BSc (Hons) Sports Studies

  • Over 95% of students said that they were satisfied with the learning opportunities and resources on the course (NSS 2019)

About the course

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 will I study?

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.

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.

Careers

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.

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.