Sports and Exercise Science BSc Hons - 2020 Entry

UCAS Code
C600

Entry Year
2020 also available in 2019

A Level Requirements
AAB see all requirements see all requirements

Duration
Full time 3 Year(s)

Course Overview

Lancaster University’s 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 to 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, and data analysis.

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, 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.

Our brand new Human Performance Laboratory gives you access to specialised sports facilities featuring cutting-edge technology used by today’s elite athletes. You will learn anatomy using Lancaster Medical School’s life-size anatomical models and benefit from access to Lancaster University’s new £4m life science 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.

In your first year, you will begin to explore the science behind human performance in sports, exercise and health through a broad range of core modules. The degree content covered in year one offers you the opportunity to complete an industry-recognised gym instructor qualification and a personal trainer qualification. 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 your second year, you begin to tailor your degree to your own interests or career aspirations by choosing to study an optional module in either Exercise Medicine (health performance) or Sports Medicine (athletic performance).

In year three, 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 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 to 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, and data analysis.

    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, 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.

    Our brand new Human Performance Laboratory gives you access to specialised sports facilities featuring cutting-edge technology used by today’s elite athletes. You will learn anatomy using Lancaster Medical School’s life-size anatomical models and benefit from access to Lancaster University’s new £4m life science 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.

    In your first year, you will begin to explore the science behind human performance in sports, exercise and health through a broad range of core modules. The degree content covered in year one offers you the opportunity to complete an industry-recognised gym instructor qualification and a personal trainer qualification. 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 your second year, you begin to tailor your degree to your own interests or career aspirations by choosing to study an optional module in either Exercise Medicine (health performance) or Sports Medicine (athletic performance).

    In year three, 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

    GCSE Mathematics grade B, English Language grade C

    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

    BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in Sport and Exercise Science or in Sport with sufficient science content

    Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 Level 3 credits at Merit

    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

      Optional

    Year 2

      Core

      Optional

    Year 3

      Core

    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

    Lancaster University is ranked first in the North West - and third in the UK - for graduate prospects by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

    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 exercise physiology or subjects allied to sports science, 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 Lancaster's 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 2020/21 entry fees have not yet been set.

    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. 

Download the course brochure to find out more about Lancaster University and how we teach Sports and Exercise Science.

Your future

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.


Sports and exercise science contributes 147,300 jobs to the UK work force.

Sport and Exercise Science Education, Impact on the UK Economy (2019)


A sports and exercise science student will earn £667,000 more in earnings across their working life compared to if they had a Level 3 education (equivalent to A Levels).

Sport and Exercise Science Education, Impact on the UK Economy (2019)


For every £1 that students invest in their education in sports and exercise science yields £5.50 in higher future wages.

Sport and Exercise Science Education, Impact on the UK Economy (2019)

Elite technology

Our brand new Human Performance Lab gives you access to specialised sports facilities featuring cutting-edge technology used by today’s elite athletes. These include our HP Cosmos treadmill, Biodex isokinetic dynamometer, Cortex online gas analysis system, electronically braked cycle ergometers, and our Optojump performance assessment system to name just a few.

In our Strength and Conditioning Room you'll have the opportunity to train to a high level of performance, with a GHD bench, ski ergometers, watt bikes, assault bikes, and Technogym skillmills, skillruns, skillbikes and skillrows.

Our students also experience teaching and learning in our outstanding biomedical science teaching labs. In your first year, you will use these to complete dissections as part of Fundamental Anatomy and will use these during practical elements of Molecules of Life and Cell Structure and Function that are studied alongside biomedical science students.

Your sports centre

As well as a purpose built facility for your Sports and Exercise Science studies, you'll have access to the Lancaster University Sports Centre.

Facilities include a 25 metre swimming pool with eight lanes; a climbing wall and bouldering cave designed by mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington; a high-performance strength and conditioning room; sauna and steam rooms; a sports hall with eight badminton courts; four squash courts; and a state-of-the art 100 station gym.

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