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BA (Hons) Sport Management

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Institution C58

UCAS NC26

Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

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

We are a full HE partner of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

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 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 your needs and career aspirations.

Work placements are integral to your development as a student and are integrated within university-based work. Through your work placement, you will develop skills that allow you to apply theory and knowledge in an operational sport or business setting. Work placements opportunities will provide you with a strong vocational focus.

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

You are ultimately responsible for finding your work placement, however, the Chichester Institute of Sport has a dedicated Work Placement Co-ordinator to assist you and has a network of contacts in local businesses, clubs and schools.

Course accreditations

CIMSPA logo

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

Our course structure is that all students study core modules in Year One and then specialise in their chosen pathway of Business or Physical Activity in Years Two and Three as per the diagram below.

Course structure diagram

 

Year One – All Sport Management students

[CORE] 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.

[CORE] 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.

[CORE] Introduction to Management Principles & 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.

 

[CORE] 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.

[CORE] 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.

[CORE] Introduction to Sport, Policy and Development

This module introduces you to the role of politics in shaping sport. Using the most significant sporting policies from the past few decades, you will appreciate the (inter)relationship between, and influence of, different governmental priorities for sport and physical activity before applying this knowledge to localised or organisational sport policies.

[CORE] 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.

[CORE] 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. It includes the emergence of sport and leisure management as a profession. Your brief is to develop your own innovative sports business as a team.

 

Year Two - All Sport Management students

[CORE] The Enquiring Practitioner 2

This module seeks to grow your knowledge, autonomy and understanding of research processes in order to prepare you for your final year dissertation and pursue areas of academic and professional interest. The processes covered include gaining ethical approval, recruiting participants and collecting data, and learning new methods of analysis/presentation.

[CORE] Project Management

An introduction to the essential tools and methodologies for managing an effective sports project. The methodology used will be PRINCE2 to develop your own sports project. The content will include: Introduction to Project Management, Planning a Project, and Managing Successful Projects.

[CORE] Planning for Work Placement

This module prepares you for a 210-hour (six week equivalent) Work Placement. It is designed to bridge the gap between academic study and vocational experience through taking a reflective approach to your learning experiences in relation to your proposed learning objectives. You will gain invaluable insight and experience into the work place, through your placement.

 

Year Two - For students studying the Sport Management (Business) pathway:

[CORE] Marketing and Sales in Sport

Gain knowledge and understanding of the marketing and sales process and specifically how to apply them. 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.

[CORE] Sport Finance

This module aims to provide you with knowledge of the financial and economic environments in which sports organisations operate across the different sectors of the sport industry. It will develop key skills of financial good practice, the planning and management of budgets and their impact on decision making.

[CORE] 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 campaigns.

[OPTION] Critical Issues in Sport Business and Commercialisation 

Critique the opportunities and constraints for sport as it develops according to business and commercial principles in the UK and globally. Concepts and terms from sport business and sport management are viewed through social science perspectives to challenge issues of control, exploitation and dominance.

[OPTION] Consumer Buyer Behaviour

This module will equip learners with the fundamentals of consumer behaviour. Students will critically appreciate the importance of psychology to decision making and the field of marketing. Learners will analyse and evaluate individual aspects of consumer behaviour and social and group aspects of consumer behaviour during their studies.

[OPTION] Critial Issues in Sport Development, Management and Physical Activity

Critically explore 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 includes engagement with industry practitioners.

[OPTION] MediaSport 2.0 and Beyond

(Module information to come)

 

Year Two - For students studying the Sport Management (Physical Activity) pathway

[CORE] 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.

[CORE] Critical Issues in Sport Business and Commercialisation

Critique the opportunities and constraints for sport as it develops according to business and commercial principles in the UK and globally. Concepts and terms from sport business and sport management are viewed through social science perspectives to challenge issues of control, exploitation and dominance.

[CORE] Critical issues in Sport Development, Management and Physical Activity

Critically explore 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 includes engagement with industry practitioners.

[CORE] 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. It will explore how the use of such theories can provide a more critical and insightful understanding of sporting issues and phenomena.

[OPTION] Sport Finance

The module will consider the business context of the sport and leisure industry internationally and in the UK. It will explore elementary financial management concepts, budgetary methods, costings and cash flow. The interpretation and analysis of financial statements through the use of financial indicators will be examined. The importance of business planning and project appraisal will be studied and applied. The module provides essential financial underpinning to management practices required by the sport and leisure industry.

[OPTION] Coaching Children and Youth Sports

(Module information to come)

[OPTION] MediaSport 2.0 and Beyond

(Module information to come)

[OPTION] Psychology of Physical Activity and Health

(Module information to come)

 

Year Three - All Sport Management students

[CORE] Delivering your Career Progression

This module enables you to reflect on your work placement experience. It allows 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.

[CORE] Strategic Planning for Sport

The module provides a comprehensive and detailed understanding of strategic planning techniques and processes applicable to sport and business. It includes the process of strategy, planning and analysis, and the drivers of strategy in the organisation or the environment.

 

Year Three - For students studying the Sport Management (Business) pathway

[CORE] Dissertation

The module requires you to 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.

[CORE] 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 to help develop your own business plan.

[CORE] 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.

[CORE] Group Dynamics

This module aims to examine and evaluate current knowledge of sport group productivity and functioning and evaluates current practice in developing and increasing the effectiveness of group functioning. Together with the potential impacts that group can have on an individual’s performance, life satisfaction and psychological well-being.

[OPTION] Delivering and Consuming Fitness and Lifestyle 

Explore through the lens of social theory the way in which physical activity, health and fitness are consumed in contemporary society. The module examines the fitness industry and the associated commercialisation of fitness products and services and plots social media’s role in portraying notions of the ‘ideal’ body for men and women.

[OPTION] Delivering Sport and Physical Activity in the Community 

The module examines the importance of staging community sport events or projects in the context of modern sports development. 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.

 

Year Three - For students studying the Sport Management (Physical Activity) pathway

[CORE] Dissertation Module

You are encouraged to identify a research question appropriate to your degree pathway that is of interest and relevance to your studies. The investigation may be based within single or multiple disciplines. An appropriate approach to addressing the question is then determined through discussion with tutors in your chosen area.

[CORE] Delivering Sport Development Globally  

This module critiques sport development and management by exploring the relationship between politics, globalisation and sport upon particular areas of the world. The sport for development industry is also extensively analysed. You are afforded the opportunity to engage with international industry practitioners and develop your own project proposals.

[CORE] Delivering and Consuming Fitness and Lifestyle 

Explore through the lens of social theory the way in which physical activity, health and fitness are consumed in contemporary society. The module examines the fitness industry and the associated commercialisation of fitness products and services and plots social media’s role in portraying notions of the ‘ideal’ body for men and women.

[CORE] Delivering Sport and Physical Activity in the Community

The module examines the importance of staging community sport events or projects in the context of modern sports development. 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.           

[OPTION] Managing People in Sport Business

The module will investigate why people are critically important in the leisure industry. This includes all aspects of human resources from how management set the tone of an organisation’s culture to how an organisation’s objectives are achieved. It will explain how the staff are important in achieving this vision by ensuring that the right staff are employed and then effectively developed and motivated.

[OPTION] Advanced Issues in PE and Coaching - Children and Young People

(Module information to come)

[OPTION] Exercise and Physical Activity Interventions

(Module information to come) 

                                          

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Teaching and assessment

Images: Amex Stadium, home to Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Goodwood Motor Circuit

Students at Amex Stadium, home to Brighton and Hove Albion FCStudents on Goodwoord Motor Circuit race track

 

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.

When you come to Chichester, our team of principal lecturers will ensure 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 the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), we visit world-renowned sports venues including Goodwood and the 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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