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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 foundation 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, covering a wide variety of areas 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 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, 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.
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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 and develop a wider appreciation of national and international sporting environments. 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 facilities feature an extensive range of equipment, including 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. The purpose-built, 15-acre site has undergone a £3 million transformation, with the pitch situated alongside two new grass pitches and an impressive clubhouse including a function room, modern changing facilities and a physiotherapy suite.
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 the operational and strategic issues in sport, specifically relating to operating within an international environment.
- Through our range of optional modules in your second year, you will be able to gain specialist knowledge in areas relating to your career aims, including sports coaching, nutrition, psychology or even learning a foreign language.
What about the future?
Completing this course will enable you to move into a wide range of areas within sports management, including career paths such as:
Sports centre management
Corporate sports hospitality
- Sports event management
Upon completion of the foundation degree, you can also progress onto the final year of the full BA (Hons) degree at the end of year two.
- 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
- Modern Languages
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
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
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
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.
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Level 3 qualifications are accepted at UCB for entrance, a minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points will be required.
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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.
Students who are studying a mixture of qualifications will receive an offer that will be inclusive of all Level 3 qualifications.
English language requirements
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To apply for all undergraduate degrees, if your first language is not English, you will need to sit an approved test in English.
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Fees and funding
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