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SPORT AND EXERCISE BSc (Hons) Degree (2 year Top-Up)

BSc (Hons) Degree in Sport and Exercise (2 year Top-Up) (Validated by The Open University) DR-N

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Level 6
Mode of Study
Part Time
Course Type
Higher Education
Newry Campus


The BSc (Hons) Degree Top- Up delivered by SRC and validated by Open University, examines both the theoretical and practical application of sport and exercise through a wide range of modules aiming to develop your academic and professional potential. This course will develop your knowledge and critical understanding of the areas associated with sport from levels 4 and 5 and will provide you with a balance between the development of vocational skills necessary for employment and the knowledge necessary for academic progression and lifelong learning.

Typically, weekly contact hours are scheduled for a minimum of 12 hours per week per semester, with an additional independent study of approx. 60-160 hours per module depending on the credit value. Student workload usually includes 2 assessments (a combination of coursework and/or examination) per module. There is an expectation that the student will undertake self-study hours off campus to enable them to fully achieve the course of study.


  • Entry to the BSc Honours in Sport and Exercise Top-Up programme requires applicants to have successfully completed an Open University, Ulster University, or Regional College Foundation Degree with a pass mark of 55% or above in Level 5 modules (or other relevant Level 5 qualifications such as a Pearson's Higher National Certificate/ Diploma) in a sporting related discipline. 
  • Applicants who do not meet the criteria outlined above or present with Foundation Degrees or Higher National Certificates or Diplomas from other awarding bodies but have evidence of substantial knowledge or relevant industrial experience and skills, which has not been formally assessed, should refer to the College’s Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) Policy at 
  • Applicants should have attained GCSE English language and Maths at grade 4 (grade C) or above (or equivalent, for example, Essential Skills Level 2 literacy and numeracy qualifications are also accepted).
  • Have reached the age of 18 years on admission.



Year 1:

  • Nutrition for Sport & Exercise.
  • Reflective Sports Coach.
  • Physiology for Athletic Development.

Year 2:

  • Research Project.
  • Advanced Contemporary Issues in Disability Sport.


2 Years


Student workload usually includes 2-3 assessments (a combination of coursework/practical assessments and/or examination) per module. There is an expectation that the student will undertake self-study hours off campus to enable them to fully achieve the course of study.


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Mandatory field trips will need to be paid in advance with estimated approximate cost of £50 per year. (1st Semester Induction week £35) (2nd Semester- pre Easter £15). PE/Sports Kit: SRC Pack (T-Shirt x 2 and Shorts x 1) estimated £50. Additional Kit available.

Other optional employability courses on offer to students to avail of may include:

  • Level 2 Gym Instructors (approx. £150) (2nd Semester - May).
  • Level 3 Personal Training (approx. £200) (2nd Semester - June).
  • Level 2 Kettlebells (approx. £75) (1st Semester - October).
  • Level 2 Circuit Training (approx. £75) (1st Semester – October).
  • Level 3 Sports Massage (approx. £215) (2nd Semester - June).
  • Sports First Aid (approx. £35) (2nd Semester - May).
  • Coaching/Referees Awards (i.e. GAA, Volleyball, Dodgeball etc.) and Child Protection (approx. £35-£60) (1st Semester - December)

Please note: If a student chooses to undertake Work Placement within a school setting, they may be subject to an Advance AccessNI check. The cost incurred by this will be covered by the College.


Students who have completed their BSc (Hons) Degree in Sport and Exercise may progress to another institution to complete programmes such as MSc Sports Coaching and Performance, MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology, MSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition, MSc Strength and Conditioning or a PGCE. 


Following completion of this degree students may move into employment within the sports industry.


All full-time courses starting in September 2022 are open for applications. Please click on the Apply Now button (top right in the blue box) to begin your application. 

If you require any assistance with your application you can call us on 0300 123 1223.


Mark Copeland

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028 3025 9683


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