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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 fascinating 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?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

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

From 2017 there will be a change in the UCAS point system. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

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 for advice.

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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. Visit our Academic Quality Unit pages for full programme specifications for each course.

Year 1


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


  • Principles of Sports Coaching
  • Foundations of Sport Management
  • Sport Development Foundation and the Sport Experience
  • Introduction to Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition
  • Personal Growth and Team Building through Outdoor Adventurous Activities
  • Fundamentals of Athletics in Schools
  • Exercise Training and Prescription
  • Adapted Physical Activity, Sport and Disability
  • Sport Tourism and Event Management

Year 2


  • The Research Process
  • Historical and Sociological Perspectives in Sport and Exercise


  • Scientific Underpinnings of Sport Performance
  • Scientific Underpinnings of Physical Activity, Exercise and Health
  • Coaching Pedagogy and Practice
  • Sport Operational Management
  • Sport Operational Development
  • Swimming and Outdoor Adventure
  • Sport Event Operations
  • Sponsorship and Fundraising
  • Motor Skill Progression
  • Sport Nutrition
  • Strength Power and Speed
  • Multi-Sports
  • Sport and Disability
  • Sport Journalism

Year 3


  • Independent Study
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport
  • Work Based Learning


  • The Sports Entrepreneur
  • Sport Strategy in Action
  • Group Dynamics in Sport     
  • Biomechanical Analysis of Sports Technique
  • 14-19 PE and Sport
  • Strategic Planning for Sports Events and Facilities
  • Socio-cultural Critique of Global and Olympic Sports
  • Learning and Performance of Sport Skills
  • Physical Activity and Disease Prevention
  • The Developing Child in Sport
  • International Sport Development and Volunteering
  • Sport Event Marketing
  • Primary Physical Education
  • Advanced Sport and Disability
  • Advanced Sport Nutrition
  • Sport Psychology in Action

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

  • Identify, critically analyse and make effective use of knowledge and understanding of the underpinning human structure and function involved in sport performance.
  • Critically analyse research findings and current government/international policy on disease prevention and the relevance of exercise.
  • Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the relationship between sport and exercise activity and intervention in a variety of participant groups.
  • Critically analyse the impact of historical, social, political, economic and cultural factors on regional, national and international sport and exercise.
  • Critically apply the theories, concepts and principles of practice from the generic management areas of operations, finance, human resources, economics and marketing to sports facilities and events.
  • Display a critical appreciation of the integration of the variables involved in the delivery (teaching, instructing and coaching) of enhanced sport performance.
  • Demonstrate safe and ethical practice in the design, implementation and evaluation of sport performance and health related exercise interventions with a range of participants.
  • Employ social, economic and political theory to explain the development and differentiation of sport throughout society and apply social and cultural meaning to sport.
  • Utilise strategic and development planning skills to analyse and address the development needs and intentions of sport organisations and communities.
  • Monitor, analyse, diagnose and prescribe action to enhance the learning and performance of the component elements of sport.

Teaching approach

Your knowledge, understanding and practical competencies will be developed through teaching and learning activities appropriate to the concepts and content studied. It should be remembered that the Sports Studies programme includes a diverse range of potential study areas and there will therefore be a range of learning and teaching activities. These will broadly include lectures and seminars, workshops and laboratories, practical performance and teaching/coaching scenarios. This will be supplemented by directed study tasks such as book chapter and journal article reviews, literature searches and reviews.

Meet the team

Here are a few of the current members of the department who 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.


Where could it take you?


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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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard annual fee for full-time UK and EU students enrolling in 2016 is £9,000 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for full-time international (non-EU) students enrolling in 2016 is £11,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fees for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on this course in 2016 are £1,180 per 15-credit module, £1,575 per 20 credit module and £2,360 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.

Visit our Money Advice pages for information on how much you should budget for your course.

Financial support

£1,000 ABB or equivalent scholarships

The University of Worcester offers a £1,000 first-year scholarship to all new undergraduate students to the University who achieve at least ABB at A Level, or the equivalent qualification (such as distinction, distinction, merit at BTEC), and who are responsible for paying their own tuition fees.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.

£1,000 academic achievement scholarships

Based solely on academic performance, the University awards up to 100 scholarships of £1,000 each to eligible high-achieving undergraduate students after completion of their first and second year of a degree course, or first year of a foundation degree or HND.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.


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 £89 per week to the £145 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

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

Joint Honours:

English Literature and Sports Studies - QC36
Geography and Sports Studies - LC76
Human Geography and Sports Studies
Human Nutrition and Sports Studies - BCK6
Journalism and Sports Studies - PC5P
Physical Education and Sports Studies - C691
Sociology and Sports Studies - LC36

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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  

Course leader

Claire-Marie Roberts
01905 542587