C603 Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity BA Undergraduate 2020
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|Typical Offers||A Level|
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Studying on the BA (Hons) Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity here at Durham will enable you to explore a broad range of topics across the spectrum from grassroots to elite sport, and also across the varied connections between sport and issues such as obesity, crime and inequality.
Across your three years of study, you will engage in a variety of core and optional modules in the social science disciplines of sport sociology, sport policy and sports development. The flexible design of the degree will also allow you to select and experience modules associated with other areas of the sport and exercise sciences, including physiology, psychology, and physical activity, nutrition and health.
Your research and academic study skills will be developed through bespoke modules, and during the final year dissertation project you will engage in deeper investigation of a sport, exercise or physical activity topic that particularly interests you. In addition, our employability-focused course provides further opportunities for you to take sport and exercise leadership and placement modules, as well as open modules from other departments across the University.
Learning, teaching and assessment approaches all emphasise the application of academic knowledge to real-life examples and practices in sport, exercise and physical activity. As such, we will 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.
You 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 the combination of five compulsory modules and the choice of an open module:
- Critical Skills for Sport and Exercise Sciences
- Sport, Culture and Society
- Introduction to Physical Activity, Diet and Health
- Introduction to Sport Psychology
- Introduction to Exercise Physiology
- Open Module*.
*As part of our flexible teaching, you have the opportunity across all three years to expand on your own academic interests through choosing to study ‘open’ modules offered in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences or in other subject areas, such as Business, Education, Languages, Criminology and Psychology.
You will build on your knowledge and understanding of key concepts and issues in different sport, exercise and physical activity contexts. There is one compulsory module, which allows you to develop your skills and understanding of various research methods that will be valuable across your degree, into your final year research dissertation project and future career. Choices of optional modules then allow you to either begin to specialise in particular sport, exercise and physical activity subject areas or, alternatively, maintain the breadth of study experienced in Year 1.
- Contemporary Research Methods for Sport & Exercise Sciences (40 credits)
Then a minimum of two, or all three from (indicative list):
- Sport, Crime and Deviance
- Media, Sport and Society
- Sports Development
Then a minimum of one, maximum two optional modules (indicative list):
- Leadership in Sport & Health
- Sport and Exercise Physiology
- Psychology of Exercise and Public Health
- Open Module*.
*As part of our flexible teaching, you have the opportunity to expand on your own academic interests through the study of ‘open’ modules in other subjects such as, for example, Business, Education, Languages, Criminology and Psychology.
You 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 course, 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. You will also undertake an in-depth, critical analysis of a chosen topic in sport, exercise or physical activity, through your dissertation (an independent research project).
- Dissertation in Sport (40 credits)
- Advanced Sociological Perspectives on Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity
- Sport Policy in Action
Then two optional modules (indicative list):
- Sport in the Community Placement
- Exercise Programmes for Health and Performance
- Applied Sport Psychology
- Nutrition for Sport, Physical Activity and Health
- Open Module*.
We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year, and will publish finalised core requirements for 2020 entry from September 2019.
You may be able to take a work placement. Find out more.
Course Learning and Teaching
Students on this course learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical workshops and laboratories, informal but scheduled one-to-one support, and self-directed learning, such as academic reading, research and preparation tasks. All of these are supported by a virtual learning environment, Durham University Online (DUO).
Seminars, workshops and practical classes are taught in much smaller groups than lectures, small enough to allow one-to-one interaction with tutors. These sessions allow you to develop knowledge and skills through investigating real-life sport, exercise and physical activity issues and through undertaking practical tasks, such as filmmaking and working with different client groups. Our 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.
Small-group teaching and one-to-one attention from a personal Academic Advisor (provided for all students when they enter the course) 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-to-one supervision and makes up a third of final year credits.
In this way the degree systematically supports you in transforming from a consumer of knowledge in the classroom to becoming 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 course and continue at key times throughout each year of the degree.
Subject requirements, level and grade
A level offer – AAB. You do not need to have studied a PE or Sports Studies A level to apply.
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma – DDD.
IB Diploma score – 36 with 665 in higher level subjects.
In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note:
- 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 degree Durham University offers a Foundation Programme, which provides a route onto our BA (Hons) 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.
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Further details on career opportunities can be found here: https://www.durham.ac.uk/study/ug/employability
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At Durham, you can combine studying on outstanding sport and exercise degrees with unbeatable opportunities for participation and excellence in sport.
Studying in the sport and exercise sciences will allow you to study a broad range of topics across the spectrum from grassroots to elite sport, and also across the varied connections between sport and issues such as obesity, crime and inequality.
- 5th in The Complete University Guide 2019.
- 7th in The Guardian University Guide 2019.
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