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Sport and Exercise
BSc (Hons)

Abertay's Sport and Exercise degree lets you study a diverse range of topics – from sport psychology and coaching, to community development and service provision.

Course detail

Start Date

September

Duration

4 years (full-time)

Degree Classification

BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code

C600

Why study Abertay's BSc (Hons) 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 - National 5 grade C or GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent.  National 5 ESOL is accepted in lieu of National 5 English.

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 Access 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

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.

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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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 University degree programme.

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

Key Modules (2017/18)

Social Science for Sport & Exercise (SPS101)

An introduction to key social issues in sport and exercise contexts. Module content includes: recognising and defining the disciplines within social science; discrimination in sport; sport political ideology; ethics and sport; qualitative methodologies.

Biomechanics for Physical Activity Health (SPS103)

An introduction to the core concepts of biomechanics and skeletal and muscular anatomy in relation to health. Module content includes: anatomy; kinesiology; kinematics; kinetics; analysis of human movement.

Physiology for Sport Exercise (SPS102)

Provides an understanding of physiology and its application to exercise. Module content includes: homeostasis; cardiorespiratory system; neuromuscular system; digestion, bioenergetics and metabolism.

Psychology of Exercise and Health (SPS104)

An introduction to the determinants and consequences of physical activity as well as interventions to increase participation and decrease sedentary behaviours. Module content includes: psychological determinants of exercise; psychological outcomes of exercise; models of health behaviour; physical activity promotion.

Psychology for Sport and Exercise (SPS201)

Provides students with an understanding of the core concepts of sport and exercise psychology and how these apply to real-world environments. Module content includes: identifying psychological issues in sport and exercise; fundamentals of sport and exercise psychology; individual factors; group processes; an introduction to psychological skills.

Physiology for Physical Activity & Health (SPS203)

Provides an understanding of the core concepts of sport and exercise physiology and how these apply to real world environments. Students will develop their understanding of the health adaptations to physical activity and exercise. They will also examine physiological tests and how to analyse physiological data in relation to health.

Biomechanics for Sport and Exercise (SPS202)

An introduction to the study of biomechanical concepts applied within a sport and performance perspective. Students have the opportunity to analyse movement using various biomechanical laboratory techniques including those relating to movement analysis, reaction forces and the application of Newton's laws.

Social Science of Physical Activity and Health (SPS204)

An introduction to key social issues in physical activity and health contexts. Module content includes: interdisciplinary nature of social sciences; the notion of ‘healthy’ lifestyles; research topics within the social sciences; political ideology and social inequalities; qualitative methodologies.

Research Methods (SPS312)

Develops students’ ideas about research in sport, exercise, physical activity and health, which will enable them to better understand and appreciate published research so that they can design their own research project.

Physiological Adaptations for Health (SPS304)

Provides students with an understanding of physiological adaptations to exercise in a health setting. Module content includes: systems adaptation; cellular and molecular exercise physiology; training for health; nutritional strategies to support health adaptations.

Work Placement (2) (SPS303)

This module enables students to continue to enhance their employability by developing relevant skills and knowledge. Content will focus on students evaluating their own strengths and weaknesses and identifying a work placement that will allow them to continue to develop as sport and exercise practitioners.

Sport Research Project (SPS400)

Students undertake an independent research project in a subject area that reflects their award title. Module content includes: research project topics – students are allocated a supervisory tutor; supervisory sessions – students work with the guidance of their tutors to carry out their research project.

Social Issues in Sporting Contexts (SPS405)

An exploration of contemporary issues in sport and exercise contexts. Module content includes: social theory; sport and inequality; sport and politics; ethics and sport.

Student Negotiated Learning (SPS404)

Provides students with the opportunity to make an in depth inquiry into an area of interest, managing their own learning and setting agreed objectives. Module content will depend on the agreed individual learning outcomes.

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.

Programme Fees for 2019

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

£14,000

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.

 

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.

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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Unistats

Unistats collates comparable information in areas students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study. The core information it contains is called the Unistats dataset (formerly the Key Information Set (KIS)).

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