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BA (Hons) Sports Studies

Get essential experience as you study, and kick-start your career in sport

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Southampton Solent University’s sports studies degree will prepare you for a variety of careers in the sport industry. You’ll combine sports science theory and practical skills with the opportunity to put this into practice in the workplace through sports work and volunteer placements.

  • The course received a score of 91% for overall student satisfaction in the 2014 National Student Survey.
  • Previous students have had the opportunity to gain National Governing Body (NGB) coaching qualifications in a variety of sports.
  • Students have previously benefitted from work placement opportunities.
  • The course team has built strong partnerships with the local community.
  • Students have access to the University’s range of modern sports facilities and bespoke sport psychology laboratory.
  • The University has a number of different sports clubs including football, rugby, rowing, boxing and wheelchair rugby.
  • Southampton Solent has developed a High Performance Academy for elite athletes who are also studying at the University.
  • The University campus is close to St Mary’s Stadium, the home of Southampton FC.

The industry

The London 2012 Olympic legacy has given the sports industry a major boost and sport currently ranks among the top 15 mainstream activities in the UK economy, supporting nearly half a million jobs (Telegraph, May 2015). With funding from the National Lottery, Rio Olympics and money committed by the Government, the sports industry is only set to grow.

Studying this course at Southampton Solent will help you develop your skills and knowledge to make the most of the employment opportunities in this exciting industry.

The programme

This industry-focused course not only provides a broad overview of the sport industry, but students are also able to tailor their degree to their specialist interest as they progress through the course.

As well as studying social sciences, including sociology and psychology, students are encouraged to gain practical coaching experience. Using Southampton Solent’s strong industry links with local and national sports organisations, past students have put the theory they’ve learnt into practice on sports-related work, internship or volunteer placements with local sports clubs, fitness clubs, sports centres and summer camps.

To complement their degree studies and help to boost employability, students have also previously been encouraged to gain valuable work experience by studying for an NGB coaching qualification.

To develop practical skills, students studying on this course will have access to the University’s full range of modern sports facilities, including a bespoke sports psychology lab, the multi-million pound Test Park Sports Ground and an RYA-recognised watersports centre. 

Students who love participating in sport can join one of the University’s many sports clubs for track, field or water. Elite athletes can benefit from the University’s High Performance Academy where they will receive mentoring, one-to-one strength and conditioning training and high performance sport support lectures.

Next steps

If you’re considering a career in sports coaching, development or even teaching PE, Southampton Solent’s sports studies degree will expose you to a variety of sports industries and equip you with the knowledge and practical experience you’ll need to set you on the right path to developing your career.

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"There is a lot of variety on this course, with the opportunity to study other areas within it. I've had a lot of fun with people that have similar interests."
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UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) C612
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year C6QA
  • 3 Years Standard entry C601
  • 4 Years Sport, event and tourism foundation year C603

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
240 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
96 UCAS Tariff points



Year one:


Core units

  • Introduction to Research and Study Skills
  • Sport and Society
  • Principles of Coaching
  • Social Psychology of Sport
  • Fitness for Sport
  • Principles of Sport Development

Year two:


Core units

  • Sport Policy
  • Coaching for Sport
  • Sociology of Sport
  • Research Methods for Sport
  • Psychology for Sport


  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Economics of Sport
  • Event Organisation
  • Sport and the Law
  • Advanced Training Principles
  • Outdoor Recreation and Adventure 
  • Sport Massage
  • Sport Coaching and Development
  • Sport, Gender & Sexuality
  • Languages/Curriculum Plus 

Year three:


Core units

  • Contemporary Sports Issues
  • Globalisation and Sport
  • Dissertation (Sports)/Project (Sports)


  • Consultancy Project
  • Sociology of Extreme and Lifestyle Sports
  • Evaluating Events Organisation
  • Sport Nutrition and Performance
  • High Performance Coaching
  • Sports Conditioning
  • Sport Tourism
  • Physical Education
  • Advanced Sport Massage
  • Coaching and Community Development
  • Strategic Sport Development
  • Evaluating Outdoor Recreation and Adventure Participation
  • Applied Sports Psychology
  • Languages/Curriculum Plus 

Teaching, learning and assessment

Academic content is taught through traditional lectures and seminars, with supervised, practical volunteering, coaching and student-led community initiatives making up a substantial part of the course.

Work experience
Students are encouraged to gain work experience through volunteering or work placements with local sports clubs, fitness clubs, sports centres and summer camps. For those wishing to progress to a PGCE in physical education, there are placements available with local primary and secondary schools.

You will be assessed through essays, written examinations, seminar presentations, written reports, in-class tests, case studies and a dissertation or project.

Our facilities

Our bespoke sports psychology laboratory includes a computerised psychological assessment tool, eye-tracking system, Nintendo Wii, Stabilometer and Batak reaction wall for teaching and student dissertation projects.

Study abroad

The Erasmus+ programme gives you the opportunity to spend between a term and a year of your course studying abroad at one of our partner universities, or undertaking a work placement for a company in Europe.

For more information see

If you are a student at one of our Erasmus partner institutions in Europe, then you may have the opportunity to come to the UK and study sports units at Solent for either a single term or a full academic year as part of your degree programme.

If you’re studying outside Europe then you may be able to study with us as an exchange student if there is a partnership agreement in place. If you are studying at a university which does not have a partnership agreement with us, then you could apply to study at Solent under our Study Abroad programme.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) C612
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year C6QA
  • 3 Years Standard entry C601
  • 4 Years Sport, event and tourism foundation year C603

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Students should study this course if they are passionate about having a career in the sports industry, sports administration or possibly teaching.

Career paths include sport development, sports coaching and sports administration.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Sport development
  • Teaching
  • Sports coaching
  • Sports administration
  • Sport centre management
  • Activity instructor. 

Links with industry

Southampton Solent has excellent links with local and national sports organisations and clubs, who contribute to our courses, provide part-time work and internship opportunities, and assist with the delivery of the course.

Transferable skills

During the course you’ll develop your skills in presentation, problem-solving, communication, IT and numeracy, as well as your time management and teamwork skills.

Further study

If you’re planning to follow the teaching route, this course leads smoothly into PGCE study. Many students also embark upon Solent’s master’s degree in sport and development, developing their specialist skills, experience and employability to an even higher level.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Recent graduates have gone on to work for a range of sport providers as sports instructors, sport development officers, sports coaches and teachers, at organisations such as Richmond Borough Council, Purely Sport and Bournemouth University. 


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

Entry requirements


UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

240 points (for 2016 entry) or 96 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD or equivalent.
  • Grade C or above in GCSE English and Mathematics, or equivalent.
  • All successful applicants will be required to undertake a criminal record check processed through the Disclosure and Barring Service.
  • Alternative entry to the course is available through the Sport, Event and Tourism Foundation Year or International Foundation Year.
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £10,500 per year

Other costs

Compulsory kit in various combinations: £105.

Optional professional body endorsement (NGBs) NGBs range from £10 to £250 depending on course.

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

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Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply


Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.

UCAS codes


  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) C612
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year C6QA
  • 3 Years Standard entry C601
  • 4 Years Sport, event and tourism foundation year C603


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