"I am passionate about continuing my professional development in the sports industry, working my way up to taking a key role within an organisation, such as Sport England."Jacob Waldron, Sport and Exercise Science
The burgeoning elite sports industry requires professionals who are able to push athletes to reach their peak potential. Our strength and conditioning focused degree is the ideal Sport and Exercise Science route for students who aspire to work with elite sportspeople at the top of their profession.
We are one of the UK's leading universities for sports education. Our degree prepares you to meet the challenges of elite level performance through studying the full spectrum of Sport and Exercise Science theory, while focusing on the development of effective strength and conditioning programmes, which are targeted at improving athletic performance. Our industry experienced tutors integrate professional practice into your studies.
We produce self-disciplined, professional sports science graduates who perform at the highest level (including competing and winning medals at the London Olympics 2012). Like all of our sports pathways, you can either apply directly to this course or to the general BSc Sport and Exercise Science programme and choose your specialism at the end of Year 2.
You will study the full spectrum of sport and exercise science theory, including: the methods of enhancing sports performance, the scientific methods of enquiry and a knowledge of the human response to exercise. You will spend a large proportion of study time undertaking practical sessions at our Allianz Park site and will also take part in 150 hours of clinical professional practice through undertaking two industry professional work placements.
Our course offers a broad programme of study, preparing you for a range of sport and exercise science careers working with both sports teams and elite athletes, as well as with people across all levels of fitness, including young people and the elderly.
An in-depth understanding of the scientific methods of training and performance, which are necessary to becoming a successful Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
You will also develop a detailed understanding of:
This module aims to provide students with fundamental knowledge of clinical and functional anatomy. Exploration of the microscopic and macroscopic structure of nerves, muscles, joints, bone and provides a fundamental platform upon which to build understanding of applied biomechanics and human movement.
The sport rehabilitator or sport trainer will need to be aware of the benefits and adverse consequences of physical activity. S/he will also need to be aware of the role of physical activity in the development and maintenance of health, fitness and in optimising sports performance. The future professional role of a trainer may involve caring for a range of individuals, from the elite athlete through to special populations using exercise as a clinical intervention. The module aims to provide an introduction to core concepts developed later in the program, stimulate an interest in current issues in athletic health care and encourage the development of appropriate administrative, communication and practical skills required for successful academic and professional progress.
The aim of the module is to highlight and introduce the fundamental key scientific concepts and principles, across the three main sports science disciplines of physiology, psychology, and biomechanics.
The module aims to provide an introduction to the core concepts developed including communication, teamwork, numeracy skills, use of information technology and the development of a personal development portfolio later in the programme and encourage the development of appropriate administrator s, communication and practical skills required for successful academic and professional progress.
This module aims to enable students to understand the physiological basis of human movement from the cortex to skeletal muscle. To understand the mechanical basis of human movement from Newton s laws to the kinematics and kinetics of sport, exercise, and rehabilitation. To understand the chronic physiological adaptations to sport, exercise and rehabilitation. To understand the principles of measurement in muscle, vascular and cardiopulmonary physiology. To understand the principles of measurement in the kinetics and kinematics of human movement.
To introduce students of health and social care related subjects to the process of health and social care research. It is a professional requirement for those working in health and social care related disciplines to underpin their knowledge with research and evidence-based practice. Professionals need to be able to access research findings, and through an understanding of the research process and methodology, be able to critique research and apply this knowledge to practice. The aim of this module is to develop the students awareness the research process and to equip them with the skills required in the subject area appropriate to their target award and to offer some preparation for the final year project/dissertation.
The module introduces the theoretical concepts of sports and health coaching in a practically orientated way. Students will experience different coaching styles in a variety of sporting and fitness situations and have the opportunity to plan, deliver, evaluate, and modify coaching sessions. The module also offers opportunities to further develop ethical issues and aspects of health and safety.
This module integrates psychology theory with sport and exercise to explore how performance can be optimised. The first part of the module focuses on psychological and personal factors that affect performance, physical activity, exercise and sporting achievements. The module then progresses on to psychological skills training and the development of a sport psychology framework, focusing on specific techniques that can improve performance. The module provides the individual with a theoretical understanding of factors that underpin working with athletes and exercisers through practical exercises as well as psychological sport and exercise tests. The later part of the module provides an understanding for those working in sport, exercise, and rehabilitation on how psychological and socio-cultural issues impact on recovery from injury and illness and explores the importance of lifestyle management in working with those recovering from injury.
The aim of the module is to highlight and introduce the advanced key scientific Principles and contemporary topics, across the three main sports science disciplines of physiology, psychology and biomechanics.
This module aims to synthesise learning from the students undergraduate programme providing an opportunity for students to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity; an inquiry based approach, the employment and application of research skills thus facilitating the development of a higher level of theorising. Students will select a topic of personal interest on which they wish to undertake a substantial in-depth study. They will manage their own learning during this module, with the support of an allocated supervisor for this period if independent study.
This module aims to encourage critical evaluation of the core concepts of strength and conditioning training and encourage the development of skills required for successful academic and professional progress. To provide a detailed understanding of the scientific principles, concepts and theories of strength and conditioning training including practical application to performance. The sport rehabilitator or personal/sport trainer will need to be aware of structure and function of the body, training adaptations, testing and evaluation, nutrition and be able to design fitness programmes. Students will develop knowledge of how to apply scientific principles to improve muscular strength, power and endurance with clients ranging from beginners to elite athletes. Practical sessions will include Olympic weightlifting, speed, agility and plyometrics training.
Lectures, seminars and laboratory and practical sessions will build up your knowledge and skills. You will take part in group discussions, work on group and individual assignments and give presentations, for which you will receive feedback from other students. You will build up a portfolio of work and supplement your knowledge with guided and independent reading.
As well as exams and your portfolio, logbook and projects, you will be assessed on laboratory reports and other written assignments, seminar presentations, practical demonstrations and case study analyses. Students will be asked to give feedback on each other's work, and you will also evaluate your own work.
You will complete five hours' work experience in each of the following disciplines: strength and conditioning; performance testing; and sport psychology and corrective exercise.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects including Science
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Overall pass: must include 45 credits at level 3, of which all 45 must be at Merit or higher
Other requirements: To begin this course you must also complete a satisfactory enhanced DBS check and provide suitable references.
Our entry requirements are displayed as grades. Please use the UCAS calculator to find out the equivalent tariff points.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
Our graduates find themselves working in health and fitness club management, fitness consultancy, weight management, health promotion, personal fitness training, corporate health advice, sports or physical activity development, medical sales, and the armed forces. There are also career opportunities in teaching and research.
Our Sports graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of roles in prestigious organisations including: Nike, Brentford FC, KX Gym, Manor Health & Leisure, and Willesden Sports Centre. In roles such as: Academy Performance Analyst, Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor, Athlete, Graduate Management Trainee, and Analysis Specialist.
Upon graduation, you can continue your professional studies by taking a British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) training programme to qualify in three years as an accredited sport and exercise scientist. You can also take further studies to become a physiotherapist or sports rehabilitator.
Additionally, you can go on to do further study. The courses that our 2012 Sport & Exercise Science graduates are now undertaking include: MSc Performance Analysis and MSc Strength & Conditioning.
You will complete 50 hours of placement across your three years of study and will receive help in identifying a suitable placement, and with applications if required. Placement opportunities exist in the following areas: Sports Clubs, University Sports Clubs, local sports development projects, Charities, Fitness Centres and Schools.
Middlesex University is also embarking on an exciting new venture with Saracens Rugby which is based at the brand-new Allianz Park, located in nearby Copthall. As part of this partnership you will have the opportunity to work with the Saracens academy, elite players and professional coaches.
Work experience in the form of placements and internships greatly improve graduate employment prospects, and students who take part achieve excellent academic results through applying their learning in a professional setting.
Our specialist Employability Service and London location ensure that every year our students and graduates gain prestigious placement opportunities.
This course is approved by SkillsActive and therefore meets the required industry standard which will give the following REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals) recognised qualification/category of registration:
Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews, networking and so on. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business. Find out more here.
"I have enjoyed the practical elements of the course; like undertaking and learning how to administer laboratory fitness tests. It's also great having the opportunity to choose your own pathway in the 3rd year; to focus your attention on specific areas you wish to specialise in.
"I am passionate about continuing my professional development in the sports industry, working my way up to taking a key role within an organisation such as Sport England. I am currently employed by England Athletics, the National Governing Body for Athletics on a part-time basis, as a 'Run England Activator' for South West London; actively engaging the community into recreational running in line with the National project to get the whole nation running."