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Sports Studies (Top-Up)
Undergraduate course
BSc (Hons)

Sports Studies (Top-Up)

International Scholarships available

Overview

Designed for those with a foundation degree or high-level HND in a related subject, this course covers a wide range of areas within sport.

Depending on your previous experience and learning, you will be able to tailor your degree to your career ambitions - whether they lie in coaching, physical education, sport development, sport business, sport marketing, physical activity and health or aspects of sports science, this is an opportunity to refine your expertise and top-up your qualification to a degree with just one year of additional study. Your career success will be central to this course and we will give you the skills to enhance your employability.

You will meet with your course leader and personal tutor during induction week in order to pick your specific area of study.

You will be able to choose one of the following eight areas:
1. Sports Coaching
2. Physical Education
3. Physical Education with Outdoor Education
4. Physical Activity & Health
5. Sport Development
6. Sport Business
7. Sports Marketing
8. Sports Science

SPORT AND ACTIVE LIFESTYLES

We're passionate about sport and at our University there's a huge range of sports and activities for you to get involved in, including more than 40 sports clubs. If you'd like to find out more about what we have to offer - including our Carnegie Sports Scholarship Scheme - take a look at our Sport & Active Lifestyles website.

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 59% of our research submitted was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent.
With a choice of learning routes, we will help you choose the best options for you. The opportunity to personalise your course to meet your skills and career aspirations will help to set you on the right career path. Our staff are experts in their field so you can be sure of high quality sport teaching in the area you are interested in. There will be the chance to volunteer for sporting events such as World Championships or the Commonwealth Games.

You can also can boost your CV by gaining nationally recognised sporting qualifications such as UK Coaching Certificates and gym and personal trainer, which are both available at the University.

SPORT VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES

We offer a sport volunteering opportunities for anyone with an interest in sport. If you want to stay ahead of the game and have a competitive advantage in the job market then sport volunteering is an ideal way to gain extra knowledge and skills on top of your degree. Volunteering is a huge advantage if you want to pursue a career in the sports industry - and it will look great on your CV.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • Specialist facilities
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • TEF Silver Award
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Entry Requirements

Additional Requirements


Applicants should have a HND, Foundation degree or equivalent award in the cognate subject of Sport achieving 60% merits in the final year. You should also hold GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Maths or equivalent awards. Due to the popularity of this course, we may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Enhanced Criminal History Checks:
An enhanced criminal history (DBS) check maybe required for certain modules which involve working with children and/or vulnerable others. The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks, therefore international applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency will therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country before undertaking work with children and/or vulnerable others.
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Additional Requirements


Applicants should have a HND, Foundation degree or equivalent award in the cognate subject of Sport achieving 60% merits in the final year. You should also hold GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Maths or equivalent awards. Due to the popularity of this course, we may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Enhanced Criminal History Checks:
An enhanced criminal history (DBS) check maybe required for certain modules which involve working with children and/or vulnerable others. The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks, therefore international applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency will therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country before undertaking work with children and/or vulnerable others.
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.
More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Sam Hinchliffe

Careers

Sam Hinchliffe
Head of Customer Operations Yorkshire County Cricket Club

BA (Hons) Sport Leisure & Culture (now Sport & Social Sciences)

“Studying at Leeds Beckett unlocked a lot of doors. The different parts of my course allowed me to identify what I liked and work towards my career goals. I thoroughly enjoy my job. I'm part of a team that brings 16,500 people into a stadium - not many situations give you that buzz.

Teaching and learning

By studying a range of sports topics such as those in a science, cultural or management context, you will be able to move your career forward in a variety of sport or physical activity settings.
On negotiation with your personal tutor, you will select and study an appropriate module strand from a range of different pathways, which include coaching, physical education, PE and outdoor education, sport business and sports science.
Core Modules

You will demonstrate a full range of skills, knowledge, and competencies developed over three years of study. This module provides an opportunity for you to choose and explore a field of study that has particularly engaged your interest.

Learn to run small-scale research projects in a professional setting, from research as a form of personal and professional development, to programme evaluation, to support policy and practice, develop psychological and physiological aspects of work performance, or understand the social contexts of the work place.

Draw on, and blend knowledge from, each of the strands of the degree to make effective and informed decisions relating to your coaching practice.

Participant Development 3 (Coaching pathway)

Gain a critical understanding of the nature of contemporary policy and practice in Physical Education and youth sport and the implications for young people, teachers and other youth sports providers.

Explore different learning theories and their application to coaching practice. You will consider a range of theories and concepts about learners and learning in order to plan, deliver and reflect on a series of coaching sessions, which will help to progress participants towards medium-term goals.

Through directed learning and in-field experiential tasks, you will critically evaluate the use of the outdoors as a mechanism for personal growth and holistic development of different client groups.

Learn to independently plan and implement a journey of substance equal with group skills, experience and ability in an outdoor setting.

Develop your understanding of local, national and international physical activity policy, guidance and scientific research for young people. You will apply your learning in the design, implementation and evaluation of an intervention to promote physical activity to young people.

Develop your understanding of local, national and international physical activity policy, guidance and scientific research for adults and older adults. You will apply your learning in the design, implementation and evaluation of an intervention to promote physical activity to adults or older adults.

Taking the role of a consultant in a sport development organisation of your choosing, you will specify and deliver a critical piece of work which generates recommendations for organisational improvement.

Develop a professional bid document for a fictional funding stream, and pitch your proposals to a panel of industry 'dragons'.

Study the strategic marketing planning process and critically evaluate a range of theoretical planning models and metrics. You will explore how to develop a marketing strategy for a sport/leisure organisation.

Develop a critical understanding and awareness of contemporary sport branding issues and practices. You will study the role of brands, the concept of brand equity and the advantages of creating strong brands in sport, and you will explore the range of alternative branding strategies available to the sport's marketer, and the different approaches to measuring brand effectiveness.

Consider physiological mechanisms, responses and adaptations to exercise. These will include sports performers and individuals with clinical conditions.

Develop a critical understanding of the role of psychological principles in sport and exercise from an applied perspective. You will identify and evaluate psychological principles that might help the individual / group to enhance performance / physical activity.

Examine conditions that impose additional challenges to the maintenance of nutritional status and consider the interaction of dietary manipulation and supplementation on metabolism, health, sport and exercise performance.

Biomechanics of Strength & Injury (Sports Science pathway)

Option modules may include:

Examine a range of theories and concepts about learners and learning in order to plan, deliver and reflect on a series of coaching sessions to progress participants towards medium-term goals across two coaching settings.

Design analysis methods to generate an understanding of the physical, technical, tactical and psychological capabilities of children and young people at different ages and stages of development within a chosen sport.

Building on existing knowledge of key biomechanical principles underlying sport performance, you will develop a technical model for a sport-specific skill of your choice. You will then apply the model to evaluate the performance of an individual athlete and to diagnose a critical technical error.

Develop an in-depth understanding of strength and conditioning training principles.

Experience the basics of dance analysis and choreography to support the practice of dance teaching in schools and the community.

Extend your knowledge and experience of curricular practice of dance in schools and the community.

Develop your understanding of local, national and international physical activity policy, guidance and scientific research for young people. You will apply your learning in the design, implementation and evaluation of an intervention to promote physical activity to young people.

Gain an understanding of special educational needs (SEN) and disability within physical education, and learn to assist with its delivery in a school environment.

Gain a critical understanding of the nature of contemporary policy and practice in physical education and youth sport, and the implications for young people, teachers and other youth sports providers.

Explore different learning theories and their application to coaching practice. You will consider a range of theories and concepts about learners and learning in order to plan, deliver and reflect on a series of coaching sessions, which will help to progress participants towards medium-term goals.

Learn to plan, deliver, manage and evaluate a safe, effective and progressive adapted physical activity programme for referred clients/patients with a variety of cardiovascular conditions.

Apply your knowledge of obesity to design an appropriate lifestyle programme for an individual to manage their weight, and to critique existing obesity management interventions.

Critically review a variety of contemporary health issues and critique the role physical activity and nutrition can play within the regulation and or rehabilitation of the stages of disease.

Study the strategic marketing planning process and critically evaluate a range of theoretical planning models and metrics. You will explore how to develop a marketing strategy for a sport/leisure organisation.

Develop a deep understanding of how sport has become a global phenomenon. You will draw upon your existing knowledge and skills to unpick the historical, geopolitical, economic, technological, media, and ideological drivers to sport globalisation. You will learn how to make informed decisions when developing global strategies within sport business.

Drawing on policy, law, sociology and relevant research, beginning with theories and models of governance, you will explore the nature and challenges of engagement with different kinds of Boards and stakeholders.

Develop an applied understanding of the relevant academic, personal and professional skills necessary to succeed both at final year degree level and within today?s work environment.

Through the study of sports training principles, you will understand the synergy between physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition. You will analyse the needs of different events and sporting movements as well as the needs of different populations. You will also assess and use a variety of measurement processes to determine performance levels.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Jamie French new
Jamie French
Course Director
Jamie studied his BA and masters here at Leeds Beckett and now uses his 19 plus years of experience as an athletics coach to lead our sports studies course. Jamie’s interest in the health behaviours of young people has led to him working with Education Leeds and the Department of Health to help promote physical activity in school settings and across a range of target groups. His current research covers coaching pedagogy and practice in elite level athletics.
The Sports Studies provision allows students from a variety of backgrounds to choose exactly which degree to finish their undergraduate journey with. They can select final year studies in pathways such as physical education, coaching, health, sport science, business and marketing to specialise their skills and aim towards a career suitable for them.
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BSc (Hons) Sports Studies Top-up - Costas Tsakirides, Senior Lecturer
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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation. See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Coaching and First Aid qualifications - You will have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications in coaching and First Aid. Individual costs will vary depending on the qualification.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of sports facilities and equipment linked to your studies

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific optional costs

  • Course branded sportswear 
    (Branded sportswear is available to buy, but it is not compulsory. Prices start at £10, with a complete kit bundle costing £135)
  • Various coaching qualifications as well as gym and personal trainer awards are available 
    (Cost will depend on the course chosen)
  • Sport volunteering opportunities 
    (Cost will depend on location)
  • Sports membership 
    (Access to sport and fitness facilities, including a wide range of fitness classes. Active Beckett PLUS membership costs £90 per year. Other levels of membership are also available)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs);student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course. See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Coaching and First Aid qualifications - You will have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications in coaching and First Aid. Individual costs will vary depending on the qualification.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of sports facilities and equipment linked to your studies

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific optional costs

  • Course branded sportswear 
    (Branded sportswear is available to buy, but it is not compulsory. Prices start at £10, with a complete kit bundle costing £135)
  • Various coaching qualifications as well as gym and personal trainer awards are available 
    (Cost will depend on the course chosen)
  • Sport volunteering opportunities 
    (Cost will depend on location)
  • Sports membership 
    (Access to sport and fitness facilities, including a wide range of fitness classes. Active Beckett PLUS membership costs £90 per year. Other levels of membership are also available)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs);student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Sports Science Labs
    Sports Science Labs

    Our specialist sports science facilities include a human performance lab, a cardio-respiratory lab, blood sampling room for biochemical marker work, a full working physiology lab for monitoring athletes, a full body composition scanner and a nutrition laboratory.

  • Library and online resources
    Library and online resources

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Sports Facilities
    Sports Facilities

    "I've been coming here to train since 2004 and the facilities are great." - Jessica Ennis, Olympic Gold Medallist

  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

    Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

Headingley Campus

Headingley Campus

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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