BSc Sport and Recreation Management
UCAS code: N230
Duration: 4 years
School: Education, The Moray House School of
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Introducing BSc Sport and Recreation Management
Sport is a rapidly expanding global business and our unique Sport and Recreation Management programme is highly regarded by the sports industry. It prepares you for a career in the sport and recreation industry.
The University's strong links with a wide range of major sports organisations, provide you with excellent placement opportunities. You will develop an understanding of the principles of management, organisational management, governance, appreciate the value and purpose of sport in society, understand the social, cultural and economic importance of sport and encounter contemporary issues in sport.
This academically rigorous programme views the world of sport from many social science perspectives and focuses on the business of sport as well as the importance of community sport and international development through sport.
You will be part of a community of researchers and academics involved in sport- and health-related research and activities, such as advising government departments, supporting governance of sport at local, national and international levels, providing analyses to media outlets, organising international conferences and engaging in international development initiatives
You will take two compulsory courses: Sport Management and Sport and Society. Sport Management will cover: principles of management; applied sport case studies, human resources, organisation behaviour and team management. Trends in sport participation and provision, policies and practices of sport in the public, commercial and voluntary sectors are evaluated.
In Sport and Society, you will study contemporary social and cultural issues in sport, including key ideas in the sociology of sport and the history and development of sport.
You will have access to other courses offered elsewhere in the University which you can choose as option courses. For example, Introduction to Business is offered by the Business School and is considered an option course.
You will take two compulsory courses: Operations Management; and Marketing, Sponsorship and Event Management. You will also undertake an eight-week research-based placement within a local, national or international sports organisation.
You will develop skills in presentations, report writing, and use of case study approaches, and develop an understanding of how management works in the real world of sport.
You will again have access to other courses offered elsewhere in the University as options. For example, social anthropology is offered by the School of Social and Political Science.
You will take compulsory courses including: Sport Development; Sociology of Sport; Sport and Communication; and Sport Strategic Management.
You will also undertake an advanced research methods course.
You will choose compulsory courses which include:
- Sport in a Global Context
- Sport, Media and Society
- Performance Management in Sport
- Social History of Sport in Scotland
You will also research and submit a dissertation report on a topic of your choice.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
The majority of teaching will take place within the School of Education at the centrally located Holyrood campus. The School provides its own IT labs and library, but you can also access all the University's other computer facilities and libraries.
Students have a compulsory placement course in Year 2 that provides an invaluable opportunity for work-based learning, enabling you to further your understanding of sport management in practice and enhance your employability.
Placements have previously been with a wide range of organisations in the UK, such as community sports clubs, health and fitness clubs, football clubs (for example Celtic and Manchester United), golf courses (for example Gleneagles), sports marketing and media companies (for example Sky Sports, IMG, the Scotsman), governing bodies of sport (for example sportscotland, Scottish Hockey, jogscotland, Basketball Scotland, Rugby Football Union (RFU), Scottish Rugby Union (SRU). and local authority sports trusts, such as Edinburgh Leisure.
It is possible to study abroad in Year 3 in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and in a number of European universities.
How will I learn?
You will be taught by a combination of lectures, tutorials, site visits, practical work and problem-based case-study work and seminars.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through a mixture of coursework and examinations depending on the course. A wide range of coursework assessment types include but are not limited to essays, group or individual oral presentations, posters presentations, placement project reports, and in-class tests.
Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.
To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Recent graduates have gone on to work for sport marketing companies, sport tourism and events management, national governing bodies, local authorities, health and fitness clubs, and sports media companies. Some students have started their own businesses whilst others have gone on to further study as well as joining graduate management schemes.
Standard entry requirement
The standard entry requirement is:
- SQA Highers: AABB by end of S5. If you haven't achieved this by the end of S5 we may consider your application based on a strong performance in S6. A minimum of BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6. (Revised 21/06/2019 from 'AAAA - AABB'.)
- A Levels: AAB - ABB. (Revised 21/06/2019 from 'ABB'.)
- IB: 36 points (grades 665 at HL) - 34 points (grades 655 at HL). (Revised 21/06/2019 from '37 (666 at HL) - 34 (655 at HL)'.)
Minimum entry requirement
The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:
- SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6.
- A Levels: ABB.
- IB: 34 points (grades 655 at HL).
The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:
- SQA: no specific Higher subjects required. National 5: English at grade C.
- A Levels: no specific A Level subjects required. GCSEs: English at grade C or 4.
- IB: HL: no specific subjects required. SL: English at grade 5.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
International Foundation Programme
If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.
We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.
You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.
SQA, GCSE and IB
For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
SQA National 5 Grade C
SQA Standard Grade 3
SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
GCSE Grade C or 4
Level 2 Certificate Grade C
IB Standard Level Grade 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)
English language tests
We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:
IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
PTE Academic: Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components
We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.
English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
(Revised 05/06/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)
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There are some additional costs if you enrol on one of our courses depending on whether aspects of that course require you to fund some activities.
For example, you may choose to do a particular type of research where you are required to fund the cost of applying to the Scottish government's Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme in order to work with children or vulnerable adults. Or you may choose a placement location where travel costs will be required.
For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.