This joint honours course provides an integrated programme across two university departments that allows students to combine study of sport from a social science perspective alongside gaining an insight into how people learn and how education systems work.
A strong emphasis is placed on the application of theories and concepts to everyday issues such as increasing participation in community and youth sport, and approaches to teaching and learning. This is relevant for those seeking to either go on to qualify as teachers with a sports specialism, work in other educational contexts, or explore careers in coaching or community sport development.
The degree is taught by an enthusiastic and experienced team who have substantial research and teaching experience in both sport and education.
The broad curriculum includes the social context of sport, sport and leisure management, sport pedagogy, research in educational settings and other educational contexts and knowledge of the social and political context within which education takes place.
Undertaking a Joint Honours of Sports Studies and Education Studies allows for a high level of flexibility in deciding your degree and career pathway and is good for students who are still investigating what type of career they might want to follow.
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
The University of Northampton
Boughton Green Road
You are introduced to the core disciplines that underpin the academic analysis of both sport and education and the way in which knowledge, skills and attitudes are passed on and develop in individuals as well as in institutions. The degree draws on a range of social science disciplines including sociology psychology, history and philosophy.
The structure of the programme means that you can develop your areas of interest by appropriate selection of modules. You start your first year with an even split of modules between the two subjects and can specialise in either subject as your own knowledge and interests develop in years two and three.
You will be introduced to the core disciplines of both subjects. Within the sports modules you will explore the management of sport, the sociology of sport and the pedagogy of sport coaching. All modules are underpinned by the use of contemporary case studies and seminar discussions encourage you to draw upon your own experiences of sport to help your understanding of topics under discussion.
Within the education modules you will be introduced to the key academic disciplines that constitute Education Studies, including the history, philosophy, psychology and sociology of education.
You are required to complete three compulsory modules from each of your joint subject choices to build a foundation of knowledge in both courses that will provide you with a stable platform in which to advance to stage two of your studies.
Modules take students into more detailed and developed areas, considering the wider issues and debates surrounding education, sport management, social barriers to sport participation, skill acquisition and the philosophical and theoretical bases for teaching and learning. There are optional study trips to partner Universities in Europe at the end of stage two of which form part of the Education Studies curriculum enhancement.
You will also be introduced to research methods and techniques in either education or sport, depending on which subject you are most interested in.
Students considering the option to be a Physical Education Teacher at Secondary School should major in Sports Studies in order to show evidence of specialist subject knowledge.
Students then select two modules to minor in Education Studies from a range of disciplines including International and Comparative Education, Transitions for Children and Young People and Families, Aims Values and Ethics, Psychology of Education and History of Education.
Students have the opportunity to develop specialised and intensive study on areas and aspects of sport and/or education studies that they are interested in.
Students who have an even split on their courses, can choose to write a dissertation on any topic that relates to sport and/or education studies. Major/minor students are encouraged to complete their dissertation in their major topic.
The dissertation builds on and expands students’ prior knowledge of both subjects and research methodology acquired at stage one and two. This form of independent, experiential learning will require students to define their own area of study and in doing so they will learn to ask logical questions to define problems, generate and implement solutions and evaluate the effectiveness of their action-outcomes. It therefore develops in the students, the ability to work independently, to reflect on the research process and communicate findings, which are all skills transferable to employment.
Three years full time or flexible part time.
You are assessed through written examinations and essays, portfolios, presentations, analysis and reflection.
Facilities and Special Features
There are several features within both subject areas of this joint honours course which can put theory into practice to cement theoretical learning from lecture and seminar settings. Students can derive benefits from the following:
- a flexible programme which emphasises the use of up-to-date research and case studies
- opportunities for educational visits
- flexible learning pathway
- study trips to Europe (Education)
- strong links to local industry partners, including Northampton Town FC, Northampton Saints and Northants County Cricket Club including guest lectures and opportunities for internships
- students are encouraged to undertake voluntary community experience and gain relevant coaching qualifications during their studies
Students wanting to become Physical Education Teachers at Secondary Schools should major in Sports Studies to show evidence of specialist subject knowledge.
Students wanting to gain entry to Initial Teacher Training after graduating should gain as much experience in schools and local community youth groups as possible. Opportunities exist within the programme and within the University volunteering programme to assist students to do this.
This course provides you with a range of academic and applied skills that can be used as a basis for postgraduate study or employment in sport and leisure management, education and coaching.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
The majority of Sport Studies staff hold PhD’s and are active in research or consultancy in their specialist fields, including Sport Management, Coaching and Sociology of Sport. They have strong industry connections with local and national sports organisations such as Kick It Out, The Football Association, Northamptonshire Sport and England Athletics.
The majority of Education Studies staff come from careers in teaching (although others come from a background in other disciplines, such as health). Many and hold specialist post graduate qualifications or Doctorates.
General entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be around 260-300 UCAS tariff points for qualifications included in the UCAS Tariff. Applicants are expected to have studied a Physical Education, Sports Science or related science subject in an A-level or BTEC level 3 Diploma, or equivalent qualification.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 16/17 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,280 per 20 credit module|