Sport and Exercise Science

UCAS codes

  • C602 -

Course contact

Dr Duncan Buchan
0800 027 1000 (44 141 848 7044 outwith UK)

Qualifications and durations

  • BSc Hons - 4 years


Start date(s)

  • September

Sport and Exercise Science - 100 percent for overall student satisfaction

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.

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)

(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.

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