Sport Science BSc (Hons)

Sport 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.

Entry Requirements 2016/17

280- 320 at A2 - General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma : Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
BTEC Diploma : Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access course : with 30 level 3 credits at Distinction
International Baccalaureate : 25 - 27 Points
GCSEs : 5 at grade C including Maths and English
Partner Colleges : 60% from Year 0 Science

Entry Requirements 2017/18

112 - 128 UCAS points at A2; General Studies accepted
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.

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 

        All modules in Year 3 are optional however students must take a project in a key discipline (either Biomechanics, Physiology or Sport Psychology).

      • 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.

        Year 1 provides solid understanding of the parent disciplines. The second year builds upon this foundation with an increased focus on sport specific material and in Year 3, you will be able to develop your particular interests and specialisms. In each of the three years 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 Specification and Handbook

        For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
        For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

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

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        Applications are now welcome for September 2016 places.

        Contact Us

        +44(0)1772 892400

        Fees 2016/17

        Full-time: £9,000 per year (UK/EU)

        Further information:

        For 2015/16 fees please refer to our fees page.

        Scholarships and bursaries

        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 Year 2 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.

        Careers Map

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