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University College Birmingham

Sport and Fitness Studies

UCAS Code: CN07

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

UCB will accept A Level in General Studies for this course and will also take into consideration applicants who are studying an extended project.

Access to HE Diploma

D:15

You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points. A minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff

96

Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required. If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040 or email admissions@ucb.ac.uk.

92%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

3.0 years | Full-time | 2019

Subject

Sports studies

**Course snapshot**

Graduates with broad experience and excellent skills are highly sought after in the sport and fitness industries. Whether you are interested in coaching, fitness training, teaching or a combination of areas, UCB's Sport and Fitness Studies degree course will ensure you are well-placed to exploit opportunities in this dynamic employment market. You'll have access to brand new, state-of-the-art sports and fitness facilities, while our industry links will give you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience as well as a range of further accredited qualifications.

**Who’s the course for?**

Our course is suitable for anyone interested in a career working within sport and fitness, including areas such as sports coaching and development, fitness training, teaching or even working with the armed forces.

**Why should I study the course?**

- As a UCB sports student, you'll have exclusive use of our brand new sports facilities and equipment at our new campus building, Moss House (opening in 2019), while you'll also be able to use the state-of-the-art all-weather pitch at Avery Fields.

- Thanks to UCB's links with the sports industry, you will have work experience opportunities as well as being able to gain further industry qualifications in areas such as personal training and coaching.

- Our optional modules will allow you to study specialist subjects within sport and fitness that interest you, while you'll also work on your own research project, giving you the chance to critically analyse a particular area of exercise, health and wellness that matches your career aspirations.

**Great. Tell me some more**

Our facilities feature an extensive range of equipment, including a fully-equipped gym and sports hall, fitness testing equipment, anatomical models and a human performance laboratory. Our new campus building, Moss House, will also feature a cutting-edge gym with the latest equipment and sports technology, as well as a 35-metre indoor running track to assess speed and performance.

You will also have use of the state-of-the-art all-weather pitch at Avery Fields, which we share with leading Birmingham rugby club Bournville RFC. The purpose-built, 15-acre site has undergone a £3 million transformation, with the pitch situated alongside two new grass pitches and an impressive clubhouse including a function room, modern changing facilities and a physiotherapy suite.

Alongside your degree, we offer the option for you to gain a range of industry-accredited qualifications, including Level 2 Certificate Fitness Instructor (NCFE), Level 3 Personal Trainer (NCFE) and 1st4Sport Level 2 Award in Multi-Skills Sports Coaching.

You will need to buy a uniform for this course - UCB can help cover the costs for this through our Kick Start scheme.

**What skills will I gain?**

You will gain a strong knowledge of anatomy, physiology, exercise, fitness and sports coaching, and learn to apply these skills in practical and relevant ways.

Through our choice of optional modules, you can develop further knowledge and skills in specialist areas such as nutrition, performance analysis, marketing or even learning a foreign language.

The research project will hone your independent learning, problem-solving, analysis and data presentation skills as well as giving you in-depth knowledge of an industry subject that interests you.

**What about the future?**

Completing this course will prepare you for a career in the exercise, health and wellness sector. Potential pathways open to you include:

- Coaching

- Sports development

- Fitness instructor/personal trainer

- Strength and conditioning

- Armed forces or uniformed services

- Teaching or lecturing (via a PGCE qualification)

You can also progress to postgraduate level study, including a PGCE course at UCB should you wish to pursue a teaching role.

Modules

Year 1: Healthy Lifestyle, Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Academic Skills, Sport in Society, Fitness Training, Coaching Principles.

Year 2: Fitness Training 2, Sports Psychology, Industrial and Personal Development, Research for Sport, Sports Coaching.

One option from: Enterprise Start-up Studies, Modern Languages (Lower Intermediate), Sports Nutrition, Voluntary Initiative, Health, Fitness and Wellbeing.

Year 3: Sports Psychology 2, Applied Fitness Training and Programming, Research Project.

Two options from: Nutrition for Performance, Sports Coaching and the Development of Expertise, Sports Marketing.

Assessment methods

- **Teaching**
Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and a typical teaching week will have up to 12 contact hours made up as follows:

- Large group teaching: 6 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
- Smaller group teaching: 3 hours of teaching in smaller groups
- Tutorials: 3 hours being a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials per week
- Field trips and visits: In the final year, UCB will fund a 2 day residential to St Georges Park at a cost of approximately £250 per student

- **Individual study**
In addition, you are expected to commit to approximately 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material.

- **Assessment**
Assessment is designed to provide you an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of assessment methods are used.

An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:

- Coursework - 55%
- Practical assessment - 35%
- Written examinations - 10%

Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£10,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University College Birmingham

Department:

School of Sports and Creative Studies - BA/BSc

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

79%
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Sports studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sport and exercise sciences

Teaching and learning

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
94%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
77%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
63%
Male students
37%
Female students
52%
2:1 or above
24%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
E
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sport and exercise sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
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Average annual salary
97%
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Employed or in further education
96%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

32%
Health associate professionals
8%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
7%
Sports and fitness occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

One of the fastest growing subjects in the country, the number of sports science graduates went from under 3,000 in 2003 to over 10,000 in 2013. Numbers have fallen slightly since 2015, but we still have over 9,000 graduates in the subject. However, the good news is the country's appetite for good health and fitness - and the adaptability of graduates in the subject - means that sports science grads are less likely than average to be out of work. Sports science graduates, not surprisingly, tend to get jobs in sport, fitness and health - coaching and teaching especially - but they're found all over the economy. Management and business are also popular options for graduates from this subject — and sports science graduates are particularly found where drive, determination and physical fitness are an advantage.

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