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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 centre management
Corporate sports hospitality
- Sports event management
You can also move onto studying a postgraduate level qualification.
- Economics of Sport
- Coaching Principles
- Healthy Lifestyle
- Managing People and Performance
- Sport in Society
- Sports Safety, Health and the Environment
- 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
Work placement (optional 48-week placement)
- 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
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
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 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.
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)
Transferring from another university At University College Birmingham, we consider applications from students who have studied, or are currently studying, a Higher Education course and now wish to transfer universities. What do I need to do? To make an enquiry about studying at University College Birmingham, you will need to complete our online enquiry form -> https://portal.ucb.ac.uk/#/admissions/ucb-direct-apply Consideration for advanced entry will be dependent on the modules of your previous course, and how well this matches to the content of the course you wish to transfer to at University College Birmingham. Additionally, the process will be dependent on the number of credits achieved on your current course. Where similar study is apparent, it may be possible for us to award Accreditation for Previous Learning (APL) and, therefore, advanced entry onto a course at UCB will be permitted. Please note; due to the nature of this process, all applications are considered on an individual basis.
All non-EU international students can apply directly via our online application forms: https://public.dataharvesting.com/ucb/io/aps/1255/v1/index.php Undergraduate applicants can also apply via UCAS, if they wish to apply to more than one university. The International Admissions team aim to respond to any new application made directly via the online application form within 5 working days of receipt. However, this can vary during peak application periods (particularly January-March) or if the team require additional information to process your application. Applicants who apply to transfer to University College Birmingham on to a second year or final year of a course will have their course mapped for entry and the conditions of entry will be stated on UCAS track. Each application is considered individually and careful consideration is given to all information on your application form, particularly your personal statement, reference and the qualifications you have taken or are in the process of taking. In most cases, a decision to make an offer can be based on this information alone, however we may need to make further enquiries, particularly relating to your immigration status or previous studies in the UK.
|UCAS Tariff||96 points||
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 email@example.com.
|A level||CCC||UCB will accept A Level in General Studies for this course and will also take into consideration applicants who are studying an extended project.|
|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.|
|Access to HE Diploma||D: 15 credits||
You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points.
A minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.
|Scottish Higher||You will need a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points|
|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.|
Year 1 Entry: Students who are studying a combination of different qualification types will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications.
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English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||Level B2||BA/BSc - Minimum 170 with no less than 160 in any skill FdA/FdSc - Minimum 160 with no less than 150 in any skill|
|IELTS (Academic)||BA/BSc - Overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component|
|Institution's Own Test||BA/BSc - Overall score of B2 with no less than B2- in in each component FdA/FdSc - Overall score of B2- with no less than B1+ in in each component|
To apply for all undergraduate degrees, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.
UCB English Language Requirements
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|
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