School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences

Undergraduate study

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Harnessing science to improve health 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.

Our School has an excellent reputation for teaching, research, employability, and student satisfaction. Students are placed at the centre of our approach to education, and we work in partnership with them to provide a vibrant and positive learning environment. 

Our therapy and sports degrees are shaped by the internationally-excellent research of our staff, along with our experiences of working with individuals, groups and organisations in sport, health and rehabilitation contexts.

Our students not only share in this knowledge, but help to generate new knowledge while gaining a range of skills to equip them for graduate level-employment.


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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. 

Professional accreditation

Several of our degrees are accredited by their professional bodies. 

BSc Physiotherapy is accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.

BSc Sports Therapy is accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists.

Getting you ready for life after graduation

Our graduates have gone on to a range of diverse roles across the public and private sector. Some of the organisations and companies our graduates work at include:

  • Sports clubs including Leicester Tigers Rugby Club, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, and Ipswich Town FC.
  • Health providers and services such as NHS Frimley Park Hospital, Dartford NHS Trust, and The Abbeyfields Clinic.
  • Children's activity clubs and adult fitness companies as personal trainers, sports and fitness coaches, and in performance analysis roles.

Graduates have also begun pursuing academic career paths by undertaking postgraduate study, both at Essex and other universities around the country.

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.

Research-guided teaching, studying abroad in Australia, and the application of knowledge within the Human Performance Unit. These are some examples of the multitude of experiences that have facilitated my learning and academic development as an undergraduate student. It has been a tremendous experience to be in a department dedicated to helping each and every student achieve an excellent degree, with broad employment and further study prospects.
Marie Winter BSC Sport and exercise Science
The course really demonstrated to me the importance that science has on sporting performance. The combination of classroom teaching with practical laboratory sessions was essential, as it allows you to become active with the learning and how the objectives apply to athletic situations. 
Matthew Ross BSc Sport and Exercise Science

Applying for Physiotherapy

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 health can be highly rewarding, but like any sector it also comes with challenges. It's important that you have an awareness of these challenges, and are up to speed with current issues. 

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 physiotherapy course, in your application you will need to briefly explain how you currently demonstrate these values.

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, 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 course pages.

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 from our Student Support Services.

Does the university have practise tests I can do?

There are numerous resources you can use;

Literacy and numeracy practice tests (useful for all disciplines):

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

Applying for other courses

If you apply for a Sports-related degree programme at Essex (Sports and Exercise Science; Sports Performance and Coaching; Sports Therapy), you may get invited to interview.

This provides you with an opportunity to visit the University, have a tour of the campus and our School, receive more information about the degrees, and talk to both staff and students. The interview itself allows you to ask questions as well, so you can be confident that Essex is the right university for you.

We look forward to welcoming you to our School so that we can share our passion for Sport, Exercise and Health.