Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons)

Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons)

School of Sport and Wellbeing




Under- graduate



Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    C600; Short form: BSc/SpS

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

In an increasingly health conscious world, where sport scientists and performance consultants are ever more in demand, this course provides an invaluable advantage as it specialises in teaching you the skills that ensure competency when working in the field following graduation. Appealing to those with an enthusiasm for sport, physical activity and human science, the course teaches you how sporting performance can be improved to ensure individuals achieve their personal potential, by drawing together the study of physiology, psychology and biomechanics within a sport and exercise context.

National Student Survey 2017
Sports Science courses at UCLan were ranked in the top 10 in the UK for overall student satisfaction


Entry Requirements

112 - 128 UCAS points at A2; General Studies accepted, Science preferable (Biology, PE, Sport & Exercise Science)
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction* 
Pass access to HE with 112 Points
International Baccalaureate 28 - 30P
GCSE 5 at Grade C including Maths and English or equivalent.
IELTS 6.0 with no Component lower than 5.5

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, industry professional qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from degree-level studies are welcome and considered on an individual basis.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Introduction to Biomechanics in Sport*
  • Introduction to Psychology in Sport*
  • Introduction to Research Methods*
  • Introduction to Physiology in Sport & Exercise*
  • Sport & Exercise Performance*
  • Sports Ergonomics and Analysis
  • Introduction to Nutrition

Modules marked with an * are compulsory. The rest are optional modules.

Year 2

  • Sports Biomechanics*
  • Physiology of Human Performance*
  • Sports Psychology*
  • Research Methods*
  • Practical Biomechanics
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Essentials of Sports Training & Conditioning
  • Performance Analysis for Sport

Modules marked with an * are compulsory. The rest are optional modules


Year 3

  • Double Project*
  • Biomechanics of Posture & Injury in Sport
  • Applied Sports Biomechanics
  • Exercise Referral
  • Advanced Methods in Performance Assessment and Conditioning
  • Motivation, Sport & Exercise
  • Exercise Psychology
  • Interventions in Sport Psychology
  • Control, Action & Sport
  • Performance Analysis for High Performance Sport
  • Psychology for Sports Performance

Further Information

In today’s society, sport is an increasingly important part of life for more and more people. Those involved in sport are consistently striving to improve their performance, either as professionals, elite amateurs, or purely for recreational and personal reasons. Sport Science is a systematic way of studying how performance can be improved and how individuals can achieve their personal potential. It does this by drawing together the study of physiology, psychology and biomechanics in a sport and exercise context. This course will appeal to those with an enthusiasm for sport and physical activity combined with an interest in science from a human perspective. 

Although this is a taught course, the strong emphasis placed on the research aspect of the course allows you to develop practical and hands-on knowledge of sports science. You will learn from lecturers who are at the forefront of their professions whilst leading and undertaking ground-breaking research into areas including malnutrition in North West Pakistan, 3-D kinetic and kinematic modelling and advanced measurement techniques and testing equine arena surfaces with the Equine Surfaces (RACES) team.

You will be provided with a solid understanding of the parent disciplines. You will build upon this foundation with an increased focus on sport specific material and you will be able to develop your particular interests and specialisms. In each year of the course you will study six modules: core, optional and elective (free choice) modules. Flexibility will allow you to follow your own interests as they develop throughout the course.

Course subject to change

This course is subject to formal course review and reapproval by the University as part of its normal cycle of regular review (a process called Periodic Review). Course information and programme specifications are updated and reviewed as part of this process and course structure and content may be changed to enable the University to deliver a better quality of educational experience to students. This can be in response to various factors including: student feedback; annual reports from external examiners; feedback from the sector or industry advisors or as part of the regular review process by course teams.

This process may well result in changes to the structure and content of the current course as outlined in this Handbook. Any changes made as a result of the process will be immediately included in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with revised versions prior to the commencement of their programme. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

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You can apply through Clearing now to start this September. Call us on 01772 830777

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Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated. Currently the 2018/19 fee level, which is due to increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rates has not been announced by the Government.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

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Professional Accreditation

BASES endorsed course (British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences), the rigorous assessment criteria ensures that only the highest calibre of courses achieve the BASES endorsement award.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Excellent laboratory facilities are allied to superb library and other learning resources. There are also excellent Sport and exercise participation facilities.

A variety of assessment methods are used, including coursework, case studies, presentations, examinations and reflective portfolios.

Your final year work will place a greater emphasis on practical laboratory-based activities, culminating in a research project that will integrate all the knowledge and skills that you have developed.

The sports science degree at UCLan allowed me to excel in a subject area which I loved. It provided me with fantastic opportunities to gain practical experience in preparation for real-world situations. The knowledge, support and encouragement that the teaching staff provided was of an excellent quality throughout my degree whilst the facilities were outstanding.

Katie Taylor


You’ll have the opportunity to work with professional sports clubs and athletes. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake work experience or research opportunities abroad via the Erasmus project or ISEP student exchange programme. We have links through ISEP with universities in the United States, Canada and Spain, offering the opportunity for students to live and study abroad and learn about other cultures.

Careers such as sport scientists and performance consultants are popular choices for graduates, while some continue into research and teaching. Our graduates have been employed in leisure companies, health and fitness clubs, hotels, outdoor pursuits centres, retail and commercial organisations, local authorities, FE and HE institutions, schools, the NHS, sports governing bodies, Sport England, charitable trusts, sports clubs, and the armed services and police.



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