The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
For more information and a list of typical modules available on this course, please read BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences in the course catalogue.
Most courses consist of compulsory and optional modules. There may be some optional modules omitted below. This is because they are currently being refreshed to make sure students have the best possible experience. Before you enter each year, full details of all modules for that year will be provided.
This course equips you with a broad knowledge across the sports and exercise sciences and certain aspects of the biomedical sciences.
The knowledge you will gain includes an introduction to essential anatomy & physiology of human systems, biochemistry driving energy production, and core concepts in the major discipline areas of sport and exercise sciences. These core concepts include biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control, and sport and exercise psychology as well as some basic neuroscience. This is delivered in a structured and facilitated way to support your learning.
You’ll also develop the fundamental practical laboratory skills and techniques that will underpin the rest of your studies, and essential academic and professional skills to help you progress successfully through the course and into further study or employment.
You will also have the opportunity to take optional modules within other areas of the biomedical sciences or key applied areas such as sport and physical activity modules operated through the local sports service – The Edge facility (The Edge - Gym, swimming pool & sports complex in Leeds) and specialist areas such as nutrition as well as pursue other interests you may have.
At the end of year 1, our flexible degree structure may offer you the opportunity to transfer onto other suitable, related degree courses, subject to suitable academic performance and availability.
Team Based Solutions for Local Challenges in Human Sciences (20 credits) - You’ll be provided with the opportunity to address a current human health-related challenge in a facilitated team-based environment. You will develop the core skills necessary to tackle challenges which may cover topics such as the prevention and treatment of disease or healthy ageing, aligned to your programme whilst working in interdisciplinary groups. Challenges tackled and skills gained will compliment taught content in other first-year modules.
Practical Application of Clinical, Laboratory and Field Skills for Human Sciences (20 credits) - You’ll be introduced to the cornerstone skills and capabilities that are essential for scientific research in the field of Sports and Exercise Science. This module includes hands-on practical application of these skills and will include those applied in a clinical setting, in a laboratory and out in the field, as well as skills that support such activities for example research design, hypothesis testing, scientific writing and data analysis.
Structure and Function of Human Body Systems (20 credits) - You’ll be introduced to the core concepts underpinning structure and function of human body systems, with an emphasis on how systems are structured, operate and interact. You will also discover how the environment, exercise and disease can disturb these core systems, and the underpinning physiology.
Introductory Concepts in Sport and Exercise Sciences (20 credits) - You’ll be introduced to the core concepts underpinning the four key disciplines of Sport and Exercise Science: Biomechanics, Physiology, Motor Control, and Psychology. You will focus of the fundamental theories within each topic to prepare you for later more advanced and applied material. You will also cover principles of experimental measurements and testing. Each discipline is clearly discussed independently but we then consider how each of the disciplines are required to be examined for a comprehensive picture of human physiology and exercise sciences
Applied Concepts in Sport and Exercise Sciences (20 credits) - You’ll build on the previous introductory core concepts for the four key disciplines of Sport and Exercise Science: Biomechanics, Physiology, Motor Control, and Psychology. It connects these fundamental theories to the more applied core concepts within each topic. Application of the disciplines will be considered by working through examples and case studies relevant to human physiology, physical activity and the impact on health.
20 credits from the following, at least one module from basket 1
Elements of Human Nutrition (10 credits) -You’ll be introduced to the underpinning physiological processes that govern health such as nutrient function and metabolism, dietary intakes and food sources, deficiency diseases and nutritional requirements. You’ll too look apply nutritional recommendations within the context of health and special populations.
Biology of the Mind (10 credits) - You’ll be introduced to the foundational neuroscience concepts of structure and function, and how systems level function emerges. These concepts will be explained using examples drawn from across the human nervous system in health and disease, and from the experimental approaches used in neuroscience research.
Leadership and Teams (10 credits) - This module is designed to enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of teams and how different styles of leadership affect the experience and outcomes through participating in a variety of outdoor adventurous activities and team building games. You’ll be given the opportunity to lead and to observe others in leadership positions, with the goal of relating this to future goals.
If only one module is selected from basket 1, choose an optional module from basket 2
Supporting the Injured Athlete (10 credits) - You’ll be given the opportunity to explore the principles of rehabilitation along with the key skills and attributes required to operate as a supporting specialist to performance sport. This module will cover the foundation of supporting and rehabilitating the injured athlete. The module also provides a great insight into the practice of working as a strength and conditioning coach alongside a physiotherapist within performance sport support service.
Introduction to Sports Analytics (10 credits) - You’ll be provided with an introduction to the use of analytics in elite sports. A key theme is the difference between analytics in invasion-territorial team sports (e.g. the various codes of football) and striking-and-fielding team sports (e.g. baseball and cricket) arising from the greater tactical interdependence of players in invasion-territorial team sports. The lower degree of separate individual player contributions creates several analytical challenges in invasion team sports. The initial focus is the development of analytics in baseball (i.e. The Moneyball Story) followed by developments in soccer and rugby. The analytical methods covered include exploratory data analysis, win-loss analysis, correlation and regression analysis, and win-contribution analysis.
Introduction to the Physical Activity and Exercise Industries (10 credits) - You'll critically explore the UK physical activity (p.a.) and exercise industries, including current policies, strategies, and the challenges for professionalisation in p.a. and exercise. You will develop a deeper understanding of personal experiences and critical skills through looking at this industry, its professional development, and the role it plays in government strategies.
Discovery Module (10 credits) - As well as the compulsory and optional modules that make up your programme of study, you may be able to choose something different to your main subject as a Discovery Module.
Building and extending on the knowledge and skills from year 1, you can choose specialist topics in each sub-discipline such as muscular performance, biomechanics of sport and exercise, social psychology of sport and exercise, skills acquisition and motor learning. You’ll further develop your research and applied skills in our state-of-the-art Sport Science laboratories.
Flexibility is offered for taking modules sitting outside of the sport and exercise sciences degree, such as diagnostic imaging, and nutrition and disease. We also offer applied modules in collaboration with our colleagues in the Sport and Physical Activity Service, based at The Edge. Study topics such as strength and conditioning, or teaching and coaching young people. In year 2 the modules are taught in a way that balances facilitated and independent learning.
You will further develop your personal and professional skills including critical thinking, creative problem solving, team-working, and critical reasoning skills. Gain further experience of applying your knowledge and skills to evaluate scientific evidence and creating solutions to major sport related and health problems.
At the end of year 2, you will have the opportunity to complete an industrial work placement, study abroad, or combined study and work abroad. This will add an additional year of study to your degree.
Practical Research Skills in Sport and Exercise Sciences (20 credits) – You’ll develop more complex practical skills to address research questions. You will participate in practical activities and mini-projects, using key experimental approaches and methods used in the sport and exercise sciences. This will allow you to develop key research skills including experimental design, and appropriate statistical and mathematical methods or approaches for analysing biomedical data and information.
Team Based Solutions for Global Challenges in Human Sciences (20 credits) – In line with key UN sustainability goals (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) | Sustainability (leeds.ac.uk), you will build skills in knowledge application, analysis, and scientific data presentation. You’ll work as a team to research and create biomedical solutions to a global grand challenge or UN SDG. You will develop and practice key academic and professional skills including the critical analysis of research papers, verbal, written and graphical communication, team-working, planning and organisation, and negotiation.
Advanced Sport and Exercise Sciences Concept Units I (20 credits) – You’ll build subject specialist knowledge by choosing concept units that most interest you. This module builds on Year 1 and prepares you for Specialist Topic units in Year 3. Units may include, for example, the cardiorespiratory systems, and the impact of exercise on these, or the psychology of exercise.
Advanced Sport and Exercise Sciences Concept Units II (20 credits) – You’ll build subject specialist knowledge by choosing concept units that most interest you. This module builds on Year 1 and prepares you for Specialist Topic units in Year 3. Units may include, for example, the biomechanics of exercise, motor control or skills acquisition.
The focal point for year 3 is an independent capstone research project that you’ll carry out under the supervision of a field-leading academic. Here you will be able to select from a wide range of project types, enabling you to focus on a subject of specific interest, developing the skills required for your future career.
Examples of previous projects are:
- Limitations in oxygen delivery to high intensity exercise performance.
- Strategies to overcome concussion in rugby.
- Guidelines for exercise prescription in cancer patients.
- The impact of pregnancy and the postpartum period on family lifestyle behaviours and health.
Alongside this, choose research-based topics that interested you in earlier years. Specialised topic modules allow you to choose from a menu of different research topics so you can focus more on your areas of interest such as motor control and neuro-rehabilitation, exercise and psychological health and sports medicine, or health and nutrition. You can also choose other specialist optional modules.
Specialised Topics in Sport and Exercise Sciences I (20 credits) – You’ll have the opportunity to build your knowledge of research in specific topic areas led by active researchers in the field of study. It will introduce you to a range of research topics in the broad field of biomedical sciences and develop your ability to collate, critically analyse, and describe scientific information. Topics covered will reflect current research interests of the School, and may include, for example, motor control and rehabilitation.
Specialised Topics in Sport and Exercise Sciences II (20 credits) – You’ll further build your knowledge of research specific topic areas led by active researchers in the field of study. You’ll be introduced to a range of research topics in the sport and exercise sciences, and the broader biomedical sciences, and develop your ability to collate, critically analyse, and describe scientific information. Topics covered will reflect current research interests of the School, and may include, for example, exercise and psychological health, health and nutrition, or cellular cardiology.
Advanced Skills (20 credits) – You’ll attend a series of compulsory and optional units designed to provide scaffolding and support for your capstone research experience. This will develop and utilise your research, employability and 4th Industrial Revolution skills required both for the capstone project and for the workplace. You’ll select the units which develop key skills and attributes required for your individual capstone project and/or future employment. The assignments for this module provide further scaffolding and support for the creation of your capstone project.
Capstone Research Project (40 credits) – You’ll design and undertake, either individually or as part of a team, an extended enquiry-based project in an area or topic relevant to the biomedical sciences. This project could be one of many formats including scientific research, public engagement, grand challenges report, or the development of educational resources. This will allow you to apply new knowledge and skills gained in earlier years of the programme, acquire new understanding, and develop new research and employability skills. You’ll communicate the outcomes or outputs of your project in different ways to a variety of audiences. Students may choose the capstone project or format of interest to them, being mentored by one of the leading academics in that field of study.
Learning and teaching
Our teaching is delivered through a combination of large and small group workshops and practicals. We take a student-centred approach to learning and so our teaching is designed to enable student engagement through active learning approaches that include creative problem-solving, team-work activities and mini-projects. In this way, you are able to apply the theoretical knowledge learnt to practical, real-life contexts. We put a high value on practical teaching and so a core part of your teaching will focus on developing hands-on practical and associated research skills.
Independent study is an important part of University learning and you will be expected to undertake private study. We will support you in becoming independent learners through our teaching approaches and through regular meetings with your personal tutor who is there to advise you academically.
We use a range of digital tools to enhance your learning. Through our Minerva learning management system, you will be able to access our extensive library of online materials, some of it designed specifically to support preparation prior to attending classroom sessions and discuss content with peers and teachers. In the classroom, educators use a variety of interactive digital tools to help you learn through discussion and debate. Laboratory practicals are accompanied by detailed online preparation guides and use of electronic laboratory notebooks to ensure you get the most out of your time and develop workplace skills.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
Assessment on the course is a mix of course work submitted during the semester and in the exam periods (Jan and May) each year. A portfolio of assessment approaches are used.
There is also a mixture of multiple-choice questions, short answer questions and longer essay questions used in an online time limited assessment.
Many modules adopt authentic assessment approaches where appropriate. Authentic assessments aim to develop the personal and professional skills required in the workplace. This includes:
- Writing laboratory or other reports
- Grant applications
- Oral presentations
- Poster presentations
- Reflective accounts and portfolios
Communicating science to a wider audience is a key skill. In some circumstances there may be a choice of assessment piece to make it more relevant, meaningful and engaging for you.
Assessments in the school are prepared in a fair and inclusive manner adhering to relevant and up to date guidance.