Sport and Exercise Science - BSc (Hons)

Want to turn your love of sport and fitness into a lifelong career? Sport and Exercise Science graduates are in demand, whether you want to encourage and support people to take up sports and exercise, work in a clinical environment – or help propel them to the top of their game.

Course details

At ARU, we’re proud to be ranked fourth in the country for sports science courses in the Guardian League Table 2023.

  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Locations: Chelmsford campus

Anglia Ruskin Univesity, ARU

Course overview

Study sports science with world-leading experts in our specialist labs in Cambridge, on a degree course endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). Here, you’ll learn to apply the four key disciplines of sport and exercise science: physiology, psychology, biomechanics and nutrition.


Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including a pass in Psychology, Physical Education, Sports Studies or a Science subject. 3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English and Maths. If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.


We’ll encourage you to improve your employment prospects by making connections with industry. We have links with a range of sporting organisations, including:

  • Living Sport (Cambridge and Peterborough Sports Development)
  • British Paralympic Association
  • British Cycling
  • British Judo Association
  • Cambridge United FC
  • European Space Agency
  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Physiological Society
  • European College of Sports Medicine
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • England and Wales Cricket Board


Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help you measure your progress. These include presentations, practical skills tests, scientific reports, case study critiques, online assessments and a research project. We’ll also encourage you to reflect on your work, and participate in peer assessment.

  • Multidisciplinary Sport and Exercise Science 1
  • Introduction to Sport Coaching and Development
  • Practical Delivery of Sport and Physical Education
  • Multidisciplinary Sport and Exercise Science 2
  • Professional Development – Level 4
  • Applied Research Skills
  • Practical Competencies in Biomechanics
  • Physiological Profiling for Strength and Power
  • Psychological Profiling for Sport
  • Professional Development – Level 5
  • Ruskin Module (15 credits)

Optional modules

  • Nutrition for Health and Exercise
  • Perceptual Motor Skills
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Biomechanics: Analysis of Motion
  • Physiological Profiling for Endurance
  • Physiological Responses to Training
  • Physiological Basis of Training

Optional modules

  • Undergraduate Research Project
  • Advanced Work Placement
  • Applied Biomechanics
  • Applied Sports Psychology
  • Advanced Strength and Conditioning
  • Performance and Exercise Nutrition
  • Current Topics in Biomechanics
  • Exercise Medicine
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology