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Why become a Sports Scientist?


Why become an Exercise Scientist?


Why Become a Sports Scientist?

Phill Heritage is Course Lead for the BSc (Hons) Sport, Exercise and Health Science degree at AECC University College and Lecturer in Physiology and Health. He coordinates the University College’s on-site Sport Performance Centre working with UK and overseas coaches, athletes and support staff.

Phill has supported athletes undertaking ultra-marathons at the North Pole and in the deserts of North Africa, professional football clubs, Formula1 teams, and worked with sit skiers preparing for the Winter Paralympic games.

He tells us more about the career of a Sport Scientist and what makes it such an exciting and worthwhile career:

“Sport science gives you the opportunity to work in high-pressure environments with focused, motivated athletes and other professionals. It also gives you opportunities to travel all over the world and collaborate with people from different countries and cultures.

“There is nothing like the buzz you get from seeing an athlete you work with improve and then seeing them perform in front of a crowd or on TV.”

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Student Life at AECC University College - Interview with Scott Batchelor

Scott Batchelor studies BSc (Hons) Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation Science at AECC University College and is currently in his Second Year. Scott shares with us what he loves most about being a student at the University College: from his love of research, to teaching staff that lead the industry, to ‘pulling off a double’ as part of the AECC football team.

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Being Part of a Passionate Health Science Community - Interview with Mollie Stannard

Mollie Stannard studies BSc (Hons) Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation Science at AECC University College and is currently in her First Year.

“When I was researching degrees, AECC University College stood out to me because of its specialism in Health Science. The opportunity to be surrounded by other like-minded health professionals really appealed to me.”

Close-knit Community

“As a student here, you’re part of a smaller University environment and you’re being taught by experts in their field. Our lecturers always take the time to go into detail about subjects that interest you, or to tell you about their upcoming research projects.

“You feel part of a close community of students and lecturers, who are all passionate about improving and understanding health and all that surrounds it. Staff also encourage you to pursue your own interests and help you to do so.

“Studying for my degree is allowing me to explore many different kinds of career paths, as well as supporting my understanding of how to apply for jobs and develop my CV.”

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Downloadable Case Study Profiles

Sport Psychology Staff case study profile

Professor Stewart Cotterill

Professor Stewart Cotterill discusses his exciting career working with the England Cricket team, Bournemouth Rugby Club and the GBR sailing team to improve team performance.

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Sport Psychology Staff case study profile

Dr Zoe Wimshurst

Fine-tuning Visual Performance In Elite Athletes

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Sport Staff case study profile

Tom Bennett

Reflecting on a Career in Sports Rehabilitation

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Sport Staff case study profile

Phill Heritage

“Being a Sports Scientist can be very exciting, it’s very different to being an athlete!”

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Sport Student case study profile

Mollie Stannard

Being part of a passionate health science community.

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Sport Student case study profile

Scott Batchelor

“I love the close-knit community here.”

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