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Lancaster University

Sports and Exercise Science

UCAS Code: C600

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

A level grade B in one science from the following; Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Further Mathematics, Life and Health Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Sports Science.

Access to HE Diploma

D:36,M:9

in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

35

with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including one science subject at HL grade 6

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

Sport and Exercise Science, or Sport: Performance and Excellence, or Applied Science, or Sport including sufficient science content.

UCAS Tariff

136

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Sports studies

Our new Sports and Exercise Science degree is designed to meet the needs of a growing sports science sector and the increasing desire for sports scientists to research and develop new training regimes and sports products.
The new scheme has been designed to deliver a Sports and Exercise degree with a strong clinical and research-led content. It is aimed at those who want to develop an evidence-based, analytical approach to the subject to provide expert advice and who can become the sports science researchers of the future.
The degree is delivered by the Lancaster Medical School, where you will benefit from a strong contribution from clinicians, as well as a range of bioscientists, sports physiologists, anatomists and sports sector professionals. To develop you practical skills and knowledge in the field you will have access to a purpose-built human performance and physiology laboratory.
Using human performance as a core topic you will study a range of subjects including sports physiology, anatomy and biomechanics, sports psychology, sports nutrition and sports medicine. You’ll also study the bioscience which underlies human performance.
Although a modular approach is taken to the degree structure, modules are connected to enhance your understanding of real-world applications; i.e. data collected in Physiology modules is used in Data Analysis modules to help you to develop your understanding and application of results. Optional modules integrate bioscience with sports and exercise science and even include entrepreneurship, to support your sports business ambitions.
Research skills are included throughout the degree. You will learn how to capture and analyse sports science data to better understand human performance and activity, and how to act to enhance it. The practical and experimental work you undertake will make use of the newly developed Human Performance Laboratory, a custom-designed and built physiology and biomechanics testing laboratory.
Bringing together the skills and research expertise you’ve acquired throughout your degree, you will have the opportunity to work with world- leading scientists on a research project in your final year. This project will be your unique contribution to sports science research and will prepare you for employment in the sports sector or for a research career.
As employability is a key part of our degree and each year you will undertake a Professional Practice module. This will equip you with the skills and experience for employment across the sports sector. Along with a range of sports companies, you will work together with other students to deliver a sporting event in your final year. Employability opportunities come through placements and internships with a range of sports companies. This degree will prepare you for employment across the sports science sector, including sports science research.
On graduation you will have the subject knowledge and research skills required to access a Sports Science research career. Other opportunities can be found in the health sector, perhaps as a trainer or coach, and there you’ll have the skills to critically examine the benefits of training regimes, nutritional strategies or performance devices before recommending them to clients.
If you are employed as a performance analyst you will have gained crucial experience in analysis and interpretation of performance data through your physiology and anatomy modules. You’ll also have developed the communication skills to allow you to help the clients and athletes you are working with to clearly understand how to get the best from your analysis and coaching.
Some graduates will enter the events management sector and with the skills you’ve gained through the annual Professional Practice modules you’ll be well place to succeed. Others will be employed by professional sports teams or sports equipment manufacturers in a variety of roles.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Lancaster University

Department:

Lancaster Medical School

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
42%
Male students
58%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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After graduation


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Biological and sport sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
78%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Science, engineering and production technicians
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Teaching and educational professionals

One of the fastest growing subjects in the country, the number of sports science graduates went from under 3,000 in 2003 to over 10,000 in 2013. Numbers have fallen slightly since 2015, but we still have over 9,000 graduates in the subject. However, the good news is the country's appetite for good health and fitness - and the adaptability of graduates in the subject - means that sports science grads are less likely than average to be out of work. Sports science graduates, not surprisingly, tend to get jobs in sport, fitness and health - coaching and teaching especially - but they're found all over the economy. Management and business are also popular options for graduates from this subject — and sports science graduates are particularly found where drive, determination and physical fitness are an advantage.

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