Sport and Fitness BSc (Hons)

UCAS code C600

What is special about this course?

The BSc (Hons) Sport and Fitness is designed to be a diverse sport and fitness qualification with a focus on practical application of skills that enables you to put theory into practice.

This course will provide scientific underpinning knowledge and technical skills in this specialist field, as well as a solid formation for a career in the sport and fitness industry.

Special features

  • A key feature of this programme is the opportunity to personalise your own modules for any sport or physical activity you are interested in, allowing you to build a strong portfolio of personal interest areas.
  • You will also focus on the practical application of skills enabling you to put what you have learned into practice and develop relevant job skills.
  • A large number of volunteering opportunities are available which will support you in building strong vocational experiences alongside your academic profile
  • The university is a Higher Education Associate Partner with CIMSPA and the BSc (Hons) Sport and Fitness is a named Associated Course. The partnership also offers many benefits for students studying this course. We are one of only two institutions in Scotland to hold this.


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above OR
  • 2 A Levels at grade BC or above
  • Applicants without the standard entry requirements but with relevant industry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Advanced entry to year 2 may be possible if you have completed a relevant HNC eg HNC Fitness, Health and Exercise or HNC Coaching and Developing Sport, or equivalent.
  • Advanced entry to year 3 may be possible if you have completed the HND Fitness Health and Exercise or HND Coaching and Developing Sport, or equivalent.
  • Successful applicants will be required to complete a PVG Disclosure Check and become PVG Scheme Members in order to undertake this course.
  • You must also attend an interview.

Access routes

SWAP Access courses
If you are eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP), please visit our SWAP access list for further information on grade profiles and available subjects.

For International students requiring Tier 4 sponsorship
Please note that international students with a Tier 4 visa can only take part in sports activities or as part of a work placement, as an amateur and not as a professional or semi-professional. You will not be allowed to become a member of a professional sports association while a student. This is due to ‘professional sportsperson’ restrictions imposed by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as outlined in their Tier 4 Policy Guidance.

Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules are:

  • Human structure and function
  • Professional skills and knowledge
  • Mechanics of human movement
  • Principles of sport and exercise psychology 
  • Practical exercise instruction
  • Introduction to sports coaching and leadership

Year 2 - DipHE

You will study the following core modules:

  • Introduction to research methods
  • Sport and exercise physiology
  • Nutrition for performance and health
  • Movement analysis

Plus two option modules, which may include:

  • Physical activity and health
  • Applied coaching and leadership
  • Work placement 1 – team working and communication
  • Principles of sport and exercise psychology

Year 3 - BSc

You will study the following two core modules:

  • The professional practitioner – ethics, policy and practice
  • Research methods (sport and fitness)

You will also choose one further module from the following: 

  • Design, manage and evaluate human fitness and physical performance
  • Work placement: industry-specific skills

Plus three option modules which may include: 

  • Applied sport and exercise psychology
  • Sport and exercise science: a critical analysis
  • Sport nutrition and dietary considerations
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Analysing physical activity, lifestyle and adherence

Year 4 - BSc (Hons)

You will choose two of the following core modules:

  • Advanced applications of coaching and instruction
  • Delivering physical activities and sport development programmes
  • Work placement: professional practice

Plus two option modules from the following:

  • Physical activity for all
  • Sports and exercise psychology
  • Sports and exercise rehabilitation
  • Legal issues in sport and fitness
  • Small business planning

You must also complete a dissertation.

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as lockdown measures shift over the next few months and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will mainly be delivered mainly online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities, practical sessions and placements will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)

You will learn through a combination of practical sessions, group-working, face-to-face and video conference lectures in the classroom as well as individual online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), supported by tutors and classmates.

    How long will my course last?

    • Full-time: 4 years
    • Part-time: 8 years


    Where can I study my course?

    • Inverness College UHI
    • Moray College UHI
    • North Highland College UHI
    • Perth College UHI

    Start date

    • September
    • January (part-time study only)


    For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

    Study Mode2019-202020-21
    Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
    Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
    Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

    Rest of UK students

    For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term-time address in Scotland the following fees apply:

    YearLevel2019-20 Full-time2020-21 Full-time
    Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
    Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
    Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
    Year 4 Honours free free

    4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

    Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500.

    Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

    There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

    International students

    For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

    Study Mode2019-202020-21
    Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year £12,800 £13,200
    Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £6,420 £6,600
    Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £2,140 £2,200

    Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

    Further information on international course fees.

    A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.


    External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

    Additional Costs

    It is highly recommended that you invest in your own career development by making an allowance for the following:

    • Purchase of our branded polo/t-shirt (approximately £23)
    • Membership of the CIMSPA - £5
    • Cost of any vocational qualifications, approx £200, although these costs will vary depending on your specialism 

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider careers as:

    • Active schools co-ordinator
    • Sports development officer
    • Health promotions officer
    • Physical activity initiative officer
    • Research officer
    • Project officer PCS and school sport lecturer
    • Programme administration and liaison manager 
    • Policy officer (health inequalities programme)

    There are opportunities in local authorities, national governing bodies (NGBs), small businesses, private sector, self-employment and voluntary organisations.

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    What our students, graduates and staff say

    The course has provided me with lots of coaching opportunities, including working with Inverness Swimming Club and Inverness Caledonian Thistle (under 18s). This enabled me to become a fitness instructor during my studies and has been invaluable to my improvement as a coach. The level of support from lecturers has been fantastic and has really enhanced my learning experience as there’s always someone to turn to for feedback and guidance.

    Ally Velzian graduated with a BSc (Hons) Sport and Fitness in October 2019, having started on our HNC Coaching and Developing Sport. He’s gone on to study
    at postgraduate level.

    My work placement at the climbing wall at Inverness Leisure Centre gave me the opportunity to work more
    with the general public and led to me setting up my own performance climbing coaching company, Team
    Langland Coaching (TLC). At TLC I mentor and train a thriving and expanding group of young, aspirational climbers. I’m also one of the lead climbing coaches for the Scottish Youth Climbing Team which is a role I hope to develop more. 

    Pete Langlands graduated with first class honours from the BSc (Hons) Sport and Fitness at our Inverness College UHI campus.

    What makes the course special is the small class sizes and the way you can build up good relationships with the lecturers. They are very supportive and easy to communicate with. The course is ideal for opening your eyes to the different opportunities sport and fitness
    has to offer. It’s a great pathway to my future career

    Iona Campbell is on the BSc (Hons) Sport and Fitness
    at our Perth College UHI campus.

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