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Sports Science with Exercise Referral| BSc (Hons) | CertHE | DipHE

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Course description

Learn to support people with a range of health conditions to increase their levels of physical activity. Study a BSc (Hons) Sports Science with Exercise Referral degree at ARU Writtle.

Our course looks at the impact that health conditions can have on daily living, and related areas such as physiology, nutrition and psychology.

You’ll review current exercise referral programmes, and explore the social identity approach to sport and exercise – which shifts the focus to the group or team as a way of encouraging participation.

As a student at ARU Writtle, you’ll take part in practical, hands-on classes using specialist sports facilities and equipment. These include our Centre for Sport and Health, which is open to the public and where you may work with elite clubs and athletes, and members of the community.

You'll be taught by staff who are experienced practitioners in elite sports such as football, cycling, GB Basketball, squash and athletics.

When you graduate, you’ll have a well-rounded understanding of exercise and rehabilitation, and be ready to make a start on your career.

Upcoming start dates

1 start date available

September 2024

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  • Writtle
  • English

Suitability - Who should attend?

For information on admission requirements, please contact the provider.

Training Course Content

Year One

Core modules

  • Introduction to Human Physiological Systems (15 credits)
  • Professional Skills in Sport, Health and Wellbeing (15 credits)
  • The Practice of Coaching (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology (15 credits)
  • Nutrition for Health (15 credits)
  • Individual Differences in Health, Sport and Exercise (15 credits)
  • Analysis of Human Movement and Performance (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Physical Literacy (15 credits)

Year Two

Core modules

  • Exercise Physiology (15 credits)
  • Behavioural Change for Health and Wellbeing (15 credits)
  • The New Psychology of Health (15 credits)
  • The New Psychology of Sport and Exercise: A Social Identity Approach (15 credits)
  • Research Skills in Sport, Health and Wellbeing (15 credits)
  • Strength and Conditioning Coaching (15 credits)
  • Skills for the Exercise Referral Practitioner (30 credits)

Year Three

Core modules

  • Capstone Project (30 credits)
  • Applied Coaching Science (30 credits)
  • Applied Exercise Physiology (15 credits)
  • The Practice of Sport and Exercise Psychology (15 credits)
  • Exercise Rehabilitation for Chronic Health Conditions (30 credits)

Course delivery details

  • BSc (Hons) | 3 Years or 4 Years with a Foundation Year
  • CertHE | 1 Year
  • DipHE | 2 Years

Modules are subject to change and availability.


We'll assess your progress in a number of ways including practical assessments – both in small groups and individually, practical portfolios, presentations, reflective logbooks, case studies, critiques of literature, written assessments, examinations – both multiple choice and essay questions, reports, peer and tutor observations, and your dissertation (Capstone Project).

Why choose Writtle University College

Ranked Top University-Sector Institution in East Anglia for overall student satisfaction!

*Based on NSS 2022 Based on Taught Data

Beautiful rural campus situated close to the city of Chelmsford, 40 minutes from London and the coast.



  • £9,250 | UK students starting 2024/25 (full-time, per year)
  • £15,900 | International students starting 2024/25 (full-time, per year)

Continuing Studies


There's a range of jobs in the sports industry and associated sectors that you could consider as a BSc (Hons) Sports Science with Exercise Referral graduate.

These include:

  • exercise rehabilitation with individuals or groups
  • science-based roles, such as working in professional or amateur coaching
  • a variety of positions in the health and wellbeing sector
  • sales jobs, for example for companies producing sports equipment
  • graduate schemes.

Graduation doesn't have to be the end of your time with us. You might decide to at ARU and study for a Masters, such as our MSc Sport, Exercise and Nutrition.

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Writtle University College, Lordship Road
CM1 3RR Chelmsford Essex

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