Sport and Exercise Science (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

Sport and Exercise Science (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

School of Sport and Health Sciences




Under- graduate



Contact UCLan

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    4 years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    S378; Short form: SSFE

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. 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

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points, Science preferable (Biology, PE, Sport & Ex 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: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

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.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Fundamentals of Sport, Exercise and Nutritional Sciences
  • Essential Study Skills for Lifelong Learning


  • Professional Work Environments for Sport
  • Practical Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity

Year 2

  • 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 3

  • 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 4

  • 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
  • Exercise Referral

Performance strand

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

Further Information

Sport Physiology Laboratory

Biomechanics Laboratory


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.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 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 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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