BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science

Undergraduate, Full-time

Sport & Exercise Science BSc (Hons)



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

Overview

We are a top 10 UK modern university for Sports Science (10th of 47) - Guardian League Tables 2020

This course will provide you with a sound grounding within the three core areas essential to any applied sports scientist, being Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics and Sports Psychology.

Alongside these key areas, you will also gather an introduction to other essential components and gain practical experience that will enable you to develop skills that will benefit any level of performer. There is the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of this course.

Science students working in the Biomechanics Lab at Sighthill campus.

Mode of Study:

Full-time (available as part-time)

Duration:

4 years

UCAS code:

C600

Placement:

Yes

Study Abroad:

Yes

Course details

Our Sport Science degree will start out with teaching you all about the principles and seeing how these apply to the improvement of sport performance. As you move through the course, you will gain skills in collecting and interpreting data from specialist areas including: exercise physiology, biomechanics and nutrition.

We focus on independent learning and the preparation to carry out scientific studies in the associated areas to help you to become a confident applied Sports Scientist.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    Face-to-face lectures, applied practical classes, workshops, tutorials

  • briefcase Work placement

    There is the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of this course. Some previous placements have included: Performance Analyst for Partick Thistle; Strength & Conditioning Coach for Edinburgh Rugby; Sport Science Support for Hibernian FC; Active Schools Coaching.

    Placement and Study Abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

  • study abroad Study abroad

    You'll have opportunities to study abroad. We have links with the following universities:

    • German Sport University Cologne
    • Deakin University, Australia
    • San Diego State University
    • San Jose State University
    • Victoria University, Australia

    Placement and Study Abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Anatomy and Physiology in Sport and 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

  • Current Issues in Sporting Performance 

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

Year 3

  • Intermediate Exercise Psychology
  • Scientific Communication Review and Statistics

  • Assessment and Conditioning
  • Intermediate Sport Psychology
  • Intermediate Biomechanics 
  • Safeguarding and Working with Vulnerable Populations in a Sport and Exercise Environment

Year 4

  • Behavioural Change
  • Scientific Analysis of Human Movement
  • Advanced Exercise Physiology
  • Scientific Research Process

Disclaimer

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information 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

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 C in Maths (excluding Lifeskills), English and an additional science including Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Minimum Offer Entry Requirement

BBCC including Biology or Human 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 and an additional science including 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/4 also required.

 

Irish Leaving Certificate

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

Grade O4 at Ordinary Level 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/4 also required.

BTEC (QCF) National Diploma Level 3 plus A Level

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

A Level grade C

GCSE Grade C in Maths, 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), 4 points in SL English and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

^Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology

 

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. 

 

T Level 

Grade M

T Level must be completed in a Science subject or A Level Science may be required. Please contact ugadmissions@napier.ac.uk to check if you meet the subject specific requirements.

GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths, English & one Science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) or Double Award Science at Grades CC also required.

 

Minimum year 2

SQA Advanced Higher

BBC including Biology

A Level

BBB including 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.

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

Students with an HND in Fitness, Health and Exercise must pass the following units: Mechanics for the Health and Fitness Professional OR Sports Mechanics OR Human Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanics in Sport AND Psychology of Sport and Exercise OR Psychology of Exercise OR Psychology of Sports Performance OR Psychology of Sports Coaching.


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 international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult, Mental Health, Child, Learning Disabilities)
  • 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 2022/23 2023/24
Scotland £1,820 tba
England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £9,250 tba
Overseas and EU £16,425 tba
Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland will be invoiced the tuition fees for 3 years of their 4 years of study. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.

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.
Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.


Careers

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

Career opportunities include:

  • National Health Service 
  • Postgraduate courses in physiotherapy and other disciplines 
  • Clinical exercise specialist 
  • Teaching/lecturing  
  • Research degrees and career 
  • Leisure industry
  • Schools activity coordinators
  • Strength and conditioning coaching
  • Further education lecturing and tutoring
  • Sports development
Staff and an athlete working with exercise bike in sports science lab