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BA (Hons) Sport Management

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Institution C58

UCAS NC26

3 years Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Tariff points: 96 - 112

A Level: BBC - CCC

BTEC: DMM - MMM

GCSEs: English language and mathematics at grade C/4 or better

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Interview: Yes. Applicants who demonstrate relevant experience and / or understanding, as well as commitment to and enthusiasm for, the profession may receive a lower (grades) offer.

Enhanced DBS check required.

Student view

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Rebecca
The Sport Management degree has allowed me to gain a huge range of opportunities in regards to work placements, networking, and interesting subjects. I feel that I have gained valuable skills during the degree that will benefit me throughout my life. It has enabled me to gain stronger opinions and beliefs by opening my mind to a wide range of theories and subjects. I would have never experienced any of these without coming to university.

Course content

Our degree is designed to provide you with the knowledge and the understanding of some of the principal aspects of business and management in the context of sport. You will consider the importance of sport for the welfare of individuals and groups in society and how, as a manager, you can respond effectively to their needs.

In your first year you will follow a programme of study that introduces you to all aspects of sport management from customer care through to understanding mega sport. In the second year of the course you are able to choose a pathway in Business or Physical Activity through to a named degree: 

  • BA (Hons) Sport Management (Business)
  • BA (Hons) Sport Management (Physical Activity)

You are eligible to become 'student affiliate members' of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) for free during your time of study at the University.

Our facilities

Campus Location: Chichester 

We offer you some of the best sporting facilities available to study for a degree. All of our facilities are designed for academic teaching, research, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions and for your social/recreational use throughout the week and weekends.

The world-class Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is the focus of sporting activities both academic and recreational at the University. It incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness centre. In addition there is a sports hall. Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our Sports Dome, lano sand dressed astro turf and a grass rugby pitch.

Facilities:

Sports Dome

Four tennis courts which can be used for a variety of sports.

Blue flooring and blue curtains separating courts with student throwing javelins
 

Sports hall

Used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee.

Fitness suite

Various membership levels available. Weights, resistance and cardio machines.

Weights, resistance and cardio machines

Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder

Available for any student to use after an induction and when Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is open.

Images showing external and internal climbing wall and external boulder

Grass football and rugby pitches

Students playing football and girl passing rugby ball

Floodlit lano sand-dressed astro turf 

A top of the range Lano sand-dressed astro all completely compliant to International Hockey federation standards.

  • 110m synthetic athletics track
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court
  • Two seminar rooms
  • Cricket nets 

Where this can take you

Professional/Managerial jobs our graduates have gone into

Sports Facility Management Sales and Marketing Sports Development Business Management
Sport Facility Manager Sales Manager Youth Development Coach Operations Executive
Gym Manager Social Media Manager Sports Development Officer Business Adviser
Event Manager Marketing and Business Developer Club Development     Co-ordinator Business Support Associate
Duty Manager Regional Brand Communications Coordinator Disability Development Officer Senior Negotiator
Sport Administration Fundraising Officer   Programme Director
  Sports Marketing Consultant IT Technical Director
Facility Management Customer Relations / Sales Manager Apple Mac Technician Recruitment Agency
Store Manager Sport Talent Manger IT Consultant  
Site Manager     Teaching
Estate Agent Sports Coaching   PE Coordinator
  Coach   PE Teacher

 

Postgraduate level study

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester​

  • PGCE Primary
  • PGCE Secondary 
  • Postgraduate Research (PhD)     
  • MA Leadership and Management
  • MBA

Work placements

All Sport Management students will undertake a work placement module of 210 hours (approximately six weeks). This typically this takes place in a sport/leisure organisation, a school or college, a sports management company or a sport/community development organisation. We are flexible in encouraging you to approach any leisure or business related organisation that is relevant to the your needs and career aspirations. 

Through our work placements you will develop skills which allow you to apply theory and knowledge in an operational sport or business setting. Placements opportunities will provide you with a strong vocational focus.

At the conclusion of this module you should be able to gain useful and relevant work experience, develop certain skills and competencies gained on placement, reflect critically on your performance in the workplace and assemble a portfolio of evidence to support your future career goals.

Chichester Institute of Sport has a dedicated Placement Co-ordinator.

You are ultimately responsible for finding your own placement, however, the Placement Co-ordinator is available to assist you and has a network of contacts in local clubs and schools.

Our students are from all over the UK, with the majority from the South and South East of England, with a few students from overseas. Many students find work placements in their home towns, as well as local opportunities in Sussex.

Placements are integral to your development as a student and are integrated within University-based work.

You will need to ensure you have all the necessary documentation in place before you start your placement. Some courses will insist that you complete a DBS check on entry to the course and others will require you to complete a check once you have started. Please check that you have completed all necessary documentation before commencing your placement.

To contact the Placement Coordinator please email Clare Deacon – c.deacon@chi.ac.uk or tel: 01243 793542

Course accreditations

We are a Higher Education partner of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA). Soon the degree will be accredited by them.

Indicative modules

Year One – All Sport Management students

Introduction to Management Principles and Customer Care

You will explore definitions of customer care and quality in the service industries and specifically within organisations working in sport and physical activity. Management principles and skills will be outlined and how to apply them to the workplace.

Questioning Sport, Exercise and Health

This module will introduce study skills for higher education, and help you discover the philosophical underpinnings of research in the sport and health sciences, alongside a range of qualitative research methods.

Introduction to Sport and Society

This is a sociological module that will introduce you to some of the key classical social concepts. This will develop an understanding of the relationship between sport and modern societies. It examines how our sporting behaviour is shaped and constrained by wider social and cultural forces that act upon us.

Introduction to Sport, Health and Physical Activity

An introduction to the key debates and issues related definitions, concepts and components of health and physical fitness in the UK. It aims to provide an understanding of how lifestyle factors, social, and environmental structures influence decisions to engage in sport and physical activity.

Introduction to Understanding Mega Sport

You will critically examine the organisation of mega sport events in the context of some of the political scandals which have surrounded some of these events. Subsequent analysis will consider the role of the media and commercial industries, the environmental impact and legacy of mega sport events.

Introduction to Sport Business and Management

The module will provide the background to current business and management practice in the sport and physical activity industry. The emergence of sport and leisure management as professions and the economic status of the public, commercial and voluntary sectors of the industry in terms of income generated, employment and market share will be examined.  

The Enquiring Practitioner 1

The aim of the module is to develop an enquiring mind and is designed to be connected, progressive and steadily build knowledge and understanding of research and enquiry in Sport.

Introduction to Sport, Policy and Development

This module covers the fundamental political ideologies that inform the foundations, objectives and development processes for sport policy. You will engage with the most significant policies and strategies to have shaped sport development in the UK before applying this knowledge to localised or organisational sport policies to appreciate the (inter)relationship between, and influence of, different governmental priorities for sport and physical activity.

 

For students studying the Sport Management (Business) pathway:

Year Two

Marketing and Sales in Sport

Gain knowledge and understanding of the marketing and sales process and how to apply it to the sport and physical activity industry.  This will be achieved through the study of key marketing principals, functions and other related topics including the importance of sales, branding and social media marketing.

Project Management

An introduction to the essential tools and methodologies for managing an effective sports project. The methodology used will be PRINCE2 and includes techniques for change management control and version control. The content will fall into three broad headings – Introduction to Project Management, Planning a Project and Managing Successful Projects.

The Enquiring Practitioner 2

This module seeks to grow your knowledge and understanding, help prepare you for your final year dissertation and develop your appreciation of the research process including, issues of gaining ethical approval, recruiting participants and collecting data, and learning new methods of analysis/ presentation. It will give you the autonomy to pursue areas of academic and professional interest and approaches to research of personal interest to you.

Sport Finance

Gain background knowledge of the financial and economic environments in which sports organisations operate across the different sectors of the sport and physical activity industry. It will develop key skills of financial good practice, the planning and management of budgets and their impact on decision making.

Planning for Work Placement

This module enables you to prepare for a 210-hour (6 week equivalent) Work Placement. The Work Placement is designed to bridge the gap between academic study and vocational experience. It will encourage you to effectively plan for reflective practice on your learning experiences in relation to your proposed learning objectives. You will gain insight and experience into the industry through your work contributions and reflection of experiences.

Digital Campaign Planning

The main focus is to provide you with a critical appreciation of Digital Marketing, through the integration of emergent media and mobile technologies, with offline communications. You will be introduced to current and relevant examples of marketing initiatives using digital media and be encouraged to create your own marketing campaign, using both offline and online media.

Plus the choice of two optional modules 

 

Year Three

Dissertation

This is the culmination of your learning and it is the major element of independent enquiry on your programme.  It requires that you reflect on, and utilise the knowledge base, context and application of taught modules, as well as placement experiences. It is designed to extend your intellectual capacity by encouraging you to generate and explore your own `problem' assisted by supervision from a tutor.

Entrepreneurship 1 – Business Set-Up

The module aims to focus on the environmental factors that are directly relevant to a small business context, and to allow you to develop a critical understanding of the entrepreneurial process. It has a practical emphasis that draws upon your earlier business-related studies or discipline specific self-employment options.

Managing People in Sport Business

Establish essential knowledge, skills and behaviours that are needed to meet an Entry Manager’s role when managing a range of staff. It will provide a critical understanding of the key aspects required in the management of people including the fundamental human resource management topics as they are applied to the sport and physical activity industry.

Delivering Your Career Progression

This module enables you to reflect on your work placement experience. It will allow you through your reflections to formulate ideas of your professional strengths and weaknesses and potential career progression. It encourages you to plan for the transition from university to work or other related goals. You will be sign posted to student career services and academic advisors for complimentary support and guidance.

Strategic Planning for Sport

Gain a comprehensive and detailed understanding of strategic planning techniques and processes applicable to sport. It is divided into key overarching themes; the process of strategy and whether strategy is based around planning and analysis; the drivers of strategy and whether the crucial determinants of a strategy are the organisation or the environment.

Group Dynamics

Due to the pervasive nature of groups within all areas of human endeavour and the potential impacts that groups can have on an individual’s performance, life satisfaction and psychological well-being it is important to have an understanding of group dynamics. This module aims to examine and evaluate current knowledge of sport group productivity and functioning to sports groups and to evaluate current practice in developing and increasing the effectiveness of group functioning.

Delivering Sport and Physical Activity in the Community

This module examines the importance of staging community sport events or projects in the context of modern sports development. It addresses the fluid and interconnected functions that exist between community sport coaches and sport managers. It will give you the opportunity to understand, in part through practical engagement, the complexity of staging community sport events and the management and administrative processes associated with them.

OR

Delivering and Consuming Fitness and Lifestyle 

Explore the ways in which physical activity and health and fitness are consumed in contemporary society. It examines the ‘boom’ in the fitness industry and the associated commercialisation of fitness products such as health supplements, performance drinks and protein. The module will plot the media’s role (particularly social media) in portraying notions of the ‘ideal’ body for men and women and the implications this has for children.

 

For students studying the Sport Management (Physical Activity) pathway:

Year Two

Critical Issues in Health Promotion, Lifestyle and Exercise

The module aims to provide you with a critical appreciation of the principles, theory and practice of health promotion in the UK. This will involve the application of the knowledge of sport, health and physical activity in the context of the wider social, cultural and environmental issues facing agents of health promotion.

Critical Issues in Sport Business and Commercialisation

Critique the commercial foundations of sport. Contemporary issues from the UK and around the world are used to demonstrate the opportunities and constraints encountered by sport as it develops according to business and commercial principles. The module is premised on concepts and terms from sport business and sport management which are viewed through social science perspectives to challenge issues of control, exploitation and dominance.

Project Management 

You will be introduced to the essential tools and methodologies for managing an effective sports project. The methodology used will be PRINCE2 and includes techniques for change management control and version control. The content of the module will fall into three broad headings – Introduction to Project Management, Planning a Project and Managing Successful Projects.

The Enquiring Practitioner 2

This module seeks to grow your knowledge and understanding, help prepare you for your final year dissertation and develop your appreciation of the research process including, issues of gaining ethical approval, recruiting participants and collecting data, and learning new methods of analysis/ presentation. It will give you the autonomy to pursue areas of academic and professional interest and approaches to research of personal interest to you.

Planning for Work Placement

This module enables you to prepare for a 210-hour (6 week equivalent) Work Placement. The Work Placement is designed to bridge the gap between academic study and vocational experience. It will encourage you to effectively plan for reflective practice on your learning experiences in relation to your proposed learning objectives. You will gain insight and experience into the industry through your work contributions and reflection of experiences.

Critical issues in Sport Development, Management and Physical Activity

Building upon knowledge of the sporting landscape and sport policy from Year One, this module critically explores contemporary issues with the organisation, practice and delivery of sport, management and physical activity. You will advance your understanding by critiquing the various roles of practitioners, the projects they engage with, and current topics that challenge the sectors. Where possible, teaching will be informed by engagement with industry practitioners.

Critical Issues in Sport and Society

This module seeks to provide you with an understanding of more advanced social theories and their application to the study of issues in sport and society. The module will explore how the use of such theories can provide a more critical and insightful understanding of sporting issues and phenomena.

Plus one optional module

 

Year Three

Dissertation Module

You are encouraged to identify a research question appropriate to your degree pathway that is of interest and relevance to your studies. An appropriate approach to addressing the question is then determined through discussion with tutors who have relevant theoretical and practical expertise in your chosen area. The investigation may be based within a single discipline, or it may involve more than one discipline.

Delivering your Career Progression

This module enables you to reflect on your work placement experience. It will allow you through your reflections to formulate ideas of your professional strengths and weaknesses and potential career progression. It encourages you to plan for the transition from university to work or other related goals. You will be sign posted to student career services and academic advisors for complimentary support and guidance.

Delivering Sport Development Globally  

Explore the nature of politics and consider the full scope of how sport and politics connect from the distribution of resources at a local level to decision making at major world events. The module will include analysis of ‘sport for development’ and ‘sport for development and peace’ programmes. Connections between the state, nationalism, identity and sport are also explored.

Delivering and Consuming Fitness and Lifestyle 

Explore the ways in which physical activity, health and fitness are consumed in contemporary society. It examines the ‘boom’ in the fitness industry and the associated commercialisation of fitness products such as health supplements, performance drinks and protein. The module will plot the media’s role (particularly social media) in portraying notions of the ‘ideal’ body for men and women and the implications this has for children.

Delivering Sport and Physical Activity in the Community

Examine the importance of staging community sport events or projects in the context of modern sports development. It addresses the fluid and interconnected functions that exist between community sport coaches and sport managers. It will give you the opportunity to understand, in part through practical engagement, the complexity of staging community sport events and the management and administrative processes associated with them.

Strategic Planning for Sport

This module aims to give you a comprehensive and detailed understanding of strategic planning techniques and processes applicable to sport. The module is divided into key overarching themes; the process of strategy and whether strategy is based around planning and analysis; the drivers of strategy and whether the crucial determinants of a strategy are the organisation or the environment.

Plus one optional module                                                                           

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

We pride ourselves on the quality of the teaching given to our students. Innovation, enthusiasm and expertise combine to deliver the excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation in this field.

We are committed to learning and teaching. Our team of principal lecturers ensure the techniques and technology used at Chichester position us as a leading authority in this critical part of your education.

When you come to Chichester, you will join a community of students and lecturers working in partnership to ensure that your learning experience reflects best practice and embraces the opportunities presented by new, interactive technologies. Through our contacts and links with CIMSPA, we visit world-renowned sports venues including Goodwood, and Amex Stadium, Brighton.

Independent Learning

Central learning facilities are available to complement and support the learning activities you will experience in your taught modules, and will help to foster your confidence in learning independently and managing and presenting information – skills that will be of lasting benefit beyond your time at the University.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, performance/practical work, project work and presentations. In Year Three the assessments are more employability focused to ensure you are better prepared for entering the workplace.

 

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