The BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science suite of courses are multidisciplinary with the aim to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to study and analyse the various aspects of sporting performance.
Complete understanding of what contributes to performance means that expertise must be developed in the three core disciplines of Exercise Physiology, Sport Psychology and Biomechanics.
To achieve this, this course has a strong emphasis on the practical application of theoretical knowledge. You’ll gain the independent study habits that will allow you to continue developing your knowledge and skill as a sport and exercise scientist.
This is a full-time course studied over four years. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and through independent study.
If you have an area of particular interest with the Sport and Exercise Sciences, you will have the opportunity to follow a specific route, such as Sports Coaching, Sports Injuries, Sport Psychology, or Exercise Physiology.
What you study
This course is currently being updated. Students entering into Year 1 from 2016/17 will study the new course content.
Students entering directly in to Year 2 or 3 will study the current content.
Year 1 (for students starting in 2016/17)
- Anatomy & Physiology in Sport & Exercise Science
- Application of Science to Sport and Exercise
- Exercise Training
- Foundations of Sport and Exercise Science
- Sport, Exercise and Wellbeing
- Skill Acquisition
Year 2 (for current students and those applying directly to Year 2 in 2016/17)
- The Research Process in Sport & Exercise Science
- Introduction to Biomechanics
- Exercise Physiology
- Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Volunteering & Employability
Option modules from
- Principles of Coaching
- Sports Injury Management
Year 3 (for current students and those applying directly to Year 3 in 2016/17)
- Intermediate Exercise Physiology
- Intermediate Sport Psychology
- Scientific Communication: Dissertation and Statistics
- Intermediate Biomechanics
Option modules from
- Sports Injury Rehabilitation
- Practical Coaching
- Clinical Biochemistry
- Molecular Genetics
- Assessment and Conditioning
- Growth Maturation & Exercise
- Pharmacology and Pathophysiology
Year 4 (for current students)
Option modules from
- Analysis of Sports Performance
- Health, Lifestyle, and Exercise Behaviour
- Molecular Genetics
- Applications of Molecular Biology
- Scientific Analysis of Human Movement
- Muscle Fatigue, Pain, and Damage
- Cellular and Molecular Immunology
Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.
Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.
Minimum year 1
BBBB including Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Psychology at Grade B. Please note SQA Higher PE at Grade B will be accepted in lieu of a Science if studied alongside SQA Higher Maths (Minimum Grade C required).
National 5 B in Maths (excluding Lifeskills), & National 5 C in English & a Science subject.
BBC including Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Psychology or PE.
GCSE Grade B in Maths, GCSE Grade C in English & a Science subject or Double Award Science at Grades CC also required.
Irish Leaving Certificate
Pre-2017 Grading System
B1, B1, B3, B3 at Higher Level including Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Psychology.
B3 at Ordinary Level in Maths, C2 in English & a Science subject.
New Grading System
Grades H2, H2, H3, H3 at Higher Level to include Biology or Human Biology or Chemistry or Physics.
Grade O3 at Ordinary Level in Maths and Grade O4 at Ordinary Level in English and a Science subject.
BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3
Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.
GCSE Grade B in Maths, GCSE Grade C in English & a Science subject or Double Award Science at grades CC also required.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Award of Diploma with 28 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 including a Science^ at minimum grade 5.
5 points in SL Maths (excluding Maths Studies), 4 points in SL English & a Science subject.
70% with Grade 7 in three subjects including Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Psychology.
Grade 6 in Maths, English and a Science subject also required.
Minimum year 2
Pass in a related subject* with A in the graded unit.
*Sports Coaching with Development of Sport, Fitness, Health and Exercise, Sports & Exercise Science, Applied Sports Science, Applied Biological Science
SQA Advanced Higher
BBC including Biology
AAB including Biology
Minimum year 3
Pass in a related subject** with Grades AA at SCQF Level 8 in the graded units. Students with HND Sports Coaching & Development of Sport must pass the following units: Psychology of Sports Coaching and Psychology of Sports Performance. Students with an HND in Fitness, Health and Exercise must pass the following units: Mechanics for Health and Fitness Professionals and Psychology of Sports Coaching units.
**Sports Coaching with Development of Sport, Fitness, Health and Exercise, Sport & Exercise Science.
English Language Requirements
If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.
This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.
Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students.Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.
If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.
Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
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