Undergraduate study


Geography and Sport Science


Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date
BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich FC8F AAB 1 October 2018
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time FC86 AAB 1 October 2018

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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 which students study 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:

  • Acquiring Movement Skills
  • Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health
  • Making Sense of Modern Sport
  • Psycho-social Factors in Competitive Sport
  • Psychological Issues and Strategies in Sport
  • Sport and Exercise Pedagogy
  • Sport, Ideologies and Values
  • Structural Kinesiology
  • Teaching and Coaching 2

Final year

Optional modules:

  • Equity and Inclusion in Contemporary Physical Activity
  • Exercise Psychology
  • Physical Activity and Health of Children
  • Motor Control of Sports Movement
  • Applied Sport and Performance Psychology
  • Sport and Social Theory
  • Sport, Celebrity and Place
  • Sport, the Body and Deviance
  • Teaching and Coaching 3

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


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

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.

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

Course fees 2017/18

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £19,900

Placement year fees for 2020/21 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2017/18 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

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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Geography and Sports Science




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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