Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

Sport and Exercise Science

Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
BSc (Hons) DPS 4 years full-time sandwich C600 AAA-AAB 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time CX63 AAA-AAB 1 October 2018 16 June 2021

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Sport and Exercise Science course overview

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.

This degree course offers you the opportunity to study Sport and Exercise Science at one of the UK’s leading universities. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the Sport and Exercise Sciences across a wide range of disciplines, which will allow you to apply this knowledge and understanding in the context of sports performance, physical activity, health and wellbeing.

You will benefit from access to state-of-the-art laboratories which will allow you to develop your practical, scientific and laboratory skills, enabling you to apply your knowledge to sport, exercise and other contexts.

You will be part of a school and university that is uniquely associated with sport.

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

Studying Sport and Exercise Science at Loughborough

The extensive range of high quality teaching facilities and resources within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences makes it an excellent place to study. As an undergraduate student, you have access to the very best facilities - including specialist teaching and research laboratories for human and exercise physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology, biomechanics, motor control 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 continues to make a significant contribution to sport and exercise in the UK as a centre of excellence in research in the biological, psychological and social sciences; as well as innovation in physical activity, health, coaching and sports technology. Loughborough University research supported Team GB in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  Loughborough is also home to a new £10 million, pioneering National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine.

Facilities

Modules


Year 1

Students will take introductory modules in:

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics of Sport
  • Motor Control and Motor Learning
  • Sport and Exercise 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 the students Research Skills will be taken. Students then select from a list of optional modules reflecting all the disciplines of Sport and Exercise Science that were studied in Year 1.

Final year

Students select from a wider range of optional modules reflecting all the disciplines of Sport and Exercise Science that have been previously studied. These modules will be more in depth and encourage students to foster a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding the contemporary scientific determinants of performance within a range of different 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: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

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


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

Assessment

Depending on the nature of the material, some modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination (for example 25% coursework and 75% examination), whilst other modules are assessed by 100% coursework or 100% by examination.

Coursework is based on a variety of tasks including individual essays, projects, in-class tests, lab reports, contribution in tutorials, group work and presentations.

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


C600 Sport and Exercise Science - BSc (Hons) DPS

A-Level
AAA including at least one of the following preferred subjects: Biology,Human Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology, History, Geography, 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
IB
37 (6,6,6 HL)
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: D*D plus an A Level at grade A, or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate D* plus AA in two A Levels (at least one A Level must be a preferred subject).
GCSE
Majority A/B (7/6) Grades at GCSE including minimum Grade B/6 in Mathematics, English Language and a science

CX63 Sport and Exercise Science - BSc (Hons)

A-Level
AAA including at least one of the following preferred subjects: Biology,Human Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology, History, Geography, 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
IB
37 (6,6,6 HL)
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: D*D plus an A Level at grade A, or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate D* plus AA in two A Levels (at least one A Level must be a preferred subject).
GCSE
Majority A/B (7/6) Grades at GCSE including minimum Grade B/6 in Mathematics, English Language and a science

Selection

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.

Preferred subjects

As stated in our typical offer requirements, at least one of the following subjects is required (multiple preferred): Biology, Human Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology, History, Geography, Physical Education / Sports Science and English Literature or English Language.

The BTEC National Extended Diploma will not be acceptable as a stand-alone qualification but will be accepted at DDD overall in conjunction with one or more preferred A Levels outlined above. BTEC (Sport) will not be accepted alongside A Level Physical Education or Sports Science.

Practical Science

Practical Science is not required.

Graduate destinations

There are high levels of employment for our graduates across a range of sport, exercise, health and wellbeing 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.

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.

Roy: My Placement at England and Wales Cricket Board

Roy Barber completed a 12-month internship with England and Wales Cricket Board, and was nominated for a Loughborough University award in recognition of his achievements.

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Department / School Key Information Sets

BSc (Hons) DPS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: C600

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: CX63