Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Sport and Exercise Science

Help improve people’s sporting performance and health through the study of human movement and activity.

Sport and Exercise Science

Course Overview

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  • Main location

    Headingley Campus Beckett Park
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  • Duration

    3 Years
  • Start date

    16 Sep 2024

You’ll study behavioural, physical and life sciences on this practice-based course. A passion for understanding the science behind sport performance, health, and physical activity will drive your career helping people of all physical abilities. 

Develop in-demand skills

You’ll develop skills which are increasingly in-demand as the importance of health and physical activity becomes more prominent in the UK and beyond. You could find yourself working with elite athletes on their sporting performance, working in rehabilitation, or helping people suffering from long-term illnesses. 

Industry recognised

This course is endorsed by British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), the professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK. You can read about the benefits of choosing a BASES-endorsed degree course on the BASES website.

Find your niche 

The degree is multi-disciplinary, meaning you’ll explore and learn about different theories and approaches to the subject. This will enable you to discover your specialism, helping you choose the right career path. 

How you’ll learn

You’ll learn the theory in lectures and seminars and apply your learning in practical lab sessions. There’ll also be opportunities to work with our extensive range of industry partners and sporting clubs on placements.

As part of this course, you’ll:

  • Gain an evidence-based appreciation of biomechanics, nutrition, physiology and psychology and their use within sport and exercise environments
  • Take part in practical sessions examining oxygen consumption, blood lactate and glucose concentration, body composition and dietary analysis, ECG, power output, human motion analysis and exercise cognition
  • Use scientific processes to question and problem solve. You could explore why athletes might not respond to training as expected, plan dietary strategies for the general population, or use movement analysis to understand why athletes might get injured 

Build an impressive CV

Access work placement opportunities within professional sports clubs, exercise settings, or public health.

Dedicated state-of-the-art facilities

You’ll study in our dedicated £45m sports building and have access to world-class labs and facilities, including:

  • An environmental chamber which simulates the effects of diverse climatic conditions on physical performance
  • A human movement laboratory and state of the art instrumented treadmill which allows simultaneous motion capture and force measurements to analyse gait and other forms of human movement
  • A DXA bone scanner, where you’ll be able to measure the density and mineral composition of the skeletal structure
  • Custom-built igloo simulation and visualisation facility. You’ll recreate the demands of sport, exercise and physical activity settings to provide an applied learning environment in sport and exercise psychology
  • A strength and conditioning suite where you’ll learn and coach others in the performance of weightlifting, plyometric and agility activities

Work-ready skills

You can boost your CV by gaining additional nationally recognised sporting qualifications.  

Why study Sport and Exercise Science at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. You’ll be employable - 92.2% of graduates in work or further study 15 months after graduation*
  2. BASES-endorsed - this course is endorsed by the British Association for Sport and Exercise Science (BASES)
  3. World-class facilities - study in our £45m sports building, which boasts industry standard environmental chambers, sport performance and biochemistry labs
  4. 96% of students on BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science were positive about the way teaching staff explain things**
  5. We’re the best in our field - learn from academics and researchers renowned in the sport and exercise science industry
  6. Globally recognised - Carnegie School of Sport is ranked in the top 75 in the world for Sport Science Schools and Departments and 6th in the UK***

*Percentage of respondents from this course, HESA Graduate Outcomes 20-21
**National Student Survey 2023
***2022 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS)

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