Full-time: Three years
C600; Short form: BSc/SpS
Preston (Campus code: U)
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.
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.
Introduction to Nutrition
Modules marked with an * are compulsory. The rest are optional modules.
Performance Analysis for Sport
All modules in Year 3 are optional however students must take a project in a key discipline (either Biomechanics, Physiology or Sport Psychology).
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.
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 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:
Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
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.
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.
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.
Students who completed the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS) and studied BSc (Hons) Sports Science at UCLan rated academic support and learning resources in the top 15 of universities in the UK
View our interactive map for guidance on progressing in a career in Sport.