Why I chose to study sport and exercise science (SES)
Joining the SES course back in 2019 was a last-minute decision when I was not accepted onto the Physiotherapy BSc degree. I was advised by the University of Brighton to study years two and three of an SES degree, that would give me the eligibility I needed to study physiotherapy. After completing one year of a Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Sport, and two years of a Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching, study for an additional two years was a tough decision. Nonetheless, I took the plunge in studying for 2 more years and now currently in my final year of SES. I have recently been invited to attend an interview for the Physiotherapy (pre-registration) MSc degree, which has been my goal ever since leaving college. After 5 long years and regardless of a national pandemic, I am now ready to pursue my career of becoming a Physiotherapist.
Preparation for my career
Despite taking a couple more years to get my career started, choosing the SES degree was a great decision that will benefit me in furthering my education. Learning the skills of a researcher and sports scientist has given me the knowledge, skills, personal qualities, and relevant work experience I needed to embark on a postgraduate degree. The course allowed me to specialise in health and exercise rehabilitation sciences that fit with my career path.
The Sport and Exercise Science degree is accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) UK professional governing body. Having the opportunity to register to BASES after completing my SES degree allows me to enter the profession as a practising sport and exercise scientist.
During my second year of the SES degree, I was allowed to gain experience at the Active Heart programme at the University of Brighton. The experience allowed me to observe cardiac physiologists giving exercise classes to patients with life-threatening cardiac conditions. Also giving me insight into the profession of a physiotherapist and how exercise plays a huge role in recovering patients from surgery and how it can slow the progression of disease conditions.