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Course details

Subject area

Sport, Health and Physical Education

UCAS tariff points


Start date(s)

2020, 2021



Study abroad


Study mode(s)

Full time (3 years)

Course overview

Are you fascinated by the science underpinning athletic performance? Do you want to work with athletes, helping them to reach their performance potential?

Studying Sport and Exercise Sciences gives you the opportunity to understand the science behind all aspects of athletic performance.

The Student Contract

Your health and wellbeing is important to us which means that we may need to adjust elements of our courses, such as the timings of our placement provision, to take into account COVID-19-related government restrictions. However, please be assured that we will do our utmost to limit any impact this has on your university experience. If you have any questions about your course, please contact us at hello@leedstrinity.ac.uk

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to courses

We offer a large amount of practical activity within most of our Sport, Health and Physical Education undergraduate courses. This is an integral part of many modules and contributes both competency-based learning and practical context within which theory can be learned, applied and assessed. In our approach to blended delivery in Academic Year 2020/21, the online content will complement the on-campus delivery, ensuring you are both prepared for on-campus teaching and are able to utilise this on-campus delivery to enhance your subsequent learning. In addition, we will seek to ensure you have access to ‘live’ staff expertise and support through digital platforms to help build a community of learning for all students.

Online teaching will see virtual classroom sessions in Microsoft Teams ‘sandwiched’ between structured preparation activities and follow-up tasks to reinforce learning. Teams, Moodle and Panopto will be used as appropriate to provide a range of learning materials, opportunities for engagement with other students (eg via small group work) and tutors, and to create tasks for you to undertake alone and with others.

We will ensure that each week you are aware of what is expected and how best to access materials and content, and engage in learning activities.

About this course

You’ll study the core components of sport and exercise sciences, exploring a range of theories and concepts relating to physiology, biomechanics and psychology. And you’ll develop key laboratory skills in a range of disciplines which will help you to improve the performance of athletes.

From your first year you can choose to further develop your knowledge and specialise in sports nutrition, performance coaching, performance management or strength and conditioning.

Whatever path you choose, you’ll put theory into practice by completing professional work placements. We’ll also give you first-hand experience of working with athletes through Trinity Performance, our sport and exercise science enterprise service that offers coach education, consultancy and health assessments to professional athletes.

By the time you graduate, you’ll not only be ready for a successful career in the sports industry, you’ll also have been able to develop highly transferable business and management skills that will prepare you for a wide range of graduate roles.

This course is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) - the professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK.

Why study with us?

  • Work with athletes during your degree, applying theory to real-world scenarios.
  • Access excellent facilities, including a Sports Science Laboratory, Motion Capture Suite and a Strength and Conditioning Suite.
  • Choose your path. At the end of your first year, you can continue with Sport and Exercise Sciences, or transfer to Sport and Exercise Sciences (Sports Nutrition) or Strength and Conditioning Science
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The module details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Students will study a combination of core and option modules across their three or four years of study.

Modules by Year

Foundation Year

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Academic Skills and Studying with Confidence
  • Project
  • Being Healthy in a Modern World
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise

You will only study these modules if you are studying for the degree with Sport and Health foundation year (4 years)

Year 1

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Sport Psychology
  • Ethics, Society and Employability
  • Performance Analysis

Students are also required to choose two option modules from:

  • Exercise Psychology
  • Techniques in Strength and Conditioning
  • Health and Fitness
Year 2

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Sport Psychology: Theory to Practice
  • Research Method
  • Biomechanical Analysis of Performance
  • Physiology of Training*

Students are also required to choose one option module from:

  • Coaching and Assessment of Performance
  • Strength and Conditioning in Practice
  • Nutrition for Sport and Exercise
  • Advanced Training Methods*

Students are also required to choose an option module from:

  • Professional Development and Placement
  • Volunteering in SHN

*There are pre-requisites for these modules


Year 3

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Dissertation

Students are also required to choose one option modules from:

  • Applied Sport Psychology
  • Applied Strength and Conditioning
  • Applied Sport Nutrition

And two option modules from:

  • Performance Physiology
  • Applied Biomechanics and Movement Analysis*
  • Sport Injury
  • Professional Learning Through Work
  • Physical Activity and Behaviour Change    
  • Exercise Referral*

*There are pre-requisites for these modules



Learning and teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping you achieve your academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum.

The key themes of our strategy are:

  • student confidence
  • professionalism
  • social responsibility.

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

For over 50 years, we have developed a strong reputation for the quality of our teaching.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • The right tools and technology
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A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for your programme, to enable you to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that you have developed.

For more details on specific assessment methods for this course contact hello@leedstrinity.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

The following information is designed to give you a general overview of the qualifications we accept. If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you.

UCAS tariff104
GCSE requirementsGrade C or above/grade 4 or higher in English Language, Maths and Science.
Typical A Level offerBCC

Student Finance

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2020/2021.

Part-time tuition fees will be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years.

Tuition fees for 2021/22 entry will be set in summer 2020.

Living costs, e.g. accommodation, travel, food, will also need to be taken into consideration.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2020/21. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. 

Additional costs

We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own.
  • Field trips may occur during this course and they will be either fully or partly subsidised by the University. More details will be provided at the start of the course.
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure.
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online

How to apply

For full-time undergraduate courses, you apply through UCAS. That's the University and Colleges Admissions Service.

On your application form, you'll need to know our institution code - it's L24 - and the course code. If you click through to the UCAS website using the button below, it'll take you to the right place with all the information you need.

You'll also need to write a personal statement - we've prepared a guide to help you.

There's lots more information about the application process on the UCAS website, or you can get in touch with our admissions team who will be happy to help:

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Professional placements

Our students have completed placements at a range of professional sports clubs including Bolton Wanderers Football Club and Leeds Rhinos Rugby League Club, as well as in primary and secondary schools, Human Kinetics publishers and local authority health and wellbeing services.

Career opportunities

Our commitment to developing your employability means you’ll have the skills, knowledge and confidence to work in a wide range of sports industry roles. Many of our graduates work in elite sport as applied scientists, but they have also been successful in teaching, coaching, business and marketing roles thanks to the transferable skills they’ve developed throughout the course.

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