Sport, Health, and Exercise Sciences (Dual Degree) BSc (Hons)

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Mode of Study
Full-time with year abroad
4 years full-time with year abroad
Start Date
September 2022


Are you interested in improving the sporting performance of others, understanding the health benefits of physical activity and studying overseas?

On this BSc (Hons) Sport, Health, and Exercise Sciences dual degree course, you'll study in Portsmouth and Australia and turn your interest into a fulfilling career you can take anywhere around the world.

Studying fields including sports psychology, sports biomechanics and exercise physiology, you'll:

  • Learn how to apply best practice exercise techniques to help others reach their personal and professional health goals
  • Use a combination of theory, research and practical lab techniques to understand and improve people's physical performance, while helping them minimise the risks of sport-related injuries
  • Develop skills and knowledge to help everyone – from elite athletes who want to achieve new records in their sporting disciple to those who play sports for fun – get the most out of exercise

In year 3, you'll study in Australia at Edith Cowan University. You'll experience another culture, get access to further expertise and high-tech equipment, and gain an international perspective that will help set you apart when you embark on your career.

By the end of the course, you'll have extensive knowledge of the fields of professional sport, health and exercise science. You'll be ready to take on a variety of professional scientific or non-scientific roles in the private, corporate and government sectors of the sports industry. You could also study sport, health and exercise science further at postgraduate level.

This course is a dual degree (also known as a double degree).

When you complete the course successfully, you'll have 2 degrees:

  • BSc (Hons) Sport, Health, and Exercise Sciences from the University of Portsmouth
  • BSc International Exercise and Sports Science from Edith Cowan University

Dual degrees allow you to achieve 2 degrees in 3.5 or 4 years rather than 6 years.

You'll benefit from a global education experience and the high-calibre teaching expertise, latest research and modern facilities at 2 universities. You'll also develop a more comprehensive knowledge of global sport and exercise science than on a single degree and gain an understanding of different cultures, which will help you work more effectively with people from different backgrounds.

All of this will help you stand out in a competitive job market after you graduate.

You'll be based in Portsmouth in years 1 and 2, and for 6 months at the end of the course. You'll spend year 3 in Perth, Western Australia at Edith Cowan University.

You'll get support with travel arrangements, visas, finding accommodation and accessing loans and other funding that can help pay for your study and living costs when you're in Australia.

Edith Cowan University is one of the top 100 young universities in the world one of the top 100 universities in the Asia-Pacific regions (Times Higher Education 2019 and 2020). The Good Universities Guide 2021 gives the University 5 out of 5 stars for its learner resources, student support, teaching quality and overall experience.

Like Portsmouth, Perth offers a mix of city and outdoor living. It's a great base for exploring Western Australia and beyond.

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

Entry requirements​

Typical offers
  • A levels – AAA–ABB
  • UCAS points – 136-144 Points to include a minimum of 2 A Levels, or equivalents, with 32 points from a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, PE, Physics, Psychology or Sports Science and the Active Leisure Industry or Sports Studies) (calculate your UCAS points)
Selection process
  • Applicants may need to attend an interview in support of their application.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Be taught by expert staff with industry-relevant accreditations who are actively engaged in research projects that inform the future of sport and exercise science
  • Spend 1 year studying at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth, Western Australia, taking modules on Exercise Delivery, Resistance Training, and Injury Prevention and Management
  • Put what you learn into practice using links to local sports and healthcare providers
  • Be able to get specialist qualifications that match your career aspirations in areas such as first aid, coaching and gym instruction
  • Boost your transferable skills such as teamwork, decision making, communication and time management
  • Have the opportunity to learn a language and earn credit towards your degree as part of the University's Institution-Wide Language Programme
  • Graduate with a BSc International Exercise and Sports Science degree from ECU alongside your BSc (Hons) Sport, Health, and Exercise Sciences degree from the University of Portsmouth

Facilities and equipment you'll use includes:

  • biomechanics lab
  • physiology lab
  • An immersion pool and swimming flume
  • A portable EMG system to measure how muscles activate and fatigue during sport
  • Infrared motion analysis to understand how the body should move for best practice training
  • Climatic chambers for manipulating temperature, humidity and altitude (including one at sub-zero temperatures for polar preparation)
  • Force plates to assess total force and rate of force development for athletes, which helps you prescribe the correct exercise programme for them
  • GymAware and PUSH bands for carrying out Velocity Based Training (VBT)

Careers and opportunities

Sport, health and exercise science focuses on the scientific principles behind exercise performance. It combines physiology, psychology, biomechanics and nutrition management skills to examine the relationship between exercise and the human body, revolutionising the way sportspeople train and condition themselves.

A report by The Physiological Society found that over the course of their careers, sport and exercise science graduates earn on average £667,000 more than their non-graduate peers.

As part of this thriving industry, you'll have the skills to develop and rehabilitate athletes of all ages, or take a non-scientific career route such as teaching, sports journalism, sports marketing or advertising.

When you graduate, you could work in areas such as:

  • Health and fitness training
  • Teaching and education
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Sports therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Sport science support (UK Sport, EIS, professional clubs)
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Postgraduate study or research

Roles you could take on include:

  • PE teacher
  • Fitness instructor
  • NVQ coordinator
  • Sports development officer
  • Sports and exercise scientist
  • Sports therapist and physiotherapist
  • Cardiac rehabilitation technician

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing the ideal job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We'll work with you to identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and allow you to use the skills you've learnt.

We'll also be available to help, advise and support you for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

Sport, health and exercise science work experience

This course includes a work-based learning core module. You'll complete 20 hours of work experience across a range of industry sectors related to sport, health and exercise science, with direct mentorship from academic members of staff.

You'll get to see a range of career journey presentations from alumni and subject experts and we'll use these links to encourage work based activities across the sectors of sport, health and exercise science.

What you'll study

Each module on this course is worth 15, 20 or 40 credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

In your final year, you'll complete your dissertation worth 40 credits, alongside taught modules worth 80 credits.

Modules (indicative)

Core modules:

  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology 
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules:

  • Advanced Exercise Physiology
  • Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • Work Based Learning
  • Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise

Optional modules:

  • Nutrition for Sport, Exercise and Health
  • Principles of Skill Acquisition
  • Exercise in Different Environments
  • Strength and Conditioning for Sport, Exercise and Health
  • Physical Activity and Exercise for Healthy Ageing
  • Principles in Performance Analysis

Core modules:

  • Statistical Research Methods
  • Exercise Rehabilitation
  • Motor Learning and Control
  • Lifespan Growth and Development
  • Sports Injury Prevention and Management
  • Conditioning for Team Sport Athletes

Optional modules:

  • Performance Analysis and Player Monitoring
  • Exercise Delivery
  • Advanced Resistance Training
  • Principles of Practices of Resistance Training

  • Applications of Exercise Physiology
  • Professional Practice in Sport Psychology
  • Advanced Strength and Conditioning
  • Applied Skill Acquisition
  • Biomechanics in Practice
  • Advanced Sports Nutrition
  • Biopsychosocial Approaches to Physical Activity and Health Promotion
  • Environmental Physiology
  • Project

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • lab-based activities

The course also uses a range of blended and flipped learning techniques throughout information technology infrastructure at both the University of Portsmouth and Edith Cowan University.

Teaching staff at Portsmouth and ECU have a range of academic and professional experience which brings added value to the course. Examples of professional memberships include:

  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Science
  • British Psychological Society
  • The Health and Care Professions Council
  • Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity
  • UK Science Council
  • The American College of Sports Medicine
  • Exercise and Sports Science Australia

Teaching staff at both universities are also engaged in research. This means you'll learn about the latest theories and concepts from academics at the forefront of sports and exercise science research and innovation.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • practical assessments
  • client reports
  • video submissions
  • blogs
  • infographics
  • essays
  • portfolios
  • presentations
  • exams

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your dual degree.

In your first year, you'll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes and workshops for about 7–9 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2, 3 and 4 but this depends which modules you choose.

Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Term times

University of Portsmouth (years 1, 2 and 4)

The academic year at University of Portsmouth runs from September to early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2 

Edith Cowan University (year 3)

The academic year at Edith Cowan University runs from February to November with breaks at Easter and in June. It's divided into 2 semesters and 2 exam periods:

  • February to May – semester 1 (includes Easter break)
  • June – exam period 1
  • July to October – semester 2 
  • November – exam period 2

You'll start year 3 at ECU in semester 2 in July, finishing in semester 1 in May.

Supporting your learning

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Personal tutors and country link tutor

You'll have a personal tutor from the University of Portsmouth and a country link tutor from Edith Cowan University when you're studying in Perth in year 3.

Your personal tutors help you make the transition to independent study and give you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

You’ll have regular contact with them in learning activities or scheduled meetings. You can also make an appointment with them if you need extra support. They'll be available virtually in year 3 when you're in Australia.

Learning development tutors

You'll have help from a team of faculty Learning Development Tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • Improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • Delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • Understanding and using assignment feedback
  • Managing your time and workload
  • Revision and exam techniques

Academic skills support

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library support

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Support with English

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2022 start)

  • Years 1, 2 and 4 – £9,250 a year
  • Year 3 – £1,385

Fees may be subject to annual increase.

  • Years 1, 2 and 4 – £9,250 a year
  • Year 3 – £1,385

Includes Transition Scholarship. Fees may be subject to annual increase.

  • Year 1 and 2 – £16,200 a year
  • Year 3 – £1,800
  • Year 4 – £16,200

Fees may be subject to annual increase.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You'll need to cover your living costs and pay additional costs of £3,000–£4,000 to cover travel to and from Australia in year 3. You can cover these costs using a UK Government student loan.

The Edith Cowan University website has information on your accommodation options.


How to apply

To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – N881
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

Don't worry if you change your mind about studying abroad after you start the course. It's easy to transfer to a similar course once you're at Portsmouth or study this course as a single degree if you decide not to attend Edith Cowan University in year 3.

Come to an Open Day

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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