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Sport, health and exercise science

Undergraduate study

Entry 2012

Key facts

Sport, Health and Exercise Science at Hull | 1 Degree courses | 4 Degree structure | 8 Some of our areas of study | 12 Why Hull? | 14

Single Honours

UCAS code

Sport and Exercise Science

C601 BSc/SpS

Sports Coaching and Performance


Sport Rehabilitation

C602 BSc/SR

Other Honours Geography with Sport Science


Psychology with Sport Science

C8C6 BSc/PsySpS

Typical offers Single Honours programmes Geography with Sport Science Psychology with Sport Science

280 points 280–320 points 280 points

Admissions and financial support Application for entry to any course should be made through UCAS. Full details are given in the University’s Undergraduate Prospectus. Applicants for our degree courses will be eligible for student loans, etc, in the same way as applicants for other undergraduate courses. Again, please see the Undergraduate Prospectus for further details.

Entrance requirements We normally require three A level passes, but you can also qualify with an approved equivalent: for example, BTEC National or Higher National Diploma/Certificate, or International Baccalaureate (or equivalent). Every application will be considered on its merits, and prospective applicants with ‘non-standard’ qualifications, overseas students, or mature students who may have relevant life experiences (but few conventional qualifications) are encouraged to apply.

Estimated places

Admissions contact Dr Keith Earle Department of Sport, Health and Exercise Science University of Hull Hull, HU6 7RX, UK 01482 463657

Dates of semesters Semester 1 24 Sep – 14 Dec 2012

Semester 2 28 Jan – 10 May 2013


Sport, Health and Exercise Science at Hull This rapidly growing department specialises in sport and exercise science courses and the interface of these with athletes and coaches as well as an exercising population. Benefiting from rising numbers of staff, along with expanding facilities and state-of-the-art equipment, we have been able to offer well-resourced and comprehensive degree courses. These courses reflect the latest developments within the sport, health and leisure industries.

A centre of excellence for the region The Department of Sport, Health and Exercise Science has teamed up with the newly established Hull York Medical School (HYMS) to develop a centre for sporting and scientific excellence. A state-of-the-art Health and Human Performance Laboratory has recently been built to provide support for sportsmen, sportswomen, their coaches and their fitness advisers, and for the study of the sport and exercise sciences in the broadest sense. The laboratory already offers a full range of sport science support, including fitness and performance profiling, biomechanical analysis, lifestyle and psychological counselling, performance analysis, rehabilitation and other medical support, and various coach education programmes.

Recognised quality Our degrees are certified and approved by the country’s leading national bodies in the discipline. Skills Active and Sports Coach UK, for example, endorse our degree in Sports Coaching and Performance, while our Sport Rehabilitation programme is accredited by the British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Trainers.

Supporting local sport We aim to provide sport science support to local performers, including those involved in the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme, both at the elite level and for those aspiring to elite performance. This support is delivered both at our sport science laboratories and at local sporting clubs. The department has forged a number of productive links with local professional sports clubs, including Hull City Football Club and Hull Kingston Rovers Rugby League Club. The department also strives to develop community links through coach education programmes offered within local facilities. We enjoy links with Local Authority Sports Development units in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire, and with the Humber Sports Partnership (our local County Sports Partnership), as well as relationships with a range of governing bodies and private providers including the Rugby Football Union, the Rugby Football League, the East Riding County Football Association and First Step Sports, plus a range of local school partnerships. These links with sporting clubs and associations provide our students with additional scope to develop practical skills and to gain experience of working as a sport scientist, sports coach or sports rehabilitator.

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Measuring excellence Our Exercise Physiology Research Laboratory boasts a wide range of high-spec equipment, including automated spectrophotometers, micro-plate readers, a haematology analyser, blood lactate and glucose analysers and a blood gas/electrolyte analyser. The lab’s treadmill is capable of speeds up to 40 km/h with 30% incline. Such equipment is an absolute necessity when working with elite athletes – as we frequently do.

Our students can beneďŹ t by participating in research projects carried out by sta. Providing an opportunity to learn more advanced lab skills and to see the steps involved in the research process, this is invaluable when it comes to the undergraduate dissertation in the third year.

Degree courses The Department of Sport, Health and Exercise Science at the University of Hull offers courses of study leading to BSc Single Honours degrees in Sport and Exercise Science, in Sport Rehabilitation and in Sports Coaching and Performance. You can also read BSc Geography with Sport Science or BSc Psychology with Sport Science. The department has established clear aims and objectives for each course of study, including both specific and generic components. If this pamphlet leaves you wanting to know more about the course specifications, please visit our website at

BSc Sport and Exercise Science ‘They think it’s all over …’ But for you, it could be the beginning of an exciting study programme leading to a career in the expanding world of sport and exercise. At the University of Hull sport is advancing at a vigorous pace, and you could be part of this development. With high-quality sports facilities, new and well-equipped sport science laboratories and staff of the highest calibre, you will experience probably one of the best sport science courses in the UK. The BSc in Sport and Exercise Science is scientifically rigorous, in line with other degree courses around the country, and reflects our position within the Faculty of Science. In the first year you will undertake basic studies in the core areas of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, psychology and research methods. In Years 2 and 3 you will explore the applications of such disciplines in both sport science and health/exercise science. You will study the acute and chronic effects of exercise, sport and exercise nutrition, and ageing and obesity, as well as performance analysis and muscle dynamics. Through your three years of study you will be given the opportunity to acquire and develop a range of knowledge and skills through modules such as Exercise Physiology, Sports Biomechanics, and Health and Exercise Psychology. You will be part of a vibrant and supportive department, whose ethos is strongly directed towards a holistic student experience combining both academic and personal achievements. From Year 2 you will have the opportunity to select a number of modules that will enable you to tailor your course to suit your strengths and career aspirations (see pages 12–13).

BSc Sport Rehabilitation

With high-quality sports facilities, new and well-equipped sport science laboratories and staff of the highest calibre, you will experience probably one of the best sport science courses in the UK.


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Sport Rehabilitation is a health care profession which is relatively new to the UK (being introduced in 1994) and was established at the University of Hull in 2004. Successful graduates from this programme may be eligible to join the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) as practicing members who are fully insured. Undergraduate training provides the necessary hands-on skills, knowledge and expertise to undertake accurate assessment and diagnosis of musculoskeletal injuries, followed by the appropriate rehabilitation techniques. Our graduates are trained solely in sports and exercise rehabilitation, with an emphasis on both health and disease.

The programme incorporates subjects such as applied neuromusculoskeletal anatomy, physiology and biomechanics as well as manual therapy, electrotherapy, remedial exercise, end-stage rehabilitation and injury prevention. The training provides the Graduate Sport Rehabilitator (GSR) with all the necessary skills to become an autonomous health care professional providing accurate injury assessment, remedial therapy, injury prevention and staged rehabilitation to get the client back to their maximum performance in the shortest time possible.

Our courses reflect the latest developments within the sport, health and leisure industries.

University learning is consolidated by a minimum of 400 hours of clinical placement in the work environment – for example with sport clubs, private practitioners and in occupational health. Inclusive learning ensures that there is close personal contact between staff and students. Lectures are supported by tutorials, seminars and practical sessions which utilise dedicated facilities such as the sport rehabilitation suite and sport injury clinic together with the excellent on-site sporting facilities.

BSc Sports Coaching and Performance The BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Performance programme is specifically designed for those wanting to pursue a career in the coaching of children, adolescents or adults across all levels of abilities. This course may also be of interest to those wishing to pursue a career in the teaching of Physical Education. In 2011, the course was professionally accredited by Sports Coach UK and Skills Active. It is one of the first higher education courses in the UK to have met these industry standards. The programme principally seeks to develop theoretically informed and critically self-reflective coaching practitioners. While the course focuses on the study of sports coaching, graduates also acquire a range of leadership, communication, data handling and critical thinking skills that are beneficial in a wide range of professional careers. The modules on this programme are delivered by experts within the field of sports science and coaching. The department also works closely with community partners to ensure that the programme meets the needs of the local community and provides students with relevant opportunities to acquire work placements and National Governing Body of Sport coaching awards.

Other Honours BSc Geography with Sport Science In this course you will have the opportunity to study the various disciplines within sport science, sport and exercise physiology, sports biomechanics, sport and exercise psychology, and coaching studies. Each module has a distinct practical application and will provide you with first-hand experience of the equipment found in a contemporary sport science laboratory.

BSc Psychology with Sport Science You spend approximately 70% of your time studying psychology (including sport and exercise psychology) and 30% studying sport science. In sport science you have the opportunity to select from both ‘pure’ and ‘applied’ modules.

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Degree structure Our Single Honours courses have been designed to offer three distinctive educational routes.

Sport and Exercise Science The aim of the Single Honours course is to impart an advanced understanding of at least two of the three core disciplines of sport science: these are biomechanics, exercise physiology, and sport and exercise psychology. Typically students who follow this route have career aspirations within sport, exercise and health. You may wish to complete a higher degree in sport science or more specifically in the health and exercise field.

Year 1 Semester 1 Functional Human Physiology Human Anatomy for Sports, Physical Activity and Health Semester 2 Principles of Human Movement Motor Control and Learning Across both semesters Research Methods 1 Health and Exercise Related-Fitness (or a free elective)

Year 2 Semester 1 Exercise Physiology Sport, Health and Exercise Psychology Semester 2 Analysis of Human Movement Performance Physiology Across both semesters Research Methods 2 Sport and Exercise Nutrition or a free elective

Year 3 Semester 1 Human Locomotive Systems (option) Ageing, Obesity and Health (option) Contemporary Issues in Health and Exercise Psychology (option) Semester 2 Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention (option) Environmental Physiology (option) Advanced Sport Psychology (option) Across both semesters Dissertation Work Experience in Sport and Leisure or a free elective

Our Single Honours degrees offer three distinctive educational routes.


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Sports Coaching and Performance At the heart of this programme is the application of theory to practice. You will be provided with an interdisciplinary education which requires you to apply and critically reect on theory and methods from across the broad range of sports science disciplines. You will undertake modules addressing coaching pedagogy, applied training theory, performance analysis, and sport psychology. In addition, you will not only have the opportunity to complete a research project in sports coaching, but you will also engage in coaching related work experience.

Year 1 Core modules Functional Human Physiology Human Anatomy for Sports Physical Activity and Health Principles of Human Movement Motor Control and Learning in Sports Science Research Methods 1 Optional modules Health and Exercise Related Fitness or Free Elective

Year 2 Core modules Introduction to Coaching Pedagogy Introduction to Performance Analysis Introduction to Training Theory Applied Issues in Training Theory Sport, Health and Exercise Psychology Research Methods 2

Year 3 Core modules Contemporary Issues in Coaching Pedagogy Performance Analysis in Practice Professional Practice in Coaching and Performance Advanced Sport Psychology Dissertation

A career in sports coaching, physical education, sports development, performance analysis or strength and conditioning.


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Sport Rehabilitation This course aims to provide students with the necessary skills, both theoretical and practical, to prevent, assess and manage musculo-skeletal injuries.

Year 1 Semester 1 Musculo-Skeletal Injuries Human Anatomy Semester 2 Motor Control and Learning Therapeutic Modalities Across both semesters Research Methods 1 Soft Tissue Techniques and Musculo-Skeletal Assessment

Year 2 Semester 1 Human Physiology Functional Rehabilitation Semester 2 Clinical Biomechanics Clinical Skills Across both semesters Research Methods 2 Fieldwork Placement 1

Year 3 Semester 1 Neurology and Tissue Dynamics Psychology in Sport Rehabilitation Semester 2 Fitness and Injury Prevention Across both semesters Dissertation Fieldwork Placement 2

The course provides the Graduate Sport Rehabilitator with all the necessary skills to become an autonomous health care professional.


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‘I like the fact that studying gives me a break from playing and vice versa. ‘I love playing rugby, but I know that it’s not for ever – and I knew even at school that I’d need a career when my playing days were over. ‘I really love my course too. The lecturers and other students are like one big family, and I enjoy the hands-on nature of my studies. I also believe that my degree could work well with my rugby career – I could provide sports rehab support for the club on days when I’m not playing or training. ‘Juggling a degree and a burgeoning playing career requires discipline and understanding from both sides. Thankfully, Hull FC and the University have been brilliantly supportive. ‘The club has been happy for me to come to university for classes on the days I need to, even if there’s a clash with a training session; and the University allowed me an extension on my work when I was chosen to play for the first team.’ Liam Cunningham BSc Sports Rehabilitation Hull FC rugby league player

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Some of our areas of study Sport, Health and Exercise Psychology The modules that make up this strand examine the contribution that psychology can make to our understanding of sport/exercise participation and performance, and to our understanding of human cognition and behaviour in sport. They focus on the psychology in sport psychology and offer an in-depth understanding of the athlete and exerciser.

Anatomy and Human Physiology These units aim to introduce the basic anatomy of joints and muscles, and include consideration of the physiology of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, kidney and fluid balance and the nervous system. Second- and third-year modules examine such topics as the biochemistry of exercise and the mechanisms that control energy metabolism.

Research Methods These modules aim, first, to develop an understanding of research design, methodology and analysis using qualitative and quantitative approaches. They include work in both experimental and descriptive methodologies and involve the application of statistical tests and forms of survey method with real data. Later modules provide the skills to conduct empirical studies of individuals and groups.

Introduction to Coaching Pedagogy explores the teaching and learning process in sport – an issue that is fundamental to coaching success, whether in elite or recreational, adult or junior, settings – and examines the complex nature of pedagogical practice in coaching. As well as analysing different theoretical positions, you will apply this knowledge in a practical coaching setting and reflect on your own learning and development as a coach.

Analysis of Human Movement The biomechanics thread running through Years 1, 2 and 3 introduces you to the analysis of human movement in sport and health. The first module considers the application of functional anatomy to movement analysis. In Years 2 and 3 a fuller understanding of movement technique analysis is developed in various sports, and performance factors are examined using film and force analysis. In Year 3, you also have the option of conducting biomechanical analysis of movement from a clinical perspective.

Students are able to register for a variety of coaching award courses.


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Sports and Exercise Nutrition introduces the six nutritional classes and their role in both resting and exercise states, trains you to use computerised dietary analysis and gives you the opportunity to investigate dietary manipulation for sporting performance.

Health and Exercise-Related Fitness introduces you to the theory and principles of training as well as identifying specific training regimes to meet the specific components of fitness. You will investigate the structuring of training to meet both short- and long-term goals.

The final-year dissertation provides an opportunity to investigate any aspect of sport and exercise science.

Electrotherapy aims to give students a basic understanding of the rationale underlying the use and application of all forms of electrotherapy, including current knowledge with respect to the healing process at the cellular level.

Dissertation This provides the opportunity to investigate any aspect of sport and exercise science. You are given guidance by a personal supervisor who has expertise within the relevant discipline, but you retain considerable autonomy over the work you produce. Some students are able to publish their work in international journals.

Sports governing body coaching award courses Students can register for a variety of coaching award courses in their own time. These are likely to run in the evenings and at weekends and may entail payment of a fee. In addition students will be able to access generic coaching courses in areas such as child protection and safeguarding, first aid and ‘equity in your coaching’.

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Why Hull? The great advantage of the sports facilities at Hull is that they are on the main campus, within five minutes’ walk of the students’ union, all departments, and the Cranbrook Avenue and Taylor Court student residential accommodation.

The Sports and Leisure Centre The attractively designed Sports and Leisure Centre has three floors which incorporate a large sports hall, a gymnasium equipped with weights and multi-gym, a dance and aerobics studio, six squash courts, a solarium and a Physical Education lecture room. Attached to the main Sports Centre is a new Health and Fitness Centre.

The Health and Fitness Centre The new state-of-the-art Health and Fitness Centre, in which the University invested half a million pounds, is professionally supervised and incorporates a suite of strength and fitness training machines for individual muscle groups, a cardiovascular room containing a range of aerobic training equipment (including powerjogs, ‘steppers’ and cycle ergometers), a sauna, a jacuzzi, a solarium, a bar, and snack and relaxation areas.

The sports grounds Adjacent to the Sports and Health and Fitness Centres are the University’s major sports grounds, including a floodlit all-weather surface which conforms to FIH and EHA hockey specifications but which is also available for football and general sports training, a new floodlit netball and tennis complex, six football pitches, three rugby pitches, two grass hockey pitches, an American football pitch, a lacrosse pitch, four cricket circles, eight clay tennis courts and a grid training area. The University also has a boathouse on the nearby River Hull, used by the Rowing and Canoe Clubs.

Additional facilities in Hull and Yorkshire Within a short drive of the University are several swimming pools, a National League athletics stadium, an indoor tennis centre, an ice skating/hockey stadium, an indoor rock-climbing centre, and an outdoor centre for water-based adventure activities such as sailing, canoeing and windsurfing. Within an hour’s drive are the North York Moors and the Pennines, offering opportunities for orienteering, expedition training, climbing, and other land-based outdoor and adventurous activities.

The Athletic Union The University’s Athletic Union administers 56 clubs catering for a wide range of individual and team sports; and outdoor and adventurous activities are supported by an experienced full-time member of staff responsible for leadership and safety.

We are rightly proud of the range of cutting-edge facilities available within the department.


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What our students say Individual support ‘One of the second- or third-year students helped us get settled. Because there are relatively few sport, health and exercise science students, we get individual attention and are not treated as simply a number. At Hull we can also get some of the best careers guidance in the country.’ On-site facilities ‘At Hull the sports facilities, sport science laboratories, lecture rooms, library, Computer Centre and students’ union building are all on site and within a short walk of one another.’ Teaching excellence ‘The Sport, Health and Exercise Science staff inspire you in your studies and challenge you to do your best.’


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Free Elective Scheme Studying for a degree at the University of Hull is a unique experience. We aim to provide you with an education that offers both depth and breadth of knowledge. To meet these ends the University has developed an optional Free Elective Scheme. This scheme enables the majority of undergraduate students to take one module a year from outside their main course of study.

Admissions policy Admissions information provided in this pamphlet is intended as a general guide and cannot cover all possibilities. Entry requirements are generally stated in terms of A

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Here you take modules from your main course of study.

Here you have the option to take a free elective or another module from your main course of study.

This publication is intended principally as a guide for prospective students. The matters covered by it – academic and

What sort of subjects can I take? You can take almost any free elective module from outside your main course of study, usually at your home campus. You can even take a module from another faculty. You should discuss your choice of free electives with your supervisor. • • • • •

Human Physiology Business, Management and Enterprise Introduction to Psychology Science and Society Education, Education, Education – Historical Background to Current Problems in Schools • Outdoor Activity Leadership and Management • Passport modules in foreign languages

otherwise – are subject to change from time to time, both before and after students are admitted, and the information contained in it does not form part of any contract. While every reasonable precaution was taken in the production of this brochure, the University does not accept liability for any inaccuracies.

Address For general enquiries, please write to

What are the main reasons for participating? • The scheme gives you the opportunity to study a subject without having to commit yourself to taking further modules in that subject area. • By taking a free elective you are able to follow up your interests as part of your degree. • With a broader education you may acquire extra skills that will help you when you enter the employment market.

Admissions Service University of Hull Hull, HU6 7RX T 01482 466100 F 01482 442290 E

With its high-tech Exercise Physiology Labs and its £1.5 million Health and Human Performance facility, our Department of Sport, Health and Exercise Science is exceptionally well equipped for teaching and research. And if you want to do sport as well as study it, our large on-campus sports and fitness centre is surrounded by acres of natural and artificial surfaces for everything from tennis to American football. If you’re considering sport science, you really should consider Hull.

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