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

Course length: 1 year full-time


"Sports Studies at Newman is interesting and stimulating due to an equal weighting of both theory and practical lessons that allow everyone to get involved whether it be in group discussions or collecting data from an experiment. More importantly, our lecturers are always happy to answer any questions and are continuously offering additional support alongside our studies."
Emily Morris – Sports Studies student
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.


Newman University would like to draw your attention to our Academic Regulations. These regulations are your Terms of Reference and should be considered when making a decision to study with our institution.

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. Applicants should normally achieve 80% merits (minimum) in the final year.

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.

Depending upon previous learning, applicants may be required to pass bridging work in the form of an online research methods module.


Fees per academic year: 2017/18*

Full-time:  £9,250

* Please note for 2018/19 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.



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Applications for full-time courses are made through UCAS.

Applications for flexible learning courses are made via Newman.


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