This vocationally orientated joint honours programme allows you study across two University departments to gain an understanding of sport and managerial issues. Joint Honours are flexible and you can tailor modules around your interests. It is ideal for those who want to study diverse subject areas in an integrated way.
The core subjects provide a solid education in the essential areas of Sport Studies and Management, while there is a strong emphasis placed on the application of theories and concepts to practical issues such as increasing sport participation, managing facilities, generating income and marketing.
The course is well suited for those intending to go on to further study or into full-time work in a range of career areas from general management to sport coaching. 95% of our students who studied Sports Science went on to further study or full time work after graduating (Unistats, 2014).
You will be given the opportunity to work in a social enterprise – either an enterprise you set up with our support, or an existing enterprise. An optional work placement year is also available.
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
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The modular curriculum allows study of all key disciplines in Sport and Management studies. As well as gaining a valuable degree, you will also have the opportunity to attain various professional qualifications and practical experience outside of the taught degree programme. After graduating, you will be equipped with transferable critical and analytical skills which will greatly enhance your employability.
Alongside developing your understanding and evaluation of sport in its many forms you will develop strong management skills. The course provides you with a progressive programme of study; the programme ensures you maintain flexibility and choice throughout your three years.
Each academic year equates to a stage. In stage one important core ideas, evidence and methods are introduced. This basic knowledge is built upon in stages two and three to foster a cutting-edge understanding of topics.
At stage one you are introduced to the core disciplines that underpin the academic analysis of both Management and Sport.
Within the Sports Studies modules students will explore the management of sport, the sociology of sport and the pedagogy of sport coaching. All modules are underpinned by the use of contemporary case studies and seminar discussions encourage students to draw upon their own experiences of sport to help their understanding of topics under discussion.
From a management point of view; you will be introduced to the theory and process of management and understand a range of aspects of management from human through to financial resources.
Stage two will develop your application and analytical skills through focusing on applied research in topics such as research methods and operations management. You will also have optional modules which will allow you to deepen your knowledge of both subject areas.
If you opt to take a placement year, you will also have placement preparation at Stage two.
Stage three allows you to develop your specialist interest within Sport and Management Studies. You are able to specialise in areas of the programme which you have discovered you have enjoyed over the past two years. You will begin to prepare for your chosen career path and will have the full support of our highly qualified academic staff.
There is a diverse range of modules on offer which you are able to choose from.
You will undertake an empirical dissertation with one-to-one guidance from a lecturer. The dissertation allows you to immerse yourself in a topic of your choosing, and to apply the practical and research skills that you have acquired through the programme. Stage three optional modules range from Event Management to Theories of Sport Coaching.
Course modules (16/17)
Research Methods and Dissertation Preparation
- Core module N
- Core module N
- Core module N
Module information is quoted for 16/17 currently. The course modules for 17/18 will be confirmed in Spring, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
Methods of Learning
Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical and laboratory workshops, computer assisted learning, independent and group work. Discussion and student participation is encouraged. Practical work will represent an important component of your course in each of the three years of study.
Three years full time or four to six years on a flexible, part time basis
A variety of assessment strategies are used at each level to ascertain your level of competence in a range of academic and transferable skills. These strategies include essays, practical reports, multiple-choice tests, oral presentations, time-constrained essays, seen and unseen examinations, critical reviews and group project work.
For this programme taught study would be a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops, usually for 12 hours per week. We recommend students spend 24 hours per week in self-directed study time.
Facilities and Special Features
- you will gain membership to the university’s Student Management Society
- strong links to local industry partners, including Northampton Town FC, Northampton Saints and Northants County Cricket Club including guest lectures and opportunities for internships
- there is the option to study over 24 months involving taking a project module over the first summer vacation and completing the dissertation over the second in a two year intensive degree
- this flexible programme emphasises the use of up-to-date research and case studies
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. Applicants are normally expected to hold GCSE Mathematics at grade C or above, or an approved equivalent. In addition, applicants are expected to have studied a physical education, sports science or related science subject at A Level, BTEC level 3 diploma or equivalent qualifications.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,300 per 20 credit module|
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.