Sports and Exercise Science BSc Hons - 2019 Entry

UCAS Code
C600

Entry Year
2019

A Level Requirements
AAB see all requirements see all requirements

Duration
Full time 3 Year(s)

Course Overview

Lancaster University’s innovative BSc Sports and Exercise Science is one of the first in the UK to be delivered by a medical school. Lancaster Medical School is recognised for its subject expertise, supportive community and satisfied students. This is your chance to study sports and exercise science within an academically rigorous environment and combine scientific knowledge with professional practice.

You will explore the science behind human performance in sports, exercise and health. The course balances scientific focus with employability, so you will study anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and psychology alongside subjects such as nutrition, digital technologies in sport and exercise, public health challenges, and how to become a sports and exercise scientist. Plus you can tailor your degree to your personal and professional interests through a range of elective modules, such as entrepreneurship and sport and exercise 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 will 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.

You will be taught by Lancaster Medical School’s research-active academics with expertise in sports and exercise science, plus specialists ranging from bioscientists and clinicians, to sports nutritionists and public health experts. Facilities at Lancaster Medical School will include the new, custom-built Human Performance Laboratory, where you will become competent in using high-specification equipment and engage in your own research. You will learn anatomy using life-size models from the Clinical Anatomy Learning Centre and benefit from access to Lancaster University’s bioscience teaching laboratories.

Using our state-of-the-art equipment, you will gain the skills to capture and analyse physiological and biomechanical data 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.

The degree content covered in Year 1 allows you qualify for a Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training from Active IQ – one of the UK's leading awarding organisations for the active leisure, learning and wellbeing sector. This enables you to become a qualified fitness professional at the end of your first year and gain experience of working with people in an exercise and fitness environment over the following two years of your degree, boosting your employability.

In Year 3, 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. 

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    Lancaster University’s innovative BSc Sports and Exercise Science is one of the first in the UK to be delivered by a medical school. Lancaster Medical School is recognised for its subject expertise, supportive community and satisfied students. This is your chance to study sports and exercise science within an academically rigorous environment and combine scientific knowledge with professional practice.

    You will explore the science behind human performance in sports, exercise and health. The course balances scientific focus with employability, so you will study anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and psychology alongside subjects such as nutrition, digital technologies in sport and exercise, public health challenges, and how to become a sports and exercise scientist. Plus you can tailor your degree to your personal and professional interests through a range of elective modules, such as entrepreneurship and sport and exercise 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 will 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.

    You will be taught by Lancaster Medical School’s research-active academics with expertise in sports and exercise science, plus specialists ranging from bioscientists and clinicians, to sports nutritionists and public health experts. Facilities at Lancaster Medical School will include the new, custom-built Human Performance Laboratory, where you will become competent in using high-specification equipment and engage in your own research. You will learn anatomy using life-size models from the Clinical Anatomy Learning Centre and benefit from access to Lancaster University’s bioscience teaching laboratories.

    Using our state-of-the-art equipment, you will gain the skills to capture and analyse physiological and biomechanical data 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.

    The degree content covered in Year 1 allows you qualify for a Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training from Active IQ – one of the UK's leading awarding organisations for the active leisure, learning and wellbeing sector. This enables you to become a qualified fitness professional at the end of your first year and gain experience of working with people in an exercise and fitness environment over the following two years of your degree, boosting your employability.

    In Year 3, 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. 

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements

    Grade Requirements

    A Level AAB

    Required Subjects A level grade B in one science from the following; Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Further Mathematics, Life and Health Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Sports Science.

    GCSE Mathematics grade B or 5, 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.

    Other Qualifications

    International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including one science subject at HL grade 6

    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.

    Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

    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.

    Year 1

      Core

    Year 2

    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.

  • Careers

    Careers

    A BSc Sports and Exercise Science from Lancaster University will open doors to a career in the sports industry or beyond. It could lead to employment in the private and public sectors, including the NHS, local authorities, national sporting associations, sports governing bodies, education, professional sports clubs, public sports and recreation facilities, and the community.

    You will benefit from Lancaster Medical School’s 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; and opportunities to gain fitness qualifications alongside your degree. All of this will help you to make professional connections, build practical experience, and get a head start on your chosen career.

    Potential roles include: Exercise Physiologist, Biomechanist, Sports Psychologist, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Health Promotion Specialist, Personal Trainer, Performance Analyst, and Sports Development Officer. Alternatively, if you wish to continue your education, you could progress to a discipline or career-specific master’s degree in areas such as cardiac physiology or physiotherapy, or to a PhD and a career in research.

    You will also develop the transferable skills that all employers seek - the 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 the Sports and Exercise Science degree means that you will be practiced at looking at issues from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

    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.

  • Fees and Funding

    Fees and Funding

    Fees

    We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2019/20 entry fees have not yet been set.

    As a guide, our fees in 2018 were:

    UK/EU Overseas
    £9,250 £18,890

    Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

    Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here: Island Students.

    Funding

    For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

    Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews. 

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