Next start date: September
Degree type: BSc (Hons)
UCAS Code: C600 BSc/SE
Duration: 4 years (full-time)
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.
Why choose this course?
The study of Physical Activity and Health is identified as a key area to facilitate health promotion interventions and is therefore crucial for improving the wellbeing of the population. Teaching draws on the core disciplines of physiology, psychology, sociology and public health theory as well as how to apply these knowledge and skills in the practice setting.
What you study
In the first and second year you will study the scientific underpinnings of Physical Activity and Health within a sport and exercise science context, this includes Physiology, Biomechanics, Psychology and Social Science. The theoretical knowledge gained will be applied to a variety of practical-based modules, with several options that allow you to establish a strong foundation from which to specialise within the field of Physical Activity and Health. You will also have the opportunity to study theme-based interdisciplinary elective modules in the early years.
In years 3 and 4, you will study more specific Physical Activity and Health modules, which cover aspects such as Public Health Policy and Health Promotion, and Exercise Prescriptions for General and Specialist populations.
Placement opportunities exist throughout the programme and optional courses will allow you to take modules from other programmes offering the opportunity to tailor the course to your own needs and interests.
In the final year, you will complete an individual piece of research of your own design that focuses on your particular area of enquiry within the field of physical activity and health.
How you learn and are assessed
The programme consists of a mixture of lectures, practical laboratory classes, seminars/tutorials and independent study. The practical laboratory classes offer the chance to learn relevant scientific techniques first hand, and provide an opportunity to engage in research by designing experiments and collecting and analysing data.
The assessment strategy is aimed at developing a variety of skills that are valued by employers. The vast majority of the assessment is by innovative coursework-related submissions such as lab reports, essays, oral and poster presentations, portfolios, reflective logs and practical tests. Exams only form a small percentage of the overall assessment, approximately 15%.
You will be assessed by the use of portfolio, reflective logs, case studies, laboratory reports, practical competencies, oral and poster presentations, as well as essays and exam-based assessment. Assessments are designed to reflect the prospective needs of employers.
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
Graduates from this programme are well equipped to obtain employment across a wide range of vocations. For example, as active schools and physical activity co-ordinators, health promotion workers in community setting and lifestyle analysts in gym settings. This programme will also help develop a range of transferable skills that help prepare graduates to take on a variety of professional challenges across diverse working environments. In addition, students will have acquired the necessary knowledge and expertise to pursue postgraduate studies in a related area.
You will have the opportunity to develop links with various sports industries and work toward achieving awards through this. Work placements that are embedded in the curriculum are an integral part of this process.
Abertay staff have strong research links and many are members of professional societies. There are good links between Division of Sport and Exercise Science staff and industry (e.g. coach education, NHS) and many staff are also current practitioners.
Upon entry to the programme, you will be required to submit an application to the PVG scheme in order to be allowed to work with children and vulnerable adults. The cost will be supported by the applicant.
In addition, upon enrolment you are required to purchase Abertay-branded sport kit for use in practical sessions and placements.
Want to know more?
Student Recruitment Office
T: +44 (0) 1382 308080
F: +44 (0) 1382 308081
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