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Abertay University

Sport and Exercise

UCAS Code: C600
BSc (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Sport & exercise science
Student score
76% LOW
% employed or in further study
97% MED
Average graduate salary
£17.2k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE or Maths

Scottish Highers

Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE or Maths

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate

Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE or Maths at S5 or H4

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 104 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

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Course description

This is an exciting time for you if you are interested in the academic study of the diverse topics associated with sport and exercise. As a growing industry, sport and exercise incorporates scientific support, coaching, service provision, and consumerism, as well as personal and community development. Our courses have been designed to reflect this diverse and changing employment market. At Abertay you can choose from a range of study programmes that address, among others, the physiology and psychology of performance, the science of training practices, the development and social impact of sport and exercise, and the evaluation and analysis of sports performance. The course provides you with topical information, an ability to translate theory to practice, and the opportunity to gain relevant employment experience within the industry, while still providing you with the flexibility to follow your own interests. In the first two years you will follow a core curriculum that provides a basis for more specialised study in the final two years. At the end of the second year of study you will choose a route leading to BSc (Hons) in one of the following specific named awards: BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, BSc (Hons) Physical Activity and Health, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise, BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching, BSc (Hons) Sports Development which has a fast-track/accelerated degree option (see our home page for details) and BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning


Year 1: contexts in sport 1; introduction to the science of sport and exercise 1; introduction to the social science of sport and exercise 1; investigation in sport and exercise. Year 2: contexts in sport 2; introduction to research methods; introduction to the science of sport and exercise 2; introduction to the social science of sport and exercise 2. Year 3: research methods; work based learning 1; applied sports psychology; coaching pedagogy 1; exercise programming and periodisation ; fitness assessment and exercise programming; growth and development; lifestyle behaviour change; managing sports development; motor control and skill acquisition; nutrition and health; performance analysis 1; physiology of disease; practical strength and conditioning 1; public health and physical activity; sport policy, development and practice; the coaching process. Year 4: sports project; work based learning 2; barriers to physical activity; coaching pedagogy 2; community sports development; contemporary issues in physical activity; exercise for special populations; health promotion; managing the coaching process; nutrition for sports performance; performance analysis 2; performer improvement and development; practical strength and conditioning 2; scientific support for elite performance; strategic management of sports; student negotiated learning.

Abertay University

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Abertay is at the heart of Dundee, combining the advantages of a close-knit campus with the buzz of city centre life. All of our buildings are within a quarter of a mile of each other, as are shops, bars, clubs, cinemas and theatres. The campus itself is an eclectic mixture of everything from 16th-century castles to our outstanding award-winning library.

How you'll spend your time

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What do the numbers say for

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 82%
Student score 76% LOW
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Received sufficient advice and support



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
2% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
31% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
377 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
47% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
11% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 97% MED
Average graduate salary £17.2k MED
Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are welfare and housing associate professionals


Graduates who are sports and fitness occupations


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
One of the fastest growing subjects in the country, the number of sports science graduates has gone from under 3,000 in 2003 to nearly 9,500 in 2012. However, the good news is the country's appetite for good health and fitness means that sports science grads are less likely than average to be out of work. Sports science graduates, not surprisingly, tend to get jobs in sport and fitness, coaching and teaching especially, but they're found all over the economy. Management is also a popular option for graduates from this subject – after all, this is a degree for people who want to motivate others!
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