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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.

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
  • Opportunities to support research

Find out more about our sports staff

What job can I get?

There are many sports-related career opportunities for our graduates, including coaching, development, management, media, physical activity promotion, health promotion, business, teaching and research.

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.

Course details


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

  • Physical Activity and Sport Policy in Practice - 30 Credits
  • Understanding Sport Industry - 15 Credits
  • Sport Business Management: National and International Perspectives - 15 Credits
  • Sports as Social and Global Phenomena - 15 Credits
  • Developing an Academic Approach - 15 Credits
  • Foundations of Sports Coaching - 30 Credits


Level 5

Core Modules

  • Research Methods for Sports Studies - 15 Credits
  • Sport Experience Learning - 15 Credits


  • Facilities and Funding for Active Communities - 15 Credits
  • Process and Practice in High Performance Sport - 15 Credits
  • Exploring Sports Ethics - 15 Credits
  • Leadership and Management of Sports Events - 30 Credits
  • Global Perspectives of Sports Development - 15 Credits
  • Applied Sports Coaching - 30 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Sports Studies Experience Dissertation - 30 Credits
  • Sports Studies Research Dissertation - 30 Credits


  • Sandwich Placement - Sport - 0 Credits
  • Year Abroad - SPS - 0 Credits
  • Insight and Evaluation of Sports Development - 15 Credits
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in Sports Business Management - 15 Credits
  • Behaviour Change for Physical Activity and Sport - 15 Credits
  • Creating Business Strategies for Sport - 15 Credits
  • Advanced Sports Coaching - 30 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

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.

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Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

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...

2019 entry 

72 - 168 UCAS points

A Levels

Minimum of 2 A levels


BTECs must contain a minimum of 180 units (three grades) at DMM.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

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). GCSE Maths and English Language @ grade 4 (C) or above.

A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 is required for those for whom English is not their first language.

Find out more about international application requirements.

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply


Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
25/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
23/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)


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28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
25/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
21/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)