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3 years School of Sport and Exercise Science Lincoln Campus [L] Validated BBC (or equivalent qualifications) C603 3 years School of Sport and Exercise Science Lincoln Campus [L] Validated BBC (112 UCAS Tariff points) (or equivalent qualifications) C603

Introduction

This specialist degree is informed by current research and innovation within the sector. Its focus is to develop knowledge, understanding and practical skills in applied strength and conditioning, physiology, biomechanics and nutrition.

Throughout the BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning in Sport degree, students have access to specialist equipment in the University’s Human Performance Centre, which contains a fully equipped strength and conditioning training facility, laboratories and an endless pool, as well as our Sports and Recreation Centre, which includes a fitness suite.

A number of staff within the School of Sport and Exercise Science are nationally accredited as strength and conditioning specialists and are actively involved in the delivery of ongoing strength and conditioning support to both University of Lincoln Sports Bursary athletes and external athletes visiting the School for consultancy. Students on this degree may have the opportunity to work with staff on research and contribute to consultancy projects.

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.

Academics from the School of Sport and Exercise Science are engaged in strength and conditioning-related research and regularly present at conferences. Students are encouraged to demonstrate their own research in collaboration with staff and showcase their work at national conferences, such as the annual British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Student Conference and the UK Strength and Conditioning Association Conference.

This course provides an opportunity to acquire a critical understanding of the knowledge and practical competencies required by strength and conditioning professionals. Key concepts are presented throughout the three years, with deepening layers of complexity.

Applied assessments and work placement opportunities can expose students to real-life work scenarios that are designed to develop the skills needed to succeed in a range of sports-related careers. Students who choose to undertake a work placement are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and meal costs.

How You Study

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of a degree. When engaging in a full-time degree students should, at the very least, expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time (including independent study) in addition to potentially undertaking assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

Please see the Unistats data, using the link at the bottom of this page, for specific information relating to this course in terms of course composition and delivery, contact hours and student satisfaction.

How You Are Assessed

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 will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.

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

Interviews & Applicant Days

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.

Staff

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

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of Sport and Exercise Science Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2017-18

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 at merit or above will be required.

Applicants will also be required to have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above (or the equivalent), 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.

Level 1

Biomechanical Basis of Human Movement (Core)

This module seeks to examine the mechanics of human movement, identifying the internal and external forces acting on the human body and the effects of these forces. Particular emphasis will be placed on applying the theoretical principles of biomechanics to sport and exercise.

The specific objectives are to:

  • Provide an opportunity to develop an understanding of the basic principles of biomechanics.
  • Investigate the relationship between the theoretical principles of biomechanics and sports performance.
  • Introduce students to the basic laboratory techniques for the biomechanical assessment of motion.

Exercise Instruction (Core)

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.

Foundations in Strength and Conditioning (Core)

This module aims to provide an introduction to key concepts within strength and conditioning in order for students to develop a foundation of knowledge. Context for the field of strength and conditioning will be addressed, introducing relevant professional bodies. Course content aims to cover the role, scope of practice and code of conduct of the strength and conditioning coach. Fundamental elements of athlete training will be introduced from both theoretical and practical perspectives.

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.

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.

Level 2

Applied Exercise Physiology (Core)

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 (Core)

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.

Applied Movement Analysis (Core)

This module aims to enable students to build on practical knowledge and skills gained at level one within the Biomechanical Basis of Human Movement module.

It aims to include a discussion of how to assess human movement through different kinetic, kinematic and performance analysis techniques and the delivery of application of theoretical concepts to practical sport assessment.

The specific objectives are to:

  • Introduce advanced theoretical concepts.
  • Apply these concepts to the practical assessment of human movement, with a particular emphasis on sports performance.
  • Provide an opportunity to develop competency in using specialist biomechanical equipment and software.
  • Apply performance analysis strategies and theory to the assessment of individual and team sports.

Applied Strength and Conditioning (Core)

This module aims to build and expand on prior knowledge of the foundations of strength and conditioning. There is an increased emphasis on the application of theoretical knowledge and developing the student’s strength and conditioning coaching skills. Outreach work is ingrained in the form of a placement, whereby students will spend a dedicated amount of time working in the local community with an athlete or group of athletes. This can provide a key insight and experience of delivering athlete support in the applied setting.

Please note that students who undertake a work placement are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and meal costs.

Nutrition for Health and Performance (Core)

The Nutrition for Health and Performance module seeks to outline the principles of human nutrition by providing theoretical content regarding nutrient structure and function and the concept of a healthy diet. Practical components aim to explore the range of dietary assessment techniques and provide students with the opportunity to practice these with both health and sport-orientated people.

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)

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

Level 3

Advanced Biomechanical Analysis (Option)

This optional module provides students with an opportunity to develop their ability to carry out independent research and consultancy activities in the area of sport and exercise biomechanics. Seeking to build upon the knowledge gained at previous levels, this module introduces specialised techniques to assess performance and the wider issues surrounding support work.

The specific objectives of the module are to:

  • Provide an opportunity to develop proficiency in the use of advanced quantitative biomechanical systems to analyse and evaluate human performance.
  • Provide the opportunity to develop an advanced understanding of the use of biomechanics in supporting and developing performance within elite athletes.
  • Critically analyse recent and possible future developments in sports biomechanics.

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.

Advanced Sport Physiology (Option)

This optional module aims to encourage students to apply knowledge and understanding of the physiological systems active during exercise, at fatigue and following training, to the performance and specific requirements of different high-performance athletes.

The specific objectives of this module are to:

  • Provide the opportunity to develop an understanding and experience of physiological intervention and sports science support models as accepted tools for the performance development of the elite athlete.
  • Provide the opportunity to gain relevant vocational experience in relation to physiological assessment and training prescription.
  • Prepare students academically and vocationally for future work in terms of knowledge, planning, understanding, research and assessment.

Advanced Strength and Conditioning (Core)

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop an advanced knowledge of concepts within strength and conditioning, promote critical evaluation of current research topics and training methods and further refine and develop coaching practice.

Students will have the opportunity to develop a comprehensive knowledge of the periodisation and planning of strength and conditioning training for athletes, and the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of advanced strength and conditioning training methods and current research trends.

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)

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)

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.

†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.

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.

Facilities

Facilities include a double sports hall, all-weather pitches, squash courts, a dance studio, fully fitted gym and the modern Human Performance Centre.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

View our campus pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/ourcampus/] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Career Opportunities

This degree is designed for those who want to work as a strength and conditioning coach with a professional sports team or supporting individual athletes. A range of employment opportunities exist in the fitness and healthcare sector, as well as in lecturing, the emergency services and commissions in the armed forces. Some graduates may choose to continue their study 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/]

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.

Related Courses

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The Sport and Exercise Science degree at Lincoln was developed to meet both the student demand and the growing reputation of sport and exercise science and the role that sport and physical activity can play in improving the health of the nation. The programme is a multidisciplinary degree that aims to develop students’ knowledge, understanding and practical skills in the key areas of physiology, biomechanics and psychology — so they can understand their impact on sports performance, physical activity and health.

Introduction

This specialist degree is informed by current research and innovation within the sector. It focuses on developing knowledge, understanding and practical skills in applied strength and conditioning, physiology, biomechanics and nutrition.

Throughout the degree, students have access to specialist equipment in the University’s Human Performance Centre, which contains a fully-equipped strength and conditioning training facility, laboratories and an endless pool, as well as our Sports and Recreation Centre, which includes a fitness suite. These facilities provide students with an opportunity to engage in applied work and increase their practical experience.

A number of staff within the School of Sport and Exercise Science are nationally accredited as strength and conditioning specialists and are actively involved in the delivery of ongoing strength and conditioning support to both University of Lincoln Sports Bursary athletes and external athletes visiting the School for consultancy. Students on this degree may have the opportunity to work with staff on research and contribute to consultancy projects.

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.

Academics from the School of Sport and Exercise Science are engaged in strength and conditioning-related research and regularly present at conferences. Students are encouraged to demonstrate their own research in collaboration with staff and showcase their work at national conferences, such as the annual British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Student Conference and the UK Strength and Conditioning Association Conference.

This course provides an opportunity to acquire a critical understanding of the knowledge and practical competencies required by strength and conditioning professionals. Key concepts are presented throughout the three years, with deepening layers of complexity.

Applied assessments and work placement opportunities can expose students to real-life work scenarios that are designed to develop the skills needed to succeed in a range of sports-related careers.

How You Study

Contact Hours

Level 1:

At level one students will typically have around 16 hours of contact time per week. A typical week may consist of:

  • 2 hours of fieldwork
  • 1 hour of supervised time in studio or workshops
  • 6 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 1 hour of project supervision
  • 1 hour of tutorial time
  • 1 hour in seminars
  • 4 hours in lectures


Level 2:

At level two students will typically have around 13 hours of contact time per week. A typical week may consist of:

  • 2 hours of fieldwork
  • 1 hour of supervised time in studio or workshops
  • 5 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 1 hour of tutorial time
  • 1 hour in seminars
  • 3 hours in lectures


Level 3:

At level three students will typically have around 15 hours of contact time per week. A typical week may consist of:

  • 2 hours of fieldwork
  • 3 hour of supervised time in studio or workshops
  • 4 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 1 hour of project supervision
  • 2 hour of tutorial time
  • 1 hour in seminars
  • 2 hours in lectures

Overall Workload and Independent Study

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. Students’ overall workload will consist of their scheduled contact hours combined with independent study. The expected level of independent study is detailed below.

Level 1:

  • Total scheduled teaching and learning hours: 359
  • Percentage scheduled teaching and learning hours: 30%
  • Percentage of independent study expected: 70%


Level 2:

  • Total scheduled teaching and learning hours: 314
  • Percentage scheduled teaching and learning hours: 26%
  • Percentage of independent study expected: 74%


Level 3:

  • Total scheduled teaching and learning hours: 318
  • Percentage scheduled teaching and learning hours: 27%
  • Percentage of independent study expected: 73%

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of a degree. When engaging in a full-time degree students should, at the very least, expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time (including independent study) in addition to potentially undertaking assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

Please see the Unistats data, using the link at the bottom of this page, for specific information relating to this course in terms of course composition and delivery, contact hours and student satisfaction.

How You Are Assessed

The way students will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

Assessment Breakdown

Level 1:

Coursework: 75%
Practical exams: 0%
Written exams: 25%

Level 2:

Coursework: 50%
Practical exams: 10%
Written exams: 40%

Level 3:

Coursework: 61.4%
Practical exams: 10%
Written exams: 28.6%

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 will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.

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

Interviews & Applicant Days

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.

Staff

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

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of Sport and Exercise Science Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2018-19

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 will be required.

Applicants will also be required to have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above (or the equivalent), 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.

Level 1

Biomechanical Basis of Human Movement (Core)

This module seeks to examine the mechanics of human movement, identifying the internal and external forces acting on the human body and the effects of these forces. Particular emphasis will be placed on applying the theoretical principles of biomechanics to sport and exercise.

The specific objectives are to:

  • Provide an opportunity to develop an understanding of the basic principles of biomechanics.
  • Investigate the relationship between the theoretical principles of biomechanics and sports performance.
  • Introduce students to the basic laboratory techniques for the biomechanical assessment of motion.

Exercise Instruction (Core)

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.

Foundations in Strength and Conditioning (Core)

This module aims to provide an introduction to key concepts within strength and conditioning in order for students to develop a foundation of knowledge. Context for the field of strength and conditioning will be addressed, introducing relevant professional bodies. Course content aims to cover the role, scope of practice and code of conduct of the strength and conditioning coach. Fundamental elements of athlete training will be introduced from both theoretical and practical perspectives.

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.

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.

Level 2

Applied Exercise Physiology (Core)

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 (Core)

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.

Applied Movement Analysis (Core)

This module aims to enable students to build on practical knowledge and skills gained at level one within the Biomechanical Basis of Human Movement module.

It aims to include a discussion of how to assess human movement through different kinetic, kinematic and performance analysis techniques and the delivery of application of theoretical concepts to practical sport assessment.

The specific objectives are to:

  • Introduce advanced theoretical concepts.
  • Apply these concepts to the practical assessment of human movement, with a particular emphasis on sports performance.
  • Provide an opportunity to develop competency in using specialist biomechanical equipment and software.
  • Apply performance analysis strategies and theory to the assessment of individual and team sports.

Applied Strength and Conditioning (Core)

This module aims to build and expand on prior knowledge of the foundations of strength and conditioning. There is an increased emphasis on the application of theoretical knowledge and developing the student’s strength and conditioning coaching skills. Outreach work is ingrained in the form of a placement, whereby students will spend a dedicated amount of time working in the local community with an athlete or group of athletes. This can provide a key insight and experience of delivering athlete support in the applied setting.

Please note that students who undertake a work placement are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and meal costs.

Nutrition for Health and Performance (Core)

The Nutrition for Health and Performance module seeks to outline the principles of human nutrition by providing theoretical content regarding nutrient structure and function and the concept of a healthy diet. Practical components aim to explore the range of dietary assessment techniques and provide students with the opportunity to practice these with both health and sport-orientated people.

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)

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

Level 3

Advanced Biomechanical Analysis (Option)

This optional module provides students with an opportunity to develop their ability to carry out independent research and consultancy activities in the area of sport and exercise biomechanics. Seeking to build upon the knowledge gained at previous levels, this module introduces specialised techniques to assess performance and the wider issues surrounding support work.

The specific objectives of the module are to:

  • Provide an opportunity to develop proficiency in the use of advanced quantitative biomechanical systems to analyse and evaluate human performance.
  • Provide the opportunity to develop an advanced understanding of the use of biomechanics in supporting and developing performance within elite athletes.
  • Critically analyse recent and possible future developments in sports biomechanics.

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.

Advanced Sport Physiology (Option)

This optional module aims to encourage students to apply knowledge and understanding of the physiological systems active during exercise, at fatigue and following training, to the performance and specific requirements of different high-performance athletes.

The specific objectives of this module are to:

  • Provide the opportunity to develop an understanding and experience of physiological intervention and sports science support models as accepted tools for the performance development of the elite athlete.
  • Provide the opportunity to gain relevant vocational experience in relation to physiological assessment and training prescription.
  • Prepare students academically and vocationally for future work in terms of knowledge, planning, understanding, research and assessment.

Advanced Strength and Conditioning (Core)

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop an advanced knowledge of concepts within strength and conditioning, promote critical evaluation of current research topics and training methods and further refine and develop coaching practice.

Students will have the opportunity to develop a comprehensive knowledge of the periodisation and planning of strength and conditioning training for athletes, and the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of advanced strength and conditioning training methods and current research trends.

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)

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)

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.

†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.

Placements

Placement Year

When students are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, they will be required to cover their own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry.

Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.

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.

Facilities

Facilities include a double sports hall, all-weather pitches, squash courts, a dance studio, fully fitted gym and the modern Human Performance Centre.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

View our campus pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/ourcampus/] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Career Opportunities

This degree is designed for those who want to work as a strength and conditioning coach with a professional sports team or to support individual athletes. A range of employment opportunities exist in the fitness and healthcare sector, as well as in lecturing, the emergency services and commissions in the armed forces. Some graduates may choose to continue to study 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/]

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.

Related Courses

This degree responds to the rise of sedentary lifestyles and related ill-health by exploring how individuals and communities require distinct approaches to health and physical activity. This includes children, older adults, people with disabilities and those with long-term health conditions.
This multidisciplinary programme integrates theoretical and practical knowledge of physical education and sport. It offers the opportunity to develop the skills and understanding required to work in the education and sport sector.
The Sport Development and Coaching degree draws upon contemporary research aimed at helping students to develop their expertise and ability in a range of academic and vocational activities. These can include coaching on school and community-based projects, exercise prescription and fitness testing, as well as developing, managing and evaluating sport development schemes
The Sport and Exercise Science degree at Lincoln was developed to meet both the student demand and the growing reputation of sport and exercise science and the role that sport and physical activity can play in improving the health of the nation. The programme is a multidisciplinary degree that aims to develop students’ knowledge, understanding and practical skills in the key areas of physiology, biomechanics and psychology — so they can understand their impact on sports performance, physical activity and health.

Tuition Fees

2017/18UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £14,500 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

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

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.

In 2017/18, fees for all new and continuing undergraduate UK and EU students will be £9,250.

In 2018/19, fees may increase in line with Government Policy. We will update this information when fees for 2018/19 are finalised.

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

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/]

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 [www.lincoln.ac.uk/StudentAdmissionsTermsandConditions].