BSc (Hons) Physical Activity & Health

Undergraduate, Part-time

Physical Activity & Health BSc (Hons)



Our facilities include a Biomechanics Lab, Physiology Lab (with a climate and altitude chamber) and a Human performance Lab

Overview

The NHS is overrun with the diseases that are all around us, but what if they could be effectively managed or prevented? Our course on physical activity and health has been developed to teach our students how physical activity and exercise can help to combat some of the most common diseases that we are faced with in our day-to-day lives.

We have developed this course with a multidisciplinary approach to help you develop your knowledge and practical skills for a successful career in industry, health, education or pursue postgraduate research.

Staff member and Phd student in the biomechanics Lab.

Mode of Study:

Part-time (available as full-time)

Duration:

6 years

Start date:

Sep

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.

There is a strong emphasis on the practical application of theoretical knowledge. You'll gain the independent study habits, academic and employability skills and deliver volunteer opportunities that will develop your understanding and skills in the area of physical activity and health.

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.

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. You'll carry out a range of practical procedures and use equipment involved in exercise physiology, biomechanics, exercise and health psychology, sport and exercise nutrition and exercise testing.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    Lectures, applied practical laboratory sessions, tutorials, independent study.

  • note and pen Assessments

    Individual and group assessments including: exam based assessments, assignments, case studies, oral and poster presentations, reflective logs and portfolios.

  • briefcase Work placement

    McMillan Cancer, Edinburgh Leisure, Move more Programme. The course will have embedded vocational qualifications such as: Level 2 Fitness Instructor, Level 2 Group Exercise Instructor and Level 3 Exercise Referral.

  • study abroad Study abroad

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

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Anatomy and Physiology in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Application of Science to Sport and Exercise 
  • Foundations of Sport and Exercise Science
  • Sport, Exercise and Wellbeing  

Year 2

  • Exercise Training
  • Sport & Health Nutrition
  • Volunteering and Employability
  • Skill Acquisition

Year 3

  • The Research Process in Sport & Exercise Science
  • Introduction to Biomechanics
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Introduction to Sport & Exercise Psychology

Year 4

  • Intermediate Exercise Psychology
  • Sociology of Medicine illness & Health
  • Scientific Communication: Dissertation and Statistics
  • Growth Maturation and Exercise

Year 5

  • Physical Activity & Inactivity in Health & Disease
  • Health, Lifestyle and Exercise Behaviour
  • Work Based Learning in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Scientific Research Project – proposal stage

Year 6

  • Exercise Testing & Prescription  
  • Behavioural Change
  • Disease Scientific Research Project

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 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.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

BBBC 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 C in Maths (excluding Lifeskills), English & one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

BBCC 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 C in Maths (excluding Lifeskills), English & one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. For further information, see 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 & one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Double Award Science at Grades CC also required.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

 Grades B1, B1, B3, B3 at Higher Level including Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Psychology.

Ordinary Level 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 O4 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 B/5/6 in Maths, GCSE Grade C/4 in English and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Double Award Science at Grades CC/4 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.

4 points in SL Maths (excluding Maths Studies), 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

HNC

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

Minimum Year 3

HND

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.

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 2018/19 2019/20
Scotland/EU *£305 *£305
England Wales and Northern Ireland *£1,157 *£1,157
Overseas *£2,060 *£2,141


Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.
Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Careers

Measuring stretch and speed of movement in the Sport Injuries Rehabilitation lab.

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

  • National Health Service
  • Postgraduate courses in physiotherapy and other disciplines
  • Clinical exercise specialist
  • Teaching/lecturing
  • Research degrees/research career
Students using the treadmill and oxygen monitor in Napier University's Sport Injuries Rehabilitation lab