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The BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Foundation Year provides students with an alternative route into the undergraduate degree programme if the entry requirements for the BSc cannot be met. The Foundation Year will develop academically confident “level 4 ready” students through the provision of a supportive learning environment at Foundation Level that nurtures the development of the theoretical knowledge, and academic and practical skills necessary to successfully study the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degree.
This 4-year course will develop both a detailed understanding of the subject areas that underpin sport and exercise performance and relevant employability skills and competencies through the embedding of a cohesive blend of professional and academic skills and the provision of career support. There are also opportunities for volunteering and engaging in extra-curricular activities at university.
Several of the modules in the foundation year are shared with other courses enabling you to learn about other subjects. If at the end of semester 1 you wish to change your specialism you can do so.
At foundation level the course will develop the scientific disciplines which underpinning the study of sport and exercise science (biology; chemistry and physics) and the role of sport and exercise science in the development of athlete populations and the promotion of health and wellbeing. The different sub-disciplines of sport and exercise science, their role in supporting athlete development and health and well being will be introduced in the foundation year.
The course has employability embedded within its curriculum. Additional to the practical skills-based modules in all levels of study, you will take a work-based module in Level 5 to develop your practitioner skills; and then in Level 6 you have the option to choose a Placement module, which has been designed to empower you to pursue a specialist area of knowledge within the Sport and Exercise sector. In addition, you can boost your CV by gaining extra curricular nationally recognised sporting qualifications such as UK Coaching Certificates and Gym and Personal Trainer awards, which are taught by LSBU Active's Academy of Sport at the University.
Three typical career pathways for a Sport and Exercise Science graduate are: I) Elite Sport and Performance; ii) Clinical Exercise, Health and Fitness and iii) Research, Teaching, Coaching and Sport Development.
For most job roles within these pathways (e.g Coach, School Teacher, Higher Education Lecturer, Research Fellow, Physiotherapist, Sports Therapist, Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Personal Trainer, Sports Scientist) a post-graduate or professional qualification is required. Our Master’s programme in Sport and Exercise Science has been designed with these career pathways in mind and has 40 credit specialist areas of study embedded within the curriculum to allow students to advance their knowledge and professional competencies towards their intended career pathway.
Others have developed their own sports-related businesses, or have taken postgraduate teacher training qualifications.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Every year a professional panel is invited to speak with the students about the career paths they took following their graduation and are invited to make internships and placements available to our students.
We work with leading partners including:
The laboratories of the Sport and Exercise Science Research Centre (SESRC) are equipped with specialised and industry standard equipment with ongoing research into Environmental Psychophysiology and Musculoskeletal Biomechanics. Teaching is research-informed and you will get to use these facilities as you progress through the degree. You can take a virtual tour below.
You'll have access to a range of sports facilities and equipment, including a fully equipped fitness suite with SMART Centre Technology, a Functional Training Zone, Free Weights Room and Sports Hall. Please visit our LSBU Active pages for more information.
All modules carry 200 notational hours (20 credits) of study apart from Research Project which carries 400 notional hours(40 credits). Face-to-face (synchronous) contact time for a given module is typically 39 hours; therefore, students are expected to dedicate in excess of 150 hours of self-directed learning.
We will support you throughout your studies. The University provides all students access to the virtual learning environment, Moodle, so materials and online support are available when you need them.
We provide one-to-one support via our professional tutoring system. Your tutor will help you understand coursework feedback, offer guidance as you plan your career, and advise you on work experience to ensure you get the most out of the course.
Teaching is also supported through seminars, online learning environments and specialist advice sessions for topics such as statistics and research methods. In addition to the facilities provided by the university, our laboratories have dedicated computing and experimental equipment.
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The course uses a blend of formative and summative assessment. Formative assessment provides structured feedback to support students in the summative task; therefore, scaffolding the approach to assessment and ensuring appropriate development of critical thinking, academic writing, practical and technical comprehension, and creativity.
Most modules are assessed by coursework only, using a blended approach to assessment (written essays, lab reports, oral presentations, oral defences). At level 4, knowledge and understanding is typically assessed via written reports and multiple choice questionnaires. As students progress through the course, their transferrable skills are scrutinised more with oral presentations becoming a more common form of assessment. Each module has a 20 credit accumulation and transfer apart from Research Project in Level 6, which has 40 credits assigned to it for student study hours.
In order to obtain an award, students must pass modules and gain the required number of credits as stated in the LSBU regulations for taught BSc programmes.
As an undergraduate Applied Sciences student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.
Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.
Your tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.
In your first semester you will attend a series of weekly personal tutor group sessions to introduce you to elements such as the module structure and the Moodle site, as well as workshops on assessment expectations.
Students will develop their intellectual skills such that they are able to:
Students will acquire and develop practical skills such that they are able to:
Students will acquire and develop transferrable skills such that they are able to:
To be considered for entry to the course applicants would normally need at least 1 A level in a science subject or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent L3 qualification as follows:
If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.
The course is not currently open to international students.
International (non Home) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.
Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.
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After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.
Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.
Note: Extra costs may be incurred for coaching awards not typically delivered by LSBU Active's Academy of Sport.
For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.
Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.
The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.
The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.
We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.
The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.
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