BSc (Hons) Health and Exercise Science

BSc (Hons) Health and Exercise Science

94% of Lincoln’s School of Sport and Exercise Science graduates were in employment or further study within six months of finishing their course according to the latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey.

The Course

This degree responds to the rise of sedentary lifestyles and ill-health of the population by exploring how individuals and communities need distinct approaches to health and physical activity. This includes children, older adults, people with disabilities and those with long-term health conditions.

The course offers the opportunity to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of physical activity and health development through a multidisciplinary perspective. It aims to prepare students to support and evaluate clients with health-related problems, both physically and psychologically, learning to prescribe evidence-based exercise programmes based on their individual requirements.

Students have the opportunity to explore the broader health development field engaging in the theory and practice of building and evaluating social interventions which intend to engage the public in physical activity promotion.

This course is designed to empower students to be confident and efficient in working with a broad array of issues in the physical activity and health development sector.

A number of the modules on the degree programme align to the professional standards of industry recognised qualifications such as Gym Instruction, Personal Training and Exercise Referral.

The aim of this course is to help ensure that students are best placed to contribute to the rising demand of employment, innovation and practice in the physical activity and health development sector. We aim to equip graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary to shape regional policy, programmes and infrastructure that will positively influence individual and population health.

The objectives of this course are to:

  • Inspire and empower students to be confident and efficient in working with a broad array of issues in the physical activity and health development sector which address the determinants of health.
  • Develop an engaging student-centred curriculum, which is underpinned by ‘real-world’ research and taught by research-active teaching staff.
  • Emphasise the development of practical skills from work experience and placements in applied settings which stimulate and challenge students’ learning and development, in order to create highly employable graduates.

The Course

This degree responds to the rise of sedentary lifestyles and ill-health of the population by exploring how individuals and communities need distinct approaches to health and physical activity. This includes children, older adults, people with disabilities and those with long-term health conditions.

The course offers the opportunity to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of health and the underpinning exercise science behind it. It aims to prepare students to support and evaluate clients with health-related problems, both physically and psychologically, learning to prescribe evidence-based exercise programmes based on their individual requirements.

Students have the opportunity to explore the broader health development field engaging in the theory and practice of building and evaluating social interventions which intend to engage the public in physical activity promotion.

This course is designed to empower students to be confident and efficient in working with a broad array of issues in the physical activity, exercise and health development sector.

A number of the modules on the degree programme align to the professional standards of industry recognised qualifications such as Gym Instruction, Personal Training and Exercise Referral. Students may choose to undertake these alongside their degree at no extra cost.

The aim of this course is to help ensure that students are best placed to contribute to the rising demand of employment, innovation and practice in the physical activity and health development sector. We aim to equip graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary to shape regional policy, programmes and infrastructure that will positively influence individual and population health.

The objectives of this course are to:

  • Inspire and empower students to be confident and efficient in working with a broad array of issues in the physical activity and health development sector which address the determinants of health
  • Develop an engaging student-centred curriculum, which is underpinned by ‘real-world’ research and taught by research-active teaching staff
  • Emphasise the development of practical skills from work experience and placements in applied settings which stimulate and challenge students’ learning and development, in order to create highly employable graduates.

You should consider this degree if you are interested in:

  • Helping others to improve their health and wellbeing by improving or maintaining levels of physical activity.
  • Learning in an applied way and dealing with real-world scenarios.


What you may gain from the course:

  • The opportunity to learn from staff who maintain their expertise in the subject area through industrial experience and research in fields such as exercise referral, community physical activity interventions and health promotion.
  • A vocational degree developed in conjunction with employers, which aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills that are relevant and valuable in the industry.
  • A variety of employment prospects.

Students have the opportunity to examine core theoretical components in year one of the course. During the second and third years, vocationally relevant skills can be developed through work placements, practical assessments and ‘real-world’ theory-driven teaching.

By the end of this degree, students are expected to have developed applied skills and be able to:

  • Evaluate and assess a range of ‘clients’ related to their specific health requirements.
  • Provide suitable physical activity and healthy eating recommendations to benefit health.
  • Develop suitable skills to design, implement and evaluate health promotion projects.
  • Understand a broad array of components in local public health work.

The programme is supported by applied research and is delivered by a team of lecturers who offer both industry and academic perspectives.

The programme will occasionally use lab sessions alongside lectures, in a number of modules, with the aim of allowing students to put theory into practice.

Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.

Foundations in Human Nutrition (Core)
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Foundations in Human Nutrition (Core)

This module introduces the key terminology and the scientific principles in human nutrition, metabolism and digestion. Importantly, both structure and function of all essential nutrients are covered alongside recommendations on dietary reference values (DRVs) for the population. Furthermore, basic molecular and cell biology are incorporated to better understand current and future developments in this field. Practical components will explore public health guidance on nutrition including, estimating portion sizing, food labelling and food choice education/skills training.

Fundamentals of Human Physiology (Core)
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Fundamentals of Human Physiology (Core)

This module aims to provide the opportunity for students to develop a basic knowledge of the structure and function of the human body. The module seeks to focus on anatomical, biochemical and physiological integration necessary for human movement production.

Initial examination aims to develop an understanding of structures and processes relating to biological energy processing and systems, and the relationship between anatomical structures and physical functions. Students have the opportunity to develop an integrated systems approach to human movement, examining endocrine, neural and muscular functions required for movement initiation.

Introduction to Psychological Principles. (Core)
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Introduction to Psychological Principles. (Core)

This module aims to introduce students to key concepts and theories that describe and explain the importance of psychology in sport, exercise and physical activity settings.

There is a focus on supporting students to understand how and why psychological factors are related to issues such as performance outcomes, participation rates and wellbeing. In particular, students will have the opportunity to examine the influence of thoughts, feelings and behaviours on various outcome measures (success, enjoyment etc.), and how these same variables can change as a result of experiences within sport and exercise.

Physical Activity and Public Health (Core)
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Physical Activity and Public Health (Core)

This module aims to enable students to develop an understanding of the relationship between physical activity and population health. It is designed to examine the role of ‘preventive health’ (rather than treatment) and includes a central focus which explores current UK government-supported policy in this area. Specific emphasis will be on reviewing physical activity policies/strategies and the associated initiatives/campaigns, the challenges for implementation and debating the relevance and application to address the problem of sedentary behaviour.

Research Skills (Core)
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Research Skills (Core)

On this module, students have the opportunity to develop useful study skills for the sport and exercise scientist and benefit from an introduction to the underpinning concepts of scientific study and research methods.

This module aims to enable students to benefit fully from the higher education learning environment and develop their reflective practice, alongside an understanding of the philosophy of science as related to scientific study in sport and exercise.

Applied Exercise Physiology (Option)
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Applied Exercise Physiology (Option)

This module aims to give students the opportunity to consolidate and expand their knowledge of the foundations of sport physiology developed at level one, by encouraging the application of the fundamental principles of anatomy and physiology.

There is an emphasis on practical skills development with the aim of enabling students to evaluate responses to exercise in a laboratory and field environment. Students have the opportunity to apply the generic principles of sports physiology to different athletic groups in order to develop an appreciation of suitable methods of fitness development and adaptations to training prescription.

Applied Health Physiology (Option)
Find out more

Applied Health Physiology (Option)

The aim of this module is to examine the relationship between physical activity and health, understanding the health problems that are caused by inactivity and their pathophysiology.

Students can learn both the risks and benefits of physical activity, understanding the contraindications to exercise for a range of special population groups. Students will be supported in the measurement of health-related fitness for sedentary individuals and make suitable recommendations for exercise in order to benefit health.

Exercise Instruction (Option)
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Exercise Instruction (Option)

This module aims to enable students to develop an understanding of the underpinning theory and skills required to be able to competently instruct different modalities of exercise pertaining to free weight exercises and cardiovascular/resistance machines.

Health Psychology (Core)
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Health Psychology (Core)

This module aims to give students the opportunity to examine how different people respond to health, wellbeing and illness. The role of the rapidly expanding discipline of health psychology can be discussed in relation to psychological procedures for the assessment, intervention and prevention of ill health. Students also have the opportunity to consider individuals, families, age, cultures, religions, gender, psychological and social health and wellbeing.

Nutrition for Health and Performance (Option)
Find out more

Nutrition for Health and Performance (Option)

The Nutrition for Health and Performance module seeks to further develop the knowledge and skills required for students to effectively assess the diet and nutritional status of a client. The module will explore a range of dietary intake measures, body composition assessment methods and dietary analysis software tools, as well the relative strengths and weaknesses of associated methods and tools. Importantly, the practical elements of this module will allow students to develop the interpersonal/relationship building skills required for effective client interaction in performance nutrition and/or health contexts.

Promoting Physical Activity and Health (Core)
Find out more

Promoting Physical Activity and Health (Core)

This module will seek to develop the knowledge and skills required for students to be able to promote physical activity effectively in specified settings such as community, schools and workplaces. Course content aims to cover psychological theories and planning strategies used in typical health promotion initiatives. Practically, students have the opportunity to shadow and help support a local health authority/school/employer to experience the delivery and implementation of a health promotion programme focused on physical activity and/or healthy eating.

Psychology of Physical Activity (Core)
Find out more

Psychology of Physical Activity (Core)

The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to examine the role of psychology within physical activity and exercise contexts. There is a focus on supporting students to understand how and why psychological factors are related to issues such as adopting and maintaining physically active lifestyles. Students have the opportunity to learn how psychological theories can be applied to promote more physically active behaviours, while also learning how physical activity and exercise can impact on psychological wellbeing. The efficacy of a variety of interventions can be considered.

Research Methods and Analysis (Core)
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Research Methods and Analysis (Core)

This module aims to build directly on the key research concepts delivered at level one, as well as seeking to provide an introduction to a wide range of methodologies applicable to exercise, physical activity, health and sport performance research. Students have an opportunity to undertake independent research activities to develop their analytical skills through applied evidence-based practice.

Study Abroad (Option)
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Study Abroad (Option)

Students from the School of Sport and Exercise Science can enroll at partner institutions in the USA during the third year of their undergraduate degree programme*. It is anticipated that partner institutions in other countries will be added in the near future.

The Study Abroad Initiative is available to those who have successfully completed years 1 and 2 of their degree and enables students to spend a year studying overseas during what would be their third year of study. During the year abroad, students will not pay a tuition fee to either the University of Lincoln or their host university. Students will be responsible for their travel and accommodation costs in addition to their normal living costs throughout the year. Where applicable, visa costs will also need to be covered by the student. Students will then return to the University of Lincoln to complete the final year of their degree.

The initiative enables students to experience their subject from a different perspective and to explore different societies and cultures.

*Only a limited number of places are available

Advanced Sport and Exercise Nutrition (Option)
Find out more

Advanced Sport and Exercise Nutrition (Option)

This optional module aims to draw upon prior knowledge and practical experience in sport and exercise nutrition and sport physiology.

The specific objectives of this module are to:

  • Integrate these disciplines to enhance understanding of the demands of sport and exercise upon nutritional requirements.
  • Provide an opportunity to develop an understanding of the relationship between the health requirements of daily nutritional intake and optimal sports performance.
  • Provide the opportunity to develop practical skills for the assessment of nutritional intake, hydration status, energy balance and body composition.
  • Improve ability to translate individual nutritional needs of different sports performers into appropriate dietary strategies and daily nutritional prescription.

Community Health Development (Option)
Find out more

Community Health Development (Option)

This module seeks to critically explore the implementation and evaluation of community health promotion programmes and health policies based on promoting physical activity and/or healthy eating. The theoretical content is designed to develop skills in ethical and moral planning, monitoring and evaluation, which can be used to implement a 'live' student-led health promotion project or policy.

Practically, students have the opportunity to organise a health promotion project or develop a health policy with a local health authority, employer or school and assist with delivery, monitoring progress and observing outcomes, whilst critically appraising the entire process. Projects involve small groups of students and are designed to encourage an increased physical activity and/or healthy eating provision and participation.

Counselling and Guidance Skills (Option)
Find out more

Counselling and Guidance Skills (Option)

This module aims to introduce students to a range of contemporary models of counselling and guidance practice. The aim is to give students the opportunity to develop skills and attitudes that can be of value in a variety of human service settings. A key feature of the module will be to allow students the opportunity to make judgements as to the appropriateness of using such techniques in different scenarios.

Dissertation (Core)
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Dissertation (Core)

The Dissertation module provides an opportunity for an in-depth study of a particular topic and to demonstrate original and critical thought.

Exercise Prescription for Health (Option)
Find out more

Exercise Prescription for Health (Option)

This elective module aims to explore the prescription of exercise to benefit specific medical conditions. It draws upon the theoretical issues and practical skills delivered at level two when exploring physical activity and health. Students have the opportunity to employ vocationally relevant skills in the health assessment of a client, designing and delivering an exercise programme to benefit a specified medical condition. Students can explore healthcare systems, critically examining roles and responsibilities and the use of evaluation.

This optional module includes a placement that is linked to the module assessment. Students who choose to take this module will be responsible for their travel, accommodation and general living costs during the placement.

Personal Training (Option)
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Personal Training (Option)

This interdisciplinary module is designed to build on prior knowledge of exercise instruction, and the anatomical and physiological processes of sport and exercise physiology related to the planning, prescription and delivery of a specific exercise programme.

Special Populations (Option)
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Special Populations (Option)

This module aims to enable students to develop their knowledge base and skill set. In particular, students have the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of the marginalisation of specific groups from physical activity, health promotion and service provision.

†The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

A variety of assessment methods are used at each level of the course to evaluate learning outcomes and students’ ability to collect, organise, analyse and interpret data. These may include presentations, critical reflections, portfolios, exams, practical assessment within the community and a dissertation.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above)..

Methods of Assessment

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

We may interview applicants on occasions where the applicant has a non-traditional background, falling short of the standard entry requirements but with relevant work experience and professional qualifications.
A good academic profile.

An evidenced interest in health and fitness through volunteering or participation.

Transferable skills such as communication, leadership and team work.

Students have the opportunity to gain entry on to the Register of Exercise Professionals and a number of the modules on the degree programme align to the professional standards of industry recognised qualifications such as Gym Instruction, Personal Training and Exercise Referral.

Teaching staff have developed excellent links with local employers and students have the opportunity to undertake work placements, offering a valuable opportunity to put theory into practice and enhance employment potential. Please note that students are expected to cover their own travel, accommodation and general living costs during a placement.

Students can benefit from guest lectures by health professionals who are involved in physical activity initiatives in the city and nationally.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Tuition Fees

2018/19UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £15,600 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

2019/20UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £15,900 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt


†Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

- In exceptional circumstances, students who are required to re-take modules can do so on an 'assessment only' basis. This means that students do not attend timetabled teaching events but are required to take the assessments/examinations associated with the module(s). The 'assessment only' fee is half of the £ per credit point fee for each module.

Exceptionally, tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/undergraduatecourses/feesandfunding/] [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/international/feesandfunding/]

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: A minimum of 45 level 3 credits , to include 30 at merit or above.

Applicants will also be required to have at least five GCSEs (or the equivalent) at grade C or above, including English, Maths and science/sports related subject.

We will also consider applicants with extensive relevant work experience.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk.

You should consider this degree if you are interested in:

  • Helping others to improve their health and wellbeing by improving or maintaining levels of physical activity.
  • Learning in an applied way and dealing with real-world scenarios.


What you may gain from the course:

  • The opportunity to learn from staff who maintain their expertise in the subject area through industrial experience and research in fields such as exercise referral, community physical activity interventions and health promotion.
  • A vocational degree developed in conjunction with employers, which aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills that are relevant and valuable in the industry.
  • A variety of employment prospects.

Students have the opportunity to examine core theoretical components relevant to physical activity, exercise and health in year one of the course. During the second and third years, theory is put into practice and vocationally relevant skills can be developed through workplace shadowing and practical assessments. The School will cover all reasonable costs associated with work placements.

The course aims to enable students to develop applied skills in evaluating and assessing a range of clients. By the end of this degree, students are expected to have developed applied skills and be able to:

  • Evaluate and assess a range of ‘clients’ related to their specific health requirements
  • Provide suitable physical activity and healthy eating recommendations to benefit health
  • Develop suitable skills to design, implement and evaluate health promotion projects.
  • Understand a broad array of components in local public health work.

The programme is supported by applied research and is delivered by a team of lecturers who offer both industry and academic perspectives.

The programme will occasionally use lab sessions alongside lectures, in a number of modules, with the aim of allowing students to put theory into practice.

Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.

Foundations in Human Nutrition (Core)
Find out more

Foundations in Human Nutrition (Core)

This module introduces the key terminology and the scientific principles in human nutrition, metabolism and digestion. Importantly, both structure and function of all essential nutrients are covered alongside recommendations on dietary reference values (DRVs) for the population. Furthermore, basic molecular and cell biology are incorporated to better understand current and future developments in this field. Practical components will explore public health guidance on nutrition including, estimating portion sizing, food labelling and food choice education/skills training.

Fundamentals of Human Physiology (Core)
Find out more

Fundamentals of Human Physiology (Core)

This module aims to provide the opportunity for students to develop a basic knowledge of the structure and function of the human body. The module seeks to focus on anatomical, biochemical and physiological integration necessary for human movement production.

Initial examination aims to develop an understanding of structures and processes relating to biological energy processing and systems, and the relationship between anatomical structures and physical functions. Students have the opportunity to develop an integrated systems approach to human movement, examining endocrine, neural and muscular functions required for movement initiation.

Introduction to Psychological Principles. (Core)
Find out more

Introduction to Psychological Principles. (Core)

This module aims to introduce students to key concepts and theories that describe and explain the importance of psychology in sport, exercise and physical activity settings.

There is a focus on supporting students to understand how and why psychological factors are related to issues such as performance outcomes, participation rates and wellbeing. In particular, students will have the opportunity to examine the influence of thoughts, feelings and behaviours on various outcome measures (success, enjoyment etc.), and how these same variables can change as a result of experiences within sport and exercise.

Physical Activity and Public Health (Core)
Find out more

Physical Activity and Public Health (Core)

This module aims to enable students to develop an understanding of the relationship between physical activity and population health. It is designed to examine the role of ‘preventive health’ (rather than treatment) and includes a central focus which explores current UK government-supported policy in this area. Specific emphasis will be on reviewing physical activity policies/strategies and the associated initiatives/campaigns, the challenges for implementation and debating the relevance and application to address the problem of sedentary behaviour.

Research Skills (Core)
Find out more

Research Skills (Core)

On this module, students have the opportunity to develop useful study skills for the sport and exercise scientist and benefit from an introduction to the underpinning concepts of scientific study and research methods.

This module aims to enable students to benefit fully from the higher education learning environment and develop their reflective practice, alongside an understanding of the philosophy of science as related to scientific study in sport and exercise.

Applied Exercise Physiology (Option)
Find out more

Applied Exercise Physiology (Option)

This module aims to give students the opportunity to consolidate and expand their knowledge of the foundations of sport physiology developed at level one, by encouraging the application of the fundamental principles of anatomy and physiology.

There is an emphasis on practical skills development with the aim of enabling students to evaluate responses to exercise in a laboratory and field environment. Students have the opportunity to apply the generic principles of sports physiology to different athletic groups in order to develop an appreciation of suitable methods of fitness development and adaptations to training prescription.

Applied Health Physiology (Option)
Find out more

Applied Health Physiology (Option)

The aim of this module is to examine the relationship between physical activity and health, understanding the health problems that are caused by inactivity and their pathophysiology.

Students can learn both the risks and benefits of physical activity, understanding the contraindications to exercise for a range of special population groups. Students will be supported in the measurement of health-related fitness for sedentary individuals and make suitable recommendations for exercise in order to benefit health.

Exercise Instruction (Option)
Find out more

Exercise Instruction (Option)

This module aims to enable students to develop an understanding of the underpinning theory and skills required to be able to competently instruct different modalities of exercise pertaining to free weight exercises and cardiovascular/resistance machines.

Health Psychology (Core)
Find out more

Health Psychology (Core)

This module aims to give students the opportunity to examine how different people respond to health, wellbeing and illness. The role of the rapidly expanding discipline of health psychology can be discussed in relation to psychological procedures for the assessment, intervention and prevention of ill health. Students also have the opportunity to consider individuals, families, age, cultures, religions, gender, psychological and social health and wellbeing.

Nutrition for Health and Performance (Option)
Find out more

Nutrition for Health and Performance (Option)

The Nutrition for Health and Performance module seeks to further develop the knowledge and skills required for students to effectively assess the diet and nutritional status of a client. The module will explore a range of dietary intake measures, body composition assessment methods and dietary analysis software tools, as well the relative strengths and weaknesses of associated methods and tools. Importantly, the practical elements of this module will allow students to develop the interpersonal/relationship building skills required for effective client interaction in performance nutrition and/or health contexts.

Promoting Physical Activity and Health (Core)
Find out more

Promoting Physical Activity and Health (Core)

This module will seek to develop the knowledge and skills required for students to be able to promote physical activity effectively in specified settings such as community, schools and workplaces. Course content aims to cover psychological theories and planning strategies used in typical health promotion initiatives. Practically, students have the opportunity to shadow and help support a local health authority/school/employer to experience the delivery and implementation of a health promotion programme focused on physical activity and/or healthy eating.

Psychology of Physical Activity (Core)
Find out more

Psychology of Physical Activity (Core)

The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to examine the role of psychology within physical activity and exercise contexts. There is a focus on supporting students to understand how and why psychological factors are related to issues such as adopting and maintaining physically active lifestyles. Students have the opportunity to learn how psychological theories can be applied to promote more physically active behaviours, while also learning how physical activity and exercise can impact on psychological wellbeing. The efficacy of a variety of interventions can be considered.

Research Methods and Analysis (Core)
Find out more

Research Methods and Analysis (Core)

This module aims to build directly on the key research concepts delivered at level one, as well as seeking to provide an introduction to a wide range of methodologies applicable to exercise, physical activity, health and sport performance research. Students have an opportunity to undertake independent research activities to develop their analytical skills through applied evidence-based practice.

Study Abroad (Option)
Find out more

Study Abroad (Option)

Students from the School of Sport and Exercise Science can enroll at partner institutions in the USA during the third year of their undergraduate degree programme*. It is anticipated that partner institutions in other countries will be added in the near future.

The Study Abroad Initiative is available to those who have successfully completed years 1 and 2 of their degree and enables students to spend a year studying overseas during what would be their third year of study. During the year abroad, students will not pay a tuition fee to either the University of Lincoln or their host university. Students will be responsible for their travel and accommodation costs in addition to their normal living costs throughout the year. Where applicable, visa costs will also need to be covered by the student. Students will then return to the University of Lincoln to complete the final year of their degree.

The initiative enables students to experience their subject from a different perspective and to explore different societies and cultures.

*Only a limited number of places are available

Advanced Sport and Exercise Nutrition (Option)
Find out more

Advanced Sport and Exercise Nutrition (Option)

This optional module aims to draw upon prior knowledge and practical experience in sport and exercise nutrition and sport physiology.

The specific objectives of this module are to:

  • Integrate these disciplines to enhance understanding of the demands of sport and exercise upon nutritional requirements.
  • Provide an opportunity to develop an understanding of the relationship between the health requirements of daily nutritional intake and optimal sports performance.
  • Provide the opportunity to develop practical skills for the assessment of nutritional intake, hydration status, energy balance and body composition.
  • Improve ability to translate individual nutritional needs of different sports performers into appropriate dietary strategies and daily nutritional prescription.

Community Health Development (Option)
Find out more

Community Health Development (Option)

This module seeks to critically explore the implementation and evaluation of community health promotion programmes and health policies based on promoting physical activity and/or healthy eating. The theoretical content is designed to develop skills in ethical and moral planning, monitoring and evaluation, which can be used to implement a 'live' student-led health promotion project or policy.

Practically, students have the opportunity to organise a health promotion project or develop a health policy with a local health authority, employer or school and assist with delivery, monitoring progress and observing outcomes, whilst critically appraising the entire process. Projects involve small groups of students and are designed to encourage an increased physical activity and/or healthy eating provision and participation.

Counselling and Guidance Skills (Option)
Find out more

Counselling and Guidance Skills (Option)

This module aims to introduce students to a range of contemporary models of counselling and guidance practice. The aim is to give students the opportunity to develop skills and attitudes that can be of value in a variety of human service settings. A key feature of the module will be to allow students the opportunity to make judgements as to the appropriateness of using such techniques in different scenarios.

Dissertation (Core)
Find out more

Dissertation (Core)

The Dissertation module provides an opportunity for an in-depth study of a particular topic and to demonstrate original and critical thought.

Exercise Prescription for Health (Option)
Find out more

Exercise Prescription for Health (Option)

This elective module aims to explore the prescription of exercise to benefit specific medical conditions. It draws upon the theoretical issues and practical skills delivered at level two when exploring physical activity and health. Students have the opportunity to employ vocationally relevant skills in the health assessment of a client, designing and delivering an exercise programme to benefit a specified medical condition. Students can explore healthcare systems, critically examining roles and responsibilities and the use of evaluation.

This optional module includes a placement that is linked to the module assessment. Students who choose to take this module will be responsible for their travel, accommodation and general living costs during the placement.

Personal Training (Option)
Find out more

Personal Training (Option)

This interdisciplinary module is designed to build on prior knowledge of exercise instruction, and the anatomical and physiological processes of sport and exercise physiology related to the planning, prescription and delivery of a specific exercise programme.

Special Populations (Option)
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Special Populations (Option)

This module aims to enable students to develop their knowledge base and skill set. In particular, students have the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of the marginalisation of specific groups from physical activity, health promotion and service provision.

†The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

A variety of assessment methods are used at each level of the course to evaluate learning outcomes and students’ ability to collect, organise, analyse and interpret data. These may include presentations, critical reflections, portfolios, exams, practical assessment within the community and a dissertation.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above)..

Methods of Assessment

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

We may interview applicants on occasions where the applicant has a non-traditional background, falling short of the standard entry requirements but with relevant work experience and professional qualifications.
A good academic profile.

An evidenced interest in health and fitness through volunteering or participation.

Transferable skills such as communication, leadership and team work.

Students have the opportunity to gain entry on to the Register of Exercise Professionals and a number of the modules on the degree programme align to the professional standards of industry recognised qualifications such as Gym Instruction, Personal Training and Exercise Referral. Students may choose to undertake these alongside their degree at no extra cost.

Teaching staff have developed excellent links with local employers and students have the opportunity to undertake work placements, offering a valuable opportunity to put theory into practice and enhance employment potential. Please note that students are expected to cover their own travel, accommodation and general living costs during a placement.

Students can benefit from guest lectures by health professionals who are involved in physical activity initiatives in the city and nationally.

Research
Academics in the School of Sport and Exercise Science undertake research in a number of areas. The Health Advancement Research Team has conducted a variety of research and evaluation projects on behalf of organisations on subjects including obesity, ageing, exercise referral and children's physical activity. The School has worked with organisations including Active Lincolnshire, Macmillan and Public Health Lincolnshire.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

There may be opportunities to access placements in the community. Please note that students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and living costs while on placement.

The Work Opportunities Hub is available to support all students within the College of Social Science who are seeking to enhance their studies by engaging with a variety of work settings. This may be as part of their programme or as an activity during term time or holidays. Students are responsible for any travel, accommodation and living costs while undertaking a placement.

Tuition Fees

2018/19UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £15,600 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

2019/20UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £15,900 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt


†Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

- In exceptional circumstances, students who are required to re-take modules can do so on an 'assessment only' basis. This means that students do not attend timetabled teaching events but are required to take the assessments/examinations associated with the module(s). The 'assessment only' fee is half of the £ per credit point fee for each module.

Exceptionally, tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/undergraduatecourses/feesandfunding/] [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/international/feesandfunding/]

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Applicants will also need at least five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English, Maths and a Science or sport related subject. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.

EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.

We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

Health and Exercise Science Programme Leader

Dr Hannah Henderson

Programme Leader

My research focuses on the evaluation of community-based physical activity projects, with a particular interest in complex, multi-disciplinary interventions such as exercise referral schemes and cardiac rehabilitation. I am passionate about developing highly skilled graduates who are ready to enter the workplace, and have designed modules to reflect this.


Your Future Career

Graduate opportunities may exist within the NHS, local authorities and private healthcare providers, as well as the fitness industry, teaching and charity agencies. Some students go on to study further at postgraduate level.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

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

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/.

Graduate opportunities may exist within the NHS, local authorities and private healthcare providers, as well as the fitness industry, teaching and charities. Some students go on to study further at postgraduate level.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

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

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/.


Human Performance Centre

The University of Lincoln’s state-of-the-art Human Performance Centre offers excellent facilities to meet the academic needs of our students. The Centre provides first class sport and exercise support. Our experienced staff have academic and professional expertise in a range of areas including sport and exercise physiology, sports biomechanics, sports psychology, coach education and sports nutrition.

Resources include physiology and biochemistry laboratories, a biomechanics laboratory, a motor control laboratory incorporating a golf specific analysis area, coach education suite, an interview and consultation suite, and British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) accredited staff.

The School of Sport and Exercise Science has full access to the University’s Sports and Recreation Centre. A range of educational and recreational activities are utilised to accommodate the needs of both students and staff of the University of Lincoln, providing them with opportunities to participate in fitness classes and many sports based activities.


The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.