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About the course

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.

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 and the multi-million pound Test Park Sports Ground. 

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.

Additional qualification Study abroad Foundation year available Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities January start available Further studies

Previous students have had the opportunity to gain discounted National Governing Body (NGB) coaching qualifications in a variety of sports.

What does this course lead to?

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. The University has a number of different sports clubs including football, rugby, rowing, boxing and wheelchair rugby and has developed a High Performance Academy for elite athletes who are also studying at the University.

Who is this course for?

Students who aspire to careers in sports development, teaching, sports administration or sports centre management will get the most out of this courses combination of theory based and practical tuition.

Placements are encouraged throughout the course, making it a good choice for students who want to gain more in-work experience alongside their academic studies.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry C601
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) C612
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year C6QA
  • 4 Years Sport Foundation Year CC6C
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval.

The international tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year 

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

Year one:
Compulsory kit: £105
Compulsory DBS: £55
Optional discounted professional body endorsement (NGB): Prices vary, please click here to view our courses.

Year two:
Optional discounted professional body endorsement (NGB): Prices vary, please click here to view our courses.

Bursaries and scholarships

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

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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* 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 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.


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Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 3039

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.

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What you'll study

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


  • Event Organisation
  • Outdoor Recreation and Adventure 
  • Sport Massage
  • Sport Coaching and Development
  • Sport, Gender & Sexuality
  • Languages/Curriculum Plus 

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

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


  • Sociology of Extreme and Lifestyle Sports
  • Sport Tourism
  • Physical Education
  • Advanced Sport Massage
  • Coaching and Community Development
  • Strategic Sport Development
  • Applied Sports Psychology
  • Languages/Curriculum Plus 

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

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Meet the course team

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The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


The University provides excellent learning resources and facilities to its students, from campus-wide wireless to extensive library services and dedicated student working spaces with plenty of laptop points. 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.

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 and we have a number of different sports clubs including football, rugby, rowing, boxing and wheelchair rugby.

Your future

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. 


of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course


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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.

    Daniel O'Donnelly, Student

  • All of the lecturers here will help you if you’re stuck and that’s why I’m glad I applied to Solent University. I have a job as a support worker at the weekends, working with someone with autism, and I love it. I want to be a PE teacher for children with learning disabilities – it’s such as rewarding job and with this degree I can do that.

    Kayleigh Glover, Student

Industry links

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.


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.

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