Sport and Exercise Studies BA (Hons) - with Foundation Year

Foundation Year in Social Science Subjects, Full-time

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Key Details

  • 4 Years
  • 48-80 Typical UCAS Tariff
  • C603 Course Code
  • Full Time


Why study Sport and Exercise Studies?

Undertaking a degree in sports studies at Newman will enable you to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and competencies required for establishing a career in sports related professions. You will examine the practical, professional and theoretical elements that influence sports and exercise performance and participation. As well as enhancing knowledge and experience of sports studies you will develop skills in communication, leadership, ICT, time management, organisation, critical thinking, presentation, problem solving, data handling and project management.

What does the course cover?

During your first year of study you will deepen your knowledge and understanding of the principles that underpin participation and performance in sport and exercise. This involves exploring various factors that influence participation in physical activity, exercise and sport at all levels, from beginner to elite athletes. In addition, you will develop an understanding of the scientific and theoretical principles that underpin sporting performance and participation in a range of themed modules.

During your second year of study you will focus more on sports policy and management, physical education, and socio-cultural aspects of sport and exercise. Furthermore, you will have an opportunity to explore psychology or physiological aspects of sport  and exercise if you wish to. In your second year, you will be able to undertake work placements in one of several appropriate professional settings, which will be very useful for developing competencies relevant to future employment. In the third year you can select modules that relate to a specific sports related career to develop your expertise.

What makes this course noteworthy?

• This course will involve you in a high proportion of practical activities, seminar discussions, and lab-based work in sport and exercise

• There will be opportunities for you to develop your own areas of academic research and relate your studies to practical sports situations

• Lecturers on this course regularly present at international conferences, collaborate internationally and publish research in top academic journals

• Diverse and innovative assessment methods include a combination of presentations, essays, examinations and practical tests

How will I be assessed?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars and practical sessions. Assessment is by a combination of written examinations, presentations, assessed coursework and practical tests. The coursework may include a working portfolio, laboratory manuals, reports and essays.

What careers can I consider?

This course develops a broad range of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers in a wide range of work situations. Possible career destinations would include roles within sports coaching, teaching, sports development, sports and leisure management, the armed forces or police, and sports promotion.

Entry Requirements

All students apply through UCAS for a four year named degree, which includes the Foundation year. A typical offer to students will be between 48 and 80 UCAS tariff points to access the programme. However, as all applicants will be invited to interview, there is opportunity to discuss any circumstances that may have affected the accrual of level three credits. Those with considerable work and life experience of a complexity that demonstrates an aptitude to study at degree level, but with no formal qualifications, will also be accepted. Different degree pathway options available at the end of the Foundation year have different entry requirements. Whilst not a condition of entry onto the Foundation Year, students wishing to enter particular routes will need to meet these by the time they complete the year. please see the respective course pages on the Newman University website for further details.

BA (Hons) Sport and Exercise Studies – 3 year course

Contact details

Contact: Contact for admissions enquiries Admissions Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2386) Email:

ContactSarah Parkes (Tutor for Transition & Retention) Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2419)


Course Fees

Fees per academic year: 2018/19

Full-time UK/EU Students: £9,250*

Please note for 2019/20 the University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Finance and Scholarship information.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is not required for entry into this programme, although it is in many cases required by employers before students can begin their Year 2 (level 5) work placement. The cost of the DBS is currently £55 (including processing fee) with the option of subscribing to the update service which is currently £13 per year.