Even though the 2012 London Olympics is long gone there is still a big push in the UK towards sports and making the nation healthier, fitter, and more active.
This means that Sports and Leisure courses are a more popular option than ever and your degree could lead to a highly rewarding career.
During your course you’ll learn about the human anatomy, the psychology of sports, and the ways in which damaged muscles can be treated and repaired. You’ll also learn the management side of things and look at finance, business, marketing, and other commercial issues.
Here’s more about a degree in Sports and Leisure.
There are a number of options if you’re interested in Sports and Leisure. Subjects like sports science, sports studies and sports physiotherapy fall into the category of sports and leisure, but in general it’s all about the way different sports and physical activities work.
All degrees in this category will look at the different sports and how they affect the body and the mind; the physical attributes that enable certain athletes to jump higher or swim faster; the nutritional requirements of a body builder, or a long distance runner.
The degree you take will depend on your personal area of interest and the career you have in mind for the future. Research all of the options thoroughly before making any applications.
You don’t want to apply for a course and then find out you don’t like the majority of their modules or that they don’t teach something you really want to learn about.
The exact degree you take dictates the grades and entry requirements you’ll need but generally speaking most universities don’t have specific subjects they want applicants to have studied.
However, it goes without saying that any sports or science related A Level subjects are likely to work in your favour.
Grade requirements also vary between universities. For example, Swansea asks for BBB but Kent asks for ABB with at least one of the subjects needing to be a sports or science based subject.
Again, research each university you’re interested in and make sure you meet the entry requirements before applying to avoid disappointment.
Aside from your academic achievements, an interest in sports is a must!
Use your personal statement to demonstrate your interest in sports, but don’t just talk about playing them. Most people enjoy kicking a football around with their friends, but they wouldn’t want to study sports at university.
You need to show the admissions tutor that you want to learn about the other aspects of sports, the human body, and everything else involved in a Sports and Leisure degree.
The majority of universities offer a Sports and Leisure, or similar, course so it depends on where you want to study and the course content.
Here are some of the universities that offer sports related courses:
All of these universities have a different range of facilities and industry contacts, so consider what you’re looking for from your university experience before applying.
Try to visit them on an open day to take a closer look at what they have to offer. Don’t be dazzled by a shiny prospectus or great website. You need to be sure that you want to spend the next three, or sometimes four, years of your life there!
As well as all of the sports related skills you’ll also have a good grounding in business which is valuable no matter which career path you choose.
Obviously the majority of Sports and Leisure graduates go on to work in sport related roles but your career options certainly aren’t limited.
Self-employment is also a very possible career option, and after gaining experience many graduates establish their own sports consultancy businesses, or set up sports camps or training centres.