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University College Birmingham

Sport and Fitness Studies Top-up

UCAS Code: Not applicable

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

Entry requirements


HND (BTEC)

P

A relevant HND or a foundation degree in the areas of Sports and Exercise Science, with 240 credits.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Variable | 2021

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 Top-up course will build on your knowledge to 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 further accredited qualifications.

**Who’s the course for?**

Our course is suitable for anyone who has previously studied a relevant subject and is interested in a career working within sport and fitness, including professional, amateur and educational roles.

**Why should I study the course?**

- **ENRICHMENT** – Enhance your career prospects with a range of additional professional qualifications, as well as engaging with the sports industry through events on campus

- **SPECIALISE YOUR STUDIES** – Customise your studies to suit your interests with a range of optional modules and a research project on the subject of your choice

- **PRACTICAL APPLICATION** – Apply your training and skills to real-life practice, supported by our outstanding sports facilities

**Great. Tell me some more**

Studying on our sports courses means you will have access to a wide range of state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. Our new Human Performance Centre includes a 35m sprint track (with force plate) and sled track, eight lifting platforms, integrated bilateral force plates, 7m rig and large screens displaying live analysis data. It also contains our purpose-built Human Performance Lab, featuring an anti-gravity treadmill, isokinetic dynamometer, Monark LC7 cycle ergometer and SECA body composition analyser.

You will also have access to our cutting-edge gym and our sports injury and massage clinics on campus, as well as 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.

There is also the option to boost your CV with further 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.

**What skills will I gain?**

You will gain a strong knowledge of performance-based training, including investigating elite level sport and how to design specific training programmes for advanced athletes.

You will enhance your knowledge of sports psychology, designing interventions in areas such as concentration, motivation, aggression, anxiety and injury.

Through our choice of optional modules, you can develop further knowledge and skills in specialist areas such as nutrition or sports marketing.

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. Our graduates have gone on to work as health and fitness professionals, in health promotion or as fitness instructors and personal trainers. Potential pathways open to you include:

- Coaching

- Sports development

- 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

- Applied Fitness Training and Programming
- Sports Psychology 2
- Sports Project

**Plus two options from:**

- Sports Coaching and the Development of Expertise
- Nutrition for Performance
- Work-based Learning for Sport
- Sports Marketing

Assessment methods

**Teaching**

Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers. 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 per week including a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials
- Field trips and visits - UCB will fund a 2 day residential to St George's 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 assessments. UCB Online provides 24 hour access to learning and support material.

**Assessment**

Assessment is designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways, with a variety of assessment methods 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:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£12,500
per year
International
£12,500
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.

80%
med
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.

Sports studies

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
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

87%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
81%
Course specific equipment and facilities
86%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

72%
UK students
28%
International students
77%
Male students
23%
Female students
41%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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C
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After graduation


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Sports studies

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.

£17,100
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Average annual salary
54%
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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

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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