C603 Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity BA Undergraduate 2017
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In studying Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity at Durham, you will develop a comprehensive understanding of academic and applied aspects of sport and physical activity from a multidisciplinary perspective.
Our flexible programme of study includes topics such as sports development and sports policy; sport and exercise physiology; the sociology of sport; media analysis of sport; physical activity and public health; diet and nutrition; and sport and exercise psychology. Your three years of study at Durham University will also enable you to develop your intellectual capacities and personal qualities as well as to acquire a broad range of practical, professional and employability skills that can be applied to a range of future career paths and further postgraduate studies
We also offer a number of exciting opportunities for you to take part in community-based sports initiatives such as working with disadvantaged young people in the local region as well as coaching within University projects overseas (for example, Zambia).
Students will establish a fundamental knowledge and understanding of key concepts and issues relating to selected disciplines within the study of sport, exercise and physical activity through a suite of compulsory modules:
- Introduction to Research
- Introduction to Sport Psychology
- Sport, Culture and Society
- Introduction to Exercise Physiology
- Introduction to Physical Activity, Diet and Health
- Developing Movement Skill
Students will build on their knowledge and understanding of key concepts and issues in sport and exercise contexts. There is one compulsory module, which allows students to develop their understanding and application of research methods in preparation for their final year research dissertation project. Choices of optional modules then allow students to either begin to specialise and develop their theoretical knowledge and understanding of sport in particular disciplines or alternatively maintain the breadth of study experienced in Year 1.
- Researching Sport
Then four optional modules - in the past these have included:
- Sport, Physical Activity and Society
- Sport, Crime and Deviance
- Media, Sport and Society
- Sport and Exercise Physiology
- Psychology of Exercise and Public Health
- Sports Development: Policies and Practices
- Open module*.
*As part of our flexible teaching programme, you have the opportunity to expand on your own academic interests through the study of ‘open’ modules in, for example, Business, Education, Languages, Geography or Politics in the second and third years.
Students will critically analyse and evaluate more complex issues in relation to selected disciplines within the study of sport, exercise or physical activity. As is the case across the entire programme, modules and option choices in Year 3 are refined on an ongoing basis to reflect developments in industry, employment opportunities and the latest academic research. Students will also undertake an in-depth, critical analysis of a chosen topic in sport, exercise or physical activity, through their dissertation (an independent research project).
Dissertation in Sport (40 credits).
Then four optional modules - in the past these have included:
- Sport in the Community Placement
- Exercise Programmes for Health and Performance
- Applied Sport Psychology
- Sport Policy in Action
- Nutrition for Sport, Physical Activity and Health
- Open module*.
*As part of our flexible teaching programme, you have the opportunity to expand on your own interests through the study of ‘open’ modules in, for example, Business, Education, Languages, Geography or Politics in the second and third years.
To find out more about the modules available to students studying at Durham University in 2016 please click here.
Please note: Current modules are indicative. Information for future academic years may change, for example, due to developments in the relevant academic field, or in light of student feedback.
Course Learning and Teaching
Students on this programme learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical laboratories, practical workshops, informal but scheduled one-on-one support, and self-directed learning, such as research, reading, and writing.
All of these are supported by a state-of-the-art virtual learning environment, Durham University Online (DUO). Seminars and practical classes are much smaller groups than lectures, small enough to allow one-on-one interaction with tutors.
Practical lab sessions allow 'hands-on' experience of the work sport and exercise science professionals perform. Workshops allow students to develop knowledge and skills through investigating real-life sport and exercise issues and undertaking practical tasks, such as filmmaking and working with different client groups. This emphasis on small-group and practical teaching reflects a conscious choice to enhance the quality of the learning experience rather than the quantity of formal sessions. In fact, the degree programme is designed to feature fewer formal sessions and more independent research as students move from their first to their final year.
Small-group teaching and one-on-one attention from the personal Academic Advisor (provided for all students when they enter the programme) are part of the learning experience throughout the degree, but by the final year classroom time gives way, to some extent, to independent research, including a capstone research dissertation. The dissertation is supported by one-on-one supervision and makes up a third of final year credits.
In this way the degree programme systematically transforms the student from a consumer of knowledge in the classroom to a generator of knowledge, ready for professional or postgraduate life. All formal teaching arrangements are supported by individual tutorials with teaching staff and induction sessions that begin in the week before the start of the programme and continue at key times throughout each year of the programme.
Subject requirements, level and grade
In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note:
GCE A' level Requirements
- We do not accept General Studies or Critical Thinking
- You do not need to have studied a PE or Sports Studies A-Level to apply.
BTEC National Diploma (18 Units) Requirements
Subjects Required: We will prefer this qualification to be from a related subject area, e.g. Sport or Exercise focus.
International Baccalaureate Requirements
- Acceptable on its own, or combined with other qualifications
- Required Grades: 36 points
- We welcome students with other post-16 qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements
- We welcome applications from mature students and from candidates with non-standard qualifications. Every application will be considered on its own merits. Lack of formal qualifications need not be an obstacle to entry
- For those with non-traditional qualifications who may need further preparation to enter an undergraduate programme, Durham University offers a Foundation Programme, which provides a route onto our BA Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity degree.
- If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take an International Foundation Year pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre.
English Language requirements
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Fees and Funding
Full Time Fees
|EU Student||£9,250.00 per year|
|Home Student||£9,250.00 per year|
|Island Student||£9,250.00 per year|
|International non-EU Student||£17,400.00 per year|
Note: Fees are subject to review and change in-line with inflation.
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Scholarships and funding
Choosing the BA Sport, Exercise & Physical Activity degree at Durham University is by far the best decision I have ever made. The holistic and varied course allowed me to develop a fantastic knowledge base in a top class University while surrounded by fantastic people striving to learn and understand how sport truly affects our lives.
At least 95% of our students gain First or Second Class degrees and we continue to be a highly rated department for employability. Our graduates are highly valued, being skilled for the job market. Our BA Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity degree is proven as a springboard to a range of future careers, including those directly related to sport, exercise, physical activity and health, as well as many other exciting career pathways.
Open days and visits
Pre-application open day
Pre-application open days are the best way to discover all you need to know about Durham University. With representatives from all relevant academic and support service departments, and opportunities to explore college options, the open days provide our prospective undergraduates with the full experience of Durham University.
Please see the following page for further details and information on how to book a place: www.durham.ac.uk/opendays
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Durham University is an outstanding place to study sport, as well as to take part in sporting activities. We offer a contemporary approach to the study of sport, exercise and physical activity – combining academic and applied learning experiences in the social and natural sciences.
Our BA (Hons) Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity degree is taught by leading academics who are internationally recognised for their research and contribute to world-leading research centres within the School of Applied Social Sciences and the University’s Wolfson Research Institute. The degree is research-led and will prepare you for a wide range of careers and vocational opportunities.
- 98% of our Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity students said they were satisfied with the quality of their course in the National Student Survey 2015 (sector-wide average 86%).
- 4th in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2016.
- 5th in The Complete University Guide 2016.
- 7th in The Guardian University Guide 2016.
We have excellent teaching facilities at Durham, including a dedicated Human Performance Laboratory.
Our superb sporting facilities include:
- 60 acres of beautiful and well-maintained playing fields which cater for rugby (union and league), soccer, lacrosse, football and cricket
- A purpose-built sports centre with a 50-station fitness suite, high performance weight room, sports hall, squash courts, tennis courts, netball courts and athletics track
- Indoor rowing tank
- Purpose-built dedicated fencing salle
- Dedicated rowing ergo gallery
- Performance analysis suite
- Purpose-built sports medicine/physiotherapy treatment rooms
- Artificial turf pitch with floodlights: sand-dressed
- Artificial turf pitch with floodlights: water-based
- Two artificial turf pitches with floodlights: rubber crumb
- Two county-standard cricket squares
- International standard cross country course
- Excellent river rowing facilities including new purpose-built boat houses on Wear, Tees and Tyne
- Access to swimming and artificial skiing nearby
- Biomedical science and sports fitness facilities.
The widest possible range of sporting opportunities for high performance, recreational participation, coaching and officiating, as well as involvement in community outreach programmes, are offered by a well-managed Athletic Union, ‘Team Durham’.
Team Durham also offers an Elite Athlete Support Programme and also scholarships. For further information visit: www.teamdurham.com/universitysport/scholarships