This unique degree equips you with a critical understanding of the issues facing the sport sector, and the knowledge and skills to develop and apply management strategies in a variety of settings, including community, regional and global sport.
Our expert lecturers are active researchers and have vast experience in sports management and policy, sport marketing and leadership, nutrition, sport psychology and sport science. Their research underpins our teaching and ensures you learn about the latest thinking in the field.
Reasons to study Sport and Exercise Science with Sport Management with a Foundation Year at Kent
Our foundation year offers you the flexibility to progress to degrees across our Division of Natural Sciences. You may choose a degree in Sport and Exercise Science with Sport Management, but equally you could opt for a degree within another area of Sport and Exercise Sciences, or Biosciences, Chemistry or Forensic Science.Through our wide range of modules you will discover best practice and innovation in sport management with insights from leading international researchers, specialists and practitioners from within the UK and global sport sectors; including in the areas of sport development, volunteering, professional sports work, and sport-mega event legacy.We have professional connections with the NHS, sports teams and organisations, health-promoting agencies and private businesses, and regularly engage with them across sport, science and health. These relationships inform our research-led teaching and practice, and improve your employability through providing work placement opportunities and unique sector insights. Enhance your learning experience in our excellent facilities, including cycling and rowing ergometers; 3D motion video analysis; blood testing and respiratory gas analysis equipment; a rehabilitation gymnasium; an anti-gravity treadmill and an environmental chamber.You will benefit from the wider Kent Sport facilities on our Canterbury campus, such as the fitness suite, dance studio and indoor halls and outdoor sports pitches - as well as our new Kent Sport Clinic, which will be the most comprehensive sports performance clinic in the South East.Team Kent, funded by the students’ union, runs more than 60 different sports clubs and our large green campus is a great place for morning/evening runs or cycling.If you have competed at county level you can apply for one of the University’s sports scholarships.
What you’ll learn
In your foundation year, you study compulsory modules in biology, chemistry and scientific methods, plus a choice of optional modules. On successful completion of the foundation year, you will have reached a standard above A level and so be fully equipped to tackle a BSc degree course.
Then for your degree, you’ll study key areas including sport industries, sports marketing, sports leadership, sport and exercise psychology, anatomy, biomechanics and physiology, as well as exercise prescription, referral and rehabilitation for special and clinical populations. You’ll also develop your research skills in advance of undertaking your research project, which give you the opportunity to use our excellent facilities, equipment and resources.
Alongside your research project, in your final year you can select modules to tailor your studies more specifically towards your career aspirations, for example by completing a work placement module.
See the modules you'll study
Year in Industry
Tailor your degree to suit you by spending a year working in industry in the UK or abroad. Taken between your second and final years, a Year in Industry will give you the chance to put into practice the skills you’ve learnt and gain further valuable experience of real-world applications of sport and exercise science. Many placements pay a salary and you will gain relevant experience, skills and confidence, which will benefit you in your final-year studies and when applying for jobs after graduation.
Teaching involves practical laboratory and sports-based sessions, lectures, small group seminars and private study. You will have a number of lectures and practical sessions and a series of seminars each week – depending on the optional modules you select. You may also be required to spend time developing your practical skills and experience in placement or event situations.
Methods of assessment vary depending on the module but predominantly involve coursework, observed assessment, practical tests and, where appropriate, clinical assessments. Some modules are assessed via written exams.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- anatomical and physiological principles
- the human response to exercise
- the theoretical basis of qualitative and quantitative research
- the nutrition required to perform at an optimum level
- the ability to evaluate physical capacity and exercise training programmes
- the nature of skill and models relating to the acquisition and performance of motor skills
- exercise prescription for a range of population groups
- social processes which influence individual and group behaviour and participation/performance in sport.
You gain the intellectual skills to:
- engage in academic study including critical evaluation
- plan, execute and communicate a piece of independent work that requires a critical engagement with relevant data
- solve familiar and unfamiliar problems in order to develop reasoned arguments and challenge assumptions
- self-appraise and reflect on practice
- recognise and respond to moral, legal, ethical and safety issues that relate to your studies.
You gain subject-specific skills in the following areas:
- relating the concepts of anatomy, physiology and metabolism to the body’s response to exercise
- practical skills in the physiological interpretation of data from fitness testing
- the appraisal and evaluation of the effects of sport and exercise interventions
- the ability to analyse, interpret and show critical judgement in the evaluation of the sport sciences.
You gain transferable skills in:
- communication, presentation, numeracy and IT
- interactive skills and group work
- problem solving
- self-appraisal and reflection on practice
- how to plan and manage your own learning.
The programme aims to:
- provide a multi-disciplinary education
- prepare students to meet the challenges of an expanding and rapidly changing sports industry, while providing them with a wide choice of careers paths.
- provide the skills to promote the health and performance of an individual or a group using a multidisciplinary approach
- enable a critical knowledge and understanding of the sport sciences
- make students aware of current research within sport and exercise science
- provide a curriculum supported by scholarship, research and intellectual debate.