Sports Management and Development BSc (Hons)

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UCAS Code
CC62
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019, September 2020
Accredited
Yes

Overview

Do you want to increase participation in sport and physical activity? Are you interested in helping a new generation of elite athletes achieve their goals at global events such as the Olympics? Are you ambitious enough to work in sports management, which is one of the biggest growing global leisure markets? If the answer to any of the former is yes, this is the ideal degree course for you.

This wide-ranging BSc (Hons) Sports Management and Development degree course builds your understanding of sport and its role in society. You’ll learn how sports development and sports management can give people the opportunity to take part in sport and physical activity, no matter their ability. You’ll graduate with the knowledge, understanding and skill to excel in either the sports management or sports development sectors.

The course is based in one of the highest performing sports departments in England, that prides itself on the experience and knowledge of its staff. It's also ranked the number 1 sports science course in England in the Guardian University Guide 2018.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Learn practical skills by organising and marketing local sports events such as the Great South Run and working with organisations like the Hampshire FA and Portsmouth City Council
  • Have the chance to go on overseas field trips and take part in the research programmes run by internationally recognised sports organisations such as UEFA, the FA and the ECB
  • Boost your CV and share your sporting skill in the local community through our coaching and volunteering scheme
  • Experience teaching which is driven by current practice and taught by lecturers who have delivered sports development and sports management programmes in the community
  • Be able to use our sports facilities, comprising sports halls, a 100-station gym, squash courts, fitness studios and more

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

What jobs can you do with a Sports Management and Development degree?

Previous graduates have gone on to roles such as:

  • PE teacher
  • sports development officer
  • sports marketing executive
  • sports agent
  • community coach coordinator
  • event manager
  • project manager

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

The course contains the right mix of academic and practical knowledge to prepare us for work in sports development. Being able to see how the things you learn, work in practice is invaluable. It all helps to make you more employable when you leave University

Nick Foster, BSc (Hons) Sports Management and Development

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Sports Management and Development degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Community Sport Development and Coaching
  • Introduction to Sport, Business and Management
  • Theoretical Perspectives on Contemporary Sport

There are no optional modules in this year

Core modules in this year include:

  • Work-Based Learning
  • Sports Business Management
  • Policy Delivery Through Sport
  • Preparing Research, Innovation or Enterprise Projects

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Sport Event Management
  • Sports Facility Management

On this course, you can choose an optional placement year between your 2nd and 3rd year of studies or after your 3rd year.

During the study abroad placement year, you'll experience life at a university in another country. Alternatively, you can spend a year developing your experience in industry in the UK or abroad with the work placement year.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Strategic Management in Sport
  • Comparative Cultural Analysis in Sport
  • International Research Project in Sports Management

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Marketing and Promotion of Sport
  • Professional Development
  • Sport Entrepreneurship and Business Venturing
  • Sport for Development

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the sports development industry.

Previous students have completed placements in organisations such as the NHS and Portsmouth Football Club. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find further relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify part-time coaching roles, placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your CV.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • formal lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • tutorials
  • practical experiences

We work closely with local partners, such as the Portsmouth School Sport Partnership and Portsmouth City Council Leisure Services, to make sure what you learn on the course is current and relevant.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • examinations
  • essays and reports
  • projects, portfolios and case studies
  • practical demonstrations
  • oral assessments through presentations or discussion groups

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 30% by written exams, 15% by practical exams and 55% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 25% by written exams, 23% by practical exams and 52% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 8% by written exams, 30% by practical exams and 62% by coursework

Entry requirements​

BSc (Hons) Sports Management and Development degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

Qualifications or experience
  • 112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You’ll have to pay for meals and other living costs while completing compulsory fieldwork, amounting to £50–£1000. Travel and accommodation costs are covered by your course fee.

You’ll need to contribute towards the cost of optional fieldwork programmes, which usually come to £50–£1000.

You may need to a pay a returnable deposit for some field trips to ensure attendance. For day trips, this deposit is £20. For trips that last several days and require overnight stay, the deposit is £50. The deposit for these trips will be returned to you after the trip.

If you take an optional placement unit or placement year, you’ll need to cover the costs of travel, accommodation and subsistence. These costs will vary depending on the duration and location of the placement. The cost will usually be £50–£1000.

If you take an optional professional qualification unit on this course, you’ll need to make a contribution of £250 towards the cost.

Apply

How to apply

Want to start this course in 2019?

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – CC62
  • our institution code – P80

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

To start in 2020 you need to apply through UCAS. You can register and start your application from 21 May 2019 and submit it from 5 September 2019.

In the meantime, sign up to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

When you apply, you'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – CC62
  • our institution code – P80

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

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