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Sport Studies - BSc (Hons) Degree


Key Facts

​​​​​UCAS Code: C601

Place of Study: 
Cyncoed Campus

Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences

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.

Part-time fees:
Charges are per single module unless specified: undergraduate = 10 credits. Please contact the programme leader for further information on modules to be studied part-time and how this will affect fees.


Course Overview

​The Sport Studies degree will require you 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. You will continuously challenge your own preconceptions and guiding principles both as to the nature and purposes of modern sports cultures. ​

This course has a strong humanities and social science element and is particularly geared towards those of you 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.​

Should you be interested in the study of the social, cultural, historical, political and ethical aspects of sport you will find the Sport Studies degree is an excellent opportunity to develop your knowledge base and enhance your critical awareness of the phenomenon of sport in society.

Course information on this page relates to September 2018 entry.

​Course Content​

Year One:​

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

Compulsory (Programme Specific):

  • Contemporary Issues in Sport and Physical Education*
  • Sport Studies: A Critical Introduction

Options (Choose two from):

  • Understanding Sport Management
  • Introduction to Sport Development
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science*
  • Sport Performance Analysis
  • Introduction to Sport Coaching/PE*

Year Two:


  • Research process*

Compulsory (Programme Specific):

  • Ethics in Sport
  • Sociological Theory of Sport, Exercise & Health*

Options (Choose three from):

  • Sport Development in Practice
  • Sport Marketing and Entrepreneurship
  • Contemporary People Management
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Sport Performance Analysis
  • Sport Coaching/PE*
  • Problem Based Learning through Outdoor Adventurous Activities
  • Applied Principles and Techniques (Choose two: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Dance, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, HRE, Netball, , Rugby, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Trampolining, Volleyball, Water Polo)
  • Work Experience

Year Three:


  • Independent Project*

Compulsory (Programme Specific):

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

Options  (Choose two from):

  • Commercial Approaches to Sport
  • Marketing and Event Management
  • Problem Based Learning for Coaching*
  • Exercise Psychology
  • Sport Psychology
  • Exercise Physiology for Health*
  • Advanced Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Sport Performance Analysis
  • Work Experience*
  • Sport in Context
  • Problem Based Learning Through Outdoor Adventurous Activities

* Module also available through medium of Welsh.

Learning & Teaching

The learning and teaching methods 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.

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.


The assessment strategies within the Sport Studies programme are diverse and provide enough flexibility for students to pursue and develop individual interests.  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.

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.

Employability & Careers

The sport studies degree will prepare you 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, you will  have the opportunity to progress onto postgraduate 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 will make you on graduation 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. You should be equipped for Graduate Employment Schemes and a broad range of jobs within the graduate sector.​

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Applicants should normall​y 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 112-120 points from 3 A levels (or equivalent) dependent on overall academic profile, sporting profile and strength of personal statement. Preferred subjects include Physical Education and a social science/humanities subject (e.g. History, sociology, psychology, English literature or language) at A Level.  Typical offers may include​:

  • A Levels: 112-120 points to include grades BB. Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be considered as a third subject

  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DDM - DMM in a relevant subject
  • VTCT Extended Diploma in Sports Studies: DDM - DMM overall
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: 112-120 points to include grades CC
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 112-120 points from Highers to include 3 x H2 grades (minimum grade considered at Higher is H4)
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: Pass with 15 credits with Distinction and 30 credits with Merit
  • Applicants should preferably have a strong sporting profile

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.

Applicants are normally made an offer based on the details above. For applicants who are only undertaking 2 A levels (or equivalent) or are not predicted to meet the standard tariff offer above, applications will be considered based on the strength of the whole academic profile and we may issue a graded offer in lieu of an offer using the UCAS Tariff.

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​. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

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. 

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

Part-time applications should be made direct to the University at:

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3

If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff Met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.

Contact Us

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

For course specific enquiries, please contact the Programme Support Team:

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting