Sport and Leisure Management

BSc single honours Sport and Leisure Management 2016/17

Sport and Leisure feature prominently in the modern economy. They are also considered important with regard to contemporary social policy - today’s emphasis on ‘social inclusion’ in government often refers to the role of sport and leisure in tackling social problems. As a consequence, opportunities for management in sport and leisure have grown, as has the diversity of such roles. This degree is designed to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue employment in this broad area.

The degree includes the principal functions of business, such as Marketing and Finance, alongside courses specifically orientated towards Leisure and Sport. The latter includes courses that examine public sector leisure management, coaching, social aspects of sport and leisure and sports development.

The degree programme is taught by staff in the Department of Sport Science, Tourism and Leisure, and also from the Business School. Many staff are engaged in research and consultancy, and retain important links with the local community and with sporting and professional organisations; links that help to give the course practical relevance alongside academic rigour.

We are a Skills Development Partner with the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity, the main professional body for managers in the field.

In Year 1, students study six from the following: Introduction to Leisure Studies (compulsory), Marketing Principles (compulsory), Introduction to Financial Accounting (compulsory), Research Methods 1 (compulsory), Introduction to Sport, Culture and Society (compulsory), Introduction to the Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Skill Acquisition or a starred module.

In Year 2, students study six from the following: Sport & Leisure Policy (compulsory), Leisure Operational Management (compulsory), Research Methods II (compulsory), Vocational Experience, Sociological Perspectives on Sport and Exercise, Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Events Staging, Tourism and Leisure Environments: Place, Culture and Regeneration, e-Business, Management Accounting Fundamentals, Project Management or a starred module.

In Year 3, students study six from the following: Individual Study or Research Project (compulsory), Rethinking Body Cultures, Service Management for the Tourism and Leisure Industries, Psychology of Sports Coaching, Corporate Finacial Management, Tourism and Leisure Marketing, The Countryside: Conservation and Recreation Management, Heritage, Entertainment and the Arts, Public Relations or a starred module.

The programme equips students to apply for jobs in the broad area of sport and leisure management, including sports centre management, sports marketing, sport related small businesses and sport development. These would include opportunities in both the public and private sectors. Also, the business skills developed on the programme are generic as are other skills and aptitudes, and therefore graduates may seek employment outside this sector.

Year 1


  • Introduction to Leisure Studies
  • Research Methods 1 (10 credits)
  • Orientation to Higher Education (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Sport, Culture and Society

Optional module:

  • Introduction to the Psychology of Sport, Exercise and skill acquisition

Year 2


  • Sport & Leisure Policy
  • Leisure Operational Management
  • Research Methods 2

Choose one option from:

  • Sporting Identities and Lifestyles
  • Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • Events Staging
  • Vocational Experience

Year 3


  • Individual Study (40) (If passed Research Methods 2)

If not:

  • Research Project
  • Service Management for the Tourism, Leisure and Events Industries

Optional modules:

  • Psychology of Sport Coaching
  • Tourism, Leisure and Events Marketing
  • Heritage, Entertainment and the Arts
  • Re-thinking Sport, Health and Body Cultures


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:







Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

UK/EU part-time and Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact or the International Office:

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

The programme includes a wide range of approaches to learning, teaching and assessment. These will support and retain a diverse range of students, including those from overseas. Students will be actively engaged in the learning process and encouraged to take part in a range of case studies and group discussions to promote critical reflection and self-evaluation, learning new ideas and broadening their experiences. Teaching will largely comprise of lectures and interactive seminars, where students will be required to study in an informative and participative environment and where necessary, appropriate guidance will be provided on reading materials.

Students will assessed through a range of assessment methods, including individual and group presentations, case studies, essays and reports. These are planned to take account of two inter-dependent aspects:

  1. The acquisition of relevant theory and principles
  2. The development of both academic and practical skills

Accordingly, assessment procedures will take account of not only the programme members newly acquired knowledge and skills, but also the process of developing skills and the ability to apply such knowledge and skills in the world of work.

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UCAS code

  • N222


  • 3 years full-time

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