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Sport Science and Management BSc (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): CN62 (full-time); 3N20 (sandwich)
  • Start Date(s): September 2022
  • Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

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.

If you have any questions about our Sport Science and Management course, you can now chat to our experienced lecturers and course leaders through Unibuddy.

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, providing you with the knowledge and skills to work at management level within the sport and leisure industry or beyond.

This course consistently delivers graduates who can operate straight out the box, who are both eminently employable across a range of industries and with the potential to go on to achieve senior positions.

Ashley Marriot, Assistant Director, Leisure, Broxtowe Borough Council

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.

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.

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

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:

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.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Nicola Burns

Sport Science and Management

This course has provided me with the perfect platform of skills and knowledge, to start my professional career within sport management.

Richard Dixon

As soon as we pulled into the car park at Clifton campus I knew that NTU was the place for me!

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.

Staff Profiles

Julie Johnston

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Julie Johnston

Ali Bowes

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Ali Bowes - Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Sport for NTU.

Mustafa Sarkar

Associate Professor

School of Science & Technology

Dr Mustafa Sarkar is an Associate Professor of Sport and Performance Psychology and teaches across the undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes at Nottingham Trent University.

Cleveland Barnett

Associate Professor

School of Science & Technology

Cleveland Barnett - Senior Lecturer for Biomechanics

Craig Strong MPhil/MSc.

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Craig Strong MSc./MPhil.

Maria Bisele

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Seth I. Kirby

Lecturer

Department of Sport Science

Seth I. Kirby is an academic and researcher working in the areas of sport, leisure, events and tourism management.

How you’re assessed

Year 1 - coursework (50%), written (25%) and practical (25%)

Year 2 - coursework (64%), written (8%) and practical (28%)

Year 3 - coursework (62%), written (10%) and practical (22%)

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:

Students on this course have the option to complete a one year industry work placement. Sandwich course organisations have included:

  • 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.

Campus and facilities

Where will I study?

Based at the Clifton Campus, lectures, seminars and workshops will be taught in:

  • Erasmus Darwin and Mary Ann Evans buildings
  • The Centre for Effective Learning in Science (CELS)
  • John Clare lecture theatres

You will have access to outstanding facilities (see our facilities section for more information) including:

British Olympic Association (BOA) Approved Environmental Chamber

This can be used to simulate climates from anywhere in the world! We can create specific native temperatures from Everest to Egypt. Olympic athletes have used the chamber to acclimatise to extreme competition environments.

The Performance Analysis Laboratory has isokinetic and isometric dynamometers. These are used to assess the force produced by muscle groups of the body. We also have a 3D camera motion analysis system.

Sport Psychology and Management Suites

The School also features IT, Sport Psychology and Management Suites. These are used for:

Entry requirements

128 UCAS Tariff points

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – ABB, 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
  • 128 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; and
  • Complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check

* 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 – ABB, 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
  • 128 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; and
  • Complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check
  • * 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.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Undergraduate preparation courses (Foundation)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Foundation courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Advanced standing (starting your undergraduate degree in year 2 or 3)

You may be able to start your undergraduate course in year 2 or 3 based on what you have studied before.  This decision would be made in accordance with our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy.

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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.

Tuition fees 

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government. See our fees for 2022 entry.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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.

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!

You can apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not applying to any other UK universities, you can apply directly to us on our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  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.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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