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Sport and Exercise Science

Learn what it means to study Sport and Exercise Sciences

Take a look at the courses we offer at AECC. Discover our evidence-based, practical approach to improving elite sport, sports performance, public health, and the wellbeing of the population.

What is Sport and Exercise Science?

Sport Science, Exercise Science, Health Science, Performance Science you may have heard of these practices but what do they mean, how do they differ and why would you want to study them?

At AECC our Sport and Exercise Science courses cover a range of disciplines that include: Physiology, Biomechanics, Psychology, Sport Performance, Health and Wellbeing, Sport rehabilitation, Research and more.

Why Study Sport and Exercise Science at AECC?

Here are just some of the reasons why you should consider studying Sport and Exercise Science at AECC University College:

On site clinical training:

Our courses are built on our well-established reputation of clinical-based learning. Learn at one of the largest placement clinics in Europe. Gain applied practice and hands-on experience which will be crucial for your future career. One of the exciting things about these courses is that they are tailored to your needs and interests, meaning you are fully equipped for future employability.

State of the art facilities

With access to our state-of-the-art facilities and labs based on our Parkwood Campus, including our Sport Performance Centre, you’ll be developing as a professional in an environment rich with opportunities.

We’re well connected

You’ll make the most of our local partnerships with professional sports clubs, local sports academies, as well as talented individual athletes and performers.

Teaching expertise

Our teaching and academic staff have a wealth of knowledge and experience, working with a range of impressive clients. All staff have worked with individual performers across a broad range of sports, armed services, medical professions, performing arts and business.

Outstanding career prospects

The courses follow the British Association of Sport and Exercise (BASES) requirements for the first step in training to become a sport and exercise scientist. With outstanding career prospects from all of these courses there is the potential to make a real difference in communities through the development of physical activity programmes, public health programmes and exercise initiatives, or even pursue a career in high performance sport, or the broader sporting and talent development sectors.

What can you do with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science?

Career prospects in Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences are plentiful with many options open to graduates. With the knowledge and expertise learnt from studying at AECC University College, graduates go on to work in a wide array of industries such as: elite sport and performance, clinical exercise, health and fitness, research, teaching, coaching, sports development and really anything that requires knowledge of Sport and Exercise Science.

What is the difference between a sport scientist and an exercise scientist?

These similar professions both use their understanding of the human body and mind to improve mental and physical health. However, Sport scientists generally focus on supporting and enhancing sporting performance, often in athletes and sports teams, while Exercise Scientists look to manage, improve or rehabilitate the health and wellbeing of the general population, as well as those with temporary and lifelong health conditions.

Why become a Sport Scientist?

Gain a broad understanding of core scientific disciplines underpinning sport, exercise and health science.

Sport and Exercise Science courses

MSc Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation Class - students on walking support bars.

The MSc Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation course is designed to further develop your knowledge, practical skills and expertise relating to rehabilitation in sport and exercise domains.

Exercise Session with Sports Scientist

Open up rewarding career opportunities within the field of sport and exercise science with both scientific knowledge and practical expertise needed to succeed.

If you are looking for a career as a psychologist specialising in sport and performance, or physical activity and exercise, our British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited course could be for you.

Billy Coleman doing a Squat

Passionate about sports and health? Get ready for an exciting career in the rapidly developing field of musculoskeletal care as a highly skilled sport rehabilitator.

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Looking for more subjects?

We offer health education undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and professional short courses in the fields of chiropractic, medical imaging and radiology, psychology and sport, exercise and health science. Visit the subject areas that interests you and register your interest on a course.


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“I haven’t had any pain since my ultrasound guided injection – it’s wonderful” Says Gila Rose, whom recently visited Clinical and Rehabilitation Services at AECC University College for a steroid injection, using ultrasound for precision and targeted treatment.

MSc Podiatry (pre-registration) Students at TCS London Marathon 2024

Each year, some 60 Podiatrists, both qualified and pre-registration students from all over the UK, descend on the capital to volunteer for the TCS London Marathon. This year, our first cohort of AECC University College MSc Podiatry (pre-registration) students, along with Associate Professor in Podiatry and Course Leader, Simon Otter, joined peers from the Universities of Brighton, Northampton, and East London. The co-location developed a true multidisciplinary ethos and close working relationships with physiotherapists, nurses, paramedics, physicians, and the voluntary sector (via St John Ambulance) as part of the wider finish-line medical team.

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