Sport & Leisure Management BA (Hons) 2020/21 entry

Course code:

N880 - Degree
N881 - HNC

Study options:

3 year - Degree
1 year - HNC


CU Scarborough


September 2020



To be confirmed

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Our BA (Hons) Sport & Leisure Management degree aims to create work-ready graduates with skills in developing and managing sports, sports leadership and leisure events management. The course has been designed in conjunction with a range of partners and stakeholder input to ensure you graduate with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive, be that locally, nationally or internationally.

CU Scarborough operates in an area known for leisure pursuits and for international motor bike events, surfing, sailing and world championship mountain biking, plus the Tour de Yorkshire and Yorkshire Cricket Festival. It is also part of the same £50m development as Scarborough Sports Village and Scarborough Athletic FC, and has close ties with Scarborough Rugby Club.

Why CU Scarborough

We offer a style of education which is flexible and designed to fit around your life, allowing you to benefit from a modern, forward-thinking higher education institution, reinforced by the quality and reputation of Coventry University. We aim to provide career-focused courses, wherever possible, coupled with placement opportunities to help prepare you for the world of work. We are dedicated to making higher education accessible and enjoyable to everyone, so we keep our fees low and most of our courses cover one module at a time, allowing you to become a specialist in each topic before moving onto the next.


Dedicated Careers & Employability department who will assist you in finding employment

Top Quality Courses

Taught by industry professionals, awarded by Coventry University

No End of Year Exams

Our modern teaching techniques mean no last-minute cramming and less stress

Professional Recognition

Specific courses contain additional industry recognised qualifications from awarding bodies

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Accreditation & Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies. Sports coaching qualifications dependent on specialism.

Chartered Management Institute

This degree programme has been developed to allow modules to align to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) qualification. On completion of your degree you will achieve a CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management, this means you graduate with two qualifications instead of one, an attractive prospect to employers.

Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity

Course information

You will be introduced to the world of sports and leisure management, one of the fastest growing areas of the global economy, gaining an understanding of how relevant activities are delivered and managed and developing business acumen alongside professional practice.

Sports or related qualifications offer the opportunity to develop specialist capabilities and attributes that can be utilised in career paths such as event management, digital marketing and community sports leadership.

Course Specification
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Year one, at Higher National Certificate (HNC) level, focuses on giving you a sound grounding in how sport and leisure activities are delivered and managed effectively by its many agencies. This would allow a typical HNC qualified student to enter the industry with a broad understanding, for example as a recreation assistant or sports leader in a public or private sector organisation.


  • The Sport and Leisure Environment

  • Introduction to Sport and Leisure Delivery

  • Management and Leadership in Sport and Leisure

  • Marketing, Sales and Customers in Sport and Leisure


Year two at Higher National Diploma (HND) level will continue to build industry knowledge, but delve more into what is needed to run an organisation efficiently in terms of resources applied to operations. This would allow you to enter the industry with deeper understanding of management dimensions that for example a supervisor or duty manager of a leisure centre or retail specialist would require.


  • Operations Management in Sport and Leisure

  • Developing a Specialism for Sport and Leisure

  • Managing Resources

  • Managing Finance and Funding


Degree level in your final year will prepare you for a manager’s role with a view of 'why' strategy, with problem solving and planning vital skills for success in the industry. A graduate of the BA (Hons) degree in Sport & Leisure Management might aspire to apply for roles as an assistant/deputy manager with responsibilities for marketing, project management, funding and delivery.


  • Project and Events Management in Sport and Leisure

  • Contemporary Issues in Sport and Leisure Management

  • Strategy and Change Management

  • Sport and Leisure Management Project


Coventry University is ranked 15th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2020. CU Scarborough is part of the Coventry University Group.

In more detail...

  • Upon completion of this course, you will receive a qualification awarded by Coventry University.
  • You will receive support with applying for short and long-term placements, to gain the experience employers desire, with our Careers & Employability department.
  • In order to make higher education accessible to as many people as possible, we keep our tuition fees competitively priced.
  • Small tutorial group sessions ensure that you receive the mentoring help and support you need.
  • We deliver one module at a time during each block. This means you can dedicate your time to specialise in each subject without the distraction of numerous modules and multiple deadlines.
  • Engagement with local and national sports and leisure organisations
  • Development of specialisms
  • Sports Coaching
  • Leisure & Event Management
  • Management and Leadership

This course is available as a full-time three year course. Our teaching methods are varied, offering a number of teaching styles to suit the needs of all our students, so in addition to lectures, we also utilise a blended learning approach, including online aspects, workshops and group work.

We also operate an open-door policy, with additional availability via email and our online learning platform, Moodle.

Progression through the modules develops knowledge and skills, including communication, study skills, research methods, self-promotion, presentation and career development. We will also encourage you to consider your employability and/or entrepreneurial development.

Unlike traditional institutions, there are no end of year exams. Instead, learning is assessed through coursework and phase tests, which is more reflective of our learning model.

Our teaching methods are varied with a number of teaching styles to suit different students, so in addition to lectures, we also teach via online mediums, workshops and group work.

The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade.

Assessment methods vary and include, practical class and project performance, tutorial tasks and assessments, which take place at the end of each six-week block.

Course Breakdown (approximately):

  • 80% Coursework
  • 10% Presentations
  • 10% Exams

Full-time students receive 18 hours of teaching each week.
Classes are split into two categories:
Morning - 9am-1pm
Afternoon - 1:30pm-5:30pm

We hold tutorials in small groups every week. These sessions are mandatory and ensure you receive detailed feedback about your work, go into depth on specific topics and have any of your burning questions answered.

Contact time with staff is high and group sizes are kept small. We don’t teach in huge lecture theatres filled with hundreds of students.

Entry Requirements

Sport & Leisure Management Higher National Certificate (HNC)

64 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English (or level 2 equivalents).

Sport & Leisure Management BA (Hons) degree

104 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English (or level 2 equivalents). All HNC/Degree courses require at least two A2 level or a BTEC equivalent qualification.

Sport & Leisure Management Higher National Certificate (HNC)

64 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English (or level 2 equivalents).

Sport & Leisure Management BA (Hons) degree

104 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English (or level 2 equivalents). All HNC/Degree courses require at least two A2 level or a BTEC equivalent qualification.

Sport & Leisure Management Higher National Certificate (HNC)

64 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English (or level 2 equivalents).

Sport & Leisure Management BA (Hons) degree

104 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English (or level 2 equivalents). All HNC/Degree courses require at least two A2 level or a BTEC equivalent qualification.

CU Scarborough welcomes international students from all around the globe. If you are an international student and are interested in applying for a Foundation Year, HNC or Degree course you can do so by completing our online application form.

Once your application form has been processed you will receive the outcome of your application via your given email address.
Please be aware you will need the following information in order to make your application:

  • All academic transcripts
  • Copies of degree/diploma certificates or work reference if employed
  • One academic reference
  • Be trained to English language proficiency level IELTS 6.0
  • Your personal statement
  • Copy of your current passport

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to CU Scarborough. We assess an applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course, and we may feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer to CU Scarborough. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join CU Scarborough.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. Requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made CU Scarborough their firm choice.

CU Scarborough has assessed that you can achieve the required grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer if you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: The International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So, if you don’t meet your predictions then your place is still guaranteed. However, we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in the year for which they applied.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, we have a number of programmes which upon successful completion and meeting any additional entry criteria, qualifies you onto a place on this degree course, such as Foundation Years or Access to Higher Education Diplomas.

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.



September 2020

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September 2020

To be confirmed (per year)



September 2020

To be confirmed (per year)

Fees & Funding

We price our courses competitively in an attempt to make higher education accessible for a wide range of people. Your tuition fees will cover all of your classes, online tutorials, some of the learning materials and access to our Library & Learning Services.

Each academic year we review our fee structure to ensure we're offering value for money to all our students. The 2020/21 fees are currently under review and will be available in autumn 2019. 


Full-time and part-time students resident in the UK or EU can apply to the Student Loans Company for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at CU Scarborough.

Career prospects

A key part of the course is to prepare students for both immediate sport and leisure related work, including coaching and sports leading, alongside longer term supervisory and management skills and aspirations.

Students completing year two will have started to develop specialisms such as lifeguarding, football coaching and marketing. Students completing the degree will have developed key management skills in a field which, along with hospitality, tourism and events, is one of the fastest growing areas of the global economy. The sport and leisure management sector has seen increasing professionalism amongst those who work within it and employers may favour graduates in recruitment situations.


The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

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