Peak performance

To work in sport, you need to understand how the human body works. By taking this course, you’ll develop as an interdisciplinary sport and exercise scientist who understands that athletic success is not based on any single factor – and that will equip you to create strategies that work. Physiology, biomechanics, psychology, and nutrition – you’ll cover it all. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain coaching awards and fitness qualifications by taking vocational training courses.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2019.

Why Sport and Exercise Science at LSBU?

  • Our staff is experts – their applied research supports elite athletic performances and healthy lifestyles.
  • LSBU's Academy of Sport has a customer satisfaction rate of 84.5%, UKCSI Business Benchmark Survey.
  • We’re endorsed by the Register of Exercise Professionals.
  • Become a qualified Gym Instructor whilst you study.
  • Sports scholarship, training, and development available for elite athletes.
  • Specialist facilities including biomechanics, physiology and gait analysis laboratories.
  • Top 3 for graduate prospects amongst London competitors in Sport (Sunday Times 2019).


Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 years September Southwark Campus
Part-time 5 years September Southwark Campus


On this course, you’ll gain the scientific knowledge and develop the skills that will help you maximize the potential for success in all kinds of athletes. You’ll take part in practical activities to study the science behind exercise and sports performance, including physiology, biomechanics, psychology, and nutrition. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain coaching awards and fitness qualifications by taking vocational training courses.

Year 1

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Perception and action 1
  • Scientific skills
  • Sports psychology 1
  • Nutrition, health, and disease
  • Biomechanics

Year 2

  • Perception and action 2
  • Sports psychology 2
  • Biomechanics 2
  • Sport and exercise nutrition
  • Research methods
  • Exercise physiology and laboratory testing

Year 3

  • Clinical and applied biomechanics
  • Research project
  • Applied sport psychology
  • Environmental exercise physiology
  • Clinical perception and action


Sports and Exercise Science uses scientific principles and techniques to enable people, from Premier League footballers to those using the gym once a week, to perform at their optimum performance level.

This course opens up many careers, from coaching and personal training to going into teacher training. You could also work on exercise referral programmes within clinical environments, rehabilitation programmes, corporate fitness initiatives or human science research.

Make the best use of all the opportunities we’ll give you for vocational training courses through Sports Coach UK and national sport governing bodies. The Academy of Sport also runs a Sports Ambassador Scheme, where students can volunteer or be employed by the University to deliver sports coaching, fitness and mentoring sessions across London.

Recent graduates have gone onto jobs such as cardiac rehabilitation physiologist, exercise therapist, sports science consultant, childhood obesity programme coordinator, technical representative for physiological/mechanical analysis equipment, and international sales manager for exercise science equipment.

Others (like alumnus Daniel Walters) have developed their own sports-related businesses, or have taken postgraduate teacher training qualifications.

Employability Service

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

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:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.


Sport and Exercise Science Research Centre (SESRC)

The Sport and Exercise Science Research Centre (SESRC) has access to sophisticated equipment which enhances research activities and is where some of your classes will take place.

Academy of Sport

You'll have access to a range of facilities and equipment within the Academy of Sport at LSBU, including a fully equipped fitness suite with SMART Centre Technology, a Functional Training Zone, Free Weights Room and Sports Hall.

The Academy of Sport has been recognized nationally for its high standards of excellence, receiving a customer satisfaction rate of 84.5%, from the UKCSI Business Benchmark Survey.

Teaching and learning

Study hours

Year 1 class contact time is typically 15 hours per week plus individual tutorials and independent study.


Our impressive research record means that teaching is informed by current, cutting-edge research, and because we have a focus on applied research, you can apply your learning to real-world settings.


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.

Personal Tutoring

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. After the first semester, you will have a minimum of 2 personal tutor meetings per semester and there will also be weekly drop-in sessions/assessment tutorial appointments.

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A Level CCD or;
  • BTEC National Diploma MMM or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 39 Merits and 6 Passes or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 96 UCAS points
  • Level 3 qualifications must include Maths, Science or Sport
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.
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Last updated May 2, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 23, 2019
3 - 5 
9,250 GBP
Year 1 Full-time UK/EU fee: £9250; International fee: £13125. Year 1 Part-time UK/EU fee: £5550; International fee: £8750
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Start Date
Sep 23, 2019
End Date
Jan 24, 2022
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Sep 23, 2019

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Jan 24, 2022