School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences

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For fans of science and sport 

As an undergraduate in the School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, you will be able to explore the fundamental science underpinning your field, gain in-depth knowledge of innovative research and put your learning into practice in a variety of professional settings.  

Having opened in August 2017, you will be some of the first SRES undergraduates and will play an integral role in the new School, helping to build and shape our excellent reputation in teaching, research, employability and student satisfaction. 


Explore our Undergraduate courses
Why choose us
  • Benefit from brand new state of the art facilities and technology, including an impressive sports arena, sports and physiotherapy labs and departmental study spaces.
  • Learn from a variety of experienced experts in the fields of physiotherapy, sports therapy, sports and exercise science and sports performance and coaching.
  • Gain practical, first-hand experiences from work-placements in industry, aimed to enhance your employability skills and help make connections in the field in preparation for your future. 

What do we have to offer?

Placements and study abroad opportunities

Our courses are designed to provide you with first-hand industry experience and the opportunity to put your knowledge and skills into practice. With our on-site Sports Therapy Clinic, students can gain relevant, practical experience on campus, or use our connections in the field with external organisations. We also offer opportunities for students to study abroad at our partner institutions. 

Enhanced employability skills

Whatever course you choose to study, our modules will equip you with the transferable skills and knowledge you can carry throughout your professional and academic careers. We offer great ways to boost your CV and interview skills, while our staff are available to offer advice on your current and future prospects. 

Getting you ready for life after graduation

As an alumnus of Essex, you will be a life-long member of the university and the School. The support we provide doesn’t expire when you graduate and we are always delighted to hear student stories from beyond Essex, or provide guidance or support on your new ventures.

The teaching I received within the SRES department on their BSc Sport and Exercise Science course was second to none. I was supported throughout my degree by the staff who wanted to see me succeed and would do all they could to ensure that. 
Greg Forsaith BSC SPORT AND EXERCISE SCIENCE

Making your application

Places on our courses here at Essex are in high demand. To give yourself the best chance of securing your place here, we recommend you consider the following:

 

How much do I know about the course?

It's important to us that you know what you're signing up for. We'd expect that you've read our course pages carefully, and have done plenty of research about both life at Essex and the careers associated with our courses.   Working in a healthcare environment can be highly rewarding, but like any sector, it also comes with its challenges.

It's important that you have an awareness of these challenges, and are up to speed with current issues. We'd recommend you keep up with health and social care news, and subject appropriate journals and magazines , e.g Nursing Times, Community Care, etc.  You may find your local library already has a subscription that you can access.

How can I demonstrate that I have what it takes?

You'll notice that many of our courses are underpinned by the NHS Constitution, as well as our own Essex values. The NHS Constitution is an important document which establishes the principles and values of the NHS in England. 

This document very clearly explains that the patient is at the heart of everything the NHS does. We take this commitment seriously, and so are looking for people who have the potential to be future healthcare superstars.

If you are applying for a healthcare course, in your application, you will need to briefly explain how you currently demonstrate the NHS 6Cs. You don't need to write at length about each, but we do need to see that you have these values:

  1. Care
  2. Compassion
  3. Competence
  4. Communication
  5. Courage
  6. Commitment

Many of our courses are a blend of both theory and practice, so we also need to hear from you about both your academic and practical skills. Think carefully about how your experiences have prepared you for some of the challenges of the course, and how they can make you stand out from the crowd. For example, if you've worked in retail, you're likely to have developed your communication skills, so you may be able to talk about this.

My course requires an interview.  What can I do to prepare?

For many people, the idea of being interviewed is quite daunting. There's no need to panic. We're on your side. We aim to use the interview process to get to know you and to find out your plans for the future.

Our interview panels are made up of current staff and students, service users/experts by experience, and local placement partners. Many of the panel will have been through a similar process at some point in their career, so they'll appreciate you'll probably be feeling nervous. Try to relax (as best as you can) and think of it more as a discussion with colleagues about why you'd like to join us.

As part of our interview process, many of our courses require you to undertake English and Maths tests so you can demonstrate that you have a basic level of literacy and numeracy. For courses with professional accreditation, the regulatory bodies will often set the standards for us. 

You can find out if your course requires and English and Maths test by looking at our entry requirements on our webpages. If you have a documented educational need, then you may be entitled to specific access arrangements for the literacy and numeracy tests. If you think that this applies to you, please contact our admissions team as soon as possible.

My course requires an English and/or Maths test. What do I need to revise?

Literacy 

The literacy test will assess your reading and writing skills.  A variety of questions will cover the following areas:  

  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • Grammar and syntax
  • Presenting information in a logical sequence
  • Vocabulary
  • Punctuation
  • Common prefixes
  • Free writing

Reading

  • Proofreading
  • Comprehension
  • Fact or opinion?

Numeracy

The numeracy test will assess your ability to apply number, to use measurements and to handle data.  Calculators can be used.  You will be given a total of 45 minutes in which to complete both tests.  Question topics will include:  

Number

  • Addition
  • subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • calculations, conversions and equivalencies   

Measurement

  • Time, weight, distance, volume, money and conversion of units  

Handling data

  • Extracting information from tables, diagrams, charts or graphs.

 Feeling anxious about your numeracy or literacy skills?  Don't worry, once you are here, we have lots of support in place.  

Does the University have practice tests I can do?

We don’t release our past tests for applicants to practice on, but we do recommend taking a look at the following resources to help you prepare:

 

Literacy and numeracy practice tests:

 

Literacy

 

Numeracy

 

Mobile apps

There are a number of apps that can help you to develop your literacy and numeracy skills. The following are all free to use. In-app purchases are possible, but are neither required nor endorsed by the University of Essex, and the University cannot answer any queries relating to their use.

  • Elevate
  • Learndirect