Degree Programmes
The Management of Sport

Our undergradute programmes offer a world-class stepping stone, providing the opportunity to develop management and employability skills required to be successful in your chosen management career.


Degree programmes in the Management of Sport give students the opportunity to develop management knowledge in the sports industry and, just as importantly, the necessary employability skills required to be successful in their chosen management career.

The programmes provide the opportunity to develop and practice managerial skills and knowledge applied within a variety of sports industries.

The team of lecturers delivering this programme are all experts in their field and importantly maintain their connections with industry, including the coaching and management of International and high performance sports teams, Time Warner and various professional sports clubs. 

A range of guest speakers and industry visits complement the team of lecturers and further emphasises the dedication the team have in maintaining the vocational relevance of the degree programme.

Work Experience

Government surveys prove just how valuable industry placement can be in a person’s career.

“75% of work experience participants say it has provided them with new skills and increased their confidence.”

In addition to two days of lectures and seminars, students are required to undertake at least one day per week in a work placement. Our exclusive partnerships with professional sports clubs mean that we can provide a valuable advantage in these placements, and subsequently when it comes to applying for a job.


Upon graduation, students have gained successful employment in a range of private, public and charitable organisations.

Employers welcome the combination of academic and practical competencies that the programme provides.

Students have the opportunity to gain the skills, knowledge and aptitude needed for a successful career in sports development, health clubs, fitness clubs, sports centre management and sports coaching, as well as the wider business and management community.

University Centre Colchester

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These programmes are delivered in partnership with the Colchester Institute, and validated by the University of Essex. 

Colchester Institute has obtained University Centre Colchester (UCC) status for its Higher Education building/provision.

Colchester Institute has a 50 year history of providing undergraduate and postgraduate education, including engineering, construction, business, IT & computing, health and social care, art, digital media, performance and film production.

The programmes on offer are research informed and employer led resulting in 94% of students gaining employment following graduation, 66% will achieve a 1st or 2:1 (good) Degree and overall 87% of students will obtain a relevant qualification.

UCC’s Higher Education Centre, opened in 2012 and offers a dedicated space for higher education students; it includes quiet and group study spaces and common rooms. Across the Colchester Campus, students benefit from an excellent range of specialist resources and facilities, including dance and drama studios, a Cisco networking suite and programming laboratory, onsite and town centre based art galleries and studio space, a well-equipped library and resource centre.

The bustling, vibrant campus has a great mix of students and there is always something going on. The three refectories, take-away and coffee shops offer plenty of choice throughout the day. You can even enjoy a delicious meal in an award winning restaurant! Great value treatments are offered in the hair and beauty salons. The Swinburne Hall hosts live performances throughout the year and the Student Services team organises a calendar of events.

The University of Essex

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Degree programmes are validated by the University of Essex.
Essex celebrated it’s 50th anniversary in 2014, and is one of the UK’s leading academic institutions, ranked Top 5 in the UK for social science research, with the majority of it’s research rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent (REF 2014).

The University is Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction (NSS 2014) and has a strong record in outreach, attracting students from a diverse range of social and educational backgrounds. They are one of the most internationally diverse campus-based universities in the UK, with students coming from more than 130 countries.

The University has three campuses across Essex, and partnerships with a number of education institutions across the region. They have 18 academic departments, teaching the areas of social sciences, humanities, science and health.

The University of Essex offers:

  • An outstanding campus based student experience.
  • The opportunity to gain the transferable skills employers demand and to have the experience of a lifetime by working or studying abroad.
  • Flexible course structures, with a wide range of optional modules.
  • A welcoming atmosphere for mature students and those with non-traditional qualifications.
  • A wide range of award-winning accommodation, and
  • An active and well-developed Students Union.

For further information about studying at the University of Essex, please visit


Fees for 2016-17 for are £7,950 per year


If you are attending, or are hoping to attend, a Higher Education course and you require advice on any of the following; the Student Services Finance Adviser may be able to help you.

  • Applications to the Student Loan Company for Loans and Grants
  • Advice on student funding including University Centre Colchester scholarships
  • Access to Learning Funds
  • Self-financing or work supported study.

We encourage you to apply for a full-time loan as soon as possible, even if your place is not yet confirmed.

To learn more about loans and how to apply for a loan please see Student Finance England.

Students Loans

These downloadable guides include information on:

  • Money you may be entitled to
  • How and when your money will be paid
  • Repayment examples an example of repayments rates for when you earn above the threshold after graduating.

Higher Education Full Time Loans

Higher Education Part Time Loans

Access to Learning Fund

Under current government legislation Hardship Funds have been established to provide discretionary support to certain categories of student. If you think your financial circumstances may prevent you from attending a full-time or part-time higher education or sandwich course, then you may be eligible for financial support from the Access to Learning Fund.

Further information can be obtained from the Student Finance Adviser at University Centre Colchester.

Self-funded or Sponsored students

University Centre Colchester accept payments by instalment using FlexED. This is ideal for students who may be doing a 2nd degree, a self-funded postgraduate course or who is being sponsored by their employer.

Please click here to find out more about FledEx or speak to our team, for more information about out how this method of payment can work for you.

Career Development Loans

If you do not qualify for student finance, e.g 2nd Degree or post graduate study you may be able to apply for a Career Development Loan.

Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans  used to pay for courses and training that may help with progressing your career or helping get you into work.

A government initiative, you may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000. Subject to terms and conditions.

Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays interest while you’re studying.

Please click here for more information on terms and conditions.

ELCAS Credits

University Centre Colchester also accept the ELC credits from the Ministry of Defence  The ELC scheme provides financial support in the form of a single up-front payment in each of a maximum of three separate financial years.

ELC funding is only available for pursuit of higher level learning i.e. for courses that result in a nationally recognised qualification at Level three or above on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) (England and Wales).

For more information click here

Please speak to our team who are able to process the claim for using your credits at University Centre Colchester.

How to Apply

Click here to Apply through UCAS

If you are applying full-time, you will need to apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), which is a UK-based charity whose main role is providing the application process for almost all British universities.

The service costs £23 for a multi application and £12 for a single application in 2015, however it is possible this may increase for 2016 applicants. Each course has a unique "course code" that you will need to make note of and use during your application. You can find out more information and sign up to the service here.

The UCAS code for Colchester Institute/UCC is CINST C75.


Applying as a Full-Time International Student (EU & Overseas)

Applications for Higher Education courses from International Students must also be made via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Applications can be made on-line from any country via the UCAS website at Colchester Institute's UCAS reference number is CINST C75.

International Applications made via UCAS will be forwarded to us for processing but the offer and acceptance procedure is made through UCAS and not directly with us. Once we are notified of your acceptance we will request payment of your deposit for more information on fees and deposits click here.

Courses we offer

Degree Programmes - Sports Management

Foundation Degree in The Management of Sport

Start Date
September 2017

Course type

Course Duration
1 or 2 years

Lee Westwood Golf School, Stoke-by-Nayland

Foundation Degree in the Management of Sport

£7950 per year

Entry Requirements
60 UCAS points, plus GCSE English and Maths (A*-C), or equivalent, or Access to Higher Education Certificate

Course progression
Further Study at Level 6 (Hons) Degree

Career opportunities
Management roles, particularly in sports organisations, such as governing bodies, sports clubs and centres. 

Further information
Course enquiry line
01753 362248

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