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What makes Sport Studies at Worcester special?

Sports Studies approaches our enduring fascination with sport from sociological and cultural perspectives.

With our wide-ranging Sports Studies degree, you can explore the sporting landscape in all its captivating variety. Choose the subject areas that interest you the most, and study them against the backdrop of major socio-cultural topics like power and social relations, politics, and values and beliefs.

With a broad and balanced perspective across the sport and exercise domain, this programme opens up a wide range of possibilities for future careers and further study, in areas as diverse as sports policy, sport business management, marketing, journalism and sports science to name but a few.

Key features

  • Incredible facilities, including the University of Worcester Arena - an official Paralympic training venue and winner of the 2015 Guardian Buildings that Inspire Award
  • With a versatile course structure, you can choose from a variety of disciplines to shape a course that suits you
  • International centre of excellence for inclusive sport
  • BASES accredited study and research facilities
  • Excellent work experience opportunities
  • Worcester is an accredited sports coach and regional coaching centre: national Governing Body Coaching Awards are available through our coach education programme

“This sports degree develops my ability as a coach by learning background theory and practice. In the bigger picture, I wish to work in disability sport development, and my course is extremely relevant to this, discussing current issues in that area.”

Oliver Mitchell, Sports Studies BSc

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

112

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points including GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C or above

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) may be required for some modules 

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com   

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Science
  • Sociocultural Studies in Sport, Physical Activity and Exercise

Optional

  • Foundations of Sport Management
  • Introduction to Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition     
  • Exercise Training and Prescription 
  • Adapted Physical Activity, Sport and Disability
  • Sport Tourism and Event Management  
  • Optional modules offered by the Language Centre 

Year 2

Mandatory

  • The Research Process
  • Historical and Sociological Perspectives in Sport and Exercise
  • Scientific Underpinnings of Physical Activity, Exercise and Health

       

Optional

  • Sport Operational Management
  • Sport Event Operations
  • Motor Skill Progression
  • Sport and Disability
  • Sport Journalism    
  • Optional modules offered by the Language Centre   

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Independent Study
  • Socio-cultural Critique of Global and Olympic Sports
  • Work Based Learning

Optional

  • Contemporary Issues In Sport
  • The Sports Entrepreneur
  • Sport Strategy in Action
  • Group Dynamics in Sport
  • Physical Activity in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease
  • The Developing Child in Sport
  • Advanced Sport and Disability

 

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

We enable students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.

A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars and practical activities.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

You have an opportunity to undertake a semester long placement in the final year of the course, supervised for agreed projects by a work-based mentor and a University tutor.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 12-16 contact hours of teaching.  The precise contact hours will depend on the type of module as some may have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study.

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • 4 hours of interactive workshops
  • 4 hours of (large group) lectures
  • 4 hours of seminars in groups of around x students
  • 4 hours of practical activities

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 24-48 hours of personal self-study per week.  Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners.       

Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and majority of course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and a final year independent studies project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:       

Year 1
1-2 formal examinations of 2 hours duration
1-3 essays
2-4 practical reports
4 individual or group presentations

Year 2
1-2 formal examinations of 2 hours duration
1-2 reflective and skills portfolio relating to work placement
3 essays
4 practical reports
4 individual or group presentations

Year 3
Major independent study project of approx. 8,000-10,000 words
1 formal examinations of 2 hours duration
3 essays
4 practical reports
4 individual or group presentations       

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Meet the team

Here are a few members of the department who currently teach on this course:

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    Claire-Marie Roberts

    Claire-Marie is the Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Sports Studies and a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology who works with National Governing Bodies, professional sports teams, athletes, their parents, coaches and sport scientists. She has helped prepare a number of athletes and teams for international competitions including the Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games. Her role as a British Olympic Association Psychologist at the London 2012 Olympics was to date, her career highlight.

    Her experiences of working with athletes reflect her research interests that include athlete development and career transitions in elite sport. She specialises in working with elite adolescent athletes and their parents, and is one of the U.K.'s first sport psychology specialists in supporting athletes with vocal cord dysfunction (VCD).

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    Dr Paul Castle

    Dr Paul Castle joined University of Worcester as a Senior Lecturer in September 2004.  He is Chartered Sport & Exercise Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and is registered with the Health Professions Council. As an active practitioner, Dr Castle provided sport and exercise psychology consultancy to clients in a wide array of disciplines.

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    Haydn Jarrett

    Haydn joined the University in 2001 having previously been Head of the Department of Sports Studies at the University of Wolverhampton. His passion is teaching and his area of professional interest is physical activity and health, in particular ‘clinical exercise’ and ‘walking for health’. He has been involved in a large number of international, national and regional initiatives to promote physical activity that have brought in some £4.75 million to the Worcester/University economy and is currently working on a number of projects including an EU funded European Degree In Physical Activity and Lifestyle Counselling (PALC) and healthy eating and exercise programmes among breast cancer survivors as part of his work at the University’sMcClelland Centre for Health and Wellbeing.

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    Dr Geoffery Z. Kohe

    Originally from New Zealand, Dr Geoffery Kohe joined the University of Worcester in September 2010. His research strengths traverse the socio-cultural, historical, and political aspects of the Olympic movement, national identity and public memory, moral pedagogy, politicizations of the body, sport tourism and museums, and historiography.

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    Dr Gyozo Molnar

    Dr Gyozo Molnar joined University of Worcester in Sept. 2008 with a background in the sociology of sport and exercise. He has extensive research experience on migratory issues regarding sport.

    Gyozo teaches on the sociology of sport and research methods modules offered by the Institute. He is also the chair of the Institute’s ethics committee and course leader for the MRes in the Socio-Cultural Studies in Sport and Exercise.

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    Dr Clare Rhoden

    Dr. Clare Rhoden joined the University of Worcester in 1995, then the Worcester College of Higher Education, with a strong background in multidimensional competitive anxiety, stress management and applied performance psychology and her PhD research applied these areas to the equestrian sport of eventing. With an enthusiasm for understanding “what’s going on” and an interest in a range of sports including team, pairs and individual sports, Clare’s current research continues to analyse the emotional element of performance along with associated aspects of goal achievement, goal disengagement and adaptive self-regulation.

    Clare is currently developing projects focused on the emotions and sense of belonging in exercising older adults.

    Clare has competed at Club level in a range of sports including equestrian eventing, dressage and show-jumping, hockey, triathlon and badminton.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

This flexible sports degree provides an excellent foundation for a wide range of careers, for example in:

  • Sports development and management
  • Sports coaching
  • Physical education teaching
  • Research
  • Public services
  • Professional sport
  • Health and fitness management.

This is also an ideal base for postgraduate study additionally students may have the opportunity to take part in research projects.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours:
Sports Studies BSc (Hons) (Single Honours) - C6X3 BSc/SPS

Joint Honours:
Geography and Sports Studies - LC76
Human Nutrition and Sports Studies - BCK6
Journalism and Sports Studies - PC5P
Physical Education and Sports Studies - C691

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk  

Course leader

Claire-Marie Roberts
01905 542587
c.roberts@worc.ac.uk