BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Development (Top-up)

Start date(s):
21 Sep 2020
1 year
Level 6
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Full Time
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Framwellgate Moor Campus
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This programme is validated by Open University


Course details may be subject to change

This programme will top-up your foundation degree in a sport related area. It will provide you with a high level of knowledge and practical skills, to prepare you for a successful career in the sport and leisure industry. You will explore the science behind sport, human movement and physical activity.

You will undertake a work placement alongside studying the effects of sport on human physiology, psychology, anatomy, biomechanics and biochemistry.

Experience Higher Education

We offer a wide range of degrees, higher apprenticeships and professional qualifications.  Find out how our flexible higher education programmes have progressed the career of our ex-students!

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Take a tour around our Sport facilities

You will have access to excellent training facilities, physical resources and industry standard fitness testing equipment.


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Going wild for sports science

BSc Sport and Exercise students have been supporting Durham Women FC Wildcats with fitness testing.


This programme provides students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for employment. You will apply your knowledge and understanding in a range of relevant situations that develop transferable skills required for lifelong learning.

The underpinning course objectives are as follows:
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of topics in sport and exercise that are directly related to job opportunities in the sector in the North East of England.
  • Evidence the development of professional work related skills including the need to meet ethical issues, health and safety, relevant legislation and professional codes of conduct.
  • Demonstrate analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information that underpin sport and exercise.
  • Demonstrate a range of transferrable employability skills and skills for lifelong learning and use self-reflection, self-appraisal and independent approaches to learning.


  • Applied Sport and Exercise Project
  • Intervention Strategies in Physical Activity
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Support
  • Organising Development Strategies in Sport
  • The Reflective Sports Coach.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
Independent Learning


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

Various strategies are employed to help you to achieve the learning outcomes of the programme. Assessment methods include written reports, portfolios of evidence, practical assessments and poster presentations.

You will be challenged to engage in academic discussion and independent research tasks. Knowledge and understanding will be monitored using formative assessment throughout the modules.

Where applicable, you will use contemporary equipment to apply your knowledge and understanding of coaching, fitness and conditioning, exercise psychology and sports marketing. You will provide justification using an evidence based approach to the design and delivery through your underpinning knowledge of physiology, psychology and coaching and will evaluate these projects.

You will receive peer feedback, and one-to-one tutorials with your course leader.

Maths and English

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Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.


You will be encouraged to engage in work placement opportunities, to develop practical skills in a real working environment.


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BSc (Hons) Sport & Excerise Development (Top-up) course handbook

Download your course handbook below.



HE Information

Regulations for validated awards of The Open University.


You could progress to a masters degree or a variety of graduate level jobs in the sport and recreation industry.

Meet our students

Jake Kidwell - BSc (Hons) Sport

Jake Kidwell

Jake said he wouldn’t have been able to secure his current role as a Sports Coach without the help of his lecturers.

Kyle Genner

Kyle Genner

Kyle pursued his dream to become self-employed, working at Moulton College.

What else?


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Annual increases

Tuition fees are chargeable for the academic period required by the programme, with annual amounts charged for each academic year of the programme unless otherwise stated. It is to be expected that tuition fees will include an inflationary rise each year, for the duration of study. This will be agreed by the College Strategy and Resources Committee who will consider Increases in College costs, including the provision of teaching, supervision and course-related facilities.

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Fees and funding

Find out more about course fees and financial support for UK, EU and non-EU students, plus how to pay your fees.

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Refund Policy 20-21

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Interview Instructions

You will be interviewed either face-to-face, or via telephone or Skype.

During your interview, you will be asked a set of standard questions. If you have not studied a research module during your studies, you will be required to undertake a written research report to demonstrate your ability.

Students are expected to obtain an enhanced DBS as they will be working with participants from vulnerable backgrounds.
Further Education

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Entry Criteria

You will hold:
  • A relevant Level 5 qualification in a sport and exercise related subject.
  • A minimum of grade 4 (or equivalent) in GCSE English and maths, or a science.
  • Evidence of interest and experience within a relevant sport and/or exercise field.
  • A successful interview with the programme leader.