Course Information
3 Years School of Sport and Exercise Science Lincoln Campus [L] Validated BBB (or equivalent qualifications) C600

#6 BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, one of the University's School of Sport and Exercise Science courses ranked 6th in the UK for overall student satisfaction, according to the National Student Survey 2016. 


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.

This degree reflects current research-informed teaching and innovation within the sector. Throughout the course, students have access to specialist equipment and facilities including our sports laboratory, endless pool and fitness suite.

The School boasts modern state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, housed within the Human Performance Centre, enabling cutting edge research, assessment and training of health, physical fitness and technique.

Integrated into the curriculum are a number of professional qualifications that students may potentially gain alongside their degree at no extra cost. These industry recognised qualifications are endorsed by SkillsActive and may include Gym Instruction, Personal Training and Exercise Referral.

Is This Course Right For Me?

This course should be considered by students who have an interest and a background in Physical Education, sport or science, are willing to engage in theoretical concepts and apply these through laboratory practicals, and who are committed to becoming an independent learner.

How You Study

This degree aims to provide a progressive and multi-disciplinary programme that gives students the opportunity to gain an Honours-level degree qualification in the areas specific to sport and exercise science.

The first year of the course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop an extensive understanding of sport and exercise science, while year two offers the opportunity to convert theoretical knowledge into practice. During the third year, students can choose modules based around their own interests and career goals, such as biomechanical analysis, sport and exercise nutrition, personal training and strength and conditioning.

Students have the opportunity to undertake applied assessments and work placement opportunities in order to apply their learning in a real-world setting and to gain valuable work experience. Students who choose to undertake a placement are responsible for their travel, accommodation and general living costs.

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

Students experience a variety of assessment methods depending on whether the study is practical, theoretical or contextual/vocational. Assessment methods may include demonstration of laboratory techniques, field assessments, laboratory reports, coursework, individual/group presentations and written examinations.

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.

What We Look For In Your Application

We look for a good background in science at GCSE and Further Education Level, a commitment to sport and a desire to learn new concepts. We also value evidence of a variety of transferable skills, including strong communication skills and working as part of a team. We look for commitment and enthusiasm for sport and exercise science, the ability to work effectively as an independent learner and as part of a group, and interpersonal skills.


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: BBB

International Baccalaureate: 30 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, 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

Level 1

Biomechanical Basis of Human Movement

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

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.

Fundamentals of Human Physiology

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.

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.

Research Skills

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

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

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

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.

Nutrition for Health and Performance

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

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.

Sport and Exercise Psychology

This module aims to build upon knowledge gained in the first year of the course by facilitating a deeper level of knowledge and critical analysis in key areas of sport and exercise psychology. Module content aims to evaluate how psychological knowledge is developed with a critical evaluation of existing knowledge.

Key theories can be discussed and evaluated in light of existing research evidence. Additionally, a number of important developing lines of research can be covered with the aim of a move towards understanding how psychology can be applied to aid performance and promote more enjoyable experiences.

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.

Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (Option)

This optional module aims to develop a further understanding of how sport psychology can be applied to improve and support sport performance.

It seeks to provide an insight into how psychological skills training can be used by athletes from all different levels and how the performer can manage competition and training and enhance performance. Students have the opportunity to consider how to effectively assess an athlete’s psychological profile, and how to design and implement training programmes.


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.

Sport and Exercise Nutrition (Option)

This optional module seeks to draw upon prior knowledge and practical experience in nutrition, with the aim of furthering the relationship with exercise and environmental physiology.

Strength and Conditioning (Option)

This optional interdisciplinary module aims to build on prior knowledge of anatomical and physiological processes of the musculoskeletal system, and the testing and evaluation of sports performance.

The specific objectives are to:

  • Provide students with the opportunity to develop a comprehensive knowledge of the strength and conditioning environment and factors to consider within the support of athletes.
  • Provide students with the chance to develop a critical understanding and appreciation of strength and conditioning programmes to enable effective delivery, implementation and evaluation.
  • Prepare students academically and vocationally for future work in terms of knowledge, understanding, research, assessment and planning.

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.

Special Features

The School has an active research environment which engages in applied research and has a number of research groups (Biofeedback, MTough, Psychophysiology, HART). For example current research in the MTough research group is focused on investigating the importance of mental toughness in sports performance, examining the relationship between the attitudes of athletes and their performance.

Students are encouraged to conduct their own research independently and in collaboration with staff. Findings have been showcased at national conferences, such as the annual British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Student Conference.

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 include a state-of-the-art Human Performance Centre, which includes an endless pool, two physiology labs, a biomechanics lab, a strength and conditioning area and dedicated computer suites.

The Sports Centre hosts a double sports hall, all weather synthetic pitches, fitness suites, squash courts, a dance studio and saunas.

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.

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Career Opportunities

This degree offers students the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for a range of careers in sport science and health, such as sport science support officers, strength and conditioning coaches, performance analysts and clinical and community health advisers.

Opportunities also exist to progress into teaching, (following further training), the emergency services and to continue on 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.

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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.

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Tuition Fees

Full-time £9,250 per level £14,500 per level
Part-time £77.09 per credit point  
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. [] []

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. []