Sport and Exercise Physiology

Sport and Exercise Physiology BSc (Hons) - Top-up

Ever fancied working with elite athletes including players from Wigan Warriors RLFC, Bolton Wanderers FC and Burnley FC? This BASES endorsed course provides the opportunity to do just that as the practical aspect of the course is an integral part. As a student, you will have access to top class teaching equipment and facilities and will learn from teaching staff that have a wealth of applied experience in many fields, including strength and conditioning, environmental physiology, elite level performance, nutrition, biomechanics, and much more.

There has been a growth in the diversity and specialisation of sports and exercise science courses. The subject allows the application of scientific principles through four branches of science - biomechanics, physiology, psychology and interdisciplinary approaches. Specialising in sport and exercise physiology provides the scientific backup for training and performance. Sport and exercise physiologists will have a broad technical knowledge, allied to an excellent applied skills base. 

The course contains a balance between theoretical lectures, directed practicals and independent learning. The compulsory modules include Advanced Methods in Performance Assessment and Conditioning, Current Topics in Population, Health and Exercise as well as a Research Project which is a double module. You will then select from a variety of options. These include Exercise Referral, Careers in Sport, Sports Nutrition and Sports Training and Conditioning. The final project is the summation of all your skills and will involve up to 100 hours of laboratory time to undertake and review an original piece of research.

The course builds on the skills and strengths of the HND/C or FdSc holders to enable them to achieve degree level performance.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: One year, Part-time: Two years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons) - Top-up

  • 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

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Entry Requirements

Pass FdSc with 40%/HND Pass overall in Sports Science or Sport & Exercise Science (Including research methods and substantial Physiology)

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Course Overview

Compulsory Modules

  • Advanced Methods in Performance Assessment and Conditioning
  • Current Topics in Population, Health and Exercise
  • Research Project (Double Module)

Optional Modules

  • Exercise Referral
  • Careers in Sport
  • Essentials of Sports Training and Conditioning
  • Sports Nutrition

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Industry Links

This course is BASES endorsed (British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences) and we have links with numerous sports clubs including Wigan Warriors RLFC, Preston Swimming Club and Bolton Wanderers FC and with the NHS and HeartBeat NW.

Wigan Warriors RLFC offer two or three internships per year which are available to students on the course. These students often go on to work at Wigan Warriors RLFC after graduation.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The course is designed to give you a firm understanding of the concepts and issues underpinning sport and exercise physiology, and to apply these in a vocational context. It should be regarded as vocationally relevant as opposed to purely vocational or academic. The object is to equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to function in a variety of workplaces.

A variety of assessment methods are used to asses your progress including coursework, case studies, presentations, examinations and reflective portfolios.


Many go on into careers as sport scientists, performance consultants and coaches with a wide range of sports teams and clubs. Fitness instructors or careers in the public sector and the military have also been options in the past. Routes into teaching are also an option.

You’ll be offered a 60-hour work placement as part of the course. Many work with elite athletes as part of this.


Excellent laboratory facilities are allied to superb library and other learning resources. Sport and exercise participation and facilities are also excellent.

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Sport and Wellbeing
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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
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.