This course is offered as both a BA (Hons) and FdA. Students studying the FdA will have the option of progressing onto the final year of the BA (Hons) at the end of year 2.
Sport is big business. More people than ever understand the link between an active lifestyle and good health and are prepared to spend their income and leisure time on sport-related activities.
Sports Management is an exciting sector with a wide variety of employment opportunities in leisure centre and facility management, sports event, sports development, national governing bodies, sports coaching, sports marketing, PE teaching and health and fitness management.
Why should I choose this course?
- You will study the operational and strategic issues in sport, specifically relating to operating within an international environment.
- You will participate in several residential visits both in the UK and overseas so you can examine real world examples of effective sports management practice.
- You will get the chance to work on your own research project, which creates an opportunity to critically analyse a particular area or field of sports management that interests you.
- You will have work experience opportunities throughout your course in order to optimise your industry engagement.
- When you enrol you automatically become a student member of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).
Students also have use of the state-of-the-art, all-weather pitch at Avery Fields, which we share with leading Birmingham rugby club Bournville RFC. The purpose-built, 15-acre site has undergone a £3m transformation, with the all-weather pitch situated alongside two, new grass pitches and an impressive clubhouse, which includes function room, modern changing facilities and a physiotherapy suite.
New sports facilities for 2019
The fantastic news for anyone joining our sports-focused degree courses is that they will have exclusive use of the state-of-the-art facilities at our new higher education building, Moss House, when it opens in 2019. These will include a cutting edge gym incorporating all the latest equipment and sports technology and a 35-metre indoor running track to assess speed and performance.
Find out more about our new Moss House campus.
Our open days are designed to give you as much information as possible about UCB and the areas you are interested in studying. Come along and we may make you an offer on the day.
Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Student Conference
UCB's first sports conference was held last year where industry leaders from across the country, as well as UCB’s own expert sports lecturers, gave an overview of some of the most pressing issues currently affecting sports performance and rehabilitation. Watch highlights from the conference here.
Teaching & assessment
Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and a typical teaching week will have up to 13 contact hours made up as follows:
- Large group teaching: 6 hours of lectures in lecture rooms
- Smaller group teaching: 4 hours of teaching in smaller groups
- Tutorials: 3 hours being a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials per week
- Residential visits: UCB funded residential visits provide a wider appreciation of national and international sporting environments
- Work experience: You are encouraged to undertake work experience throughout your course and there is also an option to compete a 48-week placement after year 2.
In addition you are expected to commit to approximately 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material.
Assessment is designed to provide you an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of assessment methods are used.
An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows:
- Coursework - 58%
- Practical assessment - 33%
- Written examinations - 9%
Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction.
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.
Sports Management BA (Hons)
Tariff: A minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points from at least two A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications.
Sports Management FdA
Tariff: A minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points from at least one A Level or equivalent BTEC qualifications.
Non-tariff: Non-UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also considered for entry.
Work-based: We also give equal consideration to applicants who are currently in work and wish to apply to UCB. To apply, you must have a minimum of 3 years’ relevant work experience, demonstrating management or supervisory duties. Your application must also include a reference from your line manager supporting your entry to higher education. For further details please contact Admissions.
Find out more information on tariff entry requirements for 2018/19 entry.
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FdA students will study modules for years 1 and 2. Upon successful completion FdA students will have the option of progressing onto the final year.
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Optional Work Placement
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You are encouraged to gain work experience throughout this course because it is a great opportunity to put what you have learned into practice alongside qualified professionals. Over the years we have developed close working relationships within the industry so that we can offer you a wide range of placement opportunities alongside your studies.
Our hired@UCB team will make sure that you are well-matched for your placement and support your progress throughout your work experience.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to move into a wide variety of areas within the sports management sector. Graduates have also gone on to work in sports tourism and marketing, on community sports programmes and in health promotion.
Graduating with this degree will enable you to pursue a career in:
- Sports development
- Sports centre management
- Corporate sports hospitality
- Sports coaching
- Sports event management
hired@UCB is our student and alumni support service designed to provide a single reference point for information, advice and guidance regarding opportunities to develop and demonstrate employability and enterprise skills.
Based on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist and qualified staff with knowledge and experience of:
- Careers advice and guidance
- Placements, work experience and volunteering
- Employer engagement
- Part-time and seasonal work
- Internships and apprenticeships
- Graduate schemes and alumni support
- Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency
Find out more about hired@UCB services.
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