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BA (Hons) Sports Studies (Top-up)

Academy of Sport


This programme provides an inter-disciplinary approach to the study of sport, enabling you to develop a range of relevant and appropriate transferable skills in preparation for employment. It has been designed to enable you to apply theoretical concepts to practical environments, focusing on problem solving and solution-based approaches to contemporary issues and concerns.The programme offers a range of tutor-led, peer-led and work-related activities, enabling you to develop reflective practice, transferable skills and engage with the current issues and concerns relating to the sector.

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This programme is run in partnership with the University of Derby.

As a University of Derby partner student, you will have access to the university’s virtual learning environment, including UDo and on-line journals and texts, as well as to their library facilities.

Entry requirements

Please note: the university is planning to re-validate this course. If you register an interest, we will contact you.

To start this course you will be expected to have successfully completed a minimum of one of the following:

  • At least 240 credits on a relevant foundation degree, with a minimum grade profile of 55%.
  • At least 240 credits on a relevant HND with a minimum of a merit profile.
  • Other relevant Level 5 qualification. 

We also normally require GCSE English language and maths at grade C/grade 4 or above: English and maths at Level 2 are essential requirements. 

You may also be required to undertake a self-funded Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prior to undertaking this course.

Start dates and fees

Course fees are payable for each year of all university-level courses. To identify your course fees and the financial support that may be available to you, please see the HE section of the website or contact a member of the HE team at the college.

Provisional timetables will be discussed at interview, and confirmed in the final joining instructions which all students will receive in July.

Additional costs: Every student is different, but as a rough guide you should allow for the following costs of study, on top of basic stationery and IT costs, per year:

Essential: Between £100-£300 on books. Up to £100 on visits, events, etc.              

Where applicable: £44 on DBS check

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual FeeActions
Sep 20201 yr(s)1871D1£7150.00Apply

How long is the course?

This is a one-year full-time programme, normally delivered two days a week for six hours each day. You will also need to dedicate significant time to research and work outside the classroom.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be based on coursework and will include a research project, written assignments, practical case studies and critical reflections. Some assessment will be work-related enabling you to apply your learning to a specific work-based context.

What does the course lead to?

Career prospects for graduates of this course include teaching, professional coaching and schools co-ordinator roles for local authorities and sports organisations, sports therapy, sports medicine, personal training, teaching or the uniformed services.

What will I study?

  • Applied Sport and Exercise
  • Professional Practice
  • Independent Research Project
  • Pedagogy and Sport (FdA progressors)
  • Analysis of Sport Performance (Fda Progressors)
  • Exercise Prescription (FdSc progressors)
  • Training and Performance (FdSc progressors)

Module titles may change.

What can I go on to study?

Upon completion of the BA (Hons) Sport Studies (top-up) award and subject to meeting entry requirements, students will have the opportunity to progress to the MRes Sport and Exercise at the University of Derby or alternative post-graduate study elsewhere.

How do I apply?

Please complete our online application form, paying particular attention to previous qualifications and the personal statement. If you experience any difficulty, please contact the Vision University Centre on 01623 627191 ext: 8996, or email the HE team at

Applications to our full-time undergraduate courses should be made through UCAS.

Apply via UCAS

However, if you have your results or only wish to apply to this college we may be able to process the application through UCAS for you.

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Next steps

Applications to our full-time undergraduate courses should be made through UCAS.

Apply via UCAS

However, if you have your results or only wish to apply to this college we may be able to process the application through UCAS for you.

Apply online

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