Undergraduate study2016

BSc (Hons)

Sport and Exercise Science

School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Year of entry: 2016

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.

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BSc (Hons)

Sport and Exercise Science

School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Year of entry: 2016

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 details

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 offers you the opportunity to study sport and exercise science at one of the UK’s leading universities for sport and sport science. You will benefit from access to state-of-the-art laboratories, ongoing investment in facilities and from being part of a school and university uniquely associated with sport.

The modular structure of the degree (and wide-ranging options) enables you to tailor your studies towards your own career aspirations.

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time CX63
BSc (Hons) DPS 4 years full-time sandwich C600
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. 

Graduate destinations

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.

Optional placement / study year

Professional placement and/or overseas study.

Final year

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.

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

Entry requirements

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

UCAS code: CX63 BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

A-Level
AAA including at least one of the following preferred subjects: Biology, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology, History, Physical Education / Sports Science and 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 at grade A, or 6 units at Distinction plus AA in two A-Levels (at least one A-Level must be a preferred subject). [BTEC (Sport) will not be accepted with A level Physical Education / Sports Science]
Additional
Strong GCSE profile (majority A/B) including minimum grade B in Maths, English Language and a science

UCAS code: C600 BSc (Hons) DPS 4 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
AAA including at least one of the following preferred subjects: Biology, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology, History, Physical Education / Sports Science and 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 at grade A, or 6 units at Distinction plus AA in two A-Levels (at least one A-Level must be a preferred subject). [BTEC (Sport) will not be accepted with A level Physical Education / Sports Science]
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

Placements

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.

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

Our students

Alexandra Beviss

“The practical laboratory sessions enable hands on experience while also preparing us for a potential future career in the field.”

Charlie Myford

“We have access to world class facilities and opportunities to meet a variety a people within the Sport and Exercise field which will help us with our future career choices.”

Elie Jr Akobeto

“The teaching quality here is of a high standard. They aim to challenge you and provide you the opportunity to ask questions and learn in an engaging environment.”

Rosie Harvey

“I hope to go on to eventually do my doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Loughborough has given me a strong grounding on which to develop my knowledge.”

Elizabeth Akinwande

“There’s so much support available to each student and each first year psychology student is given a second year psychology buddy to help them ease into their course/university life."

Joe Banks

“My course has high quality of teaching in an environment that encourages engagement. We also have many lab sessions which complement the module content and lecture very well.”

Christine Wong

“There is a mix of modules on biological, developmental, social Psychology as well as experimental design and analysis. This allows me to find out which field of Psychology I am most particularly interested in.”

Emily Glass

“Across all three years of the course, students have plenty of choice and freedom in terms of which modules they choose, therefore allowing you to really tailor your course to your preference.”

Hayley Johnson

“In some modules you are taught in world-class training facilities such as the Gymnastics Centre and High Performance Athletics Centre. It isn't unusual to see some GB athletes training while you are being taught!”

Nick Bolger

“The support here is great. It’s really good knowing that there is always someone you can speak to who will try to help you to the best of their ability in dealing with any issue you may have.”

Kathryn Dickinson

“I love the close knit community feel that there is on campus and in town. Staff and students are really friendly and this is the perfect environment for starting university.”

Laura Bramhill

“Loughborough is the best university in the country for Sport Science and that is something that comes through in the teaching, the modules and the experience you gain from it.”

Alexandra Beviss

“The practical laboratory sessions enable hands on experience while also preparing us for a potential future career in the field.”

Charlie Myford

“We have access to world class facilities and opportunities to meet a variety a people within the Sport and Exercise field which will help us with our future career choices.”

Elie Jr Akobeto

“The teaching quality here is of a high standard. They aim to challenge you and provide you the opportunity to ask questions and learn in an engaging environment.”

Rosie Harvey

“I hope to go on to eventually do my doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Loughborough has given me a strong grounding on which to develop my knowledge.”

Elizabeth Akinwande

“There’s so much support available to each student and each first year psychology student is given a second year psychology buddy to help them ease into their course/university life."

Joe Banks

“My course has high quality of teaching in an environment that encourages engagement. We also have many lab sessions which complement the module content and lecture very well.”

Christine Wong

“There is a mix of modules on biological, developmental, social Psychology as well as experimental design and analysis. This allows me to find out which field of Psychology I am most particularly interested in.”

Emily Glass

“Across all three years of the course, students have plenty of choice and freedom in terms of which modules they choose, therefore allowing you to really tailor your course to your preference.”

Hayley Johnson

“In some modules you are taught in world-class training facilities such as the Gymnastics Centre and High Performance Athletics Centre. It isn't unusual to see some GB athletes training while you are being taught!”

Nick Bolger

“The support here is great. It’s really good knowing that there is always someone you can speak to who will try to help you to the best of their ability in dealing with any issue you may have.”

Kathryn Dickinson

“I love the close knit community feel that there is on campus and in town. Staff and students are really friendly and this is the perfect environment for starting university.”

Laura Bramhill

“Loughborough is the best university in the country for Sport Science and that is something that comes through in the teaching, the modules and the experience you gain from it.”