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Sport & Exercise Medical Sciences BSc

UCAS code: BC16

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Duration:
Three years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2022
Application deadline:
26 January 2022
Apply via UCAS

To truly understand how sport and exercise affects the body, it’s vital to take an approach rooted in medical insight. On this ground-breaking degree, you’ll investigate how movement prevents disease, nutrition influences health and physical inactivity changes our body. There are few places in the world better placed to develop your learning than the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine at King’s. Not only do we have connections to London’s many centres of sporting excellence, our course benefits from the research and teaching at one of the world’s great medical schools.

Key benefits

  • Explore a broad area that covers several related disciplines including nutrition, biochemistry and psychology - areas in which King’s are internationally renowned.
  • Benefit from our extensive expertise – few institutions cover such a diverse range of human physiology research areas.
  • Learn from lecturers who are world leaders in areas including skeletal, cardiac and respiratory muscle physiology, ageing, tissue regeneration, and more.
  • King’s association with sport is long standing. Be the first to hear drug-related breakthroughs from our world-class bio-analytical and pharmaceutical laboratories.
  • Complete research projects under the supervision of leading researchersin numerous scientific and clinical fields – providing fantastic opportunities to learn fundamental research skills, or work with an elite organisation.
  • Benefit from King's partnerships with NHS Foundation Trusts: Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College and the South London and Maudsley Hospitals.
Judi

The range of modules allow me to expand my interests and work towards my passion. It is a new and relevant course in today’s society.

Judi, Sport & Exercise Medical Sciences

Medical expertise meets your traditional sport science programme. We’ve created a course that combines the science of human performance and physical activity with an understanding of disease. You’ll explore a diverse range of areas connected to the world of exercise and sport including physiology, psychology and biomechanics. You’ll be able to use the very latest equipment at King’s. Every module includes work in our labs – you might be testing how the body responds to extreme conditions in our environmental chamber or analysing movement in our biomechanics and motor control laboratory. In your first year, you’ll explore the principles of human biology, psychology and research. In our dissecting room, our experts will teach you about anatomy with real human specimens. At other universities, this is a practice reserved for medical students. At King’s, we know it’s critical to see how the body functions with your own eyes. Moving into your second year, you’ll complete a module taught by two leading consultant cardiologists. You’ll also watch demonstrations of clinical techniques, including echocardiography, cardio-pulmonary exercise testing, and pulmonary function testing. You’ll also be able to pick from a range of optional modules, from applied sport science to pure cell biology. The highlight of any BSc programme is the final year project – it gives you the chance to make an impact in an area that interests you. You might decide to carry out a lab-based project at King’s or with one of our partner Trusts. At this point, some students have the opportunity to work with an elite organisation such as English National Ballet or Tottenham Hotspur FC.

Base campus

campus guys
Guy’s Campus

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
A-level (or equivalent) grade B in two subjects from Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Physical Education or Mathematics
Preferred subjects:
Biology

A-Levels

Required grades:
ABB

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.

Must include grade B in two of Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Physical Education or Mathematics. Notes: If you are taking linear A-levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

Contextual A-Level information

BBC 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. Must include grade B in two of Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Physical Education or Mathematics. Notes: If you are taking linear A-levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

International Baccalaureate

34 points including 655 at Higher Level.

Must include grade 5 at Higher Level in two of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Sports Exercise and Health Science or Mathematics. Notes: The total point score of 34 includes TOK/EE. IB students studying the new Maths curriculum would be required to study either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation at Higher Level if using Maths to meet the subject requirement.

Contextual International Baccalaureate information

32 points including 554 at Higher Level. Must include grade 5 at Higher Level in two of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Physical Education or Mathematics. Notes: The total point score of 32 includes TOK/EE. IB students studying the new Maths curriculum would be required to study either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation at Higher Level if using Maths to meet the subject requirement.

Alternative accepted qualifications

Standard requirements

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

English language band: D

Selection process

Application deadline: 26th January 2022 - 18:00 GMT

 

Contextual consideration

We make contextual offers for this programme, which can be found in the entry requirements. As part of the assessment process, we take into account contextual information to gain a more complete picture of each application. More information can be found on the Contextualised admissions website.

Deferrals

Applications can be submitted for deferred entry by choosing the appropriate year of entry on the UCAS application.

If your circumstances change and, therefore, you need to request a deferral after an offer has been made, then we can generally permit these for this programme. However, each deferral request will be considered on a case-by-case basis and we reserve the right to decline any post-offer deferral request. Requests should be submitted via a message on King’s Apply with an explanation of the reason for making the request.

Please note, second deferral requests will only be considered where the request is due to extreme unforeseen extenuating circumstances, for example, health reasons. We are unable to permit deferral requests that go beyond two years and you would need to apply again. This is with the exception of deferrals which are due to military/national service.

Foundation courses

Applicants studying Foundation Year programmes in the UK are welcome to apply for this programme. Foundation programmes from other universities and further education providers in the UK are considered on a case-by-case basis. Whether or not we can consider a particular foundation year as suitable for study at King's depends on the content of the syllabus and modules studied. In the past we have accepted foundation programmes from a number of other institutions.

We are unable to accept Foundation programmes that are integrated as part of a main degree at another institution. These may be called Year 0 or Integrated Foundations. We are also unable to accept non-UK Foundation courses.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your qualification, such as a list of modules and course specifications.

The King's International Foundation Programme has guaranteed pathways available for progression onto our undergraduate degree programmes, and information can be found on the website.

Graduates

Our general entry requirements are based on A-level or equivalent. However, where an applicant is completing/has completed a degree, we are able to consider the degree study as part of the assessment of the application.

Generally, we would consider a minimum of a UK Bachelor degree with a 2:1 grade profile (or overseas equivalent) as meeting the entry requirements for our undergraduate degrees. However, those who have achieved/are predicted a high 2:1 or a First may be considered more competitive.

Where a programme has subject requirements, these will still need to have been met. If you have not met the subject requirements via A-level (or equivalent) then we may be able to consider the content within your degree. We would be looking for significant study of the subject across the degree programme with a 2:1 or above grading on those modules.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your degree study.

Resits

We are able to consider resits for this programme.

Transfers

Transfers into this programme are not permitted.

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

Find out more about the subject of Sport & Exercise Medical Sciences at King's here.

At King’s, you’ll learn from the best. Many of our teaching team are from a medical background, while others have studied extensively in the field of sport and exercise. They know how to breakdown complex ideas effectively – Dr James Clark has even won a UK award for teaching in physiology.

Research is extremely important to us, but we’re always one step ahead in teaching too. Sometimes we’ll record the lecture for you to listen to at home, then run a session where you’ll answer questions on it. Or your lecturer might even run a session inspired by a TV show like Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Meet our experts

“The difference between us and most other universities is we’re not just teaching sport and exercise science. At King’s, we’re sport and exercise medical scientists. As a student, you’ll be part of the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, and learn from consultants leading the way in their area.”Dr Oliver Witard, Senior Lecturer in Exercise Metabolism & Nutrition

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

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 and teaching activities  Percentage of time in guided independent study 
Year 1 25% 75%
Year 2 25% 75%
Year 3 30% 70%

Typically, one credits equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Exams
  • Coursework

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include written reports, presentations, literature reviews, data analysis, demonstration of laboratory skills, and unseen written examinations. Coursework contributes approximately 20-40% and examinations approximately 60-80% to your final mark. 

Structure

Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totalling 120 credits per year.

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.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

The World Health Organisation have reported public health approaches are key for managing disease. For new initiatives to be introduced, society depends on people with expertise in this area to research, educate and encourage a shift in behaviour.

All of this will help you stand out to employers in the NHS and public health sector.

Our graduates apply their skills to a wide range of roles:

  • Support and analysis of elite athletes
  • Rehabilitation of athletes and patients
  • Academia including research and teaching
  • Public health

You’ll also be in an excellent position to continue to postgraduate study in:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Nutrition and dietetics
  • Occupational therapy
  • Clinical physiology
  • Medicine

Tuition Fees

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 academic year is £29,460 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

In addition to your tuition costs, 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

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.  

Funding

Medical expertise meets your traditional sport science programme. We’ve created a course that combines the science of human performance and physical activity with an understanding of disease. You’ll explore a diverse range of areas connected to the world of exercise and sport including physiology, psychology and biomechanics. You’ll be able to use the very latest equipment at King’s. Every module includes work in our labs – you might be testing how the body responds to extreme conditions in our environmental chamber or analysing movement in our biomechanics and motor control laboratory. In your first year, you’ll explore the principles of human biology, psychology and research. In our dissecting room, our experts will teach you about anatomy with real human specimens. At other universities, this is a practice reserved for medical students. At King’s, we know it’s critical to see how the body functions with your own eyes. Moving into your second year, you’ll complete a module taught by two leading consultant cardiologists. You’ll also watch demonstrations of clinical techniques, including echocardiography, cardio-pulmonary exercise testing, and pulmonary function testing. You’ll also be able to pick from a range of optional modules, from applied sport science to pure cell biology. The highlight of any BSc programme is the final year project – it gives you the chance to make an impact in an area that interests you. You might decide to carry out a lab-based project at King’s or with one of our partner Trusts. At this point, some students have the opportunity to work with an elite organisation such as English National Ballet or Tottenham Hotspur FC.

Base campus

campus guys
Guy’s Campus

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
A-level (or equivalent) grade B in two subjects from Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Physical Education or Mathematics
Preferred subjects:
Biology

A-Levels

Required grades:
ABB

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.

Must include grade B in two of Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Physical Education or Mathematics. Notes: If you are taking linear A-levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

Contextual A-Level information

BBC 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. Must include grade B in two of Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Physical Education or Mathematics. Notes: If you are taking linear A-levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

International Baccalaureate

34 points including 655 at Higher Level.

Must include grade 5 at Higher Level in two of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Sports Exercise and Health Science or Mathematics. Notes: The total point score of 34 includes TOK/EE. IB students studying the new Maths curriculum would be required to study either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation at Higher Level if using Maths to meet the subject requirement.

Contextual International Baccalaureate information

32 points including 554 at Higher Level. Must include grade 5 at Higher Level in two of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Physical Education or Mathematics. Notes: The total point score of 32 includes TOK/EE. IB students studying the new Maths curriculum would be required to study either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation at Higher Level if using Maths to meet the subject requirement.

Alternative accepted qualifications

Standard requirements

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

English language band: D

Selection process

Application deadline: 26th January 2022 - 18:00 GMT

 

Contextual consideration

We make contextual offers for this programme, which can be found in the entry requirements. As part of the assessment process, we take into account contextual information to gain a more complete picture of each application. More information can be found on the Contextualised admissions website.

Deferrals

Applications can be submitted for deferred entry by choosing the appropriate year of entry on the UCAS application.

If your circumstances change and, therefore, you need to request a deferral after an offer has been made, then we can generally permit these for this programme. However, each deferral request will be considered on a case-by-case basis and we reserve the right to decline any post-offer deferral request. Requests should be submitted via a message on King’s Apply with an explanation of the reason for making the request.

Please note, second deferral requests will only be considered where the request is due to extreme unforeseen extenuating circumstances, for example, health reasons. We are unable to permit deferral requests that go beyond two years and you would need to apply again. This is with the exception of deferrals which are due to military/national service.

Foundation courses

Applicants studying Foundation Year programmes in the UK are welcome to apply for this programme. Foundation programmes from other universities and further education providers in the UK are considered on a case-by-case basis. Whether or not we can consider a particular foundation year as suitable for study at King's depends on the content of the syllabus and modules studied. In the past we have accepted foundation programmes from a number of other institutions.

We are unable to accept Foundation programmes that are integrated as part of a main degree at another institution. These may be called Year 0 or Integrated Foundations. We are also unable to accept non-UK Foundation courses.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your qualification, such as a list of modules and course specifications.

The King's International Foundation Programme has guaranteed pathways available for progression onto our undergraduate degree programmes, and information can be found on the website.

Graduates

Our general entry requirements are based on A-level or equivalent. However, where an applicant is completing/has completed a degree, we are able to consider the degree study as part of the assessment of the application.

Generally, we would consider a minimum of a UK Bachelor degree with a 2:1 grade profile (or overseas equivalent) as meeting the entry requirements for our undergraduate degrees. However, those who have achieved/are predicted a high 2:1 or a First may be considered more competitive.

Where a programme has subject requirements, these will still need to have been met. If you have not met the subject requirements via A-level (or equivalent) then we may be able to consider the content within your degree. We would be looking for significant study of the subject across the degree programme with a 2:1 or above grading on those modules.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your degree study.

Resits

We are able to consider resits for this programme.

Transfers

Transfers into this programme are not permitted.

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

Find out more about the subject of Sport & Exercise Medical Sciences at King's here.

At King’s, you’ll learn from the best. Many of our teaching team are from a medical background, while others have studied extensively in the field of sport and exercise. They know how to breakdown complex ideas effectively – Dr James Clark has even won a UK award for teaching in physiology.

Research is extremely important to us, but we’re always one step ahead in teaching too. Sometimes we’ll record the lecture for you to listen to at home, then run a session where you’ll answer questions on it. Or your lecturer might even run a session inspired by a TV show like Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Meet our experts

“The difference between us and most other universities is we’re not just teaching sport and exercise science. At King’s, we’re sport and exercise medical scientists. As a student, you’ll be part of the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, and learn from consultants leading the way in their area.”Dr Oliver Witard, Senior Lecturer in Exercise Metabolism & Nutrition

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

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 and teaching activities  Percentage of time in guided independent study 
Year 1 25% 75%
Year 2 25% 75%
Year 3 30% 70%

Typically, one credits equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Exams
  • Coursework

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include written reports, presentations, literature reviews, data analysis, demonstration of laboratory skills, and unseen written examinations. Coursework contributes approximately 20-40% and examinations approximately 60-80% to your final mark. 

Structure

Courses are divided into modules, and students on this course take modules totalling 120 credits per year.

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.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

The World Health Organisation have reported public health approaches are key for managing disease. For new initiatives to be introduced, society depends on people with expertise in this area to research, educate and encourage a shift in behaviour.

All of this will help you stand out to employers in the NHS and public health sector.

Our graduates apply their skills to a wide range of roles:

  • Support and analysis of elite athletes
  • Rehabilitation of athletes and patients
  • Academia including research and teaching
  • Public health

You’ll also be in an excellent position to continue to postgraduate study in:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Nutrition and dietetics
  • Occupational therapy
  • Clinical physiology
  • Medicine

Tuition Fees

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 academic year is £29,460 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

In addition to your tuition costs, 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

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.  

Funding

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Duration:
Three years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2022
Application deadline:
26 January 2022
Apply via UCAS

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