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Loughborough University

Sport and Exercise Science

UCAS Code: CX63
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Sport & exercise science
Student score
85% HIGH
% employed or in further study
98% MED
Average graduate salary
£19.5k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

AAA including at least one of the following preferred subjects: Biology, Human Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology, History, Geography, Physical Education / Sports Science and English Literature or English Language. Some offers of AAB will be made to those with multiple A-Levels from the above list who also have exceptional supporting statements. Practical Science is not required.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Scottish Advanced Highers

AA, plus Highers at majority A/B grades.

BTEC Diploma

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: D*D plus an A Level at grade A in a preferred subject: Biology, Human Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology, History, Geography, Physical Education / Sports Science and English Literature or English Language. BTEC (Sport) will not be accepted with A Level Physical Education / Sports Science.

International Baccalaureate

37 points with 6 6 6 at HL.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 144 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

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Course description

Sport and exercise is a huge and rapidly expanding global industry, while levels of public fitness and participation in physical activity are issues on the political agenda. For this reason, sport and exercise scientists are in increasing demand, particularly given the drive of professional athletes to maximise their potential. This degree course offers you the opportunity to study Sport and Exercise Science at one of the UK’s leading universities. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the Sport and Exercise Sciences across a wide range of disciplines, which will allow you to apply this knowledge and understanding in the context of sports performance, physical activity, health and wellbeing. You will benefit from access to state-of-the-art laboratories which will allow you to develop your practical, scientific and laboratory skills, enabling you to apply your knowledge to sport, exercise and other contexts. You will be part of a school and university that is uniquely associated with sport. The modular structure of the degree (and wide range of options) enables you to tailor your studies towards your own career aspirations. There continues to be extensive investment in the facilities within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, making it a great place to study. As an undergraduate student, you have access to the very best facilities - including specialist teaching and research laboratories for human and exercise physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology, biomechanics, motor control and psychology. The academic expertise and research of our internationally-renowned staff informs teaching across all degree programmes, ensuring the very best learning experience. Loughborough University continues to make a significant contribution to sport and exercise in the UK as a centre of excellence in research in the biological, psychological and social sciences; as well as innovation in physical activity, health, coaching and sports technology. Loughborough University research supported Team GB in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Loughborough is also home to a new £10 million, pioneering National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine.


Year 1: Areas studied include exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor control and learning, psychology, sociology, coaching and pedagogy, physical activity and health, and sport management. Year 2: Areas studied include developing research skills plus a range of optional modules. Final year: Areas studied include a wide range of optional modules reflecting all the disciplines of Sport and Exercise Science plus a research project.

Loughborough University

Loughborough Campus

The Loughborough experience is an unrivalled mix of exciting campus life, sporting chances, diverse universal cultures, industrial links and world-class research. With two major cities nearby, a great uni / union relationship and the biggest higher education campus in Europe, you're in for some unforgettable times. Our 16,000 students enjoy more than 8,000 nights out at the union.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 92%
Student score 85% HIGH
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
17% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
41% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
8% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
423 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
76% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
4% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 98% MED
Average graduate salary £19.5k HIGH
Graduates who are childcare and related personal services


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Graduates who are sports and fitness occupations


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
One of the fastest growing subjects in the country, the number of sports science graduates went from under 3,000 in 2003 to over 10,000 in 2013. Numbers have fallen slightly since 2015, but we still have over 9,000 graduates in the subject. However, the good news is the country's appetite for good health and fitness - and the adaptability of graduates in the subject - means that sports science grads are less likely than average to be out of work. Sports science graduates, not surprisingly, tend to get jobs in sport, fitness and health - coaching and teaching especially - but they're found all over the economy. Management and business are also popular options for graduates from this subject — and sports science graduates are particularly found where drive, determination and physical fitness are an advantage.
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