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BA (Hons) Applied Sport

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West Suffolk College


Three years full-time.

Five years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

2019 entry: BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).


If you don’t meet the above entry requirements, we may still be able to consider you. If you’re interested in applying, call our Clearing Hotline to discuss your suitability for study.


If you are looking to gain an insight into the working world within the sports industry, then this course is for you. 

This BA (Hons) Applied Sport course allows you to drive your individual passion for sport, physical education and active leisure towards achieving outstanding underpinning and work related applied practices to be able to be a success in a fast paced and ever changing landscape of the sport industry.

Graduate employment is paramount to this degree. Work experience opportunities, additional qualifications and embedded employability skills are at the heart of this degree, to ensure that you leave our institution with an attractive and interesting curriculum vitae.

Our graduates can go on to work in a wide and varied range of professional careers including those in coaching, teaching and education, sports development, youth work, and sporting event management.

The course provides a foundation year that helps you to identify the direction of your career development and then allows you to select specialist units within the second and third year to help you gain the best skills for your future plans.

The course includes a plethora of varying assessment methods and strategies, using innovative and industry-relevant formats and practices to assist you in getting accustomed to the types of work and job roles within a given industry. Furthermore, the variety of assessment styles gives you the opportunity to develop a range of other skills such as public speaking, group work, self-assessment and reflection, building confidence and curiosity, problem solving, academic writing, and many more.

Below are examples of some of the learning and teaching approaches adopted by the course team:

  • Lectures – Will be used to get fundamental knowledge across to the student. All of the modules on the course use a lecture seminar format.
  • Seminars – Will often be used to focus on specific issues and discuss case studies. All modules within the course will employ seminar learning, often in conjunction with a source based search task to empower the students into developing presentational, analytic and critical skills.
  • Whole group Academic Discussion This is a key component that will be worked into all modules to enable lecturers to conduct formative assessment and gain feedback on teaching and learning, module content and effectiveness. It may also facilitate incidental and collaborative learning (e.g. an unexpected relevant sporting/ethical/controversial issue) through which to examine key concepts.
  • Presentations – Within the ‘Sports Development’ and ‘Sociological’ side of the course, for example, this method will been used to good effect to present key components of sports initiatives just as a ‘Sports Development Officer’ would in their profession. 
  • Reading Tasks – From the induction week onwards, reading materials are provided to learners with specific questions relating to specific paragraphs, page numbers, and sections of text, as a method of early guidance and support, then gradually phased out as learners become more confident.  
  • Practical Sessions – A strength and key component of the course is the practical learning opportunities during the Coaching modules at Level 4 and 5. Such sessions will allow students to experience the practical elements of theory presented to them, observe coaching demonstrations and also practice elements of coaching either individually or within groups. The sessions may be video recorded for reflection and analysis back in the lecture room.
  • Laboratory based practical sessions – These sessions are a key aspect for delivering the modules Anatomy, and Physiology of Fitness, enabling students to perform practical observations and measurements with the application of theory.
  • Home based study tasks – These range from practical videos and notational analysis recordings of sports performances, trying new coaching practices or methods, and case-study searches surrounding topical current issues within any weeks’ media, for example.
  • Academic Tutorials – A key component of the Work Based learning modules to allow group and one to one discussion of the students’ workplace and the opportunities for learning therein.
  • Peer Learning – Through other students’ practical coaching sessions, practical fitness tests, and presentations that have peer review to support personal development and develop skills in providing positive feedback.
  • Virtual Learning Environment –Course materials are uploaded onto Brightspace and used throughout the course, along with online submission of assessments. The notice board is used to notify students of information such as additional support sessions, NGB Coaching Courses, Job Opportunities and notifications of changes to times etc.
  • Video recordings of students’ practical coaching/instruction sessions - these are made available for students to watch and reflect upon. Readily available free performance analysis ‘Apps’ such as ‘Coaches Eye’, ‘Hudl’ and ‘Dartfish EasyTag’ may be downloaded by students to aid with the ‘Performance Analysis and Improvement’ module.
  • External Speakers – These are planned for a number of modules within the programme. These are planned to enhance the learning and provide learners with the ability to discuss and gain valuable insight and discussion on key topics. Examples of visiting speakers include The Education Development Manager for Abbeycroft Leisure, Coaching Development Professionals form Suffolk Sport Sports Coaches from Bury Town Football Club and Qualified Sport Physiotherapists.
  • Work Placement – The opportunities for learning in the workplace are vast and acknowledged in the QAA Code of practice for the assurance of academic quality and standards in higher education B3: Work-based and placement learning. Monitoring of placement learning will take place through introductory lectures, seminars and one-to-one tutorials.  An informal, non-assessed presentation is used to share the group experiences.
  • Enrichment opportunities – The opportunities for enrichment on the course are numerous and draw on established links with the Sports and Active Leisure industry. Students are expected to engage with weekly coaching experience while they are on the course. . All students are advised to complete their Disclosure and Barring Services check (DBS) as early as possible to enable them to work with children legally.
  • Specialist Skill Delivery – This method is utilised at times with members of the course team delivering individual topic areas within other modules.

Course modules

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Anatomy for Sport (Mandatory)
Physiology of Fitness (Mandatory)
Introduction to Sport Development and Sociology in Sport (Mandatory)
The Business of Sport (Mandatory)
Developing Professional and Academic Skills (careers and employability) (Mandatory)
Introduction to Sport Coaching and Physical Activity (Mandatory)

How to plan for safe and effective activity to meet a client group with reference to coaching of sports, developing basic movement skills and leading group activity.

Application of Psychology within the sport and exercise industry (Mandatory)

This module focuses on the role of Psychology in motivation and behaviour change.

Contemporary Issues in the Sports Environment (work placement) (Mandatory)

This module covers the social and ethical issues related to current sport/health/leisure industry.

Research Methods (Mandatory)
Sports Development in Practice (Optional)
Coaching and Sports leading in an education setting (Optional)
Sports Nutrition (Mandatory)
Exercise Health and Lifestyle/Health initiative (Optional)
Sports Therapy Techniques (Optional)
Inclusive Physical Activity and Sport (Mandatory)
Dissertation (Mandatory)
Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation (Optional)
Work Based Learning (mandatory)
Policies and Practices in Physical Education (Optional)
Analysis of Performance (Optional)
Advanced Training Techniques (Optional)

Career opportunities

With outstanding teaching, excellent industry contacts and unrivalled success from education to employment; studying Applied Sport at the University of Suffolk (Bury St Edmunds) is an exciting prospect.

With a wide range of optional modules for all areas of Sport and Physical Education to international placements, there is a programme for every career ambition. Students with aspirations for the following careers:

  • Sport Coaching
  • Physical Education teaching (further study after completion of the degree for Teaching qualification)
  • Therapeutic assistance for sport (further study after completion, leading to Sports Therapy)
  • Sports Development Officer
  • International Sports Coordinator
  • Sports Events Management
  • Sport and Active Leisure Management

Fees and finance


  • Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)
  • International tuition fee: £13,330 p.a.

Further Information                                                       

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  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. 

Entry requirements

If you don’t meet the above entry requirements, we may still be able to consider you. If you’re interested in applying, call our Clearing Hotline to discuss your suitability for study.