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Physical Activity & Health

Next start date: September 

Degree type: BSc (Hons)
UCAS Code: C600 BSc/SE
Duration: 4 years (full-time)



How to Apply

This is one of the specialist routes within the sports portfolio at Abertay. You will make your choice of specialist route at the end of stage 2 of the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise programme.   

The relationship between health and physical activity is now well established. The increasingly sedentary lifetsyle of contemporary life in the UK, and the developed world in general, is associated with increasing levels of obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.

Public policy now strives to prevent such health problems by promoting and increasing physical activity. As a consequence there has been, and will continue to be, a significant increase in funding for initiatives in this area, giving rise to numerous career opportunities. If you want to be part of the drive to reduce the health problems of the nation by encouraging physical activity, this is the course for you.

What you study

The modules you will study if you choose to follow this route are:

Stage 3
Physiology of health and disease
Nutrition for health
Public health and physical activity
Lifestyle and behaviour change
Exercise testing and prescription
Work-based learning
Research methods

Stage 4
Exercise for special populations
Health promotion
Barriers to physical activity
Contemporary issues in physical activity

Physical activity policy and practice
This strand is designed to enable you to understand the relationship between strategic developments and the practice of developing physical activity and health-related exercise.

You will explore policy initiatives and evaluate them within the context of the social and psychological underpinnings of behaviour change and health promotion. You will develop practical skills, working with a variety of client groups, and understand the different barriers that exist to physical activity and exercise adherence

Special populations
This strand allows you to develop an understanding of the special requirements of certain groups (children, the elderly, heart disease patients, the obese etc). You will study the underlying physiology and psychology of development and disease states. You will also explore the role of exercise in these populations, exploring methods for assessing clients and providing appropriate exercise prescriptions.

Work-based learning
We consider work-based learning to be a central component of your studies. It presents you with the opportunity to not only apply theory to practice but also to develop a range of practical skills that are valued highly by prospective employers. It is expected that these modules will enable you to develop as a reflective practitioner, developing the ability to identify your own strengths and weaknesses and, most importantly, understanding how you can address your weaknesses whilst optimising your strengths.

Academic and research skills, and Honours project
The research methods module will allow you to further develop your critical skills and ensure that you are prepared for the Honours project. This project, which accounts for 37.5% of your final award, presents a significant opportunity for you to demonstrate your ability to conceive and carry out a small scale research project. As a consequence of this you will not only learn a considerable amount about your chosen topic but also be able to demonstrate your ability to function as an independent learner, a quality much in demand by employers.

Entry routes

Admission directly to this route at either stage 3 or 4 is only available to exceptionally qualified candidates who have extensive work experience. Applicants seeking admission through this route should contact us directly.

If you are interested in applying to stage 1 or 2 you will should apply for the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise programme which will allow you to progress to this programme at the end of stage 2.

All applicants are required to provide certified proof of competence in English Language and the University's minimum requirements are listed here

More info

There are numerous career paths available to graduates from this route. These include: health promotion worker, Active Schools co-ordinator, GP exercise referral consultants, community wellness programme workers, fitness consultant, lifestyle manager, sports administrator etc.

You will also find job opportunities in complementary occupations where leadership, motivation, communication and a logical and analytical approach are valued - police officer, fire fighter, journalist, marketing executive, public relations officer, youth worker etc.

If you are considering further study (MSc or PhD) this course provides a sound underpinning for such studies. If you are interested in teaching as a career, all of our courses meet the requirements for entry onto PGCE courses.

Specialist facilities
You have access to our Human Performance Laboratory with running, rowing, fitness testing and weights machines. You have opportunities to meet the numerous professional sportsmen and sportswomen who draw on the expertise of our lecturing staff within this facility.

Want to know more?
Student Recruitment Office
T:  +44 (0) 1382 308080
F:  +44 (0) 1382 308081

Fees & Scholarships

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Scottish and other EU students

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Other forms of support
English, Welsh and Northern Irish

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Bursaries & Scholarships
Overseas (non EU) students

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Overseas Scholarships

Fees shown are payable annually, and may be subject to increase each year.


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