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BSc (Hons) Sport Management course preparation

To help you feel prepared for your university studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more:

Your pre-entry workbook

An important part of preparing to study on the BSc (Hons) Sport Management programme is the completion of a pre-entry workbook before Induction Week. As part of the workbook you will understand the importance of CIMSPA as the Professional Statutory Regulatory Body (PSRB) for your degree programme, and learn how this will inform your studies during your first year. You will also find tasks to complete which relate to each module you will study during your first year and have an opportunity to write down any questions you have. These will then be addressed during your Induction Week.

You’ll find out more about Induction Week later on this summer.

You should bring your completed workbook to the first meeting you will have with your Personal Tutor who will advise you how it will be used and why it is important.

Suggested reading

Detailed reading lists are provided in each module handbook, which you’ll be able to access once on your course. The following core references will enable you to become familiar with the key principles of sport management work in community and performance contexts:

  • BRYERS, T., SLACK, T. & PARENT, M. 2012. Key concepts in sport management. London: Sage.
  • COAKLEY, J. & PIKE, E., 2014. Sport in society: issues and controversies. (2nded) London: McGraw-Hill.
  • HOULIHAN, B. & GREEN, M. 2011. The Routledge Handbook of sport development. London: Routledge.
  • SMITH, A. & WADDINGTON, I., eds. 2014. Doing real world research in sports studies. London: Routledge.

Suggested materials

Although you’re welcome to bring your own personal playing equipment (e.g. hockey stick, tennis racquet etc.), all standard teaching and sports materials will be provided.

There are, however, a number of items that will prove useful on the course and so you are recommended to:

  • Buy some multipurpose trainers (‘fashionable’ footwear may not be suitable for practical sessions)
  • Keep evidence of any relevant voluntary or paid experience and coaching templates for session plans from any NGB qualifications that you have undertaken

You’ll have an opportunity to purchase programme specific clothing on your arrival at university. Details will be provided during Induction Week. In the meantime, you’ll need to bring a plain white t-shirt/polo shirt and black shorts, leggings or tracksuit bottoms as kit must be worn for all practical based sessions.


Useful websites

For sports management related jobs:

For ideas on what else you can do whilst at university:

Catch up on the latest sports news

It is important to keep up to date with what is going on in the sports industry, think more broadly than simply sports results – how about checking out announcements from the Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport, or look into sports funding and developments in the sports industry on a global scale.


Things to do over summer

Over the summer, you can also do a number of different things to prepare for beginning your studies this September:

Watch a webinar or read a blog

Research activity: Sport England’s interactive survey


Additional ways to prepare

Preparing to start

This session examines how to make a successful transition to university. From planning your results day, accommodation and commuting tips, extra support available to you and general advice on uni life.

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Find out more about who you are

The following information provides an insight into what to expect when coming to university along with some good advice on how to navigate some of the potential challenges you may face.

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