If you love sport, you’re interested in analysing and evaluating performance, or you want to help people improve their health through nutrition and exercise, our sports science Clearing courses and nutrition and exercise degrees are for you. Learn more about our sports science Clearing places and the exciting career opportunities available to you.  

Are you a sport and exercise enthusiast with a brain for applied science? Do you have great interpersonal skills that enable you to communicate well with others? If so, our sports science degree Clearing courses and nutrition and exercise degree Clearing courses could be perfect for you. From strength and conditioning to performance analysis, learn more about studying a sports science degree or exercise and nutrition course at Salford. 

Sports Science Degree Clearing

Our sports science degree Clearing courses will develop your skills in analysing and evaluating the performance of sportspeople at all levels, from the recreational exerciser to the elite athlete.  

With modules that cover both traditional and contemporary sports science disciplines, you’ll learn how to assess the fitness and performance needs of clients to design an appropriate exercise programme. 

Whichever pathway you choose, you will learn in state-of-the-art facilities. Our human performance laboratory is one of the best in the country, containing almost every type of physiological, performance analysis and biomechanical testing equipment – including a 30-metre sprint track with inbuilt force platforms, motion capture systems, blood and gas analysis tools and speed guns. 

Our strength and conditioning suite has dedicated PowerLift platforms for students and athletes to learn advanced training techniques, as well as a Biodex isokinetic dynamometer to assess muscle function and asymmetries. 

If you choose one of our sports science Clearing places, you can access the same gait labs and exercise and physiology laboratory (with gas analysis systems, blood analysers and isokinetic testing conditions) used by our expert researchers at the Centre for Health and Sciences Research.

Explore our facilities

Watch the video below to take a tour of our sports facilities with students Emma and Jacob:

Emma and Jacob Sports Video

Explore our Sports Science Clearing Places

On our sports science Clearing courses, we have a variety of pathways that allow you to specialise in your chosen area so you can prepare for a range of careers. You'll study our core sports science modules in your first two years, then in your third year you can continue to study sports science modules, or choose to specialise in strength and conditioning or performance analysis. Depending on the pathway you choose, you can graduate with one of the following awards: 

  • BSc (Hons) Sports Science
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Science (Strength and Conditioning)
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Science (Performance Analysis)

Expand the accordion below to learn more about the options available through our sports science degree Clearing places:

Sports science courses

BSc (Hons) Sports Science

On our BSc (Hons) Sports Science course, you will learn how to assess a client’s fitness and performance to create a personalised exercise programme. With a focus on hands-on experience, you will have the opportunity to work in a range of applied settings, including schools, local sports clubs, and the wider community.  

Build your skills in the traditional sports science disciplines, including exercise physiology, psychology and nutrition, which will enhance your employability when you graduate.

BSc (Hons) Sports Science (Strength and Conditioning)

Interested in learning more about the training regimes of elite athletes? On our sports science strength and conditioning pathway, you will study the advanced strength and conditioning module, designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of how to train professional athletes and sports players.  

Along with a specific work placement opportunity in a strength and conditioning setting, this module will allow you to develop competencies that are closely aligned to the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and enables progression to individual accreditation after graduation. 

BSc (Hons) Sports Science (Performance Analysis)

On the sports science performance analysis pathway, you will study the advanced performance analysis module, designed to teach you the theoretical background of biomechanics and performance analysis.  

You will apply these concepts to the analysis of sports performance, using both qualitative and quantitative methods. In turn, you will develop the knowledge and expertise needed to practice performance analysis in an elite sporting setting.

Megan’s Story

Before landing her dream job as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at Burnley Football Club, Megan Ratcliff gained a BSc in Sports Science and an MSc in Strength and Conditioning at the University of Salford. Here, she talks about her experience and how her studies got her to where she is today.

Salford graduate Megan Ratcliff

Nutrition and Exercise Degree Clearing

Do you have a passion for exercise and activity? Are you interested in working with people from a variety of backgrounds? If so, our BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Exercise as Medicine degree is for you. This course – the first one in the UK of its kind – focuses on helping individuals lead healthier lifestyles using nutrition and exercise. 

To help people improve their health and fitness, you will learn topics including physiological systems, behavioural changes, and nutrition and dietary analysis. 

As part of your nutrition and exercise degree Clearing course you’ll get the opportunity to complete vocational awards in areas including gym instruction and personal training – at no additional cost.  

You’ll also get opportunities to apply the skills you’ve learnt in a variety of settings, from workplaces to schools and clinics. Recent graduates of our nutrition and exercise degree have gone on to work for a range of well-established organisations, including Salford Community Leisure, Manchester Primary Care Trust, Fitness First and BUPA Wellness.

Ben’s Story

After graduating from our nutrition and exercise degree, Ben Andrews went on to found Empower You – an organisation that works with communities to support disabled people to lead active lives. We spoke to Ben about his time at university, how he was supported to realise his ambitions, and what his work with Empower You involves. Watch the video to learn more.

Ben Andrews

Contact us

At our Sports Centre

If you have a question about studying any of our courses, or you’d like to learn more about joining the University of Salford, contact our friendly team today on +44 (0)161 295 4545 or enquiries@salford.ac.uk.