Why this course?
Sport and physical activity influence our lives in leisure time and at work. In addition to the health benefits, they affect our sense of wellbeing and pride.
This is also a very topical area of study, with health concerns related to physical inactivity a growing cause for concern. With a broad range of physical activity and sport topics from which to study, we equip you with the knowledge and skills to make a positive impact in this field.
This course is delivered by staff from our Physical Activity for Health group, which has an international reputation for research, teaching and knowledge exchange in physical activity, nutrition and childhood obesity.
It can offer a route to PE teaching of a career in areas such as the emergency services.
What you’ll study
The first two years cover core elements of sports practice, including:
- physical activity for health
- human movement science
- sports development
- social science
Practical work includes:
- dance and health-related fitness
In later years, you undertake a work placement and research project, leading on to the final-year dissertation.
All our students undertake a 50-hour work placement during year 3. You'll select your placement based upon the career you'd like to pursue after you graduate.
We encourage our students to study abroad for a semester or full academic year. We have strong relationships with great universities in Europe and America.
You'll have use of our Human Performance & Body Composition laboratories on campus. We also make use of the University's high-quality sports facilities including playing fields which are within easy reach of the campus.
- Culture & Context of Sport & Physical Activity
- Foundations of Physical Activity for Health
- Foundations of Sport & Physical Activity Psychology
- Introductory Physiology & Biomechanics
- Physiology & Biomechanics
- Sports Practice 1
- Coaching Practice & Sport Development
- Physical Activity for Health, Fitness & Wellbeing
- Key Concepts in Sport & Physical Activity Psychology
- Measurement & Statistics
- Physiology of Aerobic Exercise
- Sports Practice 2
In years 3 and 4, you'll complete two or three compulsory classes in each year. You're then able to choose from a number of optional classes, and can also take an elective class from elsewhere in the University.
- Research Methods for Professions
- Placement & Professional development
- Research Project
- Dissertation Research Skills
You'll complete your curriculum by choosing from a range of optional classes. Classes offered vary from year to year but may include:
- Sports Practice 3
- Advanced Topics in Sport & Exercise Psychology
- Practical Project in Physical Activity & Sport Development
- Physical Education in Schools
- Biomechanics of Human Movement
- Nutrition for Health & Exercise
- Physical Activity with Special Populations
Our assessment methods include:
- exams (multiple choice, short-answer and long-answer questions)
- assignments, including essays and practical reports
Learning & teaching
Our teaching methods include:
- small-group tutorials
- laboratory sessions
- practical sports sessions
- placement experience
- individual support sessions
Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.
1st sitting: AAAB
2nd sitting: AAABB (English B, Maths and/or a science at B)
Minimum entry requirements: BBB (GCSE English Language B or English Literature B or equivalent, GCSE Maths and/or a science (Biology preferred) B)
Typical entry requirements: ABB (GCSE English Language B or English Literature B or equivalent, GCSE Maths and/or a science (Biology preferred) B)
36 (English SL5 or equivalent, Maths and/or a science SL5)
HNC: Year 1 entry: relevant HNC (eg Sports Coaching with Development of Sport; Fitness, Health and Exercise; and Applied Sports Science) B in the Graded Unit; Higher English B (or equivalent); other courses may be considered on an individual basis
- your personal statement must demonstrate a real commitment to sport and/or physical activity and an enthusiasm for working with others
- deferred entry accepted
We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.
Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.
Find out entry requirements for your country.
Degree preparation course for international students
We offer international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the International Study Centre. To find out more about these courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future.
You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.
Fees & funding
How much will my course cost?
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
Rest of UK
PVG scheme (Protection of Vulnerable Groups)
Students must pay for the PVG Scheme. Students who require a new PVG certificate will pay £59. If you have an existing PVG and need to add Strathclyde, the cost is £18.
Other course costs
We recommend that students purchase a set of sports kit for use throughout the course and while representing Strathclyde. A range of kit is available - full kit costs around £180.
How can I fund my studies?
Some Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.
Please note that funding is not applicable to all courses. Please contact SAAS to confirm if your particular course is eligible.
Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.
The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees
Graduates are employed in areas such as coaching, health promotion and sport development, which may require additional postgraduate training.
Some choose to study postgraduate qualifications, which can lead to careers teaching in further or higher education, or careers in research.
The Sport & Physical Activity degree is also an excellent route into PE teaching, and the University runs a very successful postgraduate qualification (PGDE) as an entry to the teaching profession.
Where are they now?
88% of our graduates are in work or further study.**
Recent job titles include:
- Group Games Co-ordinator
- Gym Instructor
- Head Coach
- Lifestyle Coach
Recent employers include:
- Falkirk Community Trust
- South Lanarkshire Council
- West Lothian Leisure
**Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey.