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Sport and Exercise
BSc (Hons)

Dive in to a rich pool of diverse sport and exercise topics – from scientific support and coaching to service provision and consumerism.

Course detail

Start Date

September

Duration

4 years (full-time)

Degree Classification

BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code

C600

Why Study Sport and Exercise?

Dive in to a rich pool of diverse sport and exercise topics – from scientific support, coaching and service provision to duty of care and community development, this programme has been designed to reflect an ever evolving employment market.  

Gain a deeper understanding of the sciences that underpin sport, and discover how the body responds to sport by exploring topics including physiology, psychology and biomechanics, as well as social policy and sport development. 

You can choose from a range of study programmes that address the physiology and psychology of performance, the science of training practices, the development and social impact of sport and exercise (for example, on health and wellbeing), and the evaluation and analysis of sports performance.

You’ll be given access to our Human Performance Laboratory, with running, rowing, fitness testing and weights machines. You’ll also have opportunities to meet the numerous professional sportsmen and sportswomen, and health and social care organisations, who draw on the expertise of our lecturing staff within this facility.

This degree provides you with topical information, an ability to translate theory to practice, and the opportunity to gain relevant employment experience within the industry, while still providing you with the flexibility to follow your own interests. 

 

Your Journey Starts Here

In the first two years, you’ll follow a core curriculum that provides a basis for more specialised study in the final two years. 

At the end of the second year of study, you’ll choose a route leading to BSc (Hons) in one of the following specific named awards:

  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
  • BSc (Hons) Physical Activity and Health
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Development and Coaching
  • BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning

Practical activities and work placements will enable you to contextualise theory to real life applications – including volunteering with the Active Schools programme – and work towards National Governing Body, or industry qualifications.

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Entry Requirements

Please note:  All applicants must have passes in English and Maths/Lifeskill Maths in one of the following - National 5 grade C or GCSE grade C/4.

Please visit our Entry from College pages for suitable College courses. 

Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Higher ABBB To include at least one of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE‌ and Maths
A-Level BCC To include at least one of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE‌ and Maths
Irish Highers H2H3H3H3 To include at least one of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE‌ and Maths
International Baccalaureate 29 Points To include at least one of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE‌ and Maths
BTEC Extended Diploma DMM Sport, Sport and Exercise Sciences
AHEAD - Successful completion of the relevant stream of our AHEAD programme
SWAP ABB Access to: Life Sciences, Health & Life Sciences, Sciences, Biological Sciences, Biological & Biomedical Sciences, University Study (to include all 4 Human Biology units)
Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Advanced Higher ABB To include PE and Biology or Chemistry or Physics
A-Level ABB To include PE and Biology or Chemistry or Physics
BTEC Extended Diploma D*DD Sport or Sport & Exercise Sciences
HNC/HND - Our Entry from College pages list approved HNC/HND courses
Qualification Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
HND - Our Entry from College pages list approved HND courses

Information for International Applicants

Please provide certified proof of your English language level. Our accredited International English Foundation Course can help. To further enhance your academic English, Intensive English for Academic Purposes can help you achieve your potential.

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Not sure if you're eligible for entry?

If you have the potential and motivation to study at university, regardless of your background or personal circumstances, we welcome your application.

We understand some people have faced extra challenges before applying to university, which is why we consider the background in which your academic grades have been achieved when making an offer.

If you expect to receive passes in three Scottish Highers (grades A-C) and have either ...

  • been in care
  • participated in a targeted aspiration-raising programme such as LIFT OFF, LEAPS, FOCUS West, or Aspire North
  • no family background of going to university
  • attended a school or lived in an area where not many people go to university

... we encourage you to submit an application.

Key Modules (2017/18)

Social Science for Sport & Exercise (SPS101)

This module introduces the student to social issues in sport and exercise contexts.

Biomechanics for Physical Activity Health (SPS103)

This module introduces the student to the study of skeletal and muscular anatomy and fundamentals of

Physiology for Sport Exercise (SPS102)

Introduction to physiology

Psychology of Exercise and Health (SPS104)

This module addresses the determinants and consequences of in physical activity as well as intervent

Psychology for Sport and Exercise (SPS201)

The overall purpose of this module is to develop students? understanding of the core concepts of spo

Physiology for Physical Activity & Health (SPS203)

The overall purpose of this module is to develop students? understanding of the core concepts of spo

Biomechanics for Sport and Exercise (SPS202)

This module introduces the student to the study of biomechanical concepts applied within a sport and

Social Science of Physical Activity and Health (SPS204)

This module introduces the student to social issues in physical activity and health contexts.

Research Methods (SPS312)

This module will develop students? ideas about research in sport, exercise, physical activity and he

Sport Research Project (SPS400)

This module allows the student to undertake an independent research project. The project subject are

How the Course Works

Learning and Assessment 

The degree combines lectures, small group work, and practical activities. You also undertake work placements to reinforce the link between theory and practice.

You’ll be encouraged to evaluate information and challenge commonly held ideas about sport and exercise, as well as being invited to research your own areas of interest and expertise.

Assessment uses a combination of examination and coursework to help you develop a variety of intellectual and practical skills, such as being able to put forward a position based on evidence, or being able to discuss and promote ideas within a group.

For more information on the course content, please download the Programme Information - BSc (Honours) Sport and Exercise - Leading to named routes

About Your Modules

The module information shown here describes the modules our students are taking this year. The modules do change over time to keep our programmes up-to-date and relevant. This means the exact modules you take could be different. If you receive an offer to study with us, you will receive a Programme Information document that sets out exactly which modules you can expect to take as part of your Abertay degree programme.

Please note: As well as Key Modules outlined above, you may also be required to choose Elective Modules.

Careers

Graduates are typically well placed to work as sports development officers, high-performance coaches, scientific support specialists, outdoor instructors, fitness consultants, lifestyle managers, health promotion specialists, teachers, lecturers, physical activity leaders, or researchers.

The broad range of studies in Years 1 and 2 will give you a solid foundation, providing flexibility for your future career, while the emphasis on employability will allow you to experience the industry and meet key individuals in order to make your mark before even finishing your studies.

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Industry Links

You’ll have the opportunity to develop links with various sports industries and work towards 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, and many staff are also current practitioners.

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Scholarships

Rest of UK Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

International Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from international countries (outside of the EU) to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

In addition, we offer a range of corporate/philanthropic scholarships shown below, which are available to all students to support your studies with us. 

The Lothian Family

A £5,000 award for undergraduate students with financial or social difficulties which may prevent them from studying at Abertay.

The Robert Reid Bursary

Two £500 awards for students who have overcome challenges to attend university.

Programme Fees for 2018

Scottish & EU students

£1,820

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

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

Additional Costs

Sport students have to cover the cost of the PVG scheme in order to be able to work with children and vulnerable adults (cost £59 for a new application, £19 for renewal). You'll also have to purchase Abertay branded sports kit for use in practical sessions and placements. The cost of the basic kit is £84.

 

English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

£9,250

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

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

Additional Costs

Sport students have to cover the cost of the PVG scheme in order to be able to work with children and vulnerable adults (cost £59 for a new application, £19 for renewal). You'll also have to purchase Abertay branded sports kit for use in practical sessions and placements. The cost of the basic kit is £84.

 

International Students

£13,800

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

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. . 

Additional Costs

Sport students have to cover the cost of the PVG scheme in order to be able to work with children and vulnerable adults (cost £59 for a new application, £19 for renewal). You'll also have to purchase Abertay branded sports kit for use in practical sessions and placements. The cost of the basic kit is £84.

 

Programme Leader - Sport and Exercise

Dr John Babraj

Dr John Babraj

School of Social and Health Sciences | Lecturer

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