University of the West of Scotland

Undergraduate Programme Specification

Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 07/07/2022 09:57:35

Named Award Title:BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science Single

Award Title for Each Award: BSc (Hons)  Sport and Exercise Science
BSc  Sport and Exercise Science
Dip HE  Sport Science
Cert HE  Sport Science

Awarding Institution/Body: University of the West of Scotland
Language of Instruction & Examination: English
Award Accredited By:Not applicable
Maximum Period of Registration:
Mode of Study:Full Time
Part Time
Campus:Lanarkshire

School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Programme Leader:Stephanie Valentin

Admission Criteria

Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admission requirements of the University of the West of Scotland as specified in Chapter 2 of the University Regulatory Framework together with the following programme requirements:

SQA National Qualifications

As of academic year 2022-23, this programme is now closed and is no longer accepting students. Please see new programme descriptor for BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science / Sport & Exercise Science (Physical Activity & Health)

Year 1 entry: 108 UCAS Tariff points. Highers - ABBC or BBBB or AACC or equivalent including one Science (subject must include either Human Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology or Maths), Biology preferred.

Year 2: Only RUK & Non-EU considered.


or GCE

Year 1 entry: 96 UCAS Tariff points. Grades CCC, including one science subject (subject must include either Human Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology or Maths), Biology preferred.

Year 2 entry: 120 UCAS Tariff points. Grades BBB including English, P.E. and one science subject (either Human Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology or Maths)


or SQA National Qualifications/Edexcel Foundation

Year 1 entry: HNC Applied Sports Science, HNC Fitness, Health and Exercise, HND Sports Therapy.

Year 2 entry: Any direct entry applications for L8 will be approved on a case-by-case basis.

Year 3 entry: HND Applied Sport and Exercise Science or Applied Sports Science, must have a BA in Graded Units. Additional Criteria - academic reference, personal experience in a sporting environment and a high written standard of personal statement.


Other Required Qualifications/Experience

Volunteer or work experience in sport, health or exercise environments.

IB - Year 1: 108 UCAS Tariff points. 27P with 3 subjects at H4 including 1 Science(Biology preferred).

ILC - Year 1 entry: IH: H3H3H3H3, H2H3H3H4 or H2H2H4H4 inc 1 Science (Biology preferred)

Year 2: 128 UCAS Tariff points, 30P with 3 subjects at H4 English, P.E. and 1 Science


Further desirable skills pre-application

All applicants will be expected to submit a strong personal statement and reference.

Protecting Vulnerable Groups scheme (PVG)
Successful applicants who gain a place on this course will need to register on the PVG Scheme, managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland. Application will be managed through the University once you have accepted your offer, and further guidance will be provided during induction. There is a fee for joining the scheme and the appropriate fee should be covered by the student. Those students already part of the scheme may apply for an update which incurs a reduced fee. Current fees are available at https://www.mygov.scot/apply-for-pvg


General Overview

The main aim of the programme is to provide an opportunity for students to complete a course of study leading to an award based on an academic study of Sport and Exercise Science. The programme aims to provide students with the intellectual, practical and research skills that will enable them to ask relevant questions in sport and exercise science and utilize appropriate methods to answer those questions, to enable students to understand the principles and application of scientific methods in Sport and Exercise science and to enable students to apply their academic abilities within the wider community, thus engaging in lifelong learning.

The programme is designed to be a four-year full time programme. Level 7 and 8 consists of underpinning scientific and practical information required for understanding, and Levels 9 and 10 are applied and specialisation levels. Some modules are shared with students on other Sport programmes in the Division of Sport and Exercise.

The philosophy adopted by the programme team in developing the Sport and Exercise Science programme has been to produce a degree that develops up-to-date practical and professional skills underpinned by appropriate academic theory, current best practice, and national and international directives in Sport and Exercise science. Research activities and outputs from our research institute informs the delivery of information to students through a current and professionally responsive curriculum. Furthermore, the programme is embeds the I AM UWS gradate attributes (Universal, Work-read, Successful) to prepare students for employment and life in the 21st century.

The teaching approach is student-centred with learning taking place in an active, supportive, participatory, and context-specific environment. Students will be given support to develop an autonomous approach to their learning as they progress through the programme, with the balance between independent and directed learning remaining appropriate to the level of study. Throughout the levels of the programme, students will be encouraged to fully co-operate in their own leaning, to accept responsibility for effective self-management and to engage in independent study. This approach enables students to engage with theories, concepts and principles in a critical and evaluative way and to develop their own critical, analytical and reflective skills as they progress through the levels of the programme. The aim is to foster in students the range of skills which will prepare them for their future career in either Scottish, UK or Global positions.

 


Graduate Attributes, Employability & Personal Development Planning

The Graduate Attributes are key to the success of our programme. Our students are expected to adopt the IAMUWS graduate attributes that prepare them to achieve and succeed beyond their studies and expectation. Our UWS graduates on the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science are expected to be Universal, Work Ready and Successful. In terms of being Universal we expect are graduates to be analytical academics who are ethically-minded and research-minded. From a Work Ready perspective we expect them to be knowledgeable, effective communicators and enterprising. In terms of being successful we expect our UWS graduates to be innovative, resilient and driven. 

Employability is embedded and developed throughout the programme. This commences at level 7 where students gain an insight into principles of scientific investigation, data handling and the various roles undertaken by sport and exercise scientists and increases as students’ understanding of professional requirements in sport and exercise grows. The knowledge developed through the programme is well focussed on the needs of the industry and the skills and attributes acquired by the students are clearly linked to these.

Core to embedding employability is the formal and informal ways in which the range of the students’ skills and achievements in areas such as data analysis, problem solving and effective communication, as well as self-reflection, decision-making, time management and effective learning and working behaviours are developed across the modules in the programme, all with the emphasis on preparing students for future employment, or indeed, study at a higher level.

The Sports and Exercise Science honours programmes recognise the importance of enhancing students’ learning experience by embedding employability throughout the curriculum. The foundation for this has been laid using the QAA Subject Benchmark Statements along with the SCQF levels 7-10 qualification descriptors in the programme development at both a programme and a modular level. In addition to these measures, the teaching staff, through their own research, consultancy affiliations with various professional bodies, feed the programmes a constant stream of up-to-date information on the evolving profession of Sport and Exercise Science. These professional memberships and affiliations include:

         American College of Sports Medicine

         British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences

         Counselling and Psychotherapy Association for Scotland

         Institute for Sport, Parks, and Leisure

         International Society of Performance Analysis in Sport

         National Strength and Conditioning Association

         National Governing Body (NGB) Programmes

         North American Society for the Sociology of Sport

         Pharmacological Society

         Physiological Society

         Sports Coach UK (United Kingdom Coaching Certificate - UKCC)

         UK Strength and Conditioning Association

 

The University of the West of Scotland recognizes that Professional Development Planning (PDP) should be an integral part of students’ university learning experience and is a significant contributory factor to developing a student’s employability. PDP should be embedded within the curriculum and not viewed as a separate activity. The School of Health and Life Sciences has embedded PDP into the curriculum at all levels. Additional PDP hours are attached to core modules at each level of the programme, where it is proposed PDP will be supported by students being involved in reflection on key points or critical incidents in the programme.

Support and activities for PDP are incremental, with opportunities for the student to continuously build skills which will contribute to employability and life-long learning. As students progress, activities will be increasingly student centred to enhance autonomy, independence and depth of reflection. Activities will also be aimed at promoting personalisation, responsibility and ownership of teaching, learning and development. 

Work Based Learning/Placement Details

Procedures for work related learning are fully in line with both QAA Code of Conduct on Placement Learning and the University policy. Work based learning opportunities are available throughout the programme.

The optional module in Level 9 of Sport and Exercise Science Placement offers the students the opportunity of relevant work experience by undertaking a project in a workplace setting. This module is specifically designed to enhance student’s employability skills and experience by continuing to educate about current theory and practice that exists within the sports industry. This will be underpinned and supported by providing the students with a meaningful and relevant work experience. This module is designed to address real life situations that professional sport providers deal with on a daily basis.

Students are required to meet the expenses (e.g. travel) relating to the WBL modules.

The Division of Sport and Exercise have a range of branded sports kit available for purchase by students via our provider’s online store. Purchase of such kit is not a mandatory part of the course; however, it is advised that attending placement in branded kit will increase the professional appearance of students whilst representing the university. Any kit purchased is at the personal cost to each student. 

Engagement

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time.

Equality and Diversity


The University's Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Procedure can be accessed at the following link: UWS Equality and Diversity Policy

In line with current legislation (Equality Act, 2010) and the UWS Equality, Diversity, and Human Rights Code, our modules are accessible and inclusive, with reasonable adjustment for different needs where appropriate. Module materials comply with University guidance on inclusive learning and teaching, and specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. Where modules require practical learning or assessment, alternative formats and/or roles will be provided for students with physical disabilities which impact participation.


Programme structures and requirements, SCQF level, term, module name and code, credits and awards ( Chapter 1, Regulatory Framework )

A. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award


B. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Analyse and discuss the major systems of human structure and function
A2Evaluate the effects of differing nutritional strategies and sport and exercise performance
A3Differentiate various research methodologies and discuss their strengths weaknesses when applied to a number of sport and exercise disciplines
A4Understand and assess the proposed theories to underpin exercise psychology.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Develop a nutritional plan for athletic performance
B2Undertake the collection and interpretation of anthropometrical and laboratory data using a variety of techniques.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Further develop skills in relation to collation of information, interpretation and communication verbally and in written form, complex information using a standard range of applications and procedures (eg. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Video recording and analysis, Technique Analysis Applications).
C2Develop an appreciation of quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection and analysis.
C3Record data accurately and carry out standard manipulation and analyses of data.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Undertake problem identification and formulation of evidence-based solutions.
D2Develop problem solving skills within laboratory and research design settings.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Exercise autonomy for identifying own learning needs.
E2Take responsibility for planning the achievement of identified goals either on their own or as part of a group.
E3Prioritise, manage time and work to deadlines.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
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8SPOR08033Functional Kinesiology.30check mark  
8SPOR08019Principles of Sport and Exercise Physiology20 check mark 
8SPOR08026Exercise Psychology20 check mark 
8SPOR08034Sport and Exercise Nutrition.30check mark  

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
8SPOR08017Physical Activity in Health and Exercise20 check mark 
OR   
any other suitable module from the University catalogue subject to timetabling restrictions, pre-requisite requirements and in agreement with the programme leader   Must be available in T1

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award

Progression to SCQF Level 9 is available to students who fulfil the university progression requirements as detailed in line with the Regulatory Framework, and will be to the BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science / Sport & Exercise Science (Physical Activity & Health) programme.

Students who have accrued 240 credit points of which a minimum of 90 are at SCQF Level 8 or above, including all core modules, may choose to exit with an award DipHE in Sport Science.

This is in line with the UWS Regulatory Framework.

Distinction is awarded in line with the UWS Regulatory Framework.



C. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award


D. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate critical understanding of the effects of environmental, nutritional and pharmacological influences on exercise performance.
A2Evaluate adaptations to chronic exercise in a variety of populations.
A3Synthesise factors that influence exercise psychology, biomechanics, strength and conditioning or injury.
A4Relate fundamental concepts of sport and exercise science to complex issues and problems.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Collect, analyse and interpret data from an large independent and context-specific research project.
B2Synthesis an intervention and report in a suitable format for different groups audience.
B3Present data from an independent research study to an academic audience.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Utilise Skills in and applied context in relation to collation of information, interpretation and communication verbally and in written form, complex information using a standard range of applications and procedures (eg. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Video recording and analysis, Technique Analysis Applications).
C2Design and produce a poster suitable for an academic conference.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Take an objective and critical approach to problem identification and solution, using evidence-based approaches and own initiative.
D2Critically analyse problems through reference to appropriate sources of information in order to identify detailed mono, multi and interdisciplinary aspects of the conditions of the problem and to develop appropriate solutions.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Take responsibility for planning the achievement of identified goals both on their own and as part of a group.
E2Prioritise, manage time and work to both externally set and self-imposed deadlines.
E3Take responsibility for, and identify own learning needs, develop and apply strategies for further self-development within and out with the programme.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
10SPOR10023Exercise For Special Populations20check mark  
10SPOR10033Sport & Exercise Science Dissertation40check markcheck mark Double credit module over both Term 1 and 2.
10SPOR10024Applied Exercise Physiology20 check mark 

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
Select 40 credits from below (20 credits from T1 and 20 credits from T2):   
10SPOR10019Applied Sport Psychology20check mark  
10SPOR10020Biomechanics 220check mark  
10SPOR10027Identifying Injury in Sport and Exercise20 check mark 
10SPOR10031Sports Conditioning and Injury 320check markcheck mark This module is regarded as T2 when selecting options.
OR   
any other suitable module from the University catalogue subject to timetabling restrictions, pre-requisite requirements and in agreement with the programme leader   

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
Exercise Prescription In Special Populations (SPOR10038) will be suspended for Academic Year 2022-23. This optional module will be replaced with Sport Conditioning and Injury 3 (SPOR10031) as an optional 20 credit module for Term 2 in Academic Year 2022-23, which has a pre-requisite of SPOR09036 Strength & Conditioning in Sport & Exercise.

Criteria for Award

Criteria for progression / award do not differ from the requirements of the University Regulatory Framework.

The award of BSc (Hons) in Sport & Exercise Science is awarded to students who have at least 480 credits of which a minimum of 90 are at SCQF Level 10, including all core modules.


Regulations of Assessment

Candidates will be bound by the general assessment regulations of the University as specified in the University Regulatory Framework.

An overview of the assessment details is provided in the Student Handbook and the assessment criteria for each module is provided in the module descriptor which forms part of the module pack issued to students. For further details on assessment please refer to Chapter 3 of the Regulatory Framework.

To qualify for an award of the University, students must complete all the programme requirements and must meet the credit minima detailed in Chapter 1 of the Regulatory Framework.

Combined Studies

There may be instances where a student has been unsuccessful in meeting the award criteria for the named award and for other more generic named awards existing within the School. Provided that they have met the credit requirements in line with the SCQF credit minima (please see Regulation 1.21), they will be eligible for an exit award of CertHE / DipHE or BA / BSc in Combined Studies.

For students studying BA, BAcc, or BD awards the award will be BA Combined Studies.

For students studying BEng or BSc awards, the award will be BSc Combined Studies.



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