Sport and Exercise Science

UCAS codes

  • C602 -

Course contact

Dr Mark Sanderson
0800 027 1000 (44 141 848 7044 outwith UK)

Qualifications and durations

  • BSc - 3 years
  • BSc Hons - 4 years


Start date(s)

  • September

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.

The BSc Sport and Exercise Science will equip you with the essential knowledge and skills to become a sport and exercise scientist.

BSc Sport and Exercise Science - University of the West of Scotland

Sport and Exercise Science - 100 percent for overall student satisfaction

SQA Highers: BBBB or ABBC including one science (Biology preferred)
GCE A-Levels: BBC, including 1 science
Irish Leaving Certificate: HL: H2 H3 H3 H4 or H2 H2 H2 H4 including 1 science
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 26 points (including 1 science plus 3 other subjects at HL)
Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to STEM BBB
SQA Advanced Highers: BBB including 1 science
GCE A-Levels: BBB including 1 science
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 30 points (including English and 1 science plus 3 other subjects at HL)
SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Applied Sport and Exercise Science; Fitness, Health and Exercise (for SQA awards, minimum of Grade A in the Graded Unit)
SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Applied Sport and Exercise Science; Applied Sports Science; Fitness, Health and Exercise (for SQA awards, preference of Grade A in the Graded Unit and a minimum of a Grade B (preference of an A) in the Graded Unit for the HNC element of the HND)
Sport and exercise science is concerned with supporting athletes and sports clubs, improving health, preventing illness and helping recovery from illness through programmes of physical activity. You will study Human Physiology, Psychology and Biomechanics. Other key subjects covered include Physical Activity and Health, Injury in Sport and Exercise, Strength and Conditioning and Exercise for Special Populations. In addition, optional pathways will be offered to supplement the core disciplines.

Year 1

Core topics are: Sport Development, Sport Coaching and Sport and Exercise Science, providing an overview and basic understanding of all three disciplines. Subjects include: Introduction to Sport Coaching, Academic Skills for Sport and Exercise and Introduction to Sport Science.

Year 2

You will develop specific areas of sport and exercise science understanding. Subjects include: Principles of Sport and Exercise Physiology, Skill Acquisition and Sport and Exercise Nutrition.

Year 3

Subjects include: Measurement in Sport and Exercise Science, Biomechanics 1, Exercise Physiology 2, Research Methods 2 and Strength and Conditioning Theory and Practice 1.

Year 4 (Honours)

Studies focus on the major disciplines of sport and exercise science including Exercise and Special Populations, Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology, Injury in Sport and Exercise and a dissertation.
Employment opportunities exist in local authorities, education, professional sport and the healthcare and science professions. UWS Sport and Exercise Science graduates also work as research scientists, primary and secondary teachers, sport coaches, medical reps and police officers. In Year 3 you will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement with a relevant employer.
There have been countless opportunities to get involved and gain new experiences; for me that has included Lead 2014, the Olympics and general events management experience. The skills I’ve gained on this programme coupled with workplace experience will definitely help in my quest for future work.
Preeti Jassal, Sport student

Useful Information

  • 93% student satisfaction (NATIONAL STUDENT SURVEY 2015)

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