BSc (Hons) Sport Performance Analysis

Sport Performance Analysis - BSc (Hons)

Key Facts

​​​​​UCAS Code: C690

Place of Study: 
Cyncoed Campus

Cardiff School of Sport

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

Course Overview

​This is an applied sport science programme that focuses on the understanding, improvement and analysis of performance in sport. The curriculum progressively develops your knowledge of tactical analysis, measuring technical effectiveness, and specific technique analysis within actual sporting performance using a range of modern techniques and technology. In addition, you will be introduced to behavioural analysis of coach and athletes, and state of the art athlete monitoring and time-motion analysis techniques via GPS (Global Positioning Systems).

The core modules in performance analysis are complemented and supplemented by modules drawn from physiology, biomechanics and measurement issues in sport and exercise science. These elements give the course a unique flavour that allow you to understand the theoretical principles and applied process skills that underpin performance analysis.

You will be given many opportunities to develop your practical and contextual knowledge in training, coaching and performance that will allow you to evaluate and modify your own professional practice as an analyst and that of performers and coaches in a range of sports. It will also enable you to develop the specific, vocational skill set necessary to embark on a career in performance analysis.

Course information on this page relates to September 2017 entry.

​Course Content​

Year One​​


  • Introduction to the Research Process*
  • Introduction to Applied Principles and Techniques in Professional Practice
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science
  • Sport Performance Analysis
  • Introduction to Sport Coaching / PE*

Choose one from:

  • Understanding Sport Management
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport and Physical Education*

Year Two


  • Research Process*
  • Sport Performance Analysis
  • Sport Coaching / PE*
  • Work Experience

Choose one or two from:

  • Sport Marketing and Entrepreneurship
  • Sociology of Sport*
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Applied Biomechanics of  Sport and Exercise
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology

If one chosen above, choose one from:

  • Applied Principles and Techniques. (Choose two: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Dance, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, HRE, Netball, Outdoor Adventurous Activities (counts as two), Rugby, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Trampolining, Volleyball, Water Polo)

Year Three


  • Independent Project*
  • Managing High Performance Sport
  • Sport Performance Analysis

Choose Two from:

  • Problem-Based Learning for Coaching*
  • Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise
  • Sport Psychology
  • Advanced Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Work Experience*
  • Problem Based Learning through Outdoor Adventurous Activities

* Module also available through 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 a Virtual Learning Environment. 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 and self-directed methods of learning, increasing independence and reflection encouraging positive attitudes towards lifelong learning.

Through the teaching and learning ethos 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. 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

On graduation from the Cardiff School of Sport you will be able to follow a career in elite sport performance analysis, sports science support, sports development and non-sporting applications of performance analysis. Performance analysis students who graduated from the first undergraduate cohort in July 2016 are now working in performance analysis with England Rugby, Swansea City, Nottingham Forrest and Southampton football clubs and England Netball. Three have secured internships, one is working as a senior technician in the School of Sport and others have continued onto further study at master’s and doctoral level.

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Please note: The following entry requirements relate to September 2017 entry and use the new UCAS tariff. Please refer to our Entry Requirements for further information on the new tariff, or contact Admissions if you have any questions.

Applicants should normally have five GCSEs including English Language (or Welsh First Language) and Maths at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England), plus 120 points from 3 A levels (or equivalent).  Typical offers may include:

  • A Levels: 120 points to include grades BB. Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma will be considered as a third subject

  • QCF BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM to include 12 Distinctions overall within a relevant subject
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 120 points from Highers to include 3 x H2 grades (minimum grade considered at Higher is H4)
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: 120 points to include grades CC
  • Acc​ess to Higher Education Diploma: Pass with 15 credits with Distinction and 30 credits with Merit
  • Applicants should preferably have a strong sporting profile

If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to UCAS Course Search for the entry requirements.

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

Sport Applicant Days

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 Cardiff School of Sport, as applicants may have the chance to change option.

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

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

Contact Us

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

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

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