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3 Years School of Sport and Exercise Science Lincoln Campus [L] Validated 320 Points C600


The Sport and Exercise Science degree at Lincoln develops your knowledge, understanding and practical skills in the key areas of physiology, biomechanics and psychology — enhancing your understanding of their impact on sports performance, physical activity and health.

This degree reflects current research-informed teaching and innovation within the sector. Throughout the course, you have access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities including our sports laboratory, endless pool and fitness suite.

Integrated into the curriculum are a number of professional qualifications that you can gain alongside your degree at no extra cost. These industry-recognised qualifications could provide you with a head start in your career and include Gym Instruction, Personal Training and Exercise Referral.

Is This Course Right For Me?

This is the right course for students who have an interest and a background in Physical Education, sport or science, are willing to engage in theoretical concepts and apply the concepts through laboratory practicals, and are committed to becoming an independent learner.

How You Study

A progressive and multi-disciplinary course that qualifies the Sport and Exercise Science graduate at Honours degree level in the areas specific to sport and exercise science.

The first year of the course provides you with an extensive understanding of sport and exercise science, while year two offer you the opportunity to convert your theoretical knowledge into practice. During the third year, you study modules based around your own interests and career goals, such as biomechanical analysis, sport and exercise nutrition, personal training and strength and conditioning.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of your degree. However, remember that you are engaging in a full-time degree; so, at the very least, you should expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time and you may undertake assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

Please see the Unistats data, using the link at the bottom of this page, for specific information relating to this course in terms of course composition and delivery, contact hours and student satisfaction.

How You Are Assessed

Students will experience a variety of different assessment methods depending on whether the study is practical, theoretical or contextual/vocational. Assessment methods may include demonstration of laboratory techniques, field assessments, laboratory reports, coursework, individual/group presentations and written examinations.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – no later than 15 working days after the submission date.

Methods of Assessment

The way you will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.

What We Look For In Your Application

We look for a good background in science at GCSE and Further Education Level, a commitment to sport and a desire to learn new concepts. We also value evidence of a variety of transferable skills, including strong communication skills and working as part of a team. We look for commitment and enthusiasm for sport and exercise science, the ability to work effectively as an independent learner and as part of a group, and interpersonal skills.


Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of Sport and Exercise Science Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a minimum of 320 UCAS tariff points, including a minimum of two A Levels, one of which should be a science or sport subject.

Applicants will also be required to have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above (or the equivalent), including English Language, Maths and Science / Sports related subject.

An appropriate BTEC National Diploma or GNVQ Advanced with a distinction, merit, merit profile, in which Mathematics and Science modules feature strongly. Alternative qualifications such as ACCESS are welcomed, students would be required to pass this programme with 45 credits at Level Three at Merit or above and 15 credits at Level Two. Scottish, Irish and overseas applicants must show evidence of equivalent qualifications.

We accept a wide range of qualifications including the BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma, the European and International Baccalaureate Diplomas, and Advanced Diplomas. You can find tariff values on the UCAS website

Applications are welcomed from mature students who are studying towards an Access to Higher Education programme in a science related programme. A minimum of 45 level 3 credits at merit or above will be required. We will also consider applicants with extensive relevant work experience.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email

Level 1

Biomechanical Basis of Human Movement

This module examines the mechanics of human movement, identifying the internal and external forces acting on the human body and the effects of these forces. Particular emphasis will be placed on applying the theoretical principles of biomechanics to sport and exercise.

The specific objectives are to:

  • provide an understanding of the basic principles of biomechanics
  • investigate the relationship between the theoretical principles of biomechanics and sports performance
  • introduce students to the basic laboratory techniques for the biomechanical assessment of motion.

Exercise Instruction

This module aims to develop the underpinning theory and skills required to be able to competently instruct different modalities of exercise pertaining to free weight exercises and cardiovascular/resistance machines.

Fundamentals of Human Physiology

The module aims to provide a basic knowledge of the structure and function of the human body, this module will focus on anatomical, biochemical and physiological integration necessary for human movement production. Initial examination will develop an understanding of structures and processes relating to biological energy processing and systems and the relationship between anatomical structures and physical functions. The student will develop an integrated systems approach to human movement, examining endocrine, neural and muscular functions required for movement initiation.

Introduction to Psychological Principles.

This module aims to introduce students to key concepts and theories that describe and explain the importance of psychology in sport, exercise, and physical activity settings. The focus will be on supporting students to understand how and why psychological factors are related to issues such as performance outcomes, participation rates, and wellbeing. In particular, students will examine the influence of thoughts, feelings and behaviours on various outcome measures (success, enjoyment etc.), and how these same variables can change as a result of experiences within sport and exercise.

Research Skills

This module aims to develop useful study skills for the sport and exercise scientist and provide an introduction to the underpinning concepts of scientific study and research methods. This module will enable the student to benefit fully from the higher education learning environment and develop their reflective practice, along with developing an understanding of the philosophy of science as related to scientific study in sport and exercise.

Level 2

Applied Exercise Physiology

This module aims to enable students to consolidate and expand their knowledge of the foundations of sport physiology, developed at Level 1 by encouraging the application of the fundamental principles of anatomy and physiology. Students will have the opportunity to develop practical skills to evaluate responses to exercise in a laboratory and field environment. Students will be able to apply the generic principles of sports physiology to different athletic groups in order to develop an appreciation of suitable methods of fitness development and adaptations to training prescription.

Applied Health Physiology

The aim of this module is to examine the relationship between physical activity and health, understanding the health problems that are caused by inactivity and their pathophysiology. Students will learn both the risks and benefits of physical activity, understanding the contraindications to exercise for a range of special population groups. Students will be supported in the measurement of health-related fitness for sedentary individuals and make suitable recommendations for exercise in order to benefit health.

Applied Movement Analysis

This module aims to enable students to build on practical knowledge and skills gained at level 1 within Biomechanical Basis of Human Movement. It will involve how to assess human movement through different kinetic, kinematic and performance analysis techniques and the delivery of application of theoretical concepts to practical sport assessment.

The specific objectives are to:

  • introduce advanced theoretical concepts
  • apply these concepts to the practical assessment of human movement, with a particular emphasis on sports performance
  • develop competency in using specialist biomechanical equipment and software
  • apply performance analysis strategies and theory to the assessment of individual and team sports.

Nutrition for Health and Performance

The module will outline the principles of human nutrition by providing theoretical content regarding nutrient structure and function and the concept of a healthy diet. Practical components will explore the range of dietary assessment techniques and provide students with the opportunity to practice these with both health and sport orientated people.

Research Methods and Analysis

This module aims to build directly on the key concepts delivered at level 1 through the Research Methods 1 module. Advancing an understanding of research enquiry, the module will introduce a wide range of methodologies applicable to exercise, physical activity, health and sport performance research. Enabling independent research activities, the development of analytical skills will be evolved through applied evidence-based practice.

Sport and Exercise Psychology

This module aims to build upon the first year introductory module by facilitating a deeper level of knowledge and critical analysis in key areas of sport and exercise psychology. As such, module content aims to evaluate how psychological knowledge is developed with a critical evaluation of existing knowledge. Key theories will be discussed and evaluated in light of existing research evidence. Additionally a number of important developing lines of research are included alongside a move towards understanding how psychology can be applied to aid performance and promote more enjoyable experiences.

Level 3

Advanced Biomechanical Analysis (Option)

This optional module aims to develop the students’ ability to carry out independent research and consultancy activities in the area of sport and exercise biomechanics. Building on the knowledge gained at previous levels, introducing state of the art techniques to assess performance and the wider issues surrounding support work.

The specific objectives of the module are to:

  • develop proficiency in the use of advanced quantitative biomechanical systems to analyse and evaluate human performance
  • provide an advanced understanding of the use of biomechanics in supporting and developing performance within elite athletes
  • critically analyse recent and possible future developments in sports biomechanics.

Advanced Sport and Exercise Nutrition (Option)

This optional module aims to draw upon prior knowledge and practical experience in sport and exercise nutrition and sport physiology.

The specific objectives of this module are to:

  • integrate these disciplines to enhance an understanding of the demands of sport and exercise upon nutritional requirements
  • develop understanding of the relationship between the health requirements of daily nutritional intake and optimal sports performance
  • develop practical skills for the assessment of nutritional intake, hydration status, energy balance and body composition
  • improve ability to translate individual nutritional needs of different sports performers into appropriate dietary strategies and daily nutritional prescription.

Advanced Sport Physiology (Option)

This optional module aims to encourage students’ to apply knowledge and understanding of the physiological systems active during exercise, at fatigue and following training to the performance and specific requirements of a range of different high performance athletes.

The specific objectives of this module are to:

  • develop students’ understanding and experience of physiological intervention and sports science support models as accepted tools for the development of performance of the elite athlete
  • provide the opportunity to gain relevant vocational experience in relation to physiological assessment and training prescription
  • prepare students academically and vocationally for future work in terms of knowledge, planning, understanding, research and assessment.

Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (Option)

This optional module aims to develop further understanding of how sport psychology can be applied to improve and support sport performance. It provides an insight into how psychological skills training can be used by athletes from all different levels and how the performer can manage competition and training and enhance performance. The student will consider how to effectively assess an athletes psychological profile, how to design and implement training programmes.


This module aims to build upon individual, supervised student activity, which provides an opportunity for an in-depth study of a particular topic relevant to the field of their particular degree and to demonstrate original and critical thought.

Exercise Prescription for Health (Option)

This elective module aims to explore the prescription of exercise to benefit specific medical conditions. It will draw upon the theoretical issues and practical skills delivered at Level 2 when exploring physical activity and health. Students will employ vocationally relevant skills in the health assessment of a client, designing and delivering an exercise programme to benefit a specified medical condition. Students will also explore healthcare systems, critically examining roles and responsibilities and the use of evaluation.

Personal Training (Option)

This optional interdisciplinary module aims to build on prior knowledge of exercise instruction and the anatomical and physiological processes of sport and exercise physiology related to the planning, prescription and delivery of a specific exercise programme.

Strength and Conditioning (Option)

This optional interdisciplinary module aims to build on prior knowledge of anatomical and physiological processes of the musculoskeletal system, testing and evaluation of sports performance.

The specific objectives are to:

  • develop a comprehensive knowledge of the strength and conditioning environment and factors to consider within the support of athletes
  • develop a critical understanding and appreciation of strength and conditioning programmes to enable effective delivery, implementation and evaluation
  • prepare students academically and vocationally for future work in terms of knowledge, understanding, research, assessment and planning.

Special Features

Both staff and students undertake innovative research into improved sport outcomes, physical fitness and public health using the facilities in the Human Performance Centre. Research currently includes investigations into the importance of mental toughness in sports performance, which examines the relationship between the attitudes of athletes and their performance. Students are encouraged to demonstrate their own research at the annual British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Student Conference.


Placement Year

When you are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, you will be required to cover your own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry.

Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.


Facilities include a state-of-the-art Human Performance Centre, endless pool and sports facilities.

The Sports Centre hosts a double sports hall, all weather synthetic pitches, fitness suites, squash courts, a dance studio and saunas.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever your area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which you may need in your future career.

View our campus pages [] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Career Opportunities

Sport and Exercise Science graduates are well equipped with the knowledge and skills required for careers in a range of sport, exercise or physical activity-related industries. Recent graduates from the programme are employed in sports science, performance analysis, strength and conditioning, and clinical or community health and lifestyle / fitness. A number of our graduates enter teaching or postgraduate study / research, or take-up commissions in the armed forces.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. []

Additional Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and your meals may be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional you will normally be required to pay your own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

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Tuition Fees

2016/17 Entry UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,000 per level £14,500 per level
Part-time £75 per credit point  
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

For further information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [] []

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.