Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

BSc Applied Sport Science

UCAS code: C610

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Education, The Moray House School of

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Accreditation
Study abroad
Placements

Introducing BSc Applied Sport Science

Applied Sport Science involves the application of scientific principles to the promotion, maintenance and enhancement of sport- and exercise-related behaviours. Our programme is centred on four key disciplines: physiology, biomechanics, psychology, and skill acquisition.

You will develop an understanding of the factors that influence participation and performance in sport and exercise.

Our programme is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). This indicates quality and can facilitate professional accreditation.

Accreditation

Our programme is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). This indicates quality and can facilitate professional accreditation.

Applied Sport Science is the study of human responses to sport.

The programme includes courses on exercise physiology, sports biomechanics, sport psychology, skill acquisition and research methods.

You will develop an understanding of the factors that affect participation and performance in sport and exercise.

Year 1

You will study the key disciplines of sport and exercise science and select from a broad range of option courses available from across the University.

Year 2

As Year 1 but with the addition of research methods and information skills training.

Year 3

The key sport and exercise science disciplines continue plus research methods training and research project work.

You will start to specialise with performance sport or physical activity for health options, such as:

  • Applying Sport Science
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Physical Activity, Exercise, Fitness & Health
  • Psychology of Physical Activity
  • Workplace Attachment

Year 4

You will study two of the four key sport science disciplines and two options.

Options include:

  • Sport & Exercise Medicine
  • Exercise Prescription for Rehabilitation
  • Research Attachment.

You will also complete an honours dissertation in sport or physical activity for health.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme structure (2019/20)

Our facilities

In Years 1 and 2, depending on your choice of option courses, teaching may take place across university campuses in the Central Area and at King’s Buildings.

The majority of teaching in Year 3 and Year 4 will take place within the School of Education at the centrally located Holyrood campus, where the Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences is based.

The School provides its own IT labs and library, while the Institute also houses state-of-the-art sport science laboratories and a research swimming pool. In addition to the School’s facilities, you can also access all the University's other computer facilities and libraries.

Placements

Students do not have a compulsory placement but will have the opportunity to undertake a workplace or research attachment in collaboration with a body external to the University, such as sportscotland.

Study abroad

There are opportunities to study abroad during Year 3 through the University's Erasmus and international exchange programmes.

What are my options for going abroad?

How will I learn?

You will be taught by a combination of lectures, tutorials, site visits, practical work and laboratory-based experimental work and seminars.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through written examinations and a wide range of coursework including but not limited to assignments, presentations, posters, web pages, reports and laboratory work. Coursework includes both individual and group work.

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme details (2019/20)

Graduates enter sport-related careers; such as working for elite sports clubs; performance sports centres; national or international sporting bodies; or the fitness industry. Graduates also enter health-related careers, for example local authority or NHS-funded exercise and health initiatives.

Others work in sports marketing, tourism or events; gain graduate management and business posts or begin postgraduate study to focus their career towards teaching, physiotherapy, sports nutrition or public health, for example

Standard entry requirement

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: AAAB - AABB by end of S5. If you haven't achieved this by the end of S5 we may consider your application based on a strong performance in S6. A minimum of BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6. (Revised 21/06/2019 from 'AAAA - AABB'.)
  • A Levels: AAB - ABB. (Revised 21/06/2019 from 'ABB'.)
  • IB: 37 points (grades 666 at HL) - 34 points (grades 655 at HL). (Revised 21/06/2019 from '39 (666 at HL) - 34 (655 at HL)'.)

Minimum entry requirement

The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points (grades 655 at HL).

More information for widening access applicants

Required subjects

The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:

  • SQA: Higher: an approved science subject at grade B. National 5: English at grade C.
  • A Levels: an approved science subject at grade B. GCSEs: English at grade C or 4.
  • IB: HL: an approved science subject at grade 5. SL: English at grade 5.

Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant qualifications

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

SQA, GCSE and IB

For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C

  • SQA Standard Grade 3

  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A

  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C

  • GCSE Grade C or 4

  • Level 2 Certificate Grade C

  • IB Standard Level Grade 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component

  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section

  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component

  • PTE Academic: Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section

  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.

English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

English language requirements

(Revised 05/06/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)

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It is one of many sources of information which will enable you to make an informed decision on what and where to study.

Please note that some programmes do not have Unistats data available.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for BSc Applied Sport Science

Additional costs

There are some additional costs if you enrol on one of these programmes. Costs will depend on the courses you choose and the type of research and/or placement you choose to engage in. For example, you may be required to apply to the Scottish government's Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme if you want to work with children or vulnerable adults.

Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding