Course Overview

BSc Sports Science

Sports Science at Swansea is ranked 8th in the UK, according to The Guardian University Guide 2015. Research active staff, high-quality sporting facilities and laboratories make Swansea a leading location for the BSc Sports Science student.

Key Features

Sports Science at Swansea University is ranked 8th in the UK, according to The Guardian University Guide 2015.

We prepare our graduates for their future careers, our research is at the cutting-edge, and we have high-profile placements with major sporting teams and venues. 

As a student on the BSc Sports Science course, you will be provided with an academically rigorous and BASES-accredited programme of study covering the factors that influence participation and personal performance in sports. You will also look at the methods by which these factors may be investigated.

In particular, the course focuses on the three primary disciplines of Sport and Exercise Science:

  • Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Biomechanics

Sport Scholarships: Each year Swansea University offers students with outstanding talent an Undergraduate Sporting Entrance Scholarship. These are worth £1000 per year and are renewable for three years.

This course will be delivered at the Bay Campus, Swansea University from September 2015.

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Below is a sample of some of the modules that you might expect to study at each level of the BSc Sports Science course. It should be noted that these do vary from year to year.

View the full module listing by downloading the handbook for each level.

Sports Science Year 1
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Human Anatomy
Biomechanics & Technology A
Strength & Conditioning
Psychological Dimensions of Sport 1: Understanding Children's Participation
Research Methods & Ethics
Foundations in Exercise Science
Human Physiology
Biomechanics & Technology B

Sports Science Year 2
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Exercise Physiology
Strength & Conditioning II
Biomechanics & Technology
Exercise Science : Interventions and Applications
The ethics of doping: health, sport and society
Human Nutrition
Psychological Dimensions of Sport 2: Developing Excellence in Adolescents
Employability, Innovation & Enagagement
Developing Research Methods in Sports Science

Sports Science Year 3
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Sports Science Research Dissertation
Sports Biomechanics
Health Related Exercise
Sports Psychology
Sport, Diet and Disease
Sport and Exercise Physiology

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the BSc Sports Science course are:

BBB at A level (including Science, Mathematics, Physical Education or Psychology). Other subjects will be considered with typical offers being ABB. General Studies is not accepted as an A level.

Students studying for a BTEC National Diploma will typically require DDD in a science-related discipline (includes Exercise Science and Sports Science, excludes Sports Studies). For students studying AVCE, we will accept double awards as part of an overall profile. Depending upon the content of the AVCE studied, this qualification may or may not be considered as a science subject.

Find out the entry requirements for an international student.

Students with industrial experience and qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If you are applying for Level Two (second year) entry, in order to be considered, you will need to have already covered the topics offered in Swansea at Level One (first year) in a certified qualification, for example a HND, with a high overall score (eg - all distinctions at HND level).

How To Apply

Find out how to apply for the BSc Sports Science degree as an UK or EU student.

Find out how to apply for the BSc Sports Science degree as an international student

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2015/16 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,400

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to inflationary increases for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees for the BSc Sports Science degree do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.

Students on the course are required to purchase the following sports clothing items (prices for 2013): 

Poloshirt or t-shirt - £14.50 or £12.00

Shorts - £13.00

Jogging Bottoms - £20.00

Other additional sports clothing items can be purchased as extras.

BASES Undergraduate Endorsed Course

The BSc Sports Science degree at Swansea University is a BASES Undergraduate Endorsed Course.

The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) is a UK professional membership organisation that endorses sport and exercise science undergraduate courses. The Association's endorsement scheme was launched in 2005 and today it is the recognised standard for all sport and exercise science undergraduate degree programmes.  

BASES' rigorous assessment criteria ensure that only highest calibre courses achieve their endorsement award. 

For more information visit the BASES Undergraduate Endorsement Scheme (BUES) website.

Sample Timetable

Below is a sample timetable for BSc Sports Science Year 1 Semester 1.

Please note timetables are subject to change.

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What do our students say?

William Sparkes BSc Sports Science William SparkesSports Scientist at Swansea City Football Club, studied BSc Sports Science: "My placement with Swansea City was organised through the University and was part-time over one year. As a result of the placement, I am now starting my job as a Sports Scientist at the club."

Natalie Williams BSc Sports Science Natalie Williams, Sports Science Manager for Swim Wales, studied BSc Sports Science: "My job role is specific to the degree I completed at Swansea. My degree allowed me to learn and establish the knowledge required to complete the job."

Tom Taylor BSc Sports Science Tom Taylor, Sports Scientist at West Ham United, studied BSc Sports Science: "I’m positive that without the help of the lecturers at Swansea University, I would not be working with a Premiership team."

Dan Cooper Dan Cooper, GB Rowing Team START Coach, studied BSc Sports Science: "The skill to look at a sport and break down the body movement patterns to coach it easily, came from studying Sports Science at Swansea."

What are my career options?

Career prospects for Sports Science graduates continue to grow in both the public and private sectors. The major areas of employment include: 

  • Sports Scientists
  • Performance Scientists
  • Strength and Conditioning Coaches
  • Cardiac Physiologists
  • Performance Analysts
  • Physical Activity and Health Promotion

"My three years at University in Swansea were incredible and undoubtedly helped me to get where I am today."

Eamon Swift, Head Sports Scientist with West Ham United Academy

"I find myself drawing on skills I initially developed at Swansea on most days in my job at Massey University."

Dan Wadsworth, Research Officer - Institute for Food, Nutrition and Human Health, Massey University, New Zealand

"I enjoyed the fact that there were practical sessions to back up the theory that was being learnt and the chance to get 'hands on' experience."

Joe Taylor, Performance Analyst, employed by the English Institute of Sport

Find out how Sport and Exercise Science at Swansea University helps with your career. Download our Sport and Exercise Science employability flyer

Our student society

Engineering and Sports Science Society logoAs a Sports Science student at Swansea University, you will be able to join our thriving Engineering and Sports Science Society. Through the Society, you can meet people from other disciplines through events and socials. 

You can find out more about the Society at the Fresher’s Fair during the Welcome Week of the first term.

World-class facilities

BSc Sports Science facilities Sports Science student in the lab at Swansea University

"My favourite memories were always the practical elements of the course. Whether that meant being in the lab and collecting blood samples or being outside and being introduced to the uses of GPS and other technologies.Tom Taylor, Sports Scientist at West Ham United, studied BSc Sports Science

Sport and Exercise Science at Swansea University has developed its own laboratories that rank alongside the most prestigious and well known universities in the UK.

Find out more about the facilities used by Sports Science students at Swansea University.

Swansea University also has a proud reputation for sporting excellence and outstanding sporting facilities. See a 365 degree panoramic of the Sports Village: including the Wales National Pool, Gym, Indoor Courts, Running Track, Astroturf and Indoor Track.

Our research informs our teaching

Our academics use their research to keep their teaching up-to-date and to develop working relationships with the sport and exercise industry.

Sport and exercise science research occurs within the world-leading Applied Sports Technology Exercise Medicine (A-STEM) Research Centre.

"My favourite memories are being able to interact with the lecturers who were highly regarded specialists in their fields of expertise", Sam Tuvey, BSc Sports Science.

Significant research in diabetes and health as well as sedentary behaviour, physical activity, fitness, fundamental movement skills in childhood obesity is undertaken by a number of clinical exercise science staff. 

Our elite sport performance group is leading a project supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government to position Wales at the forefront of Science, Technology and Medicine in elite sport and to promote its wider application in health and education. This project represents a unique collaboration of leading Welsh academics, businesses and sport, with the overall objective of enhancing their respective performances.

We have international research links and projects with universities in Southern and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USE, Italy and Austria.