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Science of Sport Performance
Undergraduate course
BSc (Hons)

Science of Sport Performance

International Scholarships available

Overview

This is a new course that is being designed to help us offer you the best educational experience. The course is currently being developed ready for its final content to be confirmed. Check this page from August 2018 for confirmed details of the course as it will be delivered from September 2019.

Immerse yourself in the science of sport to help develop the high-performance athletes of today and tomorrow.

Through a combination of theory and practical-based learning, you will develop your expertise in the interdisciplinary sciences of sport performance, drawing on disciplines including biomechanics, nutrition, physiology and psychology. Your studies will allow you to develop the essential knowledge and skills required to pursue a career in sport performance.

You will advance your practical and research techniques and have the confidence to use performance-measuring equipment and technologies in order to evaluate athletes at all stages of their development. Studying performance approaches within individual and team contexts will allow you to apply these models to virtually any sport.

You will engage in authentic work-related learning and practical placements in multiple sport settings. As you apply your knowledge, you will refine your self-awareness, becoming a sport performance practitioner capable of understanding and responding to your clients’ individual needs so they can achieve their performance objectives while also maintaining or enhancing their health and wellbeing needs.

As a student in the Carnegie School of Sport, you will be able to draw on 20 years of expertise in delivering sport education programmes.

This course is one of the few undergraduate programmes in the UK that focuses on using multi and interdisciplinary science to augment performance in a range of client groups.

Alongside your studies, you will be able to apply for professional development opportunities through the school’s new internship programme, offering work experience and valuable networking opportunities that could help you to secure your first professional role after graduation.

Your studies will be bolstered by a rich sporting infrastructure here at Leeds Beckett. During all three years of study, you will be provided with a wide range of work-based learning opportunities. These may involve providing support to student athletes competing at BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) level, or being immersed in real-world placements with professional organisations and partners such as Yorkshire Carnegie, Leeds Rhinos, or Perform Group.

Representatives from our sporting partners will serve as guest assessors on the course, evaluating your development as a sport performance practitioner and ensuring your learning experience is as authentic as possible.

You will also have the opportunity to gain additional experience and qualifications through vocational involvement with our university’s Sport & Active Lifestyles schemes that provide fitness, physical activity, and coaching programmes for our staff and students.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • 24/7 Library
  • Bursaries / scholarships available
  • Expert careers service
  • Placements
  • Real-life projects
  • Specialist facilities
  • TEF Silver Award
  • University accommodation
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Entry Requirements

120
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 120 points required. (Minimum Minimum 80 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies. At least one of these should normally be from a science subject, which can include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Education, Psychology or Sociology. If you are studying Biology, Chemistry or Physics to meet this requirement you must also achieve a 'Pass' in the practical assessment, where that practical assessment is separated (from 2017)).

Additional Requirements


GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
In a relevant subject, Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level. At least one science subject normally required which can include Psychology or PE
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2. One science subject normally required which can include Psychology or PE If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Enhanced Criminal History Checks:

An enhanced criminal history (DBS) check maybe required for certain modules which involve working with children and/or vulnerable others. The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks, therefore international applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency will therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country before undertaking work with children and/or vulnerable others.

International Baccalaureate

26 points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.
UCAS Tariff Points: 120 points required. (Minimum Minimum 80 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies. At least one of these should normally be from a science subject, which can include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Education, Psychology or Sociology. If you are studying Biology, Chemistry or Physics to meet this requirement you must also achieve a 'Pass' in the practical assessment, where that practical assessment is separated (from 2017)).

Additional Requirements


GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
In a relevant subject, Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level. At least one science subject normally required which can include Psychology or PE
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2. One science subject normally required which can include Psychology or PE If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Enhanced Criminal History Checks:

An enhanced criminal history (DBS) check maybe required for certain modules which involve working with children and/or vulnerable others. The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks, therefore international applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency will therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country before undertaking work with children and/or vulnerable others.

International Baccalaureate

26 points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.
More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Laura Carey

Careers

Laura Carey
Network Performance Psychologist sportscotland institute of sport

MSc Sport & Exercise Science

“I help athletes and coaches prepare for and perform at competitions. The theory combined with the practical experience I gained on my placement with a Sport Psychologist from the English Institute of Sport and the Leeds City Diving Team, helped me develop the skills required to support athletes, teams and coaches.

Teaching and learning

This is a new course that is being designed to help us offer you the best educational experience. The course modules listed below are indicative of what you will study – they are currently being developed ready for the final content to be confirmed. These will be confirmed in the course specification made available to new applicants on this page from January 2019.
Core Modules
Human Movement

Psychophysiological Responses to Exercise for Performance

Nutrition & Biochemistry in Sport & Exercise

Young Athlete Development

Profiing Sport Performance

Personal, Professional & Academic Development in Sport Performance

Core Modules
Biomechanics & Performance Analysis

Psychosocial Development for Elite Sport Performance

Food & Nutrition for Health, Sport & Exercise

The Developing Strength & Conditioning Coach

Science of Physiological Adaptations

Employability in Sport Performance

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Core Modules
Adapting Performance Environments

Analysing Sport Performance

Final Year Project

Option modules may include:
The Advanced Stregth & Conditioning Coach

The Performance Analyst

The Performance Lifestyle Advisor

Applied Physiology of Sport Performance

Applied Sport Psychology

Neuromuscular Aspects of Skilled Performance

Creating Positive Performance Environments

Sport Governance

Performance Nutrition

Leeds Beckett University
Dr Emily Williams
Senior Lecturer
Dr Emily Williams is a Senior Lecturer in sport and exercise physiology. She is currently a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has a strong commitment to multidisciplinary research and applied teaching within the areas of sports physiology and the interdisciplinary nature of the psychophysiological mechanisms of sports performance and fatigue. Emily’s PhD in sport physiology at Edge Hill University investigated the complex mechanisms involved in athletes’ pacing strategies, exploring the use of deceptive manipulations to increase the understanding of physiological and perceptual responses during sports performance.
The opportunity to learn a dynamic and informative applied science degree, gaining insights into practitioner roles and acquiring placement opportunities, is an exciting prospect for students wishing to work within sport performance environments!
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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation. See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course. See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Facilities

  • Sports Science Labs
    Sports Science Labs

    Our specialist sports science facilities include a human performance lab, a cardio-respiratory lab, blood sampling room for biochemical marker work, a full working physiology lab for monitoring athletes, a full body composition scanner and a nutrition laboratory.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

Headingley Campus

Headingley Campus

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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