Topical Issues in Sport Science
(15 credits)
The Practice of Sport and Exercise Psychology
(15 credits)
Performance and Exercise Nutrition
(15 credits)



Optional modules
Students can select 15 credits of optional modules from stage two semester A.

* To include International Physical Literacy Association Foundation Course

These are the modules that are offered in this academic year; however, the optional modules available may be subject to change for the following reasons:

  • Staff availability - for example the availability of staff to deliver specialist modules, which cannot be delivered by staff who do not have the relevant specialist expertise.
  • In response to feedback and annual review processes to ensure we continually enhance our programmes. Changes in these circumstances will usually be made for the benefit of students.
  • Student demand - to ensure there are adequate numbers on a module to support the provision of an excellent Learning & Teaching experience.
  • The currency of the relevant module. Some modules are specified at a time when they reflect the issues that are currently topical in the subject area. They may have lost that currency by the time that the student is required to exercise the option. In the circumstances, in order to ensure that students are provided with an appropriate learning experience, those modules will be replaced by those which are relevant to the changing nature of the subject area.

The Writtle University College will endeavour to ensure that any impact on students is limited if such changes occur.


The following information provides the entry requirements for this particular course.

UCAS Tariff Points


GCE A Levels

96 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C or above

Irish Certificate

96 UCAS tariff points, to include 4 x H3 higher, one of which in a relevant science-based subject

Scottish Highers

96 UCAS tariff points, to include 3 x B

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Total (IB) Diploma point score of 24 or more

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma


BTEC Level 3 Diploma


C & G Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma (720)

Distinction (96)

C & G Level 3 Extended Diploma

Merit (96)

C & G Level 3 Diploma

Distinction (96)

Please note:

An equivalent or higher combination of grades to that indicated above will also be accepted.


All applicants must hold a minimum of four GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above to include English, Maths and Science.

Access course

Writtle University College welcomes applicants studying Access to HE Diploma courses. For more information please contact Admissions.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL)

Information about our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL) policy can be found on our Higher Education Regulations and Policies page.

The following list shows the variety of learning and teaching methods experienced on this course.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Practical laboratory sessions
  • Coaching sessions in the field
  • Seminars and debates
  • Case-studies
  • Visits
  • Online quizzes, wikis and activities

Assessment Methods

This course provides a mix of assessment methods including.

  • Practical assessments - both in small groups and individually
  • Practical portfolios
  • Presentations - both individually and in small groups
  • Reflective logbooks
  • Case studies
  • Critiques of literature
  • Written assessments
  • Examinations - both multiple choice and essay questions
  • Reports
  • Peer and tutor observations
  • Capstone Project

There is a range of jobs within the sports industry and associated ancillary industries that would suit a graduate from this course. They include science-based roles such as working in the professional and amateur coaching environments as well as a variety of positions within the health and welfare sector. Alternative roles may include journalism, sales jobs for companies (providing products such as sports equipment). Graduates will also be able to consider relevant graduate schemes and postgraduate study at this and other institutions.