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  • Explore Sport through sociology, history, psychology, and health and research in this dynamic multidisciplinary course
  • Benefit from high-quality teaching in a friendly learning environment
  • Excel in your studies and favourite sports at our fully equipped, state-of-the-art sport and exercise facilities
  • Tailor the programme to your own specific interests

Our Sports Studies programme at Winchester encourages you to think about sport from a whole range of new perspectives. You study the role of sport in society and history, from the past to the present and beyond, and make in-depth enquiries into areas as diverse as Sport and the Media, Sport and Exercise Psychology and contemporary global issues affecting the sports industry. If you are a huge sports fan who is passionate about sport’s power to improve society and you want to play a part in that, then this course is for you.

This innovative course is centred around our excellent sport and exercise facilities, which include our own stadium complete with an eight-lane athletics track, a large sports hall on-campus and laboratories kitted out with the latest high-tech analysis equipment.

You study all aspects of sport, ranging from recreational sport and exercise to international elite competition, from a variety of academic perspectives. The programme provides a balanced, multidisciplinary and critical overview of the significance of sport and exercise and prepares you for a career in the active field of sports studies.

Our three-year Sports Studies degree comprises modules that are clustered into four academic strands running from Year 1 to Year 3. Two of the strands are mandatory (Sport and Society, and Research Methods). You then have the freedom to choose two additional strands that feature in the University's other sports programmes, such as Sports Coaching Practice, Sport and Exercise Psychology and Sports Marketing.

Sports and Society

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.

Research Methods in Sports Studies

In this strand you develop a familiarity with both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and apply these to various sporting and exercise contexts as well as to your dissertation.

Exciting opportunities exist for graduates with an understanding of the complex and expanding sports industry. Graduates find careers within all areas of sport, including development, coaching and administration, and in tourism, leisure, 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. Graduates enter careers within sport, leisure, tourism, management, education, research and health. Many students also continue on to study for postgraduate qualifications to further enhance their employability. New innovative masters level programmes are constantly reviewed to ensure that they are at the forefront of contemporary study.

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degree with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.


Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Study abroad

Our Sport Studies course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the USA. For more information see our Study Abroad section. 

Learning and teaching

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, 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.


Taught elements of the course take place on our King Alfred Campus Winchester) or at our West Downs Campus (Winchester). 


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

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

62% coursework
13% written exams
25% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

100% coursework
0% written exams
0% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

69% coursework
13% written exams
18% practical exams

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


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.

Further information

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




2018 Entry: 96-112 points

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

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 Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International Students 

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Introduction to Research Methods 30

This module introduces some of the essential study skills required to perform well in all modules and assessments in a sport and exercise context. The study skills element of this module will place a particular emphasis upon transferable skills. The module will also introduce students to the scientific philosophies that underpin quantitative and qualitative research. Students will then be introduced to a variety of specific quantitative and qualitative research methodologies appropriate for the interdisciplinary study of sport and exercise. This module will also introduce the concepts of reliability and validity.

Introduction to Sport, Culture and Society 30

This module introduces the value of investigating sport as an important component of culture and society. Sport is differentiated from less ‘serious’ pastimes such as play, recreation, exercise and games and introduced as a phenomenon that can be understood both historically and sociologically. This allows many of the commonly held myths and beliefs surrounding sport to be both explored more objectively and to be demystified. The development of a socio-historical approach to the study of sport (by combining key aspects of the sociological and historical study of sport) enables sport in both the past and the present to be ‘connected’ and makes it possible to begin to more fully make sense of sport’s place in society.

Optional Credits

Optional modules
  • Foundations of Sports Development 30 Credits
  • Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology 30 Credits
  • Introduction to the Science of Coaching 30 Credits
  • Foundations of Sport and Exercise Physiology 30 Credits
  • Foundations of Sport and Exercise Biomechanics 30 Credits

Module year choice two

Modules Credits

Research Methods in Sport and Exercise 30

This module seeks to develop a greater appreciation of how to research more complex and interdisciplinary issues in sport/exercise. Students will develop and extend their knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research design and methodologies as well as considering research that adopts a blend of both paradigms. In this way students will be challenged to consider mixed methodological approaches (‘triangulation)’ to produce more meaningful findings and to consider the ethical issues surrounding the undertaking of research. Through the development of a greater sensitivity to research methods, students will then carry out a small-scale research project.

Sociology of Sport 15

This module seeks to focus on the sociology of sport as a specialised academic discipline. The development of a sociological imagination is facilitated here by analysing sport and society through a range of applied theoretical perspectives. The perspectives analysed here are classified into ‘modern’ and ‘postmodern’ approaches. The modern sociological perspectives investigated will include, among others: critical theory, cultural studies and figurational sociology. The postmodern perspectives will include, among others, the works of Foucault and Baudrillard. These perspectives will be used as frameworks to explore a range of contemporary sporting issues related to such themes as: class, gender relations, race and ethnicity, subculture, deviancy, commercialisation and globalisation.

History of Sport 15

This module seeks to focus on the history of sport as a specialised academic discipline. The development of a historical imagination is facilitated here by analysing sport and society through a range of historical and historiographical evidence, methods and practices. This is designed to develop a contextual knowledge of the historical development of modern sport that will enable links to be made between the different forms, meanings and purposes of sport and the periods and places in which they have occurred. The inter-relationships between sport in the past and sport in the present are examined in terms of continuities and changes.

Optional Credits

Optional modules
  • Sport and Performance Psychology 30 Credits
  • Coaching Science 30 Credits
  • Physiology of Sport Performance 15 Credits
  • Physiological Assessment 15 Credits
  • Sport and Exercise Biomechanics 1 15 Credits
  • Biomechanics of Product Design 15 Credits
  • Volunteering 15 Credits
  • Community Sports Development 15 Credits
  • Key Resources in the Development of Sport 15 Credits

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Elite Sports Development 15

This module takes an in-depth look at what is increasingly becoming a significantly specialist branch of sports develop. It considers the way in which elite sports systems require a specifically focused developmental approach that often required the involvement and alignment of a number of key stakeholders in the development process. The module will investigate whether high performance sport is still a natural extension or culmination of the sports development curriculum, which specialist requirements this aspect of sport commonly have, and what the role of coaches is within this development structure.

Sport and Global Issues 15

This module seeks to identify what makes a global contemporary issue in sport by taking a socio-historical approach to a range of sporting problems, debates and controversies. Globalization will be explored as a key concept that runs throughout the entire module in order to sensitise students to the ‘world of sport’. The curriculum will be flexible to allow for any emerging current issues to be explored. However, it is anticipated that these specific issues are likely to be anchored within broader themes that relate to the social stratification of sport (i.e. gender and sexuality, ‘race’ and ethnicity, and disability), sport and deviancy (i.e. counter-culture, drug use and violence), sport and business (i.e. commercialisation) and sport and politics (i.e. the state, national identity and Olympic politics).

Sport and the Media 15

This module seeks to identify the central role of the media in relation to both sport and society. The symbiotic relationship between sport and the media is investigated at both macro- and micro-sociological levels. At the macro level, the production of mediated sport is studied by considering issues such as the ownership and control of media organizations and the audience as consumers of new interactive sports media. At the micro level, the content of mediated sport texts will be analysed for ‘hidden’ codes, messages and meanings. This synthesis of sociological thought allows for a more comprehensive analysis of mediated sport, or ‘media-sport’ (Wenner, 1998), by employing the notion of a ‘media-sport complex’. This approach seeks to reinforce the complexities of media-sport and develop an awareness of whether the ever-changing forms of the media are operating within the environment of sport as either a barometer or an amplifier of social issues.

Dissertation 30

The Dissertation is a double module that provides students with the experiences of planning and executing an independent research project that investigates a specific area within sport/exercise. Each student will negotiate the focus of the project with tutorial guidance and will be expected to show an awareness of research methodology appropriate for an empirical research project. Emphasis will be placed on topics which are analytical, interdisciplinary and/or evaluative in nature. This is the opportunity for students to produce a research project in a particular area of interest that relates to the curriculum being studied.

Optional Credits

Optional modules
  • Psychology of Exercise and Health 15 Credits
  • Sport Psychology 15 Credits
  • Psychology of Transitions in Sport 15 Credits
  • Physiology of Exercise and Health 15 Credits
  • Nutrition in Sport and Exercise 15 Credits
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology 15 Credits
  • Sport and Exercise Biomechanics 2 15 Credits
  • Rehabilitation Biomechanics 15 Credits
  • Applied Coaching Science 15 Credits
  • Disability Biomechanics 15 Credits
  • Study Abroad (Sport) 15 Credits
  • Sports Development 15 Credits
  • International Perspectives 15 Credits

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 will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students. 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. 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.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

UK/EU 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 £77.08 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 £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

International 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 £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.



As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights optional costs for this course:


  • 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.
  • Additional 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, withfees ranging from £10-£60 in 2016-17.


We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

UCAS code
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
96-112 points
King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester