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Six reasons to study Sports Science

For those considering a degree in Sports Science but need further convincing, we lend our expertise. Here are six compelling reasons to study this subject area.

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1. Promote healthy lifestyles

Exercise is a crucial aspect of human health and wellbeing, and professional work in this area dramatically impacts society. With a degree in Sports Science, you could work towards solving the health challenges we face and helping people to take better care of their wellbeing.

2. Career opportunities

This is a degree that comes with a wealth of career options. Gyms and other exercise facilities are rapidly becoming more popular, so there is a growing demand for experts in the field. Many Sports Science graduates become coaches, psychologists, agents, personal trainers or sports government workers. 

3. Industry experiences

Degree courses often include professional placements and industry work experiences that enhance your understanding of the subject. You could work with organisations such as sports clubs, healthcare centres or nutrition companies.

Placements give you a taste of what life might be like after graduation, as well as develop your skills and boost your employability prospects.

4. Study year abroad

You may have the opportunity to spend a year studying at a university overseas. This allows you to live and learn in a new environment, see how sport and exercise are approached in a foreign country, perhaps practice a second language and meet many new people. You’ll further develop your skills, and the experience looks great on a CV.

5. Course combination options

Sports Science can be studied alongside a range of other subject areas, giving you the option of a broader education. Universities often offer dual Honours degrees with subjects such as English, geography, education, mathematics, media, business, journalism or psychology.

6. Transferable skills

The skills you develop during a Sports Science degree set you up for various career roles beyond those directly related to the area. Skills include analysis, critical thinking, problem-solving, organisation, time management, communication, evaluation, research, data collection and presentation.

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