bsc (hons) sport and exercise science

Endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, this practical, multidisciplinary degree will help you to develop as a complete sport and exercise scientist. You will gain an evidence-based appreciation of biomechanics, nutrition, physiology and psychology and their applications within sport and exercise environments.

Based in our Carnegie School of Sport, you will have access to nationally and internationally recognised staff with a wealth of research and applied experience, a supportive academic advisory programme, specialist laboratories and facilities, and a progressive learning environment.


Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: 59% of our research submitted was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent.

This course balances evidence-based knowledge and practical skills with the aim of producing graduates who can contribute constructively in varied settings. Our laboratories are equipped with the latest modern facilities, where you will take part in practical sessions examining O2 consumption, blood lactate and glucose concentration, body composition and dietary analysis.

You will have access to an environmental chamber which simulates the effects of diverse climatic conditions on physical performance, a full biomechanics laboratory and a DXA bone scanner, measuring the density and mineral composition of the skeletal structure.

On top of this, you can boost your CV by gaining nationally recognised sporting qualifications such as UK Coaching Certificates and gym and personal trainer awards, which are both available at the University.

Through work placement opportunities, you could find yourself working for professional sports clubs, such as Leeds Rhinos or Yorkshire County Cricket, local schools or health clubs. Many of our students have also taken advantage of our sport volunteering opportunities which have included national and global events such as the Student and Commonwealth Games.

The British Association for Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) is based at the University and offers a wealth of advantages including an annual student conference and membership, along with networking and employment opportunities. This course also meets the standards set by BASES and as a student here, you will be able to apply for personal accreditation.

We are ranked third in the country for Sport and Exercise Science research and education with our staff producing leading cutting edge research into the most current and topical issues in this subject, which will inevitably benefit and feed into your learning.

Why study Sports and exercise science at Leeds Beckett University


  • Study on a course endorsed by the British Association for Sport and Exercise Science (BASES)
  • Work alongside nationally and internationally recognised staff to gain a unique insight into the subject
  • Utilise residentials and field trips to gain a real-life understanding into what you learn in the classroom
  • Be among the first students to take advantage of the university’s new state-of-the-art Carnegie School of Sport building
  • Take advantage of our sport volunteering opportunities, which have previously included global events such as the Olympics, World Athletics Championships and Commonwealth Games

The entrance Carnegie School of Sport building and outdoor seating area on Headingley Campus

Studying a degree at Leeds Beckett puts you in very good company – we have alumni in more than 150 countries around the world. 


We were awarded silver status in the latest Teaching Excellence Framework, reflecting our commitment to deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.

As well as learning from expert tutors, you’ll be assigned an academic advisor to give you tailored feedback and support. Our subject-specific librarians will also direct you to the specialist learning and study-skills resources that will underpin your studies.

  • You will be assessed assessed by a broadly even mix of examinations and coursework, with some practical assessments

Year one:

  • Physiology of the Human Body
  • Human Behaviour in Sport & Exercise
  • Personal Professional & Academic Development
  • Nutrition & Biochemistry for Sport & Exercise
  • Biomechanical Principles of Human Movement
  • The Sport & Exercise Scientist in Action

Year two:

  • Research Methods for Sport & Exercise Science
  • Employability in Sport & Exercise Science

Year three:

  • Final Year Project

Optional modules may include:

  • Psychology of Sport & Exercise
  • Food & Nutrition for Health, Sport & Exercise
  • Real-World Applications in Sport & Exercise Science
  • Physiological Responses to Exercise
  • Biomechanical Determinants of Sports Performance
  • Applied Physiology of Sport Performance
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Nutrition for the Prevention  & Treatment of Disease
  • Performance Nutrition
  • Psychological Applications of Physical Activity & Health
  • Applied Sport Psychology
  • Biomechanics of Health & Sports Injury
  • Neuromuscular Aspects of Skilled Performance
  • Performance in Extreme Environments
  • Scientific Principles of Strength & Conditioning Practice
  • Obesity Management
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Contemporary Health Issues & Physical Activity Rehabilitation 

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Take a look at out our 3-step process on how to apply for a course as part of the Carnegie International Soccer Academy. 

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BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science Hear from student Yona about studying Sport and Exercise Science at Leeds Beckett University.

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The pitch and stand at Elland Road, home football stadium of Leeds United
Members of the Carnegie International Soccer Team inside Elland Road holding up playing shirt