BSc (Hons) Sports Science and Management (Top-up) - University of Portsmouth
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BSc (Hons)

Sports Science and Management (Top-up)

UCAS code3N61

full time1yrs

Develop your knowledge and skills in a range of subject areas allied to sports management and sports science

Course Overview

Why take this course?

Sport increasingly impacts on people's lives, whether in terms of health, fitness, participation, excellence or just for enjoyment. We strongly believe that sports professionals should study their subject to the highest level in order to flourish in the global sports industry.

This course offers students the chance to gain a full undergraduate honours degree and will facilitate the development of your knowledge and skills in a range of subject areas allied to sports management and sports science.

In the Guardian University Guide 2018 our Sports Science courses are ranked number one in England.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Use specialist facilities, including one of the largest swimming flumes in the country
  • Experience career focused teaching with vocationally orientated assessments 
  • Choose to take a careers based unit or industry placement year, enabling you to gain work experience in an area related to sports science and management

What opportunities might it lead to?

With an estimated worth in excess of £110 billion, the global sports industry is growing rapidly. As a graduate of the BSc (Hons) Sports Science and Management course you will have the ability to access graduate level positions in this burgeoning market. The knowledge and skills that you will gain on the course could lead to a range of sports related careers and professions.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • sports science support
  • strength and conditioning and coaching
  • health and fitness training/advising/promotion
  • sports development/management/promotion
  • coaching
  • events management
  • marketing
  • teaching
  • various roles in the health and fitness industry


Emma Burnett, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science student 2012

The lab classes enhance what you have already learnt during lectures.

Emma Burnett, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science student 2012


Sports Science

Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • Looking at the theory then putting it into practice
  • The challenging yet supportive environment in which to study
  • Use of some of the best facilities in the country that are not just for research purposes

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Structure & Teaching

During the course there will be a single core unit, which is the dissertation project. The other units that will make up the programme are listed below and the exact programme design will depend upon your previous studies.

The course is structured to extend the knowledge you have gained during your Foundation Degree or HND. As such, the units you will study will build on your existing knowledge base.

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • International Perspectives on Sport, Leisure and Business
  • Strategic Planning in Sport
  • Applied Biomechanics
  • Paediatric Exercise and Health
  • Sport and Nutrition
  • Applied Injury and Rehabilitation
  • Environmental and Occupational Physiology
  • Physiological Approaches to Training and Assessment
  • Physical Activity Prescription and Promotion
  • Professional Practice in Sports Psychology
  • Professional Practice in Coaching and Learning
  • Social and Psychosocial Analysis of Sport
  • Sports Marketing and Sponsorship

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Teaching and Assessment

We aim to cater to all student learning styles. Our teaching approaches include lectures, seminars, laboratory work, tutorials and work in field settings. We ensure to provide an enjoyable and interactive environment, in addition to valuable tutorial support throughout your degree.

As part of the course you will experience vocationally orientated assessments designed to replicate industry related practice. This is designed to help you to prepare for a career in the sports industry.

How are you assessed?

We employ a varied assessment strategy and assess you throughout the course. Here’s how:

  • written exams
  • essays and lab reports
  • projects, portfolios and case studies
  • practical demonstrations
  • oral assessments through presentations or discussion groups

Tutor's view


Kieren McEwan
Sport and Exercise Science

This unique course offers students who possess either a HND or Foundation Degree qualification an invaluable route to a full undergraduate degree. By studying this one year course you will be able to maximise your employability and career potential.

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Facilities & Features


You will learn in several different environments including our biomechanics and physiology labs. These house some of the country’s finest facilities, such as:

  • 3 climatic chambers for manipulating temperature, humidity and altitude
  • an immersion pool
  • a swimming flume
  • an automated tracking system
  • visual 3D software

UP for Sport

Share your sporting skills through our UP for Sport scheme. Take on a volunteer coaching opportunity in the local community to boost your CV and gain formal qualifications.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

Other costs to consider

The cost of travel or accommodation for compulsory fieldwork is included with your course fee, but you will be expected to pay for meals and other subsistence costs. These costs will be in the region of £50 - £1000.

For optional programmes of fieldwork, costs will be in the region of £50 - £1000.


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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

Career prospects
Where next?

You can expect to find a career in many specific areas such as teaching, coaching, sport science support, sports development and management, marketing and the health and fitness sectors. The NHS, the military and the police force have all been destinations for some of our graduates. 

The course also provides a sound platform for more general employment opportunities, as well as further postgraduate study.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • PE teacher
  • fitness instructor
  • NVQ coordinator
  • sports development officer
  • sports and exercise scientist
  • sports therapist and physiotherapist
  • cardiac rehabilitation technician

Work experience

Work experience
Employment boosting opportunities

There are many opportunities for students to gain work experience in a relevant field.

Past internships have been hosted by:

  • England Badminton
  • England Volleyball
  • Hampshire County Cricket
  • Hampshire Football Association
  • Parkwood Leisure
  • Portsmouth Football Club
  • Southampton Football Club
  • Sport Hampshire and IOW
  • Surrey Ladies Golf

Career planning

Career planning

To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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Apply now or visit us

Apply for 2018 entry

To apply, you'll need this course's UCAS code, which is at the top of this page, and the University of Portsmouth institution code – P80.

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