BSc (Hons) Applied Sports & Exercise Sciences

Course details

  • UCAS CodeC606
  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 3 YRS (FT)
  • UCAS Tariff 80-112
  • Institution Code G53
  • Location Wrexham
Student wearing breathing apparatus in the Human Performance Lab

Course Highlights


Gain additional industry-based qualifications

2nd in Wales

for satisfaction with teaching (The Guardian University Guide 2022)*


Access to excellent facilites including Colliers Park training ground

Why choose this course?

This programme was designed to meet the needs of students wishing to follow a career within a sport and exercise environment. It provides insight, understanding and the necessary skills that are required to develop a range of ability athletes and teams, thereby examining sport and exercise from both performance and participative perspectives.

There are opportunities to engage with community and social enterprise activities, allowing students to gain experience and develop vocational skills.

The programme has five strands running through it:

  • Sport Physiology
  • Sport Psychology
  • Performance Analysis / Biomechanics
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Research Skills

The programme looks to provide a solid base for students wishing to follow careers in this exciting area, as well as facilitating pathways into postgraduate study.

You can also choose to study this course with a foundation year.

*This course is part of a subject area rated 2nd in Wales for satisfaction with teaching in the Sports Science subject league tables, The Guardian University Guide 2022.  

Key course features

  • The programme has additional, free of charge, integrated qualifications embedded within it: Level 2 Gym Instructor, Level 3 Personal Trainer, Level 3 Exercise Referral, Hudl Sportscode Scripting Levels 1 & 2.
  • The programme has been designed with the BASES BUES UG endorsement scheme in mind. We hope to gain endorsement of the course in the near future.
  • The programme is taught by lecturers from a wide range of backgrounds who are experienced, applied practitioners (from sports psychologists to analysts, physiologists and coaches) and researchers within the fields of sport and exercise.
  • Applied learning is essential to our vision. This means that learning is not limited to lecture halls and seminar rooms instead we choose to expose students to more practical, applied and hands-on work.  Students will carry out fieldwork and engage in ‘real-world’ work experiences.
  • Our range of external partners from sports clubs to Public Health Wales means that students will have lots of opportunities to gain practical experience alongside their studies, including work-related modules that provide students with valuable contacts and experience before they enter the world of work. This greatly enhances student employability.
  • We have an excellent support and personal tutor system to ensure students are supported throughout their studies.
  • *This course is part of a subject area rated 2nd in Wales for satisfaction with teaching in the Sports Science subject league tables, The Guardian University Guide 2022.  

What you will study

A feature of the course is the practical application of theory to applied environments, to develop links with the sport and exercise industry at all levels from community to elite levels.

The content of the degree course draws on key sports science principles, through three specific disciplines: Sport Physiology, Sport Psychology and Biomechanics / Performance Analysis.

The programme is split over three years; Level 4, Level 5 and Level 6. Students require 120 credits per year to progress and finally graduate.


In this year students are introduced to all of the elements associated with sports science. Students gain an understanding of the link from theory to practice across a range of disciplines including psychology, physiology, performance analysis and Strength and Conditioning. You will have 36 hours of contact time per module.


  • Sport Psychology 1 (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Biomechanics and Performance Analysis (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Research Methods (20 credits
  • Introduction to Strength and Conditioning (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Nutrition (20 credits) 


Students in this year are encouraged to personalise their learning to a sport or sports of their choice. Students establish a strong understanding of the link between theory and practice whilst developing vocationally relevant skills. You will have 30 hours of contact time per module. Opportunities exist to obtain externally recognised qualifications at this level, at no extra cost; Level 2 Gym Instructor, Hudl Sportscode Scripting Level 1.


  • Sport Psychology 2 (20 credits)
  • Physiology: Testing and Training (20 credits)
  • Applied Biomechanics and Performance Analysis (20 credits)
  • Applied Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Strength and Conditioning in Practice (20 credits)
  • Applied Practice Placement (20 credits)


In the final year students explore an interest in one or more performance disciplines. This specialism enables students to develop both personal and professional skills essential for employment in a sport-related industry. You will have 24 hours of contact time per module. Opportunities exist to obtain externally recognised qualifications at this level, at no extra cost; Level 3 Exercise Referral, Level 3 Personal Trainer & Hudl Sportscode Scripting Level 2.


  • Applied Sport Psychology (20 credits)
  • Exercise Prescription and Referral for Clinical Populations (20 credits)
  • Advanced Performance Analysis (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Applied Professional Practice in Strength and Conditioning (20 credits - Option)
  • Environmental Physiology (20 credits - Option)


The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

For entry onto our degree programme, we require the following:

  • At least 80-112 UCAS points at A2 level or equivalent.
  • A science, maths and sport background are an advantage, but not essential.

If students have been out of education for >5 years or do not have a science, maths or sport background they must submit a personal statement to the programme team even if they have the required UCAS points.

The UCAS points may be counted from a wide variety of qualifications such as: 

  • Welsh Baccalaureate  
  • Progression and Advanced Diploma 
  • BTEC/EDEXCEL both National Diplomas and Certificates  
  • Scottish qualifications at Advanced Higher level  
  • Irish leaving Certificate Higher examinations  
  • International and European Baccalaureates 

Applicants may enter the programme at various levels with Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) in accordance with the University General Regulations.  

Formal DBS is not required for the programme, unless the student is required to have DBS clearance for the placement module during their second year of study. Students will be responsible for their own satisfactory DBS clearance.

You can get more guidance and advice regarding entry requirements and applications here.

Teaching & Assessment

A wide range of assessment methods will be used to test your knowledge and understanding. This includes essays, portfolios, practical sessions, reports, presentations, online discussions, case study evaluations and exams. You will be assessed on your ability to describe, explain and analyse sport science concepts, use specialist video software, undertake lab-based work and conduct independent research.

You will be expected to complete a dissertation as part of your final assessment.

Teaching and Learning

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion Services can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

Career prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Common graduate employment pathways include sport, leisure, tourism, management, education, research and health, including:

  • Sport and Exercise Physiologist; sport governing body, local authority, education sector, freelance.
  • Sport Psychologist; sport governing body, local authority, education sector, freelance.
  • Performance Analyst; sport governing body, education sector, freelance.
  • Sports Biomechanist; sport governing body, local authority, education sector, freelance.
  • Strength and Conditioner; sport governing body, local authority, armed forces, education sector, freelance.


Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are TBC.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages. You will also find information about what your fees include in the FAQs.

Programme specification

You can see the full programme specification here.


If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our accommodation pages to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.


If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section