Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Undergraduate study

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BSc (Hons)

Sport and Exercise Science

School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Year of entry: 2015

Sport and exercise is a huge and rapidly expanding global industry, while levels of public fitness and participation in physical activity are issues on the political agenda. For this reason, sport and exercise scientists are in increasing demand, particularly given the drive of professional athletes to maximise their potential.

Course information

Why Choose Us

  • Best University for Sport (The Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014)
  • Rated 95% for overall satisfaction (National Student Survey 2013)
  • 90% of students in work / study six months after graduating(UNISTATS)
  • Ranked 2nd for Sport Science in UK (Complete University Guide 2014)

This degree course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to enter a wide variety of rewarding careers. Based in the renowned School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, you will study the physiological, biomechanical, psychological, sociological and pedagogical influences on human performance during the preparation for, and participation in sport and exercise.

Gymnastics Pathway

A gymnastics pathway has been introduced within the BSc Honours Sport and Exercise Science degree.

The gymnastics pathway provides the appropriate sports science to underpin the scientific study of gymnastics and gymnastics coaching, along with a number of modules focused specifically on gymnastics.

These include a research project on gymnastics and a taught module on the applications of gymnastics research to coaching.

Studying Sport and Exercise Science at Loughborough

There has been extensive investment in the facilities within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, making it a great place to study.  As an undergraduate student, you have access to the very best facilities - including bespoke training and testing equipment, the latest physiological, molecular and environmental technologies, two climatic chambers, the widest range of sports facilities and an £8m development housing 27 laboratories. There are specialist labs for human physiology and biochemistry, biomechanics and psychology.

The academic expertise and research of our internationally-renowned staff informs teaching across all degree programmes, ensuring the very best learning experience. 

Loughborough University, of course, continues to make a strong contribution to sport and exercise in the UK as a centre of excellence and innovation in coaching, sports technology and research in the psychological, social and biological sciences.  University research supported Team GB in the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  Loughborough is also home to a new £10 million, pioneering National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine. 

Professional Placements and Study Abroad

Loughborough has a long history of supporting students with paid work placements in business or industry in the UK or overseas, usually after your second year of study.

It is not compulsory but students gain enormously from the experience and typically, after completing their studies at university, are more likely to progress into high quality graduate employment (Loughborough University First Degree Destination Data (DLHE) 2011).

Career Prospects

There are high levels of employment for our graduates across a range of sport, exercise and physical activity-related and traditional graduate jobs. Sports-related positions our graduates have taken up include: Sports coaches, PE teachers, exercise physiologists, sport psychologists, junior sports agents, personal trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, health advisors, and local government sports development officers.

Sports organisations employing Loughborough graduates include: adidas, Reebok, Nike, British Swimming, British Triathlon, David Lloyd Leisure, William Hill, UK Sport, Serco Leisure, Fitness First, Volleyball England, 2012 London Organising Committee, and Leicester Tigers.

The emphasis on transferable skills (communication, project work, organisation) has enabled graduates to enter a wide variety of graduate-level positions within other sectors, including health, education, finance and management.

Course structure

Year 1

Students will take introductory modules in:

  • Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Motor Control
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Coaching and Pedagogy
  • Physical Activity and Health
  • Sport Management

An additional module addressing the professional skills necessary for Sport and Exercise Sciences (e.g. IT, research training and design) will also be taken.

Year 2

A compulsory module to further develop your Scientific and Research Skills will be taken. You then select from a list of optional modules reflecting all the disciplines of Sport and Exercise Science, including, but not limited to:

Modules up to 20 credits can be selected from outside the course.

Year 3 or 4

Students select options from modules available in a similar range of discipline areas to those outlined for Year 2. This includes 'Science and Elite Performance – An Integrated and Applied Perspective', which encourages students to foster a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding the contemporary scientific determinants of elite performance within a range of different sporting contexts.

You may also opt to undertake a substantial Research Project module that will involve investigating a sport and exercise science topic in which you have developed a particular interest.
Up to 20 credits of modules from outside the course can also be selected.

Please note that optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

Entry requirements and UCAS codes

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: CX63BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

A-Level
AAA including at least one of the following preferred subjects; Biology, Human Biology, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology, History, English Literature or English Language. Some offers of AAB will be made to those with multiple A-Levels from the above list who also have exceptional supporting statements.
SQA AH
AA, plus Highers at majority A/B grades
IB
36 points minimum
Other
BTEC Level 3 Diplomas: 12 units at Distinction plus one A-Level grade A, or 6 units at Distinction plus AA in two A-Levels (at least one A-Level to be a preferred subject). The BTEC National Extended Diploma will not be accepted as a stand-alone qualification, but will be accepted in conjunction with one or more A-Levels as per the above requirements.
Additional
Strong GCSE profile (majority A/B) including minimum grade B in Maths, English Language and a science

UCAS code: C600BSc (Hons) DPS 4 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
AAA including at least one of the following preferred subjects; Biology, Human Biology, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology, History, English Literature or English Language. Some offers of AAB will be made to those with multiple A-Levels from the above list who also have exceptional supporting statements.
SQA AH
AA, plus Highers at majority A/B grades
IB
36 points minimum
Other
BTEC Level 3 Diplomas: 12 units at Distinction plus one A-Level grade A, or 6 units at Distinction plus AA in two A-Levels (at least one A-Level to be a preferred subject). The BTEC National Extended Diploma will not be accepted as a stand-alone qualification, but will be accepted in conjunction with one or more A-Levels as per the above requirements.
Additional
Strong GCSE profile (majority A/B) including minimum grade B in Maths, English Language and a science

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Department / School Key Information Sets

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: CX63

BSc (Hons) DPS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: C600