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 broad-based sport and fitness qualification with a focus on practical application of skills enabling you to put what you have learned into practice.

This course will equip you with key skills required for a career in the sport and fitness field and will allow you to personalise modules to your own specific areas of interest.

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

Students eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP) will be able to apply for entry to BSc (Hons) Sport and Fitness with a grade profile of BBC in one of the below courses:

  • Access to: Arts and Humanities (Newbattle Abbey College)
  • Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (North East Scotland College)
  • Access to: Biological Science (West Lothian College)
  • Access to: Celtic Studies incorporating Primary Education with Gaelic (Newbattle Abbey College)
  • Access to: Community, Education and Humanities (Dundee & Angus College)
  • Access to: Degree Studies (Forth Valley College)
  • Access to: Health and Life Sciences (Fife College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Education) (Fife College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Fife College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Perth College UHI)
  • Access to: Languages with Business (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: Languages, Arts and Social Sciences (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: Life Sciences (Dundee & Angus College)
  • Access to: Life Sciences (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: Medical and Life Sciences (North East College)
  • Access to: Physical Sciences (Dundee & Angus College)
  • Access to: Physical Sciences (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: University Study (Dundee & Angus College)
  • NQ Access to: Social Sciences (West Lothian College)
  • NQ Access to: Teaching (West Lothian College)

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
  • Sport and exercise Rehabilitation
  • Legal issues in sport and fitness
  • Small business planning

You must also complete a dissertation.

How will I study my course?


  • 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.

Course 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 

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:

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) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

    Full-time 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 who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) -  £1,500 (2018-19 and 2019-20).

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 whilst 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:

Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year £12,200 £12,800
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £6,100 £6,420
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £2,034 £2,140

**There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international. students.

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.

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 university has the latest facilities and equipment, ideal for studying a sport and fitness course. As a sport and fitness ambassador I’m involved in organising plenty of events and activities. Highlights for me are the new academy of sport and wellbeing, the support that you receive from lecturers, as well as the excellent relationship between students and teaching staff.

Lewis Melloy is studying in his third year of the BSc (Hons) Sport and Fitness at our Perth College UHI campus.

Apply for Sport and Fitness BSc (Hons)

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2020 or Aug/Sep 2020 or Jan/Feb 2021

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