Real World Application

Student with PE class

Research Skills 

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 (BASES) Student Conference. 

Current studies in the University’s Mental Toughness Research Group are focused on investigating the importance of mental attitude in sports performance, and examining the relationship between the attitudes of athletes and their performance.


Professional Qualifications 

Integrated into the curriculum of many of the courses are a number of industry recognised professional qualifications that students can achieve at no extra cost including Gym Instruction, Personal Training, and Exercise Referral. 


Working with elite athletes 

The School of Sport and Exercise Science has excellent links with elite athletes who work with staff and students in the areas of biomechanics, nutrition and performance. The School has recently supported a GB Triathlete? and a Paralympic Athlete.  


Alumni Event

The School of Sport and Exercise Science hosts an annual Alumni Event where graduates share stories relating their experiences of gaining employment, starting businesses and commencing postgraduate study. They advise students on what they should be doing ‘now’ alongside their degrees. 


Entrepreneurial approach 

The School of Exercise Science has seen an increasing number of entrepreneurs graduating. This skills and knowledge developed during study helps graduates to confidently set up their own business. 

Extra-curricular activities

The School of Sport and Exercise Science encourages participation in extra-curricular work-based opportunities. 

The School works closely with the Students’ Union and run Sport Practitioner of Team Sportsand Coach of Team Sportsopportunities. Students work with university sports teams, either in a coaching capacity or as a sport scientist and are mentored by academic staff. 

The School of Sport and Exercise Science has a strong programme of outreach activities involving local schools who engage in workshops to support their A level, GCSE and BTEC curricula. Students, particularly those who wish to go into teaching, support the delivery of these workshops.

Students can gain recognition for their extra-curricular activity via The Lincoln Award: an employability framework designed to support, enhance and recognise extra-curricular activity. 

The award is tailored for each subject and every student is guided through the award by recommendations from the Careers and Employability team. This support ensures students make the most of the opportunities available and reach their full potential.

A former student who volunteered with Lincoln City FC is now employed as Lincoln’s first team Performance Analyst, with the added benefit that he has now recruited and supervises one of our current students as an intern.

Matthew Healey, BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning student

My favourite part of the course is the Practical experience you gain whilst completing your studies, being hands on with the equipment, as well as designing training and testing sessions which give you real world working experience. Applied Strength and Conditioning has been my favourite module in my second year. This module gave us the chance to work with an external sports team over a ten week period, delivering strength and conditioning testing and training sessions to athletes. Leading them over this time helped to develop the practical skills used within the industry.

Dona Hall, BSc (Hons) Health and Exercise Science student

The hardest part of the course I believe will be choosing my modules for year 3 as there is such a wide choice and I would like to cover them all!


Placements offer students a great opportunity to apply their learning in a real world situation. Students taking a placement benefit positively from the experience and it can also help to improve employability. 

Students reported through the School’s Subject Committee Wiki that they believe that placements provide ‘the experience that employers are looking for’.

Students have the opportunity to undertake a placement in a wide range of areas, including education, research, community sport, elite sports, leisure and healthcare in the UK and overseas.

The BSc Sport Development and Coaching and BSc Physical Education and Sport incorporate placements in all three years. 

Placement opportunities are not guaranteed but students receive support and the School have excellent links. 

 Placement opportunities were fantastic, and the communication with the staff members is always clear and quick.

(NSS, 2018)

I am thoroughly impressed by the two placement students, and would certainly welcome them back into the department in their progression as PE Teachers in the future, and I will happily take the time this summer to write two excellent references. Students are already asking about them and where they have gone!  

Quote taken from a letter of thanks from Priory Academy  


Our ultimate goal is to provide a course and associated experiences that help our students work towards their career aspirations. 

Some positions our graduates currently hold: 

  • Academy Goalkeeping Coach
  • Academy Health and Wellbeing Physiologist at Nuffield Health
  • Analyst
  • Athletics and Running Coordinator England Athletics
  • Clinical Physiologist
  • Commercial Director
  • Company Director 
  • Dietetic Technician
  • Head of Football Development
  • Head Performance Analyst 
  • Lead Academy Sport Scientist
  • PE Teacher
  • Physiologist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Police Officer 
  • Sport Development Officer
  • Sport Massage Therapist
  • Sport Scientist

Students also go onto specialise further and study at postgraduate level.