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Sports Management and Development

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,C

112-128 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

112-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 46-52, to include a minimum of 2 Principal Subjects.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics, Science or PE/5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics, Science or PE.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25-26

25-26 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects. 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C or above).

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4-H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM-DMM

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDM-DMM

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DDM-DMM

112-128 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

UCAS Tariff

112-128

112-128 points.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Sport and exercise sciences

**Overview**
Devise marketing campaigns for top sports brands. Manage community schemes that inspire the next generation to love sport. Organise sponsorship strategies for international sporting events.

Whatever your ambitions, this BSc (Hons) Sports Management and Development degree will help you turn your passion for sport into a career.

**Course highlights**
- Learn from industry experts with experience in delivering community sports programmes and gain practical skills in everything from events management to entrepreneurship

- Plan and market local sports events such as the Great South Run and work with organisations like the Hampshire FA

- Have the chance to study abroad, go on overseas field trips and take part in research run by institutions such as UEFA, the FA and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)

- Train and coach within our extensive sports facilities, including a 100-station gym, fitness studios, and a new sports centre featuring a ski simulator, climbing wall and 8-lane swimming pool

**Careers and opportunities**
On this course, you'll explore sport’s role in society and how sports management and development can make sport accessible to all, yet the business skills you'll gain will prepare you for a wide range of careers.

When you graduate, you'll be ready to apply corporate, management, financial and marketing knowledge to an exciting career within the sports industry, or any other sector that interests you.

90% of our graduates find work within a year of completing this course, so you can feel confident that what you learn will set you up for the world of work.

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

Others have entered more diverse areas of employment, such as sports law, local government, strategic leadership, consultancy and the charity sector.

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.

**Placement year**
Either before or following your third year, you can opt for a work placement year to gain valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Placements give you the opportunity to apply what you've learnt so far in a real workplace, boosting your employability and making you attractive to employers after graduation.

You can work for a company or organisation here in the UK or overseas – some of our graduates have gone as far afield as Mwanza in Tanzania.

Or, you could go independent by setting up and running your own business with other students.

Potential roles
Previous students have taken placement roles such as:

- basketball development manager

- sports marketing manager

- sales, marketing and social media intern

- sport leader and event leader

Potential destinations
They've completed placements at organisations including:

- Access Sport

- Decathlon UK

- The Great Run Company

- Active Communities Network

**Study abroad**
You’ll have the chance to do an overseas field trip to experience sports management in other communities and cultures.

Previous students have travelled to Barcelona to carry out their own research projects, on areas including urban sport, Olympic legacy, and the impact of tourism and city infrastructure.

You'll also have the option to study abroad for a year in Europe, South Asia, Canada or North America.

This is a fantastic opportunity to explore a new destination and study as an international student at a partner university in another part of the world. Many of our students describe their time spent studying abroad as truly unforgettable, as well as an excellent way to stand out to future employers.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules in this year include:
- Community Sport Provision
- Introduction to Sport, Business and Management
- Theoretical Perspectives on Contemporary Sport

Year 2
Core modules in this year include:
- International Research Project in Sport Business Management
- Preparing Research, Innovation or Enterprise Projects
- Sport Event Management
- Sports Business Management
- Work-Based Learning

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Sports Facility Management

Placement year (optional)
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.

Year 3
Core modules in this year include:
- Marketing and Promotion of Sport
- Professional Development
- Sport Entrepreneurship and Business Venturing
- Strategic Management in Sport
- Project

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.

Assessment methods

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.

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
£16,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Science and Health

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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.

81%
med
Sport and exercise sciences

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below 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.

Sport and exercise sciences

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
72%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

77%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
71%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
75%
Male students
25%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
15%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

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.

Sport & exercise science

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.

£21,000
high
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
68%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

33%
Sports and fitness occupations
9%
Public services and other associate professionals
7%
Teaching and educational professionals

One of the fastest growing subjects in the country, the number of sports science graduates went from under 3,000 in 2003 to over 10,000 in 2013. Numbers have fallen slightly since 2015, but we still have over 9,000 graduates in the subject. However, the good news is the country's appetite for good health and fitness - and the adaptability of graduates in the subject - means that sports science grads are less likely than average to be out of work. Sports science graduates, not surprisingly, tend to get jobs in sport, fitness and health - coaching and teaching especially - but they're found all over the economy. Management and business are also popular options for graduates from this subject — and sports science graduates are particularly found where drive, determination and physical fitness are an advantage.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Sport and exercise sciences

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

£18k

£18k

£24k

£24k

£27k

£27k

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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