also available in 2018
A Level Requirements
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Full time 3 Year(s)
This exciting and innovative Sports and Exercise Science degree is one of the first in the UK to be delivered from a Medical School. It’s your chance to study at a world-class university, combine scientific knowledge with professional practice, and extend your learning into areas where you will acquire high level skills as you explore the science behind human performance in sports, exercise and health.
We balance scientific focus with professional practice and employability, so you will tackle key subjects such as anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and psychology alongside topics including event organisation, nutrition, exercise prescription and related medicine.
The mix of lectures, workshops and laboratory sessions also includes valuable experience of Sports and Exercise Science research. You may find yourself analysing warm-up strategies to prevent injury, developing effective training and nutritional approaches for high-performing athletes, or assessing the effects of exercise for weight loss in obese people. You’ll also be encouraged to consider the increasing prominence of exercise and physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle agenda, and to engage with current debates on public health and disease management.
Taught by world-leading, research-active academics in a stimulating environment, your degree provides you with access to our Human Performance Lab and our Clinical Anatomy Learning Centre. Here, you will learn how to work safely in order to capture and analyse physiological and biomechanical data, which will then be used to better understand human performance and activity. You will learn how to act to enhance performance and activity - whether for competition or disease management - and how to provide feedback to an athlete, a patient or member of the general public.
Throughout the degree you will study modules in sports and exercise science, employability and entrepreneurship. You can then tailor your degree to your personal and professional interests via our broad range of elective modules.
In your third year, you will make a unique contribution to sports and exercise science research and undertake a research project on a topic of your choosing. You will also finalise your professional practice programme by delivering a sport and exercise science-based event.
A Level AAB
GCSE Mathematics grade B or 6, English Language grade C or 4
IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.
International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in Sport or Sport and Exercise Science
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.
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Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.
This wide-ranging module provides an engaging introduction to Sports and Exercise Science, including its history, growth and future. It’s your chance to learn about the overarching role of Sports and Exercise Science in public health, disease management, elite performance, and recreational sports and activities.
You will gain an awareness of research, professionalism and potential career opportunities as we educate, excite and inspire you. As you embark on your academic and career journey within this exciting field we’ll also ensure that you understand and adhere to professional conduct.
We will highlight the connections between the Sports and Exercise Science disciplines and modules on offer at the University, helping you to take an integrated but multidisciplinary approach to both your degree and your professional development.
The lecture series is accompanied by in-depth workshops based around three topics (the role of Sports and Exercise Science, professional training, and research approaches). The combination of lectures, workshops, and Human Performance Lab sessions provides you with your first insight into Lancaster’s various learning environments and to the way we will put theory into practice. The Human Performance Lab sessions will focus on working safely in the Sport and Exercise Sciences.
Guest speakers will engage in the module delivery and you’ll gain an awareness of professional organisations and training. Keeping up-to-date with developments and research within the field is key, so you will also review current information and engage in evidence-based contemporary debates as you build your academic skills. And you’ll prepare, process, interpret and present findings - all of which helps you to refine your skills in assessing and responding to research.
Throughout the module you will complete a weekly online test, which will help you to spot any gaps in your learning and to feel good about the knowledge that you’ve already secured.
This module is an introduction to the structure and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. The first five lectures of the module will examine the main components of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and the way eukaryotic cells are organized into tissues. The techniques used to study cells will also be reviewed. The next two lectures will look in detail at the structure and function of mitochondria and chloroplasts and the chemiosmotic theory. This will be followed by a lecture on the way cells are organised into tissues. The final four lectures will cover reproduction in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and the eukaryotic cell cycle. The lectures are supplemented by two practical sessions, the first on light microscopic technique and the second covering organelle isolation
How does a tennis player who is behind in a match keep focussed and fight back to win the match? Why do 100m sprinters visualise in their mind the race they are about to take part in? Why is breaking a bad habit, perhaps not taking exercise, so difficult?
These are important questions in Sports and Exercise Science and in this module you’ll get a chance to explore these topics as you examine theories of behaviour change along with studying motivation, visualisation and the effects of pressure on athletic performance.
In recent years there has been an explosion in the amount of data being captured in sport and as part of training and exercise regimes. An increasing number of people use activity trackers to monitor their daily steps, flights of stairs climbed or calories burned. As people capture these data many store it using cloud based services such as Strava.
In this module you’ll learn about the ways to capture these biometric data, how reliable the data are and what can be done with the data once it’s been captured.
This interactive and engaging module is your chance to get to grips with human physiology in the context of sports and exercise. Combining a lecture series with sessions in the Human Performance Lab, we will balance theory and practice to develop your understanding of one central theme: how the human body works and responds to exercise and sporting activity.
We will explore the role of the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and musculoskeletal systems, and how they work to maintaining homeostasis (a stable internal environment – body temperature, water content, carbon dioxide level, and blood sugar level). We’ll also consider the ways in which physiological monitoring and analysis can be used to understand how these systems respond and adapt to the demands of different modes of exercise.
During your time in the Human Performance Lab, you will carry out resting, submaximal and maximal tests using treadmills and static cycle ergometers. You will use heart rate monitors to evaluate workload, gas analysers to determine oxygen uptake, and blood sampling to assess changes in lactate levels. These tests will reveal the ways that performance is limited by physiology, and they will generate the data that you’ll use in your coursework assessment.
By the end of the module you will know what the requirements are for carrying out physiological measurements and tests, how to record data from those tests, and, how to manipulate, analyse and present that data.
Throughout the module you will complete a weekly online test, which will help you to spot any gaps in your learning and to feel good about the knowledge that you’ve already secured. Your practical skills will be observed and you’ll complete a competency workbook throughout your degree.
This practical module provides an opportunity to draw the first year modules together and will set you up well for sport and exercise related employment throughout your time at Lancaster, and ensure you have exercise training and prescription experience on your CV before graduation. We have collaborated with Active iQ, the UK’s leading awarding body for professional fitness qualifications, and their vocational material and assessments are embedded into our research-informed teaching in order to give each student the opportunity to gain a Level 2 Gym Instructor and plans for a Level 3 Personal Trainer award. Interactive and highly applied lectures will provide you with the opportunity to learn the underpinning theory and associated research surrounding the key components of exercise programming, training principles and techniques. Each of these will be followed by practical workshops, mostly within the Lancaster University fitness suite alongside qualified fitness professionals to hone your skills in instruction, delivery, adaptability and progression of a programme. This gives you a genuine opportunity to put theory into practice.
Throughout the module, you will complete a weekly online test, which will help you to spot any gaps in your learning and to feel good about the knowledge that you have already secured. You will also complete a competency checklist and practical observation to assess your skills in line with the fitness qualification. Early in the degree programme you will select a friend or family member to be your case study for this module, where you will design and deliver an evidence-based and individualised exercise programme.
In this module students will be introduced to the basic principles of experimental research design. We familiarise students with the principals underpinning the statistical analysis of quantitative data using examples from experimental studies in practice. We also offer students the opportunity to use basic statistics to analyse experimental data using statistical software (IBM SPSS). These practical sessions give students an opportunity to acquire data analysis skills. We cover the logic behind generating and testing hypotheses in experimental design and provide students with guidance on how to critically appraise published experimental research. Students will gain an appreciation of the importance of experimental design in the study of human health; develop team-working skills; develop skills in self-directed learning using a virtual learning environment; experience the use of statistical software for performing statistical calculations; develop an ability to summarise and critique information from different sources in a coherent manner along with an understanding of how to report statistical results.
This fascinating module reveals anatomical terminology and the science behind the structure and function of the human body, which will be related to the context of sport and exercise and also provides the foundation knowledge you need for the physiology and biomechanics modules.
Taught sessions will combine a lecture series and interactive workshops to provide you with a good balance of theoretical and practical understanding. As your degree is based in the Lancaster Medical School, you will have access to our Clinical Anatomy Learning Centre. You will benefit from this highly resourced facility where you will enjoy an active learning approach with life-size models of skeletons and human organs, and enhance your knowledge and understanding of normal anatomy with the large catalogue of digital material. This will provide the underpinning knowledge for when you learn about anatomical changes in response to exercise, training or disease later in the degree.
You will journey through the nervous, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory systems, learning the detail of each as you go. You will consider key questions such as: what are the types of bone joints and how do they make different movements possible? Which muscles are involved in upper and lower body movements? How do nerves control muscle contraction? And how do the heart and lungs work together to ensure oxygen can be delivered efficiently? In the course of answering them, you will prepare, process, interpret and present data, and you’ll refine your skills in assessing information from a variety of sources.
This captivating module provides you with a strong grounding in biomechanics within the context of sports and exercise. Combining a lecture series with sessions in the Human Performance Lab, we will balance theory and practice to develop your understanding of one central theme: how and why the human body moves in the way it does and how human movement alters in different sport and exercise activities.
What are Newton’s laws of motion? How do they influence human motion? Why, and how, do inertia, gravity, momentum, and friction affect the way we move and the forces we produce? These are some of the core questions examined in this module.
The lectures cover the mechanical basis of human motion including a thorough introduction to force and the concepts of linear and angular motion. We’ll also consider the ways in which biomechanical information can be used to understand how human movement adapts to different modes of exercise, and across different populations.
Workshops will be held in the Human Performance Lab, they will unpick the detail and provide a more hands-on approach to your learning. You will focus on motion in practice, using biomechanical tools to carry out tests that reveal force, power and muscular activity in different sport and exercise activities. You’ll also be introduced to high-tech software that digitally analyses motion. These sessions will generate the data that you’ll use to perfect your reporting skills.
The aim of this module is to introduce students to the mechanisms cells use to communicate with one another.
The structure and functions of several endocrine (hormone-producing) glands are investigated in lectures and workshops, such as the pituitary, thyroid and adrenal glands. The hormonal control of human reproduction is explained, followed by investigating the topic of fertilisation. Early embryogenesis is compared in a variety of organisms, supported by a laboratory session which enables a comparison of early embryogenesis in starfish, frog and chick. Finally, human pregnancy, development and fertility are examined with emphasis upon causes and treatment of infertility.
This exciting module will get you to grips with the foundations of general and sport nutrition, providing you with the knowledge and skills to analyse and review a real-life diet diary and provide appropriate dietary advice to a self-selected case study.
Your learning will take place in various environments including lectures; classroom-based workshops where you will discuss dietary assessment methods; computer-based sessions where you will use advanced dietary analysis software; and you will engage in testing blood sugar control in our Human Performance Laboratory.
This module will complement the Essentials of Sport and Exercise Physiology and the earlier Bioscience modules, as you recognise the impact of foods and fluids on human biochemistry. You will learn how to calculate energy requirements and understand how this differs across different activities and populations in both a sport and health context. As well as providing clear crossover with the Public Health Challenges and digital technologies modules.
The assessment focal point for this module is the production of a dietary analysis report, where you will produce a diet diary, select a family member or friend to complete it and you will then accurately input, analyse and interpret the data. You will draw on recommendations and client goals to provide an evidence-based justification for your chosen advice. You will complete a weekly online test, which will help you to spot any gaps in your learning and to feel good about the knowledge that you have already secured, ahead of an end of year exam.
In this module, students will explore the chemistry of some of the most important molecules to life, including water, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, proteins and lipids. The module begins with an overview of basic chemistry for example atomic structure, bonding, pH and molecular shape. It looks at the properties of water and how these enable water to support life. The structure and bonding within nucleic acids, proteins and carbohydrates are explored with emphasis upon how this is related to function within a cell. Finally, the structure and functions of lipids are described, with emphasis upon the role of lipids, proteins and carbohydrates in biological membranes.
Workshops on this module enable use of RasMol molecular modelling software, making molecular models and problem-based learning.
Our highly engaging professional practice module is an excellent opportunity to gain an in-depth, inside view of the range of professions and professional activities within the sports and exercise sector. And to develop knowledge of professional bodies (such as the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences), related careers organisations, and external qualifications.
Working in a group, you will be tasked with creating a plan for a sport and exercise science-based event that outlines everything that is required to make it viable. The professional practice module runs throughout your degree and your plan will continue to develop until the event is delivered in your final year.
Lectures and workshops will be used to help you break down the process and consider each part of your plan in further depth: project management, communication, financial and commercial decisions, event liaison, legal requirements, marketing, emergency planning, first aid, recovery facilities, and event evaluation. You will also look at the policy and planning, management and delivery of sporting opportunities.
Sports and exercise professionals will play a central role in helping you to enlarge your plans. They will share their experience and expertise through guest lectures, helping you to consider key issues such as health and safety regulations, risk management strategies, how to attract participants, whether your event is for-profit or not-for-profit, and who you need to work with (from individuals to public bodies) in order to make your event happen.
Beneficial for your career development, this module builds independent and group study skills and helps you to develop both subject specific and transferable knowledge as well as developing professional networks. It is open to students from other degree programmes within the University and is a fantastic opportunity to take a multi-disciplinary approach to learning and improve your team-building abilities.
Throughout the module you will complete a reflective log of your learning which will help you appreciate the range of skills and competencies that you have gained.
This contemporary module will engage you in some of the hot topics surrounding public health challenges that directly relate to the sport and exercise sciences and complement modules in psychology, nutrition, exercise prescription and digital technology. You will gain a greater awareness and understanding of health inequalities, promoting healthy lifestyles, discussing the challenges faced by obesity, identifying the need to improve mental health and ensure our ageing population live better for longer.
Taught sessions will consist of interactive lectures and classroom-based seminars where you will be creative and develop your skills for debate and discussion around current and future public health initiatives. Within the Medical School and the wider Faculty of Health and Medicine, you will benefit from expertise in public health and public engagement as Lancaster University moves forward in being a centre for health innovation. You will also enhance your ability to understand epidemiology and interpret statistics associated with disease risk. Putting complex information into simple to understand statements is essential for successful public engagement so this will be a valuable employability skill to add to your CV.
You will be assessed by creatively designing material to inform the public about particular health challenges and solutions, as well as developing your group presentation skills. Throughout the module, you will complete a weekly online test, which will help you to spot any gaps in your learning and to feel good about the knowledge that you’ve already secured.
Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
The BSc (Hons) Sports and Exercise Science helps you to gain vital skills for your career. You will develop your ability to think critically, communicate, work in teams, carry out your own research, competently analyse data, operate in a commercially aware manner, plan strategically, and demonstrate technical fluency. The wide scope of this degree also means that you will be practiced at looking at issues from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
You will benefit from: our excellent connections with clinicians, practitioners, and professionals working in both the health and sports domain; experience of working with athletes and members of the wider community; opportunities to gain fitness qualifications alongside your degree. All of this helps you to make professional connections, build practical experience, and get a head start on your chosen career.
Your degree can open doors to a career in, or beyond, the sports industry. It could lead to jobs in the private, public and voluntary sector including the NHS, local authorities, national sporting associations, sports governing bodies, education, professional sports clubs, public sports and recreation facilities, and the community.
Potential roles include: Exercise Physiologist, Biomechanist, Sports Psychologist, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Health Promotion Specialist, Personal Trainer, Performance Analyst, and Sports Development Officer. If you wish to further your education, your degree can act as a launch pad to a discipline or career-specific Masters degree in areas such as cardiac physiology or physiotherapy, or to a PhD and a career in higher education.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
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