Sports Science and Management (Top-up) BSc (Hons)

sports science and management students playing lacrosse
Mode of Study
1 year full-time (top-up)
Start Date
September 2019


Whether it's for health, fitness, competition or enjoyment, sport is increasingly popular. To flourish in the global sports industry you'll need to study the subject to the highest level.

On this BSc (Hons) Sports Science and Management top-up degree course, you'll build on your previous HND or Foundation degree studies to get a full Bachelor's degree.

When you graduate, your qualification will open doors to the expanding international sports sector. Your career options will include instructing, marketing, events management and teaching as well as continued academic or scientific study.

In the Guardian University Guide 2018 our sports science courses are ranked number 1 in England.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Get career-focused teaching with workplace-orientated assessments
  • Use modern facilities including a biomechanics lab, physiology lab, kinanthropometry lab, immersion pool, and climatic chambers for manipulating temperature, humidity and altitude
  • Boost your CV and share your sporting skill in the local community through our coaching and volunteering scheme

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry or help you identify further study opportunities.

Areas and sectors you could work in include:

  • teaching
  • coaching
  • sport science support
  • sports development and management
  • marketing
  • health and fitness sectors
  • the NHS
  • the military
  • the police force

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

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

You need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit is worth 40 credits.

The core unit on this course is a dissertation project.

Optional units 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.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.

Past students have completed internships at organisations such as:

  • 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

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • lab work
  • tutorials
  • practical industry-related experiences

Your tutor will work with you to prepare you for university study, so you'll be able to hit the ground running.

We work closely with local partners, such as the Portsmouth School Sport Partnership and Portsmouth City Council Leisure Services, to make sure what you learn on the course is current and relevant.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to mid-May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • Mid-May to early June – assessment period 2

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

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

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

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

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.

You’ll need to pay for meals and other living costs when completing compulsory fieldwork. These costs are usually £50–£1000. Travel and accommodation are included in your course fees.

Optional fieldwork

If you take any of the optional fieldwork programmes on this course, you’ll need to cover costs of £50–£1000.


How to apply

Want to start this course in 2019?

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – 3N61
  • our institution code – P80

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.