Sport and exercise science is the scientific study of how the body and mind handle, and learn from, the demands placed on them in sport and exercise. Our courses address such questions as: How do injuries occur? Is it possible to improve performance? How does the body react in an extreme environment? This degree is the perfect opportunity to explore the biological process of the body during physical activity. As well as offering you the chance to study something you are passionate about, with the ability to tailor your degree to your interests, it acts as the perfect springboard for a graduate career in a variety of areas.
Our particular approach to sport and exercise sciences focuses clearly on the core life science disciplines that are fundamental to understanding how the body and mind work in a sport or exercise context. You will study four core disciplines: exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor control, and sport and exercise psychology.
Year 1 is a common course year, which will introduce you to the core concepts ofsports science, including biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control and sportand exercise psychology. This is supported by additional professional andacademic skills modules, where there are opportunities to take coaching awards orshort work placements.
In Year 2 you will build on the knowledge and skills from year one, takingspecialist modules in areas such as the mechanics of sport and exercisescience, while further developing your practical skills in our state-of-the artlaboratories.
In Year 3 alongside advanced topics in sport and exercise science, you willundertake a research project in an area that interests you. Recent examples ofyear three research projects include 'Acclimatisation and the enduranceathlete' and 'Does winning at all costs help the athlete cope better withstress?' On graduation, you will have the skills and attributes sought bygraduate employers in numerous areas.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
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.
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. Our 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.
Faculty Employability team
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. That's 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.
Study abroad and work placements
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.
The BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences degree scheme can include a study year abroad typically taken between your second and final year.
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.
All our degree courses offer you the opportunity to undertake a placement year as part of your degree. These are taken between years two and three of the degree programme. Most placements are based in the UK, although there is scope for placements abroad. Work experience is increasingly important in a competitive job market. An industrial placement is an excellent opportunity to sample a relevant workplace environment and give you that 'added extra' for entering the job market. An industrial placement will also help prepare you for graduate-level employment. Our students have recently undertaken placements at:
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