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

  • Available in Clearing 2024
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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 in 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.

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Specialist facilities

Study a sports degree at ARU Writtle and:

  • get hands-on experience in our Centre of Sport and Health, with its sports laboratory, strength and conditioning suite, and consulting rooms
  • make use of facilities including a sports hall, gym, and extensive sports grounds
  • take part in a range of social sport on campus
  • join one of our sports clubs and potentially represent ARU in competitions.
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Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • make full use of facilities including extensive library and IT resources
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.


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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Close to major cities, ARU Writtle is located on a picturesque 150-hectare campus in the heart of the Essex countryside.

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