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Sports and Exercise Science, BSc

Lancaster University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
On campus
Lancaster
English
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Sports and Exercise Science, BSc

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.

Admission 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.

Other Qualifications

  • International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects, including 6 in one Higher Level science from the following: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Sports, Exercise and Health Science.
  • BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in Sport and Exercise Science, or Sport: Performance and Excellence, or Applied Science, or Sport including sufficient science content.

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualifications.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Year 1

Core

  • Becoming a Sports and Exercise Scientist
  • Cell Structure and Function
  • Concepts in Sports and Exercise Psychology
  • Digital Technologies in Sports and Exercise Science
  • Essentials of Sports and Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Experimental Design and Data Analysis
  • Fundamental Anatomy
  • Hormones and Metabolism
  • Introduction to Nutrition
  • Molecules of Life
  • Principles of Biomechanics
  • Professional Practice 1
  • Public Health Challenges

Year 2

Core

  • Biomechanics II
  • Current Debates in Sports and Exercise Science
  • Physiology and Metabolism
  • Professional Practice II
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Sports and Exercise Psychology

Optional

  • Exercise Medicine
  • Sports Medicine

Year 3

Core

  • Professional Practice III
  • Research Project

Optional

  • Advanced Physiology
  • Applied Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology
  • Biology of Ageing
  • Biomechanics III
  • Maximising Elite Performance
  • Medical Genetics
  • Neurobiology
  • Optimising Health Outcomes

Tuition fees

  • For UK students: £9,250 per year
  • For International students: £24,070 per year

Career opportunities

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.

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.

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