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First Year Pathway in Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences

Whether you’re passionate about Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences and want to further your learning in this area, or you’re an aspiring athlete, you can achieve your academic and sporting ambitions by studying your first year of Sports Science undergraduate degree at Brunel University London Pathway College. You will be given the opportunity to develop your practical skills and understand the relationships between research, theory and practise.
This will hugely help you to communicate effectively when progressing to Brunel to complete your degree in the Sports Science field, as well as building more confidence to become an autonomous and independent learner who can engage in individual and collaborative research. Brunel has a long and distinguished history in sport and whether you play at the highest competitive level or enjoy it for fitness and fun, there is a huge choice available. Our sports facilities are used by some of the world’s top athletes, including Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake!

High School


2021/22 First Year University Studies





*All Brunel University London Pathway College course fees may be subject to a review; please note these fees are a guide only and are subject to change.



Two Semesters




First Year University Studies

Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences Typical Modules

  • Fundamentals of Sport, Health and Exercise Science
  • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication
  • Introduction to the Social Sciences of Sport
  • Physical activity, Health and Well being
  • Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy
  • Research and Learning Skills 1
  • Synoptic Study 1

Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences with Business studies Typical Modules

  • Fundamentals of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
  • Interactive Learning Skills and Communication
  • Introduction to Management Enquiry
  • Organisational Behaviour and Analysis
  • Physical activity, Health and Well being
  • Principles and Practices of Marketing
  • Research and Learning Skills l
  • Synoptic Study I with Business Studies

Course outline

This is an intensive programme with a minimum 16 hours per week and a corresponding number of ongoing assessment tasks designed to provide a scaffolded structure for students at this entry level to Higher Education. Students learn through a combination of formal, interactive lectures in relevant content areas, interactive seminars, practical workshop sessions and IT-enabled self-study opportunities: practical application of theoretical knowledge allows students to develop further skills and understanding of relevant topics and concepts.

The focus on academic literacy development in all parts of the course ensures that students develop strong linguistic competence and advanced numeracy skills as well as a mastery of their discipline at an appropriate level. Through the course, students will be encouraged to engage appropriately with peers and tutors as members of an academic community. This will involve the development of critical self-awareness and personal literacy as students become more attuned to their identity as global citizens.

The programme provides a diverse learning environments for students, recognising that they will learn in different ways and through different mediums.


The programme will deliver content through:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • laboratory sessions
  • practical sessions
  • e-Learning-based platforms

Formative assessment

This is a key aspect of the programme element and is varied to ensure that a student has a variety of learning opportunities. This will include: individual and group formative assessment methods: presentations, individual and group work; and peer review.

Formative assessment opportunities are incorporated into each of the module blocks in the form of homework assignments, Moodle exercises and the opportunity to submit assignment draft for review prior to submission. These form of assessments is considered fundamental to a student’s ability to communicate ideas and evidence with clarity, relevance and logic in a planned and organised manner. Synoptic assessments will develop the student’s ability to enhance their holistic understanding of different contexts using a range of scientific perspectives and move away from ‘silo’ thinking. Through this process, it is anticipated that students will become agile learners able to use and make sense of different resources and information and consider how it might be applied to new problems. It is also anticipated that through this process students will develop practice skills, which are often essential in the workplace.

Self-directed study

Each student is expected to undertake a minimum number of hours in individual study per week in order to support and build the skills, knowledge and understanding presented in each lecture and small group tutorial session per week. It is expected that students will increase the number of individual study hours as they approach formal assessment events. The ability for students to expand their learning by creating effective self-directed study patterns is a transferable skill deemed fundamental to further academic success as well as a key time-management tool.

This pathway leads to the following Brunel University London degrees:

Careers and your future

This pathway is broad-based and will prepare you for a career in a diverse range of fields. You may wish to continue your education further by studying a postgraduate course. You could pursue a career in coaching, consultancy, fitness testing and training, sport development or sport management. Examples of graduate schemes include the Greenwich Leisure Limited Trainee Manager Graduate Scheme or the Police Now National Graduate Leadership Programme.

You have the opportunity to switch to a specialist area of study in your second year in your degree, with pathways available in coaching, human performance or sport development.

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