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.

Facilities

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: BBBB to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English) and two sciences (Maths counted). English and Maths required at National 5 grade B or above if not held at Higher.

GCE A Level: BCC to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English) and two sciences (Maths counted). English and Maths required at GCSE grade 6/B or above. Advanced entry to Stage 2 may be considered for applicants with GCE A Level grades BBB to i

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H2H2H3H3 to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English) and two sciences (Maths counted). English and Maths are required at grade O2 if not held at Higher.

IB Diploma: 28 points to include Higher Level English (or a written subject requiring the use of English) and two sciences (Maths counted) all at Higher Level grade 5. Standard Level English and Maths required at grade 4 or above if not held at Higher.

Alternative Qualifications: We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants from Partner Colleges: A relevant HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 3. Find out more about Degree Link.

Advanced Entry: All other applicants who are interested in applying for advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.

Selection Visits: All shortlisted applicants are invited to attend a half day selection visit prior to an offer of a place on the course being made. The selection process includes evaluation of your professional suitability and communication skills.
* 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 
All applicants whose first language is not English are required to have an Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) minimum score of 6.5. Appropriate equivalents will be considered. 

4. Placements and accreditations

Placement

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). The course content is aligned to the requirements of a range of vocational qualifications allowing students to gain these alongside the degree at a nominal administration change. Examples of which are: NPLQ, first aid, ISAK level 1 and coaching awards. Level 2 Gym instructor and Level 3 Exercise Referral are endorsed by SkillsActive and gives students entry to the Register of Exercise Professionals.

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: www.disclosurescotland.co.uk

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:

Scholarships

6. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2017/2018

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,880 per academic year

For Academic Year 2016/2017

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,900 per academic year

For Academic Year 2015/2016

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £12,400 per academic year

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

Full-time

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £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

Disclaimer

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

7. How to apply

All applications should be made through UCAS. You must apply online at www.ucas.com/students/apply

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.

Watch this video with sport and exercise students in their teaching environment which includes both on campus learning in classrooms as well as working with the public off campus.

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BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code

C600

Start date

September

Course length

4 years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Academic school
School of Health Sciences
More information:
Undergraduate Admissions +44 (0) 1224 262728
Affiliated with
European College of Sports Science
Endorsed by
Register of Exercise Professionals
Guardian Accolade 2017 - 3rd in Scotland Sport Science

Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781