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BSc (Hons)

Sport Science and Management

Sport Science and Management
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Year Of Entry

2021
  • UCAS code(s): CN62 (full-time) / 3N20 (with placement)
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2021
  • Course duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement


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This course lets you apply management theory and sport science to the real-world, preparing to you become a confident and work-ready graduate.

You’ll study the fundamentals of core sport science alongside sports management. Using this knowledge, we’ll empower you to tackle the performance of sport and leisure organisations. If you’re a budding entrepreneur, we can even support you in developing your own business idea.

Focusing on developing essential management skills, you’ll explore the internal and external business environment, sports marketing, and strategic planning. Bringing these together, you’ll work on a business project with one of the sport and leisure organisations in our network, such as Nottingham Forest Football Club, who are also heavily involved in our Sports Marketing module.

Combining the best of sport, exercise science and management this course will provide you the knowledge, skills and experience to work at a management level within the sport and leisure industry or beyond.

The course will enable you to explore essential sport science and management topics such as:

  • Sport and exercise science, including physiology, psychology and nutrition
  • Sports marketing
  • Applied strategic business analysis and management
  • Event management and entrepreneurship.

Why choose this course?

You have the unique opportunity to:

  • work with leading sport and leisure management professionals
  • undertake a management work placement
  • engage with a wide variety of sport and leisure organisations via consultancy projects and lectures.

You will have access to outstanding facilities, including a:

  • British Olympic Association (BOA) approved Environmental Chamber
  • Sports Psychology Suite.

You will be working with:

  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Science accredited physiologists
  • The British Psychological Society chartered psychologists.

What you'll study

You will develop and apply a range of essential, transferable management skills that are greatly valued by employers. This course has received professional recognition for the unique way in which it combines theory with practical experience.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Find out more about the ULP.

  • Year One

    The Internal Business Environment

    You will be introduced to key topics such as managers, teams, organisational culture, structure and communication. You will also study academic models and topics of law.

    The External Business Environment

    You will explore various academic approaches to management. Focusing on the external influences of business, you will learn to use the PESTEL model to analyse an organisation.

    Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology

    This module provides the foundations of the key human systems (both anatomical and physiological) and their responses and adaptations to sport and exercise.

    Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology

    Examine the psychological consequences of engaging in sport and exercise, as well as the mental factors that impact on quality sport and exercise experiences.

    Sport, Culture and Society

    Explore the importance of the social sciences in the understanding of sport and in the education of every sports professional.

    Introduction to Research

    Get an overall perspective of the research process in the context of sport, exercise, health and leisure management, and learn the research skills necessary to successfully complete your studies.

  • Year Two

    Core modules

    Sports Marketing and CRM Systems

    You are introduced to digital marketing systems and essential customer relationship management (CRM) principles and practices, whilst also learning the unique nature of sports marketing.

    Strategic Management and Economic Analysis

    This module aims to develop your understanding of strategy and resource management and the role these play in establishing competitive advantage. In addition to, recognising issues associated with supply and demand, broadcasting and sponsorship and competitive balance.

    Research Design and Analysis

    Using enquiry based learning, students will continue to learn about the research process and gain an understanding and experience of how research is conducted within the field of sport science and management.

    Optional modules

    Choose two from:

    Sociology of Sport, Health and the Body

    Investigate the relationship between sport, exercise, physical activity and health by developing a small research project.

    Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology

    Through both theoretical and practical study you will learn how the body’s structures and functions are altered by bouts of physical exercise, and how these concepts can be applied to training.

    Practical Applications in Sport Psychology

    This module introduces the concept of evidence-based practice and frameworks of assessment, intervention and evaluation to address issues in sport, coaching, social and exercise psychology.

    Choose one from:

    Professional Practice

    Through a short placement you will learn to apply, analyse and evaluate a range of vocationally relevant processes which will enhance your employability and prepare you for the world of work.

    Behaviour Change, Physical Activity and Health

    Learn about evidence, methods and theory in relation to changing and maintaining behaviour(s) relevant to health and wellbeing.

  • Optional placement year

    Optional year-long work placement.  If you are not taking a placement, you will progress directly to your final year in year three.

  • Final year

    Core modules:

    Event Management in the Sport and Leisure Industry

    This module is designed to help you develop your knowledge and skills in all appropriate management functions, to enable you to effectively plan for, develop and manage an event.

    Entrepreneurship and Enterprise

    Learn about entrepreneurship, critically evaluate business environments, and develop the knowledge, skills and techniques required to effectively create a start-up company business plan.

    Sport Project and Dissertation

    You will produce an original and independent piece of work in a specialist area of sport science, coaching, exercise science or sport and leisure management depending on your focus of study.

    Choose one or two optional modules from:

    Advanced Topics in Sport and Exercise Psychology

    You will become familiar with selected areas such as motivational climate, athletic identity, mental toughness, psychology of injury and morality in sport. The emphasis of this module will be placed on current primary research.

    Contemporary Issues in the Sociology of Sport:

    Consider the core sociological questions relating to the distribution of power in society, the nature and effects of social inequality, and the potential role of sports development in social change, as well as considering the meaning of sport in diverse cultural spaces.

    Choose none or one from:

    Strength, Power and Endurance for Sport and Exercise

    This module typically focuses on six topics related to applied exercise physiology and strength and conditioning research.

    Exercise Testing and Prescription for Health

    You will develop your understanding of sport and exercise, and explore applications of exercise interventions within a health and fitness context.

    Child and Adolescent Growth, Health and Performance

    This module will describe and critically evaluate the processes of growth and development in humans, and the potential impact of these on the current (and future) health and performance of the growing child and adolescent.

How you’re taught

How you're taught?

You will have around 12 hours of scheduled contact time per week. This will take the form of:

  • traditional lectures and seminars
  • practical workshops
  • working with business-to-business contacts within the community of Nottingham
  • external visits

The remainder of your time will guided independent study.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed using a variety of methods relevant to the specific modules.

  • Coursework - group projects, consultancy reports and dissertation.
  • Practical - oral presentations, laboratory practical reports and client interviews.
  • Written - formal essays, presenting your work in a journal article or blog and examinations.

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Year 1 - lectures/seminars/workshops (26%) and independent study (74%)

Year 2 - lectures/seminars/workshops (24%) and independent study (76%)

Year 3 - lectures/seminars/workshops (18%) and independent study (82%)

A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study.

Careers and employability

Your career development

You will develop and apply a range of essential, transferable management skills that are greatly respected by employers.

Recent Sports Science and Management graduates have gone onto work in the following roles and companies:

  • British Swimming - Events Officer
  • Norwich City Football Club Academy – Logistics Manager
  • Forest Holidays – Graduate Scheme
  • Leicester City Football Club – Customer Insight Executive
  • Exeter City Football Club – Marketing and Promotions Assistant

On successful completion of the course, many graduates choose to undertake further study on one of our Masters-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.

Placements

NTU is one of the most employment-focused universities. Increasingly, employers want to recruit graduates who have real-world work experience. That’s why all of our courses, across every subject area, offer you a work experience opportunity. Our experts help build and support your future with a range of career programmes and events.

On this course, after your second year, you will have the opportunity to take a year's work placement (sandwich placement). This will give you the chance to gain vital experience and put your knowledge into practice. You're also twice as likely to secure a graduate job within six months if you take a work placement.

Our recent Engineering students have taken placements across a wide range of companies including Leicester Tigers Rugby, Microsoft and Nottingham Forest Academy. They secured varied roles such as Marketing Assistant, Trainee Coach and Learning Support Assistant.

You'll be supported and assessed throughout your placement year and will write a reflective report and diary at the end of your placement. When you successfully complete your placement, you will be eligible to receive an additional award of a Diploma in Professional Practice.

Find out more about work placements.

We have strong links a host of leading sport and leisure organisations and professional bodies. You will undertake research and consultancy projects with these organisations, providing you with invaluable industry experience. Many Sports Science and Management students have worked with sporting organisations and clubs such as:

  • Nottingham Forest Football Club
  • Nottingham Rugby Club
  • Nottingham Wildcats Basketball Club
  • Derby Rugby Club
  • Our industry partners include:

  • British Olympic Association
  • England Hockey
  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (accredited physiologists)
  • The British Psychological Society (sport and exercise psychology division of chartered psychologists)

The Sport courses at NTU are innovative, inspiring, practical and relevant – that’s why I support them!.

David Cook, Chief Commercial Officer, Nottingham Forest Football Club

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBB, including Physical Education or a Science subject* and excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma** – DDM, including relevant Physical Education or Science modules; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including a Physical Education or Science subject and excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies ; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C/4.

* We will accept Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Sport Studies or Psychology

** If you are applying with a BTEC Extended Certificate (previously BTEC Subsidiary Diploma) you will also need an A-level in a science subject or equivalent.

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

  • If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBB, including Physical Education or a Science subject* and excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma** – DDM, including relevant Physical Education or Science modules; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including a Physical Education or Science subject and excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies ; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C/4.
  • * We will accept Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Sport Studies or Psychology

    ** If you are applying with a BTEC Extended Certificate (previously BTEC Subsidiary Diploma) you will also need an A-level in a science subject or equivalent.

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you are an international student who does not meet the direct entry requirements for this course, you can prepare for it at Nottingham Trent International College. Their Foundation Certificate in Science and Engineering (life sciences) offers students a guaranteed progression route to this degree on successful completion to the required level.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

  • For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.
  • For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on telephone +44 (0)115 848 2494.

What do the course fees cover?

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs approximately £20 - £30. In addition, there may be a cost of £20-£30 for possible enrichment sporting events.

There will be a £30 exam fee for students taking REPS qualifications.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

What do the course fees cover?

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs approximately £20 - £30. In addition, there may be a cost of £20-£30 for possible enrichment sporting events.

There will be a £30 exam fee for students taking REPS qualifications.

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