Edinburgh Napier University

Physical Activity and Health Edinburgh Napier University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary

Become a professionally recognised practitioner changing lives for the better.

A 2012 study in the Lancet highlighted that inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for non-communicable, chronic disease such as cardiovascular disease, types of cancer, obesity and type 2 diabetes and accounts for over 3 million preventable deaths per year, this includes depressive symptoms and poor mental well-being.

The NHS is overrun with these diseases, but in many cases they can be effectively prevented or managed through physical activity. Our degree has been developed to teach our students how physical activity and exercise can do this.

We have developed this multidisciplinary degree in line with the professional standards set out by CIMSPA and it delivers exactly what employers are looking for. We will help you develop your scientific understanding and practical skills for a successful career in the health and fitness industry or postgraduate study.

Please visit our website for full course and module details.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code C6C8
Institution code E59
Campus name Sighthill
Campus code S

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BCC Including Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Psychology or PE.

GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths, English & one of Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Double Award Science at Grades CC.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.

GCSE Grade C/4 in Maths, GCSE Grade C/4 in English & one of Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Double Award Science at grades CC also required.
Access to HE Diploma D: 6 credits
M: 39 credits
Pass Access to HE Diploma in a related subject with 45 credits overall with minimum 39 Credits at Merit & 6 Distinction to include Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Psychology or PE at Level 3. Maths, English and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics required at Level 2 or equivalent.
Scottish Higher BBBC including Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Psychology at Grade C. Please note SQA Higher PE at Grade B will be accepted in lieu of a Science^ if studied alongside SQA Higher Maths (Minimum Grade C required).

National 5 C in Maths (excluding Lifeskills), English & one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

If you are eligible for an adjusted offer under our Contextual Admissions Policy, please see the ‘Minimum Qualification Requirements’ below.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 27 points Award of Diploma with 27 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 including a Science^ at minimum grade 5.

4 points in SL Maths (excluding Maths Studies), English & one of Biology or Chemistry or Physics.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H2, H3, H3 Grades H2, H2, H3, H3 at Higher Level to include Biology or Human Biology or Chemistry or Physics.

Grade O4 at Ordinary Level in Maths, English & one of Biology or Chemistry or Physics.

^Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology

Minimum Year 2 Entry Requirements

HNC - Pass in a related subject* with A in the graded unit.
*Sports & Exercise Science, Applied Sports Science, Applied Biological Science, Fitness, Health and Exercise.

SQA Advanced Higher - BBC to include Biology

A Level - BBB to include Biology

Minimum Year 3 Entry Requirements

HND - Pass in a related subject** with Grades AA at SCQF Level 8 in the graded units.
**Fitness, Health and Exercise, Sport & Exercise Science, Applied Sports Science, Applied Biological Sciences.

Students with an HND in Fitness, Health and Exercise must pass the following units: Mechanics for Health and Fitness Professionals OR Sports Mechanics AND Psychology of Sports Coaching modules.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
Scottish Higher BCCC Including Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Psychology at Grade C. Please note: SQA Higher PE at Grade B will be accepted in lieu of a Science if studied alongside SQA Higher Maths (Minimum Grade C required).

National 5 C in Maths (excluding Lifeskills), National 5 C in English and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics also required.

The grades listed above are our minimum entry requirements for applicants who meet our widening participation criteria. For further information about our entry requirements and our widening participation criteria as outlined within our Contextual Admissions Policy please visit our website.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 IELTS 6.0 overall with no component below 5.5.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £1,820 Year 1
International £13,360 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £1,820 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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Edinburgh Napier University
219 Colinton Road
Edinburgh
EH14 1DJ


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+44 (0)333 900 60 40