Choosing an Undergraduate Degree Course

With so many sport and exercise science courses available it is important that you consider which is the best for you. There are a number of questions that you should aim to answer before making any final decisions:

  • Is the course endorsed by BASES?
  • Are the three core aspects of sport and exercise science (biomechanics, physiology, psychology) covered, as well as interdisciplinary approaches?
  • Are there good laboratory facilities to which you will have access?
  • What active research projects exist?
  • Does the course provide information on the career pathways of its graduates?

As well as doing your research about the specific course you want to study, you should also obtain as much information as possible about the department and institution where you are considering studying. The type of institution (i.e. city centre or campus) and its social and sporting facilities can also have a big influence on the student experience.

BASES has produced A Guide to Careers in Sport and Exercise Science to help young people interested in a career in sport and exercise science to consider all the options and make the right choices, including what to consider when choosing an undergraduate degree course. 

BASES Undergraduate Endorsement Scheme (BUES)

The BASES Undergraduate Endorsement Scheme (BUES) endorses sport and exercise science courses that provide undergraduates with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills that BASES considers essential to enter into the profession as a practicing sport and exercise scientist or to progress to postgraduate study.

When reviewing a course, BUES will consider the knowledge, technical skills, competencies and practical experience gained by students through the curriculum and resources offered. Courses need to demonstrate that students will gain core competencies and knowledge in each of the sub-disciplines of biomechanics, physiology and psychology. Courses must also demonstrate that sufficient student learning is dedicated to study of an interdisciplinary nature and that the curriculum covers research methods and includes an independent study project in the field of sport and exercise science.

View the full list of BASES Endorsed Undergraduate courses here.

BASES Course Finder

For a more comprehensive list of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in sport and exercise related subjects, view the BASES Course Finder.

Useful Websites

The following websites contain lots of information about undergraduate courses and universities to assist you in making a decision and what and where to study:


This website provides lots of information on tips for job seeking, undergraduate and postgraduate options and careers open days.

Which? University

This is a free resource to help you decided what and where to study. The degree guides contain subject-level statistics, student reviews, A-level subject requirements and personal statement advice, as well as future graduate prospects and longer term career paths - click here to view the sports science pages.


Department for Education and Skills – provides information for students in England and Wales who want to go into Higher Education.


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BASES stands for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. BASES is the professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK.

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