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.


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.


2017/18: UK/EU £9,250 (total fee)



Sport and Exercise Studies full-time top-up award

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

Level 6 modules

Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology (core)
This module aims to develop a critical understanding of specific psychological theories used to explain behaviour in typical sport and exercise settings as well as vocationally relevant contexts. Students’ ability to critically evaluate empirical evidence will be developed through the appraisal of research and involvement in empirical investigation. Students will explore particular constructs, theories and their application by designing and conducting empirical research and by considering particular issues using a problem based learning (PBL) approach.

Exercise Prescription for Health and Fitness (core)
This module explores some of the links between lifestyle, exercise and wellness; it seeks to develop students’ understanding of the behavioural aspects of exercise. Also, it aims to further develop competencies in the appraisal of health status, lifestyle and health related components of physical fitness. Additionally, it examines recent research evidence on effective exercise prescription for health.

Applied Sociology of Sport (optional)
This module focuses on an understanding of the major sociological perspectives relevant to the understanding of sport. The module also provides the opportunity to apply sociological theory to a range of contemporary issues, including health, and assess the adequacy of the perspectives used.

Pedagogical Studies in Physical Education (optional)
This module is designed to give students a greater insight into the teaching and learning of physical education as appropriate for a specialist teacher of physical education across all key stages. It encourages the development of research skills, the exploration of theoretical principles and the ability to relate the knowledge gained to the practical implications of teaching physical education and sport in schools.

Challenges to UK Sport Policy (optional)
The students will develop a comparative data set demonstrating in–depth knowledge and critical understanding of the structure and function of sport in selected countries. This will enable the means by which a comparison can be made to investigate the challenges to the management and development of UK policy.

Psychology of Optimal Performance (optional)
This module explores the application of psychological profiling and intervention techniques in a variety of sporting situations. It seeks to develop critically in the selection of specific strategies for particular situations and individuals. It further seeks to provide a basis for appraising and critically evaluating the impact of any intervention strategies employed with reference to their effectiveness, appropriateness, and ethical use.

Critical Issues in Physical Education (optional)
This module sets out to critically appraise both multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary approaches to contemporary issues in physical education. Problems identified in professional practice are subjected to critical examination and experiences are designed to permit the student to interpret research at the forefront of the discipline and to communicate their results. Students will be expected to challenge accepted theoretical positions, to assess and evaluate alternative evidence and to search for new ways of solving problems. A critical appraisal will be made of the moral, ethical and legal issues that underpin best practice.

Applied Sport Science (optional)
This module will offer students the opportunity to understand and apply the planning process in delivering sport science support for athletes. Students will be introduced to a number of core skills required to deliver sport science support and have the opportunity to apply these skills. Finally, students will examine some key contemporary themes.

Current Issues in Exercise Science (optional)
This module examines special topics in sport and exercise sciences, and attempts to integrate knowledge from physiology, psychology, sociology and medicine where appropriate. Current issues related to elite sports performance or special populations (e.g. young athletes and female athletes) are examined using multi-disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary approaches as appropriate.

Dissertation in Sports Studies (double core module)
This module builds on prior learning and offers students the opportunity for further development of their skills, knowledge and understanding through conducting an independent research project. The project is regarded as an important exercise for developing students’ abilities to formulate appropriate research design and procedures, to collect and present in an appropriate and meaningful way, to conduct a critical analysis of relevant literature, and to demonstrate their understanding and application of theoretical principles. The dissertation must be in a vocation specific to their chosen pathway.

Course code

Single Honours: 100% Sport and Exercise Studies full-time top-up award

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