Health and exercise professionals play an important role in tackling the health challenges we face as a society with a range of physical activity interventions.
The BSc (Hons) Health and Exercise Science degree at Lincoln aims to inspire and empower students to become confident and efficient professionals. It prepares students to work with a broad array of issues in the physical activity and health development sector.
The course is designed to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of health, as well as the underpinning exercise science behind it. It aims to prepare students to support clients from a range of population groups, both physically and psychologically, and to prescribe evidence-based interventions according to individual requirements.
How You Study
In the first year, students can examine core theoretical components relevant to physical activity, exercise, and health. During the second and third years, this theory is put into practice, and vocationally relevant skills can be developed through workplace shadowing and practical assessments. The School will aim to cover all reasonable costs associated with local work placements, including travel.
The course supports students to develop applied skills in evaluating and assessing a range of clients. It encourages them to confidently provide suitable physical activity and healthy eating recommendations, and design, implement and evaluate health promotion projects. It strives to give students an understanding of a broad array of components in local public health work.
Modules can include Physical Activity and Public Health; Promoting Physical Activity and Health; Nutrition for Health and Performance; Health Psychology; and Community Health Development.
Students can achieve industry recognition by completing optional modules in Exercise Instruction, Personal Training, and Exercise Prescription for Health, and be recognised on the Register for Exercise Professionals.
Contact hours vary by course and can take many forms, including lectures, seminars, and workshops. A full-time undergraduate student should expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term-time, supplementing contact hours with independent study. This is an important aspect of university-level education. As a general rule, you will be expected to spend two to three hours working independently for every hour in class.
Foundations in Human Nutrition (Core)
Fundamentals of Human Physiology (Core)
Introduction to Psychological Principles. (Core)
Physical Activity and Public Health (Core)
Research Skills (Core)
Promoting Physical Activity and Health (Core)
Psychology of health and mental wellbeing (Core)
Psychology of Physical Activity (Core)
Research Methods and Analysis (Core)
Applied Exercise Physiology (Option)†
Applied Health Physiology (Option)†
Exercise Instruction (Option)†
Nutrition for Health and Performance (Option)†
Study Abroad (Option)†
Advanced Sport and Exercise Nutrition (Option)†
Community Health Development (Option)†
Counselling and Guidance Skills (Option)†
Exercise Prescription for Health (Option)†
Personal Training (Option)†
Special Populations (Option)†
How You Are Assessed
A variety of assessment methods are used at each level of the course to evaluate learning outcomes and students’ ability to collect, organise, analyse and interpret data. These may include presentations, critical reflections, portfolios, exams, practical assessment within the community and a dissertation.
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.
Methods of Assessment
The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.
For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships.
"My degree included shadowing real-world health promotion programmes and working with a range of clients to meet their health and fitness needs. This has helped me to advance an array of skills."
Georgia Clay, School of Sport and Exercise Science graduate
Entry Requirements 2021-22
GCE Advanced Levels: BBC
International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points
Applicants will also need at least five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English, Maths and a Science or sport-related subject. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may also be considered.
If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.
EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page.
If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.
Teaching and Learning During Covid-19
At Lincoln, Covid-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the student experience. We have made changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience. We will continue to follow Government guidance and work closely with the local Public Health experts as the situation progresses, and adapt our teaching and learning accordingly to keep our campus as safe as possible.
Is This Course Right For Me?
You should consider this degree if you are interested in:
Helping others to improve their health and wellbeing by improving or maintaining levels of physical activity.
Learning in an applied way and dealing with real-world scenarios.
What you may gain from the course:
The opportunity to learn from staff who maintain their expertise in the subject area through industrial experience and research in fields such as exercise referral, community physical activity interventions, and health promotion.
A vocational degree developed in conjunction with employers, which aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills that are relevant and valuable in the industry.
A variety of employment prospects.
Interviews and Applicant Days
We may interview applicants on occasions where the applicant has a non-traditional background, falling short of the standard entry requirements but with relevant work experience and professional qualifications.
What We Look For In Your Application
A good academic profile.
An evidenced interest in health and fitness through volunteering or participation.
Transferable skills such as communication, leadership, and teamwork.
Integrated into our programme is the potential for students to achieve industry recognition alongside completing optional modules in Exercise Instruction, Personal Training, and Exercise Prescription for Health, and be recognised on the Register for Exercise Professionals.
"I chose this course because the wide range of modules allow you to select your favourite subjects and tailor to your interests as you go along. I've enjoyed opportunities to get involved in real-world health promotion in the workplace, the community, and schools and work with actual clients."
Dona Hall, BSc (Hons) Health and Exercise Science
The University of Lincoln’s Human Performance Centre offers excellent facilities to meet the academic needs of our students. We have dedicated practical and teaching spaces which include physiology laboratories, designated psychology laboratory, and consultation suites alongside specific practical spaces to support exercise instruction and referral work.
Previous graduates have established careers in a variety of industries such as public and private healthcare, fitness, teaching, charity, and dietetics.
Within these industries, graduates could consider a wide range of roles including, but not limited to: exercise referral, obesity prevention, community engagement, NHS projects support, personal training, teaching, and charity work.
Other graduates of this programme have also chosen to progress to further study.
During your studies, students can undertake work placements, which offer an ideal opportunity to put their learned theory into practice. The School of Sport and Exercise Science has excellent professional links with regional Public Health, NHS services, local authorities, state, and private schools, as well as the fitness industry.
Previous students have participated in delivering health checks, provided advice at Lincolnshire Police offices and wellbeing van, the Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue wellbeing conference, and have also worked with dementia-friendly golf services.
The University's Work Opportunities Hub looks to identify suitable placements for students and is available to support students who seek to enhance their studies by engaging with a variety of work settings. This may be as part of their programme or as an activity during term-time or holidays.