BSc (Hons) Sports Studies

About the course


The BSc (Hons) Sports Studies course focuses on three specific themes: sports coaching, sports management, and sports development, which build in breadth and depth as you progress through the programme of study. Additional subject disciplines which support these themes, such as sports science and sociology, are also drawn upon.

An additional key feature of the BSc(Hons) Sports Studies is the emphasis on academic and employability skills development. The course promotes your academic performance, enhances your job prospects and strengthens your vocational skills, qualifications, and experience.

100% of our graduates are either in employment or in further study within 6 months of graduating.

First Year

In your first year you study a range of subjects, including sports coaching, sports management, sports development, research skills, science supporting sport, and social science of sport.

Second Year

in your second year you study in greater depth the principal themes of sports coaching, sports management, and sports development, with scientific and sociological influences being embedded within these themes. You also develop further your research skills and there is a work experience module.

Final Year

In your final year you are able to choose four from five available modules:

  • Advanced sports coaching
  • Advanced sports development
  • Advanced sports management
  • Final year project
  • Advanced work experience.

This choice enables you to tailor your studies more towards your personal interests and career aspirations. All modules offer the opportunity to further develop the application of theory to practice. Both the project and the work experience module at this level are completed under the guidance of an academic supervisor.

Over the course of your study with us you will be expected to gain professional sports coaching qualifications. You can find these independently, usually through the sport governing body.

Why choose this course?

  • This course gives you an understanding of sports management, development and coaching, and the areas of sport science, psychology and sociology that impact upon sports performance.
  • Studying a variety of subjects gives you a broad base of knowledge, experience and employment opportunities.
  • Students benefit from some of the best university-based sports and fitness facilities in the UK.
  • Sports coaching and other work experience opportunities are integrated into the programme, significantly enhancing employability of our graduates.
  • You will have some exposure to our sports laboratories on this degree. Our specialist laboratories are: Physiology, Biomechanics and Sports Therapy. Find out more about our facilities. You can also make use of the University’s £15 million Hertfordshire Sports Village at the de Havilland campus. 

Other additional opportunities:

  • Opportunity to visit Utrecht University as part of a sports management exchange
  • Use of the excellent Sports Village facilities for sports coaching practicals
  • Final year project poster presentation day: opportunity for final year students to experience a conference-style event, which is attended by the External Examiner. 
  • Excellent links with alumni who often offer opportunities to current undergraduate students
  • Student mentoring scheme whereby first year students access support from postgraduate, final year and second year students who, in turn, enhance their CVs by acting as mentors

Find out more about our sports staff

Professional Accreditations

The University of Hertfordshire, Division of Sport, Health and Exercise has recently been assessed for Laboratory Accreditation via the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). This is a nationally-recognised achievement, whereby the standards of operation, physiological testing and laboratory management are assessed in relation to recognised clinical criteria and quality control. In successfully attaining such accreditation, the physiological testing team and laboratory staff have demonstrated high standards in operation.


There are a variety of career opportunities in sports related employment for Sports Studies graduates including sports coaching, sports development, sports management, sports administration, sports media, sports promotion, health promotion, sports business, and sports instruction/teaching/lecturing/research.

Teaching methods

Modules are assessed by coursework or exam, or a combination of the two. There are fewer exams than in many degree courses. The type of coursework is varied, depending on the module and includes essays, reports, practical write-ups, posters and seminar presentations, as well as more innovative technology-based methods such as the use of wikis.

Part-time study

If you are studying part-time you typically have 5 years to complete your course. You will complete 60 – 90 credits per year. The first and second years are made up of compulsory modules but in the final year there are optional modules. Your timetable will depend on which modules you pick.

Work Placement

In the third year you have the opportunity to spend a year working in industry. These can be arranged through our careers and placements service. However you do not have to undertake a placement year, there will still be ample opportunities for you to gain work experience within the main programme of study.

Study abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme. Find out more about Study abroad opportunities


Level 4

Core Modules

  • Foundations of Sports Coaching - 30 Credits
  • Introduction to Sports Development - 30 Credits
  • Introduction to Sports Management - 15 Credits
  • Science Supporting Sport - 15 Credits
  • Social Science of Sport - 15 Credits
  • Study Skills and Employability - 15 Credits


Level 5

Core Modules

  • Applied Sports Coaching - 30 Credits
  • Research Skills - 15 Credits
  • Sports Development - 30 Credits
  • Sports Management - 30 Credits
  • Work Experience - 15 Credits


Level 6

Core Modules


  • Sandwich Placement - Sport - 0 Credits
  • Advanced Sports Coaching - 30 Credits
  • Year Abroad - SPS - 0 Credits
  • Advanced Sports Development - 30 Credits
  • Advanced Sports Management - 30 Credits
  • Advanced Work Experience - Sports Studies - 30 Credits
  • Final Year Project - Sports Studies - 30 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

2018 entry 

96 UCAS points for applicants taking 3 A levels, and a higher offer of 112 for applicants taking any other qualifications including BTEC or a mixture of A levels and BTECs

IB - 112 points with a minimum of 2 HL subject at grade 4 or above (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core) BTECs must contain a minimum of 180 units (three grades) .

GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure). A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in each band is required for those for whom English is not their first language.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

How to apply


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