BA Leisure Management

UWTSD ranked 1st in Wales for student satisfaction in Tourism, Transport & Travel – NSS 2017.

 This exciting programme prepares you for a management career within the leisure industries. An ideal course of study if you are interested in a range of leisure sectors and wish to develop a broad range of industry-based skills for this sector.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: N872
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
Three years full-time or four years with a Sandwich Placement
Start Date: September

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The programme aims to provide a flexible route of study which allows you to develop an expansive knowledge of leisure management issues and concepts while gaining the skills the industry requires.

The programme will prepare students for future management careers. From the outset you will develop your employability skills and knowledge through studying language and industry-based skills while introducing key theories and issues affecting the leisure sectors.

Year 1/ Level 4

  • Hospitality and Guest Service Management
  • Leisure Marketing
  • Academic and Industry Skills
  • Global Tourism Village
  • Principles of Managing Organisations
  • The Events Industry

Year 2

  • Management in Practice
  • Applied Industrial Placement
  • Research Methods
  • International Travel Operators Management
  • Live Events Project

Year 3

  • Strategic Travel and Tourism Management
  • Strategic Events Management
  • Culture and Heritage Tourism Management
  • Leisure Attraction Management

Students can choose to complete a Dissertation, or complete a Consultancy Project.

Swansea is an exciting destination to study leisure management. The region benefits from the Welsh Government’s funding and strategic support for leisure enabling the programme to utilise a range of highly relevant locally-based case studies as well as established global links.

The programme offers exciting placement opportunities for you to gain practical and vocational experience within the international leisure industry which have been developed over the past 20 years. 

Placement opportunities  include a range of local and internationally based opportunities with a variety of providers including Challenger Sports, Aspen Ski Company, Valley Fair Theme Park USA, PGL Adventure Holidays, WRU, Liberty Stadium,  Local Authority Sports Development Teams, Swansea Leisure Centre,  Ffos Las Race Course, Oakwood Theme Park and numerous other private and public leisure organisations depending on your interests.

The friendly approach of the University and teaching team allows early diagnosis of learning needs and support for skill enhancement. This includes respect for specialist needs. The close working relationships between tutors and students and students and their classmates allows a positive, active learning environment.

This programme offers an academically challenging, vocational experience which incorporates innovative teaching and assessment methods.

A wide range of extracurricular activities are also available, both subject-related and social, including a range of exciting field study trips, will further enhance the student experience. Previous trips include visits to the Olympic Stadium in London, tours of a range of leisure venues including Ffos Las Race Course, Oakwood Theme Park and Millennium Stadium and regular trips to Pembrokeshire and the Swiss Alps.

The programme will be assessed through a structured mix of assessments which will include assignments, essays, management reports, debates, industry presentations and field study work.

Assessments are related to the modules studied and wherever possible are designed to enhance employability.

88 UCAS points.

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

On graduating, students from this programme have a very successful track record in securing a range of management and operational positions within the vibrant event management industry locally as well as UK-wide and globally.

Specialist career pathways include:

  • Leisure Facilities Management
  • Leisure Attraction Management
  • Spa, Health & Fitness Management
  • Theme Park Management
  • Tourism Management

Examples of the successful careers of previous Leisure Management Students include Management positions with Walt Disney World, Merlin Group, Oakwood Park, Bay Leisure, Local Authorities, Leisure Centres, Rockley Watersports, and PGL Adventure Holiday.

UK/EU Tuition Fees

Visit our UK/EU Tuition Fees section to find out more.

Overseas Tuition Fees

Visit our Overseas Fees section to find out more.

Bursaries and Scholarships

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

Field trips will be available for students, which are optional. Costs for UK trips are no more than £100. For overseas trips costs will be no more than £450.

Students undertaking placements abroad will incur some travel costs. The amount will depend upon location and current state of the UK pound. For students undertaking placements in the USA additional visa costs will apply. For example students undertaking placements in Aspen, Colarado in 2017 will be expected to find £2000.

Students will be expected to pay four weeks prior to field trips taking place. Travel and visa costs for overseas placements, three months before departure.

Opportunities for gaining professional qualifications are often provided through the internship experience and may include a range of coaching and support frameworks accredited by employers and governing bodies.

All subjects studied on the programme are relevant to the world of work, across specialist disciplines and sectors. The skills developed to achieve academic success are also those required by employers and for study at higher levels.

The involvement of employers, visiting speakers, international field trips and other organisations in the delivery of the programme gives opportunities to students to interact with external networks and see the relevance of their studies.