BSc (Hons) Sport, Physical Activity and Health

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An active lifestyle has significant health benefits, with growing recognition of these benefits fuelling an increasing demand for professionals across the sport and health industry. This innovative programme is designed to fulfil that workforce need.

Focusing on promoting active lifestyles from cradle to grave, our Sport, Physical Activity and Health degree offers a multidisciplinary approach by addressing real-world sport, health and activity challenges. You’ll explore the key theories and concepts in sport, physical activity and health, and also develop the practical, transferable skills needed in the workplace through a curriculum that is fully informed by employer needs.

It also offers the chance to spend a year putting your knowledge to the test and gaining vital experience, by going on a placement in the sports/health sector or taking on short-term placements. By the time you graduate, you should have all the skills you’ll need to kick-start your career in the sport and health industry.

Features and Benefits

  • Number 1 in the UK for student experience: Manchester Metropolitan University has been ranked number one in the UK for student experience for sport science in the 2019 Times Higher Education Subject Rankings.
  • Top 5 in the UK for Sports Science: Sports Science at Manchester Metropolitan University was ranked in fifth in the UK in the 2020 Guardian University League Tables.
  • This course focuses on vocational study, offering a range of transferrable skills relevant across the disciplines of sports science and healthcare.
  • We have a reputation for excellent academic programmes, high student satisfaction and world-class research within Sport Science and Physiology.
  • Our Sport Scientists regularly work with Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth athletes, including Dame Sarah Storey DBE and Barney Storey MBE.
  • We are investing heavily in sports facilities in Manchester at our John Dalton building, Platt Lane Sports Complex and Sugden Sports Centre.
  • We’ve established a strong partnership with Manchester City’s City in the Community Trust, which runs projects for young people around sport, health, skills and enterprise.
  • You can opt to spend your third year getting a taste of professional life in a sports or health organisation with the four-year sandwich route.
"Platt Lane Sports Complex is a great facility to have lectures and seminars at, but also a good space in which to complete work outside of these scheduled sessions." Ross Wilson-Salt, BSc (Hons) Sport, Physical Activity and Health

“This is a course for future-proof graduates. It equips our students with the skills and knowledge that will be essential tools for the ever-changing world they will find themselves working within.” 

Craig Boyd, Programme Leader, BSc Sport, Physical Activity and Health

Career Prospects

The UK is in what has been called the decade of sport, with a host of major international events including Olympic, Paralympic 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. This will generate a range of new graduate employment opportunities for which our courses offer first-class preparation.

There are various career paths for graduates of our Sport, Physical Activity and Health programme 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

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2019 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2020 academic year. Please check back for further details.

UCAS tariff points/grades required


A levels ­– BBB

Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma – DDM

Equivalent qualifications and combinations will be considered, including Extended Project (EPQ) at grade C or above. Other AS levels (or qualifications equivalent to AS level) are not accepted.

Please contact the University directly if you are unsure whether you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course.

Specific GCSE requirements

5 GCSE’s at grade C/5 or above including:

GCSE grade C/5 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English


GCSE grade C/5 in Mathematics or Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics


GCSE grade C/5 in Science or BTEC Level 2 in Applied Science with grade merit

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum of 122 UCAS Tariff points

International Baccalaureate points

29 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 overall with no individual element below 5.5

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

Course details

Our innovative Sport, Physical Activity and Health degree has been developed in response to current market trends in the UK and focuses on the promotion of an active lifestyle from cradle to grave. With a novel research emphasis and breadth of teaching expertise in the department, the degree offers a multidisciplinary approach to studies, encompassing the social and sport sciences to prepare our graduates for careers in the sport and health sectors.

You will develop competencies in a range of vocationally relevant tasks, which will enhance your ability to understand and critically evaluate key theories and concepts in sport, physical activity and health. The vocational element of the course is at the forefront of the curriculum, and you can opt to undertake a year-long work placement. This will not only help to provide invaluable industry experience, but will also enhance your transferable skills required for a career in the sport and health industry in the 21st century.

The first year of our Sport, Physical Activity and Health degree will give you a solid introduction to physiology, coaching pedagogy, the measurement and evaluation of performance, and social aspects of physical health, through a combination of classroom-based teaching and practical lab sessions. You will also explore the sociology of physical activity and engage with various professional organisations. Units typically include the following (the list is indicative and may change).

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Core Units

My Career

The unit will engage with professional organisations and personnel, to enable the students to develop and enhance relevant industry and academic skills.

The Human Body

The unit will develop a basic understanding of human anatomy, human physiology, laboratory practice, ethical considerations, and health and safety.

Human Movement and Play

The unit will introduce concepts and analysis of exercise, sport, adventure and play, and assess the significance of each in the development of long term active lifestyle.

Social Aspects of Physical Activity

The unit will introduce the sociological concepts that explain why people are physically active or inactive. 

The second year will develop your research and investigative skills, focussing upon the assessment of human movement and offering optional units across related coaching and sociological issues that can impact on sport physical activity and health. Units typically include the following (the list is indicative and may change).

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Core Units

Methods of Enquiry

The unit will provide students with a foundation in methods of enquiry that will enable them to understand the importance of research in examining aspects of exercise, sport and health.

Working in Sport and Physical Activity

This unit will enable students to gain valuable industry experience and develop employability skills. Through self-reflection and evaluation, students will develop their professional and academic skills.

Option Units

Historical and Social Perspective of Sport

The unit will explore historical and sociological theories and frameworks, and the concepts surrounding the creation of life stories in sport, PE and physical activity.

Developing Physical Activity and Sport

In this unit the promotion and development of sport and physical activity is studied, focusing on the political and applied functions of development work.

Assessing Human Movement

The unit will introduce students to a range of measurement tools and methods employed in assessing and profiling human movement in sport and physical activity. 

If you opt for the four-year sandwich route, your third year will be spent on placement.

The final year offers you further opportunity to select units in line with your interests and aspirations. At this level, you will experience applying interventions, programming exercise activity and conducting a research project to respond to questions posed by sport and health related real-world problems. Units typically include the following (the list is indicative and may change).

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Core Units

Undergraduate Project

Students will design, implement, and report findings of a research investigation relevant to the exercise, sport and health related disciplines.

Option Units

Developing, Targeting and Delivering Intervention

The unit will analyse the use, design and implementation of community interventions that try to increase physical activity levels in ‘hard to reach’ communities. 

Physical Activity: Measurement and Intervention

The unit will critically evaluate methods of measurement, intervention and evaluation relating to promoting physical activity in specific populations.

Active Lifestyles: Past, Present and Future

In this unit, you will critically assess the historic and contemporary issues and policies relating to developments in sport, physical education and, physical activity. 

Physical Activity: Cradle to Grave

You will explore various methods of developing life-long physical activity in relation to opportunities afforded, and constraints imposed, during different life stages. 

Active Environments and Behaviour

You will investigate reasons for lack of physical activity on an environmental and population level and explore psychological aspects of exercise behaviour. 

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:



Placement options

You can opt to spend your third year getting a taste of professional life in a sports or health organisation with the four-year sandwich route.

Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Part of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences hosts a range of specialisms, from physiology and biomechanics, nutrition, to coaching and sport history. Our innovative partnerships with high profile sporting organisations include a unique collaboration with Manchester City Football Club.

We focus on practical and academic skills alongside employability, to prepare our graduates for work in a variety of careers.

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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: Full-time fee: £9,250 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: Full-time fee: £16,500 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).

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

Some travel will be required between Platt Lane Sports Complex and All Saints campus. Total estimated cost: £240 per year


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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

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