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Ranking: Top 25 for Sports Science - Complete University Guide (2024) and Times Good University Guide (2024)

Our Sport Management programme is designed to enable you to appreciate and evaluate sport, as a global business, from an informed and inquisitive managerial viewpoint.

At every level of study, you will develop vocationally relevant experience and skills; such as event management, strategic and economic planning, social media management, and sport marketing. You will also develop transferable skills in areas such as; communication, negotiation, teamwork, leadership, and problem solving.

Programme modules respond to the distinctive needs of international sports organisations. Therefore, the course has been designed from the outset as a sports management degree, rather than a business degree with a few sports modules attached. Learning in this sport-rich environment provides numerous opportunities for you to engage in CPD, volunteering, access a variety of sports networks, and undertake a placement with a local sports organisation.

Due to our unique learning and teaching experience, you will graduate from our degree with a rounded knowledge of specific and transferable management skills, which are desirable to a variety of graduate-level employers. 

We appreciate the demands of combining study and soccer development so, where possible, we ensure our student-athletes benefit from maximised time in both the classroom and on the pitch. Timetabling is done in such a manner that means academic study will typically be taught in the morning with soccer activities taking place in the afternoon.

Did you know: over 88% of students studying Sport Management at Northumbria believed their course had the right balance of direct and independent study and that subject-specific resources were easy to access (NSS, 2023).

Ranking: Top 25 for Sports Science - Complete University Guide (2024) and Times Good University Guide (2024)

Our Sport Management programme is designed to enable you to appreciate and evaluate sport, as a global business, from an informed and inquisitive managerial viewpoint.

At every level of study, you will develop vocationally relevant experience and skills; such as event management, strategic and economic planning, social media management, and sport marketing. You will also develop transferable skills in areas such as; communication, negotiation, teamwork, leadership, and problem solving.

Programme modules respond to the distinctive needs of international sports organisations. Therefore, the course has been designed from the outset as a sports management degree, rather than a business degree with a few sports modules attached. Learning in this sport-rich environment provides numerous opportunities for you to engage in CPD, volunteering, access a variety of sports networks, and undertake a placement with a local sports organisation.

Due to our unique learning and teaching experience, you will graduate from our degree with a rounded knowledge of specific and transferable management skills, which are desirable to a variety of graduate-level employers. 

We appreciate the demands of combining study and soccer development so, where possible, we ensure our student-athletes benefit from maximised time in both the classroom and on the pitch. Timetabling is done in such a manner that means academic study will typically be taught in the morning with soccer activities taking place in the afternoon.

Did you know: over 88% of students studying Sport Management at Northumbria believed their course had the right balance of direct and independent study and that subject-specific resources were easy to access (NSS, 2023).

Course Information

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2024 or September 2025

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Modules
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Entry Requirements 2024/25

Standard Entry

128 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants shoud have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an 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 in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2025/26

Standard Entry

128 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants shoud have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an 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 in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2024/25 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1: £27,750

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.


EU Fee in Year 1: £33,500

International Fee in Year 1: £33,500


Please see the main Funding Pages for 24/25 scholarship information.

 


ADDITIONAL COSTS

There is a second-year core professional development and practice module and an optional third year continual professional development module that you may choose to participate in, these may incur additional costs. For continual professional development modules, if students choose to travel further than Newcastle for placement/volunteering/continual professional development, then they will bear these travel costs: however, all activities can be completed in Newcastle, costs can vary between approximately £25-£800 per module. In addition, students may choose to undertake additional qualifications, for example coaching qualifications, ISAK course, etc. which can vary between approximately £200 and £700.

Fees and Funding 2025/26 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1*: TBC

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.



EU Fee in Year 1: **TBC


International Fee in Year 1: TBC

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Modules

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

JG5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Sport Exercise and Rehabilitation (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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SP4000 -

Academic and Professional Skills (Core,20 Credits)

The aim of the Academic and Professional Skills module is to develop your knowledge, understanding and application of academic, personal and professional skills relevant to university graduates which will help you to successfully complete your degree programme. Both formal and informal techniques will be used to assess your development in key areas such as written communication, critical analysis and self-reflection. You will develop a range of general transferable skills useful for other modules throughout your programme, including knowing how to find appropriate literature to support your ideas and how to develop balanced arguments. The information you will learn will be linked to topics of interest to those working in the areas of sport, exercise and rehabilitation, giving you insight into these fields as potential career paths in addition to more general employability skills such as communication, digital fluency and time management.

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SP4003 -

Introduction to Research (Core,20 Credits)

This module will introduce you to research in relation to sport, exercise and rehabilitation. The module will guide you through the research process involved in generating new information via scientific methods. The module will provide both a theoretical and practical introduction to basic experimental approaches, data analysis techniques and report writing, and demonstrate the usefulness and limitations of research-generated information. You will gain an understanding of fundamental concepts and principles of conducting research and interpreting the findings.

You will learn about the research process (e.g., developing a research question and ethical considerations) and be introduced to the scientific method such as the basic concepts of planning, collecting, organising, and analysing data and report-writing in sport, exercise and rehabilitation. Learning materials will be delivered via interactive lectures, hands-on workshops, directed tasks and independent study. You will learn the basics about managing, analysing and interpreting data in practical-computer-lab workshops comprising the quantitative method of enquiry. You will also be introduced to basic methods of working with data from interviews and focus groups comprising the qualitative method of enquiry. For each of the methods, you will learn to identify when it is suitable to use; how to run the analysis; how to report its findings to experts and lay people; and how to use these findings to inform your critical judgement about your own research and that of others.

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SP4009 -

Social Issues and Sport Consumers (Core,20 Credits)

This module is centred on two important and interrelated areas. First, we examine the modern make-up of sport across all levels and track key changes in sport organisations occurring due to changes in the way that we live and work in modern society. For example, we will investigate issues including (but not limited to) commercialisation and globalisation, modern consumption practices, celebrity and stardom, neoliberalism and corruption. Second, we will explore the benefits and drawbacks, winners and losers, accepters and resisters to these social movements manifest in sport. To do this, we look at myriad definitions of the sport consumer and sport stakeholders. We will examine who benefits from sport’s current organisation and what are some of the costs (e.g. social, human, economic) of such practices.

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SP4010 -

Fundamentals of Sport Management (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the key management theories and principles relevant to the global sport industry. You will be introduced to the core concepts, functions and principles of management, which will help you develop an understanding of the sport management discipline. You will be introduced to such topics as leadership, resource management, organisational theory and behaviour, marketing, facility and event management. You will also learn about how the various theoretical concepts are inter-related and how knowledge of such areas will help make you an effective global sports manager. You will also learn about international aspects of sport management and the opportunities and various jobs that sport management encompasses across the globe.

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SP4011 -

Principles of Sport Marketing (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the key principles and theories of sport marketing. The ‘Principles of Sport Marketing’ module introduces you to the core concepts, functions and the internal and external environmental of marketing, applied to the sport industry, which will help you to develop an initial understanding of the processes, strategies and techniques involved in marketing, by identifying links between theory and practice. On this module you will use literature which helps to explain key sport marketing concepts, such as: sport branding; sport sponsorship; relationship marketing; market research; and sport consumer culture. Throughout this module you will explore sport marketing in a global context; the aim is to provide you with sensitivity to and an understanding of societal and cultural differences. You will explore the strategies adopted by sport marketers, non-sport marketer’s use of sport as a promotional tool, and sports consumer’s responses to these strategies. We will scrutinize sport marketing strategies adopted by global sport organisations, NGBs, and sport clubs, providing you with an understanding of similarities and differences between the private, public and third sectors.

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SP4012 -

Finance and Governance in Sport (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the key aspects of finance and governance relevant to the global sport industry. You will be introduced to the core concepts of finance including financial planning, budgeting, income and expenditure, sources of funding and financial reporting. You will also learn how governance is utilised within sport organisations, and how policies are used to deliver strategic plans within sport. The diverse nature of sport and the various stakeholders associated with sport organisations will be introduced to explain how organisational culture and legislation impacts upon legitimacy. Such understanding will help you learn about the key theoretical concepts and skills needed to work within sport organisations across the globe and highlight the diverse opportunities available within the sport management sector.

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JG5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Sport Exercise and Rehabilitation (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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SP5026 -

Research Design and Analysis (Core,20 Credits)

In this module, you will learn how to apply the systematic-scientific method to address problems of relevance to your discipline. The module will guide you through designing, conducting, analysing and presenting your own research findings and prepare you for carrying out an independent research project. The module will provide both a theoretical and practical perspective on the research process, with a focus towards understanding the usefulness and limitations of research-generated information.

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SP5029 -

SER Professional Development and Practice (Core,20 Credits)

The main focus of the module is work, or career, specific learning. It encourages you to develop independence and to take responsibility for your own career-relevant skill development. This process is supplemented by the inclusion of generic lectures, workshops, associated directed learning tasks and individual tutorial support. The generic lectures will provide you with the knowledge necessary to allow you to capitalise upon this Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunity. Workshops and directed tasks will allow for the development of essential self-reflection skills.

Generic lecture and workshop topics include:
· Self-reflection and SMART analysis and Key Skills exercises to establish your development needs as a Practitioner in Sport and Exercise.
· Creating a CPD contract and CPD Portfolio
· Identifying appropriate CPD opportunities to enhance your degree related expertise and aspirations

Once you have written your SMART / Key Skills analysis and CPD contract you will then be able to identify a number of potential CPD opportunities in the form of short courses, workshops, and coaching awards. Many of the skills and abilities you will learn will be of value to your life-long learning aspirations.

Potential CPD Opportunities may include:
· Volunteering / working in a sport and exercise environment
· Working in a PE context
· Shadowing a professional in the workplace
· Writing business plans
· Writing grant applications
· Attendance at conferences, workshops, courses.

Regular contact is maintained between you and your supervisor in order to ensure that you are supported throughout the module.

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SP5033 -

Contemporary Issues in PE and School Sport (PESS) (Optional,20 Credits)

The module is designed to provide students with an insight into a range of contemporary UK education, and Physical Education (PE) specific policies, strategies and initiatives published by professional bodies and government departments. More broadly, students will critically discuss and analyse a range of contemporary strategies impacting on PE and School Sport (PESS). Particular attention will be directed to the statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for PE at Key Stages 1 to 4 enshrined in the new NCPE, and the impact that the PE and Sport Premium has had on the delivery of primary school PE. Students will develop awareness of the shifting role of the PE teacher and sports coach as well as other contemporary issues such as obesity, intensity training and inclusion.

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SP5035 -

Physical Activity & Health (Optional,20 Credits)

This module provides you with an understanding of the factors that contribute to health status and health management, the role of physical activity in public health and how health promotion strategies are applied in practice. The module will give you an insight to the public health strategies and the social, cultural and economic impact on the management of health and well-being. In this module you will also learn about the role of physical activity in promoting health and well-being, including how individual, social, cultural and economic factors influence uptake and adherence of physical activity. The module will also give you insight into health promotion initiatives and the role of physical activity in health promotion. The module will draw upon expertise to provide you with up-to-date information on research both within the department and further afield.

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SP5036 -

Managing & Developing the Business of Sport (Optional,20 Credits)

You will examine the work of sport business professionals, agencies, organisations and governing bodies to gain an appreciation of how business principles are applied to the sports industry. You will cover areas such as the principles of strategy, governance, marketing, finance, legal issues and performance management to help develop you understanding of the sport business sector.

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SP5037 -

Digital Sport & Business Marketing (Optional,20 Credits)

This module addresses the rapidly evolving areas which have an impact upon sport and sport business. The digital age has brought many challenges and opportunities to those who are managing in sport. This module looks to equip those who have aspirations of working in sport business with the capacity to address the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities presented by digital sport and business marketing. The key concepts which will be considered in this module can include sport marketing in the digital age, social media in sport marketing, fan engagement in online environments, fan activation and involvement with sport business, the importance of sport communication strategies and future considerations for the sport marketer. Students will engage with the current key digital platforms available. By the end of the module students will have developed an awareness of the significance that digital marketing has on the sport business and the challenges and opportunities.

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SP5038 -

Analytics for Sport (Optional,20 Credits)

This module considers how the increasing availability of data has transformed the way in which sport is managed, played, promoted and consumed. The data revolution is having a profound impact across the sport industry and this module helps students to understand how data can be utilised across a range of situations in sport. The key areas which are considered in this module include; an introduction to data and analytics, the current data ecosystem, analysing data for better sports performance, analytics in digital and sport marketing, analytics for event and facility management. In addition to this, there are considerations given to how individual and team sports can use data analytics to improve sporting performance and competitiveness. By the end of the module students will have developed an awareness of the significance of data in the sport industry and gain an insight into the different ways data can be used to inform decision making across a range of sport situations.

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SP5040 -

Sport Facility and Operational Management (Core,20 Credits)

In this module your focus will be sport facility and operational management. These areas are intrinsically linked and are usefully explored together. The module will focus on issues and skills relating to strategic planning, marketing, programming, management of operations, finance, technology, security and information. The module will provide you with the opportunity to critically consider the operation of sport facilities, by integrating concepts and theories from sport specific, leisure management and business literature.

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SP5041 -

Sport Leadership and Organisation Behaviour (Core,20 Credits)

This module will enable you to develop an in-depth understanding of leadership and leaders across a range of sport organisations including the often un-sung but crucial DNA of organisational operations. The module takes a broad approach to these concepts and is inclusive of leadership and organisational behaviour across multiple sports settings. Topics will include (but are not limited to) the processual aspects of managing people in organisations such as the key aspects of the human resource management (HRM), contemporary issues of people management in multiple sports organisations, non-profit organisations and the role of volunteers, how leaders enact policy in practice, and how leaders operationalise inclusion and diversity. We will look in depth at how leaders build organisational culture and integrity, and how leaders nurture their teams. We will underpin discussions with recognition of the contextual challenges and opportunities that leaders and managers are tasked with navigating, ensuring that they are sensitive to the interests and priorities of multiple stakeholders.

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JG5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Sport Exercise and Rehabilitation (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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ML6001 -

Unilang - Languages for All - Level 6 Placeholder (Optional,20 Credits)

The 20-credit yearlong Unilang modules (stages 1 – 5 depending on language) aim to encourage a positive attitude to language learning and to develop and practise the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing introducing the basic/increasingly complex grammatical structures and vocabulary of the spoken and written language (depending on stage) and developing your ability to respond appropriately in spoken and written form in simple and increasingly complex everyday situations.

These modules also introduce you to the country and the culture of the country. In doing this, Unilang modules are intended to encourage and support international mobility; to enhance employability at home and abroad; to improve communication skills in the foreign language and in English as well as cultural awareness.

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SP6035 -

SER UG Project (Core,40 Credits)

The module aims to develop your skills of independent working by engaging with a topic of your own choosing. You will develop a critical and in-depth knowledge of a specific area (within the remit of your degree programme) in relation to a research or clinical problem of contemporary relevance to the industry/profession. You will learn aspects of research such as literature searching, filtering and quality assessment, project design considerations, ethical implications and data analysis methods. You will develop skills such as time management, contingency planning and critical thinking to produce a well-planned, coherent and ethical project.

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SP6044 -

Sport Event Management (Optional,20 Credits)

You will learn how to plan, implement, and evaluate a sport event. This module is designed to provide you with a vocationally-relevant sport management experience, founded upon theoretical principles. You are required to work in a group to plan and deliver a sports event, and then individually evaluate one aspect of the event. The module is intended to promote entrepreneurship and creativity as well as personal and collective responsibility by means of a real-life challenge.

On this module you will conduct a critical analysis of sport event literature, evaluate planning models, conduct market research, and reflect on the acquisition of graduate attributes, such as;
· Creativity
· Resilience;
· Teamwork and leadership;
· Advanced communication skills;
· Entrepreneurship and Employability;
· Cultural awareness and ethical behaviour within the sport environment.

Planning, implementing, and evaluating a sports event is challenging. It will test your knowledge and skills across a number of academic disciplines. Similarly, the live project assessments will add a new dimension to your learning experience. They are designed to be authentic, as such you will have a significant degree of autonomy in how you develop your team, conceptualise your event plan, and begin the implementation process. Due to the autonomous, yet supportive, teaching philosophy adopted on this module, you will find it a highly rewarding experience.

Generally through your active engagement with this module, you will develop a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your professional competencies in a range of skills and attributes, which are transferable and desirable in a number of industry sectors.

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SP6045 -

Applied Coaching of Individual Sports in an Educational Setting (Optional,20 Credits)

The module aims to provide students with the opportunity to build upon and apply the knowledge, skills and experience gained to the teaching of net wall games and individual activities, such as badminton, gymnastics and athletics. Throughout the module you will have the opportunity to further develop your coaching skills and practice but with specific emphasis on utilising these in order to teach the skills and techniques involved in individual activities and net wall games in a school environment. A major part of this module will be the opportunity to develop your practical skills and gain a critical understanding of how to develop these with students in an educational context.

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SP6046 -

Global Sport Business and Management (Optional,20 Credits)

This module aims to enable you to develop an understanding of key elements of the global sport industry. You will be introduced to the contemporary principles of management in international sport business and will learn about economic and social benefits that sport brings across the globe. Topics that will be covered in this module include international sport governance; globalisation of sport; international sport events, bidding for them and their impacts and legacies; managing international sport brands and rights; the impact of technology on global sport; international athlete management and role of intermediaries; sport as an instrument of “soft power”; international sport tourism; and the sustainability of international sport industry.

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SP6047 -

SER Professional & Career Development (Optional,20 Credits)

This module is focused on you gaining experience with the sport, exercise and rehabilitation industry using a variety of professional and career development opportunities to suit your own needs; including, but not limited to work-based experience, shadowing professionals, attending workshops/courses/conferences, and careers events. Therefore, much of the learning on this module takes place away from the classroom and out in the sport, exercise and the rehabilitation industry. This module is designed to provide you with the opportunity to undertake an individually tailored programme of professional and career development activities, which you design, relevant to your own sport/exercise/rehabilitation-related career interests and needs. In addition, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the value of professional and career development activities in enhancing employability within the sport, exercise and rehabilitation industry. It is an opportunity to take the learning you have gained in other modules and put it in to practice within the real-world settings.

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SP6048 -

Health, Exercise and Behaviour Change (Optional,20 Credits)

This module provides you with an understanding of the role of physical activity and exercise in relation to health, the theories of behaviour change and how the theories are applied in practice. In the first half of the module, you will gain an understanding of the physiology of physical activity and exercise, and how this can prevent and manage a number of health conditions in a range of populations. The latter half of the module focuses on providing you with an insight of behaviour change including factors that influence behaviour change and an understanding of how such models can be applied in practice. The module will review current health promotion strategies and initiatives to enable you to develop your skills and competencies in evaluating empirical evidence and in designing health-based intervention strategies.

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SP6051 -

Strategic Business Planning for Managing Sport (Core,20 Credits)

This module aims to introduce students to the concepts of strategic management and planning, combined with techniques used in analysing

strategic plans and making strategic decisions. It aims to provide an overview of relevant frameworks and techniques with which to analyse

contemporary sports development and management issues, and critically appraise sports development plans and strategies. The module will

place greater emphasis on strategic planning theories and models than Level 4 and Level 5 modules, and the aim is to enable students to

make evidence-based and theory-informed decisions, and establish and sustain competitive advantage. Topics will include internal and

external factors affecting sport organisations, resource-based view and market-based view, formulating strategic options, implementing and

evaluating plans and government policy with a primacy given to strategic prioritisations. British and international examples across the public,

private and voluntary sectors, ranging from elite sport and professional sport, to mass participation sport and sports mega events will be

provided to bolster weekly topics.

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SP6052 -

Managing Sport Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Sustainability (Core,20 Credits)

This module will enable you to develop a critical understanding of real-world issues concerning equity, inclusion, diversity and sustainability

across a broad range of sport and contexts. Topics will include (but are not limited to) gender inequality, institutional racism, disability,

sexuality and athlete activism. This module will provide an opportunity to discuss, debate and challenge your own and others’ biases and

assumptions relating to sport and workplace contexts. You will gain an understanding of the impact of these complex issues on professional

practice and individual wellbeing in sport organisations and will work on developing creative solutions that can be applied in practice, to

address these problems.

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Modules

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

JG5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Sport Exercise and Rehabilitation (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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SP4000 -

Academic and Professional Skills (Core,20 Credits)

The aim of the Academic and Professional Skills module is to develop your knowledge, understanding and application of academic, personal and professional skills relevant to university graduates which will help you to successfully complete your degree programme. Both formal and informal techniques will be used to assess your development in key areas such as written communication, critical analysis and self-reflection. You will develop a range of general transferable skills useful for other modules throughout your programme, including knowing how to find appropriate literature to support your ideas and how to develop balanced arguments. The information you will learn will be linked to topics of interest to those working in the areas of sport, exercise and rehabilitation, giving you insight into these fields as potential career paths in addition to more general employability skills such as communication, digital fluency and time management.

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SP4003 -

Introduction to Research (Core,20 Credits)

This module will introduce you to research in relation to sport, exercise and rehabilitation. The module will guide you through the research process involved in generating new information via scientific methods. The module will provide both a theoretical and practical introduction to basic experimental approaches, data analysis techniques and report writing, and demonstrate the usefulness and limitations of research-generated information. You will gain an understanding of fundamental concepts and principles of conducting research and interpreting the findings.

You will learn about the research process (e.g., developing a research question and ethical considerations) and be introduced to the scientific method such as the basic concepts of planning, collecting, organising, and analysing data and report-writing in sport, exercise and rehabilitation. Learning materials will be delivered via interactive lectures, hands-on workshops, directed tasks and independent study. You will learn the basics about managing, analysing and interpreting data in practical-computer-lab workshops comprising the quantitative method of enquiry. You will also be introduced to basic methods of working with data from interviews and focus groups comprising the qualitative method of enquiry. For each of the methods, you will learn to identify when it is suitable to use; how to run the analysis; how to report its findings to experts and lay people; and how to use these findings to inform your critical judgement about your own research and that of others.

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SP4009 -

Social Issues and Sport Consumers (Core,20 Credits)

This module is centred on two important and interrelated areas. First, we examine the modern make-up of sport across all levels and track key changes in sport organisations occurring due to changes in the way that we live and work in modern society. For example, we will investigate issues including (but not limited to) commercialisation and globalisation, modern consumption practices, celebrity and stardom, neoliberalism and corruption. Second, we will explore the benefits and drawbacks, winners and losers, accepters and resisters to these social movements manifest in sport. To do this, we look at myriad definitions of the sport consumer and sport stakeholders. We will examine who benefits from sport’s current organisation and what are some of the costs (e.g. social, human, economic) of such practices.

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SP4010 -

Fundamentals of Sport Management (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the key management theories and principles relevant to the global sport industry. You will be introduced to the core concepts, functions and principles of management, which will help you develop an understanding of the sport management discipline. You will be introduced to such topics as leadership, resource management, organisational theory and behaviour, marketing, facility and event management. You will also learn about how the various theoretical concepts are inter-related and how knowledge of such areas will help make you an effective global sports manager. You will also learn about international aspects of sport management and the opportunities and various jobs that sport management encompasses across the globe.

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SP4011 -

Principles of Sport Marketing (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the key principles and theories of sport marketing. The ‘Principles of Sport Marketing’ module introduces you to the core concepts, functions and the internal and external environmental of marketing, applied to the sport industry, which will help you to develop an initial understanding of the processes, strategies and techniques involved in marketing, by identifying links between theory and practice. On this module you will use literature which helps to explain key sport marketing concepts, such as: sport branding; sport sponsorship; relationship marketing; market research; and sport consumer culture. Throughout this module you will explore sport marketing in a global context; the aim is to provide you with sensitivity to and an understanding of societal and cultural differences. You will explore the strategies adopted by sport marketers, non-sport marketer’s use of sport as a promotional tool, and sports consumer’s responses to these strategies. We will scrutinize sport marketing strategies adopted by global sport organisations, NGBs, and sport clubs, providing you with an understanding of similarities and differences between the private, public and third sectors.

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SP4012 -

Finance and Governance in Sport (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the key aspects of finance and governance relevant to the global sport industry. You will be introduced to the core concepts of finance including financial planning, budgeting, income and expenditure, sources of funding and financial reporting. You will also learn how governance is utilised within sport organisations, and how policies are used to deliver strategic plans within sport. The diverse nature of sport and the various stakeholders associated with sport organisations will be introduced to explain how organisational culture and legislation impacts upon legitimacy. Such understanding will help you learn about the key theoretical concepts and skills needed to work within sport organisations across the globe and highlight the diverse opportunities available within the sport management sector.

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JG5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Sport Exercise and Rehabilitation (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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SP5026 -

Research Design and Analysis (Core,20 Credits)

In this module, you will learn how to apply the systematic-scientific method to address problems of relevance to your discipline. The module will guide you through designing, conducting, analysing and presenting your own research findings and prepare you for carrying out an independent research project. The module will provide both a theoretical and practical perspective on the research process, with a focus towards understanding the usefulness and limitations of research-generated information.

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SP5029 -

SER Professional Development and Practice (Core,20 Credits)

The main focus of the module is work, or career, specific learning. It encourages you to develop independence and to take responsibility for your own career-relevant skill development. This process is supplemented by the inclusion of generic lectures, workshops, associated directed learning tasks and individual tutorial support. The generic lectures will provide you with the knowledge necessary to allow you to capitalise upon this Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunity. Workshops and directed tasks will allow for the development of essential self-reflection skills.

Generic lecture and workshop topics include:
· Self-reflection and SMART analysis and Key Skills exercises to establish your development needs as a Practitioner in Sport and Exercise.
· Creating a CPD contract and CPD Portfolio
· Identifying appropriate CPD opportunities to enhance your degree related expertise and aspirations

Once you have written your SMART / Key Skills analysis and CPD contract you will then be able to identify a number of potential CPD opportunities in the form of short courses, workshops, and coaching awards. Many of the skills and abilities you will learn will be of value to your life-long learning aspirations.

Potential CPD Opportunities may include:
· Volunteering / working in a sport and exercise environment
· Working in a PE context
· Shadowing a professional in the workplace
· Writing business plans
· Writing grant applications
· Attendance at conferences, workshops, courses.

Regular contact is maintained between you and your supervisor in order to ensure that you are supported throughout the module.

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SP5033 -

Contemporary Issues in PE and School Sport (PESS) (Optional,20 Credits)

The module is designed to provide students with an insight into a range of contemporary UK education, and Physical Education (PE) specific policies, strategies and initiatives published by professional bodies and government departments. More broadly, students will critically discuss and analyse a range of contemporary strategies impacting on PE and School Sport (PESS). Particular attention will be directed to the statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for PE at Key Stages 1 to 4 enshrined in the new NCPE, and the impact that the PE and Sport Premium has had on the delivery of primary school PE. Students will develop awareness of the shifting role of the PE teacher and sports coach as well as other contemporary issues such as obesity, intensity training and inclusion.

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SP5035 -

Physical Activity & Health (Optional,20 Credits)

This module provides you with an understanding of the factors that contribute to health status and health management, the role of physical activity in public health and how health promotion strategies are applied in practice. The module will give you an insight to the public health strategies and the social, cultural and economic impact on the management of health and well-being. In this module you will also learn about the role of physical activity in promoting health and well-being, including how individual, social, cultural and economic factors influence uptake and adherence of physical activity. The module will also give you insight into health promotion initiatives and the role of physical activity in health promotion. The module will draw upon expertise to provide you with up-to-date information on research both within the department and further afield.

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SP5036 -

Managing & Developing the Business of Sport (Optional,20 Credits)

You will examine the work of sport business professionals, agencies, organisations and governing bodies to gain an appreciation of how business principles are applied to the sports industry. You will cover areas such as the principles of strategy, governance, marketing, finance, legal issues and performance management to help develop you understanding of the sport business sector.

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SP5037 -

Digital Sport & Business Marketing (Optional,20 Credits)

This module addresses the rapidly evolving areas which have an impact upon sport and sport business. The digital age has brought many challenges and opportunities to those who are managing in sport. This module looks to equip those who have aspirations of working in sport business with the capacity to address the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities presented by digital sport and business marketing. The key concepts which will be considered in this module can include sport marketing in the digital age, social media in sport marketing, fan engagement in online environments, fan activation and involvement with sport business, the importance of sport communication strategies and future considerations for the sport marketer. Students will engage with the current key digital platforms available. By the end of the module students will have developed an awareness of the significance that digital marketing has on the sport business and the challenges and opportunities.

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SP5038 -

Analytics for Sport (Optional,20 Credits)

This module considers how the increasing availability of data has transformed the way in which sport is managed, played, promoted and consumed. The data revolution is having a profound impact across the sport industry and this module helps students to understand how data can be utilised across a range of situations in sport. The key areas which are considered in this module include; an introduction to data and analytics, the current data ecosystem, analysing data for better sports performance, analytics in digital and sport marketing, analytics for event and facility management. In addition to this, there are considerations given to how individual and team sports can use data analytics to improve sporting performance and competitiveness. By the end of the module students will have developed an awareness of the significance of data in the sport industry and gain an insight into the different ways data can be used to inform decision making across a range of sport situations.

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SP5040 -

Sport Facility and Operational Management (Core,20 Credits)

In this module your focus will be sport facility and operational management. These areas are intrinsically linked and are usefully explored together. The module will focus on issues and skills relating to strategic planning, marketing, programming, management of operations, finance, technology, security and information. The module will provide you with the opportunity to critically consider the operation of sport facilities, by integrating concepts and theories from sport specific, leisure management and business literature.

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SP5041 -

Sport Leadership and Organisation Behaviour (Core,20 Credits)

This module will enable you to develop an in-depth understanding of leadership and leaders across a range of sport organisations including the often un-sung but crucial DNA of organisational operations. The module takes a broad approach to these concepts and is inclusive of leadership and organisational behaviour across multiple sports settings. Topics will include (but are not limited to) the processual aspects of managing people in organisations such as the key aspects of the human resource management (HRM), contemporary issues of people management in multiple sports organisations, non-profit organisations and the role of volunteers, how leaders enact policy in practice, and how leaders operationalise inclusion and diversity. We will look in depth at how leaders build organisational culture and integrity, and how leaders nurture their teams. We will underpin discussions with recognition of the contextual challenges and opportunities that leaders and managers are tasked with navigating, ensuring that they are sensitive to the interests and priorities of multiple stakeholders.

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JG5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Sport Exercise and Rehabilitation (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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ML6001 -

Unilang - Languages for All - Level 6 Placeholder (Optional,20 Credits)

The 20-credit yearlong Unilang modules (stages 1 – 5 depending on language) aim to encourage a positive attitude to language learning and to develop and practise the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing introducing the basic/increasingly complex grammatical structures and vocabulary of the spoken and written language (depending on stage) and developing your ability to respond appropriately in spoken and written form in simple and increasingly complex everyday situations.

These modules also introduce you to the country and the culture of the country. In doing this, Unilang modules are intended to encourage and support international mobility; to enhance employability at home and abroad; to improve communication skills in the foreign language and in English as well as cultural awareness.

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SP6035 -

SER UG Project (Core,40 Credits)

The module aims to develop your skills of independent working by engaging with a topic of your own choosing. You will develop a critical and in-depth knowledge of a specific area (within the remit of your degree programme) in relation to a research or clinical problem of contemporary relevance to the industry/profession. You will learn aspects of research such as literature searching, filtering and quality assessment, project design considerations, ethical implications and data analysis methods. You will develop skills such as time management, contingency planning and critical thinking to produce a well-planned, coherent and ethical project.

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SP6044 -

Sport Event Management (Optional,20 Credits)

You will learn how to plan, implement, and evaluate a sport event. This module is designed to provide you with a vocationally-relevant sport management experience, founded upon theoretical principles. You are required to work in a group to plan and deliver a sports event, and then individually evaluate one aspect of the event. The module is intended to promote entrepreneurship and creativity as well as personal and collective responsibility by means of a real-life challenge.

On this module you will conduct a critical analysis of sport event literature, evaluate planning models, conduct market research, and reflect on the acquisition of graduate attributes, such as;
· Creativity
· Resilience;
· Teamwork and leadership;
· Advanced communication skills;
· Entrepreneurship and Employability;
· Cultural awareness and ethical behaviour within the sport environment.

Planning, implementing, and evaluating a sports event is challenging. It will test your knowledge and skills across a number of academic disciplines. Similarly, the live project assessments will add a new dimension to your learning experience. They are designed to be authentic, as such you will have a significant degree of autonomy in how you develop your team, conceptualise your event plan, and begin the implementation process. Due to the autonomous, yet supportive, teaching philosophy adopted on this module, you will find it a highly rewarding experience.

Generally through your active engagement with this module, you will develop a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your professional competencies in a range of skills and attributes, which are transferable and desirable in a number of industry sectors.

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Applied Coaching of Individual Sports in an Educational Setting (Optional,20 Credits)

The module aims to provide students with the opportunity to build upon and apply the knowledge, skills and experience gained to the teaching of net wall games and individual activities, such as badminton, gymnastics and athletics. Throughout the module you will have the opportunity to further develop your coaching skills and practice but with specific emphasis on utilising these in order to teach the skills and techniques involved in individual activities and net wall games in a school environment. A major part of this module will be the opportunity to develop your practical skills and gain a critical understanding of how to develop these with students in an educational context.

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SP6046 -

Global Sport Business and Management (Optional,20 Credits)

This module aims to enable you to develop an understanding of key elements of the global sport industry. You will be introduced to the contemporary principles of management in international sport business and will learn about economic and social benefits that sport brings across the globe. Topics that will be covered in this module include international sport governance; globalisation of sport; international sport events, bidding for them and their impacts and legacies; managing international sport brands and rights; the impact of technology on global sport; international athlete management and role of intermediaries; sport as an instrument of “soft power”; international sport tourism; and the sustainability of international sport industry.

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SP6047 -

SER Professional & Career Development (Optional,20 Credits)

This module is focused on you gaining experience with the sport, exercise and rehabilitation industry using a variety of professional and career development opportunities to suit your own needs; including, but not limited to work-based experience, shadowing professionals, attending workshops/courses/conferences, and careers events. Therefore, much of the learning on this module takes place away from the classroom and out in the sport, exercise and the rehabilitation industry. This module is designed to provide you with the opportunity to undertake an individually tailored programme of professional and career development activities, which you design, relevant to your own sport/exercise/rehabilitation-related career interests and needs. In addition, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the value of professional and career development activities in enhancing employability within the sport, exercise and rehabilitation industry. It is an opportunity to take the learning you have gained in other modules and put it in to practice within the real-world settings.

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SP6048 -

Health, Exercise and Behaviour Change (Optional,20 Credits)

This module provides you with an understanding of the role of physical activity and exercise in relation to health, the theories of behaviour change and how the theories are applied in practice. In the first half of the module, you will gain an understanding of the physiology of physical activity and exercise, and how this can prevent and manage a number of health conditions in a range of populations. The latter half of the module focuses on providing you with an insight of behaviour change including factors that influence behaviour change and an understanding of how such models can be applied in practice. The module will review current health promotion strategies and initiatives to enable you to develop your skills and competencies in evaluating empirical evidence and in designing health-based intervention strategies.

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SP6051 -

Strategic Business Planning for Managing Sport (Core,20 Credits)

This module aims to introduce students to the concepts of strategic management and planning, combined with techniques used in analysing

strategic plans and making strategic decisions. It aims to provide an overview of relevant frameworks and techniques with which to analyse

contemporary sports development and management issues, and critically appraise sports development plans and strategies. The module will

place greater emphasis on strategic planning theories and models than Level 4 and Level 5 modules, and the aim is to enable students to

make evidence-based and theory-informed decisions, and establish and sustain competitive advantage. Topics will include internal and

external factors affecting sport organisations, resource-based view and market-based view, formulating strategic options, implementing and

evaluating plans and government policy with a primacy given to strategic prioritisations. British and international examples across the public,

private and voluntary sectors, ranging from elite sport and professional sport, to mass participation sport and sports mega events will be

provided to bolster weekly topics.

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Managing Sport Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Sustainability (Core,20 Credits)

This module will enable you to develop a critical understanding of real-world issues concerning equity, inclusion, diversity and sustainability

across a broad range of sport and contexts. Topics will include (but are not limited to) gender inequality, institutional racism, disability,

sexuality and athlete activism. This module will provide an opportunity to discuss, debate and challenge your own and others’ biases and

assumptions relating to sport and workplace contexts. You will gain an understanding of the impact of these complex issues on professional

practice and individual wellbeing in sport organisations and will work on developing creative solutions that can be applied in practice, to

address these problems.

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