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Sport Studies - BSc (Hons) 

Course Overview

The Sport Studies degree requires students to critically examine sport in its socio-cultural context. Sports culture is dynamic rather than fixed and requires scholars to develop critical thinking from a range of relevant perspectives. Students will continuously challenge their own preconceptions and guiding principles both as to the nature and purposes of modern sports cultures. This course has a strong humanities element and is particularly geared towards those who are interested in the place and role that sports play in contemporary society. The programme draws on historical, sociological and ethical perspectives to examine and understand the global appeal and cultural significance of sport. The Sport Studies degree offers an excellent opportunity to those interested in the study of the social, historical, political and ethical aspects of sport.

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Course Content

Year One:

  • Introduction to the Research Process *
  • Introduction to Applied Principles and Techniques in Professional Practice  

Compulsory (Programme Specific):

  • An Introduction to Socio-Cultural Issues in Sport *
  • Sport Studies: A Critical Introduction

Options (Choose 40 Credits) from:

  • Understanding Sport Management
  • Introduction to Sport Development
  • Introduction to Sport, Physical Activity and Behaviour Change
  • Introduction to SES*
  • Sport Performance Analysis
  • Introduction to Sport Coaching/PE*

Year Two:

  • Research process*

Compulsory (Programme Specific):

  • Ethics in Sport
  • Sociology of Sport*

Options Choose three from:

  • Sport Development in Practice
  • Sport Marketing and Entrepreneurship
  • Applied Physiology of Sport and Exercise
  • Sport Performance Analysis
  • Sport Coaching/PE*
  • Advanced Principles and Techniques in Professional Practice

Year Three

  • Independent Project*

Compulsory (Programme Specific):

  • Ethical Issues in Sport
  • Sociology of Sport and Physical Culture*

Options  (Choose 40 credits from):

  • Commercial Approaches to Sport
  • Marketing and Event Management
  • Advanced Sport Coaching*
  • Exercise Psychology
  • Sport Psychology
  • Exercise Physiology for Health
  • Exercise Physiology for Performance
  • Sport Performance Analysis
  • Work Based Learning
  • Sport in Context
  • Problem Based Learning Through OAA
  • PGCE Module

* Module available through the medium of Welsh

Learning & Teaching

Learning, teaching and assessment methods have been selected to ensure the educational aims and the learning outcomes of modules and the programme are achieved.

The learning and teaching methods may include lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials and staff and students are expected to support these sessions via VLE. Lead lectures introduce key topics and concepts, which are developed through a range other learning and teaching methods such as seminar, tutorials, workshops to enhance the student experience and engagement. Students are also able to meet tutors or any other members of staff on a one to one basis. As a school, we are keen to implement the principal aim of Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Learning, Teaching and Assessment strategy: To provide student-cantered learning opportunities that deliver a quality and flexible learning environment. Improving personalised support and access to academic staff. 

These selected methods emphasise and facilitate students’ critical development, and cohere around the integration of practice and theory. Through the programme, students will normally experience both tutor-led learning (usually at Level 4) and self-directed methods of learning, increasing independence and reflection encouraging positive attitudes towards lifelong learning (at Levels 5 and 6).

Through the teaching and learning methods and the embedding of ‘EDGE’ (enabling the development of graduate employability) students will be equipped with, develop and be able to demonstrate graduate attributes as defined by Cardiff Metropolitan University and Cardiff School of Sport.  We aim to help them to develop into reflective professionals and critical scholars. The teaching and learning has been designed so that from induction to graduation, students will encounter a learning experience that is coherent and develops their identity within their programme of study. A principal concept of this programme is to enable students to apply theory to practice.


The assessment strategies for each module vary to ensure that most appropriate method is used for that area of study. Modes of assessment are designed to reflect that students have fulfilled the learning outcomes of the programme of study, or part of a programme, and have achieved the standard required to progress to the next stage or to qualify for an award (as articulated by the FHEQ and CQFW). Assessments support the student learning experience and provide opportunities for students to engage in formative and summative assessments to test knowledge, ability, skill, and critical understanding. The undergraduate modules are assessed primarily by a combination of varying types of assessments (e.g., written coursework, poster presentations, oral presentations, portfolios, seen and unseen exams, practical skills assessments) that are designed to assess, develop, and enhance academic and employability skills. Students who wish to obtain an honours degree award will be expected to produce a dissertation of between 8,000 to 12,000 words in the final year.

Employability & Careers

The sport studies degree prepares students for success in a range of professions, both within the sports industry, including careers in sports coaching, physical education, sports development, sports management, sports administration, sports media, and roles with national governing bodies, and within the graduate sector more broadly.  In line with the Cardiff Metropolitan University policy of providing integrated and progressive programmes from undergraduate to postgraduate study, sport studies students have the opportunity to progress onto the MA Sport, Body and Society, as well as other post graduate taught and research degree studies within the university and at other higher education institutions.

Emphasis on high levels of literacy, critical thinking, analysis, and communication skills makes our graduates attractive to employers beyond the sports sector. Employers seeking graduates will look for many of the transferable skills that are gained on a humanities or social science degree. Students graduating from our Sports Studies degree are fully equipped for Graduate Employment Schemes and a broad range of jobs within the graduate sector.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a strong sporting profile, five GCSE passes including English Language and Maths at grade C or above plus:

  • 280 points from at least 3 A Levels / Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades BB within a relevant subject, General Studies excluded
  • QCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction Distinction Merit to include 12 Distinctions overall within a relevant subject
  • 280 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 3 x B1 grades within a relevant subject (minimum grade C2 considered)
  • Pass Access with 45 credits at Level 3 with 15 credits at Distinction within a relevant subject.
  • 280 points from the Welsh Baccalaureate to include grades BB at A Level within a relevant subject, General Studies excluded, Core counted as fourth subject
  • Qualifications equivalent to the above

If your qualification isn't listed above, please refer to the UCAS website.

For applicants only undertaking 2 A Levels / 12-unit BTEC or equivalent, other qualifications and sporting achievements will be considered.

Successful applicants will be invited to a Sport Specific Applicant Day as part of the application process. For more information about Sport Open and Applicant Days, please click here.

Successful applicants are expected to give first priority to the university sports teams throughout their undergraduate careers.

Applicants are advised not to make multiple applications for other undergraduate degree courses within the School of Sport, as applicants can change option.

Selection Procedure:
Selection is based on the receipt of a completed UCAS application and attendance to a Sport Applicant Day.

Key Facts

UCAS Code(s): C601

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Sport
Cyncoed Campus

Course Length: Three years full-time.

Also available part-time and can be up to eight years. The part-time students join the full-time students for all modules. Therefore most of the modules are completed between 9.00am and 6.00pm on weekdays.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available please refer to For additional costs please refer to

Bursaries & Scholarships:
The university also offers a bursary and scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the School Administrator:
Tel: 029 2041 6591

Come and see us
If you’d like to find out more, then why not come and see us at one of our undergraduate Open Days. To book a place, click here.

See Also:
Cardiff School of Sport Website

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