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Sport Management with a Year in Industry - BA (Hons)

UCAS code C610:K

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Do you want to turn your passion for sport into a rewarding career? On our Sport Management degree, you develop an understanding of what elite athletes need and how to help reluctant exercisers to get moving, alongside management and marketing skills that prepare you for a career in the sport industry.

Overview

The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences provides a first-rate experience for students in an innovative and fast-growing department. We encourage a range of teaching methods for student learning, including traditional lectures and more student-centred approaches, such as problem-based learning scenarios.

Our degree programme

On this programme there is an emphasis on building up practical experience. There are lots of opportunities for applied learning in leisure and fitness centres, as well as at sports events and in sports development.

In your first year, you take a series of introductory modules on the sports industries, sport and exercise psychology, and management principles. You choose optional modules from a range of sport-related and business modules.

In your second year and final years, you study leadership in sport as well as marketing and promotion, and select further modules depending on your particular interests. You can also choose to focus on personal training, corrective exercise, and/or strength and conditioning.

In your final year, you have the opportunity to complete a placement module within the sports industry, where you gain valuable experience and have the chance to apply the theory you have learnt in practice.

Year in industry 

Your year in industry takes place between your second and final year of your degree programme, giving you invaluable work experience. This greatly enhances your CV and employability while giving you the opportunity to apply your academic skills in practical context. It also gives you an idea of your career options after graduation. Most placements are paid opportunities, and there may be the possibility of a job with the same company after you graduate. 

This degree is also available as a three-year programme without a year in industry.  For more information please see Sport Management BA (Hons).

MSport programme

It is also possible to take this programme as a four-year degree, Sport Management.

Study resources

Our laboratories are based in the £11 million Medway Park development, a regional centre of sporting excellence. They include the latest equipment, such as our:

  • environmental chamber, which can recreate the atmosphere in the Brazilian jungle or at the top of Everest
  • anti-gravity treadmill, originally developed to help NASA astronauts to exercise in space
  • cycling and rowing ergometers to measure anaerobic capacity
  • isokinetic dynamometer to measure muscle and joint function
  • brain and muscle stimulators
  • 3D motion video analysis
  • imaging and treatment ultrasound
  • gait analysis and force pedals
  • blood testing and gas analysis equipment
  • rehabilitation gymnasium.

Extra activities

There is a thriving sports scene for students. Sports clubs at the Medway campus include athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, kickboxing, rowing, taekwondo, Thai boxing and volleyball, plus women’s netball and men’s futsal and rugby.

With our free shuttle bus, it’s also easy to join the sports clubs on the Canterbury campus. These include American football, archery, boxing, caving, canoeing, cheerleading, cycling, equestrian, fencing, floorball, golf, gymnastics, hockey, judo, karate, kendo, korfball, kung fu, lacrosse, mountaineering, sailing and windsurfing, skydiving, snooker and pool, snowsports, squash, swimming, surfing, tennis, trampolining, ultimate frisbee and women’s rugby.

Professional network

The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences has links to many sporting bodies. It works with companies such as Science in Sport and Team Sky, and with organisations such as:

  • the NHS
  • RFU (governing English rugby)
  • English Institute of Sport
  • British Cycling
  • UK Sport
  • World Anti-Doping Agency
  • UEFA
  • UK Sport
  • Ministry of Defence.

Sports scholarships 

If you are already competing at county level or equivalent, you can apply for a sports scholarship from the University. One of our best-known graduates is Olympic gold medallist Susannah Townsend. During her time at Kent she had a sports scholarship and played for Canterbury Hockey Club (where she continues to play midfield).

Independent rankings

Sports Science at Kent scored 94.9 out of 100 in The Complete University Guide 2019.

Of Sports Science students who graduated from Kent in 2017 and completed a national survey, over 95% were in work or further study within six months (DLHE).

Teaching Excellence Framework

All University of Kent courses are regulated by the Office for Students.

Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

Please see the University of Kent's Statement of Findings for more information.

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Course structure

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules currently include Credits

This module will cover topics including, but not limited to: Introduction to referencing and plagiarism, Introduction to academic writing style, Introduction to history of science, Introduction to critical thinking, Introduction to research methods, Introduction to statistical concept and research ethics.

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• Sport in the United Kingdom.

• Participation in sport

• Sport sectors and structures (voluntary, professional and public)

• Rational for sport provision and sport policies

• From grassroots to gold – the pathways for athletes, coaches and officials.

• Core activities of a sports organisation

• Multisport Games (Olympic, Commonwealth)

• Challenges that face sport

• Establishing competitive advantage

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Management Principles aims to provide an understanding of the challenges of managing people within complex work organisations. The experience of work and employment are being affected by rapid change as a result of a number of factors including new technology, the growth of global competition and the changing demographic profiles and values of the work force. These developments are considered within an historical context. An exploration of their implications for management practices and organisational forms will be conducted.

Students will be introduced to the main concepts and theories through readings and discussions of the main authors in the field. Case studies will be used to show how these concepts can impact upon management decision making within work organisations.

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The module aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of human responses and adaptations to sport and exercise. Using a psychological approach, students acquire knowledge and understanding of sport and exercise performance and exercise adherence to promote health. Lectures and seminars provide forums for discussion and understanding of cognitions, affect and behaviour and the complex interactions between these. A key module aim is to provide an understanding of the application of theory to real ‘applied’ situations within sport and exercise settings.

A synopsis of topics included in this module are:

- Introduction to sport and exercise psychology

- The learning and performance process

- Feedback

- Attention and concentration

- Personality and individual differences

- Motivation

- Self-confidence

- Arousal, stress and anxiety

- Social facilitation and audience effects

- Sport and exercise psychology in action

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The main aims of this module are to explore and gain knowledge of human physiology. Students will study the major systems of the human body including the musculoskeletal system, the cardiovascular system and the nervous system. Students will gain an understanding of their structure and function.

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This module looks at the systematic processes involved in testing fitness. Consideration is given to the evaluation of fitness in both the field and in the laboratory. A range of fitness tests for a variety of parameters of fitness are covered. Students are taught to consider the reliability and validity of the tests as well as the specificity of the test to the population they are working with.

A synopsis of topics included in this module are:

- Health screening

- Fitness assessment & evaluation

- Principles of sport & exercise training

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This module will cover the key concepts of microeconomics and theories related to the individual, firm and industry in the short and long run, underpinned by existing evidence on past and current economic trends in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.

• Key microeconomic concepts such as opportunity cost and equity versus efficiency

• Supply and demand; elasticity

• Cost and revenues

• Profit maximisation under different market structures

• Input markets; labour and capital

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This module provides students with an introduction to the basic principles of Sport and Exercise Nutrition. Students will explore the macronutrients and micronutrients and Fluid guidelines. A strong physiological understanding underpins much of the module content

Macronutrients: carbohydrate, protein and fat Micronutrients: Vitamins and minerals, Fluid regulation, Thermoregulation and fluid guidelines, Competition nutrition.

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The aim of this module is to give students a solid grounding in key statistical techniques required to analyse effectively business data and data relevant for business. Indicative content:

• Maths and statistical skills for business; revision of algebra and basic mathematical functions.

• Summarising data with histograms, bar charts, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion.

• Spreadsheets: features and functions of commonly-used spreadsheet software including: workbook, worksheet, rows, columns, cells, data, text, formulae, formatting, printing, , charts and graphs, data management facilities,

• Probability: The relationship between probability, proportion and percent, addition and multiplication rules in probability theory and Venn diagrams.

• Common Probability Density Functions.

• Sampling and its use in inference, and applications of sampling in business management.

• Regression and correlation: scatter plots; simple regression; interpreting computer output.

• Forecasting using spreadsheets.

• Hypothesis testing using z-scores and t-scores

• Simulations- random number generation

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The module introduces to students the importance of marketing in competitive and dynamic environments. The key topics of the module are:

• The marketing concept

• The marketing environment

• Market segmentation & targeting

• Brand development and management

• Management of the marketing mix

• Marketing research and new product development

• The implications of internationalisation for marketing managers

• Ethical issues in marketing

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This module aims to give students a better understanding of the importance of accounting in the modern world and how accounts are produced and regulated to produce meaningful information for all internal and external stakeholders.

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Stage 2

Compulsory modules currently include Credits

To identify the structure of the Sports Industry

To discuss the structure of a situational analysis, including the micro and

macro environment.

To discuss market segmentation and targeting.

To discuss the 7 P’s Marketing Mix.

To discuss primary and secondary research within a business context.

To discuss the construction of a market research plan.

Cultural, social, personal & psychological factors relating to consumer

behaviour.

Evaluate a range of marketing campaigns

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The module starts by considering the multi-dimensional nature of health to broaden student’s understanding of the many factors – individual or environmental - that could contribute to personal experience of health & what that means to different members of the population. Key aspects of Sport and Exercise promotion are considered, culminating in students completing a sport or exercise promotion event of their own as part of the assessment for the module. Whilst there is an emphasis on theoretical issues in the module, students are encouraged to apply these principles to the various aspects of sport and exercise promotion practice.

- Introduction – What is health, sport and exercise?

- Determinants of health, sport and exercise

- Concepts and theories of health & health promotion

- Health promoters & their roles

- Sport development agencies and their roles

- Guidelines for agencies involved in developmental work

- Identifying population needs in relation to health & Sport needs

- Motivation & behaviour change

- Planning & evaluating a health, sport or exercise promotion activity

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Leadership in the context of sport and exercise is becoming increasingly recognised as providing the ‘spark’ that drives successful sport organisations.

In this module, students will become more aware of styles of leadership and types of communication used in the sporting context.

- Role of the coach & coaching philosophy

- Coaching / teaching styles

- Learning styles

- Planning a coaching / teaching programme

- Communication & motivation

- Analysing performance

- Feedback

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A synopsis of the curriculum:

To discuss Human resource / personnel policies specifically in relation to recruitment and selection activities in sport settings.

Working with Volunteers in Sport

Discuss performance management / appraisal processes

Investigate training and development activities to include graduate training programmes, development assessment centres, job shadowing and succession planning.

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Optional modules may include Credits

The topic areas covered in this module build upon the knowledge gained in SS348 Introduction to Fitness Testing & SS570 Fitness Training Methods, which covers the fundamental aspects of exercise testing and prescription. Special populations are those groups of individuals that may need some adaptation or modification to an exercise prescription or programme, to take into consideration a limitation, whether that be physiological, biological or psychosocial. The emphasis is on promoting health, fitness and safety in exercise, as well as some consideration being given to performance environments.

A synopsis of topics included in this module are:

- Exercise, physical activity & health

- Fitness assessment issues related to special population groups

- Children & physical activity

- Females & exercise issues

- Exercise considerations for a sedentary population

- Exercise & the older adult

- Special Exercise considerations & adaptations for special populations

- Risks & benefits of exercise for special populations

- Psychosocial issues & strategies for exercise / physical activity adherence

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The module aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of human responses and adaptations to sport and exercise. Using a psychological approach, students acquire knowledge and understanding of sport and exercise performance and exercise adherence to promote health. Lectures and seminars provide forums for discussion and understanding of cognitions, affect and behaviour and the complex interactions between these. A key module aim is to provide an understanding of the application of theory to real ‘applied’ situations within sport and exercise settings.

A synopsis of topics included in this module are:

- Individual differences and personality

- Attributions and perceived control

- Exercise behaviour

- Motivation

- Emotions in sport

- Attention and focus

- Group dynamics

- Leadership

- Communication

- Goal setting

- Psychophysiology in sport and exercise

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This module will provide students with a grounding in training theory and application, specifically looking at programme design and implementation in health and athletic performance.

Indicative content includes:

- Principles of sport & exercise training

- Training methodology

- Programme design & organisation

- Adaptations to training

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This module aims to give students a better understanding of the importance of accounting in the modern world and how accounts are produced and regulated to produce meaningful information for all internal and external stakeholders.

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Managing People and Teams aims to provide an understanding of the key concepts within management theory. This core knowledge is applied to a range of organisational settings so that the influence of management theory on management practice is understood. The role played by specialist management functions within Human Resource Management (HRM) and Employment Relations is investigated.

Students will be introduced to the main concepts and theories through readings and discussions of the main authors in the field. Case studies will be used to show how these concepts can impact upon management thinking and decision making within work organisations.

Indicative topics are:

• Groups and teams

• Motivation in the workplace

• Communication theory and practice

• Power and control

• Job design

• Flexible working practices

• Diversity in the workplace

• Managing learning

• Managing change

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The module introduces to students the importance of marketing in competitive and dynamic environments. The key topics of the module are:

• The marketing concept

• The marketing environment

• Market segmentation & targeting

• Brand development and management

• Management of the marketing mix

• Marketing research and new product development

• The implications of internationalisation for marketing managers

• Ethical issues in marketing

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The module will cover various aspects of the changing international business environment, and their impact upon business operations and strategy. It will give students an appreciation of the business difficulties faced; the variety of factors influencing the choices and compromises that have to be made in international businesses, and the implications of those for the future viability and effectiveness of the organisations concerned.

An list of topics is given below:

• Globalisation: Definition, Evolution, Implications for countries, firms and people

• The International Business Environment: World Institutions, Patterns of International Trade and FDI Activities

• The Triad: European Union, United States, Japan - Investment, Trade, Relations

• Developing and Emerging Economies: Opportunities and Challenges

• Cultural Frameworks for International Business

• Entry Modes: Theory and Practice

• Internationalisation Theories

• International Expansion Strategies

• International Stakeholders – Ethical Issues

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This module aims to enable students to understand the social and economic changes that have raised the status of enterprise, small business and entrepreneurial ventures in the global economy. It examines the diverse nature of entrepreneurs, their characteristics and motivations, as well as the barriers and issues facing entrepreneurs when planning and establishing a new venture.

The key topics of the module are:

1) Factors that have influenced the growth of the enterprise culture in the UK.

2) The role and relevance of SMEs in the UK economy; definitions of SMEs; statistical information; Government policies and initiatives, and support agencies.

3) Whether entrepreneurs are born or made; whether enterprise skills can be taught or learned, and whether entrepreneurs differ from business owners and other managers.

4) Enterprise and innovation development in organisations.

5) Differences in attitudes, objectives, skill requirements and business strategies between small and large firms.

6) Surviving the early stages of business development, including failure rates in new and small enterprises and barriers to growth and development.

7) The planning process for starting a new venture – including risks and liabilities; problems and pitfalls, and potential profit and success.

8) The protection of ideas and intellectual capital.

9) Funding a new enterprise, including via 'friends, family and fools', business angels and venture capitalists.

10) Enterprise in different contexts, including corporate enterprise, public sector enterprise and social enterprise.

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Year in industry

The year in industry gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience. It is your responsibility to find a placement, but we will help and support you through this process and while you are there.

Please note that acceptance onto the course is not a guarantee of a placement. The responsibility of finding a placement is on the student, with help and support from the department. If you cannot find a placement, you will be required to change your registration for the equivalent BA (Hons) programme without the year in industry option.

Compulsory modules currently include Credits

Students spend a year (minimum 900 hours) doing paid work in an organisation outside the University, usually in an industrial or commercial environment, applying and enhancing the skills and techniques they have developed and studied in the earlier stages of their degree programme. Employer evaluation, personal and professional reviews and on-line blogs are assessed under SPOR5910 Industrial Placement Experience, which is a co-requisite of this module. The assessment of this module draws on the experience gained in SPOR5910 Industrial Placement Experience and is assessed through a portfolio submission.

The placement work they do is entirely under the direction of their industrial supervisor, but support is provided by the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences. This support includes ensuring that the work they are being expected to do is such that they can meet the learning outcomes of this module.

Participation in the placement year, and hence in this module, is dependent on students obtaining an appropriate placement, for which support and guidance is provided through the School in the year leading up to the placement. It is also dependent on students progressing satisfactorily from Stage 2 of their studies.

Students who do not obtain a placement or who fail module SPOR5910 Industrial Placement Experience will be required to transfer to the appropriate programme without a Year in Industry and any marks obtained on this module will not contribute to their final degree classification.

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Students spend a year (minimum 900 hours) doing paid work in an organisation outside the University, usually in an industrial or commercial environment, applying and enhancing the skills and techniques they have developed and studied in the earlier stages of their degree programme.

The work they do is entirely under the direction of their industrial supervisor, but support is provided by the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences. This support includes ensuring that the work they are being expected to do is such that they can meet the learning outcomes of the module.

Participation in this module is dependent on students obtaining an appropriate placement, for which support and guidance is provided through the School in the year leading up to the placement. It is also dependent on students progressing from Stage 2 of their studies.

Students who do not obtain a placement will be required to transfer to the appropriate programme without a Year in Industry.

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Stage 3

Compulsory modules currently include Credits

The module provides a structured opportunity to put into practice theoretical and practical knowledge and skills that students have acquired during their studies, in the context of delivering an event relevant to their programme of study. As such, this module will provide opportunities for students to develop appropriate vocational and applied academic knowledge.

Students will work as part of a small group in the process of proposing, planning, implementing, reviewing and evaluating an actual event, students will need to integrate market research, marketing, human resource management, leadership, health and safety issues, security, logistical and financial management in an appropriate way. The emphasis is on the processes that surround the actual event itself.

• An introduction to the events industry

• The planning cycle for major events

• Market research and the development of an event concept

• Human resource planning and management required for running an event

• Financial planning and management of an event

• Marketing the event

• Health, safety and security legislation and procedures

• Establishing timelines and checklists.

• Event implementation

• Event evaluation

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The module provides a structured opportunity to combine appropriate developmental work experience with academic study. The placement will provide the opportunity for students to develop appropriate vocational and applied academic knowledge. In order for the student to take this module they must secure a placement. The placement should be appropriate to the student's degree, experience and potential career aspirations. All placements will be subject to the module convenor’s authorisation.

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Optional modules may include Credits

This module aims to enable students to understand the social and economic changes that have raised the status of enterprise, small business and entrepreneurial ventures in the global economy. It examines the diverse nature of entrepreneurs, their characteristics and motivations, as well as the barriers and issues facing entrepreneurs when planning and establishing a new venture.

The key topics of the module are:

1) Factors that have influenced the growth of the enterprise culture in the UK.

2) The role and relevance of SMEs in the UK economy; definitions of SMEs; statistical information; Government policies and initiatives, and support agencies.

3) Whether entrepreneurs are born or made; whether enterprise skills can be taught or learned, and whether entrepreneurs differ from business owners and other managers.

4) Enterprise and innovation development in organisations.

5) Differences in attitudes, objectives, skill requirements and business strategies between small and large firms.

6) Surviving the early stages of business development, including failure rates in new and small enterprises and barriers to growth and development.

7) The planning process for starting a new venture – including risks and liabilities; problems and pitfalls, and potential profit and success.

8) The protection of ideas and intellectual capital.

9) Funding a new enterprise, including via 'friends, family and fools', business angels and venture capitalists.

10) Enterprise in different contexts, including corporate enterprise, public sector enterprise and social enterprise.

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The understanding and application of enterprise knowledge is seen as a transferable skill that can have cross-school application within the University, in that it has relevance to students from a broad range of academic disciplines who might be considering self-employment after graduation.

The curriculum is based on the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (National Standards-setting body for small business) Standards for Business Start-up, but has been expanded to include contemporary issues such as Intellectual Property and recent legislation.

The module will include the following areas of study:

1) Why firms become insolvent – economic financial and operational reasons for business failure; risks & liabilities; skills requirements for business ownership; self-development planning; sources of advice, and support for businesses.

2) The new business planning process and format - developing and evaluating the business idea, and producing a business plan for potential lenders.

3) Financial aspects – budgetary planning and control; cash-flow and working capital; understanding financial accounting and key financial documents; break-even analysis; credit control, and debt recovery.

4) Market research, competition and barriers to market entry - identifying customers; market segmentation; planning the sales and marketing processes; customer perceptions and customer care, and developing quality standards for the business

5) Legal issues - reporting requirements; UK & EU law relevant to small businesses; business formats and trading status and their respective risks and liabilities; insurance; insolvency, and intellectual property rights such as patents and copyright.

6) Planning and employing staff - planning and obtaining premises; physical and financial resources, and the phased implementation of the business plan.

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The aims of this module are to develop an insight into the key concepts and theories of human resource management (HRM) and organisational behaviour (OB). It will develop in students an understanding of the links between HRM policies and practices and organisational performance, and the factors that influence the management of employees

Content will include:

1) An introduction to Human Resource Management (HRM) and Organisational Behaviour (OB)

2) Strategic HRM

3) Performance Management

4) Strategic Recruitment and Selection

5) Leadership

6) Power, Politics and Decision Making

7) Making the business case for diversity

8) Organisational Culture and International HRM

9) Pay, Performance and Reward

10) Managing Innovation and Change

11) HRM and Ethics

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This module is designed to expose students to contemporary business issues and the strategic and operational choices that businesses have to make when dealing with them. This module will explore the historical context, current perspective and emerging issues for contemporary businesses, including the challenges, opportunities and threats they face. External speakers will be invited to address the students on specific issues of relevance to their businesses. Indicative topics of the module are:

• Sustainable business models

• Open and User innovation

• Managing risk and building resilience

• The digital age

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The course takes the form of an individual research study. There are initially 4 taught lectures covering, ethical considerations and the management of a research project. The research projects are then conducted with the supervision of a School tutor who will advise the student on issues such as methodology, analysis and presentation, but it is the student’s responsibility to organise, conduct, analyse and present the research as required.

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- Exercise prescription for the asymptomatic older adult

- Physical activity & cardiovascular diseases

- Physical activity & metabolic diseases

- Physical activity & neurological impairment

- Physical activity & orthopaedic diseases

- Physical activity & pulmonary diseases

- Exercise in cardiac rehabilitation

- Exercise psychology

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This module takes basic nutrition to the next level in an applied manner. The different needs of different sports persons are considered. Students will gain critical knowledge of common nutrition data collection and analysis methods.

A synopsis of topics included in this module are:

- Elements of Digestion, absorption and energy metabolism

- Nutrition requirements for different sports and different types of individuals

- Changing body mass and related issues

- Nutritional Strategies

- Nutrition data collection and analysis

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The module aims to provide students with more advanced knowledge and understanding of human responses and adaptations to sport and exercise environments. Using a psychological approach, students are offered the forum for discussion and understanding of cognitions, affect and behaviour and the complex interactions between these in the various scenarios that present within a sport or exercise setting. A key module aim is to provide an understanding of the psychological approaches within real ‘applied’ situations within sport and exercise settings

A synopsis of topics included in this module are:

- Introduction to the module

- Stress in sport and exercise

- Affect, mood, emotion

- Aggression in sport

- Interventions for behaviour change

- Psychological skills (imagery, self-talk, relaxation)

- Challenges for the sport and exercise psychologist

- Substance abuse

- Burnout in sport

- Psychology of sports injury

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Teaching and assessment

The programme involves traditional lectures, tutor- and student-led seminars, tutorials and self-directed learning. Guest speakers and involvement with external sports organisations develop students' practical awareness and understanding of the sports industry. Strong links have been developed with the sports development departments and sports providers in Kent.

Theoretical modules are assessed through a combination of examinations and coursework. A number of the vocationally/practice-based modules will be assessed using a combination of coursework and observation.  Other methods of module assessment include presentations, reports, essays, peer assessment and time-constrained exercises. 

Contact Hours

For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours.  The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

  • provide a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary education
  • prepare students for the challenges of an expanding and rapidly changing sports industry, while providing them with a wide choice of career paths
  • provide an understanding of key concepts and skills within the field of management studies and how these are applied to the world of work
  • provide a critical knowledge and understanding of sport management
  • develop key transferable skills with applications in management
  • present a challenging and valuable educational experience through the integration of theory and practice.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • management processes, procedures and practices
  • concepts and marketing models within a sporting context
  • management of employees in sports industries
  • leadership theory and styles and the relevant models
  • contemporary and pervasive issues deepening and/or integrating core knowledge
  • social processes that influence individual and group behaviour
  • the framework of the areas of organisations' 'External Environment' and 'Management' in regards to markets, customers, people, operations, communications and IT, and business policy and strategy.

Intellectual skills

You gain intellectual skills in the following:

  • academic study, including critical evaluation
  • effective self-management in terms of time, planning and behaviour, motivation, self-starting and enterprise
  • how to apply knowledge to solve familiar and unfamiliar problems in order to develop reasoned arguments and challenge assumptions
  • self-appraisal and reflection on practice
  • critical evaluation of arguments and evidence
  • the ability to recognise and respond to moral, legal, ethical and safety issues that relate to your studies.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in the following areas:

  • creating, evaluating and assessing options in a range of business situations, applying concepts and knowledge appropriately
  • communicating effectively, orally and in writing, about business issues
  • conducting research into business and management issues, either individually or as part of a team
  • applying and evaluating relevant managerial skills to a range of vocational and professional situations
  • identifying, formulating and solving business decision-making problems using appropriate qualitative and quantitative tools.

Transferable skills

You gain transferable skills in:

  • communication, presentation, numeracy and IT
  • interactive skills and group work
  • problem solving 
  • self-management and time-keeping
  • how to identify and make use of information from various sources to assess ideas.

Careers

Graduate destinations

The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences has an excellent reputation and a graduate in Sport Management has a number of career opportunities. The degree can lead to: 

  • employment in sports development with local authorities, national or regional sports governing bodies
  • employment within public or private leisure centres, health and fitness clubs
  • posts in community leisure centres
  • self-employment as a personal trainer. 

Additionally, you can choose further study to pursue a career in teaching (PGCE), research (MPhil/PhD) or other Master’s programmes.

Help finding a job

The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences has many links to professional bodies. This network is very useful to students when looking for employment.

The University also has a friendly Careers and Employability Service which can give you advice on how to:

  • apply for jobs
  • write a good CV
  • perform well in interviews.

Career-enhancing skills

Combining your sports knowledge with expertise in all areas of business puts you in a strong position as you start to plan your career. In addition, you also develop the transferable skills that employers look for in a graduate. These include:

  • computing and IT
  • analysing data and problem solving
  • writing and communicating well.

You can also enhance your degree studies by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.

Entry requirements

Home/EU students

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice. 

It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.

New GCSE grades

If you’ve taken exams under the new GCSE grading system, please see our conversion table to convert your GCSE grades.

Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement
A level

BCC

Please note: we do not require the assessment of practical skills as part of the new A-Level system for entry on to our programmes. 

GCSE

Mathematics and English at grade C

Access to HE Diploma

The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. 

If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)

Distinction, Merit, Merit

International Baccalaureate

34 points overall or 15 points at HL including Mathematics 4 at HL or SL

International students

The University welcomes applications from international students. Our international recruitment team can guide you on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country. 

However, please note that international fee-paying students cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

If you need to increase your level of qualification ready for undergraduate study, we offer a number of International Foundation Programmes.

Meet our staff in your country

For more advice about applying to Kent, you can meet our staff at a range of international events.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme. 

General entry requirements

Please also see our general entry requirements.

Fees

The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this programme are:

UK/EU Overseas
Full-time TBC £16200

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Fees for Year in Industry

The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for UK undergraduate courses have not yet been set by the UK Government. As a guide only full-time tuition fees for Home and EU undergraduates for 2019/20 entry are £1,385.

Fees for Year Abroad

The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for UK undergraduate courses have not yet been set by the UK Government. As a guide only full-time tuition fees for Home and EU undergraduates for 2019/20 entry are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status. 

Additional costs

All students who are part of the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences  will receive a complementary uniform which includes: 1 x Tracksuit bottoms, 1  x Shorts, 1 x Hoodie, 1 x Nike Shirt once they have started the course. Although there are currently no mandatory extra costs specified for this course students do have the option to purchase extra uniform If they want to, as you might be required to wear your uniform for some practical sessions. Current cost of the uniforms are:

Nike T-Shirt  -  £17.49
Unisex Shorts – £10.20
Men’s Tracksuit bottoms -£21
Women’s Tracksuit Bottoms –£21
Unisex Quantumn Jacket - £40
Unisex Hurricane Jacket - £31
Unisex Hoodie - £14.40 

Please be aware these prices are subject to change each year

General additional costs

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Funding

University funding

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

Government funding

You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.

Scholarships

General scholarships

Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages

The scholarship is also extended to those who achieve AAB at A level (or specified equivalents) where one of the subjects is either mathematics or a modern foreign language. Please review the eligibility criteria.

The Key Information Set (KIS) data is compiled by UNISTATS and draws from a variety of sources which includes the National Student Survey and the Higher Education Statistical Agency. The data for assessment and contact hours is compiled from the most populous modules (to the total of 120 credits for an academic session) for this particular degree programme. 

Depending on module selection, there may be some variation between the KIS data and an individual's experience. For further information on how the KIS data is compiled please see the UNISTATS website.

If you have any queries about a particular programme, please contact information@kent.ac.uk.