Sport and Exercise Sciences - Liverpool John Moores University

2019/20 entry

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Foundation Year

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: To be confirmed
Full time international tuition fee: To be confirmed

Course type

BSc (Hons)

Bachelor of Science

UCAS info

Points required: 88

UCAS code: S002

Institute code: L51

Study mode

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"
  • Start month: September
  • Campus location: City Campus

View our brochure to find out more about sport at LJMU

Additional course costs

Students will need to pay for a DBS check (if required for your placement) and travel to your placement.

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 Champion 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.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

88

GCSE and equivalents

  • •Applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 1
  • Is general studies acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: CCD
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: DD if studied on its own or to the total of 88 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: MMM if studied on its own or to the total of 88 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: Overall Pass Required

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 24 IB Diploma Points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 88 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects

OCR National acceptability

  • National Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

NVQ

  • Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Additional entry requirement information

​​Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.

Will I be interviewed?

No interview required

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. The annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees - 2019/20 fees are not currently available

You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £25,000**.

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

The government has stated that it intends to introduce a pro rata maintenance loan for part time students from England from the 2018/19 academic year.

For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/studentfinance

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £25,000* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £25,000).*

*Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

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.

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country, please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fee deposits

International students are liable to pay a minimum deposit of 50% of their tuition fees before their CAS can be issued. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of the given enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

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.
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