Sports and Exercise Science Course BSc (Hons)

BSc (Hons) Applied Sport and Exercise Science

1. Overview

This course is based on the sciences that underpin human performance in a variety of areas from competitive sport to general health.

The course is taught by staff with a wide range of teaching, professional and research experience. 

The course is currently mapped to National Occupational Standards for Exercise and Fitness which assures employers that graduates have the skills that are essential for effective engagement with the exercise industry. Individual modules have been developed which professionally prepare students in line with the vocational qualifications endorsed by the Register of Exercise Professionals.

Basic disciplines studied include anatomy and physiology, biomechanics and sports psychology. More advanced modules which draw on the interaction of the basic disciplines feature later in the curriculum.

You will have the opportunity to undertake two work placements, allowing you to put into practice what you have learned at University. You will also be supported to prepare for accreditation by leading sports governing bodies in a range of disciplines. If you are a talented athlete, there is also the opportunity to apply for the sports scholarship scheme, which will support you in succeeding in your chosen sport.


Our exceptional teaching facilities include a human performance laboratory that houses a sophisticated three dimensional motion analysis system and other state-of-the-art exercise testing equipment. The Garthdee campus is also the location for the £11 million RGU: SPORT, where modules in exercise, conditioning and sports centre operations are delivered.

2. What you will study

3. Entry requirements

  • SQA Higher: BBCC to include one science subject, preferably Biology/Human Biology, plus a subject requiring the use of English. One further science and maths at Standard Grade 2 or above.
  • GCE A Level: CCC including one science preferably Biology, plus a subject requiring the use of English at GCSE Grade B or above.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: B2B2C1C1 including one science, preferably Biology/Human Biology, plus a subject requiring the use of English. One further science and Maths are required at Ordinary Level Grade B or above.
  • IB Diploma: 26 to include Grade 5 at Higher Level in English or a subject requiring the use of English and two science subjects at Higher Level.
  • Alternative Qualifications: Equivalent qualifications, e.g. SQA, BTEC, S/NVQs, overseas qualifications and Access programmes will be considered on an individual basis. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience are welcomed.
  • Advanced Entry: Prospective students who have gained an HND Sports Coaching and Development of Sport or an HND Fitness, Health and Exercise with graded units at ABB (the A to be in the research-based graded unit) from partner FE Colleges will be considered for year 3 entry. 
    Advanced Entry to Stage 2 may be considered for applicants with A Level Grades BBB to include Human Biology, Physics and Physical Education. Maths and English must be held at a minimum of GCSE Grade B or above.
  • Selection Visits: Students with the required entry qualifications will be invited to attend a selection visit prior to an offer of a place being made.

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

English language requirements for those whose first language is not English. 

4. Placements and accreditations


A unique part of the course is the work placement undertaken in years 2 and 3. During your placement you will acquire a portfolio of learning experiences from a variety of areas, for example elite sport, exercise referral for specific populations, sports development, health improvement, education, event management, sports technology services and sports facility operations.

Professional Accreditation

It is the aim of the course team to prepare you for accreditation in your chosen field of specialism (where this exists). You may choose to undertake an external qualification with the International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry, in year 3, at a nominal administration charge, along with specific qualifications in sports coaching, exercise conditioning (depending on demand from within the student group)

Please be aware that you will be expected to obtain a satisfactory PVG clearance (previously an enhanced disclosure) prior to enrolment on placement-based modules. For more details about the PVG scheme please visit:

5. Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:


6. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2014/2015

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,000 per academic year

For Academic Year 2013/2014

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £11,200 per academic year

For Academic Year 2012/2013

Scottish/EU Students


  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students


  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £10,800 per academic year

For Academic Year 2011/2012

UK/EU Students

  • £1820 per academic year

International Students

  • £11,300 per academic year

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery.

For further information see Student Finance pages


7. How to apply

All applications should be made through UCAS. You must apply online at

Once you register and create your username and password you are guided through the process of applying. After submission, log in to your UCAS Track account and you can see the progress of your application, view and respond to your offers.

8. Prospects

Career options include working in sports development, exercise referral, health improvement and promotion, events management, and research in physical activity or sport. In the future you could be working with elite athletes (strength and conditioning specialists must now have a degree as a standard entry qualification to the industry), managing a sports facility or delivering a work-based lifestyle improvement programme.

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Olympic swimmer Hannah Miley on RGU

Olympic swimmer Hannah Miley graduated from the sport and exercise science degree in 2013, this video clip was filmed during her second year of studies and highlights how RGU works to support athletes while they are studying.

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BSc (Hons)
Start date
September 2014
Course length
4 years
Mode of Attendance
Academic school
School of Health Sciences
Teaching locations
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Affiliated with
European College of Sports Science
Approved by
Register of Exercise Professionals

“Through my placement at RGU:SPORT I was able to get involved in Grampian Institute of Sport, Aberdeen Football Club and the University Sports Scholars strength and conditioning sessions. It was great to be able to put into practice what I had learned during lectures and learn lots of new things along the way.”

Anastasia Pavlova, BSc (Hons) Applied Sports and Exercise Science

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