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Sport and Exercise Science

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C

Including a science (Biology preferred) and PE. Year 2 entry: BBB including a science, Biology preferred, or PE.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27

Including 1 science, preferably Biology, plus 3 other subjects at HL.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H1,H2,H2

Including a science, Biology preferred, and PE.

Scottish HNC

Pass

Entry to Year 1 with a HND with a B in the Graded Unit in one of the following: Applied Sports Science; Fitness, Health and Exercise; Sports Therapy.

Scottish HND

Pass

Year 3 entry with HND with AA in the Graded Units in the following: Applied Sports Science; Fitness Health and Exercise.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B

Including a science or PE.

T Level

M

UCAS Tariff

120-108

Including a science, Biology preferred, or PE.

You may also need to…

Attend an interview

Perform an audition

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Coaching psychology

This practical and applied programme will equip you with the essential knowledge and skills to become a sport and exercise scientist.

Sport and exercise science is concerned with supporting athletes and sports clubs, improving health, preventing illness and helping recovery from illness through programmes of physical activity. You will study a range of core disciplines including exercise physiology, psychology and biomechanics and a range of optional pathways.

The programme is practical and lab-based, to give you professional skills as a sport and exercise scientist.

In Year 3 you will have the opportunity to undertake an applied work placement with a relevant employer such as a professional sports team or working with high level athletes.

Employment opportunities exist in local authorities, education, professional sport and the healthcare and science professions.

Graduates also work as research scientists, primary and secondary teachers, sport coaches, medical reps and police officers.

A number of our graduates are successful in applying for further postgraduate study such as MRes, MSc and PhD programmes.

Career prospects
Employment opportunities exist in local authorities, education, professional sport and the healthcare and science professions. UWS Sport and Exercise Science graduates also work as research scientists, primary and secondary teachers, sport coaches, medical reps and police officers.

Placement/Work-based learning
In Year 3 you will have the opportunity to undertake a sport and exercise science placement with a relevant employer such as a professional sports team or working with high level athletes. In addition to the high content of practical lab classes you will receive throughout the programme.

Useful Information
100% student satisfaction (NATIONAL STUDENT SURVEY 2016)

TOP 10 IN UK UNIVERSITIES
For Overall Satisfaction and Teaching on my course categories.

Modules

Course content
Sport and exercise science is concerned with supporting athletes and sports clubs, improving health, preventing illness and helping recovery from illness through programmes of physical activity. You will study Exercise Physiology, Psychology, Biomechanics and Research Studies. Other key subjects covered include Physical Activity and Health, Injury in Sport and Exercise, Strength and Conditioning and Exercise for Special Populations. In addition, optional pathways will be offered to supplement the core disciplines. The programme is practical based to give you professional skills as a sport and exercise scientist.

Year 1
Core topics are: Anatomy, Human Physiology, and Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science, providing an overview and foundation understanding to progress into year 2. Other subjects also include: Academic Skills for Sport and Exercise, Dealing with Data in Sport and Exercise and Physical Activity and Lifelong Health.

Year 2
You will develop specific areas of sport and exercise science understanding. Core subjects include: Principles of Sport and Exercise Physiology, Functional Kinesiology, Exercise Psychology, Research Methods 1 and Sport and Exercise Nutrition.

Year 3
Subject specialism begins in Year 3 and includes: Measurement in Sport and Exercise Science, Biomechanics 1, Exercise Physiology 2, Psychology of Sport, Research Methods 2 and Strength and Conditioning.

Year 4 (Honours)
Honours studies focus on the major disciplines of sport and exercise science including Exercise in Special Populations, Exercise Physiology 3 and the Sport and Exercise Science Dissertation. You can continue to specialise with studies in optional modules such as Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology, Biomechanics 2, Injury in Sport and Exercise and finally Strength and Conditioning.

Tuition fees

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International
£16,400
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Lanarkshire Campus

Department:

Health and Life Sciences

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
20%
Male students
80%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
18%
First year drop out rate

After graduation


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Psychology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
27%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
19%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
16%
Customer service occupations

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Psychology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£20k

£20k

£24k

£24k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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