Undergraduate study


Geography and Sport Science


Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich FC8F AAB 01 October 2018 22 June 2022
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time FC86 AAB 01 October 2018 16 June 2021

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Geography and Sport Science course overview

This joint honours course allows students to extend their geographical knowledge and understanding of how social and physical processes affect our rapidly changing planet while also developing a theoretical and practical understanding of sports sciences in the UK’s leading School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences.

Students spend equal amounts of time studying each subject in each year and there is the opportunity to explore relationships between Geography and Sport Science in an optional final year dissertation.

The Geography modules span human and physical geography in first year ensuring students have a sound understanding of how social and physical processes vary within the context of places and regions. In second and final years students can specialise in one or the other if they wish, or continue to maintain a balance between the two.

What makes Geography at Loughborough distinctive is our world-renowned expertise in four areas of geography, each of which is directly reflected in the structure and content of our courses. In human geography we focus on Globalization and on Geographies of Social and Political Differences. In physical geography the emphasis is on Earth Surface Processes and Landforms and on Environmental Systems and Resource Management.

In Sport Science the main themes include teaching and coaching, sport pedagogies and sport physiology and psychology and modules are available to develop students’ interest progressively across all three years of study. Practical skills are developed in teaching and coaching while students gain the knowledge, skills and understanding underpinning selected sports.



Compulsory and optional modules in Geography are drawn from those listed under the BSc Geography course.

Year 1

Compulsory modules:

  • Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology of Sport
  • Introduction to Pedagogy
  • Teaching and Coaching 1
  • Introduction to Physical Activity and Health

Year 2

Optional modules:

  • Group and Interpersonal Processes in Competitive Sport
  • Making Sense of Modern Sport
  • Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health
  • Principles of Exercise Psychology
  • Psychological Issues and Strategies in Sport
  • Sport, Ideologies and Values
  • Sport Pedagogy 2
  • Structural Kinesiology

Optional placement / study year

Optional salaried professional placement and/or overseas study.

Final year

Optional modules:

  • Applied Exercise Psychology
  • Equity and Inclusion in Contemporary Physical Activity
  • Global Issues in Sport
  • Performance Psychology for Sporting Excellence
  • Physical Activity and Health of Children
  • Sport, Celebrity and Place
  • Sport Psychology in Action
  • Sport, the Body and Deviance
  • Teaching and Coaching 3

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

For indicative information on modular weight, content and assessment type please see module specifications.


Modules are assessed either by examination, by a combination of coursework and examinations, or entirely by coursework.

For an indicative overview of the aims, learning outcomes and structure of this course please see the programme specification.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information

FC8F Geography and Sport Science - BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS

AAB including Geography
35 (6,6,5 HL) including HL Geography
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: DD, plus A level Geography Grade B

FC86 Geography and Sport Science - BSc (Hons)

AAB including Geography
35 (6,6,5 HL) including HL Geography
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: DD, plus A level Geography Grade B


Applicants are usually selected solely on the basis of their UCAS application.  If applicants are made an offer of a place, they will be invited to visit the department giving them the opportunity to meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Course fees 2018/19

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £20,500

You should plan for inflationary increases to fees in future years of study.

Additional costs for course

Some optional modules within Geography and Sport Science incur additional costs, such as the cost of field trips.  These costs vary considerably by module and will be communicated and explained to students at the point of module selection.  All costs associated with compulsory modules will be met by the academic School and optional modules with no additional costs are always available for students to select.

There may also be additional costs related to completion of your research project (dissertation). Depending on the topic you choose to research and the nature of the project there may be travel costs, field expenses and postage costs that you will need to meet. 

Graduate destinations

Employability skills are embedded through our curriculum and our Geography and Sport Science students have been appointed to posts across a broad range of industries and sectors. Some of our graduates go on to further training or take up posts that reflect the content of both subjects such as teacher training for physical education and Geography; others have been appointed to posts in publishing, sports marketing, administration and management.

Almost all of our graduates are in employment within a few months of graduating, or progress to postgraduate study.

Placement year

Students on the 4-year sandwich course will be able to gain a year’s work experience in the UK or overseas, which leads to the award of a Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) on completion of their course. This is in addition to the BSc degree.

Study abroad

There are also opportunities for students to spend a year abroad between their second and final year studies.

These include studying at a European University through the Erasmus programme or studying further afield such as in Australia, Singapore or the USA.

Successful completion leads to the additional award of the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS). This is in addition to the BSc degree.

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Department / School Key Information Sets

BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: FC8F

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: FC86