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BSc (Hons)

Sport Performance (Level 6 entry)

UCAS Code: C603

Typical offer: A pass at Foundation Degree or HND in a sports science or management related subject

Duration: 1 year full time

Awarding body: Hartpury University

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Course overview

Top up your existing qualifications to a full BSc degree in one year. Focus on the topics that interest you most and tailor your study towards your career goals. Gain the experience and skills to progress into a range of career options including sport performance, sports science, health, education, coaching or business.

This degree is an ideal option for international applicants. It could reduce the time it takes to obtain a full Honours degree, compared to your home-based programme options.

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

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, as well as being assigned a personal tutor and supervisor to support your progress.

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What you'll study

What you'll study

This course is completed over one year and contains compulsory modules covering research and professional development, as well as a series of optional modules.

Optional modules change each year in line with student, industry and research demands - you'll find recent topics studied below. You can attend introductory sessions for optional modules before deciding which ones to study.

Level six (year one)

You’ll improve your research and personal development skills through two compulsory modules. One requires you to undertake a research project of your choice, with the other focusing on improving your employability skills, ready for the sports industry.

A wide range of optional modules give you the chance to really focus on the areas that interest you most, and to best suit your career goals.

Compulsory modules

Independent research and analysis in a related area of your choice.

Boost your employability so you’re ready to work in the sports industry.

Optional modules

This module focuses on improving performance through collecting and analysing data, using specialist technology and software.

Develop your practical skills within performance analysis and evaluation.

Understand how sport psychology is applied in practice. Focus on the building, monitoring and evaluating of applied interventions.

Evaluate the leadership and management of sport science support within the performance environment.

This module covers physical screening protocols and injury-prevention methods.

Understand the return-to-play considerations through studying the relationships between doctors, sports therapists, and strength and conditioning coaches.

Study current statutory frameworks and theory-based recommendations to inform best-practice applications within a range of sports education environments.

Understand and identify the exercise needs of special populations, designing and evaluating exercise programmes that are appropriate to their needs.

Study the impact of social media in relation to fan-generated content, as a complex communication tool for sports organisations.

Create a new sponsorship relationship that achieves brand-awareness or brand exposure for a business of your choice.

Develop an awareness of project management concepts and applications in readiness for one of many graduate roles in project management.

Please visit our document library for more module information.

Further module information

How you'll study

How you'll study

We're committed to supporting you to fulfil your unique potential.

Your support network

You'll benefit from a strong support network from day one to be the best you can be. This will range from your personal tutor and specialist academic support team (our Achievement and Success Centre) to dedicated wellbeing and employability (Innovation, Careers and Enterprise) centres.

Your learning experiences

You'll experience a range of teaching methods to strengthen your digestion of topics, including lectures, workshops and practical sessions, as well as supported work placement learning as part of many courses.

Your career

This course is made up of two semesters, within which you’ll study compulsory and optional modules on different industry-focused topics, enabling you to develop your own unique portfolio of knowledge, skills and experience, ready for your career.

Further details

You’ll have your own personal tutor while you’re here who will support you to succeed in your studies. You’ll also have access to our academic and wellbeing support teams who run regular workshops and one-to-one sessions on campus and online.

Alongside this, we have a comprehensive bank of online study skills resources to help you make the most of your qualification.

The modules contain a mixture of scheduled learning – lectures, workshops and practical sessions.  In support of this delivery you’ll be expected to dedicate at least two to three hours of independent study per contact hour.

The modules contain a mixture of scheduled learning – lectures, workshops and practical sessions – alongside independent learning. Students are expected to dedicate at least two to three hours of independent study per contact hour.

The course is taught in English.

YearContact learningPlacement learningIndependent learning
Level six (year one)21%0%79%

You’ll be assessed through a mixture of written exams, practical exams, written assignments and presentations. 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. Feedback will be given using a mixture of verbal and written comments; these will be offered to help you achieve your goals as a student on this programme.  In support of this, your personal tutor will be available to help you build upon feedback and develop skills that are necessary for a sports graduate.

YearWritten examPractical examCoursework
Level six (year one)13%5%82%

This programme is taught over two semesters, normally consisting of 12 weeks of scheduled teaching and then assessment weeks, with an overview below:

  • Scheduled teaching takes place between 8:30 to 20:30 Monday to Friday
  • Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities
  • Work placements may entail different days and hours
  • Part-time students may need to attend learning activities five days each week, depending on modules selected
  • Timetables are available during enrolment week


Your career

You’ll benefit from industry opportunities right on your doorstep. Depending on how you choose to tailor you studies, you could benefit from access to our performance athletes, as well as our sports therapy and Sports Academy centres.

We also have strong industry partnerships in Gloucestershire, across the UK, and internationally including with Premiership side, Gloucester Rugby, and Cheltenham Town Football Club.

Many of our students retain their existing part-time work or sporting commitments, where practical to do so. This provides them with a vital link between their module content and its application in practice.

Professional courses

You’ll have the opportunity to complete the Association for Project Management (APM) - Project Fundamentals qualification. It’s a great opportunity to enhance your CV and improve your employability for a career in project management. See fees pages for additional costs.

Graduate destinations

As a Sport Performance graduate, you could go on to work in various roles within the sports industry, including performance analysis, as well as facility and project management. You could also continue in further study or pursue a teaching qualification. You’ll also have the transferable skills you need for other graduate careers. Our careers team can support you to find and prepare to secure your perfect role.


World-class facilities

You’ll have access to a diverse range of facilities while you’re here, many of which are newly built and world class. Alongside lecture halls and workshop spaces, these include:

Sports facilities

Our new £8.8million sports facilities includes fully equipped Human Performance and Biomechanics Laboratories, as well as an altitude chamber. Our new sports hall and 3G football pitch are equipped with state-of-the-art video analysis cameras for live capture of coaching sessions and gameplay. You’ll also have access to grass pitches, and a golf driving range. We also have indoor and outdoor equine arenas, and a cross country track on campus.

Sports therapy and rehabilitation suites

Our new suites include world-leading equipment for specialist and sports therapy activities. Technologies include an anti-gravity treadmill utilised for performance sport training and research, as well as a pitch-side first aid centre, located next to our professional sports pitches.


Our laboratories are modern and well-equipped, providing the ideal spaces for scientific activities and research. Some are used for specialist microbiological culturing and analysis, others for biochemistry and physiology.

Study spaces

Our University Learning Centre has books, journals, ebooks, computers and breakout study spaces. In addition, we have a Study Lounge – an informal space with sports equipment, study booths and chill-out spaces to support both studying and relaxation.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A pass at Foundation Degree or HND in a sports science or management related subject.

  • We welcome students with equivalent qualifications. Please contact us to discuss.

  • We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications to ensure this is the right course for you.

  • Previous learning towards a university-level qualification or relevant work experience may count as credit for this course.

  • Please contact us for further information:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees and financial support

Please visit our student finance page for information on tuition fees and student loans, as well as non-repayable grants, bursaries and scholarships, eligible to different groups, to support with study costs.

Below, you'll find extra costs associated with studying this course.

Clothing and footwear

Clothing and footwear will be dependent upon your option module choices; consequently, you’ll be advised of these requirements when you start your course.

Performance Sports Academy membership

Find out costs and details for joining one of our performance Sports Academy teams.

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Hartpury gym

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Accommodation and living costs

Please visit our student accommodation page for details.

Association for Project Management (optional)

You’ll have the opportunity to complete the Association for Project Management (APM) - Project Fundamentals qualification.

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More than just a degree

You’ll benefit from learning in a professional-style sports campus and world-class facilities. Our strong partnerships within the sporting industry will also help you gain the skills you need to progress into you dream career.

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Get in touch

We would love to hear from you, so please get in touch. You can ask a specific question or simply pop your details in to be kept up-to-date with news and events.

Important information

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are reviewed and developed regularly. Changes or cancellation of courses may be necessary to ensure alignment with emerging employment areas, to comply with accrediting body requirements, revisions to subject benchmark statements or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make necessary changes and will notify all offer-holders of changes as and when they occur.

*Reflects activities after 15 months for those who graduated in 2021.