Do you want to increase participation in sport and physical activity? Are you interested in helping a new generation of elite athletes achieve their goals at global events such as the Olympics? Are you ambitious enough to work in sports management, which is one of the biggest growing global leisure markets? If the answer to any of the former is yes, this is the ideal degree course for you.
This wide-ranging BSc (Hons) Sports Management and Development degree course builds your understanding of sport and its role in society. You’ll learn how sports development and sports management can give people the opportunity to take part in sport and physical activity, no matter their ability. You’ll graduate with the knowledge, understanding and skill to excel in either the sports management or sports development sectors.
The course is based in one of the highest performing sports departments in England, that prides itself on the experience and knowledge of its staff.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Learn practical skills by organising and marketing local sports events such as the Great South Run and working with organisations like the Hampshire FA and Portsmouth City Council
- Have the chance to go on overseas field trips and take part in the research programmes run by internationally recognised sports organisations such as UEFA, the FA and the ECB
- Boost your CV and share your sporting skill in the local community through our coaching and volunteering scheme
- Experience teaching which is driven by current practice and taught by lecturers who have delivered sports development and sports management programmes in the community
- Be able to use our sports facilities, comprising sports halls, a 100-station gym, squash courts, fitness studios and more
- Have the opportunity to learn a language and earn credit towards your degree as part of the University's Institution-Wide Language Programme
Teaching methods on this course include:
- formal lectures
- practical experiences
We work closely with local partners, such as the Portsmouth School Sport Partnership and Portsmouth City Council Leisure Services, to make sure what you learn on the course is current and relevant.
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- essays and reports
- projects, portfolios and case studies
- practical demonstrations
- oral assessments through presentations or discussion groups
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
- Year 1 students: 30% by written exams, 15% by practical exams and 55% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 25% by written exams, 23% by practical exams and 52% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 8% by written exams, 30% by practical exams and 62% by coursework
Careers and opportunities
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.
What jobs can you do with a Sports Management and Development degree?
Previous graduates have gone on to roles such as:
- PE teacher
- sports development officer
- sports marketing executive
- sports agent
- community coach coordinator
- event manager
- project manager
Either before or following your third year, you have the option to choose a work placement year to gain valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.
Previous students have completed placements in organisations such as Professional Sports Clubs, Sports Injuries Clinics, Schools, the NHS and in Universities.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.
We can help you find the coaching roles, placements, internships and voluntary roles that will help you to kick-start your ideal career and complement what you’ll be learning on the course.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.