Sport and Social Sciences BA (Hons)

4 years including placement year, starting in September 2018

Gain a critical appreciation of sport, health and physical activity in contemporary society. Prepare yourself for a variety of careers in the sports industry.

This degree is designed for those who wish to understand the relevance of sport, health and physical activity within society.

In the course, you’ll reflect on the relationships between the body, sport, health, leisure and society. You will explore how society impacts on the production and consumption of sport, physical activity and the leisure industry in the UK and globally.

You will become proficient in conducting research and further your knowledge of the sports industry.

The first year will introduce you to key social science theories and research methods. You will build on this during the second year and select from a range of optional units.

Your final year will cover advanced topics in sport and the social sciences. You will write a dissertation and refine the topics you wish to specialise in.

You’ll learn from academics with expertise in the sport. Their international collaborations and research activities feed into undergraduate teaching and contribute to your learning experience.

You will be able to use our £30 million Sports Training Village on campus. This provides you with access to the best sporting environment.

Our sports facilities accommodate more than 50 sports. We regularly host major international competitions and provide a dedicated sports training space.

Graduates from our courses are in demand by a wide range of employers. This includes public health, exercise medicine and rehabilitation, sports management, sports coaching and development.

Our sports graduates have gone on to work for:

  • Eurosport
  • Freedom Leisure Centre
  • Newport Gwent Dragons
  • BUPA
  • Active Nation (Secondary School)
  • Mark Blundell Partners

Some of our students choose postgraduate study.

Find out more about what our graduates go on to do.

Course structure

This course lasts 4 years. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2022. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Placement
  • Year 4


As part of your course, you will take compulsory units covering key concepts. You may also be able to take optional units which assist you in developing your own interests.

You need to take 60 credits in each year of your course (usually split equally into 30 credits for each semester), so the number of optional units you can take depends on the number of compulsory units in each year of the course.

Six credits are the equivalent of at least 120 hours of study, including contact time with staff and independent study.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.


The placement year will give you valuable practical experience and is an excellent opportunity to try different careers.

It enables you to leave university with a strong CV, setting you apart from other graduates entering the job market. You’ll have the opportunity to take a placement in all aspects of the sports industry, coaching and teaching.

Our Department for Health has established links and partnerships with many organisations. Our students have recently taken placements at: British Olympic Association, Disability Sport Wales, Event360, Harbour Sport (New Zealand), Let Me Play, London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Millfield School, Surfers Against Sewage and Rostrevor College (Australia).

Placement opportunities may not be guaranteed. Read more about placements or view an overview video.

Learning and assessment


  • Lectures
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops


  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Oral assessment
  • Portfolio
  • Practical work
  • Seminar
  • Written examination
  • Other

Typical assessment breakdown

This average assessment breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Your specific unit choices will determine the actual breakdown of assessment methods that you will experience.

% written exam % practical exam % coursework
Year Written Exam Practical Exam Coursework
Year 1 40% 10% 50%
Year 2 0% 3% 97%
Year 3 0% 0% 100%
Year 4 0% 4% 96%

Typical contact time breakdown

This average contact time breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Scheduled learning and teaching may include: lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Your optional unit choices will determine your actual personal contact hours.

% time in scheduled learning and teaching % time in independent study % time in placement/year abroad
Year Scheduled Independent Placement
Year 1 27% 73% 0%
Year 2 25% 75% 0%
Year 3 0% 0% 100%
Year 4 32% 68% 0%
“I would strongly recommend doing a placement, not only is it going to enhance your CV, but it gives you ideas for your dissertation.”
Finley Matheson

BA Sport and Social Sciences with placement year (2015)

Entry requirements

Your application, especially your personal statement, should demonstrate your enthusiasm for studying sport or coaching. This might include relevant reading or involvement in sport clubs or teams. When describing your experiences you should reflect on what you have learnt from them, how they have influenced your development or how they are relevant to your future studies. Your enthusiasm and experiences are more important than which subjects you have previously studied.

If you are taking A levels, we may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh). We do not accept A levels in General Studies. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.


Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

Typical offer A level


AAB or A*BB or A*AC in 3 A levels.

A level subjects that will not be considered in your application

A level General Studies will not be considered. We may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh).

Alternative offer A level


ABB plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Typical offers for other qualifications

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall and 6, 6, 5 in three Higher Level subjects.

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer:
Pass the Access to HE Diploma, with at least 33 credits achieved at Distinction and 6 credits achieved at Merit or above.

BTEC and Cambridge Technical

Typical offer:
D*DD in a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF)/ BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF)/ Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma.

See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.

Cambridge Pre-U

Typical offer:
D3, D3, M1 or D2, M1, M1 or D2, D3, M3.

Alternative offer:
D3, M1, M1 plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Bacc Skills Challenge
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Open University Credits

Typically, we would be looking for you to have studied units worth at least 120 credits, including at least 30 credits at Level 2.

This information is a guide and all students applying with Open University Credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will consider your application carefully and take note of any previous qualifications or relevant work experience. Please contact us to discuss you profile prior to making an application.

Typical offer:
Pass units worth 120 credits, including a minimum of a Pass 2 with 70% in a relevant Level 2 unit.

Please note that taking OU credits may be counted as degree-level study by the Student Loans Company and therefore may be counted as previous study and have an impact on your ability to access student loans/grants for the entirety of your chosen degree. We recommend that you discuss this in detail with the SLC before following this progression route to the University of Bath.

Scottish Highers

Typical offer:
AB in Advanced Highers plus AAABB in Scottish Highers.

Combinations of qualifications

Your application will be considered individually based on the particular combination of qualifications and subjects that you are taking.

We can consider combinations of accepted qualifications, such as A levels and a BTEC:

  • AB in two A level subjects plus D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/National Extended Certificate (RQF) OR the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma (QCF)/Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (RQF)
  • A in one A level subject plus DD in the BTEC Diploma (QCF)/National Diploma (RQF)
  • AB in two A level subjects plus D3 in a Pre-U Principal Subject
  • AB in two A level subjects plus 6 in an IB HL Certificate. While we do not consider the IB Careers Programme for entry, we are able to consider the combinations of components that are typically offered by this route, such as BTEC and IB HL Certificate combinations
  • AAB in two A level subjects excluding Accounting plus the IFS Diploma in Financial Studies

We can also consider combinations that are not listed and that do not include A levels. You should read the information about essential and preferred subjects and subject combinations. We cannot consider different qualifications if they are in the same subject area.

Ireland qualifications

Irish Leaving Certificate

H1, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 in 6 Irish Leaving Certificates.

Hong Kong qualifications

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

554 in 3 elective subjects OR 55 in 2 elective subjects plus 5 in any Mathematics extended paper.

France qualifications

French Baccalaureate

14.5 overall.

Option Internationale Baccalaureate (OIB)

13.5 overall.

European Baccalaureate qualifications

European Baccalaureate

79% overall with 8.5 in one subject.

India qualifications

Higher Secondary School Certificate (12th Standard)

Average of 80% across 4 subjects.

We do not accept Physical Education as one of these 4 subjects.

These requirements are for the CBSE, HSSC and ISC boards. Please contact us if you are taking this qualification with a different board.

United States of America qualifications

Advanced Placement Tests

5, 5, 4 in 3 APs.

We accept no more than one Calculus AP as one of these 3 subjects.

You will also need to pass your High School Diploma and achieve an ACT score of 29 or SATR scores of 700 in both Mathematics and Evidence based Reading and Writing.

SAT Subject Tests

We do not accept SAT Subject Tests for direct entry to our degrees.

Singapore qualifications

Singapore A levels

AAB in 3 H2 level subjects.

Polytechnic Diploma (3 years)

3.3 overall in either Nutrition, Health & Wellness or Biomedical Science.

We may also be able to consider you if you are studying a Tourism & Management Diploma. Please contact us for further details.

Turkey qualifications

Lise Bitirme Diplomasi

CGPA of 75%.

Greece qualifications


19 in the Aplytirion plus AB in two A levels .

We cannot accept the Apolytirion unless it is studied alongside A levels. We do not accept Pan Hellenic examinations in place of an A level.

Cyprus qualifications


19 in the Aplytirion plus AB in two A levels .

We cannot accept the Apolytirion unless it is studied alongside A levels.

Germany qualifications


1.6 overall.

Spain qualifications

Titulo de Bachiller

A score of 8.5 overall.

Fees and funding

Payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options


Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for undergraduate courses.

Placement fees

Placement fees vary

You will normally pay a reduced tuition fee while on a placement period or studying abroad. Find out more about placement fees and study abroad fees.

Extra costs

The following course-related costs are not included in your fees:

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (Depending on Placement)

£50. You may be required to pay for a DBS check depending on the nature of the placement(s) you undertake.


You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information

  • Course title
    Sport and Social Sciences
  • Final award
    BA (Hons)
  • Mode of study
  • Course code
  • Institution code
  • UK/EU application deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply

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