Sport and Exercise Science
This programme will equip you with the essential knowledge and skills to become a sport and exercise scientist.
- SQA Highers: ABBC or BBBB inc English, PE
+ 1 science, + SG / Int2 / Nat5 Biology
and Chemistry preferred
- GCE A-Levels: BBC inc
1 science, + GCSE PE and Chemistry
- Irish Leaving Certificate: ABBC2 or BBBB inc English
+ 1 science; Maths may be req’d
where entry is competitive
- International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points (5, at 5 HL) 1 science and
SL Sports, Exercise & Health Science
- SQA HND (Grade A), BTEC Level 5
HND, or Foundation Degree: Applied
Sport and Exercise Science preferred;
Fitness, Health & Exercise considered
Academic reference, personal experience in a sporting environment and a high written standard of personal statement will be considered. Predicted grades may also be considered. Mature applicants may be considered on an individual basis, with relevant sporting experience and a strong personal statement.
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.
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.
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.
Subjects include: Measurement in Sport and Exercise Science, Biomechanics 1, Exercise Physiology 2, Research Methods 2 and Strength and Conditioning Theory and Practice 1.
(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.