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Sports science

Getting you fit for a future career in sports

Key Information

This undergraduate pathway will provide students with the necessary skills to begin studying at level 4 in courses related to Sports and Sports Science.

Key information

Undergraduate course


  • Foundation (4 Years)
  • First Year (3 Years)


  • January
  • September


  • Cambridge

Sports science overview

ARU Sport & Exercise Science courses are ranked number 1 in the country by the Guardian League Table 2021

Students will be introduced to the core skills necessary to succeed in higher education, including researching and referencing appropriately, demonstrating appropriate ICT skills, and communicating effectively verbally and in writing.

In addition to these fundamental study skills, students will be introduced to the various scientific disciplines underpinning sports sciences. Fundamental mathematical skills will be covered in order to support students’ other subjects and give them confidence in manipulating data.

Students will be introduced to molecular and cellular biology, and how these fields are applied to real-world investigations. Students will also study the biology of micro and macro organisms, with reference to both human and animal structures.

Students will be introduced to the core concepts of chemistry, with a particular focus on organic chemistry, and will also be given a grounding in the core principles of physics, applied to living organisms.

Students will be introduced to the core principles of psychology and will explore various current applications of psychological theory.

Pathway progression

Successful completion of this pathway will lead to the award of the following from ARU:

Please see our International and UK course matrix for entry point, intake and study location information.

Course structure

Interactive Learning Skills and Communication (ILSC)

Interactive Learning Skills and Communication (ILSC) will help you to develop your academic, research, communication, and literacy skills in preparation for your undergraduate degree. ILSC covers reading, writing, speaking, and listening and will give you an understanding of institutional culture, practices, norms, and expectations of UK higher education. You will develop transferable skills such as effective communication to support ongoing study, career, and professional development skills.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Information Communication Technology (ICT) provides you with the practical computer skills needed for university. In this module, you will cover fundamental topics surrounding the use of technology and discuss these together with societal and ethical perspectives. This will allow you to reflect on and discuss the main challenges facing society and consider the implications of your technology use. This module requires no previous technical experience and will introduce you to practical ICT skills that will be needed for academic success across many areas of higher education. By the end, you should have sufficient proficiency in the Microsoft Office productivity suite for planning and producing presentations, using functions, and writing formula to display, formatting and analysing quantitative data, and producing written assignments to a standard appropriate to higher education.

Cellular Biology

Cellular Biology will provide you with an introduction to key processes operating within living organisms, including energy provision, transport, control, and co-ordination alongside key ecological concepts. You will study the composition of cells and the structure, and function of the four groups of macromolecules: proteins, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, and lipids.

Maths for Scientists

Maths for Scientists will ensure that you have the necessary basic mathematical skills required for entry to level 4 on various science related degree programmes. By the end of the course, you will be able to carry out the basic mathematical manipulations and understand the relevant key concepts required to progress on to your chosen degree course. Each mathematical concept is introduced by a lecture, in which examples of how to use and apply the concept are demonstrated. The subjects covered are a range of arithmetic skills, algebra, areas and volumes, trigonometry, and basic statistics.


Psychology will teach you about the brain and psychosocial contexts within the humanities and sciences. Within this module, you will look at how research has informed theories about how we think and behave, and how this applies in a variety of contexts. You will learn about the main psychological approaches (cognitive and behavioural; psychodynamic; developmental, social and biological) which will be discussed in relation to current psychological theory. You will also be given an introduction to psychopathology through the discussion of mental health disorders. By applying psychological principles to current events and common situations, you will gain a greater understanding of human actions and motivations.

Biology - Physiology

Biology is the study of living organisms and Physiology is an aspect of this which looks closely at the functions and mechanisms in a living system. In this module, you will study the science of body function and its relation to the structure, or anatomy, or the organism (physiology). You will learn how the main organ and regulatory systems work to enable the body to function and respond to change, whilst maintaining a constant internal environment. You will also gain foundation knowledge of organ systems and different regulatory systems, as well as learning to classify organisms and their major components. You will also be introduced to classification and the basic principles of genetic inheritance and consider this in the context of Darwin’s theory of natural selection.


This module will provide you with an elementary introduction to chemical science. You will not be required to have any prior knowledge of Chemistry for this, and you will study materials undergoing chemical changes, the periodic table, chemical equations, calculating concentrations, quantitative chemical analysis, chemical equilibria, and organic chemistry. The practical element of the course will allow you to gain practice in some basic laboratory techniques based on the concepts covered in the lectures.

Physics for Life Sciences

Physics for Life Scientists introduces the principles and laws of physics which underpin all life sciences. No prior knowledge of physics is assumed for this module, and the focus will be on those aspects which are specific to the requirements of your studies at Level 4 and beyond. Some of the aspects explored include how organisms move in relation to their environment; how organisms perceive their environment in terms of light and sound; how the physics of fluids and gasses affect the anatomy and physiology of organisms; how electricity is used to allow communication, how radioactivity impacts on organisms, and the applications of physics in modern medicine.

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For more information about intake semesters and campus location please see our course matrices.

Find out the academic entry requirements for our courses listed by country. Unless stated, requirements are standard across all courses.

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