Sport Degrees


Industry-leading facilities including a full-size 3G pitch built to FIFA pro and World Rugby Standards

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Exclusive partnerships with sport clubs, governing bodies and sporting unions


Additional qualifications and licences embedded into many courses


Top in Wales for assessment in Sport Science - Guardian University Guide 2024


Professional Level Sport

The University of South Wales has a strong sporting background, an excellent reputation for sport degrees, and impressive facilities for our students to study and train in. 

We have some of the best facilities in the UK offering clubs, courses and qualifications. The USW Sport Park is a purpose-built site, designed to train and develop students to their highest potential.

Our largest campus hosts the FitZone @ Treforest, with facilities and programmes that cater for top-class elite performers and students who want to keep fit and healthy. The labs at Pontypridd Campus, Glyntaff provide a strong, scientific background to learning, and complement the specialist equipment available in the Sport Park.

Impressive Facilities

Impressive Sport Facilities

USW is the only university in England and Wales to offer a full-size indoor 3G pitch built to FIFA Pro and World Rugby Standard that guarantees training all year round. 

Innovative Technology

Innovative Technology

We use industry-leading technology to enhance teaching, including wearable GPS technology, high-end video analysis and athlete management equipment.

Additional Qualifications

Additional Qualifications

Our exclusive partnerships mean UEFA B and FAW C coaching licences and multiple UKCC and WRU coaching awards are embedded into our coaching degrees at no extra cost.

Industry Links

Industry Links

We have unique partnerships with clubs, governing bodies and sporting unions, and our students can take advantage of these opportunities to benefit their employability. For example, our football offering utilises partnerships with the Football Association of Wales, Cardiff City FC and the English Football League Trust, whereas our rugby courses utilise our partnerships with the Welsh Rugby Union, Cardiff Blues and Newport Gwent Dragons.

Strength and Conditioning

Strength & Conditioning

Our new specialist centre for strength and conditioning provides 12 lifting platforms for our students so an entire rugby or football squad can train together. The floor is integrated with the platforms so that it can support the heavy weights our athletes will be using.

Free Taster Courses

Sports Free Taster Courses

Thinking about studying a degree, but unsure whether USW is right for you? Our short taster courses cover a variety of topics to introduce you to your chosen area of study and give you a glimpse into how you will learn at USW. 

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Undergraduate Courses

Postgraduate Courses

Free Taster Courses

Get a taste of studying at USW

Thinking about studying a degree, but unsure whether USW is right for you? Our short taster courses cover a variety of topics to introduce you to your chosen area of study and give you a glimpse into how you will learn at USW. 

Taster courses vary in length, but you can stop, resume or replay the taster course at any time once you’ve started. You can also track your progress during each course.

You can do taster courses in a range of sport subjects including Football Coaching, Rugby Coaching and Preventing Sport Injuries.

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Experience South Wales

The places you study and live make a big difference to what you get out of university. It’s important to be somewhere that feels like home, but can also surprise you. South Wales offers rich experiences, with Cardiff at the heart.

With campuses in and around Cardiff, you can experience the diversity that south Wales has to offer – the buzz of the cities, the beauty of the coast, and the calm of the countryside. 

We have five campuses across three locations, but we’re one university. Every campus is open to you and whatever inspires you, you’re always welcome.



Explore USW

Join us at an open day or live event and discover the opportunities waiting for you at the University of South Wales. 

You'll have the chance to explore our campuses at Cardiff, Newport or Pontypridd, meet academic staff and current students, learn about life at USW and student money, and take part in interactive activities related to your course.  For those who can't attend an on-campus event, we run online and on-demand events. There's plenty of ways to discover what USW is all about.

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Employability and Careers

Put theory into practice

A course at USW is more than just a degree. We create graduates who are prepared for tomorrow. People who are ready to build their careers and have the mindset to succeed through a degree that is 100% focused on what employers need in the future.

From projects based on working practices to time in the workplace through internships and placements, we’ll help you to build job-ready skills and gain relevant experience for your career. We also offer practical help with completing job applications and practising interview techniques. Support is available every step of the way.


Sport Research

Influence Change

96% of USW's Sport and Exercise Sciences research is world leading or internationally excellent, and students who are taught by research-active lecturers benefit from their industry know-how and contacts, which contributes to your technical skills and abilities, and work-readiness.

Our lecturers, who are often leaders in their field, design and inform our course content, ensuring you benefit from the latest knowledge and developments in your subject and beyond.

Our commitment to research is why USW is joint first in the UK for impact and for outputs out of 61 universities.

Tom Owens, PhD, Concussion and the Link to Early Onset Dementia



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