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BSc (Honours) Physical Activity, Sport and Health

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Year of Entry 2022/23
BSc (Honours)

Physical Activity, Sport and Health

Develop the skills you'll need to lead individuals and communities towards healthier lifestyles through physical activity and sport.

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What is the fee? Home: See fees section below
International/EU: £14,415 per year
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? 6T77
When do I start? September 2022
Placement year available? Yes

Course summary

  • Explore the scientific, sociological, managerial and political theory and concepts that underpin physical activity, sport and health.
  • Undertake and participate in innovative research and engage with critical evaluation.
  • Apply knowledge, skills and understanding of physical activity, sport and health to real-world settings.
  • Reflect on your personal development of professional practice.
  • Have the opportunity to work abroad – with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing Scheme

You’ll enhance your understanding of exercise physiology, psychology, nutrition and research methods through theoretical study and practical exercise. You’ll learn to communicate information and ideas clearly in different formats, preparing you for a successful career in the field.

The foundation year is suitable for applicants who do not meet the entry requirements for an honours degree or who wish to have further preparation before starting a degree course. You will undertake study in relevant areas of science or social science to provide you with a grounding knowledge and prepare you for progression onto your chosen degree pathway.

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Student View

Watch student Sofie Power talk about what it’s like to study on this course.

How you learn

Your lecturer's view
Watch course leader Thomas McBain talk about this course.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

In your foundation year, you will study 4 modules that have been specially designed to prepare you for the degree pathway in your chosen area. The assessments for the course have also been designed with flexibility in mind and allow you to complete assessments on topics that you are interested in and relate closely to your chosen degree pathway.

You're taught by a team of skilled lecturers who offer industry and academic experience. Staff have published work on the psychology of motivation in exercise and health, physical activity participation in older adults, exercise and appetite, the effects of exercise on metabolism in diabetes, as well as perceptions and participation in physical activity during pregnancy. You’ll have the opportunity to conduct your own enquiries into a range of themes around physical activity.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • seminars and workshops
  • laboratory practical classes
  • sport and fitness practical classes
  • online learning activities
  • off-site visits (physical activity organisations, schools)
  • work placements
  • research projects

Course leaders and tutors

Thomas McBain
Thomas McBain

I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate Sports Science degrees at Teesside University. I was then involved in a Research Councils UK funded project investigati … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

There’s a mandatory six-week (minimum) placement in an appropriate setting, which is a significant component of the course. Here you’ll have the opportunity to apply theory to real-world practice, further enhancing your employability and professional skills. You'll also have chances to undertake additional placements, internships and volunteer roles. 

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities – with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing Scheme.  

Previous students have worked as 

  • physical activity referral specialists 
  • community health assistants 
  • gym instructors 
  • cardiac rehabilitation assistants 
  • project assistants at the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine.

Future careers

This course prepares you for career opportunities in

  • health promotion 
  • exercise science
  • physical activity development
  • wellbeing consultancy
  • exercise referral specialisms
  • personal training and fitness instruction
  • research in physical activity and health
  • teaching and lecturing
  • health training
  • GP referrals
  • business enterprises in physical activity, sport and health
Student success story

Max Litchfield: Olympic Swimmer and Team Hallam member.

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

Collegiate campus

Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work in specialist facilities including a

  • biomedical lab
  • psychology consultation booth
  • exercise fitness suite

Learn more about your department

Find out about the Sports and Physical Activity subject area at Sheffield Hallam University.

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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

From at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications one of which must be in Physical Education, Sport Studies or a Science subject (such as Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Psychology). We do not accept General Studies . For example:

  • BBC at A Level including relevant subject(s).
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject(s).
  • A combination of qualifications including relevant subject(s) and may include AS Levels or EPQ.


  • English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents*
  • Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalents*

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Approved Access to HE Diploma in a sport science or science-based course. Normally we require 15 of the level 3 credits to be graded at distinction level with 6 of these distinctions from science units.

You also need to demonstrate an ability to
• study academic subjects at degree level
• debate topics and issues
• draw on conclusions from written material
• study independently as well as a member of a group
• use computers and technology associated with contemporary teaching, learning and assessment methods
• successfully complete a range of assignments including researched essays and practical examinations

This is normally achieved by completing academic study at level three or above in the last four years.

* GCSE English and mathematics equivalent

• equivalency test from

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

We strongly recommend that you tell us about any long term health conditions or disabilities you may have. This is so we can assess whether we can deliver the course in such a way that you can meet the course requirements and take part without disadvantage. You can contact our University student support staff on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom) and explore any issues you may have.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Developing Professional Skills In Sport And Physical Activity Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foundations Of Physical Activity, Sport And Health Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foundations Of Physiology And Nutrition For Physical Activity And Sport Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foundations Of Research In Sport And Physical Activity Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Principles Of Programming In Physical Activity And Sport Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Understanding Sport And Physical Activity Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Alternative Physical Activities Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Applied Professional Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Enterprise And Innovation Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Physical Activity, Health And Disease Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Physical Activity Programming In The Treatment Of Disease Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research Methods In Sport Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Issues In Sport And Physical Activity Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Prescription Of Physical Activity For Complex Medical Conditions Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Project In Sport Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Working With Aging Populations Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Managing Sporting Enterprises Credits: 20 Assessment: Practical
Module: Sport, Brands And Culture Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2022/2023 are £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,415 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Sport and physical activity courses (PDF, 255.9KB)

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


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You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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