Why study Sport and Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moores University?
- The highest ranked institution offering an undergraduate sport and exercise science course in the Research Excellence Framework 2014
- School named 12th best department in the world, 2nd best in the UK and 9th best in Europe out of 450 institutions by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) for sport sciences 2020
- 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"
- This degree is available to study following a foundation year
- International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more
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.
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. 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. 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.
"I 100% believe that if I didn’t come to LJMU I would have had to choose between Water Polo and my degree, but I can say I have a Commonwealth Gold Medal, captained a World University Games and achieved a 1st class degree – and that is all because of LJMU!"
The programme is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Undergraduate Endorsement Scheme.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students
The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.
Additional course costs
Students will need to pay for a DBS check (if required for your placement) and travel to your placement.
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".
Find out more about career opportunities in sport and exercise sciences.
Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.
Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.
Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.
Applicant key information
Course review and revalidation.
This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.
Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study
Further guidance on modules
Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.
Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy. Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.
Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.
Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:Programme specification document (PDF)
This module introduces you to important theoretical concepts and practical skills in applied sport and exercise science practice. It also familiarises and develops your computer competency, practical skills and techniques relevant to applied sport and exercise science settings.
The module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the foundation concepts that underpin motor learning/control, sport, exercise and social psychology.
This module introduces you to the basic principles of human anatomical structure and biomechanics and illustrates applications of these principles in sport, exercise and health. The module also aims to introduce you to experimental methods in biomechanics and develops your skills in data handling.
Research Methods 1
This module introduces you to the fundamental concepts of research methods, along with covering the basic application and interpretation of statistics that are relevant to research conducted in sport and exercise sciences.
Physiological Responses to Acute Exercise
This module develops your knowledge and understanding of the basic structure and function of key physiological systems and metabolic processes, and discusses how these systems and processes respond to acute exercise. The content will include both theoretical knowledge and practical skills related to a number of physiological systems and metabolic processes.
Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health Foundations
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the principles underpinning the promotion of physically active, low sedentary, healthy lifestyles. The module also aims to provide an introduction to quantitative and qualitative methodologies in physical activity and sedentary behaviour research, developing your skills of data analyses and interpretation.
Applied Sport and Exercise Principles
The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge of the practical skills/competencies required of practitioners in various applied sport and exercise disciplines.
This module aims to develop your ability to evaluate psychological principles associated with sport, exercise, and those associated with motor control and learning and expertise. You will also gain exposure to laboratory scenarios in the context of motor learning and control in order to further develop their understanding of experimental psychology.
This module continues to build your biomechanical knowledge by addressing fundamental principles on forces, motion and muscle action. You will learn the theoretical concepts behind key biomechanical analysis techniques before applying this knowledge in practical laboratory sessions and coursework. The theoretical insights and practical experiences will be complemented with online worksheets and data analysis tasks. You will also be introduced to more advanced biomechanical methodologies and research areas in biomechanics.
Research Methods 2
This module aims to develop an understanding of the key issues and concepts underpinning different types of research. This will include a development of both quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as data analysis procedures.
Physiological Responses to Exercise Training
This module develops your knowledge and understanding of the cardiovascular and metabolic responses of acute and chronic exercise. You will discuss these in relation to human health and performance.
Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health Principles
The aim of this module is to develop your theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for the promotion of physically active, low sedentary, healthy lifestyles. The module also aims to provide practical opportunities to develop skills associated with the assessment of physical activity and sedentary behaviour.
This module aims to critically extend your understanding and deployment of the research process through the production of a piece of independent research.
Current Issues in Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, Health Measurement and Research
This module aims to engage you in current physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health research and measurement concepts. You will gain experience of using physical activity and sedentary behaviour measurement tools in your analysis of physical activity data. You will also gain an understanding of other variables associated with physical activity and sedentary behaviour, including the measurement and analysis of some health markers.
The aim of this module is for you to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate sports biomechanics in performance and injury contexts.
Applied Motor Behaviour
The module is designed to develop a critical understanding within a selected number of topics in motor behaviour. You will be involved in discussion on theoretical issues associated with a number of topics in visual-motor control and learning.
Cardiovascular and Environmental Physiology
This module aims to provide you with thinking skills necessary to evaluate and understand the appropriate application of key cardiovascular measurement techniques and to equip you with the applied knowledge necessary to interpret data collected via these techniques. In addition, the module aims to promote critical awareness of the limitations to human health and performance under various physiological stressors and how these limitations can be overcome with appropriate adaptation strategies and interventions.
Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Interventions in Practice
This module aims to engage you in key physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health intervention concepts. It will explore current evidence and practice related to promoting physical activity and reducing sedentary time in a range of populations/settings, and you will also examine how interventions are designed and evaluated.
This module has a dual focus on gait analysis (the systematic study of human walking) and muscles and tendons. You will gain an understanding of muscles/tendon structure and function.
Psychology and Development Issues in Sport
The module aims to develop your ability to critically evaluate contemporary sport and exercise psychology concepts that influence participants' performance, wellbeing, and development. The module will address topics, such as anxiety, identity, career transition within a critical evaluation of the psycho-social, cultural and environmental considerations of development.
Skeletal Muscle Physiology, Metabolism and Nutrition
This module aims to increase your understanding of the regulation of the metabolic processes by which muscles are provided with energy during exercise as well as examining the molecular mechanisms underpinning muscle adaptation to exercise training. Having drawn upon this theoretical knowledge, the module also aims to develop your ability to translate this information to the applied context of sports nutrition with the goal of improving sports performance, training adaptations and recovery.
The module aims to provide you with the opportunity to develop and reflect on your theoretical knowledge and applied practice skills by engaging in a work related learning project.
Teaching and work-related learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.
Teaching is via a combination of lectures, interactive seminars, one-to-one tutorials, online activities, 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.
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.
The school is fully committed to promoting a learning environment that supports a culture of equality, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) and has a Disability Support Coordinator, an EDI Coordinator and a School EDI Working Group. Personal Tutors also play a vital role in promoting awareness of support services for students.
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.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
Dr Mark Robinson
Mark completed his degree, masters and PhD at LJMU. He has been programme leader on the course for five years. In that time, the course staff have been nominated by LJMU students as an 'Amazing Programme Team'. His research interests are related to musculoskeletal loading, injury and impairment in the lower limbs - especially during sports activities. Of particular interest are lower limb injuries, monitoring of athlete loads and gait analysis. Mark has been an Associate Editor of the Journal of Sports Sciences since 2020.
"The most enjoyable and rewarding aspects of being a programme leader is seeing the progression of students through the course as they become more independent and critical thinkers."
What you can expect from your School
You will study in Liverpool city centre at our City Campus. Our sport and exercise sciences facilities are world-leading and feature state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for our current and future sport scientists. The Avril Robarts library is within easy walking distance and here you'll find all the information you need to support your studies.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications: 120
GCSE and equivalents
Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:
- 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
- Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
- Subject specific requirements: At least one Science subject. PE, Psychology and Maths included as Science.
- Is general studies acceptable? No
- Average A Level offer: BBB
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
- National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: DDD Sport and/or Science Related
Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Further information: Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area, minimum of 24 Distinctions and 12 Merits required
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points. We may require specific grades in Science.
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Grades / subjects required: 120 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects. We may require specific grades in Science.
- Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Not Acceptable
Alternative qualifications considered
Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.
No interview required (UCAS application form only)IELTS
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.International entry requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.Can this course be deferred?
YesIs a DBS check required?
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
We want students who are intrigued by the science of sport and exercise, and are interested in learning about the role that science plays in sport performance, sport development and exercise settings.
Students should be motivated, enthusiastic and pro-active with an ability to accept responsibility for their own academic and personal development.
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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