Skip navigation

Enter your details to receive an email with a link to a downloadable PDF of this course and to receive the latest news and information from Northumbria University

* By submitting your information you are consenting to your data being processed by Northumbria University (as Data Controller) and Campus Management Corp. (acting as Data Processor). To see the University's privacy policy please click here

CLOSE

The Sport Development & Management Foundation Year will provide you with all the skills and knowledge you’ll need to take the next step into a Sport Management or Sport Development degree at Northumbria University. 

It’s a brilliant opportunity for students who are unsure of what their career in sport will look like. Students will learn about the different facets of sport development and management, helping them to realise their ultimate career goal and choose the next step that’s right for them. Our graduates work for top organisations like Man Utd. F.C. and Nike Ireland, and we’re also the only University offering this course in North East England. 

The foundation year will:

  • Provide students with academic skills required for higher level study;
  • Foster a basic understanding and knowledge of key principles and professions within sports disciplines. 
  • Boost confidence in University study and life on campus.

The Sport Development & Management Foundation Year will provide you with all the skills and knowledge you’ll need to take the next step into a Sport Management or Sport Development degree at Northumbria University. 

It’s a brilliant opportunity for students who are unsure of what their career in sport will look like. Students will learn about the different facets of sport development and management, helping them to realise their ultimate career goal and choose the next step that’s right for them. Our graduates work for top organisations like Man Utd. F.C. and Nike Ireland, and we’re also the only University offering this course in North East England. 

The foundation year will:

  • Provide students with academic skills required for higher level study;
  • Foster a basic understanding and knowledge of key principles and professions within sports disciplines. 
  • Boost confidence in University study and life on campus.

Course Information

UCAS Code
C6N9

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
Foundation year followed by a further 3 or 4 years full-time study

Location
Northumberland Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Department / Sport

Northumbria has been delivering programmes in sport, exercise and rehabilitation for over 30 years and is one of the top 10 sport Universities in the UK.

Northumbria Sport Image Gallery

Get an insight into Northumbria Sport by viewing our Flickr Images covering a range of activities.

Book an Open Day / Sport

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Sport Development and Management. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Through links with Team Northumbria, you have the opportunity to undertake volunteering and to experience a range of practical sports.  The programme allows you to gain knowledge and competence in key themes of sport development and management to support you in vocational roles, and to help you to decide which undergraduate degree is best for you. An emphasis is placed on sport development and management throughout the delivery of the modules, ensuring that you have been given the necessary academic knowledge and skills to progress onto one of our undergraduate degree pathways (BA Sport Development or BSc Sport Management).  

The programme is also in line with the University’s mission to offer opportunity, relevance and enhanced employability in sport through innovative and challenging learning and teaching.

This year-long course comprises two semesters (September -December and January – May) and six modules.  Modules, which are varied in content and teaching style, include ‘Sport in the Headlines’, ‘The Evolution of Sport’ and ‘Volunteering in Sport’.  

Whilst the majority of the course content will be taught in a traditional classroom setting, students will receive around 30 hours of practical teaching within the state-of-the-art Sports Central. 

We also invite guest speakers who currently work in industry to pass on their knowledge, advice and wisdom to you. They’ll also give you a real-life case study, which you’ll need to resolve in real-time, giving you a taste of your future career in sport management and development. 

Book an Open Day / Sport

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Sport Development and Management. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

The programme is delivered by an experienced team of research active and practitioner based academics who come from diverse professional backgrounds.  You will therefore benefit from cutting-edge teaching and research alongside tutors who are able to support you in making links with ‘real-world’ practice in a range of settings.   

The International Federation for Gymnastics, the Rugby Football Union, Sport England, British Gymnastics, the Youth Sport Trust, the English Federation for Disability Sport, British Tennis, British Equestrian Federation, British Rowing and Football League Education have all benefitted from the expertise of Northumbria staff.

This experience means that you’re never just getting theory. Our staff have tested what they teach you at the highest possible level.

Book an Open Day / Sport

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Sport Development and Management. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

You’ll be learning and training in some of the best campus sport facilities in the country, rated top five in the UK in the Times Higher Education’s Student Experience Survey 2015-16.

If you become a Northumbria Sport member, you’ll have access to excellent facilities inside Sport Central. Located in Newcastle city centre, members enjoy a £30 million purpose-built sports building that offers a 130 station Fitness Suite, 25m Swimming Pool, a climbing wall, exercise classes and more.

 

 

Sports Facilities

If you are looking for a university that takes a modern, professional approach and puts the student athlete at the heart of everything it does then look no further than Northumbria.

Virtual Tour

Come and explore our outstanding facilities in this interactive virtual tour.

University Library

At the heart of each Northumbria campus, our libraries provide a range of study space and technology to suit every learning style.

Book an Open Day / Sport

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Sport Development and Management. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Northumbria has an unrivalled reputation for sport and exercise science research power in the North East. You’ll learn from sport science experts who are internationally acknowledged for their research.

Research / Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

The Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation adopts an interdisciplinary approach to research.

Book an Open Day / Sport

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Sport Development and Management. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Experience has taught us that foundation students become successful graduates. The extra year of study and exposure to industry experts and first class facilities often gives this group of students a career edge. 

Once you graduate with a Sports Management or a Sports Development degree, you could be joining our successful alumni. Chris Cook, an English former competitive swimmer who swam for Great Britain in the Olympics, world championships and European championships, and competed for England in the Commonwealth Games. Chris studied Sport Development at Northumbria before becoming a well decorated sports star!

We also have current students who are competing in national and international events, these students could be your course mates or even you! 

Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

Book an Open Day / Sport

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Sport Development and Management. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

There are two options for a Sport Development & Management undergraduate at the end of their year.  Successful students will be able to choose between progression onto the Sport Management BSc Hons UUFSGT1 or the BA (Hons) Sport Development courses.

After this, the world is your oyster! The future could hold a career in football management at Newcastle United or in the development of outdoor tennis facilities throughout Tyne & Wear or you could work with schools to encourage children to get active. Whichever path you choose, Northumbria Sport’s reputation precedes us.

Studying sport with us will help to open doors and give you the confidence, knowledge and practical skills needed for a lifelong career in this sector.

Book an Open Day / Sport

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Sport Development and Management. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

80 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following: 

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 1 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Merit Pass Pass

Scottish Highers:

CCCC at Higher level, CC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:

BCCCC

IB Diploma:

80 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 30 credits at Merit and 15 at Pass

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A Level.

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/ 

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry 

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

FUNDING INFORMATION

Click here for UK and EU undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for UK/EU undergraduate tuition fee information**.

Click here for International undergraduate tuition fee information.

Click here for additional costs which may be involved while studying.

Click here for information on fee liability.

If you'd like to receive news and information from us in the future about the course or finance then please complete the below form

* By submitting your information you are consenting to your data being processed by Northumbria University (as Data Controller) and Campus Management Corp. (acting as Data Processor). To see the University's privacy policy please click here

Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

SP3000 -

Essential Skills for Studying Sport (Core, 20 Credits)

This module will aim to introduce you to the importance of personal and academic development skills that are essential for your programme of study. The skills developed in this module will help you to succeed in all modules on the programme. Topics such as searching for and understanding literature, learning how to be an independent student, essay writing, referencing, and presentation skills will be covered.
For assessment, you will complete a workbook, across the semester and submit this at the end of the teaching block. The workbook will be aligned to seminar and lecture activities. You will complete tasks linked to study skills that will facilitate your personal and academic development. The workbook also includes an extended writing task based on one sport management or one sport development related topic/issue that will be proposed by the module tutor. You will be expected to draw upon current theory and consider the impact of this issue within a sport management or development context.

More information

SP3001 -

Sport Development and Management Professions (Core, 20 Credits)

This module is designed for you to explore the sports industry and the employment routes available to you following the foundation year: sport development and sports management. You will examine the skills relevant for working in this area, including leadership and organisational theories linked to career pathways and employment opportunities in sport development and management. You will be able to reflect upon your study and career options at the end of the module. You will be assessed via a group presentation where you will consider professions within sport development and management, and a portfolio where you will reflect on your own skills and your progress towards a chosen career pathway.

More information

SP3002 -

Sport Development and Management Project (Core, 20 Credits)

This module is designed to build on the knowledge and understanding you developed during semester one, through the contemporary sport development and management issues examined in Sport in the Headlines. This module provides you with the opportunity to further enhance your knowledge, as well as be involved in key problem-solving activities to apply your knowledge. You will use this module to identify and explore key areas linked to sport development and management, your programme of study and you will do this through a problem based learning approach. You will focus on two stages of problem based learning. Firstly, you will work within a group on a real world problem and you will learn from this, the process of the problem based learning approach. Subsequently you will complete a second phase of problem based learning individually, for your summative assessment.

The summative assessment is a 2500 word written report. This will cover one sport development and one sport management case study. Within the assessment, you will explore potential solutions to problems that may arise in the “real world” of sport development or management. You will also complete a formative assessment that will help you to develop solutions to problems. This will be a small group presentation where you will discuss a case study provided by the academic staff team.

More information

SP3003 -

Sport in the Headlines (Core, 20 Credits)

This module is designed to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of how sport is portrayed in the media. You will consider the relationships between the media and sports stakeholders as well as the impact of sports reporting on modern society. You will examine the various forms of media communication in the sports arena and will discuss how different sports have embraced technology as a means of communication. You will focus your studies on aspects of both sport development and management and will be introduced to theories linked to current examples of how sport is reported in the media. You will be assessed by a presentation and blog, both of which will allow you to explain and explore media issues in sport development and management.

More information

SP3004 -

The Evolution of Sport (Core, 20 Credits)

This module is designed for you to explore the origins of modern sports where you will plot how a range of sports have emerged and developed over time. You will examine the changes that have occurred in sports and consider why and how this occurred. Within the module you will investigate and participate in sports that may not be familiar to you and are not mainstream. You will then consider the origins of these sports and how and why they began, and, how they have become what they are today. To do this you will examine how sports have become globalised and commercialised and how fanbases develop. You will also consider the wider global appeal of these sports from both a sport development and management perspective.

More information

SP3005 -

Volunteering in Sport (Core, 20 Credits)

This module is designed for you to explore the theoretical and applied aspects of volunteering in sport. You will be provided with the knowledge and understanding of how sport volunteering is conceptualised in the United Kingdom. This will include the meaning and understanding of sport volunteering, who volunteers and why, the patterns of volunteering and changes over time in the U.K. You will also be provided with some contrasting perspective with how sport volunteering operates in other countries. The module will focus on the concept of the volunteer, volunteer work and the volunteer experience in sport. However, we will briefly touch on the recruitment and management of volunteers and the legacy and impact of particular types of sport volunteering i.e. for events.

More information

UniStats

Any Questions?

Our admissions team will be happy to help. They can be contacted on 0191 406 0901.

Applicants Contact Details:

bc.applicantservices@northumbria.ac.uk

Current, Relevant and Inspiring

We continuously review and improve course content in consultation with our students and employers. To make sure we can inform you of any changes to your course register for updates on the course page.

Your Learning Experience find out about our distinctive approach at 
www.northumbria.ac.uk/exp

Terms and Conditions - northumbria.ac.uk/terms
Fees and Funding - northumbria.ac.uk/fees
Admissions Policy - northumbria.ac.uk/adpolicy

Order your prospectus

If you're a UK/EU student and would like to know more about our courses, you can order a copy of our prospectus here.

Get a downloadable PDF of this course

Enter your details to receive an email with a link to a downloadable PDF of this course and to receive the latest news and information from Northumbria University

* By submitting your information you are consenting to your data being processed by Northumbria University (as Data Controller) and Campus Management Corp. (acting as Data Processor). To see the University's privacy policy please click here

+

Northumbria Open Days

Open Days are a great way for you to get a feel of the University, the city of Newcastle upon Tyne and the course(s) you are interested in.

+
+

Virtual Tour

Get an insight into life at Northumbria at the click of a button! Come and explore our videos and 360 panoramas to immerse yourself in our campuses and get a feel for what it is like studying here using our interactive virtual tour.

Back to top