Careers in Sport University Guide (2021)
Are you planning on heading to university in 2021, but you’re having a hard time deciding which course to enrol on? or which university to study at? Don’t worry, as we here at Careers in Sport have put together a university guide, in partnership with the universities in our directory, to help you make that important decision. But first, there are some important factors to consider before you start applying:
Distance from home– Home birds may not want to end up somewhere seven hours, three trains and a car journey away. If studying close to home is something that appeals to you, The Open University could be the right choice for you. However, for those that would like more independence – living away from the family does have its benefits.
Course – This one is really important. Making friends and memories are fantastic but ultimately choosing the right course has to be your number one priority. Make sure you read every little detail of the course description and ensure that it is really for you.
Check entry requirements – Different courses will require different grade requirements, so make sure you can make the grades to secure your place on a course.
Location – Spend some time doing some research and find out from students to see what it is like to live and study there.
Cost – Check out how much tuition fees and first-year residency is and have a look at typical student rent prices beyond the first year. Also, keep in mind the cost of living in the place you decide – i.e London will weigh a lot heavier on the bank than other cities.
Work/volunteer placements – The opportunities to gain vital work experience whilst studying are especially important. Future employers will want to see you have gained work/volunteer experience as well as a degree.
Make sure you have more than one option on the table; you never know what might happen and having a few back-ups could be essential. It is also important to make the effort to attend open days; they can be super useful when picking the course and will give you a glimpse into life on campus.
Here are some choices to help you make the decision
There’s a diverse range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses available from the universities in our directory.
If you’re looking to study a sports science degree, working under world-class lecturers, then you should explore the options available at Bangor University. Courses can range from adventure sports science to sport and exercise psychology. The Guardian ranked Bangor 5th in their 2020 university guide for course satisfaction, and they were also ranked 5th in the Complete University Guide 2021 for research quality.
The University of Brighton is in the top 25 for sports science in the Guardian university league tables 2019 and a top 20 university for world-leading research impact in sport and exercise science (REF 2014). Based on the university’s Eastbourne campus you’ll have access to extensive facilities including a climbing wall, 25m swimming pool, artificial outdoor pitch, dance studios and BASES accredited sport and exercise science labs.
Study sport at Hartpury University; where students go on to change the lives of professional athletes, as well as the people involved in community and school sports.
As a Hartpury sport student, you’ll have access to their outstanding facilities and lecturers – they hold Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework. They are home to top-level coaches, sport and exercise scientists, nutritionists, conditioners, medics and athletes.
The Manchester Metropolitan University courses have been designed with the University’s Sports Advisory Board, made up of key sports industry experts, to ensure you graduate with the skills and knowledge needed by leading sports employers.
Newcastle University offers an innovative Sport and Exercise Science degree taught in the Medical Sciences Faculty providing students with a strong foundation in sport and exercise related science. Undergraduates work with academics, practitioners, elite athletes and industry partners to develop knowledge and skills underpinned by world leading research.
In 1997, the university launched its Sport and Exercise Science BSc. Since then, Swansea has gone from strength to strength, ranking Top in Wales (Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2019), and 1st in the UK for Graduate Prospects, with 100% of our students in employment or further education within 6 months after graduating (DLHE).
University Campus of Football Business (UCFB) is a world first in higher education, offering undergraduate university degrees in the football and sports industry. UCFB provides an exceptional environment to live and learn in, with state-of-the-art facilities in two inspirational campuses in London and Manchester, which have the iconic Wembley and Etihad stadiums at their heart.
For Master’s programmes, UCFB’s Global Institute of Sport (GIS) offers a ground-breaking Master’s degree portfolio utilising a global network of industry leaders and its elite stadium venues in the UK, US, Canada and Australia.
For a majority of courses, the UCAS deadline is on the 15th January, 2021 at 18:00 (UK time).
If you still find yourself struggling to make the decision, students have the option to apply to university through clearing (5th July – 19th October).