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.

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Sport Physiology Laboratory

Biomechanics Laboratory

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 2019/20

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

  • View 2018/19 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 104-112 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 - Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 106 - 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 104-112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
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

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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

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Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.

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.



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. Current careers of graduated students include:

  • Commercial Executive at Thomas Cook Sport
  • Deputy Manager at Sport4Real
  • Academy Fitness Coach at Liverpool FC
  • Training & Installation Manager at MIA Sports Solutions
  • Senior System Lead at Hawk-Eye Innovations
  • Business Development Manager at HaB Direct
  • Account Manager at Coulsons Brewery Ltd
  • NHS Physiotherapist

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: 2018 Entry | 2019 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 2018/19 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.