Why Study Sport in the United Kingdom?


Professional Accreditation

Some degree programmes offer the opportunity to become a recognised practitioner while studying at university. For example, many sport and exercise psychology programmes offer a ‘BPS route’ which enables students to gain accreditation by the British Psychological Society alongside achieving their postgraduate qualification. Similarly, the Society of Sport Therapists offers accreditation for students on approximately 23 recognised degree programmes. The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) also offers an undergraduate endorsement scheme in recognition of the appropriateness of course content for the relevant profession.

Sport-Related Activities at University

Many students who study sport will also want opportunities to be involved in sporting activities while at university, whether at a recreational level or in competitive sport. These opportunities are usually delivered through the Student Union which will advertise a list of sport clubs available to registered students. Inter-university sport competitions are organised by British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS). Many students also successfully combine their studies with training for elite level sport. For example, at the University of Chichester, Saskia Clark and Emma Wiggs both graduated with sport degrees, successfully going on to achieve an Olympic gold medal in sailing (Clark) and Paralympic gold medal in canoeing (Wiggs).


Olympic gold medallist Saskia Clark


Paralympic gold medallist Emma Wiggs