Baccalaureus in Sport Sciences [BSportSci]
Certificate in Sport Sciences:
After year-level 1
Diploma in Sport Sciences:
After year-levels 1 & 2
BSportSci degree qualification:
Three-year degree programme
What does the programme entail?
The B(SportSci) degree is presented as a full-time intramural package. This package was specifically developed for the professional sportsman or sportswoman who wishes to pursue sport as a career, but wants to obtain an academic qualification as backup in case of a career-terminating injury or for when he/she retires from the game. This qualification provides you with a choice of different exit levels: after one year of study and training you will receive a certificate, after two years a diploma and after three years of study and training you will receive the B(SportSci) degree.
What can I do with this qualification?
This qualification equips you for entering the professional sport industry and/or exercise industry. It affords you theoretical knowledge and practical preparation and development for the specific demands of a professional career as a player, coach or administrator. In addition to the theoretical knowledge, it also includes practical preparation and development for the specific demands of a professional career as a player, coach or sport administrator. Other career opportunities include fitness instructor with a sports team, operator in sport tourism, team manager or agent for athletes, technical advisor, gymnasium manager, sport journalist, and rugby and sport organiser at a school. The BSportSci degree may be completed within three years, the Diploma (SportSci) within two years and the Certificate (SportSci) within one year. For the professional sportsman or sportswoman it is also possible to spread the degree over a longer period (maximum 5 years) through the selection of only certain modules.
Both natural and human sciences modules are included in the curriculum. Modules that are included under natural sciences are Anatomy, Physiology, Biomechanics, Training Principles, Programme Design, Sport Diet and Sport for the Disabled, while modules such as Sport Marketing, Sport Law, Sport Tourism, Entrepreneurship, Financial Management and Sport Management fall under the humanities.
Prospective students who are in possession of a Senior Certificate with endorsement and an M score of 10 or higher are admitted unconditionally. Those in possession of matriculation exemption with an M score of 9 or less will be admitted upon successfully completing an admission test. Students who do not have full matriculation exemption (Senior Certificate with an M score of 7 or more) will have to write a compulsory admission test and, if successful, they can register for the Certificate in Sport Sciences. Students with a Senior Certificate without matriculation exemption and an M-score of less than 7 can register for the Certificate in Sport Sciences if they have completed the CE@UP course (Certificate in (sport code) Science) with a percentage of more than 60 % in three of the seven modules, more than 50% in the other four modules and the successful completion of the compulsory admission test. After the successful completion of their first year an application for discretionary exemption will be lodged with the Senate that will allow the student to register for the degree course. No specific school subjects are required, but Biology, Physical Science, Mathematics and good interpersonal relations and communication abilities will serve as a recommendation.
Obtaining the B (Sportsci) degree could lead to further study at honours, Master’s and doctoral level in Sport Sciences. After obtaining the BA(HMS)(Hons) degree with specialisation in Sport Science you can apply for admission to the BA(HMS)(Hons) degree with specialisation in Biokinetics.
Prof PE Krüger
Tel: 012 420 6032