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BScSport & Physical Activity

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 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.


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.

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


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

Entry requirements

Required subjects are indicated following typically accepted grades.


Standard entry requirements

1st sitting: AAAB (English B, Maths and/or a science at B)
2nd sitting: AAABB (English B, Maths and/or a science at B)

A Levels

Year 1

Typical entry requirements: ABB (GCSE English Language 6/B or English Literature 6/B or equivalent, GCSE Maths and/or a science (Biology preferred) 6/B)
Minimum entry requirements: BBB (GCSE English Language 6/B or English 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 Sports Science) A-B in the Graded Unit; Higher English B (or equivalent); Maths and/or a science at B; other courses may be considered on an individual basis.

Additional Information

  • your personal statement must demonstrate a real commitment to sport and/or physical activity and an enthusiasm for working with others
  • deferred entry accepted

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.

International students

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 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.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?


All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

  • £1,820
Rest of UK
  • £9,250

Assuming no change in Rest of UK fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2017/18, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and Integrated Masters courses); 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.


  • £18,450

Dean’s International Undergraduate Scholarship

The Dean’s International Undergraduate Scholarship is open to new international students who will begin a full-time undergraduate course in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in September 2019. The award is a £3,500 scholarship per year for the duration of your degree. All offer holders are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

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 fees 

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.

Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

How can I fund my studies?

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.

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.

International Students (Non UK, EEA)

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

Available scholarships

We have a wide range of scholarships available. Have a look at our scholarship search to find a scholarship.


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.

Contact us


How to apply – 10 things you need to know

  1. All undergraduate applications are made through UCAS
    Go to the UCAS website to apply – you can apply for up to five courses.
  2. It costs £12 to apply for a course
    The cost is £23 for two to five courses.
  3. The deadline is 15 January each year
    This is the application deadline for most courses. However, please check the details for your particular course. View a full list of UCAS key dates.

    Applications are still welcome from international students (non-EU) and those living in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  4. You might be asked to attend an interview
    Most of our courses make offers based on the UCAS application. However some might ask you to attend an interview or for a portfolio of work. If this is the case, this will be stated in the prospectus entry requirements.
  5. It’s possible to apply directly to Year 2
    Depending on your qualifications, you might be able to apply directly to Year 2 - or even Year 3 - of a course. Speak to the named contact for your course if you want to discuss this.
  6. There’s three types of decision
    • unconditional – you’ve already met our entry requirements
    • conditional – we’ll offer you a place if you meet certain conditions, usually based on your exams
    • unsuccessful – we’ve decided not to offer you a place
  7. You need to contact UCAS to accept your offer
    Once you’ve decided which course you’d like to accept, you must let UCAS know. You don’t need to decide until you’ve received all offers. UCAS will give you a deadline you must respond by.

    You’ll choose one as your firm choice. If the offer is unconditional or if you meet the conditions, this is the course you’ll study.

    You’ll also have an insurance choice. This is a back-up option if you don’t meet the conditions of your first choice.
  8. You don’t need to send us your exam results (Scotland, England & Wales)
    If you’re studying in Scotland, England or Wales, we receive a copy of your Higher/Advanced Higher/A Level results directly from the awarding body. However, if you are studying a different qualification, then please contact us to arrange to send your results directly.
  9. We welcome applications from international students

    Find out further information about our entry and English language requirements.

    International students who don’t meet the entry requirements, can apply for our pre-undergraduate programmes.

    There’s also an online application form.

    For further information:
  10. Here’s a really useful video to help you apply

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