HND Sports Management (Tracksuit to Leadership)

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92% of UWTSD’s Sports Management students were satisfied with their course – NSS 2017.

This vocational programme prepares you for an exciting career within the Sport, recreational, entertainment and leisure industries.

Provision within this sector is becoming globally prominent both at community levels through to elite and professional sport. The international and vocational focus of this programme will open exciting opportunities for sports enthusiasts.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: 178N
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
2 year Full Time On successful completion of this programme students may directly progress to the final year of BA (Hons) Sports Management Degree.
Start Date: September

Scholarships and Bursaries

School of Sport, Health and Outdoor Education
Contact Name:
Andrew Thomas
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The general focus of this programme is to provide a flexible route of study which enables students to gain the vocational experience whilst developing an expansive knowledge of sports management issues and concepts within the context of the wider leisure industry environment. The key aim is to produce graduates with the relevant skills and abilities to enable them to make an effective contribution in the private, public and voluntary sectors of the sports, leisure, events and health & fitness industries.

The program will prepare students for future sports and recreation careers. Early career skills and knowledge will be developed through studying skill acquisition, coaching and instructing processes whilst introducing key theories and issues affecting the sports and leisure industries. The programme will be progressive, building on foundation modules students will develop their management skills and knowledge through internship placements.

Level 4/ Year 1

Provides an introduction to key issues and the vital underpinning skills for sport and leisure industries, this is complemented by the study of core business disciplines in leadership and marketing. Students will undertake active community engagement within an organisation in order to further  develop their practical industry skills and apply theory in a vocational context.

  • The Business of Sport
  • Principles of Sports Marketing
  • Fitness and Lifestyle Management
  • Sports Coaching
  • Applied Professional & Personal Development
  • Health, Exercise and Society

Level 5 / Year 2

An applied internship is integral to year 2 and ensures that all students have the opportunity to develop industry skills and experience vital for sustainable employment. In preparation academic modules focus on developing managerial, interpersonal and leadership skills which are central to the events management industry. You will also gain a detailed knowledge and understanding of hospitality, food and beverage management which are now key to most events and a vital requirement for potential event managers. 

  • Advanced Sports Coaching and Mentoring
  • Profesisonal and Elite Sport
  • Stadia Management (Liberty Stadium)
  • Applied Industry Placement (Overseas options)
  • Spa, Health and Fitness Management or Enterprise Management
  • Community Sports Development

Internship opportunities include placements local opportunities with WRU, The Ospreys, Liberty Stadium, Local Sports Development Teams , School PE Departments and Bay Leisure whilst international options include Challenger Sports USA, Rockley Watersports and PGL Adventure Holidays

On successful completion of this programme students can automatically progress to the final year of the BA (Hons) Sports Management Programme.

The opportunity to study sport management in action is a rewarding and provides a well-grounded base for future career development. The programme team have close links with the sports industry and bring in esteemed sporting professional to deliver specialist modules.

Exciting placement opportunities are available for you to gain practical and vocational experience within the international sports arena and placement programme has been developed over the past twenty years to include local and internationally based opportunities with a range of providers.

The placement programme is flexible so you can undertake part time or full time experiences in order to complete the internship.

The friendly approach of the University and teaching team allows early diagnosis of learning needs and support for skill enhancement. 

This programme offers vocational experience which incorporates innovative teaching and assessment methods. 

The University’s international perspective and integration with employers and professional associations guarantee relevant and current content. The wide range of extracurricular activities 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 including, tours of sporting venues including Ffos Las Race Course, Millennium Stadium, Celtic Manor and regular trips to the Swiss Alps.

The programme will be assessed through a structured mix of assessments which will include assignments, essays, coaching sessions, practical sports leadership assessments, management reports, exams, debates, industry presentations and field study work as well as development records, reviews, dvd’s and blogs.

Assessments will also aim to support the development in managing ICT, communication and numeracy skills for industry, and key skills development notably task management, problem solving, team work, personal development and leadership.

32 UCAS points to include 60 points from A-level or equivalent.

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.

The programme boasts a high employability rate for graduating students who are in work within six months of completing the degree, including; 

  • Community Sports Development
  • National Sporting Organisations
  • Sports/Leisure Facilities Management
  • Leisure Attractions
  • Spa, Health & Fitness Management
  • Sports Media
  • Sports Coaching and PE teaching
  • Watersports Management and Adventure Sports
  • Other related industries (public and private services)

Examples of previous career success of students include Sports Development Officers, Watersports Managers, Leisure Centre Duty Officers, Leisure Centre Managers and PE teachers.

A significant number of students progress to the Degree Programme and some will undertake postgraduate studies.

UK/EU Tuition Fees

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Overseas Tuition Fees

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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.

£150 for kit for Sports Management students and education trip.

There are opportunities to work towards specific industry technical qualifications in sports coaching and fitness (optional) as well as additional industry skills including lifeguarding which are key for certain employment sectors. Where the University is able these technical certificates are heavily subsidised but may incur some additional costs above standard student fees.

Further 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 flexibility of the programme allows students opportunities to specialise or to maintain their general studies to keep their options open depending on the trends in the job market. 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.

The pathway focuses on developing your guest service and hospitality skills which are central to Leisure Operations. Utilising cutting edge international empowerment philosophies you will be equipped with the service skills required to succeed in this dynamic environment. Students will also be required to purchase University kit for practical sessions.