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Your Course Handbook is where you can find vital information about submitting assignments, mitigation and a range of other important issues.

Course Handbooks for the 2020/21 academic year will be published on this page in due course. If your Course Handbook is not published yet, please check back soon. All Course Handbooks will be published prior to the course induction.

Bachelor of Science with Honours Science of Sport Performance, Level 4, 2020/21 - Course Handbook

Bachelor of Science with Honours Science of Sport Performance
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Welcome to the Course

Welcome to Leeds Beckett University and to the BSc (Hons) Science of Sport Performance!

Here we aim to provide you with a vibrant, challenging and engaging learning environment that empowers you to become an independent and well-rounded student. We will provide you with opportunities to access leading equipment, facilities and staff expertise throughout your time with us, all that we ask in return is that you engage with all of those opportunities throughout your time with and do so to the best of your ability.

This handbook will provide you with information that you will need on your course. You should find it helpful when you first start, when you are preparing for assessment and at any time that you need help or advice in connection with your studies. To supplement this, will also receive a Module Handbook for each module.

We are all looking forward to working with you this year and we hope that your time studying with us at Leeds Beckett University is both enjoyable and successful.

On behalf of your University and the course team, I would like to wish you well throughout your time with us.

Best wishes,

Dr Emily Williams

Course Director, BSc (Hons) Science of Sport Performance

Welcome to the Carnegie School of Sport.

With approximately 2400 undergraduate, 220 postgraduate, and over 100 postgraduate research students, the Carnegie School of Sport is one of the largest academic units of Leeds Beckett University and one of the largest academic providers of sport within the UK.

Research underpins the teaching and learning within our courses, which is driven by our Research Institute of Sport, Physical Activity & Leisure, and its associated Research Centres. The School achieved outstanding results in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, where we ranked 2nd nationally when accounting for research quality and the number of contributing staff. In addition to recognition for research, many of our lecturers are industry experts, bringing their knowledge and experience into the classroom.

This academic year will see the opening of the School’s new £45million teaching and research centre at our Headingley Campus, which will be a base for our undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes and will provide a hub for the elite athletes who use the University’s sports performance expertise. The 90,000 sq ft facility includes a 60m rooftop sprint track for performance training and analysis, dedicated research laboratories, a health and wellbeing studio, teaching and networking space, learning support areas, two environmental chambers, enhanced strength and conditioning spaces and changing and recovery facilities.

We have strong partnerships with many external organisations such as the Rugby Football League, Yorkshire County Cricket, Leeds United Football Club and Active Schools, and several professional bodies such as the British Association of Sport and Exercise (BASES), British Psychological Society (BPS), The Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register and the Chartered Institute of Management in Sport & Physical Activity (CIMSPA). These collaborations and partnerships ensure that your studies are authentic to the industries that you will work within following your time with us.

During your studies you will be given many opportunities to challenge yourself, both within and beyond your degree programme. I would encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities, building lifelong friendships and networks along the way. I know I can speak on behalf of my colleagues in the School by saying that we look forward to partnering with you to develop your knowledge, skills and networks, to provide a strong foundation for the careers that follow your time at Carnegie School of Sport.

Peter Mackreth

Peter Mackreth, Dean of School

Welcome to Leeds Beckett Students’ Union!

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I’m really looking forward to meeting you (virtually!) and wish you the best! See you around.

Sherry Iqbal, Education Officer, LBSU


This Handbook contains important information about Leeds Beckett University’s planned approach to course delivery and assessment in 2020/21. You should read this web page carefully so that you are aware of any changes that affect your course.  

The University is informed by Government and Public Health England (PHE) Covid-19 advice and guidance for maintaining a Covid-secure learning and working environment. We have made arrangements to continue to provide a high-quality educational experience in a way that protects the safety and wellbeing of both students and staff. We are engaging closely with Leeds Beckett Students’ Union to inform the arrangements and will also be informed by feedback provided by our individual students. 

Government and Public Health England advice and guidance continues to evolve, so the arrangements for delivery of your course and use of the campus may need to change during the academic year to continue to protect students and staff.

The taught content advertised at each level of study, or its equivalent, will be delivered across the academic year 2020/21.  We have identified an appropriate mix of blended learning – a mix of face-to-face, on-campus, online and digital content and teaching and learning for each subject, reflecting what will maximise learning as well as supporting more vulnerable learners and enabling the university as a whole to minimise transmission risk.

Covid-19 social distancing measures will be implemented during 2020/21 for teaching, learning, assessment and student support.  

In the event of further government lockdowns, either local or national, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies. 

If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for teaching block 1 or semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice. We may revert to different proportions of on-campus learning and online learning delivery later in the academic calendar year or a later teaching block.  Learning will remain accessible for students who are unable to attend on campus sessions. 

How we will communicate with you

We have sent information to new and continuing students on the plans for delivery of your course in 2020/21, the academic calendar (teaching block delivery or alternative) applicable for your course and the options available to you, to enable you to make informed choices. 

As the situation evolves, further information on local course delivery arrangements will be provided to you in emails and on the University’s Covid-19 microsite

In addition to the course specific information set out in this Handbook and the above communications, the University’s Covid-19 microsite contains information for students and applicants, including information relating to University accommodation and University facilities and services.  The Covid-19 microsite is regularly reviewed and updated as the situation, advice and planning evolve.

Key terms and conditions

Further important information for applicants and students is available on our Information for Applicants and Students website. This includes information about the student contract, fees and funding, your rights of cancellation, the student protection plan and the University complaints process.  It is essential that you read the information on this webpage carefully as it sets out the rights and obligations that form the contract between you and the University and information about how to make a complaint.

Location of delivery

In academic year 2020/21, it is planned that your course will be delivered via a blend of online and digital learning and on-campus teaching and learning, with the necessary Covid-19 social distancing and other measures in place on campus informed by the Government and Public Health England advice and guidance. 

Information on how blended teaching and learning will be delivered and the location of any on-campus delivery is provided in subsequent sections of this Handbook entitled ‘Location(s) of Delivery’ and ‘Teaching and Learning Activities’.

Information on the delivery of placements and other off-campus learning opportunities is provided in subsequent sections of this Handbook entitled ‘In-Year Work Placement Information’ and (if applicable to your course), ‘Sandwich Placement Information’.

Course Fees 

Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. Other additional costs remain as published on our original Online Prospectus information in addition to the areas of costs outlined below and in the updated 2020/21 Course Specification for your course.

The course will be delivered via a blended approach that includes online teaching and learning, digital learning and on campus sessions.  If a further lockdown is necessary then delivery will be continued and supported via online and digital learning. Students are advised that they will need a personal digital device for this purpose. The University’s wide range of student support services available for students also includes a laptop loans scheme. Students may wish to bring an existing personal device or purchase or lease a laptop or similar device for their personal use which would be an additional cost.  The costs of this would vary depending on your individual requirements but can be in the region of £400-800 depending on the device. 

The University has developed a means-tested Covid-19 Financial Assistance Package to support students to acquire a laptop should this be needed. Students may also apply for a living expenses fund for unexpected personal hardship as a result of the Covid-19 Crisis. 

Students will need to follow the Public Health England advice and any specific national requirements for maintaining personal safety and hygiene to protect themselves and others from the Covid-19 risks. These personal safety measures such as the wearing of face coverings will be an additional cost that students need to consider. 

Where PPE is an essential requirement for the nature of the course you are undertaking this will be detailed below.   

Policies, Standards and Regulations 

Covid-19 social distancing measures will be in place for teaching, learning, assessment and student support in 2020/21. This means that there will be operational requirements and protocols in place for the way in which your course is delivered and the way in which University activities, facilities, and spaces operate which students and staff will need to follow.   

In the event of further government lockdowns either local or national in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies. We may need to implement approved emergency Covid-19 pandemic academic regulations to take account of the impact of Covid-19 general extenuating circumstances. 

Details of the policies and regulations which are relevant to you are available in the ‘Policies, Standards and Regulations’ section of this Handbook.  

Sandwich Placements, Other Placements and Other Off-Campus Learning Opportunities 

Covid-19 response measures are likely to impact on the arrangements for placements, field trips, volunteering and other off-campus activities. If available, these are likely to operate with appropriate social distancing arrangements.  Employers may reduce the availability of placement or volunteering opportunities due to the impact of Covid-19 on their operations.

The availability or type of placements with employers, study abroad or volunteering opportunities, may be restricted. The University follows the UK Government‘s Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice and is also informed by any specific in-country international travel restrictions or requirements.  

The University’s current position is that we will not facilitate outward (from UK) international/overseas placements, study abroad or volunteering activity in 2020/21. This is to protect students and minimise the risk of you being stranded abroad in the event of a lockdown and the introduction of national/local travel restrictions. We will only consider international placements for students whose domicile address is in the country of their placement. 

Inward Erasmus study (from other EU countries to the UK under this scheme) will be supported where these align with the teaching blocks academic calendar delivery dates. There may be other national or international travel restrictions or quarantine measures or specific work-place Covid-19 measures that impact on these opportunities.  

Should the Covid-19 response and alert level be amended any activity may also be subject to Covid-19 employer, local or in-country requirements applicable at the time of the placement/activity. We will keep the position under review for teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2, informed by Public Health England and the UK Government‘s Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice.
Students will have access to advice and support from the University careers and employability team during their studies via the online resources and support.

Further information on placements or other off-campus learning opportunities applicable to your course is provided in the ‘In-Year Work Placement Information’ and (where relevant) ‘Sandwich Placement Information’ sections below.

Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course

We will prioritise face-to-face teaching and practical teaching to meet any requirements of relevant professional, statutory and regulatory bodies (PSRB) if your course includes these elements. This will ensure that your course retains its full professional status. 

Where applicable, specific information on applicable professional statutory or regulatory body recognition or requirements for your course is summarised in the ‘Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course’ section below.

Teaching and Learning Activities

The way we will deliver this course and teaching, learning and assessment activities in 2020/21 will be informed by Public Health England advice and guidance on Covid-19 secure requirements and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff. 

You will experience a blended approach to learning for 2020/21; this is a mix of face-to-face, on campus online, and digital content, teaching and learning. 

We are working within the government 2 metre social distancing measures for Teaching Block 1 so we are not planning to deliver large-group teaching on campus throughout 2020/2021. This will ensure that maximum space will be available for small-group teaching.

In most cases, the taught content will also be available online so you can still access it if you are not able to attend campus due to the pandemic (for example, due to self-isolation, shielding or travel restrictions). There will be digital content and recorded lectures available online to support students who may be unable to travel to campus. In some circumstances, other formal taught sessions may also be recorded. 

In the event of a further government lockdown in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies and study towards achieving any specified professional statutory and regulatory body accreditation requirements where this applies.  

If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for teaching block 1 or semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice (see Introduction section above).

Further information on local course delivery arrangements will continue to be available from your School. 

Learning Support

Our approach to delivering student support in 2020/21

Given the planned social distancing measures in place on campus for 2020/21 to ensure safe delivery of services for students and staff, some of the arrangements for student support will be accessible online. 

We are committed to ensuring you continue to have opportunities to access the learning and wellbeing support that you need over the forthcoming year. General learning spaces, including access to libraries, will be available to be booked online; and where specialist space is needed, this will either be provided: as normal; created in newly adapted spaces; or replicated as part of an enhanced suite of online resources.

We want to provide a safe environment for students and staff, so on-campus delivery of student support services will be limited. This may mean that campus-based school offices will operate within defined core office hours.  However, full access to advice, learning support and specialist services will be delivered via telephone, email, video calls and online live chat.  The Students' Union will also be implementing social distancing arrangements for student advice services. 

Access to Library support in 2020/21

The Library offers access to thousands of resources via MyBeckett or theLibrary website which also provides full details of all our services. 

In response to Covid-19, and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff, the libraries will be available via a booking system in 2020/21 for students to study, access PCs and laptops, printer/ copiers, and other equipment, and to use the books and journals.

Further information on Library support is available in the ‘Library and IT Support’ section of this Handbook. 

Range of Support Services Available

There is a range of support for disabled or vulnerable students. Any student with a disability, who may or may not have declared this to the University and wishes to discuss their learning support for the year ahead or their status as a Covid-19 extremely vulnerable person, should contact their Disability Adviser for their School who is based in Student Services to discuss their support needs in the first instance.  The service contact details are or telephone 0113 812 5831. Students who are classed at Covid-19 Extremely Vulnerable (i.e. you have received a Shielding Letter from the NHS) but who do not regard themselves as disabled, and have not registered with the Disability Team, should discuss any support arrangements they may need, directly with their Course Director and if resident in halls, their Residential Life Team.

Further information is available in the ‘Support for Disabled Students’ section of this Handbook. 

Information on the support available from your School and other Services is available in the ‘Key Contacts’ and ‘Learning Support’ sections of this Handbook. 

In order to provide you with information on student services support in 2020/21 in response to the changing Covid-19 position, updated information will be provided on our University Covid-19 microsite.

Course-specific information

In academic year 2020/21, it is planned that your course will be delivered via a blend of online and digital learning and on-campus teaching and learning, with the necessary Covid-19 social distancing and other measures in place on campus informed by Public Health England advice and guidance.

Key Contacts & Keeping in Touch

To be confirmed during Induction week

The Course Administration Team can be found on the first floor of the School of Sport Building.

The admin office is open Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm (closed on bank holidays and for the University Christmas closure).


Course Representatives are student volunteers who represent your views at course-level, in course forums and in meetings with academic and support staff. Details about being a Course Representative are available at

The Students’ Union oversees Course Representatives and more information is available at

Once elected, you will be able to find the details for your Course Representative on MyBeckett.

The Academic Librarians for this course are Kirsty Bower, Maria Kulas and Laurence Morris.

Please contact them at: Or complete their online Get Help Form for help with academic and research skills

Level 4 Leader

Name - Max Garrard

E-mail -

Tel - 01138126548

Level 5 Leader

Name – Emily Williams

E-mail –

Tel - 01138121894

The contact details of other key services, such as the Student Advice Hub, Disability Support, Library, Money, Careers, Students' Union Advice Service and Students' Union Student Voice Team can be found on the Students web page.

Academic and administrative staff at our University use your student email address to contact you. It is important that you check this account regularly. You can forward emails from your student email address to a preferred personal email address, however, quarantine and spam filters needed by our University mean that emails sent from external email addresses may be delayed, blocked or deleted. It is therefore important that your student email address is the only email address that you use to contact University staff. Information on how to access your student email address can be found on the Library Student IT Support page (

Please make sure that you inform your Course Administration team whenever you change your address and contact details. It is important that you also update your records yourself. You can do this via the My Account/Update my Data tab on MyBeckett. This will ensure we can always contact you in an emergency, and that you receive any important University communications that we may need to send you.

We will inform you of class activities and course notifications, including any cancellations. Depending on the nature of the message this may be via text to the mobile phone number on our records, an email to your student email address, announcements on MyBeckett.

For each module, the Module Handbook will include the preferred method of communicating general information about that module to you.

Carnegie School of Sport Email Policy

Please use the following guidance to help you construct a professional e-mail.

You must use your university e-mail account as your means of communicating with staff and fellow students on the course.

Remember to include your full name, student ID number, course name and level to ensure that a timely and personal response can be written.

Writing your e-mail
E-mails should be written in a polite and formal manner.

Subject line
All e-mails should include a subject line outlining the content of the e-mail.

Font style
In accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and the University Equality and Diversity Policy, e-mails should be pre-set in an accessible format i.e. one of Comic Sans, Arial or Verdana and at a minimum of font 12.

Appropriate salutation
Use ‘Dear’ or ‘Hi’ (name). Do not use less formal greetings such as “mate”.

Body of text
Be precise, to the point and do not use text language. Present the facts and request support rather than demanding help or feedback.

Appropriate sign off
e.g., “Regards/Best Wishes/Thanks” followed by your name.

Getting a response
University policy is for staff to respond to course queries within five working days (this does not include Saturday, Sunday or bank holidays).

There may be times when you get a response much sooner than this if a staff member is dealing with e-mails or the matter is urgent. Please expect that responses are likely to take up to the full five working days in most instances.

Typical working hours for staff are between 9am and 5pm. If you e-mail after 5pm your response may not be acknowledged until the following day.

Skype for Business is a communication tool for staff and students:

  • Make calls using audio, video and instant messages across the University community.
  • Create and participate in group online meetings to support project assignments.
  • Available across University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.
  • Fully integrated with the Office 365 suite already used by staff and students.

Further information is available on the Library's Skype for Business web page for students. 

MS Teams is part of the Office 365 suite used by staff and students for communication and collaboration: 

  • Access via MyBeckett on University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.  
  • Participate in online meetings and video conferencing in groups or one-to-one.  
  • Work on shared content, ideas, projects and online learning.  

Further information is available on the Library's MS Teams FAQ web page.

Your course team will advise how Skype for Business will be used on your course and make guidance available as required.

Timetable Information

This course will be scheduled using a teaching block or semester-based delivery. The 2020/21 academic calendar and term dates are available on our Academic Calendars web page.

Taught sessions will normally be scheduled and included in your timetable. This will include on-campus sessions that you should attend. In 2020/21, depending on your course, this may also include scheduled online teaching and learning sessions where student engagement is required at a specified time and tutor pre-recorded lectures and scheduled discussion sessions. Module information will be made available online by the school for enrolled students.

Timetables will be made available to students during induction week via:
1. The Student Portal (MyBeckett)
2. The Leeds Beckett app

You should discuss any difficulties relating to your engagement with timetabled sessions with your Course Administrator.

The School Forums, where students raise feedback on their academic experience, are scheduled into all students’ timetables. Any student can attend but only Course Reps are expected to be in attendance.

Course Overview

The BSc (Hons) Science of Sport Performance programme is aimed at providing students with a desire to learn how athletes, coaches, and practitioners function optimally in sport performance settings. Students will study a range of scientific disciplines and professional roles in the context of sport performance, including Biomechanics, Nutrition, Physiology, Psychology, Performance Analysis, Performance Lifestyle Support, and Strength and Conditioning.

The programme balances the development of evidence-based knowledge and practical skills with the aim of producing graduates who can contribute constructively in a range of settings. In addition to developing knowledge and skills that are specific to sport performance research and practice, students are expected to acquire transferable qualities and attributes that are desired by a wide range of employers, particularly the ability to find and process information and be able to communicate effectively in written and verbal formats.

The opportunity to focus the degree to reflect personal and professional interests exists through core modules at every level of study (e.g., Personal, Professional & Academic Development; Employability in Sport Performance; Final Year Project) and final-year elective modules (e.g., The Performance Analyst; The Performance Lifestyle Advisor; The Advanced Strength & Conditioning Coach). Through these modules (particularly the latter), students can deepen their contextual knowledge and practical experience of the duties and demands associated with key professional roles in sport performance settings.

Furthermore, with work-based learning elements embedded within the three core modules listed above, all students will have had the chance to engage in, reflect on, and learn from their experiences of working in authentic, real-world sport performance environments by the time they graduate from the programme. Such exposure will be vital in helping graduates make well-informed decisions regarding their ongoing personal and professional development beyond this particular programme of study.

The course is delivered by staff with a diverse range of practical, research, teaching and industry experience within the fields of applied sport science, athlete testing, and the prescription of high-performance exercise and training. Our expertise includes: rugby science, stress in sport, extreme environments, biomechanics of gait, strength and conditioning, doping in sport, bone health, and exercise metabolism. As a practical example of our expertise, in August 2017, members of our course team worked with other staff and students from the Carnegie School of Sport to coordinate the world’s largest biomechanics research project at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in London.

The team were then invited to conduct similar testing and analysis at the IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships in Birmingham (February 2018). Our current partners include professional sporting and high-performance organisations such as Leeds Rhinos, Yorkshire Carnegie Rugby, England Athletics, British Triathlon, Ministry of Defence, and the Football Association. Engagement with the above partners and global events such as the IAAF World Athletics Championships allows us to provide excellent employability development opportunities within the programme, whilst enhancing our appreciation of the employment roles and responsibilities of practitioners working in sport performance settings.

The overall aim of the programme is, through direct experience and critical appraisal of research and practice, to develop essential scientific knowledge, critical understanding and practical skills relevant to sport performance environments. Students will explore and experience the application of principal scientific disciplines in the context of sport performance, and acquire an in-depth appreciation of the multi- and inter-disciplinary nature of sport performance science. In addition, the programme will equip students with employability skills and enhance their self-awareness to support continuing personal and professional development.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, students will be able:

Develop knowledge and understanding of the multi- and inter-disciplinary basis of sport performance science, with extensive critical appreciation of the scientific disciplines of Biomechanics, Nutrition, Physiology, and Psychology.

Critically evaluate contemporary research and professional practice in sport performance science by successfully evaluating and reflecting on limitations of existing evidence.

Acquire and develop a set of advanced skills commensurate with working as a professional in sport performance contexts, including the ability to operate specialist equipment, digital applications, and other relevant technology.

Understand and utilise a scientific, evidence-informed process to question and problem solve issues relevant to experiences in sport performance contexts.

Analyse empirical data and critically evaluate appropriate evidence to produce verifiable conclusions and practical recommendations.

Develop a set of professional skills necessary for making enterprising decisions in global and diverse employment settings, and to take responsibility for one’s own continuous professional development.

Level 4 Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of the human body in sport performance settings, drawing primarily on the scientific disciplines of Biomechanics, Nutrition, Physiology, and Psychology.
  • Describe how key scientific principles can be applied to human movement and performance in sport.
  • Demonstrate ability to use appropriate measurement techniques and equipment when collecting data for research and practice.
  • Demonstrate ability to analyse, interpret and evaluate simple data in an ethical, accurate and professional manner.
  • Identify and describe relevant professional and ethical principles that underpin professional roles within the context of sport performance.
  • Demonstrate evidence of personal responsibility for development and the attainment of key academic and transferable skills.

Assessment & Feedback

The assessment balance and overall workload associated with this course are calculated from core modules and a sample of option module choices undertaken by a typical student. They have been reviewed and confirmed as representative by the Course Director.

Level 4 is assessed by an even mix of examinations and coursework.

Level 5 is assessed by predominantly practical assessments, with an even mix of coursework and examinations.

Level 6 is assessed by coursework predominantly, with some examinations and practical assessments.

Please note the exam/assessment periods in the academic calendar and make sure that you are available during those periods. Further details of your schedule of examinations can be found on your timetable once the examination schedule is released. Coursework submission deadlines can normally be found on MyBeckett, on course noticeboards or in individual Module Handbooks/other module guides.

Disabled students requiring adjustments to assessments and/or examinations should contact Disability Advice at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss their support requirements. In order for adjustments to be identified and implemented in a timely fashion we urge all students to register with us as soon as possible, as we cannot provide adjustments at short notice.

For further information visit Disability Advice or email us at or call us on 0113 812 5831. Please also see Disability Advice on the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett for further information.

It is important for your progression and achievement that you submit all work for all assignments in a timely manner. It is also important that you keep copies of all work submitted until after you have graduated. You should also keep any receipts confirming the submission of assignments. In the event of your submitted work being lost you may be required to produce a copy of the work and submission receipt. If you are unable to do so, your work will not be marked.

It is important to note that submitting all assignments is a requirement of your course. Should you experience extenuating circumstances which prevent you from submitting on time please make yourself aware of the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances process. Without any form of extenuating circumstances, standard penalties apply for late submission of assessed work. Full details of the penalties for late submission of course work are available in section 3.12 of the Academic Regulations at Please check the penalties that apply to this course as some Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body requirements may mean that different penalties apply.

If you have been recommended ‘flexibility around deadlines’ as a reasonable adjustment in a Reasonable Adjustment Plan, your Course Administrator will be able to advise you of the process.

You may be required to submit your written work via Turnitin; further information on Turnitin is available here:

Assessed work will normally be returned with appropriate feedback within four weeks of your submission. Each Module Handbook will provide you with specific guidelines on how and when you will receive feedback on your assessments. Feedback for coursework submitted online will be provided as in-text comments and alignment with grading criteria, as well as feedback and feedforward statements. Some module leaders may choose to provide this as oral feedback which will be recorded. For presentations and skills-based assessments, a hard copy of feedback will be provided aligned with the grading schema.

Results from module assessments and decisions on progression to the next level of study (e.g., from Level 4 to Level 5 of an undergraduate degree) or awards (if you are in the final level) are available on the Results Online system:

Results will appear within Results Online five working days after the date of the Progression and Award Board meeting (the meeting where your end of level outcome will be decided) or the Module Board meeting (the meeting where modular outcomes are decided).

If you are unsure about when you might receive your results or have queries relating to your results, you should contact your Course Administrator.

The University recognises that, from time to time, students may encounter issues which may prevent them from being able to submit or take assessment. Where this is the case, students may be able to submit their 'extenuating circumstances' for consideration. Please see the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances web page for further information.

If you have not passed a module at the first attempt you will be eligible for re-assessment. See your Module Handbook for details of the relevant re-assessment process (e.g., whether it is coursework, an examination, a presentation or other form of assessment/when it will take place/what the deadline is). You will be advised via Results Online of your options for re-assessment. You are advised to contact your Course Director, Course Administrator or Academic Advisor for any necessary clarification.

Details about our Appeals process can be found on the Appeals web page.

Academic integrity means intellectual honesty and is part of good academic practice. Further information can be found on our Academic Integrity web page.

Teaching & Learning

Students will be engaged through a variety of teaching and learning approaches whilst studying the BSc. (Hons) Science of Sport Performance programme. Challenging and authentic tasks will be used to stretch the students’ capabilities in real-world learning and assessment, resulting in a deeper approach to learning. Each module on the degree will consist of 20 credits (with the exception of the L6 Final Year Project, 40 credits), which equates to 200 notional learning hours. The learning on each module will consist of 48 hours contact time (equivalent to six hours per week). We plan to deliver large group sessions and lectures online and smaller group activities (seminars/practical/tutorials) where possible on-campus with appropriate social distance measures in place.

We will deliver teaching and learning activities which are informed by government guidance on COVID-19 requirements and the need for social distancing. Government COVID-19 guidance continues to change and this may mean that during the academic year, arrangements for teaching and learning and use of the campus may need to change.

We aim to provide access to:

excellent teaching, learning and support via a blend of online and on-campus learning where this can be delivered safely

opportunities to engage with interactive key concept lectures, where students will be expected to contribute having completed some preparatory study in advance

participation in online or face-to-face tutorials where they will engage with a range of learning activities

the completion of directed activities/formative assessments which will inform the content of scheduled sessions and will provide opportunities for feedback. These may included guided readings, self-diagnostic testing, discussion boards etc.

independent research of appropriate literature predominantly using electronic databases and search engines

  • develop key employability skills such as working in a team through online platforms and/or face-to-face methods if and where this can be performed safely

  • specialist facilities and equipment for the course where this can delivered safely

  • opportunity for time on campus as soon and as much as practical, based on the need to manage the campus safely

In the event of a further government lockdown in response to COVID-19, we will prioritise remote delivery and support to enable students to continue with their studies.

Your Modules 

(Correct for students progressing through the programme within standard timescales. Students who are required to undertake repeat study may be taught alternate modules which meet the overall course learning outcomes. Details of module delivery will be provided in your timetable). 

Level 4 Core Modules (2020/21 for FT students and 2020/21 and 2021/22 for standard PT students) 

Human Movement 

Nutrition & Biochemistry for Sport & Exercise 

Psychophysiological Responses to Exercise for Performance 

Young Athlete Development 

Profiling Sport Performance 

Personal, Professional & Academic Development 


Level 5 Core Modules
(2021/22 for FT students and 2022/23 and 2023/24 for standard PT students) 

Biomechanics & Performance Analysis 

Science of Physiological Adaptations 

Food & Nutrition for Health, Sport, & Exercise 

Psychosocial Development for Elite Sport Performance 

The Developing Strength & Conditioning Coach 

Employability in Sport Performance 


Level 6 Core Modules (2022/23 for FT students and 2024/25 and 2025/26 for standard PT students) 

Analysing Sport Performance 

Adapting Performance Environments 

Final Year Project 

Level 6 Option Modules (delivery years as per Level 6 core modules above) 

The following option modules are indicative of a typical year. There may be some variance in the  

availability of option modules 

Applied Physiology of Sport Performance 

Applied Sport Psychology 

Creating Positive Performance Environments 

Neuromuscular Aspects of Skilled Performance 

Performance Nutrition 

Sport Governance 

The Performance Analyst 

The Performance Lifestyle Advisor 

The Advanced Strength & Conditioning Coach   

A standard module equates to 200 notional learning hours, which may be comprised of teaching, learning and assessment, placement activities and independent study. Sandwich placement years spent out of the University are not be included in the calculation unless they are credit bearing and attributed to a level of the course. Modules may have more than 1 component of assessment

Overall Workload

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

288 hours

384 hours

288 hours

Independent Study

912 hours

816 hours

912 hours



120 hours


Details of School academic staff can be found on the Carnegie School of Sport Website.

Attendance & Absence

The University expects you to attend and fully contribute to all mandatory sessions on your timetable as set out in your student contract. Engagement in your lectures, seminars and practicals is an important part of your learning - contributing both to the University community and the learning experience of your fellow students on the course.

We monitor your engagement at the University as regular attendance and academic achievement are closely linked. Moreover, by monitoring your engagement and attendance we can identify students who may need our guidance or support at an early stage to help them progress in their studies. This is part of our commitment to ensuring an excellent education and experience and supporting your success at Leeds Beckett.

The University does understand that from time to time there is good reason why you cannot attend a class, and in this instance you must contact your School office to let them know.

Please note that any attendance reports can be shared with you and your Course team. You might be asked to contact your School office so that appropriate academic or pastoral support can be offered, should your attendance record give cause for concern.

Our most important aim is to support your studies, but we are also required to report attendance to various external bodies such as the Student Loan Company and the Home Office. There are measures in place for students who seek to falsely register either their own or fellow students’ attendance.

Our Attendance Policy is available under ‘Student Contract’ on the Student Regulations web page.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific attendance requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

You must notify your Course Administrator if you are absent for more than one day (for example for an interview, emergency unforeseen circumstances, or for compassionate leave). If you are going to apply for mitigation you will need to provide written evidence of the reason for your absence.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

If you are unable to study due to Covid-19 (coronavirus) symptoms, please see the guidance available on our Covid-19 web page.

If you are unable to study because of another illness for more than 14 consecutive days (including weekends), you must provide us with a Fit Note.

You can send a digital copy of your Fit Note to your Course Administrator, and then send the original by post.

If you are absent through illness on the day of an examination or assignment deadline and you intend to apply for mitigation, you must also provide us with details as possible. Your submission for mitigation may be made online and the circumstances surrounding it may be self-certified unless your period of absence is prolonged. Generally, all absences of 2 weeks or more will require the submission of verifiable documentary evidence. For more information on ‘fit to sit’ and mitigation please visit our Mitigation web page.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

Campus-based students who suspect they may have, or have been diagnosed as having a serious infectious disease such as Mumps, TB, measles, meningitis or chicken pox should not attend campus and notify their Course Director or Course Administrator as soon as possible giving information regarding which groups of students (and/or colleagues and clients on placements) you have been in contact with and when. For diseases such as Mumps, TB or meningitis, your doctor will notify the West Yorkshire Public Health Protection Team who may also wish to speak to you (or your family) to determine if others require screening or medication. You should follow advice given by the hospital or your GP about when it is safe to return to University. Further information is available on the Student Wellbeing web page.

For guidance on what to do if you have symptoms of Covid-19 (coronavirus), please visit our Covid-19 web page.

If you are thinking about changing course or withdrawing from your course, further information can be found on our Student web pages

International Students

Please be aware that our university fully complies with University Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) policy at all times. There are legal reporting requirements for all students in the UK on a Student visa, and full attendance is mandatory for all students on a Student Visa. Failure to meet UKVI attendance requirements could lead to your academic sponsorship being withdrawn and your visa being revoked. Students on a Student Visa need to be aware of their responsibilities whilst in the UK, please see or our Student Immigration Advice and Compliance web page for full information.

For up to date information about visas, immigration issues and other matters relating to international students, please visit the International Students’ web pages on the Students website ( or contact the International Student Advice Centre on

Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course

There is no professional accreditation or recognition associated with the course.

'In Year' Work Placement Information

Leeds Beckett is dedicated to improving the employability of our students and one of the ways in which we do this is to support our students to gain valuable work experience through work-based placements. Our placement teams have developed strong links with companies, many of whom repeatedly recruit our students into excellent placement roles and the teams are dedicated to supporting students through every stage of the placement process. More information about the many benefits of undertaking a work placement, along with details about how to contact our placement teams may be found here:

There is a requirement for students to complete a minimum of 120 hours of professional development activities at Level 5. This will usually be achieved via work placements or other work-based learning where placements are not possible.

Not Specified

Skills, Employability & Graduate Opportunities

The learning and teaching on the BSc (Hons.) Science of Sport Performance degree places the student at the centre of the experience by fostering an inclusive, supportive and caring environment (personalised student support). This is evidenced through the mapping of the relevant course development principles into the learning experience. Through a curriculum which is informed by research and professional practice, students will develop the required skills, knowledge and experience to be employed in their chosen field. The course learning outcomes ensure an appropriate breadth and depth of knowledge is learnt. These are appropriately mapped into individual modules ensuring that the course fits together as a whole, rather than a series of modules (in turn building a strong course identity). Content has been mapped by the course team and module leaders to ensure horizontal and vertical alignment.

The course will focus on developing knowledge of the field (content) whilst giving the students the opportunities to apply their learning in practical contexts (experience) whilst enhancing their learning through problem solving approaches (challenging and authentic tasks) that are provided as live briefs where possible/appropriate. The learning approaches will take into account the diverse backgrounds of students nurturing them through levels four, five and six, developing them into independent learners and critical divergent thinkers ready for employment or postgraduate study (inclusive environment; activities linked to student experience).

The course development team have designed a course level assessment strategy ensuring the balance, level and diet of assessment across all levels to ensure that graduates are suitably qualified to work in the field of physical activity, exercise and health and beyond (course level assessment strategy). Learning and teaching approaches will be continually reviewed and developed using feedback from mid and end of module evaluations, peer review, focus groups, enhancement and development days and module development days.

This will ensure that the students’ learning experience is continually enhanced by supporting the professional development needs of the academic members of staff who will facilitate the learning experience.



You will have opportunities to gain recognition during your time at Leeds Beckett University for the extra activities you do in addition to your studies, including volunteering, student societies, playing in our University sports teams and being a Course Representative.

There are three Graduate Attributes for Leeds Beckett University and these are tailored to suit your course. The three attributes you should achieve by the end of the course are for you to be digitally literate, have a global outlook and for you to be enterprising. Learning about these attributes and being assessed on them as part of your modules will provide you with capabilities which are essential for your future career and wider life as you move on from your studies here. You will be formally assessed on all the attributes in some of your modules at each academic level in each year of your course. For more information on graduate attributes please visit
Information on your assessment is included in your Module Handbooks.

All our undergraduate students will develop three graduate attributes; Be Enterprising, Digitally Literate, and Global Outlook.

A Graduate Attribute is defined as “an amalgamation of skills, knowledge and attitudes built up through a student’s time at university, which they are capable of articulating and demonstrating to the wider world.” The BSc. (Hons) Science of Sport Performance course has embedded the three Leeds Beckett graduate attributes within the revised course curriculum having consulted key evidence and resources including the University’s Course Development Principles Document (2011), the University’s Education Strategy (2016-21), and the recently-updated Taxonomy of Assessment Domains.

It is indicated within each of the Module Specifications where graduates attributes are developed and/or assessed. Each of the graduate attributes has been highlighted in the course learning outcomes (page 4) using the following key:
● Global Outlook
● Digitally Literate
● Be Enterprising

Global Outlook
Defined as the ability to engage effectively and responsibly in a multicultural and globalising world, Global Outlook is developed and assessed throughout the levels across a range of modules. Students will begin by searching for and utilising a range of literature from a national and international perspective on a range of topics related to the science of sport performance. The Personal Professional and Academic Development module at Level 4 will develop students’ knowledge of paradigms and how their view of the world will impact on research design. This particular Level 4 module will also help students appreciate, consider, and respect how differing world views and perspectives (e.g., varying cultures and backgrounds) can have implications for their work in both higher education and following graduation.

At Levels 5 and 6, Global Outlook will be embedded into modules through the examples such as the consideration of culturally-based diets when planning nutritional strategies for high-performance athletes or the acceptance of religion-based gender differences when exploring determinants of training and sport performance. This will be further enhanced by the students’ optional module choices into specialist areas of professionalism and performance science, as well as through the focus of their Final Year Project. Students will be required to engage with research and relevant literature originating from various parts of the world where an appreciation of the culture in which the participants live may influence the outcomes of research and practice.

Digitally Literate
A student who is Digitally Literate will be able to confidently and critically identify and use information and digital technologies to enhance his or her academic, personal and professional development. Digital Literacy has been mapped into the degree using the JISC guidance. Across all modules and levels, students will develop their use of electronic search databases in finding and evaluating the suitability of a range of digital sources including web pages and journal articles (Digital Scholarship, Academic Practice, Information literacy). Students will also be engaged in using the VLE through use of a variety of appropriate tools (e.g., e-mail, MyBeckett, discussion boards, online submission) to enhance their learning experience (communication and collaboration). Students will also develop their use of a range of digital devices including cameras, camcorders, digital audio recorders, iPads and tablets, applications, and websites.

During Level 4, students will learn how to use appropriate software packages to record, analyse, interpret and present data (Media Literacy). At Level 5, students will be introduced to more complex analyses and will learn how to select appropriate software packages to analyse different data (Media Literacy). By Level 6, the students will have developed critical skills enabling them to become independent learners and will know which software to select to complete recording, analysis, interpretation and presentation of the data for their Final Year Project. During Levels 4 and 5, students will be introduced to a range of specialised digital scientific equipment to measure aspects of human performance (e.g., force plate measurement and electromyography), specialist software (e.g., Nutritics, SIMI Motion) and specialist statistical analysis software (e.g., IBM SPSS, NVIVO). By the end of level 6, students will have developed a critical understanding of different equipment and measurement techniques, and have acquired the ability to select the appropriate method (or methods) to provide a valid and reliable measure of the chosen variable (Computer Literacy, Media Literacy). Such knowledge and skills will be applied by students within a range of modules, but most prominently through their completion of the Final Year Project.

Throughout the course, students will appropriately plan their professional development using a range of tools. In the Level 4 Personal, Professional, & Academic Development module, students will be introduced to the university online employability resource (InPlace) and appropriate tools to build a personal and professional development portfolio (Communication and Collaboration, Information Literacy, Professional Development Planning). At Level 5, students will further their understanding and application of these tools within the Employability in Sport Performance module. Students will be encouraged to take part in both internal (MyBeckett discussion groups) and external networking using appropriate websites (e.g., LinkedIn, Google Groups) (Professional Development Planning).

Be Enterprising
Enterprising students will show a proactive approach to meeting the challenges involved in sport performance science. They will do so by approaching a number of challenges including authentic assessments, which will require them to use their knowledge and skills to deal with real-world scenarios. This approach is reflected in a variety of modules at every level, and will include the collection of data to inform case studies, as well as the development of interventions to solve problems relevant to the application of scientific principles to a range of populations.

For example, the Level 4 module, Profiling Sport Performance, will introduce students to a range of contemporary scenarios and case studies, each of which will pose specific “problems” regarding the collection and analysis of performance data. Through this module, students will be able to develop and demonstrate problem-solving skills and propose innovative solutions for dealing with such real-world challenges. Other modules including The Developing Strength & Conditioning Coach (Level 5), Analysing Sport Performance (Level 6), and the Final Year Project (Level 6) will offer subsequent opportunities for students to showcase skills and knowledge that enable them to deal with a broad range of increasingly complex and sophisticated problems.

The ability to plan and communicate effectively are other qualities associated with entrepreneurship, as defined by this particular graduate attribute. With this in mind, a multitude of elements within the taught modules (e.g., job interview scenario as part of the summative assessment within the Level 5 Employability in Sport Performance module) and Academic Advisory programme (e.g., timely meetings with Academic Advisors to review progress and identify future development goals) at each Level will support yet challenge students to develop and exhibit these associated skills.

The Course Specification outlines what work-related activities are associated with this course.

The BSc. (Hons) Science of Sport Performance course will enable students to access work-based learning activities and professional development opportunities at multiple points throughout the course, and at every level of study. The Carnegie School of Sport has a long history of working in partnership with employers in the sport industry. We recognise the value external organisations provide in supporting the development of our students, who are the future talent of tomorrow’s workforce. Key partners and employers are invited to engage with our Carnegie School of Sport Internship programme, a programme we aim to be mutually beneficial to the host organisation, our students and wider Leeds Beckett University community. By providing opportunities within the programme, our key partners share their expertise and environment to enhance the knowledge and employability of our students, as well as benefit from a fresh insight or valuable resource that our students can offer. Different levels of involvement are facilitated dependent upon organisational needs and opportunities but extend to volunteering, placements, extended internships and projects.

Within the Level 4 module, Profiling Sport Performance, students will be introduced to the varying duties and demands for which sport performance scientists are responsible, with an emphasis on what they do and how they do it. Within the Personal, Professional, & Academic Development module at the same level, students will begin to plan for their career development. The Employability in Sport Performance module at Level 5 will support students in developing their career goals through analysing their own profiles against appropriate job descriptors and planning their development accordingly. Students will identify development opportunities aligned to their chosen career aspirations which may include work placements, conference attendance, engaging in research projects, industry-recognised continuing professional development courses and/or volunteering (to name a few). These are discussed and agreed with the student’s Module Tutor, AA, and Placement Coordinator to ensure their suitability and account for a minimum of 120 hours of activity. In Level 6, further opportunities are also available aligned to Final Year Projects, and students will be supported by their AA to seek external work-related opportunities to continue their career development.

The Course Specification includes details of any accreditations, career paths, further study options and other opportunities for graduates.

This course has established links with a range of sporting organisations and professional bodies; further information may be found within our online prospectus. It is anticipated that this course will be endorsed by the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences (BASES); an application for endorsement will be submitted following confirmation of course validation.

To enable our students to compete and flourish in a competitive, fast-moving, knowledge-based economy, the Carnegie School of Sport is committed to enhancing the employability of all those studying our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. We are proud of the work our students do in the community through a range of experiences including engagement in research and work-based projects, ambassador programmes, volunteering, and placements. Local and national employers continue to inform the development and delivery of our curriculum. In addition, certain modules have been designed with the intention of providing students with the opportunity to obtain embedded qualifications alongside the completion of their credit-bearing provision. For example, the Level 6 module, The Performance Lifestyle Advisor, has been developed in collaboration with internal and external colleagues who are experienced practitioners within the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS). As a result, we are confident that students completing this module will be eligible for obtaining the Level 3 qualification associated with the professional role of Performance Lifestyle Advisor. Other modules that have been identified for the development of embedded qualifications include The Developing Strength & Conditioning Coach (L5) and The Performance Analyst (L6). Furthermore, like all students within the Carnegie School of Sport, those enrolled on the BSc. (Hons) Science of Sport Performance course will be given the opportunity to complete a wide range of vocational and contextually-relevant qualifications through initiatives offered by Sport & Active Lifestyles and University Sport.

A range of employers and industry experts from across sport performance contexts were invited to comment on the proposed content and structure of the BSc. (Hons) Science of Sport Performance programme as part of an Employer Forum (April 2018). Their evaluation of the proposed programme presented was that it would cover the key disciplines and content as expected, and would include strong module options at Level 6 to support the course rationale and philosophy. From an employability perspective, the advisory group agreed that context-specific and interpersonal skills are equally important as the scientific knowledge gained through a programme of study, and that the employability strand developed through the curriculum strongly underpins this. Detailed feedback obtained from this focus group can be found in Appendix 3.

The course will primarily prepare graduates for employment in sport performance contexts. Due to the degree having strong research and professional development strands, graduates would also be suitably positioned to follow a career in research or teaching within associated fields. For those who wish to further their education through postgraduate study, the course will provide a solid foundation of the key disciplines of Sports and Exercise Science upon which graduates may continue to study and specialise on programmes within the MSc Suite of Sport and Exercise Science courses here at Leeds Beckett University, or another related postgraduate qualification (MSc. or PhD) in associated subjects (e.g., Nutrition and Dietetics; Physical Activity and Health).

Learning Support

If you have a question or a problem relating to your course, your Course Administrator is there to help you. Course Administrators work closely with academic staff and can make referrals to teaching staff or to specialist professional services as appropriate. They can give you a confirmation of attendance letter, and a transcript. You may also like to contact your Course Rep or the Students’ Union Advice team for additional support with course-related questions.

Your Academic Advisor will be an academic member of staff who teaches you on your course. Your Course Director will make sure that you are given the contact details of your Academic Advisor at the beginning of each year, usually in your course induction. Further details on the role of your Academic Advisor are available on the Academic Advisor web page.

The Student Advice Hub Team can support with a number of practical elements of University life. When you first arrive at University, they produce your first Student ID card and any replacements you require during your studies. When you commence your studies, they can provide you with bank letters, so that you are able to open and maintain student bank accounts, and Confirmation of Enrolment letters that you might need for a range of purposes. Current students and graduates can also request transcripts from the Student Advice Hub.

As you progress with university life, the Student Advice Hub Team are able to provide information in relation to any element you might need help with. If you have a question and you’re not sure who to ask, please get in touch. If the team aren’t able to answer your query directly, they will ensure you can access the most appropriate team to offer help.

If you need help with more complex queries or concerns, their trained advisers also support students with 1-1 appointments, providing a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space to talk about your circumstances and identifying support that you can access within and outside of the University. You can book an appointment with an Adviser on MyHub.

Ordinarily, members of the Student Advice Hub in the Student Hubs on the ground floor of the Rose Bowl and Leslie Silver at City Campus and in Campus Central at Headingley. However, due to Covid-19, and in the interests of the health and safety of our students and staff, for a period of time this service will support you digitally via live chat, email, video calls and online resources. Their telephone number is 0113 812 3000 and you can contact them via e-mail on Appointments can be booked via the Student Advice Hub Team web page, all of which will be delivered virtually.

Within MyBeckett you will see two tabs (Support and Opportunities) where you can find online information and resources for yourselves. The ‘Support’ tab gives you access to details of services available to give you academic and personal support. These include Library Services, the Students’ Union, Money advice, Disability advice and support, Wellbeing, International Student Services and Accommodation. There is also an A-Z of Support Services, and access to online appointments/registration.

The ‘Opportunities’ tab is the place to explore the options you have for jobs, work placements, volunteering, and a wide range of other opportunities. For example, you can find out here how to get help with your CV, prepare for an interview, get a part-time job or voluntary role, take part in an international project, or join societies closer to home.

Support for disabled students is available from our Disability Advice team. Support is available for students with a range of disabilities including:
• epilepsy, diabetes and IBS
• depression, anxiety and eating disorders
• dyslexia, dyspraxia, and AD(H)D
• Autism Spectrum Conditions
• Mobility difficulties
• Sensory impairments

Support is individually tailored depending on the nature of your disability and the demands of your course. We would encourage you to contact us as early as possible to enable us to implement any adjustments you may need. If you have a disability and have not previously declared it, please fill in the registration form (which is also available via the Disability Advice web page) or contact the Disability Advice team on 0113 8125831 or email

More information on disability advice is available under the Academic and Personal Support sections of the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett, and on the Disability Advice web page.

Disabled students can also access the Disability Resource Areas in each library and the support provided by the Library Learning Support Officer. More information is available on the Library website.

The Library

The Library offers 24/7 support for your studies. You can access thousands of resources via MyBeckett or the Library website which also provides full details of all our services.

Library Academic Support

The Library Academic Support Team can help you develop your academic skills such as critical thinking, academic writing and analysing data, and research skills such as how to find, use and evaluate information for your studies. The team liaises with your lecturers to provide the information resources you need for your subject and to arrange academic skills sessions to support you in your studies.

The team maintains a number of websites to support your learning:

  • In your Subject guide, you'll find a variety of information resources which have been selected as a good starting point for research in that area.  These are available on the Skills and Subject Support web page or via the Course or Support tabs in My Beckett.
  • On the Skills for Learning website, you’ll find online resources covering topics such as essay writing, research and time management, plus information to help you reference and avoid plagiarism, alongside details of online workshops that are designed to help you succeed in your assessments.  The Skills for Learning website can be found on the Library website or via the Library or Support tabs in My Beckett.

Library and Student IT Advice Service

The Library and Student IT Advice Service team can answer your queries on borrowing, finding information, passwords, Office 365, online meetings, saving your work, MyBeckett and more:

  • online (including 24/7 chat) via the Contact Us web page
  • by phone - 0113 812 1000 (24/7 IT support)

They also have a wide range of short tutorials available on the Library’s YouTube channel.


Wi-Fi on the University campus is provided by eduroam, a secure wireless network, which also allows you Wi-Fi access if you visit other universities. To connect:
1. Select eduroam from available Wi-Fi
2. Your login details are:
Username: e.g.,
Password: your normal university password
*Android Users: Select under Phase 2 Authentication – MS-CHAPv2
Help is available on the Library’s Wi-Fi web page.

Microsoft Office 365

You are provided with free access to Office 365 and the latest version of Office can be downloaded from the IT tab in MyBeckett or from All students who are registered for a qualification at Leeds Beckett University are eligible and you can use the subscription for the duration of your course. For instructions and more information, please see the Office 365 support page.


OneDrive Leeds Beckett is your individual file storage with 1TB of storage space. With OneDrive you can access and share your files across your devices. This is accessible on University PCs and off-campus through Office 365 portal. See the Saving your Work pages on the Library website for more information.

Leeds Beckett RemoteApp

The Leeds Beckett RemoteApp gives you access to a range of specialist software for your course on your personal devices. See the RemoteApp page on the Library website for more information.

Media Equipment – free loans

You can borrow high-end Media Equipment for free. Browse, reserve and collect equipment ranging from GoPros to Remote Presenters from the ground floor of the Shelia Silver and Headingley Libraries. Further information is available on the Media Equipment web page.

The Students’ Union Advice Service offers free, independent, non-judgemental advice and guidance to all Leeds Beckett Students. This can include advice on any problems you might have whilst on your course including all the Academic Regulations (Mitigation, Extensions, Complaints, Appeals, Disciplinary procedures and Academic Integrity). We can also give advice on any issues you may have with your housing including disrepair, contract checking and issues with deposits. We can also advise on student funding and debt.

We will listen to your problem and outline what options are available to you, so you can make an informed decision on what to do.

Hopefully you will never need us but just remember we are here for you if you do.


Tel: 0113 812 8400

The Students’ Union Student Voice & Insight Team works together with the Education Officer to effectively represent students’ academic interests.

We provide support, training and ongoing development to c.1000 Course Representatives, who are elected by you to represent you whilst you study at Leeds Beckett, and facilitate the School Forums where any student can raise feedback about their academic experience at Leeds Beckett and discuss changes that have occurred as a result of student feedback with University staff.

Unsure who your Course Rep is? Maybe you’re interested in becoming a Course Rep or have feedback about your academic experience? Drop us a message on the details below:


Tel: 0113 812 8400


MyBeckett, the portal and virtual learning environment provides:

• access to your modules and timetables;
• your reading lists and email account;
• your personal storage area on our University IT servers;
• information on where to look for academic or personal support (Support tab);
• information on opportunities such as jobs, careers, part-time work, placements and volunteering (Opportunities tab)
• access to Library and student IT advice

Further information and support for using MyBeckett can be found on the MyBeckett Support Pages.

All of the above facilities house state of the art equipment appropriate for the delivery of this programme, some examples of specialist equipment include:

Environmental Chamber (Temperature, Humidity and Altitude)

Dual X-ray Absorptiometry

Online Gas Analysis Systems

Clinical exercise testing with integrated ECG  Douglas Bags

Fingertip blood sampling Systems

Case ECG system


Wingate System

Core Temperature Pill System



HaemoCue Hb 201

EPOC system to measure blood gases/electrolytes (on order)

Cycle ergometers (Monark)

Treadmills (Woodway)

Arm ergometer (Monark Rehab trainer)

Lode Bike

Nutritics Nutritional Analysis Software






Motion Analysis Systems

Isokinetic/Isometric Dynamometry


Gait analysis Systems

The laboratories are funded and supported by Carnegie School of Sport and the University. Access to facilities is mainly through taught sessions, though there is an opportunity for students to book laboratories and teaching facilities for independent learning sessions. These sessions are used to further develop specific laboratory skills. The learning support team works closely with the academic staff to ensure that our teaching resources are continually being reviewed and new purchases are made where necessary. We will be providing students with access in line with the Government and University recommendations relating to COVID-19.



Student Voice

We are committed to working in partnership with you and the Students’ Union to provide you with an inclusive, safe and engaging learning environment which is conducive to study for all our students and our staff. An important element of your time studying with us is your engagement in developing your learning. Your engagement and attendance on your course enables you to further your learning and supports your achievement, course completion and aspirations for the future. There is an expectation that students will attend, engage in their learning and submit for assessment. We provide support for you to maximise your time studying with us and to develop your learning, skills and abilities to support you in your chosen career path.

We seek active participation by all our students in the continuous enhancement of our courses and through our monitoring, annual review and enhancement processes. These are formal processes used by our University for assuring the academic standards and quality of your course and its continuous improvement. These processes utilise your feedback, External Examiners’ reports, feedback from staff and others, data relating to student outcomes on the course and student surveys to reflect on areas of good practice and areas for further enhancement. We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey. We utilise the outcomes of these surveys to benchmark our courses nationally and to inform annual course enhancements.

Informal feedback is also welcome at any time either via your Academic Advisor or module tutor or via your Course Representative. Our partnership with you enables us together to make the most of your learning experience with us and to enhance the quality and reputation of your course. You can find out what actions have been taken in response to your feedback through your Course Representative, the Students’ Union, your tutors or through the Library.

Course Representatives are student volunteers who represent your views at course level, in formal and informal meetings with academic and support staff online and follow up on actions that have occurred as a result of student feedback at School Forums. Details about being a Course Representative are available on the Students web pages. The Students’ Union oversees Course Representatives and more information is available on the Students’ Union website.

You have the opportunity to become an elected Course Representative working in a voluntary capacity with students, the Students’ Union, the Course Director and members of the course team and our University. The Course Director, working in partnership with our Students’ Union, enables the process for election and appointment of Course Representatives. The Students’ Union provides training and development for Course Reps and supports their engagement in enhancement activities. Being a Course Representative provides an opportunity for you to enhance your own learning and the development of relevant professional and employability skills in parallel with your studies.

As a Course Representative you would play an important role in:
• acting as a point of contact and advocate for students on your course and in supporting their active engagement;
• gathering feedback from students on your course to inform further enhancements to the quality of your course and the student experience;
• enabling dialogue and good communication between students and staff on the course;
• working with the Course Director, members of the course team and the Students’ Union to enhance your course;
• facilitating and engaging in meetings about your course; and
• being an ambassador for your course.

Further details about Course Representatives are available on the web pages above and in our University’s Academic Regulations.

We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey.

We are committed to providing a high quality experience for all our students. We welcome comments and compliments from students, and find them valuable for on-going improvements to our provision. Comments and compliments about your course can be raised with your Course Representative or directly with your Course Director or Academic Advisor.

If you have a specific complaint about an act or omission of our University, you may be able to make a complaint under the Student Complaints Procedure. In the first instance, you should raise the matter as soon as possible with the member of staff most directly concerned, or with the person who can best resolve it. If this does not resolve the matter, or if the complaint is too serious to be addressed in this way, then you should make a formal complaint in writing. Information about how to make a complaint, including the student complaints procedure and a complaints form, is available on the Students web pages

General Information

Bachelor of Science with Honours Science of Sport Performance

Bachelor of Science Science of Sport Performance - Level 6
Diploma of Higher Education Science of Sport Performance - Level 5
Certificate of Higher Education Science of Sport Performance - Level 4

Leeds Beckett University

Level 6 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, with 120 credit points at each of Levels 4, 5 and 6 of the UK Credit Framework for Higher Education (360 credits in total)

PT delivery is usually at half the intensity of the FT equivalent course, although there may be flexibility to increase your pace of study to shorten the overall course duration. Some modules may be delivered in a different sequence to that defined within this information set, but the modules offered within each level are consistent. Please note that the work placement option is generally not available to PT students.

Headingley Campus, Leeds (plus location of work placement, if applicable)

Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. If you have any queries about your tuition fees, please visit our Course/Tuition Fees Payment web page or contact Ongoing queries relating to additional course costs may be discussed with your Course Administrator.

Policies, Standards & Regulations

Key University regulations and policies can be accessed on the following web pages:

• Academic Regulations (including assessment regulations) are available on our Academic Regulations web page
• The Student Contract is available on our Student Regulations web page
• The Student Charter is available on our Academic Regulations web page (Section 20)

Other Student regulations and University policies, including Safety, Health and Wellbeing policies, are available on our Student Regulations web page

You should also familiarise yourself with our Zero Tolerance Report and Support web page regarding sexual harassment and assault, and also the Report & Support web page regarding racial harassment.

There are no additional or non-standard regulations which relate to your course.

The External Examiner assures that you are assessed fairly in relation to other students on the same course and also that the standard of your own award is comparable to similar courses taken by students in other higher education institutions within the UK. The External Examiner(s) provide an annual report for your course. External Examiner reports are available on our External Examiner Reports web page, which is accessible via the Course Information link on the Students home page.

The details of the External Examiner for this course are as follows:

Dr Mark Stone

Programme Leader BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, School of Sport and Health Sciences,

University of Central Lancashire

Module Information

The Course Administrator can provide you with the module information for your course, or tell you where to locate the details. This includes a description of module content, how the module will be taught and how you will be assessed.. In most cases, you will be provided with a module handbook at the start of the module or one will be made available to you In My Beckett

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