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Sport & Exercise Medical Sciences BSc

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Overview

The BSc in Sport & Exercise Medical Sciences is a clinically orientated course that provides students with the scientific foundations of human performance and exercise, alongside an in-depth understanding of the mechanisms, treatment and prevention of disease. Delivered by research scientists and clinicians, the course combines a Sport and Exercise Sciences programme with the medical specialty of Sport and Exercise Medicine. This degree is ever more relevant with a growing focus on public health approaches that aim to treat or prevent disease/injury through physical activity and lifestyle interventions.  Graduates will be in an excellent position to progress into a broad range of careers within the medical or sport sciences.

 

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Key benefits:
  • King’s was ranked 6th in REF2014, in UK in Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism Unit of Assessment. King’s expertise spans skeletal, cardiac and respiratory muscle physiology, ageing, tissue regeneration and environmental physiology - few institutions conduct such as diverse range of human physiology research

  • The course covers several related disciplines including nutrition, biochemistry and psychology - areas in which King’s are internationally renowned

  • King’s association with sport is long standing – we have a world-class bio-analytical and pharmaceutical laboratories undertaking drug-related research

  • Options to take research projects under the supervision of some of the leading researchers in numerous scientific and clinical fields – providing fantastic opportunities to learn fundamental research skills

Key information

UCAS code BC16

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department School of Basic & Medical Biosciences

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Course detail

Description

The Sports & Exercise Medical Sciences BSc combines the underlying science of human performance and physical activity, with an understanding of the pathology of acute and chronic diseases. This provides students with the scientific knowledge that underpins the performance and recovery of elite athletes, and the prevention and management of disease/injury.

The course applies the latest science to sports and exercise – including physiology, psychology, biomechanics, biochemistry and nutrition – giving you the opportunity to study a breadth of scientific disciplines.

The clinical elements running through the course focus on the evidence-based impact of physical activity and lifestyle factors on public health and rehabilitation; offering clinically relevant learning which provides unique insights and support a route into a range of health-related careers.

You will learn through complimentary teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, problem- based learning, practical laboratory sessions, real/virtual dissection tables. In the first year, all modules are compulsory and in years 2 and 3 students have the choice of several optional modules depending their interests.

In year three, you will be given a choice of research project, which could be undertaken in one of our many world class research laboratories; with our NHS partners; or out in the field with professional sports teams.

Teaching

This course is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and significant element of directed self-study.

 

 Course Stage  Percentage of Time in Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities Percentage of Time in  Guided Independent Study   Percentage of Time on Placements
 Year 1 

 20%

 80%

 -

 Year 2 

 20%

 80%

 -

Year 3 

 30%

 70%

 -

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks. On average students are expected to allow somewhere in the region of 105 to 130 hours personal study time per 15 credit module

Assessment

This course is assessed through a combination of coursework – written work and presentations – examinations and, for some optional modules, practical assessment.

Course Stage

Examination

Coursework

Practical 

Year 1

60%

35%

5%

Year 2

60%

35%

5%

Year 3

50%

40%

10%

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change. 

Regulating Body 

King’s College is regulated by the Office for Students.

Location

This course is primarily taught at the King's College London Guy's Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you study. 

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totalling 120 credits per year.  In the first year, all modules  are compulsory.  In the second year there are three compulsory modules (Sport, Exercise, Health & Medicine II; Library Project; and Research Methods). The remaining modules are optional, and lie within the strands of: psychology, nutrition, biochemistry, physiology and biomechanics. In the final year, there are two compulsory modules including a research project and, in addition, students must undertake 60 credits of optional modules. Modules should fit together into a coherent programme of study.
Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Sports, Exercise, Health and Medicine I (30 credits)

  • Introduction to Biochemistry (15 credits)

  • Exercise Biology (30 credits)

  • Research, Communication and Presentation Skills in Sports & Exercise Medicine (15 credits)

  • Foundation Nutrition for Sports Sciences (15 credits)

  • Introduction to Psychology: Understanding Human Behaviour (15 credits)

Optional Modules

There are no optional modules in year one.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to- date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Year 2

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Sports, Exercise, Health & Medicine II (30 credits)

  • Research Methods (15 credits)

  • Library Project (15 credits)

Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 60 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Sport Nutrition (15 credits)

  • Physiological Control: Exercise & Environment (15 credits)

  • Biomechanics (15 credits)

  • Metabolism (15 credits)

  • Sport Psychology (15 credits)

  • A modern Language (15 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant courses of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest that you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Year 3

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Sports, Excerise, Health & Medicine III (15 credits)

  • Research Project (45 credits)

Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 60 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Advanced Sport Nutrition (15 credits)

  • Extreme Physiology (15 credits) and/or Cardiovascular and Respiratory Control l

  • Advanced Biomechanics & Motor Control (15 credits)

  • Molecular & Cellular Exercise Physiology (15 credits) and/or Muscle (15 credits)

  • Advanced Sport Psychology (15 credits)

  • A modern Language (15 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant courses of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest that you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

AAB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) with three Higher Level subjects at 665

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 D3 M2

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels).

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

80% overall

Required grades

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

Two subjects from Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Physical Education or Mathematics

Preferred subjects

Biology

Further information and other requirements

A-Level 

AAB

 

Including two of: Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Physical Education or Mathematics

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer. 

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma

D: 33 credits

M: 12 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to Science (or similar subject) with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining 12 Level 3 credits at Merit. Study must cover two subjects areas of Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Physical Education or Mathematics.

Cambridge Pre-U3

D3 D3 M2

Including two of: Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Physical Education or Mathematics

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

DDD with twelve Distinctions in either Applied Science or Sport and Exercise Science

If studying Applied Science, subjects offered should include two from Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Physics or Physical Education.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (RQF from 2016)  

DDD in either Applied Science or Sport and Exercise Science

If studying Applied Science, subjects offered should include two from Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Physics or Physical Education.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

DD with eight Distinctions in either Applied Science or Sport and Exercise Science and one A level at grade B

or

DM with six Distinctions in Applied Science and one A level grade A

Subjects offered should include two from Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Psychology, Physics, Physical Education, or Mathematics, with one of those subjects being offered as the A level and the other being offered within suitable modules from the Applied Science BTEC.

Note: The BTEC in Applied Sciences should cover topics not already covered by the A level. For example, if offering A level Chemistry, the BTEC in Applied Science should cover subjects other than chemistry.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB in either Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Physical Education or Mathematics

or

M and two A levels at grades AA in either Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Physical Education or Mathematics

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAB at Highers

and

AB at Advanced Highers 

Including two of: Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Physical Education or Mathematics

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

International Baccalaureate 35 points

including 6,6,5 at Higher Level with two of Higher Level subjects in: Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Physical Education or Mathematics. The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Note: IB students studying the new Maths curriculum would be required to study either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation at Higher Level to meet the subject requirement for this programme

Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2020

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 (September 2020) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is £26,700 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

Additional costs

The International tuition fees for the 2019-20 academic year are available on the course web page.

Please note that the tuition fees for subsequent years of study may be subject to increases in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to undergraduate courses are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies

  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions

  • Library fees and fines

  • Personal photocopies

  • Printing course handouts

  • Stationery

  • Graduation costs

  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

  • Alternative venue examination fees

 For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Graduates will have a wide range of career opportunities relating to: the support and analysis of elite athletes, the rehabilitation of athletes/patients, public health, and academia - such as research and teaching. Students will also be in an excellent position to undertake further post-graduate study including: physiotherapy, sports nutrition, occupational therapy, clinical physiology, or medicine.

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