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Sport Performance Analysis - BSc (Hons) Degree

Entry Year

​The BSc (Hons) Sport Performance Analysis degree at Cardiff Met 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 the application of athlete tracking techniques.

The core modules in the Sport Performance Analysis degree are complemented and supplemented by modules drawn from relevant areas of coaching, pedagogy and 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.

Foundation Year

This degree can be studied as a three-year full-time degree or a four-year degree that includes a year of foundational study. Our foundation year is intended to prepare you for your subsequent years of studying, offering you the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence​.

​The foundation year will be relevant to​:

  1. Students who have not achieved the required A-level points (or equivalent) score to enter the first year of the degree programme.
  2. Mature students who have been out of the formal education system for some time.

Find out more about the foundation year​​.

Please note: You will need to apply using a specific UCAS code if you wish to undertake the 4 years including foundation. Please refer to Key Course Information at the bottom of this page.

​​Course Content​

In the first year of study you will undertake six compulsory modules. Throughout these modules’ you will explore key concepts in the field of sport performance analysis, before progressing onto the use and application of commercial analysis technologies. You will also undertake modules to facilitate your transition into studying at a university level, investigate Sport and Exercise Science theories, as well as having opportunities to gain recognised vocational coaching and professional industry relevant qualifications.

Level 4 (year one)

  • Research and Scholarship*
  • Applied Sports Pedagogy
  • Performance Analysis in Sport
  • Performance Analysis Technologies
  • Athlete Learning in Sport Performance Analysis
  • Fundamentals of Sport & Exercise Sport


  • Dwyieithrwydd (Bilignualism)*​

The second year builds upon the first year with sport performance analysis modules helping you to further explore analytical and feedback theories within analysis, coaching and athlete learning, whilst also gaining greater focus on the application of this knowledge in an applied setting. A vocationally driven area, you will have opportunities to develop your early professional identity in the field of sports performance analysis through work related learning (e.g. expert/guest lectures) and work-based learning (e.g. placements). A key area, work-based learning is designed to enable you to apply your knowledge from the programme in real-world settings and to gain value experience to use as a foundation for future employment.

Level 5 (year two)

  • Research Design and Practice*
  • Sport Performance Analysis and The Role of The Analyst
  • Technique Analysis and Skill Acquisition
  • Data Analysis & Visualisation in Sport
  • Professional Placement*


  • Applied Sports Pedagogy
  • Multidisciplinary Approaches to Sport
  • and Health
  • Enterprise in Sport & Health

The final year of study provides you with the opportunity to explore contemporary areas associated with the field of sports performance analysis. You will critically explore and apply problem solving skills to related theoretical areas as well as undertake applied analysis tasks associated with the role of a performance analyst in high performance sport. The final year focuses upon developing you as an independent, driven learner that can take control of your learning and ensure that this aligns with your first step into graduate employment or further study.

Level 6 (year three)

  • Final Project*
  • Contemporary Performance Analysis
  • Managing High Performance Sport


  • Industry Placement*
  • Sports Data Analytics
  • Applied Coaching & Performance Analysis Problems
  • Sport Broadcast & Analysis​

*modules available through the medium of Welsh

Learning & Teaching

Effective learning, teaching and assessment methods underpin the educational aims and the learning outcomes of all of our programmes and modules. Learning and teaching methods may include lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and practical sessions. Our Virtual Learning Environment is also an integral aspect of the learning package that supports the needs of our students.

Lead lectures introduce key topics and concepts, whilst seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions focus on the application of key concepts with the aim of enhancing the student experience and engagement. You will also meet tutors on a one to one basis. As a school, we work hard to provide student-centred learning opportunities that deliver a high quality and flexible learning environment.

Learning and teaching methods emphasise and facilitate the development of your critical reasoning, and encourage the integration of practice and theory. Throughout your programme, you will experience both tutor-led learning and self-directed methods of learning, increasing independence and reflection and encouraging you to develop a positive attitude toward lifelong learning.

Our teaching and learning methods embed the Cardiff Met 'EDGE' (Ethical, Global, Digital & Entrepreneurial) skills and you will be well equipped to demonstrate graduate attributes expected of you in an increasingly competitive world of work. We aim to help you to develop into reflective professionals and critical scholars. In your sport programme at Cardiff Met, you will encounter a learning experience from induction to graduation that is coherent and develops your identity within your programme of study.

Specific features of the learning experience of the learning experience on Sport Performance Analysis include:

  • Internationally renowned researchers and practitioners that are integral to the learning package offered to our students.
  • World-class, Sport Performance Analysis specific facilities to enhance the student learning experience.
  • Widely recognised as one of the of the flagship Sport Performance Analysis programmes in the UK, with a unique on campus work-based learning model supported by specialist staff.


The assessment strategies for each module vary to ensure that most appropriate method is implemented for your area of study. Modes of assessment are designed to both enhance your learning experience and to acknowledge that you have fulfilled the learning outcomes linked to each module. Assessment also ensures that you 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 your learning experience by providing opportunities for you to engage in formative and summative assessments to test your knowledge, ability, skill, and critical understanding. The undergraduate modules are assessed by a combination of assessment types. For example:

  • written coursework
  • poster presentations
  • oral presentations
  • portfolios
  • seen and unseen exams
  • practical skills
  • other activities designed to assess, develop, and enhance academic and employability skills.

You will be expected to complete a final project as part of the assessment of your honours degree. Final projects are major pieces of work that may be a research, innovation, consultancy or community project. ​

Employability & Careers

The Cardiff Met EDGE supports you to thrive in the modern world. Throughout your degree you will experience a range of opportunities to develop your ethical, digital, global and entrepreneurial competencies through problem-based learning, real-world industry case studies, integrated work experiences on campus and opportunities for work-based learning placements off campus. We will ensure that you get a range of opportunities to develop transferable skills such as communication, team work and leadership.

During your first year of study you will get the opportunity to undertake technical qualifications in a range of industry relevant areas including sport coaching, exercise training & health and safety. These opportunities will ensure that you have the appropriate qualifications and experience to apply for one of the many work placement opportunities on offer both on and off campus. We will also support you to seek opportunities to work or study abroad. Work placements can give you a critical EDGE in gaining professional employment on graduation. Students who have graduated from BSc Sport Performance Analysis have gone on to work in careers both within and beyond the Sport Industry.

The day to day culture of performance analysis provision, coupled with vocationally relevant experiences, creates an environment complementary to learning and professional development. This is exemplified by the successful recruitment of graduates by major clubs and International teams in a range of sports. Recent graduates from BSc Sport Performance Analysis are now working for the English Institute of Sport, Sport Wales, Welsh Rugby Union, Scarlets Rugby, Scottish Rugby Union, Bath RFC, Southampton FC, Swansea City AFC, Bristol City LFC and further afield, such as New South Wales Institute of Sport in Australia. Other students have continued onto further study at master’s and doctoral level.

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Typical Offers

​The following requirements are based on typical offers relevant to entering year 1 of the degree.

If you do not meet these entry requirements, we also offer a Foundation Year​ which allows progression to Year 1 upon successful completion.

  • Tariff points: 120-128
  • Contextual offer: See our contextual offers page.
  • GCSE: Five GCSEs at Grade C / 4 or above to include English Language / Welsh First Language, Mathematics / Mathematics – Numeracy.
  • English Language Requirement: Academic IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in all elements, or equivalent.
  • A level subjects: Minimum three A levels to include grades BB. No specific subjects required. Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as a third subject.
  • BTEC National / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DDM
  • T Level: Merit – Distinction.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. No specific subjects required.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: Higher level Grade 6. No specific subjects required.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 3 x H2. No specific subjects required. Higher level subjects only considered, with a minimum grade H4.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: Grades CC. No specific subjects required. Scottish Highers are also considered, either on their own or in combination with Advanced Highers.

Combinations of the above qualifications are accepted if they meet our minimum requirements. If your qualifications aren’t listed, please contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search.

Further information on Overseas qualifications can be found here.

If you are a mature applicant, have relevant experience or RPL that you would like us to consider, please contact Admissions.

How to Apply

Further information on how to apply can be found here.

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:

We endeavour to deliver courses as described and will not normally make changes to courses, such as course title, content, delivery, and teaching provision. However, it may be necessary for the university to make changes in the course provision before or after enrolment. It reserves the right to make variations to content or delivery methods, including discontinuation or merging courses if such action is considered necessary. Please read our Terms and Conditions for the full information.

Key Course Information

​​​​​UCAS Codes:
C690 - 3-year degree
C69F - 4-year degree (including foundation year)​

Place of Study:
Cyncoed Campus

Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences

Course Length:
Three years full-time or four years full-time including Foundation year.

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.

Degree Highlights

In this short introduction video, Programme Director Adam Cullinane tells us more about the degree in Sport Performance Analysis.

Meet The Team: Gemma Davies

Meet Gemma Davies, Level 4 Tutor and Lecturer on the BSc Sport Performance Analysis degree at Cardiff Met, who shares her passion for the subject.


“Studying Sport Performance Analysis at Cardiff Met has allowed me to follow my passion of sport and analysis and to be able to work within a high performance environment mixing with future professional sportsmen and women. The depth of knowledge and experience that the lecturers possess is unlike any other analysis course around. The variety of modules and opportunities on the course allow for students to harbour numerous new skills that enhance us as analysts looking to the future and careers within the elite sporting sector.”

Tom Whittenbury
BSc (Hons) Sport Performance Analysis

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Sport Facilities

The University continues to invest in its world-class sporting facilities at the Cyncoed campus to enhance the performance and academic development of all our students.