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BA Management, Leadership and Leisure
Develop management and leadership skills for a variety of leisure sector careers.

BA Management, Leadership and Leisure

Year of entry: 2018

Overview

Degree awarded
Bachelor of Arts with Honours
Duration
3 years
Typical A-level offer

Grades ABB

Typical International Baccalaureate offer
32 points overall with 6,5,5 at Higher level

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
50 / 350
How to apply
Apply through UCAS .

Course overview

  • Tailor your degree through options in sport, tourism and events management
  • Build industry contacts and gain vital employability skills through UK and international work placements
  • Manchester's leisure, cultural and tourism sector is thriving; as well as major music and sports venues, the city boasts a number of museums, art galleries and theatres
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Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2018 will be £9,250. Future inflationary increases may also be applied to each subsequent year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Tuition fees for international students will be £18,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
Suzanne Wright
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 0969
Email
Website
http://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/
Academic department overview
See: The School .

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Entry requirements

A-level

Grades ABB

AS-level

 Two AS-Levels are not accepted in place of one A-Level.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit information where available.  Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application.  Unit grades will not normally form part of an offer conditions.

GCSE

Minimum grade C in English Language and Mathematics (Grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSEs in England).

We do not accepted applied GCSE mathematics courses.

International Baccalaureate

32 points overall with 6,5,5 at Higher level

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grades H1, H1, H2, H2.

Scottish requirements

We normally require five Scottish Highers at grades AABBC / ABBBB or two Advanced Highers at grades BB plus two Highers at grades BB.

English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade Credit level grade 3).

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

Welsh Baccalaureate

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this.

We require minimum grade A from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate.

European Baccalaureate

Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications. Applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all such applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Overall grades of 75- 80%.

Other international entry requirements

The University of Manchester has a rich academic heritage and is one of the world's leading research-intensive universities. It also has a long history of welcoming international students and seeks to continue this tradition by admitting excellent students from across the world. Details of country specific entry requirements are available from the University website .

Pearson BTEC qualifications

We consider the National Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Diploma with grades DDM

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

We consider the National Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Diploma with grades DM plus an additional level 3 qualification such as an A Level at grade A.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma

We consider the National Foundation Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma with grades M plus additional level 3 qualifications such as A Levels at grade BB.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

We consider the National Extended Certificate for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Certificate with grade D plus additional Level 3 qualifications such as A Levels at grades BB. 

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma (CTEC)

We consider the Technical Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course (The only subjects we accept for this qualification are.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Diploma with grades DMM 

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Diploma (CTEC)

We consider the Technical Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma with grades DM plus an additional level 3 qualification such as an A Level at grade B.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Foundation Diploma (CTEC)

We consider the Technical Foundation Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Foundation Diploma with grades DD plus additional level 3 qualifications such as A Level at grade BB. 

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Certificate (CTEC)

We consider the Technical Extended Certificate for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Certificate with grade D plus additional Level 3 qualifications such as A Levels at grades BB. 

Access to HE Diploma

Overall 60 credits are required with 45 at Level 3. Minimum of 30 credits with a distinction grade, with the remaining level 3 credits at merit. Applicants must have GCSE in English and Maths at grade C or 4.

Advanced Placement tests

The University welcomes applicants with the AP qualification. Such applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Cambridge Pre-U

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken.

Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3, M2, M2 in the Pre-U and ABB at A level in three distinct subjects.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Home-schooled applicants

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines

English language

Students whose first language or language of instruction is not English may be asked to provide evidence of fluency in English by achieving scores in English language tests as follows:

  • An overall score of 6.5 at IELTS, with 6.5 in writing and no sub-section below 6.0 or
  • TOEFL iBT overall score of 90 with a minimum score of 22 in writing and 20 in the other sub-sections or
  • Pearson PTE overall score of 59 with a minimum score of 59 in writing and 51 in the other subsections or
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) overall score of 176 or above, with 176 in writing and no sub-section below 169 -OR- Grade C if taken before January 2015(Please note that the Cambridge First Certificate in English is not acceptable.)

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.  In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Course details

Course description

The BA (Hons) Management, Leadership and Leisure centers on the study and development of management and leadership skills, and is taught in the context of the leisure sector. Exploring the specific leisure industries of sports, events and tourism, the course is more comprehensive than traditional leisure and management degree courses which normally focus on management in just one specific area, for example, either sport or events management. This course covers both management and leadership, and allows you to choose modules from the three areas of sport, events and tourism. This flexibility allows you to either specialize in one area which you are passionate about, or to develop knowledge of all three, giving you greater choice over your future career direction.

Your academic study will be supported by three applied study periods, which are similar to work placements and last two weeks in year one, four weeks in year two and 10 weeks in year three. They will give you the opportunity to take the theories you have studied at university and apply them to real life projects/operations in the leisure industry. Previous students have enjoyed applied study periods at local, national and international organisations, including: Manchester United; the BBC; Visit Manchester; Chelsea Football Club; Birmingham Botanical Gardens; Sandown Park Racecourse;  Gap PR and Marketing Ltd; the Co-operative Group; the Grand Hyatt Tokyo; and the YMCA.

Aims

The BA (Hons) Management, Leadership and Leisure is a three year degree programme that combines academic study with professional training. It offers you the opportunity to gain an understanding of the nature and scope of management and leadership in the leisure industry, whilst gaining practical experience to develop skills and boost your future employability.

Special features

 
  • Tailor your degree through options in sport, tourism and events management
  • Build industry contacts and gain vital employability skills through UK and international work placements
  • Manchester's leisure, cultural and tourism sector is thriving; as well as major music and sports venues, the city boasts a number of museums, art galleries and theatres

Teaching and learning

The main methods of teaching are lectures and seminars, which you will supplement through wider reading, small group work and other classroom activities.  Seminars involve a small group of students meeting with a tutor to discuss issues arising from lectures, or wider reading, case studies or problem-solving exercises. You may be asked to give a presentation or review a subject as a basis for discussion. You may also visit leisure amenities or other places of interest, including a three day residential field trip at the beginning of your first year.

Applied study periods, similar to work placements, in the first (lasting two weeks) and second (lasting four weeks) years will provide first-hand experience of the leisure industry. They offer the opportunity for you to both observe and again new skills, plus relate the course content to its application in industry. In your final year, you will undertake a research-based project during your 10 week extended study period. The teaching team is well connected with the leisure industry and your personal tutor will advise and assist you in securing applied study periods with organisations/sectors in keeping with your career aspirations.

Coursework and assessment

You are assessed by a balance of formal written examinations, presentations, portfolio submissions and course assignments. Across the three years of the programme, an average of 70% of your assessment will be coursework, offering you the chance to be innovative and creative in demonstrating your knowledge of management and leadership theory and the leisure sector. In your final year, you will undertake a research project (12,000 words), an oral presentation and an evaluation report on your extended applied study period.

Course content for year 1

The first year draws upon the disciplines that underpin management and leadership and provides an introduction to the nature and scope of the leisure sector.  At the beginning of the first year we run a three day residential field trip to North Wales, where you will get to know other students and staff, as well as learning about management issues in the countryside. Year one also includes a two week applied study period, providing the opportunity to get work experience in the leisure industry.

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Sociology of Leisure EDUC10211 10 Mandatory
Study skills and applied research in management, leadership and leisure EDUC10751 20 Mandatory
Financial Management I EDUC10761 10 Mandatory
Business Economics EDUC11231 10 Mandatory
Introduction to Management and Leadership EDUC11251 20 Mandatory
Marketing and Consumers EDUC11282 10 Mandatory
Human Resources Management I EDUC11382 10 Mandatory
Event Feasibility EDUC10682 10 Optional
Introduction to Tourism EDUC10832 10 Optional
Introduction to Sport EDUC10842 10 Optional

Course content for year 2

In your second year, you will continue to study leadership, human resource management, marketing, finance and research methods. There are optional units in sport, events and tourism, plus you can take options from the University's Faculty of Humanities undergraduate courses, including Manchester Business School and the University Language Centre. In addition, a career management unit focuses on building your transferrable skills and the practicalities of graduate job hunting. There is also a four week applied study period providing the opportunity to build upon your experience in year one by working for a similar organisation or by diversifying into other industries. 

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Marketing and Promotion I EDUC20221 10 Mandatory
Human Resource Management 2 EDUC20231 10 Mandatory
The Applied Study Period & Employability EDUC20261 10 Mandatory
Financial Management II EDUC20262 10 Mandatory
Leadership EDUC20282 10 Mandatory
Research Methods - Quantitative and Qualitative Methods EDUC20650 20 Mandatory
International Management EDUC21501 10 Mandatory
Sports Business EDUC20332 20 Optional
Tourism Destinations EDUC20592 20 Optional
Live Events EDUC20690 20 Optional
Teaching and Learning of Mathematics EDUC22002 20 Optional
Digital Technologies in Education EDUC22021 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 12 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

The final year aims to deepen your knowledge and understanding of management-related processes and marketing and promotion. The year is split into two distinct semesters. Semester one continues with management, leadership, marketing and research methods, and more detailed study takes place through optional units in sport, events and tourism, as well as running your own business. Semester two has an extended applied study period (10 weeks) and a research project (dissertation). The applied study period in an amenity or agency is normally chosen according to your interests or career aspirations; in addition you also have the opportunity to complete the data collection for your final year research project whilst on placement.

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Leadership 2 EDUC30201 10 Mandatory
Strategic Management EDUC30211 10 Mandatory
Applied Study Period EDUC30252 10 Mandatory
Research Project EDUC30262 40 Mandatory
Designing and Conducting your Research Project EDUC30471 10 Mandatory
Sport and Development EDUC30221 20 Optional
Event Strategy EDUC30241 20 Optional
Tourism Development EDUC31231 20 Optional

Scholarships and bursaries

No specific academic scholarships available for this course.

Facilities

The course is taught by the Manchester Institute of Education which has its own Undergraduate Hub where you will find all of your teaching staff and support staff in one place, and is also a place to sit and relax. Manchester Institute of Education is located in the University's Ellen Wilkinson building where there is also a common room, cafe, computer clusters, teaching rooms, and a meeting room for students to book for group work. The Ellen Wilkinson building is centrally located on the University's Oxford Road campus, close to the Main Library, Alan Gilbert Learning Commons and the Students Union.

The University's library is one of the best-resourced academic libraries in the UK.  Studying with us will open up a wealth of learning resources to you, including over four million printed books, more than 500,000 ebooks and access to over 40,000 electronic journals and hundreds of online databases. The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons offers you a stimulating 24/7 environment for study. It is the UK's first digital library and home to the most up-to-date IT facilities, a range of versatile learning spaces and a relaxing cafe area for breaks or meeting friends.

The University of Manchester is home to several cultural and tourist destinations, including The Manchester Museum, the John Rylands Library and the Whitworth art gallery, which has recently reopened following a £19 million refurbishment. The city of Manchester's leisure and cultural sector is thriving; making it an ideal location to study this course. Manchester is home to several major music venues including; the Albert Hall, the Bridgewater Hall; Manchester Opera House; Manchester Arena; The Academy which is part of Manchester's Student Union, plus lots of smaller, more intimate live music venues. The city also hosts the annual Parklife music festival. Sports venues include: Manchester Aquatics Centre; the National Cycling Centre and National Squash Centre at Sportcity; Manchester United and Manchester City football stadiums; and Old Trafford Cricket Ground. Manchester and its surrounding area also boasts several museums and art galleries, including The National Football Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Imperial War Museum North and Manchester Art Gallery. Plus HOME is a new £25 million city centre arts centre which includes two theatres, five cinema screens and gallery space for contemporary

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

Leisure is a wide sector of the economy with extensive employment prospects. There is a broad range of career opportunities within the leisure industries, including: the arts; events management; entertainments; sports and recreation; theatres; tourism attractions; and tour operators. The average salary six months after graduating from the course is £21,000 per year, which is higher than the average for similar courses in the UK ( Unistats ).

Whether you want to go into a leisure-based management or leadership position, or run your own leisure-related business, this degree will equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary. However, the broad base of the course, particularly the focus on management and leadership skills, also lay the foundation for employment in other sectors.