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.

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BA (Hons) Sports Studies at University of Winchester

UCAS codes: C600

Entry requirements*

Typical offer:

2018 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 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2018 Entry Full-time £9,500** 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 £79.17 and a 15 credit module is £1,187. 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 £7,125.

Total Cost: £28,500** (3 years) 

International Students

2018 Entry Full-time £11,900** p/a
Total Cost: £35,700** (3 years) 

For further details, click here

Additional Costs 

Optional

  • Core texts: Core Texts are available from the University Library; however some students prefer to purchase their own copies. Some Core Texts can be bought second hand, or as an ebook which can often reduce this cost.Cost £70 - £200 per academic year. 
  • Kit: In Year 1, Students are expected to wear the appropriate attire for practical sessions. Students can buy a department kit or wear their own. Students can buy as little or as much they like. Costs between £20 - £50 per item. 
  • Printing and binding: Students may be required to pay for the costs of dissertation printing and binding in the final year of study. Cost £10. 
  • Additonal coaching awards: Most professional and coaching courses are offered free of charge as part of the course. Additional coaching awards are often subsidised and completely optional, with fees ranging from £10-£60 in 2016-17.

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):

USA

Location:

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

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Fact:

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 2018/19 Home and EU students are £9,500 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.

If you are starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,500. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £28,500 (Home and EU), £35,700 (International). However, please be aware that this may change. Our fees will be reviewed annually before the academic year begins and in-line with Parliament's approval of inflationary increases or decreases to fees for institutions with high quality teaching. 

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here.

If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

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

Core modules include:

  • 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

Core modules include:

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

Optional modules include:

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

Year 3

Optional modules include:

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

Optional modules include:

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

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 www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above. 

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 300 hours
  • Independent learning: 900 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 312 hours
  • Independent learning: 888 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 300 hours
  • Independent learning: 900 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

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

Our validated courses 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.

We ensure 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 on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

  • 62 per cent coursework
  • 13 per cent written exams
  • 25 per cent practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

  • 100 per cent coursework
  • 0 per cent written exams
  • 0 per cent practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

  • 69 per cent coursework
  • 13 per cent written exams
  • 18 per cent practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

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?

Employability 

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.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International Students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023

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