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Sports Studies BA (Hons)

Sports Studies BA (Hons)

School of Sport and Wellbeing

UCAS Code

C602

Level

Under- graduate

Campus

Preston

Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Full time: 3 years, Part time 6 years. Sandwich option. Core modules are on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Some option modules are outside of this block.

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    C602; Short form: BA/SS

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

This unique course combines a theoretical examination of sport from a socio-cultural/historical perspective with the more practical study of physical education and health and fitness. You’ll have the option to learn about contemporary issues, including sports ethics and the role of agencies and organisations involved in the provision and development of physical education and sport, both within the UK and in an international context. As sport incorporates many disciplines, this programme gives you the option of taking pathways into coaching, development and management, and allows you to gain qualifications while strengthening your links with industry, making you an attractive candidate when you enter the job market.

Entry Requirements 2016/17

280 points at A2 - General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma : Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma : D*D*
Access to Higher Education : 30 level 3 credits at Merit
International Baccalaureate : 25 Points
GCSEs : 5 at grade C including Maths and English
IELTS : Grade 6 with no sub score lower than 5.5

Entry Requirements 2017/18

112 - 128 UCAS points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
BTEC Diploma: D*D*
Pass access to HE with 112 Points. 
International Baccalaureate 28 - 30P.
GCSE 5 at Grade C including Maths and English or equivalent.
IELTS 6.0 with no Component lower than 5.5

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.


Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, industry professional qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from degree-level studies are welcome and considered on an individual basis.

Please note the title of this course will change from 2017 entry to BSc (Hons) Sport and Physical Education. For further details please see our Important Information

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Compulsory Modules:

  • Sport in Society
  • Introduction to Physical Education
  • The Making of Modern Sport
  • Introduction to Exercise Leadership and Gym Orientation

Optional Modules:

  • Coaching Pedagogy OR
  • A Language
  • Sporting Infrastructure OR
  • Introduction to Sport Business Management

Year 2

Compulsory Modules:

  • Sport Issues and Ethics
  • Applied Principles of Teaching Physical Education
  • Health and Fitness

Optional Modules:

  • Sport Business Marketing OR
  • Sociological Issues in Disability Sport
  • Sport and International Development OR
  • Managing Sports Events
  • Sports Development in Action OR
  • Work to Learn

Year 3

Compulsory Module:

  • Advances in Fitness Training

Optional Modules:

  • Sports and Politics OR
  • Sport in the Global Village
  • Contemporary Issues in Physical Education OR
  • Careers in Sport

Choose one (compulsory)

  • Consultancy Project
  • Single Research Project
  • Enterprise for Sport
  • Tourism and The Outdoors
  • Dissertation

Optional Modules

  • The Sporting Image Or Sport and Identity
  • Brands in the 21st Century Sport Or Sport, Equity and Inclusion Or Industry Based Experience (O)


    Further Information

    The BA (Hons) Sports Studies programme provides a multi-disciplinary analysis of sport which includes aspects such as socio-cultural perspectives, physical education and health and exercise. These areas are studied through a variety of modules and students are given the opportunity to develop their own vocational interests by undertaking a work-based module.

    This programme is grounded in subject disciplines and provides pathways in physical education and health and fitness, as well as optional routes into coaching, development and management. The course examines a range of themes and issues within a sports context and encourages students to develop a broad-based academic and vocational understanding of sport to allow maximum flexibility and personal development. The multi-disciplinary approach, allied with the potential to focus upon physical education, allows students to progress into teaching in the future.

    You will gain vocational qualifications strengthening the link with industry and have the opportunity to undertake voluntary work placement modules, which are part of the optional curriculum and improve your employability.

    This programme is grounded in subject disciplines and provides pathways in physical education and health and fitness, as well as optional routes into coaching, development and management. The course examines a range of themes and issues within a sports context and encourages students to develop a broad-based academic and vocational understanding of sport to allow maximum flexibility and personal development. The multi-disciplinary approach, allied with the potential to focus upon physical education, allows students to progress into teaching in the future.

    Furthermore, you will gain vocational qualifications strengthening the link with industry and have the opportunity to undertake voluntary work placement modules, which are part of the optional curriculum and improve your employability.

    During the first year, you will study four core modules - The Making of Modern Sport, Sport and Society, Introduction to Physical Education and an Introduction to Exercise Leadership and Gym Orientation. In addition, you choose one elective from a range of choices that includes modules in Coaching Pedagogy, Sporting Infrastructure, Introduction to Sport Business Management or a language.

    In Year 2, you’ll spend time in a school on a compulsory placement. The second year comprises three core modules in Sports Issues and Ethics, Applied Principles of Teaching Physical Education and Health and Fitness. Relevant optional and elective modules include Sport Business Marketing, Sociological Issues in Disability Sport, The Right to Play, Managing Sports Events, Sports Development in Action or Work to Learn.

    In the third year, you may take the opportunity to gain invaluable experience in the sports sector by undertaking a work placement year and then completing your academic programme the following year. Using the optional placement year extends the development of a professional approach and the successes after graduation.

    Alternatively, you can move directly into the final year to complete the three-year programme. In your final year, you can study one core module in Personal Training. You can then choose options from a Sport and Politics, Sport in the Global Village, Contemporary Issues in Physical Education, Careers in Sport, The Sporting Image, Sport and Identity, Brands in the 21st Century Sport, Sport, Equity and Inclusion or Industry Based Experience.

    Finally, you will complete an independent research module, choosing one from Consultancy Projects, Research Projects, Enterprise for Sport, Tourism and The Outdoors or a Dissertation.

    Course subject to change

    This course is subject to formal course review and reapproval by the University as part of its normal cycle of regular review (a process called Periodic Review). Course information and programme specifications are updated and reviewed as part of this process and course structure and content may be changed to enable the University to deliver a better quality of educational experience to students. This can be in response to various factors including: student feedback; annual reports from external examiners; feedback from the sector or industry advisors or as part of the regular review process by course teams.

    This process may well result in changes to the structure and content of the current course as outlined in this Handbook. Any changes made as a result of the process will be immediately included in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with revised versions prior to the commencement of their programme. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.

    Course Specification and Handbook

    For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
    For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

    For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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    Applications are now welcome for September 2016 places.

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    cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

    Fees 2017/18

    Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
    Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

    Sandwich (Optional):

    £900 per year (UK / EU)

    Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

    Further information:

    For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

    Scholarships and bursaries

    DBS Checks

    This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

    Industry Links

    We have strong links with a large number of sports organisations, including professional sports teams, public and private sector sports providers and grassroots sports clubs. We regularly invite guest speakers from industry to speak to students within modules across a range of our courses. We have had guest lectures given by representatives of Wigan Warriors Rugby League Club, Bolton Wanderers Football Club, Blackburn Rovers Football Club, Lancashire Football Association, The Rugby Football League and Preston City Council.

    Professional Accreditation

    Our students enjoy membership of the Association for Physical Education (AfPE).

    Learning Environment and Assessment

    Students will, on average, attend six hours of lectures and six hours of seminars, tutorials and workshops per week. Personal study also forms an integral part of the course.

    Assessments include course work, essays, reports, presentations, group work, practical assessments and examinations. Students have the opportunity to undertake a dissertation involving a substantial piece of independent research.

    The best aspect of the course is the staff/student relationships that are formed. There is a strong support network and always help and guidance when needed.

    Ashlyn Tarney

    I’ve managed to learn the value of hard work and patience in all aspects of student and working life, which has led me to spend three wonderful summers in the USA at a summer camp and also on an internship in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania for eight months.

    Stephen Prosser

    Opportunities

    This course offers an optional 48-week sandwich placement in industry. In addition, there are options for study exchanges in Europe and North America.

    You’ll get valuable opportunities to meet potential employers from a large number of sports organisations and learn about life in the sports industry. The course has been designed to thoroughly prepare you for a diverse range of career opportunities from performance enhancement, teaching and personal training to sports management, public services and health management. Some graduates have gone on to work in the commercial and retail sectors.

    Facilities

    You’ll have access to world-class resources and facilities including the UCLan Sports Arena complex where practical studies will be undertaken regularly.

    Testimonials

    “The best aspect of the course is the staff/student relationships that are formed. There is a strong support network and always help and guidance when needed” Ashlyn Tarney.

    “I’ve managed to learn the value of hard work and patience in all aspects of student and working life, which has led me to spend three wonderful summers in the USA at a summer camp and also on an internship in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania for eight months” Stephen Prosser.

    Careers Map

    View our interactive map for guidance on progressing in a career in Sport.