Sport Studies

Sport Studies BA (Hons) - Top-up

It’s a progression route for students completing sport and fitness related FDs, offering the opportunity for you to obtain a BA (Hons) in Sport Studies in one year. This top-up degree combines the examination of sport from a socio cultural/historical perspective with studies of physical education, and health and fitness. Optional modules are included, which allow you to personalise your programme to suit your interests and ambitions. When you graduate from this intellectually challenging course, you’ll have the skills and experiences you need to function effectively in a contemporary sport and physical activity environment.

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This course is an intellectually challenging programme of study that will equip you with the necessary skills and experiences to function effectively in the contemporary sport and physical activity environment.

The programme is underpinned by a socio-cultural and health analysis of sport which allows you, through the options, to focus on an area of interest that accommodates your needs. You have the option to learn about contemporary issues including sporting image, sport identity, sport inclusion and industry-based experience. You will also be encouraged to develop a range of critical skills that can be applied across a range of contexts allowing maximum flexibility and progression.


This course has been designed to thoroughly prepare you for a diverse range of career opportunities from performance enhancement and sports management to public services and health management. Some graduates have gone on to work in the commercial and retail sector.
This course offers an optional 48-week sandwich placement in the industry. Using the optional placement year extends the development of a professional approach and the successes after graduation. There are also voluntary work placement modules which are part of the optional curriculum.

From study exchanges in Europe to summer exchanges in the United States and Canada there is a wide variety of opportunities to live, study and work overseas. We currently have students teaching abroad, while one student from this course has just returned from managing a university gym in Dubai.


You’ll have access to world-class resources and facilities including the UCLan Sports Arena complex. The £12 million Arena provides facilities for athletics, rugby league, rugby union, football, hockey, netball, tennis and cycling. There are also seven floodlit training grids, a 19 station fitness suite and an indoor room for activities, theory sessions and fitness training.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: One year

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons) - Top-up

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2019/20

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Pass FdSc with 40%/HND Pass overall, must have fitness or Sociology historically modules.

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 Overview

Compulsory Modules

  • TL3069 or TL3076 Sport and Politics or Sport in the Global Village
  • TL3153 Personal Training
  • TL3068 or TL3150 Contemporary Issues in Physical Education or Careers in Sport
  • TL3104 Consultancy Project or
  • XS3910 Research Project or
  • TL3138 Enterprise for Sport, Tourism and The Outdoors or
  • TL3102 Dissertation or
  • XS3900 Research Project or
  • PU3000 Dissertation – Paper / Viva
  • Optional Modules

    • TL3031 or TL3129 The Sporting Image or Sport and Identity
    • TL3130 Brands in the 21st Century or
    • TL3079 Sport, Equity and Inclusion or
    • TL3114 Industry Based Experience

    Allied Subject: Sport (SPO)

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    Learning Environment and Assessment

    A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

    You 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 and you will be encouraged to develop your academic skills throughout the course.

    You will face a variety of assessments including course work, essays, reports, presentations, group work and examinations. You will have the opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of independent research by choosing the dissertation module.

    Industry Links

    The School of Sport and Wellbeing has strong links with a large number of sports organisations, including professional sports teams, public and private sector sports providers and grassroots sports clubs, and you’ll enjoy valuable opportunities to meet these potential employers and learn about life in the sports industry.

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    Contact Us

    This course is based in the School of Sport and Wellbeing
    Telephone us for further information +44(0)1772 892400
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    Course Handbook

    For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2018 Entry
    For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

    Tuition Fees & Finance

    *Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
    For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

    Further Information for students

    You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

    Entry Requirements

    For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.