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BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

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

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In an age in which both professional and amateur athletes push their bodies to extreme limits to achieve physical goals, the study of science and sport plays a pivotal role in furthering our understanding of what the human body needs in order to accomplish feats of strength and endurance.

Sport and Exercise Science at Lincoln gives you the opportunity to explore the areas of physiology, biomechanics and psychology, while developing your understanding of their impact on sports performance, physical activity and health.

Throughout the course, you have access to state-of-the-art equipment in the University’s Human Performance Centre, as well as our fully equipped Sports and Recreation Centre, comprising a gym, double sports hall, squash courts, dance studio and all-weather pitches. There is a nearby swimming pool and access to a cricket pitch for members of Lincoln Students’ Union cricket teams and other cricket clubs.

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

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 course will provide the student with an extensive knowledge and understanding of the key sport and exercise disciplines of physiology, biomechanics and psychology in both the laboratory and field settings. The student will also develop key transferable skills to prepare the student for sport related graduate employment or postgraduate study.

Compulsory modules at Levels One and Two provide students with the foundation and underpinning knowledge in sport and exercise science. Exploring, evaluating and applying subject theory to vocational practice, prepares the student for advanced study at Level Three. At this level, in addition to the compulsory independent study, students select from a series of electives dependent on vocational interests and subject expertise.

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.

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.

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. They should also possess GCSEs at grade C or above in English Language, Maths and Science.

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.

The specific objectives of the module are to:

  • develop an understanding of the gym environment and requirements for providing safe and effective exercise
  • develop an understanding and knowledge of the basic principles of exercise, fitness and health
  • provide the required knowledge to enable safe and effective exercise instruction on free weight exercises and cardiovascular and resistance machines
  • prepare students for the work in the gym environment.

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.

The specific objectives of the module are to:

  • establish understanding of chemistry related to biological processes and the interaction with physiological processes
  • provide the basic knowledge of the structure and function of the human body;
  • develop a logical understanding of the biochemical and physiological steps from initiation to movement
  • examination of endocrine, neural and muscular structures and processes involved in work production and how such systems support muscular contraction
  • introduce laboratory methods and equipment for physiological analysis of health and exercise.

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.

The specific objectives of the module are to:

  • induct and orientate the student into the learning environment, through tutor input and reflection
  • ensure appropriate competency in ITC (Information Technology and Communication) literacy for all students
  • develop the fundamental research skills required for scientific methods of enquiry, developing an awareness of the research process.

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.

The specific objectives are to:

  • develop theoretical understanding of sports specific components of fitness and strategies for training development
  • improve independent proficiency in monitoring, assessing and evaluating physiological performance using underpinning theoretical knowledge.

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.

The specific objectives of the module are to:

  • establish an understanding of the dose-response relationship between physical activity and health
  • develop an understanding and knowledge of key health problems and their pathophysiology
  • provide the required knowledge to conduct safe and effective screening and pre-exercise assessment for sedentary individuals
  • develop an understanding of how to produce suitable exercise recommendations for specific individuals.

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.

The specific objectives are to:

  • develop independent research skills, project planning, management and independent learning strategies to enable successful completion of a major piece of independent work as part of the Level 3 study programme
  • build on critical skills related to the gathering of information for enquiry and the application of statistical concepts, both qualitative and quantitative, in the expression of results
  • undertake necessary analysis and interpretation of data in order to present findings in a clear, concise and meaningful way.

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 module aims to develop further understanding of how sport and exercise psychology can be applied to improve and support performance. It provides an insight into how psychological skills training can be used by athletes and exercisers of all standards, and how the performer can manage competition and training to enhance performance. The student will explore differing psychological support requirements of athletes, consider how to effectively assess an athlete’s psychological profile, and apply this knowledge to design and implement training programmes.

Dissertation: Sport Development and Coaching

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.

The specific objectives are to:

  • allow students to conduct studies that require individual thought and initiative
  • provide an opportunity to develop and demonstrate the skills of written and oral communication to graduate level
  • allow students to compile a body of knowledge that may serve as an introduction to further research.

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.

The specific objectives are to:

  • develop a comprehensive knowledge of the gym environment and factors to consider within the delivery and support of a client;
    develop a critical understanding and appreciation of personal training programmes to enable effective delivery, implementation and evaluation
  • prepare students academically and vocationally to be able to critique and deliver a personal training 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 & Research Highlights

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.


BASES Undergraduate Endorsement scheme.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a development of the University of Lincoln's policy of research-informed teaching to research-engaged teaching. Research-engaged teaching involves more research and research-like activities at the core of the undergraduate curriculum. A significant amount of teaching at the University of Lincoln is already research-engaged.

Student as Producer will make research-engaged teaching an institutional priority, across all colleges and subject areas. In this way students become part of the academic project of the University and collaborators with academics in the production of knowledge and meaning. Research-engaged teaching is grounded in the intellectual history and tradition of the modern university.

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Facilities include a state-of-the-art Human Performance Centre and sports facilities. The Sports Centre hosts a double sports hall, all weather synthetic pitches, fitness suites, squash courts, a dance studio and saunas.

Career Opportunities

Sport and Exercise Science graduates are well equipped with the knowledge and skills required for careers in a wide range of sport science-related industries, including teaching and commissions in the armed forces. A growing number are employed in the health professions, in roles such as clinical and community health advisers, while others work as fitness coaches.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offers qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University and once you graduate.

This service includes one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities. Having achieved new knowledge and skills, you will be fully supported to fulfil your career ambitions.

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

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What's Included?

  • Sports kit: £100
  • DBS clearance + travel expenses to placements.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus to provide the best learning environment for our students. You can study in style and comfort in our well-resourced library or complete group work and exchange ideas in innovative learning spaces across the campus. There is access to the latest equipment and cutting-edge laboratories for studies in the sciences and social sciences. There are modern studios and well-equipped workshops for practice in the arts, and industry-standard production facilities for a range of media. On some courses, students will need additional, specialist resources or equipment to enable them to pursue their courses. Where appropriate these will be provided by the relevant School.


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Part-time £75 per credit point  
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

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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. [] []

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