BA (Hons) Sports Development and Management

  • Study Abroad Option Available
  • Sandwich Year Option Available
  • International Students Can Apply
  • Work Placement Opportunity

Overview

UCAS Code:C6N2
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2016, September 2017
Department:Department of Sport and Physical Activity
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Underpinned by cutting-edge research and high quality teaching which provides the vital skills and knowledge for employment in both sports and non-sport settings;
  • Plan and examine sports development initiatives aimed at making positive impacts on individuals and communities;
  • Work with a variety of groups such as children, young people and adults in community and elite sport, and in areas such as health and wellbeing.

Sports Development and Management is a rapidly growing area which covers youth and elite sport, community and organisational development, the promotion of health and wellbeing, business and enterprise, corporate social responsibility and how sport can contribute to positive social change. Designed for those seeking careers in these popular fields, this degree develops the applied and theoretical knowledge needed to implement contemporary sport policy and development programmes in local, national and international contexts. The knowledge, skills and experiences developed are also valued by employers from beyond the sport industry. The programme prepares you for employment in this expanding area where you can make a real difference to people’s lives both inside and outside of sport.

Department of Sport and Physical Activity

Course in Depth

What will I study?

In Year 1 you will gain a solid foundation in understanding the setting for working in sports development and management. Modules have been designed to develop your knowledge of the basic principles and practical applications of development and management strategies, both in and beyond sports contexts. Modules comprise several core themes which provide the structure for this degree and include youth and community development, the promotion of health through sport and physical activity, and athlete welfare and wellbeing. You will gain valuable practical skills enabling you to apply theory to practice and the opportunity to engage in a variety of accreditation activities which will prove vital to your future employment.

In Year 2 you will build upon the foundational skills developed in Year 1 and develop specialised and applied knowledge about a range of contemporary issues in the development and management of sports participation. These include understanding the delivery of effective youth and community sport, managing organisations and working in the public, private and voluntary sectors, preventing abuse and enhancing athlete welfare in sport, and the tensions that exist between promoting sport as a business and as a socially valued activity. You will gain valuable practical experience of planning and implementing a sports event and investigating and presenting key issues in the sports industry.

In Year 3 you will specialise in one of the three core themes of this degree: youth and community development; the promotion of health through sport and physical activity; or athlete welfare and wellbeing. Selecting a range of optional modules within each theme will enable you to tailor these to your own individual needs and career interests. Applied tasks in all modules will offer you the opportunity to address practical scenarios using the knowledge you have developed within your specialism. These tasks are matched closely to industry needs and contemporary employment trends. You will also undertake an independent research project that allows you to investigate an area of interest that should be deliberately designed to help you get ahead in the job market.

How will I study?

Learning and teaching methods include lectures, small group seminars, tutorials, workshops and study skills sessions to help you manage the transition to university. In addition there will be fieldwork, directed independent study, supervised individual research and ICT-based learning. For each module you will have a detailed handbook that tells you what sessions are about, what to read, how you will be assessed, coursework guidance, and how module content relates to your employment, both in and beyond sports settings.

You will gain valuable work-related experience and skills throughout the modules during the three years of the programme. Year 3 culminates in an industrial placement that enables you to apply and assess your knowledge in an employment-based setting.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments are both individual and team-based and enable you to develop your presentation skills through applied development and management tasks. These tasks will include the writing of essays and project reports, critical appraisals of development strategies, evaluations of management practices, preparation of poster presentations, planning and delivering practical sessions, and undertaking a piece of original independent research.

There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by highly enthusiastic and committed staff who have a wealth of experience working with a variety of sport and non-sport organisations. They are able to draw upon these links to ensure you gain vital practical experiences to prepare you for the world of work. In addition, teaching staff are involved in national and international research projects which influence the way sport is developed and managed, ensuring you are given the most up-to-date knowledge relevant to your future employment.

A Great Study Environment

BA (Hons) Sports Development and ManagementThe Department of Sport and Physical Activity places a strong emphasis on practical work, underpinned by outstanding facilities including dedicated biomechanics, physiology, kinanthropometry and psychology laboratories, as well as a sports therapy clinic and a sport and exercise rehabilitation centre.

There are £30 million of sport and leisure facilities across 60 acres on campus, including top-of-the-range 3G football and rugby pitches, hockey pitches, tennis courts, a competition-standard athletics track and an athletics field. A new sports centre boasts a 25-metre swimming pool, double sports hall for badminton, basketball, netball and squash, a 100-station fitness suite, aerobics studio and a health suite with sauna and steam rooms.

Modules

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Year 1

SPT1726 Introduction to Sport, Physical Activity and Health (20 credits)

Introduction to Sport, Physical Activity and Health examines the complex relationships that exist between sport, physical activity and health. You will become familiar with the major ways of sourcing, analysing and explaining data on participation in sport and physical activity and discover how this data is used to inform the work of practitioners and policy-makers. In doing so, you will be encouraged to undertake a variety of guided and independent searches for relevant data on key health outcomes at international, national and local levels and relate these to interventions intended to promote sport and physical activity. The module also introduces you to the principles of organising and managing people in the health sector.

SPT1727 Introduction to Sport, Equity and Welfare (20 credits)

Introduction to Sport, Equity and Welfare will familiarise you with the work of the Child Protection in Sport Unit based in England. In particular, you will examine the Safeguarding Framework and Safeguarding Standards and discover how these can be applied in real life sporting contexts. You will be encouraged to reflect upon the ways in which principles of equity can be embedded within sport and wider society to safeguard the wellbeing of participants and determine how considerations of welfare may be incorporated within the management and priorities of sports and social welfare organisations.

SPT1729 Introduction to Sport Policy and Development (20 credits)

Introduction to Sport Policy and Development equips you with an understanding of the sport policy process and the development work that emerges from it. The module introduces you to the main sectors in which sporting opportunities are provided and managed, namely the public, private and voluntary sectors. It also explains how sport is organised and administered in the UK, using examples from physical education and school sport, community sport, and elite sport. You will be introduced to the ways in which sporting programmes are expected to address wider government objectives through sport development activity and consider how the key principles of organisational management are enacted to achieve these aims.

SPT1730 Introduction to Sport, Business and Leisure Management (20 credits)

Introduction to Sport, Business and Leisure Management equips you with foundational knowledge in the growing sectors of sports business and leisure management. You will be introduced to all of the major principles of management in the public, private and third sectors and will be able to locate these in the context of major uses of leisure and government policy. You will also be encouraged to examine some of the key aspects of strategic management in the sports, business and leisure industries.

SPT1731 Introduction to Critical Thinking for Sports Research (20 credits)

Introduction to Critical Thinking for Sports Research requires you to become familiar with the academic conventions of studying in higher education. You will become proficient with the expected standards for the referencing and submission of work, thinking and writing in a critically analytical manner, and identifying appropriate literature from books, journals and other appropriate sources to inform your thinking. You will also be introduced to important ways of searching relevant databases both within and beyond sports contexts.

SPT1830 Introduction to Coaching Pedagogy (20 credits)

Introduction to Coaching Pedagogy will provide you with an understanding of the essential pedagogical nature of coaching work. The module will make you aware of the fundamental assumptions underpinning a selection of learning theories, as well as developing your knowledge of how these theories could be applied to facilitate and assess learning in coaching settings. You will also become familiar with the issues and practices surrounding the creation and maintenance of positive learning environments.

Year 2

SPT2726 Doing Real World Sports Research (20 credits)

Doing Real World Sports Research develops your ability to define appropriate research questions, to select appropriate methods and methodologies to help answer those questions, and to undertake data analysis. You will also become familiar with a range of research designs and sampling techniques and learn how leading researchers carry out their real-life research projects, negotiate practical day-to-day problems, and manage the difficulties and setbacks that are a normal part of the research process.

SPT2727 Employability and Enterprise in the Sports Business (20 credits)

Employability and Enterprise in the Sports Business familiarises you with the changing business-oriented needs of the sports industry and related employment sectors. You will be introduced to the various ways in which your skills and abilities can be matched to the demands of the sport and leisure industries. You will become proficient in undertaking self-appraisals, marketing your needs to prospective employers, identifying innovative and entrepreneurial ways of working, and anticipating trends in the local, national and global sports industry.

SPT2728 Contemporary Issues in Sport Management and Event Planning (20 credits)

Contemporary Issues in Sport Management and Event Planning enhances your knowledge of the key principles of sport and event management, especially human resource management, finance, budgeting and social marketing, and applies these in real-life practical settings. The module enables you to obtain valuable experience of planning and delivering events for local communities. You will work as part of a group to apply knowledge of planning theory to a selected event in partnership with key strategic partners and other sports industry organisations.

You will select three of the following modules:

SPT2730 Contemporary Issues in Sport and Athlete Welfare (20 credits)

Contemporary Issues in Sport and Athlete Welfare provides you with an opportunity to apply your knowledge to various contemporary issues in athlete welfare, particularly in relation to young athletes. The module explores the implications of early specialisation in sport, intensive training, managing experiences of injury in sport, eating disorders and disordered eating in sport, and mental health and wellbeing. You will be encouraged to locate the sporting experiences of athletes in the context of broader life stages (especially childhood and youth), major policy legislation such as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and dominant management practices in sport. The aim is to advance your understanding of the reality of modern sports cultures.

SPT2731 Contemporary Issues in Safeguarding and Child Protection in Sport (20 credits)

Contemporary Issues in Safeguarding and Child Protection in Sport gives you the opportunity to apply your understanding of equity and welfare to a more specific feature of modern sport, namely safeguarding and child protection. The module introduces you to a variety of contemporary issues, including sexual abuse and harassment, physical abuse, socio-emotional abuse, maltreatment, cyber bullying, hazing, and initiation ceremonies. Wherever possible, these issues will be examined in a local, national and international context, in order to broaden your understanding and prepare you for working in the field of safeguarding and child protection in sport.

SPT2732 Contemporary Issues in Community Sport Development and Coaching (20 credits)

Contemporary Issues in Community Sport Development and Coaching examines key aspects of the policy and practice of community sport development. The module introduces you to the ways in which community sport development is organised and delivered, the role of practitioners, and how organisations seek to manage the behaviours of participants and coaches through the enactment of policy. Particular emphasis is placed on the ways in which national governing bodies of sport, schools, coaches and volunteers each make an important contribution to the provision and management of community sport in club settings, as well as developing communities through sport.

SPT2733 Contemporary Issues in Sport and Youth Development (20 credits)

Contemporary Issues in Sport and Youth Development focuses on the management and delivery of community development programmes that utilise sport and physical activity for social policy purposes. You will examine how the development of young people through the provision of sports programmes, delivered locally, nationally and globally, is one of the core priorities of sport development activity. The module will enable you to become familiar with the mechanisms, processes and contexts that produce particular outcomes associated with sports programmes so that their effectiveness can be better understood.

SPT2734 Contemporary Issues in Sport, Physical Activity and Health (20 credits)

Contemporary Issues in Sport, Physical Activity and Health introduces you to contemporary issues in sport, physical activity and health. The module requires you to consider the complex biological, social and environmental factors that influence and explain participation levels in sport and physical activity. In doing so, you will examine theoretical models to understand behaviour, as well as key determinants, and explore the effectiveness of behaviour change techniques in sport and physical activity contexts. You will also advance your understanding and awareness of tools to measure health outcomes, explore the use of new technologies to monitor and improve health, and enhance your skills in the analysis and interpretation of sport, physical activity and health-related data.

Year 3

SPT3727 Applied Research Dissertation in Sports Development and Management (40 credits)

Applied Research Dissertation in Sports Development and Management enables you to undertake a relatively independent piece of empirical research. The module will culminate in the production of an ethically approved dissertation on a topic or area of study relevant to sports development and management. You will conceptualise appropriate research questions, synthesise existing literature, select appropriate  methods of research, and analyse data generated by those methods. Once you have completed your research, you will write-up your findings in a format appropriate to the discipline and theorise your implications for an academic and practitioner audience. You will also have the opportunity to present your work at a student conference.

SPT3728 Applied Work Placement in Sports Development and Management (20 credits)

Applied Work Placement in Sports Development and Management enables you to obtain real-life experience of working with employers from local, national and international contexts in order to enhance your awareness and understanding of the needs of sports-related sectors. You will liaise with employers on a regular basis on this year-long module and engage in a range of personal development activities. Throughout the module, you will work in groups on a real-life project, apply key principles of management, and produce a presentation that outlines how an initiative that you have designed will be implemented, managed and assessed during a six-week placement.

You will select three of the following modules:

SPT3729 Working in Sport, Physical Activity and Health (20 credits)

Working in Sport, Physical Activity and Health requires you to examine the complex relationships that exist between sport, physical activity and health and apply your knowledge to real-life work scenarios. You will analyse the existing Government policy and interventions designed to promote physical and mental health, via sport and physical activity participation, and relate these to the principles of sports development and management. You will be encouraged to undertake a range of independent research activities that enhance your understanding of the ways in which the health-related interventions operate at local, national and international levels and how their effectiveness can be improved to make a positive impact on wellbeing.

SPT3730 Working in Elite Sport Development and Coaching (20 credits)

Working in Elite Sport Development and Coaching will familiarise you with the existing policy context of elite sport, the development of elite sport development systems, and the relationships that exist between coaches, sports science support staff, national governing bodies of sport, performance directors, and other significant members of athletes networks. Informed by the principles of human resource management, resource allocation, funding and budgetary considerations, the module requires you to consider the ways in which elite sports systems are managed to achieve their intended policy goals.

SPT3731 Working in Community Sport Development and Coaching (20 credits)

Working in Community Sport Development and Coaching (20 credits) will familiarise you with the existing policy context of community (sport) development, the use of sport as a tool for community development and regeneration, and the relationships that exists between community sports workers, other workers in the public, private and third sectors, and those working elsewhere in the sports industry. You will examine how these organisations are managed, by whom, for what purposes, and with what social outcomes.

SPT3732 Working in Sport and Athlete Welfare (20 credits)

Working in Sport and Athlete Welfare enables you to relate theory to practice by engaging in real-life situations where action is taken to safeguard athlete welfare. The module provides you with first-hand experience of understanding how athlete welfare policy is translated into practice in the sports world and how you can contribute to the development of safe and effective sporting environments.

SPT3733 Working in Sports Business and Leisure Management (20 credits)

Working in Sports Business and Leisure Management provides you with an opportunity to use your knowledge and skills of sports business and leisure management to prepare for pursuing a career in these sectors. The module develops your awareness of strategy, accounting and finance, marketing, human resource management, managing people and change in organisations, entrepreneurship and governance, corporate social responsibility and ethics, all of which will be developed via theoretically-informed practical examples from the ‘real world’ of sports business and the leisure industries.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

The UCAS Tariff system, which allocates points to a range of qualifications in university entry requirements, is changing for students joining programmes from September 2017 onwards.

The entry criteria below are mapped to the current UCAS Tariff for academic year 2016/17 entry and the new UCAS Tariff for academic year 2017/18 entry.

  • 2016/17 Entry – 300 UCAS Tariff points, preferably to include Physical Education, Sports Studies, or a Science subject. A related subject including Business and Management would also be welcomed, plus GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or above (or equivalent);
  • 2017/18 Entry – 120 UCAS Tariff points, preferably to include Physical Education, Sports Studies, or a Science subject. A related subject including Business and Management would also be welcomed, plus GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or above (or equivalent).

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Example Offers

Some typical examples of how you can achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Levels – BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) – Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma – successful completion of Diploma to include 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be graded Distinction and 15 credits graded Merit.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

On completion you will be well qualified to pursue careers in a variety of areas which require graduates with expertise in management and development, both in sport and other occupational settings. These include sports development and management, national governing bodies of sport, health, physical activity and exercise referral, the fitness, leisure and coaching industries, and in a variety of research and consultancy positions in the business world. You may also have the opportunity to progress onto postgraduate study, including various sports-related postgraduate programmes at Edge Hill University.

How can I enhance my employability?

It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

  • Sandwich Year – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement as part of your programme (usually the third year of a four year degree) and gain highly relevant work experience;
  • Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend an additional year (usually the third year of a four year degree) studying or working abroad;
  • Language Learning – you may be able to select language modules in French, Spanish or Mandarin, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as additional study.

Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or study abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.

Finance

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for full-time study on this undergraduate degree are £9,000 per annum for UK and EU students and £11,350 per annum for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2016/17.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2016/17, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view our Money Matters 2016/17 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2016.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Scholarships

ScholarshipsEdge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

Apply

How to Apply

Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/bookanopenday.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective undergraduate students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradevents.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

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Course Changes

This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented since 1st September 2015.

28th September 2015 - Change of Module

SPT1830 Introduction to Coaching Pedagogy (20 credits) replaces SPT1728 Introduction to Sports Coaching and Leadership (20 credits) in Year 1.

17th September 2015 - Change of Module

SPT2734 Contemporary Issues in Sport, Physical Activity and Health (20 credits) replaces SPT2729 Contemporary Issues in Sport, Physical Activity and Health (20 credits) as an optional module in Year 2.