This course covers three specific themes: sports coaching, sports development and sports management, which build in breadth and depth as you progress. You’ll study a range of subjects that impact on sports participation and performance, including an introduction to sports science and sociology of sport. During your studies you’ll benefit from some of the best university sports facilities in the UK, and take part in coaching and other work experience opportunities. This work-related experience combined with academic and focus on communication skills will enhance your career prospects.
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.
There are many sports-related career opportunities for our graduates, including coaching, development, management, media, physical activity promotion, health promotion, business, teaching and research.
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.
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.
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.
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
|Physical Activity and Sport Policy in Practice||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Understanding Sport Industry||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Sport Business Management: National and International Perspectives||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Sports as Social and Global Phenomena||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Developing an Academic Approach||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Foundations of Sports Coaching||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Research Methods for Sports Studies||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Sport Experience Learning||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Facilities and Funding for Active Communities||15 Credits||Optional|
|Process and Practice in High Performance Sport||15 Credits||Optional|
|Exploring Sports Ethics||15 Credits||Optional|
|Leadership and Management of Sports Events||30 Credits||Optional|
|Global Perspectives of Sports Development||15 Credits||Optional|
|Applied Sports Coaching||30 Credits||Optional|
|Sports Studies Experience Dissertation||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Sports Studies Research Dissertation||30 Credits||Compulsory|
|Sandwich Placement - Sport||0 Credits||Optional|
|Year Abroad - SPS||0 Credits||Optional|
|Insight and Evaluation of Sports Development||15 Credits||Optional|
|Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in Sports Business Management||15 Credits||Optional|
|Behaviour Change for Physical Activity and Sport||15 Credits||Optional|
|Creating Business Strategies for Sport||15 Credits||Optional|
|Advanced Sports Coaching||30 Credits||Optional|
EVS handsets are required for this course at a cost of £35
Students on the Sports Studies course will be required to evidence the attainment of a vocational coaching award (or evidenced continuing professional development), for each sports coaching module (1) at each level of study (2/3), in order to promote employability, and to complement theoretical study. All students on the programme have to undertake coaching modules at Level 4 (year 1) and Level 5 (year 2), but they can choose to drop coaching at Level 6 (final year) if they wish (so students need to gain a minimum of between 2 and 3 vocational coaching awards while on the course).
These awards are usually external to UH, and vary in price, but there are occasional subsidised, and some free courses, that we make students aware of. Because students independently and critically consider which awards/courses they will undertake, exact costs vary. Students often choose courses that match their career ambitions and interests best (some students have awards wholly or partly subsidised by employers in return for coaching hours). However, as a rough guide, these additional costs commonly range from £250 - £750 in total.
*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.
The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.
|UCAS points||A Level||BTEC|
|Start Date||End Date||Link|
|28/09/2020||20/05/2021||Apply online (Full Time)|
|21/09/2020||20/05/2021||Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)|
|28/09/2020||20/05/2021||Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)|
|Start Date||End Date||Link|
|28/09/2021||20/05/2022||Apply online (Full Time)|
|21/09/2021||20/05/2022||Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)|
|28/09/2021||20/05/2022||Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)|