With a national demographic that’s continually changing for health and exercise participations, be at the forefront of sport and exercise science with this BSc (Hons) Top-Up Degree in Applied Sport and Exercise Science.

If you have a sport and exercise science or health background, this course has been specifically designed to develop your expertise further - practically and academically - to meet the demands of a range of interrelated industries.

The programme is focused on flexibility, so you can focus on a range of specialisms and the application of sport and exercise science to different populations. With each unit, you’ll develop your knowledge and skills across related elements of the industry, and have the opportunity to cross collaborate with students of different disciplinary backgrounds.

Openshaw Campus
Full Time
1 year
September 2021
Awarding Partner:
Manchester Metropolitan University
You’ll be taught by a team of experienced teachers with a wealth of knowledge and industry experience from the sport sector including dieticians, physiologists, psychologists and strength and conditioning coaches.

Our whole team regularly update their knowledge and skills, with strong links to Manchester Metropolitan University. All staff have, or are working towards, a higher-level Master’s qualification.
You may initially be required to attend an interview and complete an interview task.

Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.

Advanced Strength and Conditioning (30 credits)

Year 1: Applied Nutrition for Health and Sports Performance (30 credits)

Year 1: Corrective Exercise (30 credits)

Year 1: Negotiated Research (60 credits)
Clark, M. and Lucett, S. (2011) NASM's Essentials of Corrective Exercise Training.

Cottrell, S (2011) Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument
Johnson, J. (2016) Postural correction
McArdle, W., Katch, F. and Katch, V. (2015). Exercise Physiology: Nutrition, Energy, and Human Performance
The course is delivered via lectures, seminars, tutorial, practical sessions, guest speakers / visits, independent study. The course encompasses a variety of assessment methods, involving both individual and group assessments, including:

• Lab reports
• Essays
• Presentations
• Portfolio submissions
• Examinations
• Practical and research based coursework assignments
• Work-based learning
• Demonstrations
• Practical projects.
Manchester and the UK is host to many regional, national and international world stage sports events, with a huge range of employment opportunities in the sector. You’ll find many different roles that use sport and exercise science to improve health, wellbeing and fitness, including:

• Physical Activity Specialists or Personal Trainers
• Exercise Physiologist
• Performance Analysis Coaches
• Nutritionist
• Working within research centres
• Teaching in schools and colleges (following a PGCE)
• Working in hospitals and medical centres linked to health fitness and rehabilitation.
• Freelance sport and exercise science support
There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

 Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
 Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.

You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.

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All of the books required for the course are available either from the library or as e-books. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. You may also need to print assignments and other documents.

Campus printing costs start from 5p per page.

Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £50 each year for books and printing.

When undertaking your dissertation you may also need to factor in travel costs to and from your place of research if working with clubs etc.

You may be required to have an enhanced DBS check for this course to ensure you meet both our and industry safeguarding requirements. Please note there will be an additional cost to your course fees to cover Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) checks. Please see the GOV.UK website for DBS costs.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.

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