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School of Health Sciences

Applied Sport and Exercise Science

BSc (Hons)

Apply now and start September 2020

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 mapped to National Occupational Standards for exercise and fitness which assures employers that, as a graduate, have the skills essential for effective engagement with the sport and exercise industry.

You’ll prepare for accreditation by leading sports governing bodies from 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 to succeed in your chosen sport. You’ll study a range of interesting modules through a blend of methods to give you the confidence and ability to make a difference in tomorrow’s world of sport and exercise science.

Joint 1st in Scotland for student satisfaction for Sport Science (Complete University Guide 2021).

This course has one study option
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
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Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
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Course Length
4 years
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

You will apply the foundations of year 1 in a variety of different areas such as exercise programming and health improvement so that you are able to assess and improve health, fitness and performance.

A work placement in year 2 will provide you with the opportunity to apply the knowledge developed in years 1 and 2.


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 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.

Detailed module information
  • Lectures - 30-40 students per group, 1 hour per module per week
  • Tutorial - 30-40 students per group, 4 hours per module per week
  • Project Supervision - 1:1 supervision, 6 hours of 1:1 support
  • Practical class or workshop - various size groups, 1.5 hours per module per week

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 directed by the teaching staff who also help you develop your study skills.


Typically students are assessed: 

Year 1 

  • 2 written exams lasting 2 hours
  • 2 practical skills assessments
  • 2 written assignments 

Year 2 

  • 1 written exam lasting 2 hours
  • 3 practical skills assessments
  • 2 written assignments
  • 1 oral assessment 

Year 3 

  • 4 written assignments
  • 3 oral assessments
  • 1 practical skills assessment 

Year 4 

  • 2 written assignments
  • 2 oral assessments
  • 1 dissertation

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


The staff members teaching on the course have a range of different areas of subject specialism covering all the key elements of sport and exercise science. They 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.



The Inclusion 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.

The inclusion CENTRE


All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and 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


Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library


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.

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 Coordinator.

Job Prospects

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.

Is Applied Sport and Exercise Science a good career choice?

Previous BSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science graduates of Robert Gordon University have gone on to pursue the following careers:

  • Rugby Coach

  • Sports Teacher

  • Head of Community Coaching

  • Physical Education Teacher

Find Your CAREER Path

Standard Entry Requirements

Entry to Year 1

  • 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 Year 1 entry: BCC to include English or a subject requiring the use of English and 2 sciences (Maths counted). English and Maths are required at GCSE grade 6 or above if not held at A-level.
  • 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 Year 1 entry: 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.

Entry to Year 2

  • GCE A Level: BBB to include Human Biology, Physics and PE. English and Maths are required at GCSE grade 6 or above if not held at A-level.
  • IB Diploma: 30 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.
Minimum entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for widening access applicants are:

Entry to Year 1

  • SQA Higher: BBC to include English or a written subject requiring the use of English, and two Sciences at B (Maths counted). English and Maths required at National 5 B 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. HND Fitness Health & Exercise we require graded units AB with the A in a Research based unit.  HND Coaching & Developing Sport we require graded units BBA with the A in a Research based unit.

Advanced Entry

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

English Language Requirements

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

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Pre-Sessional English Programme at RGU

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.


Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £14,000 per academic year

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £13,670 per academic year

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Other Fees and Charges


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


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.

Student Awards Agency For Scotland (SAAS)

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

Student Finance England

Student Finance Wales

Student Finance NI

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

+44 (0) 1224 262728

You can take advantage of the extra qualifications like life-guarding and gym instructor. We get offered so many extra opportunities that just add to your employability.
Gillian Davidson, BSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science


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 are: NPLQ, first aid, ISAK level 1 and coaching awards.

Level 2 Gym instructor and Level 3 Exercise Referral are endorsed by PD:Approval and gives students entry to the Register of Exercise Professionals.


Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

University Wide Facilities


UCAS Code: C600

The university has moved to home teaching and working following official COVID-19 guidance from the Scottish Government. Our staff will continue to process applications and respond to enquiries about your course during this time.  

We’ve got a few options for applying to our undergraduate courses for UK, EU and international applicants.

Applicants for first year entry will apply to other universities as well as to RGU through a single online Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application.

Applicants from non-EU countries can apply direct to the University with our PDF form.

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