BSc (Hons) Physical Activity & Health

Undergraduate, Full-time

Physical Activity & Health BSc (Hons)



Become a professionally recognised practitioner changing lives for the better.

Overview

A 2012 study in the Lancet highlighted that inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for non-communicable, chronic disease such as cardiovascular disease, types of cancer, obesity and type 2 diabetes and accounts for over 3 million preventable deaths per year, this includes depressive symptoms and poor mental well-being. The NHS is overrun with these diseases, but in many cases they can be effectively prevented or managed through physical activity. Our degree has been developed to teach our students how physical activity and exercise can do this.

We have developed this multidisciplinary degree in line with the professional standards set out by CIMSPA and it delivers exactly what employers are looking for. We will help you develop your scientific understanding and practical skills for a successful career in the health and fitness industry or postgraduate study.

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Mode of Study:

Full-time (available as part-time)

Duration:

4 years

Start date:

Sep

UCAS code:

C6C8

Placement:

Yes

Study Abroad:

Yes


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Course details

Our Physical Activity and Health course has been developed with you in mind. It will provide you with the knowledge and skills to study and analyse the various aspects of physical activity/exercise and health in relation to different population groups, ensuring that you'll have both a firm theoretical and vocational grounding in the subjects that underpin the health and exercise industry.

You'll learn about the impact of physical inactivity on health and disease, and the methods for tackling health-related issues in non-exercise populations and the attached benefits. The course will have CIMSPA endorsed vocational standards embedded within it. These would have been traditionally known as level 2 gym Instructor, level 3 personal trainer and exercise referral. As such, there is a strong emphasis on the practical application of theoretical knowledge. You'll also gain independent study habits, academic and employability skills and volunteer opportunities that will develop your understanding and skills in the area of physical activity and health.


  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    As a full-time student you will study 120 credits in each year, and a standard 20 credit module is equivalent to 200 hours of learning. You will also undertake personal research and complete a final year project.

  • note and pen Assessments

    Formative and summative assessment play a very prominent role in the programme, as do practical assessments. Regular individual and group presentation of projects are conducted to tutors, peers and, where appropriate, external bodies.

  • briefcase Work placement

    At the time of writing we are developing many more new opportunities, but current examples are Edinburgh Leisure, Health All Round, Macmillan Cancer Support – e.g. Move More Programme.

  • study abroad Study abroad

    German Sport University, Cologne, and institutions in the USA.

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  • library Facilities We have excellent laboratory facilities in which you'll use a range of equipment. Facilities include exercise physiology, biomechanics, conditioning and multimedia laboratories, plus an environmental chamber, in addition we have an excellent gym facility. You'll carry out a range of practical procedures and use equipment involved in gym based exercise, and in the laboratory exercise physiology, biomechanics, exercise and health psychology, sport and exercise nutrition and exercise testing and prescription.

Popular modules

*** All below are compulsory modules:

 

Year 1

  • Anatomy & Physiology in Sport & Exercise Science              
  • Foundations of Sport and Exercise Science           
  • Exercise Training                                                               
  • Application of Science to Sport and Exercise
  • Sport, Exercise and Wellbeing                    
  • Skill Acquisition                

     

Year 2

  • Introduction to Sociology 1                        
  • Introduction to Biomechanics                    
  • Sport & Health Nutrition                             
  • Exercise Physiology                                       
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology  
  • Volunteering & Employability  

 

Year 3

  • Intermediate Exercise Physiology                            
  • Growth Maturation & Exercise                  
  • Scientific Communication Review and Statistics                 
  • Exercise Behaviour                                                         
  • Intermediate Biomechanics                                        
  • Work Based Learning

 

Year 4

  • Physical Activity & Behavioural Change Project    
  • Exercise Testing & Prescription                 
  • Physical Activity & Inactivity in Health & Disease               
  • Scientific Research Project

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Disclaimer

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.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements indicate both Standard and 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.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Standard Entry Requirement

BBBC including Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Psychology at Grade C. 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 C in Maths (excluding Lifeskills), National 5 C in English & one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Minimum Offer Entry Requirement

BCCC including Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Psychology at Grade C. 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 C in Maths (excluding Lifeskills), National 5 C in English and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet our specified minimum entry requirements within our widening participation criteria, and outlined in our Contextual Admissions Policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies

A Level

BCC including Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Psychology or PE.

GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths, English and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics 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.

Ordinary Level Grade C2 in Maths, English & one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

New Grading System:

Grades H2, H2, H3, H3 at Higher Level including Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Psychology.

Ordinary Level Grade 04 in Maths, English and & one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.

GCSE Grade C in Maths, English and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Double Award Science at Grades CC also required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 27 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 including a Science^ at minimum grade 5.

4 points in SL Maths (excluding Maths Studies), 4 points in SL English and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

European Baccalaureate

70% with Grade 7 in three subjects including Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Psychology.

Grade 6 in Maths, English and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

^Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology

Minimum year 2

SQA Advanced Higher

BBC to include Biology

A Level

BBB to include Biology

HNC

Pass in a related subject* with A in the graded unit.

*Fitness, Health and Exercise, Sports & Exercise Science, Applied Sports Science, Applied Biological Science.

Minimum Year 3

HND

Pass in a related subject* with Grades AA at SCQF Level 8 in the graded units.

Students with an HND in Fitness, Health and Exercise must pass the following units: Mechanics for Health and Fitness Professionals OR Sports Mechanics AND Psychology of Sports Coaching units.

*Fitness, Health and Exercise, Sport & Exercise Science, Applied Sports Science or Applied Biological 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.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by 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

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2019/20 2020/21
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) £9,250 £9,250
Overseas £12,845 £13,360
RUK Students starting in 2018/19 will be invoiced the 2018/19 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Students starting in 2019/20 will be invoiced the 2019/20 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study.
Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships
If additional compulsory costs other than the tuition fees are applicable, these will be detailed in the course details.


Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Careers

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This course could lead to a range of career and further postgraduate study options, including:

  • Physical Activity & Exercise Consultant
  • Health & Wellbeing Personal Trainer
  • Exercise Referral Scheme Practitioner
  • Behaviour Change Practitioner
  • Physical Activity Development Practitioner
  • Clinical Exercise Rehabilitation
  • Active Schools Coordinators
  • Clinical Exercise Specialist

o   In, NHS, Nuffield, Edinburgh Leisure etc

AND:

  • Postgraduate courses for clinical exercise science, physiotherapy and other disciplines
  • Postgraduate courses for teaching/lecturing
Research degrees/research career
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