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Honours and Integrated Masters Degrees

BSc (Hons) Sports Studies top-up

Study in a professional sports club-style environment. Work with elite athletes as part of our Sports Academy. Benefit from our connections with major sports clubs and governing bodies.

Top up your existing qualifications to a full BSc degree in one year. Focus on the topics that interest you and tailor your study towards your career goals. Gain experience and skills to progress into sports therapy, education, coaching or business.

You’ll benefit from learning in a professional-style sports campus, working with athletes from our Sports Academy programmes. Work-related study is central to the course and you’ll learn from lecturers with extensive industry experience. You’ll also benefit from our strong industry partnerships within the sporting industry, You’ll be encouraged to explore and think critically about current practices.

All modules have a sporting focus and three-quarters of the course can be tailored to suit your interests and career aspirations. You could choose to focus on education, coaching, psychology, therapy, or business and project management, gaining the skills you need to progress into employment or further study.

You’ll gain hands-on experience, working as part of our industry-standard facilities. This includes our human performance and biomechanics labs, power and cardio gyms, as well as all-weather and grass pitches as part of our new sports academy complex. You’ll conduct your own research project in an area of interest, with an academic or vocational focus. Core modules will provide you with the knowledge and skills to complete this and you’ll be assigned a personal supervisor to support your progress.

Industry opportunities

You’ll benefit from industry opportunities right on your doorstep, with access to elite athletes and our on-site sports therapy and Sports Academy centres. We also have strong industry partnerships in Gloucestershire, across the UK, and internationally including with Gloucester Rugby Club and Cheltenham Town Football Club.

This course is ideal for those who...

Have a passion for sport and want to progress existing qualifications and experience into a full BSc degree to further their career options.


This programme comprises of different modules, which focus on specific subjects. The modular structure of the programme gives you flexibility and choice and you can attend introductory sessions for optional modules before having to finally decide which ones you wish to study.

Learning and assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of written exams, practical exams and coursework. Many of the modules will be marked based on a mixture of assessment types, whilst others will be based solely on one type of assessment.

Graduate destinations

This course offers multiple career paths within the sports industry depending on the students’ focus during the course. Career options include:

  • Sports coaching
  • Strength and conditioning coaching
  • Sports therapy
  • Sports business
  • Education
  • Postgraduate study
How to apply for this course

Why study Sport at Hartpury University Centre?

Choosing Hartpury for your sport degree means studying in a unique environment that’s as close as it gets to a professional sports club with access to outstanding facilities on a 360-hectare specialist campus.

You’ll have countless opportunities to take insights from the classroom and apply them on site, working with elite athletes across Hartpury’s 10 sports academies, and to gain work and real world experience thanks to our long-standing partnerships and network of contacts with major sports clubs, organisations and governing bodies.

Every aspect of our specialist campus is designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to open the door to their dream career, while providing exceptional opportunities to develop as an athlete and to enjoy a wide range of recreational sports and activities.

Our sport graduates will use their qualifications in many ways; using the experience they gain at Hartpury to move into jobs in sport coaching, teaching, performance, therapy, strength and conditioning, business and media throughout the UK and internationally

Key information

  • University Finance

    The cost of studying can quickly mount up and our finance team can offer confidential advice on budgeting, information on bursaries, loans and grants, and help you explore what you are entitled to. For information on everything student finance related, click below. 

    You can contact the office by email studentfinance@hartpury.ac.uk or by phone on 01452 702189 or 01452 702190.

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  • Tuition Fees

    Fees for September 2018 entry

    UK: £9,250
    EU fees: Will remain the same as UK students, £9,250
    International: £12,000
    Please contact us to discuss part-time fees 

    EU students starting this course in Sept 2018 will be eligible to apply for UK student loans for the duration of their course. 

  • University Accommodation

    Whether it is your first time away from home, or you’re a seasoned traveller, there are options to suit you and your lifestyle while studying at Hartpury. 

    You’ll be part of a vibrant and international community of students of all ages, and from many different cultures, who share their experience of life at university together on one campus.

    We have a variety of options to suit different tastes and budgets. Whether you choose to live on or off campus you’ll get the same high standards of facilities and support. You can check out your options by clicking below. 

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Thinking of postgraduate study at Hartpury?

Hartpury University Centre has an outstanding postgraduate employment history of 100% and is skilled at supporting students to progress both their interests and career aspirations. Offering postgraduate qualifications in Equine, Sport, Animal and Veterinary Physiotherapy, Hartpury provides a unique postgraduate experience.