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Year of Entry 2021/22
BSc (Honours)

Physical Activity, Sport and Health

Course in clearing
Full-time Sport and physical activity

Develop the knowledge and skills required to lead individuals and communities towards healthier lifestyles through physical activity and sport.

Places available in clearing

Apply for a place on this course starting in 2021. Call us now on 0330 024 6390.

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Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £13,995 per year
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
What are the entry requirements? 80 UCAS points through Clearing
What is the UCAS code? 6T77
When do I start? September 2021
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Explore the scientific, sociological, managerial and political theory and concepts that underpin physical activity, sport and health.
  • Engage with critical evaluation and participation in innovative research in physical activity, sport and health contexts.
  • 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  Erasmus funding being available for European placements.

Enhance your understanding of exercise physiology, psychology, nutrition and research methods through theoretical study and practical exercise. Learn to communicate information and ideas clearly in different formats appropriate to a variety of audiences.

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.

You're taught by a team of skilled lecturers who offer industry and academic experience. Staff have been published on topics such as the psychology of motivation in exercise and health, physical activity participation in older adults, exercise and appetite, effects of exercise on metabolism in diabetes, perceptions and participation in physical activity during pregnancy. You are given 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

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus programme following the Brexit transition period).

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

A mandatory six-week (minimum) placement in an appropriate setting is a significant component of the course. This provides you with the opportunity to apply theory to real-world practice and further enhance your employability and professional skills. You're also provided with significant opportunities to undertake additional placements, internships and volunteer roles.

Future careers

This course prepares you for career opportunities in

  • health promotion specialisms
  • 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 online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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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

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

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Entry requirements

All students

80 UCAS points, including at 56 points from at least two A levels or equivalent from a relevant subject such as PE, Sport Studies, Science, Psychology or Maths, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course.


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 2021/2022 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 2021/22 is £13,995 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, 252.7KB)

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