BA (Hons) Sports Studies

Sports Studies at Winchester allows all aspects of sport, ranging from recreational sport and exercise to international elite competition, to be studied from a variety of academic perspectives. The programme provides a balanced, multidisciplinary and critical overview of the significance of sport and exercise.

BA (Hons) Sports Studies at University of Winchester

UCAS codes: C600

Entry requirements*

Typical offer:

2017 Entry: 96-112 points

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

A GCSE A*- C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

Degree duration:

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate:

25 points

If English is not your first language:

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing) or equivalent

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2017 Entry Full-time £9,250** p/a
Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,939.
Total Cost: £27,750** (3 years)

International Students

2017 Entry Full-time £11,600** p/a
Total Cost: £34,800** (3 years)

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Additional Costs 

Students are expected to purchase core texts. The cost is approximately £50 per year.

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

Study abroad (optional):



Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World


The King Alfred Campus boasts state-of-the-art facilities such as a Sport and Exercise Physiology Laboratory, a Sport and Exercise Biomechanics Laboratory, a custom-built Sports Analysis Suite, University Gym, fitness suite; sports hall, and multi-purpose courts. The Winchester Sports Stadium, located at Bar End, offers superb track and field facilities.

Student Satisfaction:

Students on the course have commented positively on:

  • The interesting topics and current issues covered
  • The quality of teaching and learning resources
  • The enthusiasm of staff and the way they explain things
  • The mixture of learning activities used
  • Levels of student support provided by tutors
  • The quality of feedback on coursework

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here

**Indicative Fees for 2017/18 Home and EU students are £9,250 per year. Whilst the inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the approval of The University of Winchester Board of Governors. International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

This programme is characterised by the ability to specialise in some of the diverse academic disciplines within sport, while maintaining a core of knowledge and theoretical understanding drawn from sports sociology and research methods. All aspects of sport (ranging from recreational sport to elite competition) are studied from a variety of perspectives. This multidisciplinary approach exposes students to a range of paradigms, both within and between disciplines and highlights the common ground between them while giving them the opportunity to tailor the programme to their own specific interests. 

This programme comprises modules that are clustered into four academic strands that run from Year 1 to Year 3. Two of the strands are mandatory (Sport and Society, and Research Methods). Students then have the freedom to complement these with two additional strands that features in the University's other Sports programmes.

  • Sport and Society strand
    This strand seeks to develop a critical understanding of sport as a significant element of culture and society. Indeed, by bringing together the applied disciplines of sociology and history, this strand builds a knowledge base around understanding the place of sport in society over time. The common sense notion of sport as a discrete and separate part of society is challenged. It is advocated that by adopting a rigorous socio-cultural appreciation of sport, it is possible to develop a more accurate interpretation of what sport has represented in the past, what it represents today and what it might become in the future.
  • Research strand
    This strand seeks to develop a familiarity with both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and apply these to various sporting and exercise contexts. The acquisition of such skills not only underpins learning from coursework in other strands, but is also a prerequisite for completing the dissertation.

The dissertation is designed to provide an opportunity to study an area students are most interested in. It represents the most independent piece of research that is carried out at undergraduate level. Students are supervised throughout this process but are expected to take increasing responsibility for the development of this piece of work.

Year 1

  • Introduction to Sport, Culture and Society
  • Introduction to Research Methods

Optional modules include:

  • Foundations of Sports Development
  • Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Introduction to the Science of Coaching
  • Foundations of Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Foundations of Sport and Exercise Biomechanics

Year 2

  • History of Sport
  • Sociology of Sport
  • Research Methods in Sport and Exercise

Optional modules:

  • Community Sports Development
  • Key Resources in the Development of Sport
  • Sport and Performance Psychology
  • Coaching Science
  • Physiology of Sport Performance
  • Physiological Assessment
  • Sport and Exercise Biomechanics 1
  • Biomechanics of Product Design
  • Volunteering

Year 3

  • Dissertation
  • Sport and the Media
  • Sport and Global Issues
  • Elite Sports Development

Optional modules:

  • Sports Development: International Perspectives
  • Psychology of Exercise and Health
  • Sport Psychology
  • Psychology of Transitions in Sport
  • Applied Coaching Science
  • Physiology of Exercise and Health
  • Nutrition in Sport and Exercise
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Sport and Exercise Biomechanics 2
  • Disability Biomechanics
  • Rehabilitation Biomechanics
  • Study Abroad (Sport)

For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right hand side).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at

The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of each course, students develop independent and critical learning skills, as well as building their confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of learning resources available.

Students on this programme have the opportunity to develop academic skills and research literacy, subject knowledge, professional skills and evidence based practical competency. Opportunities for group work and understanding collective dynamics and responsibilities contribute to communication and personal development in addition to enhancing the students' ethical and social awareness. The programme is also committed to innovative and enquiry-based approaches to learning and teaching.

Course delivery is reflected in a balance between lectures, seminars, workshops, practical and laboratory work and tutorials. The programmes also structure work in between sessions by setting tasks for students to prepare for following sessions. However, many sessions are made up of a mixture of teaching styles and learning activities. We also encourage students to work together and support each other in small groups, and access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors and the wide range of services within the University.

Key features of the student experience include:

  • An active learning environment, including practical sessions and guest speakers from the world of sport
  • The chance to enhance learning (past students have had the opportunity to take a coaching course, assist in consultancy work or volunteer at a community sports event)
  • The opportunity to interact with visiting students to understand sport in different countries and cultures through student exchanges and study abroad opportunities.
  • The opportunity to undertake the University of Winchester's Research Apprenticeship (WRAP) Programme and Student Fellows Scheme which enable students to work with academics on a genuine research project, so that they engage first-hand in cutting-edge scholarly activity and build vital transferable skills for their future.

Programme Leader

Teaching team

We provide high-quality teaching in a friendly learning environment and pride ourselves in the quality of support and guidance we offer students. Staff from the department are continually striving to find new and innovative ways to teach and support students. All tutors are interested both in sport and how to teach it. We firmly believe active learning and practical activities as well as directed independent learning to help our students to excel. We have a well-established reputation for educating students in a variety of academic disciplines related to the study of sport and exercise. Many of the staff are actively engaged in their own research. This research continually feeds back into our curriculum to provide areas for debate that are right at the cutting edge of the study of sport and exercise.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library

The majority of the work in the sport and exercise programmes is based on coursework. This coursework includes assignments such as essays, laboratory reports, presentations, practical skills assessments, role plays projects, group debates, case studies and the dissertation. Although there are some examinations, many of these are based around seen papers. Such diversity ensures students become competent at expressing themselves academically through a number of different types of assessment.

The University is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, enabling them to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development effectively. Students are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from their course tutors and lecturers.

Sport Management is very responsive to informed student feedback. Opinions are gauged through class feedback and comments received through student representatives. This has helped shaped the number and structure of assessments.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates enter careers within sport, leisure, tourism, management, education, research and health.

Students develop a wide range of transferable employability skills including the ability to communicate effectively and work both independently and collaboratively. These skills are valued in a range of graduate careers, including those not directly related to sport and fitness. Many students also continue on to study for postgraduate qualifications to further enhance their employability. New innovative master's level programmes are constantly reviewed to ensure that they are at the forefront of contemporary study.

Explore the graduate profiles for this course: Nicola - Recreation Development Officer, Western Australia

For more information about graduate employment visit From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?


The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.

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