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BA (Hons) Sport Studies

This programme of study examines the development and cultural significance of sport in modern societies.

It aims to provide a coherent, academically rigorous and vocationally relevant education, which will enable you to be a critical and reflective member of the sport industry.

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Course Length:

3 years Full Time

Postgraduate Pathways

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include PGCE and Masters. 

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Entry Requirements and Fees

2019 UK fee: £9,250

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels (or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical): 104 to 120 UCAS Tariff points to include at least one grade C (other than General Studies) at A level.

BTEC / Cambridge Technical: DMM - MMM

GCSEs: English language and mathematics at grade C or better.

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Access to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 15 credits worth of units at Merit

Enhanced DBS check required.

Student view

Lauren Whitehouse
Sport Studies
I chose to come to Chichester because I liked the look of the facilities and the campus. I came to an Open Day and I really liked the sound of the course.

Course content

The programme is designed for those who have achieved a threshold level of qualification for entry into Higher Education. Appropriate qualifications may be drawn from a wide variety of awarding bodies but applicants should have a keen interest in the organisation, administration and structure of sport and how sport can relate to the self-identities of individuals.

The programme aims to provide a coherent, academically rigorous and vocationally relevant education, which will enable students to be a critical and reflective member of the industry of sport.

Successful completion of the programme will equip applicants with the necessary knowledge and skills that will facilitate entry into a wide range of careers, for example sport development, sport policy-making and sport management.

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we have redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available as you study for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.  All of our facilities are designed for academic teaching, research, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions and for your social/recreational use throughout the week and weekends.

The world-class Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is the focus of sporting activities, both academic and recreational, at the University. The Tudor Hale Centre for Sport incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness suite.  In addition, there is a sports hall used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee.   Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our brand new Sports Dome, incorporating four indoor tennis courts, our all-weather astro turf pitch, and grass rugby pitch.


  • Brand new Sports Dome, with four tennis courts, three netball courts
  • Sports hall
  • 110m synthetic athletics track
  • Modern fitness suite
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder
  • Grass football and rugby pitches
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court
  • Floodlit synthetic Astro Turf pitch
  • Two seminar rooms
  • Cricket nets

Sport Science Laboratories:

  • Four dedicated psychology labs
  • Two dedicated biomechanics labs
  • Five dedicated physiology labs
  • An environmental chamber to simulate heat, altitude, etc
  • A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space

Where this can take you

We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market. Our students have gone on to work in a variety industries including:

  • Sport development
  • Sport administration in national and local government and governing bodies
  • Sport media
  • Sport management
  • Further study to postgraduate degree or postgraduate teacher training

Work placements

Through our work placements you will develop skills which allow you to apply theory and knowledge in an operational sport or health setting. Placements opportunities are available on most programmes within the Chichester Institute of Sport which provide you with a strong vocational focus.

Chichester Institute of Sport has a dedicated placement coordinator.

Students are ultimately responsible for finding their own placement, however the placement coordinator is available to assist students and has a network of contacts in local clubs and schools.

Our students are from all over the UK, with the majority from the South and South East of England, with a few students from overseas. Many students find work placements in their home towns, as well as local opportunities in Sussex.

Placements are integral to your development as a student and are integrated within University-based work.

You will need to ensure you have all the necessary documentation in place before you start your placement. Some courses will insist that you complete a DBS check on entry to the course and others will require you to complete a check once you have started. Please check that you have completed all necessary documentation before commencing your placement.

To contact the Placement Coordinator please email Clare Deacon – or tel: 01243 793542

Indicative modules

Year 1

  • Analysing Sport
  • Introduction to Sport Business and Management
  • Health and Physical Activity in Contemporary Society
  • Introduction to Sport and Society
  • Principles and Practice of Sport
  • Understanding Mega Sport Events 

Year 2

  • Researching Sport
  • Social-Histories of Sport
  • Sport Policy and Commercialisation 
  • Coaching Physical Performance
  • Coaching Psychology
  • Work Placement
  • Coaching Placement
  • Sport and the Media
  • Critical Insight into Contemporary Sport
  • Children and Youth Sport
  • Sport Marketing
  • Health Promotion and Exercise 

Year 3

  • Dissertation 
  • Extended Dissertation 
  • Sport Development: International Contexts
  • Consuming Fitness and Lifestyle 
  • Sport Subcultures
  • Strategic Planning for Sport
  • Coaching Alternative Sport
  • Community Engagement in Sport
  • Coaching at the Interface of Sport Development
  • Sport Finance
  • Professional Practice in Fitness and Lifestyle 
  • Social-Histories of Football 
  • Advanced Coaching Psychology 
  • Developing Effective Coaching
  • Analysis of Systems and Performance in Football 
  • Managing People in Sport Business 

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

We pride ourselves on the quality of the teaching given to our students. Innovation, enthusiasm and expertise combine to deliver the excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation in this field.

We are committed to learning and teaching. Our team of principal lecturers ensure the techniques and technology used at Chichester position us as a leading authority in this critical part of your education.

When you come to Chichester, you will join a community of students and lecturers working in partnership to ensure that your learning experience reflects best practice and embraces the opportunities presented by new, interactive technologies.

Independent Learning

Central learning facilities are available to complement and support the learning activities you will experience in your taught modules, and will help to foster your confidence in learning independently and managing and presenting information – skills that will be of lasting benefit beyond your time at the University.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, exhibitions, performance/practical work, project work, presentations and seminar discussions.

Our course will include a mix, so that you will be assessed on different types of work. Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress.

You can monitor your own progress, allowing you the opportunity to discuss any issues with your lecturers throughout the course. Special arrangements can be made for students with an identified need.

Additional Costs

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Additional Costs

DBS Costs

Applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check. This currently costs £52.20.