Sport and Leisure Management

BSc single honours Sport and Health Management 2018/19

Year of entry

Apply from September 2017. Come to an Open Day

Sport and leisure are not only important to the modern economy; they are also inextricably linked to our health and wellbeing.

This course will equip you for an increasingly diverse range of career opportunities. You will gain an understanding of the principal functions of business, such as marketing and finance, alongside sport and public health issues.

After being introduced to the key aspects of sport and health management, and core business management skills, you will build on these foundations exploring them in greater depth alongside themes such as:

  • marketing for sport and leisure
  • finance for sport and leisure
  • community engagement
  • sport public health policy.

You will also gain vocational experience and have opportunities to learn from cutting edge research into sport, leisure and health policy.

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

92% of School of Human and Life Sciences graduates were in employment or further study six months after completing their studies.

2014-15 DLHE

Our BSc in Sport and Health Management has been designed to respond to the growing demand in this area and reflects the need to provide well­qualified graduates to meet the challenges of the growing sport, leisure and health industry. If you are looking for a sport and health­related or management role, or would like to further your interest in the world of sport and health, this course could be the one for you. The programme includes both theoretical and vocational perspectives, combining courses on the patterns and problems of sport and health with those providing the necessary skills of business and management.

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.

To help smooth the transition to study at university, you will take a module called ‘Developing Personal and Academic Skills’. This module will guide you in small workshop groups through essay writing, academic referencing, research methods, accessing journals and generally help you settle in.

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.

Developing Personal and Academic Skills (DAPS)

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, the orientation module aims to build on pre­ existing skills and experience to make for a smooth transition to Higher Education and the challenges it presents. Furthermore, the aim is to introduce you to the meaning and purpose of research, and to introduce a range of ideas and techniques enabling you to conduct and present basic research themselves within the context of tourism.

Marketing Principles and Practice for Tourism, Events, Sport and Hospitality.

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 the 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.

Introduction to Accounting for Tourism, Events, Sport and Hospitality

The 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 tourism.

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 socio­cultural 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, events, sport and/or hospitality. 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 Leisure Policies and Practice

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

Work Based Learning

The aim of the module is to enable and encourage you to develop and put into practice the employability skills you need to develop to secure a good quality graduate/professional job when you graduate from your Tourism Management degree. You will work in groups with an employer on a ‘live’ task and finish project.

Managing Business Performance

The aim of the module is to introduce and develop an understanding of the fundamental concepts and techniques of management accounting and apply these techniques to tourism, events, sport and hospitality in an appropriate way whilst, appreciating their strengths and limitations. It also aims to help you to understand how management accounting information may be used for purposes of planning, decision making, performance measurement and control within organisations, in order to further the organisation’s strategic objectives.

Psychology of Exercise and Health Acquisition

The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of the many psychological factors associated with the adoption of, adherence to, and relapse from exercise. Specific attention is paid to the cognitive and affective consequences of participation in exercise programmes, and the impact of these on health and wellbeing. A second aim of the module is to embed practical research sessions into the topic areas.

Project Management for Tourism, Events, Sport and Hospitality

All events are projects that need to be managed and the aim of the module is to provide you with an understanding of project management and its role within contemporary tourism, events, sport and hospitality environments. Through this module you will explore the role of the project manager and project management team, analyse the different ways in which projects can be organised and apply project planning methodologies to a team based assignment.

Sporting Identities and Lifestyles

The aim of the module is to develop an understanding of the cultural meaning and significance of sport and exercise in selected societies. Specifically, the module explores the nature and characteristics of sport and exercise related sub-cultures by focusing on selected sociological themes and issues.

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 field of sport and health which develops your analysis, problem­solving, 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 Marketing Management for Tourism, Events, Sport and Hospitality

The module aims to develop your understanding of the nature and complexity of Service Marketing Management in the tourism, events, sport and hospitality industries in the 21st century. The intangible nature of tourism, events, sport and hospitality means that managers have to have unique thinking and strategies in place in order to compete in these global, fast markets. This module typically analyses service management concepts such as technology, capacity management and complaint management.  In addition it aims to provide you with a thorough grounding in marketing theories placing them in the context of the increasingly competitive and dynamic tourism, event, sport and hospitality environments. Typically a wide range of public and private sector providers, such as visitor attractions, destination marketing organisations, event organisations, accommodation providers and local authorities will be studied during this module. 

Physical Activity and Health

The module aims to provide you with the opportunity for greater understanding of the physiological and psychological outcomes of physical activity and also its behavioural base, with a focus on its use as an intervention in the promotion of health, including use in both primary and secondary prevention of disease. The module will give you the opportunity to develop knowledge of the process of planning, implementing and evaluating physical activity interventions at the individual, group and community level. 

Likely optional modules

Business Professional Ethics and Law for Tourism, Events, Sport and Hospitality

The aim of this module is to help you develop an understanding of ethical theory, the ability to evaluate the relationship between business and society, and to encourage students to develop their own individual perspective as ethical decision makers. You are encouraged to critically evaluate business ethics and law making polices within the context of the tourism industry.

Strategic Financial Management

The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of financial investment techniques and develop awareness and knowledge of changes that exist in organisational strategic management. If you wish to continue your studies in financial matters within a tourism, environment, you may find this module interesting.

Applied Sport and Health Research

The main aim of this module is to provide you with an opportunity to build on the Level 5 Applied Policy and Research Module and gain additional experience of policy and research based activities in an applied setting. Students following this module will work to analyse and present data sets collated by the Centre for Sport Physical Education and Activity Research (SPEAR) in response to associated research and/or policy goals. In this way you are provided with opportunities to engage actively in research carried out at CCCU.  

Principles of Epidemiology

The overall aim of the module is to introduce you to the field of epidemiology so that you may understand how it relates to the practice of health promotion and public health. It will provide you with an overview of the approaches for describing patterns and measures of disease frequency and identifying factors that cause diseases in groups of people and to examine methods commonly used in epidemiology to evaluate them. You will examine the impact on society of selected major health issues and health/lifestyle behaviours, using identified sources of health data.  

Rethinking Sport, Health and Body Cultures

The aim of this module is to critically examine the complexity and contradictions of established and dominant ideas about bodily performance and appearance in sport, leisure and PE cultures.

Public Health Nutrition

The aim of the module is to develop an understanding of nutritional factors which influence physiological function and the associated links to health, fitness, and sport performance.

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. Career advice is embedded in our curriculum with the help of our Employability and Careers Service. 

Tuition Fees for 2018/19 have not yet been finalised - please read the 2018/19 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2018/19 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.


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 self­directed 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 96-112 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.

Fact file

UCAS code

  • N222 Sport & Health Management

Institutional code

  • C10


  • 3 years full-time

    6 years part-time


  • September 2018

Entry requirements



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