Sport Science & Physical Activity

Practitioner and transferable skills

Course learning outcomes linked to career aspirations

Core skills applicable to graduate careers are embedded in all courses from foundation degrees through to postgraduate study.

All courses develop key transferable skills through combinations of workshops, innovative assessments (which include different forms of presentations, real-world case studies and portfolios) and work experience opportunities.

Employer involvement

You will meet real employers who visit the University throughout the year delivering workshops and presentations on employment opportunities. Employers also attend a series of employability fairs which are scheduled at key times throughout the year.

Communication and research skills

You will develop communication and research skills through your own independent research in a range of sport-related settings. Placement and workplace experiences are embedded in all courses.

Personal and professional development

Core units progress career outcomes

Key employability skills are mapped across every unit on each course. We are constantly working with employers to apply teaching in ways that have mutual benefits for your learning and your understanding of real-world settings.

Online personal portfolio tracking

You will be encouraged to develop a personal portfolio that collates important documents such as your CV, job descriptions and information about employer requirements for employment.

We will keep you aware of opportunities to develop your portfolio as information about, for example, coaching awards, volunteering and other work experience is made available throughout your course.

Employer networking events

Employer networking event run a regular intervals throughout the academic year and you will have the opportunity to talk directly to employers, get advice on how to gain relevant skills and experience to secure employment in today’s competitive job markets.

You also have the chance to get to know staff in the University’s Careers and Employability Service and learn about opportunities such as one-to-one tutorials that they can deliver to your specialist needs.

Portfolio experience

Sandwich year options

All of our undergraduate courses offer a sandwich year placement option. This is where you can spend a year gaining experience and learning new skills in a work-based setting relevant to your course.

You can decide to take this option after you start your course when you will have a better understanding of the employability possibilities in your specialist interest area.

Relevant work experience

Even if you decide not to undertake a full sandwich year, there are options on all courses for you to undertake extended work experiences – usually in the summer between the end of year two and the start of year three – which are related directly to specific units on your course. Additionally, there are opportunities for work experience in sport which you can pursue as and when these arise.

Practical work skills tested by external bodies

Your tutors have experience of working within a range of settings relevant to your likely career aspirations. Units within our courses are accredited by the Register of Exercise Professionals who oversee assessments that lead to professional exercise qualifications.

Professional recognition and endorsement

Professional accreditation

Our courses cover most areas of sport science, physical education and sport development and management. These courses are accredited by a range of professional bodies which include:

Professional endorsement

Our BSc Sport & Exercise Science, BSc Sport Science & Personal Training and BSc Strength & Conditioning are endorsed by the British Association for Sport & Exercise Sciences (BASES).

Laboratory accreditation

Our sport and exercise science laboratories are accredited by the British Association of Sport & Exercise Science (BASES) – which is one of only 18 universities in the UK with this accreditation.

Bedfordshire Employability Award Recognition

This skills award gives you an opportunity to gain formal recognition for extra curricular activities in which you have participated.


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