BSc Hons Sport & Physical Activity

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Key facts

  • UCAS Code: CX63
  • Start date: Sep 2020
  • Work placement: school/work placement in Year 3

  • International experience: partner institutions in Europe, the USA, Canada or New Zealand

Study with us

  • develop the knowledge and skills to make a positive impact on health and physical activity in a wide range of settings
  • opportunities to get involved in cutting-edge, internationally-recognised research with access to human performance and body composition labs on campus
  • learn from top sporting coaches about their methods

Studying at East Carolina University for my third year was an incredible experience. Other highlights during my course have been going on school placement and being involved in many extra-curricular activities.

Robbie Paterson, BSc (Hons) Sport and Physical Activity

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Why this course?

This is 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.

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What you’ll study

The first two years cover core elements of sports and physical activity, including:

  • Physical activity for health
  • Sport and physical activity psychology
  • Coaching and sports development
  • Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Sociology in sport and physical activity
  • Research methods for sport and physical activity

Practical work includes:

  • volleyball
  • football
  • athletics
  • dance and health-related fitness

In years three and four, a research project leading to a dissertation is a key component of the course and students can choose from optional classes including physical activity for specialist populations, data analytics, physical education, biomechanics, sports injury, psychology and nutrition.

Increasingly through the programme, students will be expected to undertake self-study, to read around subjects and improve their writing, presentation, and research skills. The programme promotes not only academic learning and practical capability but also transferable skills and personal and professional development.

 

Work placement

In later years, students undertake a placement which will be spent in one or more professional settings, e.g. in a local authority facility, sports club, or sporting agency. Research methods begun in second year are developed and students may take an elective class from a wide range of options available across all University faculties.

Study abroad

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.

Facilities

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.

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Assessment

Our assessment methods include:

  • exams (multiple-choice, short-answer and long-answer questions)
  • assignments, including essays and practical reports
  • presentations

Learning & teaching

Our teaching methods include:

  • lectures
  • small-group tutorials
  • laboratory sessions
  • practical sports sessions
  • placement experience
  • individual support sessions

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Course content

Compulsory classes

Year 1

  • Culture & Context of Sport & Physical Activity
  • Foundations of Physical Activity for Health
  • Foundations of Sport & Physical Activity Psychology
  • Introduction to Human Physiology and Nutrition
  • Introduction to Research Methods in Sport and Physical Activity
  • Sports Practice 1

Year 2

  • Coaching Practice & Sport Development
  • Physical Activity for Health, Fitness & Wellbeing
  • Key Concepts in Sport & Physical Activity Psychology
  • Introduction to Research Design and Analysis
  • 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.

Year 3

  • Research Methods for Professions
  • Placement & Professional development
  • Data analytics in Sport Physical Activity and Health

Year 4

  • Dissertation Research Skills 
  • Dissertation 

Optional classes

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
  • Sports Injury and Rehabilitation
  • Physical Activity with Special Populations

Glasgow is Scotland's biggest & most cosmopolitan city

Our campus is based in the very heart of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. National Geographic named Glasgow as one of its 'Best of the World' destinations, while Rough Guide readers have voted Glasgow the world’s friendliest city! And Time Out named Glasgow in the top ten best cities in the world - we couldn't agree more!

We're in the city centre, next to the Merchant City, both of which are great locations for sightseeing, shopping and socialising alongside your studies.

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Entry requirements

Required subjects are shown in brackets.

Highers

Standard entry requirements:

  • 1st sitting: AAAB
  • 2nd sitting: AAABB

(English B, Maths and/or a science at B)

Minimum entry requirements*:

  • 1st sitting: ABBB
  • 2nd sitting: AABC

(including English B or suitable alternative subject; and Maths B or a science B)

*Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.

A Levels

ABB-BBB

(GCSE English Language 6/B or Literature 6/B or equivalent, GCSE Maths and/or a science (Biology preferred) 6/B)

International Baccalaureate

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 Sport Science) A in Graded Unit; Higher English B (or equivalent); other courses may be considered on an individual basis

International students

Find out entry requirements for your country by visiting our country pages.

Additional Information

Your personal statement must demonstrate a real commitment to sport and/or physical activity and an enthusiasm for working with others.

Widening access

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.

Degree preparation course for international students

We offer international students (non-EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

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Fees & funding

2020/21

Scotland/EU

TBC

Fees for students domiciled in Scotland and the EU are subject to confirmation in early 2020 by the Scottish Funding Council.

(2019/20: £1,820)

Rest of UK

TBC

Assuming no change in RUK fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2020/21, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and integrated Masters programmes), MPharm students pay £9,250 for each of the four years. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes pay an additional £9,250 for the Masters year with the exception of those undertaking a full-year industrial placement where a separate placement fee will apply.

(2019/20: £9,250)

International

£18,700

University preparation programme fees

International students can find out more about the costs and payments of studying a university preparation programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.

Additional costs

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.

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Please note: All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise. Find out more about fees

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Students from Scotland and the EU

If you're a Scottish or EU student, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.

For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.

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Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland

We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales:

You don’t need to make a separate application for these. When your place is confirmed at Strathclyde, we’ll assess your eligibility. Have a look at our scholarship search for any more funding opportunities.

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International Students (Non-UKScholarships, EEA)

We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.

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Careers

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.

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Sport & Physical Activity

Qualification: BSc

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Undergraduate Selection

Our team are available to chat from Monday to Friday 9am-5pm GMT.

Telephone: +44 (0)141 444 8600

Email: hass-ug-selectors@strath.ac.uk

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