University of Hertfordshire
Based in Hatfield and just a short train or car journey into London, the University of Hertfordshire is the UK's leading business-facing university and an exemplar in the sector. Awarded Silver for the Teaching Excellence Framework in 2017, and commended for supporting students from all backgrounds, the University achieves graduate employment rates of over 96%, outperforming several Russel Group Universities.
Spread across two campuses the University boasts superb sport, entertainment and social facilities. Its vibrant £15m Sports Village offers some of the best university sports facilities in the UK, and is used by major sports teams such as Arsenal ladies. Also based at the Sports Village is the University of Hertfordshire's Athletic Union which offers qualified coaching and inter-university competition through 28 sports clubs. There is also an award winning Active Students programme offering free sports sessions on and around campus. The University has a Sport and Physical Activity Strategy aimed at maximising the benefits of sport for students and staff, enhancing employability, and attracting talented athletes to study at the University.
Dedicated undergraduate courses in sport are delivered by the School of Life and Medical Sciences under the Sport, Health and Exercise subject group which, as well as the associated courses described below also delivers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Sports Science and Sports Therapy. The option to study for a Joint Honours degree embracing a range of subjects as well as the sports strands also exist.
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The BSc (Hons) Sports Studies course focuses on three specific themes: sports coaching, sports management, and sports development, which build in breadth and depth as you progress through the programme of study. Additional subject disciplines which support these themes, such as sports science and sociology, are also drawn upon.
An additional key feature of the BSc(Hons) Sports Studies is the emphasis on academic and employability skills development. The course promotes your academic performance, enhances your job prospects and strengthens your vocational skills, qualifications, and experience.
You will develop an understanding of the business of sport through understanding both the global perspectives and also examining the sport industry in the UK. An appreciation of key business concepts and theories will be used to review modern sport business and best practice in sports management at both a local and executive level. Emphasis is placed on exploring leadership and management of sport events, while also developing strategic skills to assess the sport business landscape. A student’s entrepreneurial ability is emphasised ensuring that a Sports Management graduate from University of Hertfordshire has a balanced portfolio of knowledge and abilities to enhance their employability.
You will develop a deep and considered appreciation for the physical activity and sport landscape in global society. This will consider both the importance of community and high performance sport. While understanding the challenges of engaging an inactive population. The significance of large scale sport events will be considered with key concepts and theory used to appraise sport policy and individuals’ behaviour. The course encourages you to utilise insight and evaluate sports development practice in all contexts.
You will focus on exploring coaching specific theory, research and practice. This programme of study focuses on contemporary areas of sports coaching academia, such as coach education, coach learning and coaching practice. You will have the opportunity to develop and self-direct your own specialised coaching knowledge, attributes and skills through a variety of theoretical and practical experiences. We also encourage you to engage with tailoring your own continuous professional development journey and to attain appropriate vocational coaching qualifications.The course emphasises the importance of you developing academic and research skills which aim to improve confidence, credibility and critical writing.