BA (Hons) Sports Studies

Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence is the perfect place for you to kick-start your career in sport with our Sports Studies course.

Key facts

  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Start date January 2022, September 2022
  • Duration 48 months
  • Mode of study Full-time, Campus based
  • UCAS Code C600
  • Study abroad opportunities

Overview

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Interested in the management and delivery of sport? Wonder how psychology enhances sports performance? Considered the local and global importance and impact of sport? If you’re thinking about a career in sport, a Sports Studies degree from Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence will help you be the difference.

We’ve developed a course that provides our graduates with a breadth of knowledge and practical experiences that can be applied to a wide range of sport related careers. Our course is flexible - we offer a wide variety of module options and it can be combined with a range of subjects, including Accountancy, Film and Media, History, Business Studies, Journalism, Marketing, and Psychology.

You can choose from modules exploring four subject areas:

  1. Sports Policy and Management
  2. Physical Activity and Health
  3. Development of Sport
  4. Sport, Culture and Society

In addition, our extracurricular volunteering opportunities and Sport Union clubs enable you to earn qualifications and gain valuable sport management experience alongside your academic degree.

 

We enjoy strong partnerships with many national governing bodies of sport and other sporting organisations (some of which are based on campus), so you’ll benefit from seminars with industry experts and numerous opportunities to gain valuable networking and practical experiences.

This is  all delivered in a unique and rewarding studying and sporting environment with access to the University's world-class sports facilities. The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide named us Sports University of the Year in 2020.

Our Sports Studies graduates are pursuing successful careers in a broad range of roles including sports development, coaching, management, as well as teaching in schools, colleges and universities in the UK and overseas.

Top reasons to study with us

Professional accreditation

We're The Times and The Sunday Times Sports University of the Year 2020.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for your country/region

Year 1 entry – Four-year honours

SQA Highers
AABB - by the end of S5
AAAB - by the end of S6

GCE A-levels
BBB

IB Diploma
30 points

BTEC (Level 3)
DDM

Widening access students
Widening access students may be eligible for an adjusted offer of entry. To find out if this applies to you go to our widening access pages.

Care-experienced applicants will be guaranteed an offer of a place if they meet the minimum entry requirements.

Year 2 entry – Three-year honours

SQA Advanced Higher
ABB

GCE A-level
ABB

IB Diploma
35

Essential subjects
Physical Education

Other Scottish qualifications

Scottish HNC/HND
Year one minimum entry - Bs in graded units.

Access courses
University of Stirling access course - for mature students only. You must pass the course with 50% or above.

SWAP access course - for mature students only. Please check the SWAP progression routes document for details.

Email our Admissions Team for advice about other access courses.

Foundation Apprenticeships
Considered to be equivalent to 1 Higher at Grade B

Other qualifications

English, Welsh and Northern Irish HNC/HND
Merits and Distinctions

English, Welsh and Northern Irish access courses
Access to Higher Education - 60 credits, minimum 45 at QCF Level 3, pass at 60% or above.

Essential subjects
Physical Education

Advanced entry

Year 2 entry
Entry into Year 2 may be possible depending on your HNC/HND course. To find out more go to our articulation pages.

Other qualifications
Advanced entry may by possible depending on your qualifications. To find out more go to our advanced entry page.

 

Additional information

General entrance requirements apply

If you’ve taken exams over two sittings, repeated an exam, or been upgraded, the entrance requirements may be higher.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 169 with minimum of 162 in each skill
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 with minimum 162 in each skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

If you are from India, Bangladesh, Ghana or Nigeria please also check your country/region specific page for any additional, or changes to, English language requirements.

For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on English language requirements.

Pre-sessional English language courses

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses

Course details

You’ll be introduced to the core Sports Studies modules in Year 1, covering aspects of sport in society; patterns of participation in sport and physical activity; the foundations of sport and exercise science; and sports business, finance and management.

Year 2 explores issues and concepts in sport, reflecting on the historical development of sport, the foundations of physical activity and the psychology of sport – again with the option to study further subjects.

In addition to two core modules in Years 3 and 4 (Research Methods in Sports Studies and Readings in Sports Studies), you can specialise by choosing seven modules from:

  • Sport Governance
  • PE, School Sport and Youth Culture
  • Sports Medicine, Health and Wellbeing
  • Sports Policy
  • Sports Marketing
  • Psychology of Exercise, Physical Activity and Health
  • Managing the Business of Sport
  • Coaching Sports
  • Development of Excellence in Sport
  • Doping in Sport: Scandals and Policy Responses

Please note that as these are optional modules they can be subject to change.

A work experience module is also available in Years 3 and 4, with opportunities to gain valuable work experience in governing bodies of sport, local authorities, leisure trusts, professional sports clubs, or other community sports organisations. You can then complete your Honours year by undertaking an independent study project on a sport topic of your choice.

Our scenic campus is home to a wide range of sports facilities, including:

  • 50m swimming pool
  • fitness centre
  • eight-court sports hall
  • nine grass and artificial pitches
  • 10 tennis courts

Are you keen on participating in sport during your studies? At Stirling, it couldn’t be easier. With 1,500 members, our Sports Union has almost 50 different clubs that will allow you get involved, meet new people and enjoy your sport of choice.

Recommended reading

Each module has core texts, with further recommended reading and background reading expected. All texts are available in the University library and through electronic journal subscriptions.

Modules

The module information below is intended only as an example of what you may study and features details for the current academic year (2021/22). Modules are regularly reviewed and are subject to future changes.

Course details

Teaching

Students are taught through a mix of lectures, seminars, practicals and workshops. There are six weekly lectures - two per module - supported by seminars and workshops. On top of this core contact time, around 30 hours of independent study is expected each week. In addition to conventional lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops, Sports Studies uses a virtual learning environment and internet technology to support its teaching programme.

The University of Stirling achieved five stars for teaching in the QS Stars University Ratings 2021

Assessment

Assessment is blended by a combination of coursework, group project work, group and individual presentations, online assessments and end-of-module examinations.

Study abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to study abroad through our well-established connection with several North American, Australian and European universities.

Find out more about our study abroad opportunities.

Fees and funding

Fees and costs

Academic year: 2021/22 2022/23
Scottish students £1,820* £1,820 *
Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland £9,250 £9,250
European Union students £15,100 £15,900
Overseas students (non-EU) £15,100 £15,900

Scottish students

* This fee is set by the Scottish Government and is subject to change.

You will be charged the annual tuition fee each year when you enrol.

Although you’re liable for annual tuition fees, students domiciled in Scotland can apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government on their behalf. If you’re unsure of your fee status, you can check your eligibility.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you’ll be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

This tuition fee may be subject to change depending on guidance provided by the UK Government.

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

You can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, from your relevant funding body. Students from the Republic of Ireland who are living in the Common Travel Area of the UK, Islands or Ireland and are starting a course of study in Scotland in session 2021/22 will be entitled to apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. See more information on the SAAS website.

We also offer additional funding – such as our Honours Year Scholarship – for students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. See our funding opportunities below for more information.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

European Union students

For EU students starting studies in academic year 2022/23, we will award an automatic scholarship of up to £30k over the duration of your course. This is subject to eligibility criteria.

Students from the Republic of Ireland should see the fee and funding information under England, Wales, NI and Republic of Ireland.

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Overseas students (non-EU)

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Additional costs

There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.

Funding opportunities

Sports Scholarships

See details of our International Sports Scholarship Programme.

See what funding opportunities and loans are available to help you with tuition and living costs.

Students domiciled in Scotland

The University of Stirling offers undergraduate funding opportunities for students domiciled in Scotland. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

EU students

For EU students starting studies in academic year 2021/22, we will award an automatic scholarship of up to £30k over the duration of your course. This is subject to eligibility criteria.

Students domiciled in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

The Undergraduate Choice Scholarship provides a £1,000 cash award to all students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Republic of Ireland who meet the conditions of their offer and select the University of Stirling as their Firm or Insurance choice on UCAS.

The University also offers the Undergraduate Merit Scholarship, which is awarded to selected students and provides a £1,000 cash award per year for years 1-3 of study. To be considered for the Merit Scholarship, students require a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent.

In addition, students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland who enter in year 1 and progress successfully through years 2 and 3 will receive our Honours Year Scholarship, which covers the cost of undergraduate tuition fees in the Honours year of study.

You don’t need to apply for the awards listed above - we'll automatically identify your eligibility as part of the admissions process.

To explore other scholarships and learn more about funding opportunities, use our scholarship finder.

Students domiciled overseas

The University of Stirling offers generous undergraduate funding opportunities for overseas students. To find out if you're eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

Cost of living

If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling.

Payment options

We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay.

After you graduate

What jobs can you get with a Sports Studies degree?

Job opportunities include working as a sports coach; teacher; consultant; or a manager or administrator for employers such as a local authority, commercial and voluntary sport organisation or governing bodies of sport.

Careers in the sport sector account for around three percent of all jobs in Scotland, according to a recent study by Cambridge Econometrics. A number of exciting opportunities for well-qualified students have arisen from the legacy of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup.

This is set to continue as Scotland hosts a number of future sporting events. Many of our graduates have gone on to work as:

  • sport development officers, working with sporting governing bodies to develop sport – both here in Scotland and abroad
  • managers of sport facilities in sport and leisure trusts across the UK
  • administrators for national governing bodies and sport policy agencies, such as sportscotland
  • sport officers working with charities in developing nations to use sport to build communities
  • personal trainers in health and fitness organisations
  • coaches working with development teams in a number of sports, such as football and rugby

This course is designed to enhance knowledge and understanding of sport across a range of academic disciplines, and prepares students for a variety of careers in sport.

We work closely with industry to ensure everything we teach you is relevant, and will boost your employability within the sector. Staff actively seek positions with key sports organisations to ensure what is taught reflects contemporary issues affecting the sports industry today. Examples of this include Stephen Morrow’s work with football managers, John Mather’s support of referees for the SRU and Justine Allan’s coaching of the Scotland Women’s U18 hockey team.

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What our students said

Christian Bond
Christian Bond
England
BA (Hons) Journalism and Sport Studies
Being completely honest, I’d never heard of Stirling before we went and had a look – and I knew straight away I wanted to go here. My passions revolve around sport, and the sports facilities were first-class – and the campus was beautiful.
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Mark Pirie
Mark Pirie
Scotland
BA (Hons) Sport Studies
The University of Stirling is the best in Scotland for sport. I love the atmosphere at the University, its values are similar to my own, and I just knew that this would be a great place to study, work and meet new people.
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