Loader
Course Image

BSc in Exercise and Health Science (Full Time)

University of Aberdeen

Bachelor Degree , Health Sciences

Course Description

Exercise and Health Science explores the role of sport, exercise and nutrition in the prevention and treatment of disease and overall enhancement of wellbeing throughout the life cycle. It seeks to further our scientific knowledge and understanding about physical activity, the principles and practice of performance, and the application of nutrition, psychology and physical activity to benefit health.

After developing fundamental knowledge of medical and sports science and an understanding of the link between exercise and health, students will be given the chance to pursue specific issues covering different aspects of health, physical activity, psychology and nutrition.

Exercise and Health Science explores the role of sport, exercise and nutrition in the prevention and treatment of disease and overall enhancement of wellbeing throughout the life cycle. It seeks to further our scientific knowledge and understanding about physical activity, the principles and practice of performance, and the application of nutrition, psychology and physical activity to benefit...

Read More

Course Content

A degree in Exercise and Health Science is taught via a selection of compulsory and optional courses to enhance your learning and prepare you for a future career or further study. In each year you will take courses adding up to 120 credits. Depending on the number of compulsory and optional courses offered by your degree, you can also choose other eligible courses which fit your timetable.

  • Year 1

In year 1 you will take courses in Sports Science, Medical Science and Psychology or Chemistry. Additional courses are selected from the science programme and other areas.

Compulsory Courses

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Introduction to Medical Sciences (SM1001) - 15 Credit Points

Introduction to the Science of Sport, Exercise and Health (SR1002) - 15 Credit Points

The Cell (SM1501) - 15 Credit Points

Fitness, Performance and Survival (SR1503) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select one of the following:

  • Introductory Psychology 1: Concepts and Theory (PS1009) AND Introductory Psychology II: Concepts and Theory (PS1509)
  • Chemistry for the Life Sciences 1 (CM1020) AND Chemistry for the Life Sciences 2 (CM1512)

Plus select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice.

Introductory Psychology I: Concepts and Theory (PS1009) - 15 Credit Points

Introductory Psychology II: Concepts and Theory (PS1509) - 15 Credit Points

Chemistry for the Life Sciences 1 (CM1020) - 15 Credit Points

Chemistry for the Life Sciences 2 (CM1512) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 2

In year 2, further expansion of Sports Science and development of Exercise & Health studies are provided. These are combined with more advanced studies in Physiology and a choice of Psychology or Biochemistry, in addition to courses delivering key skills applicable to Exercise and Health Science.

Compulsory Courses

Physiology of Human Cells (BI20B2) - 15 Credit Points

The Science of Sports Performance (SR2002) - 15 Credit Points

Foundation Skills for Medical Sciences (SM2001) - 15 Credit Points

Physiology of Human Organ Systems (BI25B2) - 15 Credit Points

Exercise and Health (SR2501) - 15 Credit Points

Research Skills for Medical Sciences (SM2501) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select at least one of the following:

  • Advanced Psychology A: Concepts and Theory (PS2017)
  • Energy for Life (BI25M7)
  • Advanced Psychology B: Concepts and Theory (PS2517)

Plus, select further credits from courses of choice to reach a total of 120 credits.

Advanced Psychology A: Concepts and Theory (PS2017) - 15 Credit Points

Energy for Life (BI25M7) - 15 Credit Points

Advanced Psychology B: Concepts and Theory (PS2517) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 3

Sports ScienceClinical Exercise Physiology and Sports Psychology form important components of year 3, including more specific studies on Anatomy, together with health-related issues including Nutrition, Health and Disease.

Compulsory Courses

Sports Psychology (SR3022) - 30 Credit Points

Clinical Exercise Physiology (SR3508) - 30 Credit Points

Nutrition, Health and Disease (SR3511) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 4

The Honours year comprises focused studies on Exercise and Health, the Science of Ageing and Nutrition, Obesity and Metabolic Health. An important feature is the ten-week research project, carried out in research laboratories at the University or in local research institutes.

Compulsory Courses

Honours candidates are required to take both a two hour general examination (SM 4901) and a three hour problem solving examination (SM 4902) at the end of the Final Honours Year.

The Science of Ageing - from Cradle to Grave (BM4301) - 15 Credit Points

Nutrition, Obesity and Metabolic Health (SR4008) - 15 Credit Points

Research Topics in Sports Science and Studies (SR4007) - 30 Credit Points

Exercise Science Project (SR4501) - 60 Credit Points

 

A degree in Exercise and Health Science is taught via a selection of compulsory and optional courses to enhance your learning and prepare you for a future career or further study. In each year you will take courses adding up to 120 credits. Depending on the number of compulsory and optional courses offered by your degree, you can also choose other eligible courses which fit your...

Read More

 

Entry Requirements

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB*

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB*

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB*

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB*

Minimum: BBC*

Adjusted: CCC*

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL*.

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB*, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above)

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

Entry from College

Advanced entry to this degree may be possible from some HNC/HND qualifications, please see www.abdn.ac.uk/study/articulation for more details.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

SQA Highers Standard: AABB* Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required. Minimum: BBB* Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are...

Read More

Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of...

Read More