BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

Undergraduate, Part-time

Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons)



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

Overview

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.

Science students working in the Biomechanics Lab at Sighthill campus.

Mode of Study:

Part-time (available as full-time)

Duration:

6 years

Start date:

Sep


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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.

  • 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
    • .

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Anatomy & Physiology in Sport & 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
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Volunteering & Employability

Year 3

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

Year 4       

  • Intermediate Exercise Physiology
  • Intermediate Sport Psychology
  • Scientific Review and Statistics
  • Intermediate Biomechanics

Year 5

  • Health, Lifestyle, and Exercise Behaviour
  • Assessment and Conditioning   
  • Work Based Learning in Sport & Exercise Science
  • Scientific Research Project – Proposal Stage

Year 6

  • Advanced Exercise Physiology
  • Scientific Analysis of Human Movement
  • 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

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 and 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 B 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 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 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.

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 and 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.

Grade O3 at Ordinary Level in Maths and Grade O4 at Ordinary Level in 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.

5 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

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 tba
Overseas £2,060 tba


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.

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