Student in Sport lab

12 January 2023

Learn about studying a degree in Sport and Exercise Science at our Taster Day

Pushing boundaries. Breaking records. Training in extreme environments. Sport and Exercise Science covers many elements of elite sports, health and fitness.

Depending on what you choose to study, a Sport and Exercise Science degree could help you gain the knowledge needed to understand and enhance athletic performance.

Sound like you? Save your place to learn more about courses, careers and sports' unique role in society.

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At our Sport and Exercise Science Taster Days, you'll:

  • Discover where a Sports and Exercise Science course can take you and where our graduates went on to work
  • Explore Biomechanics and what makes a goal-scoring free-kick
  • Examine the cardio-vascular, respiratory and thermal responses to exercise
  • Investigate the concept of leadership and how we can increase sport and physical activity within the community and wider population
  • Understand why some athletes thrive under pressure and why others struggle
  • Hear from and chat to current students about life as a student at Portsmouth
  • Gain useful experience for the subjects you like, which you can talk about on your UCAS personal statement

Taster day programme

Here's what happened at the Sport Taster Day in June 2022. Booking and details on future programmes will be available soon.

Sport and Exercise Science Taster Day

We're excited to meet you. Check in from 9.15am and get ready to learn about studying your favourite subjects at uni.

Here's our guide to subject taster days, should you want to learn a little more about our taster days before booking.

We'll meet at Nuffield Centre, St Michael's Road, Portsmouth, Hants, PO1 2ED.

Exciting careers await you in all types of pursuits. Biomechanics, physiology, nutrition, psychology, and business, management and operations of elite sport. It all comes from a degree in Sport and Exercise Science.

Learn more about the different career options available to graduates of the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science, including the different courses and opportunities at Portsmouth.

The physiological responses of elite and novice athletes differ when running or cycling at the same work rate. For instance, when Mo Farah runs at a given speed the physiological stress is much less than for a novice athlete.

These responses provide insight into the physiological demands of a given sporting activity, and enable changes in fitness to be monitored. In this session, you'll examine the cardio-vascular, respiratory and thermal responses to a bout of steady-state exercise to see how they compare to elite athletes like Mo Farah.

*Note: this is 1 of 4 sessions running at this time:

  • How can Mo Farah run so fast?
  • Leadership and the management of others to become sports leaders
  • Can sport psychology help athletes thrive on pressure?
  • What makes a goal scoring free-kick?

You'll attend any 1 of these sessions during this particular timeslot, but you'll get to see all 4 talks over the course of the day.

Quick breather. Take stock of the morning then get ready for the next session.

The movement patterns used during various sporting activities can be important for improving technique, enhancing performance, preventing injury and understanding how footballers are able to produce goal scoring free-kicks.

In this workshop, you'll use a state of-the-art high speed camera recording system to explore the biomechanics of a football kicking task.

*Note: this is 1 of 4 sessions running at this time:

  • How can Mo Farah run so fast?
  • Leadership and the management of others to become sports leaders
  • Can sport psychology help athletes thrive on pressure?
  • What makes a goal scoring free-kick?

You'll attend any 1 of these sessions during this particular timeslot, but you'll get to see all 4 talks over the course of the day.

Athletes experience varied levels of anxiety and arousal when they experience pressure in their sport. In this workshop, we'll explore why some athletes thrive on this pressure while others struggle and underperform. In addition to a brief introduction to the topic, you'll try out a psychological technique (quiet-eye visual attention technique) that may help athletes control their arousal in sport.

*Note: this is 1 of 4 sessions running at this time:

  • How can Mo Farah run so fast?
  • Leadership and the management of others to become sports leaders
  • Can sport psychology help athletes thrive on pressure?
  • What makes a goal scoring free-kick?

You'll attend any 1 of these sessions during this particular timeslot, but you'll get to see all 4 talks over the course of the day.

Fuel-up. Feel free to bring your own lunch for the day or grab something from the cafeteria.

To increase sport and physical activity opportunities within a community or wider population, it's essential we upskill, empower and develop a range of leaders or coaches to become the enablers of others to be active.

Up to the challenge? This session investigates the concepts of leadership and how we may manage and guide others to become effective leaders themselves.

*Note: this is 1 of 4 sessions running at this time:

  • How can Mo Farah run so fast?
  • Leadership and the management of others to become sports leaders
  • Can sport psychology help athletes thrive on pressure?
  • What makes a goal scoring free-kick?

You'll attend any 1 of these sessions during this particular timeslot, but you'll get to see all 4 talks over the course of the day.

Closing summary of the day, but the floor is yours to ask your questions – to lecturers and current students.

This could be about different subjects, the transition from college to uni, any of the talks you've watched so far, the city of Portsmouth, moving away from home – and/or whatever you want to know about uni.