Sport and Exercise Sciences - Liverpool John Moores University

2018 entry

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Foundation Year

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)

Course type

BSc (Hons)

UCAS info

UCAS code: S002

Institute code: L51

Study mode

 This course is available in Clearing 2018

Call our hotline on 0808 5 564 565 to ask about vacancies on courses starting in September.

Minimum UCAS points required: TBC

Limited places available. Call our hotline to find your place.

About your course

The BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degree is delivered by world-leading experts in state-of-the-art facilities in our award-winning Tom Reilly Building.

  • ​The highest ranked institution offering an undergraduate sport and exercise science course in the Research Excellence Framework 2014
  • School named 9th best department in the world, 2nd best in the UK and 6th best in Europe by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) for sport sciences
  • School designated a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (2005-2010) by the Higher Education Funding Council for England
  • Taught in a £25 million state-of-the-art building with world-class laboratories and equipment
  • Endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Undergraduate Endorsement Scheme
  • Excellent employment prospects in elite performance or promotion of healthy lifestyles
  • Sport and Exercise Science graduates valued by employers because they "think differently and have excellent people skills"

Studying at LJMU has given me the knowledge base and work experience for further study in Physiotherapy. My university experience was definitely one I won't forget.

Beth Tweddle, graduate who is also an Olympic, World and European Championship medal winning gymnast

Deciding to study Sport Science at LJMU was definitely the best decision I have made in my career. The staff offer world renowned academic excellence as well as exceptional applied experience and expertise. I have no doubt that I would not be in the position that I am now if I hadn’t chosen to study at LJMU.

Naomi Datson, graduate now Head of Exercise Science, Women’s Football, The Football Association

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience

​Work experience can significantly enhance your professional development and career prospects. You can therefore spend part of your final year on an applied placement, giving you the chance to practise skills and knowledge gained in the first two years of the course and giving you a head start when you come to navigate the graduate job market.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support

​From day one of the degree programme, you will be allocated a personal tutor and remain under their guidance throughout your time at LJMU. They will be available to discuss any academic or personal issues on a one-to-one basis as well as helping you to put together your educational and future career plans. You will also work with your personal tutor in small groups to develop study skills essential for the sport and exercise sciences programme.

Course details

Sports scientists work either in the sports industries with athletes, coaches and governing bodies to help improve elite performance or in communities promoting healthy lifestyles.

Foundation Year

The Foundation Year is ideal if you have the ability to study for a degree but don't have the qualifications to enter directly onto the honours degree programme. Once you pass the Foundation Year you will progress directly onto the first year of the honours degree. If you are a full-time UK student, you will qualify for student financial support for the full duration of your course (subject to eligibility criteria).

Through the multi-disciplinary study of the behavioural, physical and life sciences, this degree prepares you for a highly rewarding career in sports or exercise contexts - including scientific support, rehabilitation, exercise training and health promotion.

The foundations and principles underpinning sport and exercise science are covered in the first two years. This provides the multi-disciplinary grounding recommended by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). In the final year there is discipline specialisation and an independent research project led by the student.

​Thanks to strong links with industry partners, we have a clear understanding of the needs and expectations of employers and are able to design the course with your future employability in mind. 

Formal work-related learning opportunities can be taken to apply your skills through applied placements during your final year.

Many of our graduates continue onto postgraduate study to allow them to compete for the top sport and exercise science jobs in the country.

We can say with certainty that the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at LJMU is one of the best places in the country to study sport and exercise science. It pioneered the first degree of its kind in 1975 and is now formally recognised as a centre for world-leading research in the field. 

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study

Level 3

  • Building Blocks of Life
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Skills and Perspectives in Science 1
  • Healthy Humans
  • Skills and Perspectives in Science 2
  • Humans and their Environment
Level 4
  • Research Skills
  • Psychological Foundations
  • Biomechanical Foundations
  • Research Methods 1
  • Physiological Responses to Acute Exercise
  • Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health Foundations

Level 5

  • Applied Sport and Exercise Principles
  • Psychological Principles
  • Biomechanical Principles
  • Research Methods 2
  • Physiological Responses to Exercise Training 
  • Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health Principles
Level 6
  • Major Project

The following options are typically offered:

  • Applied Placement
  • Current Issues in Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, Health Measurement and Research
  • Sports Biomechanics
  • Applied Motor Behaviour
  • Cardiovascular and Environmental Physiology
  • Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Interventions In Practice
  • Clinical Biomechanics
  • Psychology and Development Issues in Sport
  • Skeletal Muscle Physiology, Metabolism and Nutrition

Further guidance on modules    

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources.

​Teaching is via a combination of lectures, interactive seminars, one-to-one tutorials, laboratory-based practical work and group work. Guided independent study using our libraries, laboratories and the web accounts for 70-80% of each module. Web-based content is also available through our virtual learning environment.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

​Your tutors’ first-rate research and teaching credentials have ensured that LJMU’s Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences (RISES) has been ranked 1st in the UK for Research Quality in Sport and Exercise Sciences at the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014*.

The School has previously been recognised for its excellence in teaching being the only sports science department in England to be designated as a Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (2005-2010) by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

All of our staff have a minimum of four hours per week dedicated time that students can book for one-to-one tutorials. This could be used to clarify lecture content, discuss reading materials, challenge your understanding or explore career opportunities for example.

* Research Quality Index data provided by Research Professional and available via Research Fortnight.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

​All students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. These include: written assignments (essays, lab reports, literature reviews), exams (MCQ, seen and unseen), practical work, portfolios, presentations (group and individual), and reflective practice/diaries. You will also be expected to complete a dissertation in your final year.

Your tutors will provide feedback on assessments within three weeks, allowing you to quickly identify your successes and the areas where you may need to put in more work. This is provided via our virtual learning environment, face-to-face and/or as written comments for coursework and one-to-one for exams. You are also welcome to arrange further meetings with staff to discuss your feedback.

Career prospects

Graduates of Sport and Exercise Science find work as sport scientists, managers, project co-ordinators, performance analysts and technical officers within the world of sport, as well as with national governing bodies of sport, NHS rehabilitation units and in the community promoting health and physical activity.

​The diversity of careers that our graduates pursue is testament to the variety of skills they develop during their course. Some choose to pursue teaching careers, supplementing their degree with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

Others continue their studies at masters level, remaining at LJMU to study sport and clinical biomechanics, sport psychology, sport and exercise physiology, sport nutrition, strength and conditioning or study for other masters degrees e.g. physiotherapy. Some also progress to doctoral level research and take up lecturing positions in universities and colleges.

Whatever your career choice, the transferable skills you will gain on the course are sought after by a wide range of employers, many of whom tell us they value our graduates because they "think differently and have excellent people skills".

CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals. 

Professional accreditation / links

​The programme is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Undergraduate Endorsement Scheme.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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