Manchester Metropolitan University

BSc (Hons)

Exercise and Sport Science (distance learning)

2018 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • Your learning materials include a free iPad, multi-media eBooks, videos and textbooks.
  • Interactive activities are also embedded within the eBooks, and these are mainly accessed via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
  • Tutorial support is available via email, telephone, Skype and in person at Manchester Metropolitan University with academic specialists teaching on every unit of study.
  • The residential aspects of the course will take place in our Exercise and Sport Science building at the Cheshire campus in Crewe until 2019.
  • This course has been endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) ensuring that graduates are prepared for entry into employment within sport and exercise science.
  • We are delighted that Manchester Metropolitan University was listed in the UK's top 20 for sport science in the 2017 Guardian University Guide.


Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

About the course

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.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

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

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Teaching Staff

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. Details of departmental staff can be found at:

Typical entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2017 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2018 academic year. Please check back for further details.

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.

Your career prospects after the course

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.


In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation

DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known

How do I apply for this course?

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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 and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.

Undergraduate Study