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 Hons - 4 years


Start date(s)

  • September

Sport and Exercise Science - 100 percent for overall student satisfaction

The programme is in the Top 10 in UK Universities for overall satisfaction and teaching on my course.

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 + 1 science (Biology preferred) + SG / Int2 / Nat5 Biology and Chemistry preferred
  • GCE A-Levels: BBC inc 1 science (Biology preferred), + GCSE English, Maths, Biology or 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) with SQA HNC (Grade B minimum), BTEC Level 5 HND, or Foundation Degree: Applied Sport and Exercise Science preferred; Fitness, Health & Exercise considered
Academic reference, personal experience or qualifications in a sporting environment and a high written standard of personal statement will 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 Exercise 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. The programme is practical based to give you professional skills as a sport and exercise scientist.

Year 1

Core topics are: Anatomy, Human Physiology, and Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science, providing an overview and foundation understanding to progress into year 2. Other subjects also include: Academic Skills for Sport and Exercise, Dealing with Data in Sport and Exercise and Physical Activity and Lifelong Health.

Year 2

You will develop specific areas of sport and exercise science understanding. Core subjects include: Principles of Sport and Exercise Physiology, Functional Kinesiology, Exercise Psychology, Research Methods 1 and Sport and Exercise Nutrition.

Year 3

You can then begin to specialise with core and optional modules including: Measurement in Sport and Exercise Science, Biomechanics 1, Exercise Physiology 2, Psychology of Sport, 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 in Special Populations, Exercise Physiology 3 and the Sport and Exercise Science Dissertation. You can continue to specialise with studies in optional modules such as Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology, Biomechanics 2, Injury in Sport and Exercise and finally Strength and Conditioning Theory and Practice 2.
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. A number of our graduates are successful in applying for further postgraduate study such as MRes, MSc and PhD programmes. In Year 3 you will have the opportunity to undertake a sport and exercise science placement. In addition to the high content of practical lab classes you will receive throughout the programme.

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