Sport and Exercise Studies top-up award BA (Hons)

Single and Joint Honours, Full-time

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Key Details

  • 3501 Course Code
  • Full Time
Sports Centre


Why study this course?

The sports, health and leisure market offers a rapidly growing number of opportunities for employment in a wide range of careers, including a broad range of opportunities in sports development, sports management, physical education and related vocations. There is a real need for talented, well-equipped professionals to work in these expanding fields.

Undertaking a degree in Sports Studies enables 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?

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the principles that underpin participation and performance in sport and exercise. You can select modules that relate to a specific sports related career to develop your expertise. Modules include: Dissertation in Sports Studies (double core module), Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology (core), Exercise Prescription for Health and Fitness (core), Applied Sociology of Sport (optional), Challenges to UK Sport Policy (optional), Pedagogical Studies in Physical Education (optional), Psychology of Optimal Performance (optional), Critical Issues in Physical Education (optional), Current Issues in Exercise Science (optional), and Applied Sport Science (optional).

You will examine the effect of exercise on the human body, both physical and mental. Throughout your studies you will be able to relate your own performance in sport to that of participants at all levels from beginner to elite athletes. You will examine and identify physical attributes relating to specific sports and exercises and develop an understanding of the scientific principles that underpin sporting performance.

Please note: module choices may be restricted depending on the modules covered in your HND/Foundation Degree.

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?

Graduates from Sports Studies courses at Newman now work in sports teaching, sports development, sports and leisure management, the armed forces and police, and sports promotion. This course develops your ability to work in a variety of fields after graduation.

Entry Requirements

All applicants will need to have 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 in a relevant Foundation Degree or HND. To progress directly onto level 6 (third year of the degree) applicants should normally achieve an overall merit or distinction. Applicants not achieving this can enter at level 5 (second year of the degree programme).

All applicants intending to progress directly onto level 6 are required to attend and pass a bridging module prior to enrolment. This module focuses on research methods and academic writing. Applicants not achieving pass this module will enter the programme at level 5  (second year of the degree programme).

Applicants should also hold GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Maths (or equivalent awards). If your application meets our entry requirements, you may be invited to attend an interview.

ContactAdmissions Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2378) Email:

Dr Adam Benkwitz (Head of Sport and Health) Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2402) Email:


Course Fees

Fees per academic year: 2018/19* Full-time: £9,250

* Fees shown are for 2018/19 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).