• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2021

Course Overview

Please note that this course is subject to validation.

Plenty of people play sports. But how many really understand the impact it has?

This course gives you the chance to explore sport’s contribution to society. Look at the subject from a huge range of perspectives, starting with the psychology and business of sport. You’ll study sociology, globalisation, and governance. We’ll even dip into politics and policy analysis, marketing, and commercialisation.

  • Perfect if you’re a sports lover looking for a more social scientific education
  • We cover a wide range of topics for all interests, including gender, race, identity, technology, and globalisation
  • Study at our High Wycombe campus, just a short train ride from all the major sports venues London has to offer

More placements, more choices

Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Course Details


You’ll begin the course with topics like sports coaching, excellence, and patterns and barriers to participation. Here you’ll get your first insight into the sociological aspects of sport.

As you progress, we’ll go into more detail in areas such as governance and management. We’ll look at policy, the media, and globalisation.

By year three you’ll be thinking critically about in-depth topics. Study scandals and ethics, with case studies on current topics. You can explore key subjects like the golden triangle relationship between sport, the media, and sponsorship. We’ll also look at specific areas like football and its place in society.

Career in mind?

Sport is becoming more and more significant to modern day culture. And there are always opportunities to develop the sector further. We’ve designed this course to give you a strong grounding in sport and the wider social sciences so you’ll be well placed for a career in the industry.

Throughout your time at Bucks you’ll build your intellectual, practical, discursive and investigative skills. With a variety of modules to study, you’ll have an in-depth understanding of a number of areas across the subject.

Pursue your interests

With opportunities to do independent research, you’ll be able to explore different areas of sport and society in real depth. The course has such a wide scope that we’re confident there’s something for everyone.

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS Tariff score between 80-104 points. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.


How much does it cost

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

You’ll finish the course with a strong set of skills useful for any job. There are a wide range of options directly related to sports, including:

  • Development officer
  • Fitness centre manager
  • Sports education

And since your degree is also based around social science, the opportunities are even more varied, for example:

  • Community development
  • Policy work
  • Education

Of course, with your academic knowledge, you’ll also be in a good position to carry on your studies at postgraduate level.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.