BSc Applied Sport Science
UCAS code: C610
Duration: 4 years
School: Education and Sport, The Moray House School of
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Introducing BSc Applied Sport Science
Applied Sport Science is the study of human responses to sport. This 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:
- skill acquisition
You will develop an understanding of the factors that influence participation and performance in sport and exercise.
BASES Endorsement of BSc (Hons) Applied Sport Science
Our programme is usually endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). We are currently applying for re-endorsement and expect this to be in place before you begin your studies in 2024.
(*Revised 21 August 2023 to update the accreditation information)
You will study the key disciplines of sport and exercise science and select from a range of option courses across the University.
Year 2 is the same as Year 1, but you will also study research methods and complete information skills training.
In this year, your study of the key sport and exercise science disciplines will continue, and you will begin 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
In Year 4, you will study two of the four key sport science disciplines and two option courses.
- Sport and Exercise Medicine
- Exercise Prescription for Rehabilitation
- Research Attachment
You will also complete an honours dissertation in sport or physical activity for health.
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.
In Years 1 and 2, depending on your choice of option courses, your teaching may take place at Moray Houe School of Education and Sport and at the King's Buildings campus.
Most of your teaching in Year 3 and Year 4 will take place at the School of Education and Sport at the Holyrood campus. The Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences is based here.
At the School, you can access:
- IT labs
- state-of-the-art sport science labs
- research swimming pool
You can also access the University's other computer facilities and libraries.
See our facilities for sport-related teaching and research here.
Take a virtual tour
You can take a closer look at the Moray House School of Education and Sport and explore our facilities and campus on the University's Virtual Visit site.
Placements are not compulsory. However, you will have the opportunity to do a workplace or research attachment with a body external to the University, such as Sportscotland.
There are opportunities to study abroad through exchange programmes during Year 3.
How will I learn?
You will be taught through:
- site visits
- practical work
- laboratory-based experimental work
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through written exams and a range of coursework, including:
- web pages
- laboratory work
Coursework includes both individual and group work.
Many of our graduates enter sport-related careers, including roles with:
- elite sports clubs
- performance sports centres
- national or international sporting bodies
- the fitness industry
Some enter health-related careers. For example, working with local authority or NHS-funded exercise and health initiatives.
Others go on to work in sports marketing, tourism or events or gain graduate management and business posts.
Some pursue postgraduate study to focus their career towards certain areas, including:
- sports nutrition
- public health
Standard entry requirement
The standard entry requirement is:
- SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or AABB/ABBBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
- A Levels: AAB.
- IB: 34 points with 655 at HL.
Minimum entry requirement
The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:
- SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
- A Levels: ABB.
- IB: 34 points with 655 at HL.
The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:
- SQA: Highers: one from Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or Physics, or Mathematics AND Psychology, or Psychology AND PE at B. Higher Applications of Mathematics is not accepted in place of Higher Mathematics. National 5s: English at C. Applicants without a science at Higher may be considered if sciences were achieved at National 5. Please contact the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Admissions team via the Enquiries link below to check.
- A Levels: one from Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry or Physics, or Mathematics AND PE, or Psychology AND PE at B. GCSEs: English at C or 4. Applicants without a science at A Level may be considered if sciences were achieved at GCSE. Please contact the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Admissions team via the Enquiries link below to check.
- IB: HL: one from Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Sport, Exercise and Health Science, or Mathematics AND Psychology, at 5. SL: English at 5. Applicants without a science at HL may be considered if sciences were achieved at SL. Please contact the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Admissions team via the Enquiries link below to check.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.
Regardless of your nationality or country of residence, you must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
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 at C
- GCSE at C or 4
- Level 2 Certificate at C
- IB Standard Level at 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: total 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component.
- TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
- C1 Advanced (CAE) / C2 Proficiency (CPE): total 176 with at least 162 in each component.
- Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
- PTE Academic: total 62 with at least 54 in each component.
(Revised 29 August 2023 to remove PTE Academic Online)
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 degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, PTE Academic, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
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