BSc (Hons)

Exercise and Sport Science (distance learning)

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As sport is now a part of the Government’s agenda, the importance of exercise and sport science cannot be underestimated and practitioners in the range of exercise and sport disciplines are crucial.

This course was one of the first distance-learning Exercise and Sport Science degrees in the UK. It is also thought to be the first course in the country to benefit from having custom-made iBooks. The degree has been designed to offer a flexible rate of study and to meet the needs of those in full-time employment, sports performers, coaches or exercise professionals in the UK and abroad. 

With a long history in delivering degrees in exercise and sport science we have gained a distinguished, international reputation for the high quality of our learning and teaching and research and community work within this specialist field.

Features and Benefits


Career Prospects

The UK is in what has been called the decade of sport, with a host of major international events including Olympics, Paralympics and Commonwealth Games as well as many world championship competitions. This will continue to fuel opportunities for employment across the broad spectrum of the sport sector.

There has also been a significant shift in the way exercise and sport are seen as vehicles for improving the health and wellbeing of the population of the population. This will generate a range of new graduate employment opportunities for which these courses offer first class preparation. There are various career paths for graduates of this discipline within sport governing bodies, clubs, organisations, schools, research centres, academic institutions, as well as hospitals and medical centres specialising in health, fitness and rehabilitation.

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

Applicants will be considered individually on the basis of their ability to complete the course successfully. Many applicants will typically be in employment as professional or voluntary coaches, in the fitness industry or Armed Forces, or at an elite level of sport.

IELTS score required for international students


There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

All students will receive iPads which they will use to download interactive iBooks in physiology, biomechanics, psychology and practical skills which have been specially created by staff from the department. The iBooks contain a blend of text, images, interactive tasks, video lectures and videos. You will be encouraged to consider how to combine knowledge from these disciplines to enhance sports performance, health and well-being. The course has a strong applied focus and will draw upon your experiences of exercise and sport to form a context for your learning.

After an initial compulsory attendance at the induction, the course is taught mainly via distance learning. At both Certificate and Diploma levels, there is one mandatory five-day residential at the Cheshire campus. At BSc level, there are two mandatory residential trips.

The following diagram shows the structure of the BSc (Hons) Exercise and Sport Science Distance Learning course.

The three levels of study (Certificate, Diploma and BSc levels) are described in the course brochure (available on request from the admissions team). As the following diagram shows, the first two levels (Certificate and Diploma) each consist of 4 units of study. The final level (BSc) consists of a similar total amount of work. There are two core units to complete and then 2 from 5 option units.

Level 4 (Certificate) 1D and Level 5 (Diploma) 2D

Core Units

- Physiology

- Biomechanics

- Psychology

- Practice and Professional Skills

Level 6 (BSc)

Core Units

- Research Skills

- Research Project

Optional units

- Performance analysis

- Exercise and Health applications

- Working in High Performance Sport

- Science of injury

- Performance training

Department of Exercise and Sport Science

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Distance learning fee: £2312.50 per 30 credits studied per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Distance learning fee: £3375 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Other Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing. Total optional cost: £600

Students are required to cover the cost of their accommodation during the residential periods, but the University negotiates discounted rates for these periods with a local hotel.


For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

Bursaries and scholarships

Money Matters

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)


Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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The deadline for submitting applications for September 2018 entry is the 17th of August 2018.


Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

Important Notice
This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate. Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us to access the most up to date information for your chosen course of study.

Confirmation of Regulator
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) is the principal regulator for the University. Prospective students can find more information on our website. For further information out about the regulator’s role please visit the HEFCE website.