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BSc (Hons) Sports Studies

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

Study the core elements of Sports Development, Management and Coaching
Study the core elements of Sports Development, Management and Coaching
Ideal for a career in Sport and Educational settings
Ideal for a career in Sport and Educational settings
Optional module choices e.g. Sport Ethics and High-performance Sport
Optional module choices e.g. Sport Ethics and High-performance Sport

This course includes the sandwich year options of:

Work Placement*

Study abroad*

*No fees are charged for this year

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's the course about?

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.

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.

Alumni Stories

Annabelle Bullock

Meet Annabelle Bullock, a BUCS gold medalist, who studied Sports Studies alongside her athletic pursuits. As an athlete she competed in target shooting and as a member of the women's Lacrosse team.

Current job roleEducation Liaison Coordinator
Year of graduation2018 / 2019
Course of studyBSc(Hons) Sports Studies
MA Education

Bella Bullock

University experience and support

The University supported Annabelle by making her one of its sponsored athletes providing her with greater flexibility and access to sporting facilities and opportunities. This helped her develop a broad and transferable set of skills and experience.

Annabelle says, 'Being an athlete and studying was challenging, but the University and my lecturers were so supportive. Being made a sponsored athlete also came with a bunch of perks. All this support and the opportunities that the University provided helped me to build the skills and confidence I needed to be truly successful in my job today.'

Annabelle currently works as one of the Education Liaison Coordinators at Herts. Having established fantastic contacts within the University, her student activities meant she could seamlessly progress into a professional role that complimented many of her skills and interests.

'I always assumed that I would do something within sport, but when it came to my final year in BSc Sport Studies, I had found my passion for Coach Education. During my MA in Education at the University, I discovered another passion for helping others and working with student athletes.'

Opportunities to explore

The University is committed to recognising talent in its students and offering any exciting opportunities that can enrich their studies and further their careers. Annabelle's lecturers' encouraged her to explore her passion for research which inspired her to continue with postgraduate study. Most impressively, the University helped her win its first BUCS gold medal in target shooting, which she says 'felt amazing as I was the only one in the team!'

Annabelle's advice for new and current students is to 'Do things that are out of your comfort zone because the skills and experiences you develop may just be the thing that your employer is looking for. Take all of the opportunities you can. I thought I was going to be an athlete forever, then I discovered coaching. I am very lucky that my first "proper" job is something that I absolutely love but I am still able to continue coaching. This summer I am helping coach a target shooting national team in the biggest junior, under 21, competition in the country.'

All this support and the opportunities that the University provided helped me to build the skills and confidence I needed to be truly successful in my job today.

Alumni Stories

Gavin Beard

Meet Gavin Beard who has taken his love for sports into industry. Since graduating he has worked his way up the career ladder and is now the Head of Marketing for Norwich Football Club.

Current job roleHead of Marketing
Year of graduation2013
Course of studyBSc (Hons) Sports Studies

Gavin Beard

More than a degree

Gavin graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with more than a degree; his university experience helped him to gain valuable insight to several disciplines and allowed him to narrow down his career choices.

He says, 'My degree allowed me to study various disciplines, including coaching, science and business. Having exposure to these different areas helped me understand what I favoured, and it was clear that business (and in particular, marketing) was an area I felt I could forge a career in.'

After successfully completing his degree Gavin began moving up the career ladder, working at many well respected companies such as Coral, BT Sport and currently Norwich City Football Club. Gavin puts a lot of his success down to the degree he studied and the support provided by the university.

He comments, 'The variety of modules and the exposure to different disciplines within my course were extremely useful. This was crucial in helping me determine my path. After year one, I knew I liked marketing, so I worked with the ERASMUS team to find a pathway to help me study this abroad. I then studied business in Valencia for a year and it was an experience I’ll never forget.'

Aspirations for the future

Gavin is still really enjoying his career in leading the Marketing team at Norwich City Football Club. He says, 'It’s an incredibly varied role; one day I could be leading the campaign to promote the new kit, the next it’ll be marketing the Take That gig at Carrow Road!'

Gavin is hopeful for the future and says 'Given my experience, my future roles will continue to be in marketing, hopefully I will help Norwich to become an established Premier League team. Then who knows!'

After year one, I knew I liked marketing, so I worked with the ERASMUS team to find a pathway to help me study this abroad. I then studied business in Valencia for a year and it was an experience I’ll never forget.

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