Sport and Exercise Science

Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons)

Sport and Exercise Science emerged as an academic area within a developing body of knowledge that encompasses the parent disciplines of Physiology, Psychology and Biomechanics, along with additional sub-disciplines of Sport Nutrition and Performance Analysis. This programme adopts a multi-disciplinary approach with the aim of producing knowledgeable and skilful graduates in the field of Sport and Exercise Science.

The curriculum emphasises the development of skills and knowledge that will help further academic and vocational training and subsequent employment. Students will extend their knowledge and skills in a range of activities through integrated practical experiences. A research project in the final year allows students to integrate their knowledge and skills in an area of specific interest.

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

View our interactive map for guidance on progressing in a career in Sport.

Our alumni

Elliot Stackhouse
BSc (Hons) Sport Science
Class of 2015
Current role: First team Sports Scientist (internship)
Employer: Burnley Football Club

From the very start I enjoyed every aspect of the BSc (Hons) Sport Science course. Commencing my studies in the September of 2013 I was offered all the guidance, knowledge and support needed to graduate in 2016 with a First Class Honours degree.

During my first year, I also decided to embark on an internship with Burnley football club. I gained invaluable experience and knowledge that helped me achieve my degree and complete my dissertation - which is now being published - and was fortunate to be part of the staff involved in the club gaining promotion to the Premier League in the 2012-13 season.

Due to the internship experience that UCLan helped me gain, upon graduation I was given the opportunity to go and work for Burnley FC once again. This time, in a paid role as a qualified sports scientist with the first team. Within my role at the club I assist with the first team conditioning and nutrition. This includes helping with GPS and data collection. I also work as a part-time strength and conditioning coach for the academy.
Alongside this, I decided to continue my studies and I am now completing my full-time Master of Science degree in Sport and Exercise Science at UCLan. In the future, I aim to be the Head of Sports Science within a premier league football club and to broaden my education further through doing a PHD in the years to come.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Sandwich Four Years, Part Time Five Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
    Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 112-128 UCAS Points Science preferable (Biology, PE, Sport and Exercise Science).  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 112-128 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

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.

Not got the grades?

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

Foundation Entry Route

Course Overview

Year 1

  • Principles of Physiology and Scientific Enquiry
  • Introduction to Sport Biomechanics
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Planning and Instructing Exercise for Health and Fitness
  • Functional Anatomy

Year 2

  • Applied Physiology and Scientific Enquiry
  • Sport Biomechanics
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology

Plus 2 Optional modules from:

  • Professional Work Experience 1 or:

Health & Fitness strand

  • Advanced Principles of Exercise & Training
  • Common Sports Injuries

Performance strand

  • Performance Nutrition
  • Performance Analysis for Sport



Year 3

  • Research Project / Consultancy Project

Plus 4 Optional modules from:

  • Professional Work Experience 2
  • Training Prescription for the Elite Athlete or:

Health & Fitness strand

  • Biomechanics of Posture and Injury in Sport
  • Psychology of Diet and Exercise

Performance strand

  • Applied Biomechanics
  • Theory and Practice in Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Performance Analysis for Elite Sport


Open Day - 24 March 2018

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.


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.

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Sport and Wellbeing
Telephone us for further information +44(0)1772 892400
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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.