Heriot-Watt University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Sport and Exercise Science

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Course summary

Studying BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Sciences at Heriot-Watt, a mix of core and optional modules enables you to explore traditional sport, exercise and health science disciplines. This programme comprises a core of sport and exercise science with an additional emphasis on the study of topics central to human health and well-being, such as biology, nutrition, physiology, and psychology. These themes are developed together throughout the programme, with some flexibility in programme structure and design, according to your interests or career aspirations. Based on Heriot-Watt University's Edinburgh campus, is Oriam - Scotland's Sports Performance Centre. Along with providing excellent teaching facilities for this programme, Oriam is the training facility for elite sports teams such as; Scottish Rugby Union, the Scottish Football Association, Heart of Midlothian F.C. and Scottish Squash, who all use the facility for senior team training and (where applicable) to run their respective academies. Students will have the opportunity to gain professional qualifications embedded in the course modules. We aim to introduce the Level 2 Gym Instructor Certificate and the Level 3 Personal Trainer Certificate delivered in partnership with Oriam. As well as this there will be placement opportunities within Oriam and Heriot-Watt's sporting partners in second semester of Level 3. At Heriot-Watt we have a well-established Sports Union who offer a large group of Sports Clubs; over 30 sports clubs ranging from traditional Football/Soccer and Rugby to Mountaineering and Ultimate Frisbee. The sports clubs offer you the opportunity to grow in your sport, meet likeminded friends and make use of the first class facilities available. For elite athletes we offer a range of Scholarships and are part of the Talent Development programme – to apply or find out more, please contact us.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

Suitable science subjects are Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Human Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology and Physical Education. Sports related subjects would be also be considered. We operate contextual admissions defined by our Fair Access Policy which may mean entry requirements are flexible. We accept a wide range of other qualifications from the UK, Europe and International countries. Please contact the Admissions Officer for the programme for further information on the entry requirements for these.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

As part of the Fair Access Process, the minimum entry requirements enable students who are within one or more of the categories below to be guaranteed an offer: Living in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20) Care Experienced, as identified on the UCAS Application form by ticking the relevant box.

English language requirements

Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not been educated previously in the English language must provide evidence of their English language ability to ensure they can cope with the demands of a Heriot-Watt programme taught and assessed in English. Further information about the English Language tests that we currently accept as proof of English Language ability including our own English Language programmes, can be viewed on our website.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Scotland £1820* Year 1
EU £19792* Year 1
International £19792* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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