How to become a performance sports scientist
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
You could take a degree in sport and exercise science. Courses that cover the 3 foundation subjects of biomechanics, physiology and psychology, will keep your job options broad.
Alternatively you could do a degree in a science related subject followed by a postgraduate qualification in sports science.
This may include subjects like:
- physical education
- natural sciences
It's becoming more common for sports scientists to have or be working towards a postgraduate qualification.
Some universities will expect you to have studied physical education or a science subject like biology if you are studying A levels.
A BTEC diploma in sport and exercise science, an HND or Foundation degree in a relevant subject may also help you to gain entry to a degree in sports science.
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
Experience as fitness instructor, lifeguard, coach or through volunteering, for example with a sports club, may improve your career prospects.
It will help you stand out in a competitive jobs market if you have additional qualifications like:
- First Aid
- gym instructing
Professional and industry bodies
You could join the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and work towards accreditation. You could also apply for Chartered Scientist status.
You'll find more advice on careers in sports science from The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and Careers in Sport.