Sport Science and Management BSc (Hons)

Combining the best of sport, exercise science and management this course will provide you the knowledge, skills and experience to work at a management level within the sport and leisure industry or beyond.

Our sport degrees will enable you to experience a variety of disciplines, including:

  • exercise physiology
  • sport psychology
  • nutrition.

You will also explore essential management topics such as:

  • finance
  • economics
  • law
  • communication.

Why choose this course?

Our students are very satisfied - 100% of our students said that they were satisfied with our BSc (Hons) Sport Science and Management course (National Student Survey 2015).

You have the unique opportunity to:

  • work with leading sport and leisure management professionals
  • undertake a management work placement
  • engage with a wide variety of sport and leisure organisations via consultancy projects and lectures.

You will have access to outstanding facilities, including a:

  • British Olympic Association (BOA) approved Environmental Chamber
  • Sports Psychology Suite.

You can also undertake coaching education opportunities through NTU's Sport and Lifestyle department.

You will be working with:

  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Science accredited physiologists
  • The British Psychological Society chartered psychologists.

The University offers a wide range of support services for elite-level athletes competing at a national and international level to assist their:

  • performance
  • training
  • personal development.

"The Sport courses at NTU are innovative, inspiring, practical and relevant - that's why I support them!"

Brandon Furse, Operations Manager, Nottingham Forest Football Club

What you'll study

You will develop and apply a range of essential, transferable management skills that are greatly valued by employers. This course has received professional recognition for the unique way in which it combines theory with practical experience, providing you with the knowledge and skills to work at management level within the sport and leisure industry or beyond.

About the Sports Science team

Sarah Brennand

Sarah is the course leader for BSc Sport Science and Management. She has an MBA and specialises in finance, leadership and event management. She uses her expertise to deliver modules and lectures in the areas of entrepreneurship, event management, human resource management, finance and economics and leadership.

Chris Parker

Chris is a communications expert, who has published a range of literature which is used by students on the course. Chris manages modules in the areas of marketing, strategic analysis and implementation.

Seema Patel

Seema has completed her PhD in law. Her area of expertise lies in inclusion and exclusion in sport. She is responsible for delivering the law content on the course, in addition to a number of other management topics. Seema manages the short-term work placements on the course.

This course consistently delivers graduates who can operate straight out the box, who are both eminently employable across a range of industries and with the potential to go on to achieve senior positions.

Ashley Marriot, Assistant Director, Leisure, Broxtowe Borough Council

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

  • Year One

    Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology

    This module provides the foundations of the key human systems (both anatomical and physiological) and their responses and adaptations to sport and exercise.

    Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology

    Examine the psychological consequences of engaging in sport and exercise, as well as the mental factors that impact on quality sport and exercise experiences.

    Sport, Culture and Society: a critical introduction*

    Explore the importance of the social sciences in the understanding of sport and in the education of every sports professional.

    The Internal Business Environment

    You will be introduced to key topics such as managers, teams, organisational culture, structure and communication. You will also study academic models and topics of law.

    The External Business Environment

    You will explore various academic approaches to management. Focusing on the external influences of business, you will learn to use the PESTEL model to analyse an organisation.

    Introduction to Research

    Get an overall perspective of the research process in the context of sport, exercise, health and leisure management, and learn the research skills necessary to successfully complete your studies.

    *subject to validation

  • Year Two

    Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology

    Through both theoretical and practical study you will learn how the body's structures and functions are altered by bouts of physical exercise, and how these concepts can be applied to training.

    Practical Applications in Sport and Exercise Psychology

    This module introduces the concept of evidence-based practice and frameworks of assessment, intervention and evaluation to
    address issues in sport, coaching, social and exercise psychology.

    Strategic Business Analysis and Management

    This module aims to develop your understanding of strategy and resource management and the role these play in establishing competitive advantage.

    Sports Marketing

    You are introduced to essential marketing principles and practices, methods of campaigning communications, whilst also learning the unique nature of sport marketing.

    Research Design and Analysis

    Using enquiry based learning, students will continue to learn about the research process and gain an understanding and experience of how research is conducted within the field of sport science and management.

    Choose one module from:

    Sociology of Sport, Health and the Body*

    Investigate the relationship between sport, exercise, physical activity and health by developing a small research project.

    Professional Practice

    Through a short placement you will learn to apply, analyse and evaluate a range of vocationally relevant processes which will enhance your employability and prepare you for the world of work.

    *subject to validation

  • Year Three

    Optional placement year

  • Final year


    Learn about entrepreneurship, critically evaluate business environments, and develop the knowledge, skills and techniques required to effectively create a start-up company business plan.

    Strategic Implementation

    You will study methods of creating organisational change and the theories relating to the creation and evaluation of options, stakeholder communications, and the planning and managing of change.

    Sport Project and Dissertation

    You will produce an original and independent piece of work in a specialist area of sport science, coaching, exercise science or sport and leisure management depending on your focus of study.

    Choose two modules from the following:

    Strength, Power and Endurance for Sport and Exercise

    This module typically focuses on six topics related to applied exercise physiology and strength and conditioning research.

    Advanced Topics in Sport and Exercise Psychology

    You will become familiar with selected areas such as motivational climate, athletic identity, mental toughness, psychology of injury and morality in sport. The emphasis of this module will be placed on current primary research.

    Event Management

    This module is designed to help you develop your knowledge and skills in all appropriate management functions, to enable you to effectively plan for, develop and manage an event.

    Child and Adolescent Growth, Health and Performance

    This module will describe and critically evaluate the processes of growth and development in humans, and the potential impact of these on the current (and future) health and performance of the growing child and adolescent.

    Contemporary issues in the Sociology of Sport: cross cultural perspectives*

    Consider the core sociological questions relating to the distribution of power in society, the nature and effects of social inequality, and the potential role of sports development in social change, as well as considering the meaning of sport in diverse cultural spaces.

    *subject to validation

Course specification

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Careers and employability

Your career development

You will develop and apply a range of essential, transferable management skills that are greatly respected by employers.

Recent Sports Science and Management graduates have gone onto work in the following roles and companies:

  • Leicester City Football Club - customer insight executive
  • Exeter City Football Club - marketing and promotions assistant
  • Forest Holidays - graduate scheme
  • Gateway College - fitness adviser
  • Lambeth School - physical education teacher
  • Self employed - personal trainer.

Graduate salaries range from £10,000 - £30,000 per year.

On successful completion of the course, many graduates choose to undertake further study on one of our Masters-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.

What our students say

"I'm really very lucky to be working in a job that I love and that I'm very passionate about. My time at Nottingham Trent University set me on a path to playing a part in the success that British para-cycling has earned in the past few years"

Chris Furber
BSc (Hons) Sport Administration and Science (now BSc (Hons) Sports Science and Management)
Head Coach for the British Cycling Paralympic Squad

Throughout your time with us you will have many opportunities to:

  • put theory into practice
  • gain valuable experience
  • develop the skills that will prepare you for the career of your choice.

Excellent placement opportunities

From 2012, students on this course will have the option to complete a one year work placements in industry.

In addition, you will undertake research and consultancy projects with a host of leading sport and leisure organisations, providing you with invaluable industry experience.

We have strong links with Nottingham Forest Football Club and each year the club holds a competition to find suitable candidates for a year-long internship. Many NTU Sports Science students have gone on to secure permanent management positions with the club.

Our industry partners include:

  • British Olympic Association
  • Nottingham Rugby Club
  • England Hockey
  • Nottingham Forest Football Club
  • Derby Rugby Club
  • British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences.

What our students say

The projects we did were really practical; one involved a strategic analysis of a leisure facility for Gedling Borough Council and another saw us design and present a marketing plan to Nottingham Forest FC. I'm proud to say that my team got the highest mark for this.

Richard Dixon, BSc (Hons) Sport Science and Management

BSc (Hons), BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration
CN62 (full-time) / 3N20 (with placement) UCAS Code

Entry Requirements For This Course

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels - BBB, including Physical Education of a Science subject and excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - DDM, including relevant Physical Education or Science modules; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including a Physical Education or Science subject and excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies A-level grade B equivalent in Biology; and
  • GCSEs - English and Maths grade C/4.

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.

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