BSc (Hons)

Sport and Exercise Science

Teaching & Learning

Through the study of study Biomechanics, Nutrition, Physiology and Psychology in the contexts of sport and exercise, you will learn how people function in sport and exercise settings.  The course is designed to meet the requirements of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences' criteria for endorsement.

The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload will be informed by your core modules and the option modules you choose to study – the information provided is an indication of what you can expect and may be subject to change. The option modules listed are also an indication of what will be available to you. Their availability is subject to demand and you will be advised which option modules you can choose at the beginning of each year of study.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we are currently unable to advise on the mode of teaching for September 2021, however we will keep you updated and provide more information as soon as we can. We continue to follow government guidance and your teaching and learning will reflect the restrictions in place at the time of delivery. We currently anticipate that you may experience a blended approach – this is a mix of face-to-face, on campus and online teaching and learning. You can keep up to date with teaching and learning at Leeds Beckett via our Covid-19 website. Updated course specifications will be available in August 2021. In the meantime, our existing course specifications are available.

What you'll learn

Gain the knowledge and comprehension of sport and exercise physiology. It will equip you with relevant skills to apply knowledge and understanding during measurement of physiological function.
Gain an introduction to the origins and foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology, otherwise defined as the scientific study of human behaviour within the contexts of sport and exercise. This will be achieved by you drawing on a range of psychological perspectives and domains that have informed the development of this discipline.
Gain the support and early engagement in and development of self-regulatory, study, academic, and employability skills. Specifically, the module will provide you with opportunities to develop a range of personal, professional, and research-related skills that will be useful throughout the degree.
Explore the fundamentals of nutrition for health and performance by developing an understanding of nutritional biochemistry and energy metabolism. On completion of the module you should be able to understand the concept of energy and how the body utilises energy. By understanding metabolism and the process of energy utilisation, you will develop an understanding of food as energy along with the importance of adequate nutrition in maintaining body functions during rest and activity.
Explore the qualitative and quantitative methods used in biomechanics research and practice which describe the structures, functions, and mechanical bases of human motion.
Undertake an interactive learning experience that is primarily practical in focus. You will appreciate the distinctions and overlaps between the four Sport and Exercise Science disciplines. You will also consider methods employed by Sport and Exercise Scientists to measure aspects of performance.
Gain the knowledge and comprehension of sport and exercise physiology. It will equip you with relevant skills to apply knowledge and understanding during measurement of physiological function.
Gain an introduction to the origins and foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology, otherwise defined as the scientific study of human behaviour within the contexts of sport and exercise. This will be achieved by you drawing on a range of psychological perspectives and domains that have informed the development of this discipline.
Gain the support and early engagement in and development of self-regulatory, study, academic, and employability skills. Specifically, the module will provide you with opportunities to develop a range of personal, professional, and research-related skills that will be useful throughout the degree.
Explore the fundamentals of nutrition for health and performance by developing an understanding of nutritional biochemistry and energy metabolism. On completion of the module you should be able to understand the concept of energy and how the body utilises energy. By understanding metabolism and the process of energy utilisation, you will develop an understanding of food as energy along with the importance of adequate nutrition in maintaining body functions during rest and activity.
Explore the qualitative and quantitative methods used in biomechanics research and practice which describe the structures, functions, and mechanical bases of human motion.
Undertake an interactive learning experience that is primarily practical in focus. You will appreciate the distinctions and overlaps between the four Sport and Exercise Science disciplines. You will also consider methods employed by Sport and Exercise Scientists to measure aspects of performance.

What you'll learn

Build upon your research and study skills acquired at Year One to enable you to be consumers of research for use across your degree. By the end of the module, you will be able to search for and apply relevant literature and/or theory; choose research designs to address research enquiries; analyse and interpret empirical data (qualitative and quantitative); and present research findings in your specific field.
Develop your awareness of the industry profile and employment landscape in Sport and Exercise Science. It will provide you with a range of opportunities to enhance your employability through the development of transferable and specific skills. You will be encouraged to broaden your network of contacts and audit, manage and reflect upon the advancement of your individual employability skills, expectations and requirements to support your development as a professional graduate.
Build upon your research and study skills acquired at Year One to enable you to be consumers of research for use across your degree. By the end of the module, you will be able to search for and apply relevant literature and/or theory; choose research designs to address research enquiries; analyse and interpret empirical data (qualitative and quantitative); and present research findings in your specific field.
Develop your awareness of the industry profile and employment landscape in Sport and Exercise Science. It will provide you with a range of opportunities to enhance your employability through the development of transferable and specific skills. You will be encouraged to broaden your network of contacts and audit, manage and reflect upon the advancement of your individual employability skills, expectations and requirements to support your development as a professional graduate.

Option modules may include

Evaluate peer-reviewed research relating to psychological constructs, concepts, and theories applicable to sport and exercise settings.
Investigate the role of food and nutrition in health, sport and exercise throughout the life span. You will apply your knowledge of nutrition to specific populations whilst developing the skills required for the assessment and interpretation of nutritional intake and status.
Identify and evaluate research, assessment techniques and exercise practices in a range of specific situations, including; maximal, intermittent and prolonged exercise. You will also develop an understanding of exercise prescription for health and sports performance.
Evaluate peer-reviewed research relating to psychological constructs, concepts, and theories applicable to sport and exercise settings.
Investigate the role of food and nutrition in health, sport and exercise throughout the life span. You will apply your knowledge of nutrition to specific populations whilst developing the skills required for the assessment and interpretation of nutritional intake and status.
Identify and evaluate research, assessment techniques and exercise practices in a range of specific situations, including; maximal, intermittent and prolonged exercise. You will also develop an understanding of exercise prescription for health and sports performance.

What you'll learn

Be challenged to undertake an extended and largely independent piece of work that demonstrates your research skills, critical thinking, and an awareness of ethical methodological approaches to study. You are provided with a choice of project types that reflect the key knowledge, skills and attributes of graduate careers associated with your course.
Be challenged to undertake an extended and largely independent piece of work that demonstrates your research skills, critical thinking, and an awareness of ethical methodological approaches to study. You are provided with a choice of project types that reflect the key knowledge, skills and attributes of graduate careers associated with your course.

Option modules may include

Develop a critical understanding of the differing demands of athletic events and learn how this knowledge influences the approach to performance evaluation and monitoring.
This module introduces the clinical use of exercise physiology techniques by considering the pathophysiology of several chronic diseases, the mechanism of action of commonly used medications for special clinical populations and concepts of clinical exercise testing.
Using real-world settings, you will apply knowledge and skills to critically examine conditions and situations that impose nutritional challenges to the maintenance of health as well as the prevention and treatment of disease.
Critically apply your knowledge and skills to examine conditions and situations that impose nutritional challenges to the maintenance of nutritional status.
Develop a more critical and in-depth understanding of contemporary concepts and applications relevant to the psychology of physical activity and health. You will engage in critical discussion and debate regarding physical activity behaviour change and the psychological consequences of physical activity.
Explore how psychological and ethical principles inform interventions for individual performers and sports teams.
Examine and demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of sport and exercise science within the context of extreme environments.
Gain an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of obesity. You will apply your knowledge to design an appropriate lifestyle programme for an individual to manage their weight, and to critique contemporary approaches to obesity management.
Gain in-depth knowledge of the pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease, medical assessment and therapeutic procedures, and study the role of exercise, nutrition and psychological interventions within the multi-disciplinary management of rehabilitation and secondary prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
Learn to critically review a variety of contemporary health issues and critique the role physical activity and nutrition can play within the regulation and or rehabilitation of stages of disease.
Develop a critical understanding of the differing demands of athletic events and learn how this knowledge influences the approach to performance evaluation and monitoring.
This module introduces the clinical use of exercise physiology techniques by considering the pathophysiology of several chronic diseases, the mechanism of action of commonly used medications for special clinical populations and concepts of clinical exercise testing.
Using real-world settings, you will apply knowledge and skills to critically examine conditions and situations that impose nutritional challenges to the maintenance of health as well as the prevention and treatment of disease.
Critically apply your knowledge and skills to examine conditions and situations that impose nutritional challenges to the maintenance of nutritional status.
Develop a more critical and in-depth understanding of contemporary concepts and applications relevant to the psychology of physical activity and health. You will engage in critical discussion and debate regarding physical activity behaviour change and the psychological consequences of physical activity.
Explore how psychological and ethical principles inform interventions for individual performers and sports teams.
Examine and demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of sport and exercise science within the context of extreme environments.
Gain an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of obesity. You will apply your knowledge to design an appropriate lifestyle programme for an individual to manage their weight, and to critique contemporary approaches to obesity management.
Gain in-depth knowledge of the pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease, medical assessment and therapeutic procedures, and study the role of exercise, nutrition and psychological interventions within the multi-disciplinary management of rehabilitation and secondary prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
Learn to critically review a variety of contemporary health issues and critique the role physical activity and nutrition can play within the regulation and or rehabilitation of stages of disease.