Sport and Leisure Management

BSc single honours or in combination with another subject Sport and Health Management 2017/18

Year of entry

Sport and leisure are not only established features of the modern economy – they are also inextricably linked to society’s health and wellbeing. As a result there are increasingly diverse opportunities for management in sport and leisure, and roles encompassing a variety of public health considerations.

This degree is designed to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue employment in this expanding area and meet the growing demands of a more ‘health aware’ society. To ensure that you are well equipped for the diversity of sport and health management related roles, the degree covers the principal functions of business, such as marketing and finance, alongside courses that specifically explore sport and health issues and responses.

The degree benefits from a teaching team of subject specific experts drawn from the Geography, Events Leisure and Tourism section of the School of Human and Life Sciences and the School of Public Health, Midwifery and Social Work. This team is research active and retains important links with local and national community, sports and professional organisations. These links and research activity ensure that our Sport and Health Management students benefit from modules that are practically relevant, academically rigorous and informed by contemporary developments within their respective areas of study.

Top reason to choose this course

Health and well-being are significant features of contemporary sport and leisure industries and this course provides the skills and knowledge required to engage in this area.

94% of School of Human and Life Sciences graduates were in employment or further study six months after completing their studies

2013-14 DLHE

The first year of study is designed to manage your transition into university and introduce the key aspects of sport and health management. Towards this end the course includes the study of core business management skills, alongside modules that explore broader sport and health considerations and those that develop the skills required to engage successfully in university level education.

In your second and third year we will build on these foundations by developing your analytical and critical reasoning skills and exploring the core areas studied in greater depth. Within this your future employability will be supported through modules that develop operational capacity, provide vocational experience and provide opportunities to learn from cutting edge research into sport, leisure and health policy and interventions.

The programme benefits from a variety of industry guest lecturers, for example sport and health development managers from StreetGames UK and local government organisations.

Year one

Core modules

Introduction to Public Health

The aim of this module is to provide you with an introduction to the evidence base for lifestyle, social and environmental determinants of health and how this informs public health policy and practice.

Introduction to Sport Management

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the nature of the sport industry and the role of public, private and third sector organisations in sport.

Orientation to Higher Education

The aim of the module is to enable you to become more independent, reflective and self-managed in your approach to study, learning and time management. Additionally, it will build on pre-existing skills and experience to make for a smooth transition to Higher Education and the challenges it presents.

Discovering Research

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the meaning and purpose of research, and explores a range of ideas and techniques that will enable you to conduct and present basic research within the context of sport, tourism, leisure and events.

Marketing Principles and Practice for Sport, Tourism, Leisure and Events

The aim of this module is to provide you with an introduction to marketing, its basic concepts and an overview of marketing theories within the context of sport, tourism, leisure and events industries. You will explore the development of the marketing concept and examine the ways in which it differs from the production, product, and sales approaches to business. This will develop into a wider understanding of the differences between the operational role of marketing and how it is applied as an organisational focus.

Accounting and Finance for Sport, Tourism, Leisure and Events

This module will introduce you to the basic forms of financial recording, double entry bookkeeping, and how figures need to be adjusted to produce a trial balance at the end of an accounting period. The trial balance will lead to the production of the two main financial statements, the balance sheet and profit and loss account for a sole trader. You will also be able to develop an understanding of accounting concepts and regulations within the context of sport, tourism, leisure and events industries.

Introduction to the Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Skill Acquisition

The aim of this module is to provide you with an introduction to the fundamental psychological constructs that underpin understandings of human behaviour and learning in sport and exercise settings.


Introduction to Sport, Culture and Society

The aim of the module is to introduce you to selected central concerns in the sociology of sport and exercise. The module provides a foundation for developing an understanding of the relationships between sport, leisure and PE and the socio-cultural contexts in which they exist.

Year two

Core modules

Research Methods in Action

The aim of this module is to build on Discovering Research from the first year, to provide an understanding of the research process as well as the various methods that can be employed to collect and analyse data within the context of tourism, leisure, sport and/or events. To achieve this, the module encourages you to understand the theoretical underpinnings of research methodologies and to apply it to address a range of research scenarios; thus, providing a sound basis for the preparation of a Research Project or an Individual Study in your third year.

Sport and Public Health Policy in Contemporary Society

The aim of the module is to help you further your understanding of the contemporary sport and leisure policy environment and the way in which it intersects with the contemporary public health agenda.

Promoting People’s Health

The aim of this module is to provide you with an understanding of the concepts of health, wellbeing and health-related behaviour. You will learn how to improve people’s health using the theories and principles of health promotion.

Likely optional modules

  • Vocational Experience
  • Managing Business Performance
  • Psychology of Exercise and Health Acquisition
  • Sporting Identities and Lifestyles

Year three

Core modules

Individual Study (40 Credit) / Research Project ( 20 Credit)

The module aims to provide you with the opportunity to undertake a research project in the tourism, leisure and events environments which develops your analysis, problem-solving, research and synthesis skills. Using research skills developed in first and second years of study you will design and execute your own piece of original research.

Services Management for Tourism, Leisure and Events

The module aims to develop your understanding of the nature and complexity of service management in the 21st century. The intangible nature of tourism, leisure and events means that managers need to have unique thinking and strategies in place in order to compete in the global fast changing tourism, leisure and events markets. The module typically analyses service management concepts such as technology, capacity management and complaint management.

Promoting and Evaluating Community Engagement in Sport and Leisure for Health

This module aims to develop your understanding of how effective community health promotion is a collaborative activity, based on the principles and practice of effective inter-sectorial and multi-agency partnership working. The module typically explores how to plan and evaluate effective health promotion strategies and these strategies will include working with individuals, working with groups and working within settings using the ‘settings approach’. You will also study case studies of community development, working in groups to analyse public health data that specifically relates to physical activity, sport, leisure and health within a specified community.

Likely optional modules

  • Physical Activity, Health and Well-being
  • Principles of Epidemiology
  • Business Ethics
  • Rethinking Sport, Health and Body Cultures:
  • Marketing for Sport and Health
  • Public Health Nutrition

The Sport and Health Management degree will equip you for a variety of careers in the public and private sectors, including sport development, leisure facilities management, environmental health and public health promotion.


The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

Full-time £9,250* £11,000**
Part-time £4,625 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

*Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2017/18 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,165 in Year 0.

**Tuition Fee Scholarship discounts of £1,500 are available to eligible overseas students. Visit the International webpages for further information.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Each taught module has a standard 50 hours of student contact. This will typically be composed of lectures, seminars and industry guest speakers. You will also be expected to engage in 150 hours of self-directed study per taught module.

Written feedback on all assessed work is provided and typically supported by verbal discussions. Each member of the programme staff has weekly ‘office hours’ which you can drop in on to ask for advice or discuss any issues of concern.

Academic input

The Section of Geography, Events, Leisure and Tourism within which this programme is delivered comprises 14 academic staff, the majority of whom who have a PhD, and deliver undergraduate programmes across a range of subject areas. These include Geography, Tourism Management, Tourism and Leisure Studies, Events Management, Events Planning and Sport and Health Management. We also offer the opportunity to study for a Masters degree or PhD.

In addition to the full time academic staff the Section has instructors who are studying for a PhD on a part-time basis whilst at the same time teaching in their area of expertise and supporting undergraduate students with their studies. We provide a rich learning environment for students that is underpinned by a strong commitment to research.

The majority of our staff are actively involved in research and knowledge exchange activities. Our work ranges from research into the environment and sustainability, to industry-oriented research and consultancy into marketing, branding and analysis of cultural trends

Surprising terms

To be considered for the Erasmus Programme in the second year you must pass all modules in the first year at first attempt.

Throughout your course you will be assessed using a range of methods, including written assignments (which could be an essay or a business report), presentations and project work. In some modules you will also be assessed through exams. You will experience individual assessment as well as group work and in year three you will produce a Research Project or Individual Study on a tourism topic of your choice, with a supervisor appointed to help guide you through the process.

A typical offer would be 112 UCAS Tariff points.

Industry links

The programme benefits from links with the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) which is the professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector. Through these links you gain opportunities to benefit from CIMSPA resources and insight into developments within the industry as well as access career development opportunities.

You will also be encouraged to register as student members of the Faculty of Public Health, the professional organisation of public health, which opens up networking opportunities and access to subject specific resources.


Full-time study

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Part-time study

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Full-time study

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Fact file

UCAS code

  • C602 Sport & Health Management

Institutional code

  • C10


  • 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time


  • September 2017

Entry requirements



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