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University College Birmingham

Sports Management

UCAS Code: N2C6

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

UCB will accept A Level in General Studies for this course and will also take into consideration applicants who are studying an extended project.

Access to HE Diploma

D:15

You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points. A minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.

HNC (BTEC)

P

A relevant HNC or a foundation degree with 120 credits.

HND (BTEC)

P

A relevant HND or a foundation degree with 240 credits.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMM

This can be achieved from either an Extended Diploma or a combination of smaller BTEC qualifications.

You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff

96

Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required. If you are unsure if your qualification is accepted call us on 0121 604 1040 or email admissions@ucb.ac.uk.

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Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Sports management

**Course snapshot**

Sport is big business. More people than ever now understand the link between an active lifestyle and good health, and are prepared to spend their time and money on sport-related activities. On UCB's Sports Management degree course, you'll gain the skills needed to succeed in the exciting sector of sports management, opening the doors to a wide variety of employment opportunities. We are a partner of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and our course is accredited by the University of Birmingham - one of the world's leading academic institutions - while you'll be supported in your studies by the use of UCB's brand new, state-of-the-art sports facilities.

**Who’s the course for?**

This course is ideal for anyone interested in management roles in sport, including areas ranging from sports coaching and PE teaching to leisure centre management and working with national governing bodies.

**Why should I study the course?**

- Our course will help you develop the academic and practical skills you need for a successful career in the sports management industry, plus you'll automatically become a student member of CIMSPA when you enrol.

- Supported by UCB's strong industry links, you'll have the chance to gain invaluable work experience throughout your course with the option of a 48-week placement after your second year, while you'll also go on several residential visits both in the UK and overseas.

- As a UCB sports student, you'll have exclusive use of our brand new sports facilities and equipment at our new campus building, Moss House (opening in 2019), and you'll also be able to use the state-of-the-art all-weather pitch at Avery Fields.

**Great. Tell me some more**

As part of our course, you'll take part in a number of residential visits funded by UCB, allowing you to examine real world examples of effective sports management practice in the UK and internationally. Past visits have included the likes of Athens, Berlin, Barcelona and Paris as well as the Lake District National Park, where you'll have the chance to take an Emergency First Aid qualification with the Mountain Rescue Service.

Our course also enables you to gain invaluable work experience to boost your employability when you graduate. Aside from summer placements, there is the option of a 48-week placement after year 2, while those who want to go into teaching may also wish to take the Voluntary Initiative module.

UCB's sports facilities include a fully-equipped gym and sports hall, fitness testing equipment, anatomical models and a human performance laboratory. Our new campus building, Moss House, will also feature a cutting-edge gym with the latest equipment and sports technology, as well as a 35-metre indoor running track to assess speed and performance. You will 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.

**What skills will I gain?**

- You will develop a broad range of skills including the analytical, communication and decision-making disciplines that are vital for success in sports organisations.

- You will gain an understanding of operational and strategic issues in sport, specifically relating to operating within an international environment.

- In your final year you will work on your own independent research project, enabling you to build in-depth knowledge of an industry subject relevant to your career aspirations.

**What about the future?**

Completing this course will enable you to move into a wide range of areas within sports management, with past graduates working in sports tourism and marketing, community sports programmes and health promotion. Other career paths include:

- Sports development

- Sports centre management

- Corporate sports hospitality

- Sports coaching

- Sports event management

You can also move onto studying a postgraduate level qualification.

Modules

**Year 1**

- Economics of Sport
- Coaching Principles
- Healthy Lifestyle
- Managing People and Performance
- Sport in Society
- Sports Safety, Health and the Environment

**Year 2**

- The Business of Sport
- Research for Sport
- Managing Sports Facilities
- Management and Planning of Sport
- Leading People

**Plus one option from:**

- Sports Coaching
- Sports Nutrition
- Sports Psychology
- Voluntary Initiative
- Enterprise Start-up Studies
- Modern Languages

**Work placement (optional 48-week placement)**

**Year 3**

- Development and Innovation in Sport
- International Sports Environment
- Research Project
- Strategy in Sport

**Plus one option from:**

- Sports Marketing
- Sports Psychology 2
- Sports Tourism
- Sports Coaching and the Development of Expertise
- Financial Strategy
- Work-based Learning for Sport

Assessment methods

**Teaching**

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 per week including a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials
- 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

**Individual study**

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 24 hour access to learning and support material.

**Assessment**

Assessment is designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways, 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.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£10,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University College Birmingham

Department:

School of Sports and Creative Studies - BA/BSc

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

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Sports management

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

82%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

52%
UK students
48%
International students
35%
Male students
65%
Female students
63%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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C
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After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

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What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

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Average annual salary
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Employed or in further education
86%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
13%
Secretarial and related occupations
12%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This course sits in a wide group of smaller subjects that don't necessarily have that much in common - so bear this in mind when you look at any employment data. Most graduates took a hospitality, events management or tourism-related course, but there are a group of sports and leisure graduates in here as well who do different things. Events management was the most common job for graduates from this group of subjects, and so it’s no surprise that graduates from specialist events management courses did better last year than many of the other graduates under this subject umbrella - but all did about as well as graduates on average or a little better. If you want to find out more about specific job paths for your chosen subject area, it's a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates went on to do, or to have a look at university department websites.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Sports management

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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