Sport science is the scientific study of how the body and mind cope with, handle and learn from the stresses of performance in sport and exercise. Physiology investigates, in particular, the impact of exercise on the structures and mechanisms of the body during both acute and chronic physical activity. It is important to understanding exercise concepts such as training, fitness, endurance and fatigue: from the molecular and cellular level to the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems.
Sport Science and Physiology offers a fantastic insight into the various processes of the body during physical activity. Through the core disciplines of exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor control, sport and exercise psychology, you will develop strong transferable skills that will place you in an excellent position for a wide range of graduate careers.
"The facilities at University are excellent, and I’ve been lucky to participate in practicals using a wide range of equipment, from measuring oxygen consumption , to calculating forces during jumping."
Year 1 is a common course year, which will introduce you to the core concepts of sports science, including biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control and sport and exercise psychology. In addition, you will be introduced to the foundations of physiology and cardio-respiratory physiology. This year is a great opportunity to develop your skills around your interests and your practical and theoretical skills. This is supported by professional and academic skills modules, where there are opportunities to take coaching awards or short work placements.
In Year 2 you will continue to specialise, with compulsory modules in exercise biochemistry and exercise physiology in sport, health and disease. During the first two years, our students develop their communication and interpersonal skills by undertaking additional experiences outside academia, including coaching awards.
In Year 3, you will specialise in one of the core themes and undertake a research project on a topic of your choice; modules available include advanced exercise physiology and exercise prescription for health and disease. You will graduate with a broad base of transferable skills ideal for the graduate job market.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
|Motor Control: Foundations of Control and Learning||10 credits|
|Functional Anatomy for Sports Scientists||10 credits|
|Tutorial and Practical Skills in Sport and Exercise Science||20 credits|
|Fundamentals of Mathematics||10 credits|
|Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology||10 credits|
|Introduction to Biomechanics||10 credits|
|Foundations of Physiology||20 credits|
|Cardio-respiratory Physiology and Exercise||10 credits|
|Neuroscience for Exercise Science||10 credits|
|Exercise Biochemistry||10 credits|
|Environmental Exercise Physiology||10 credits|
|Professional and Research Skills: Working as a Sport and Exercise Scientist||20 credits|
|Exercise Physiology in Sport, Health and Disease||20 credits|
|Research Project in Sport and Exercise Science II||40 credits|
|Inter-disciplinary Issues in Sport and Exercise Science||20 credits|
|Advanced Exercise Physiology||10 credits|
|Exercise Prescription for Health and Disease||10 credits|
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Teaching takes place over three terms, divided into two semesters. Our degrees are delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practicals. The first and second years will see a focus on these three teaching methods, building your skills, understanding and knowledge for your final-year research project, where independent research and learning will be supported by guidance from leading experts. As a guide, a typical week in year one includes nine to twelve hours of lectures, three to six hours of practical sessions in the laboratory, tutorials, workshop and seminar sessions, plus private study. You will also benefit from our range of online resources such as Virtual Labs @ Leeds.We have excellent library and computing facilities to support your learning, and the University Library offers training to help you make the most of them.
We use a variety of assessment methods to help you develop a broad range of skills. These include practical work, data handling and problem-solving exercises, multiple-choice tests, group work, online and face-to-face discussion groups, computer-based simulations, essays, posters and oral presentations.
A-level: AAA - ABB
Including a science subject OR both Psychology and Sports Science/PE in place of a science at A2. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.We accept the following science subjects: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics. Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement. GCSE:
Typically Grade 6 (B) or above at GCSE Maths and Grade 4 (C) or above at GCSE English
Pass 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, graded at D45M0P0 to D30M15P0 including distinctions in Biology and Mathematics or Chemistry. Accept Access courses in Applied Science and Science. Will also consider (depending on subject content):
Applicants with BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma qualifications must have at least one science or psychology at A2-level A-level. Applicants with BTEC Subsidiary Diploma qualifications must have at least 2 A2 A-Levels and at least one of these should be in a science subject. Preferred BTEC qualification subjects include Applied Science or Sport and Exercise Science. Offers would be in the range A/B in the A2-level subjects and Distinctions in the BTEC qualification.
D3/D3/D3-D3/M1/M1 including D3 in Biology plus one other science or science-related subject.
35-33 (with 18-17 at higher level) including 6 in a science and another science or science-related subject at higher level.
H1,H1,H2,H2,H2,H2 - H2,H2,H2,H2,H2,H2 including H1-H2 in a science and another science or science-related subject at higher level.
Advanced Higher: 5 x Highers AABBB to ABBBB, with AA-AB in 2 Advanced Highers including a science subject OR both Psychology and Sports Science/PE.General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded. We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics. Scottish Higher: Scottish Highers not accepted on their own.
AAA-ABB including a science subject OR both Psychology and Sports Science/PE in place of a science. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.
We accept the following science subjects: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics.Science- related subjects: PE, Geography, Use of Maths, Psychology, Statistics, Geology and Computing
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.
Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.
IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.
Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If youre unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £20,500 (per year)
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250.
The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.
The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.
The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, youll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
The Faculty of Biological Sciences offer a range of scholarships for UK, EU and International students. Find out more about our scholarships
Number 1 for employability – the Faculty of Biological Sciences is ranked highest for employability amongst Russell Group universities. Higher than Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Durham, Edinburgh, Kings College, Liverpool, Manchester, York.
Sport science at Leeds is a highly respected discipline. 96% of our graduates are employed or in further study six months after graduation. Graduates have gone on to successful careers in a wide range of areas, including roles in:
Our degrees prepare you for a variety of opportunities in scientific and non-scientific careers. In an increasingly competitive job market, they can give you the edge and help you stand out by developing the knowledge and skills you need to succeed. The structure of our courses as you go through the years offers opportunities for real-world experience and employment, where you will develop the communication and interpersonal skills necessary for success in your future career. You could also gain additional vocational qualifications and experience, such as a National Governing Bodies of Sport coaching award or working as a volunteer in a community sports club.
We have a dedicated Employability Officer in the Faculty of Biological Sciences who works closely with the University’s Careers Centre. We offer a host of additional opportunities beyond core course content, including volunteering and placements. We also organise regular careers workshops designed specifically for sport sciences students to develop their career opportunities. These include our annual Bioscience Networking Event, which gives you the chance to meet bioscience employers, speak to alumni, attend workshops and get masses of information.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
If you choose to undertake a study abroad option, you will spend the third year of the BSc studying abroad. This will extend your studies by 12 months.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.
Industrial placements are typically taken between your second and final year. If you choose to undertake a placement year, this will extend your studies by 12 months. For your work placement in industry, staff at Leeds will help you with your CV and application letters and provide a list of organisations which may offer industrial placements.
Placements abroad are possible. We work together with your industrial supervisors to make sure you get the most out of this year. A year working in industry gives you an excellent opportunity to get used to the demands of the world of work, to develop new skills and to augment your CV.
Our students have recently undertaken placements at: