University of East London

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

The University of East London is making swift strides towards its aim of becoming London's No 1 university for sport, and our much-admired Sport and Exercise Science degree is leading the way.

Study our challenging course and you'll be examining the role that biomechanics, physiology, psychology and nutrition play in human performance. You'll also look at how these disciplines interact, so you receive the complete education a multi-disciplinary sports scientist needs.

You'll have the chance to study optional subjects that give our course its special flavour – such as our module in disability sport.

It's a course that has attracted some of Britain's leading sportsmen and women of the day such as European 200m champion Adam Gemili, Commonwealth 200m bronze medallist Bianca Williams and double European and Commonwealth medal-winning swimmer Aimee Willmott. It also develops the sports scientists and teachers who'll help deliver the champions of tomorrow. 

Entry Requirements


112 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- including passes at A2 in at least 2 subjects, at least one A Level must be in a PE, Sport or Science related subject
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma in a related subject
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level

Other entry routes

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We will also consider the UEL New Beginnings pre-entry course

English Language requirements

Overall Academic IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

Alternative GCSE Qualifications

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

Mature applicants and those without formal qualifications

As an inclusive University, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Career Prospects

A host of exciting career avenues in the sporting and teaching worlds will open up to you once you graduate, but the great thing about our course is that you may find they open up to you even while you're studying for your degree.

That's because our work placements and the relationships we have built with sports organisations and schools are so strong.

They're optional and flexible placements, which means you can choose your best time to undertake them. We have strong links with football clubs such as Leyton Orient, West Ham and Millwall and various sports academies and schools. 

We've had students working at activeNewham, the sports arm of our local council, London Sport and the Olympic Park, which is right on our doorstep in Stratford. In some cases, these placements lead to full-time jobs. For instance, Oktay Huseyin was placed at a tennis academy in Essex and is now the head of strength and conditioning there.

Some of you will go on to further study, like one of Dr Buscombe's students who did an extraordinary third-year project on spirituality and fandom in Lithuanian basketball. She's now studying the same subject for her PhD in Melbourne.

Our graduates have gone on to work for employers as varied as the National Basketball Association (NBA), Leyton Orient FC and the London Borough of Newham.

We've produced coaches, fitness club managers, personal trainers, private and community coaches and teachers. We even managed to find one of our students, Marshall Tutu, some tennis opportunities between his studies. Now he's playing as a full-time professional.

Course Details

We've worked hard to make this course as flexible as possible and you'll discover we've found a pretty good balance between learning theory and actually seeing what that looks like in practice.

The beauty of sharing a first year with your colleagues from our Sports Coaching and Sport, Physical Education and Development courses is that you can swap to one of those courses at the end of year one if you wish. 

In year two, you'll complete a mixture of compulsory and optional modules. The options include Disability, Sport & PE, Principles & Practice in Teaching & Coaching and Inclusion in Youth Sport & PE.

For your final-year project, there's more scope to specialise, allowing you to focus on areas of particular interest to you. 

For instance, one of our students studied the coaching philosophy of Saracens Rugby Union Club. Another went to Leyton Orient to research how football goalkeepers distribute the ball after collecting it in their area. This fascinating study led to him becoming a match analyst at the club after graduating.

Year 1

Essential Skills for Sport (Mental Wealth)
Anatomy & Physiology for Sport
Coaching Principles
Development of Sport
Human Performance
Psychological Aspects of Sport

Year 2


Physiological and Nutritional Assessment for Sports Performance
Research Methods & Design (Mental Wealth)
Sport and Exercise Psychology
Biomechanics of Human Movement


Principles & Practice in Teaching & Coaching
Disability, Sport and PE
Athlete Management
Performance Analysis

Year 3


Applied Research Project in Sport
Independent Research Project
Applied Sport Psychology
Exercise Physiology Techniques
Sport and Exercise Biomechanics


Work Placement (Practice)
Chronic Health Conditions
Strength and Conditioning
Nutrition for Sporting Health
Developing the Healthy Child

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