If you want an applied science degree that will act as a springboard to a range of career opportunities within the global sports industry and other graduate professions, this is the course for you.

Ranked in the top three in Scotland, this course is based on the sciences that underpin human performance in a variety of areas from competitive sport to general health and recreation. The course content is aligned to the requirements of a range of vocational qualifications which assures employers that our graduates have the skills that are essential for effective engagement with the exercise industry.

A unique part of the course is the placement opportunities in years 2 and 3. You will acquire experience from elite sport, exercise referral for specific populations, sports development, health improvement, education, sports technology services and sports facility operations.

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.

Award

BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code

C600

Course Dates

September

Course Length

4 years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Academic School

School of Health Sciences

Overview

Year 1

You will study the foundations of sports and exercise science including Anatomy and Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology, Sport Psychology and Biomechanics. In addition you will also be taught a range of independent study skills required for future study.

Year 2

Building on the Year One foundation you will apply these foundations in a variety of different areas such as exercise prescription and health improvement so that you are able to assess and improve health, fitness and performance.

Year 3

You will look at wider applications of sports science, in terms of its use in a variety of different populations from those with chronic conditions to elite athletes. Work placements and research are a key part of Year 3.

Year 4

You will bring your studies together, taking a more critical look at a variety of different topics. In addition you will focus on a preferred area in your research project which forms a large part of your final year.


Modules

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information. 

 

Full-time

Year 1 -- Semester 1
  • Introductory Biomechanics
  • Anatomy and Kinesiology
  • Principles of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Exercise Physiology
    Semester 2
  • Introductory Biomechanics
  • Independent Study in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Sport and Physical Activity Programmes, Planning and Practice
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Year 2 -- Semester 1
    Route A - Students who started the course prior to Session 2015/16
  • Exercise Programming and Delivery for the General Population
  • Health Improvement
    Route B - Students commencing the course Session 2015/16
  • Exercise Programming and Delivery for the General Population
  • Human Nutrition
  • Physiology of Fitness and Performance Testing
  • Semester 2
    Route A - Study Abroad (Erasmus)
  • Study Abroad 1
  • Study Abroad 2
    Route B - Non-Study Abroad Route - students commencing the course Session 2015/16
  • Learning in the Workplace I
  • Sports Biomechanics
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Health Improvement
    Route C - Non-Study Abroad Route - Students who started the course prior to Session 2015/16
  • Human Nutrition
  • Learning in the Workplace I
    Year 3 -- Semester 1
  • Coaching Science
  • Learning in the Workplace II
  • Exercise Prescription and Delivery for Varying Populations
  • Research Concepts in Sport and Exercise Science
    Semester 2
  • Learning in the Workplace II
  • Exercise Prescription and Delivery for Varying Populations
  • Research Concepts in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Strength and Conditioning
    Year 4 -- Semester 1
  • Research Project
  • Contemporary Debates in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Integrated Sport and Exercise Science
  • Performance Analysis
    Semester 2
  • Research Project
  • Contemporary Debates in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Integrated Sport and Exercise Science
  • Modules are typically taught using a mixture of interactive lectures, online study packs, tutorials and practical classes. Class sizes are small with an intake of approximately 35 in Year 1 with an additional 16 joining in Year 3.

    The class is split into smaller groups for practical sessions. This allows for the course to be truly applied with students getting hands on experience through practical classes, work related experiences (such as in house exercise clinics) and work placements. The small class sizes also allow for classes to be interactive with the use of discussion and problem based learning.

    Year 4 activity summary

    Lectures

    • Approximately 30-40 students per group
    • One hour per week

    Tutorials

    • Approximately 30-40 students per group
    • Four hours per week

    Project Supervision        

    • One per week – individual (1:1)

    Practical class or workshop         

    • Approximately 15 students per group
    • One and a half hours per week 

    Independent study summary

    Independent study is an integral part of studying for the degree with approximately 50% of your time being allocated to independent study in Year 1 increasing to around 80% in Year 4. This independent study is however directed by the teaching staff who also help you develop your study skills. 

    Staff delivering this course

    The staff teaching on the course have a range of different areas of subject specialism covering all the key elements of sport and exercise science. The teaching team have many years of experience in both practice and research within the sport and exercise science domain.

    All staff possess a certificate in Higher Education Learning and Teaching. In addition, all academic staff are encouraged to work towards a Higher Education Academy Fellowship.

    Some teaching sessions may also be delivered by visiting lecturers or colleagues from practice.

    Facilities

    • Sophisticated Human Performance Lab
    • RGU SPORT fitness suite
    • University Library
    • Georgina Scott Sutherland  Learning Centre
    • Student Support Services 

    How you are assessed

    Typically students are assessed:

    • Two hour written exams
      • Four in Year 1
      • One in Year 2
    • Written Assignment, including essay
      • Two in Years 1 and 2
      • Four in Year 3
      • Two in Year 4
    • Oral Assessment
      • One in Year 2
      • Three in Year 3
      • Two in Year 4
    • Practical skills assessments
      • Two in Year 1
      • Three in Year 2
      • One in Year 3
    • One Dissertation in Year 4

    Feedback

    We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

    Academic Support

    The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

    Study Skills Support

    The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

    • Academic writing
    • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
    • Maths and statistics
    • English language
    • Information technology support

    More on Study Skills

    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.

    English Language

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

    We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

    English Language requirements

    * All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

    There are two placements: One in Year 2 (4 weeks) and one in Year 3 (6 weeks).

    In Year 2 we arrange a four week placement for you. Typically this is with Sport Aberdeen and more specifically the active schools team. This placement is part of the Aberdeen Youth Games, for more information see: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/aberdeen-youth-games

    In Year 3 you undertake a 6 week placement which is arranged by you and can be in any area related to sport and exercise science. Previous placement locations have included Active Aberdeenshire, Sportscotland, Aberdeen Football Club, NHS Grampian and various health and fitness facilities. Regular placement providers advertise placements to our students and you will be assisted in gaining placements by our Placement Co-ordinator.

    Professional Accreditation

    This course prepares you for accreditation in your chosen field of specialism (where this exists). The content is aligned to the requirements of a range of vocational qualifications allowing you 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.

    You will be expected to obtain a satisfactory PVG clearance (previously an enhanced disclosure) prior to enrolment on placement-based modules.

    More details about the PVG scheme

    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

    If you are competing at a high level, our Sports Scholarships Scheme is one of the most comprehensive available, supporting you in developing your talents and succeeding in your chosen sport as well as your studies. Currently a quarter of our Sports Scholars are studying Applied Sport and Exercise Science.

    For Academic Year 2018/2019

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £13,270 per academic year

    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

    Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

    For further information see Student Finance pages

     

    Home, EU and Rest of UK applicants to Robert Gordon University must apply online at www.ucas.com/students/apply.

    It is important that you keep track of your application process using the UCAS website, as it will update you on whether you have been offered a place from the University. It is also where you should respond to offers and receive confirmation of your place within your chosen course, rather than contacting the institution in the first instance.

    International fee paying students have the option of applying either via UCAS or direct using our application form.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions

    The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

    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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    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.