University Options in Sport
Competition in sport does not just take place on the field, court or track. Behind every sport and sporting event is an entire support industry comprising players as diverse as coaches, journalists, photographers, physiotherapists, match officials, nutritionists, therapists, marketers and administrators.
Competition to secure a place in the wider sports and related industries is no less intense than for those athletes striving for a place on their country’s Olympic team. The gold medalists might well be front and centre in the public eye, but a whole array of people help them into that position, and yet more help to keep them there, both directly and indirectly.
The first step in any career journey is deciding what to do after school/college. This decision can be exciting but also challenging because there are so many options available. To have a successful career in sport, it is important to understand the qualifications, skills and experience required for each profession.
Making the decision to go into further education and choosing the place that you will receive a degree is no small thing. A search on UCAS for degrees in ‘sport’ will provide over 1250 courses and 180 providers, whilst a search for ‘football’ will provide over 100 courses. Questions to consider – What do you enjoy studying? What are your interests? What are you good at? What do you want to be doing in the future?
Other factors for you to consider include:
Distance from Home – Home birds may not want to end up somewhere seven hours, three trains and a car journey away. But for those that would like more independence, living away from the family does have its benefits.
Course – Consider the range of courses available to you at the universities you are considering. Read every little detail of the course description to make sure that it is really for you.
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 – London will weigh a lot heavier on the bank than other cities.
Reputation – Have you ever wondered why so many apply to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities? Do your research and check the rankings.
Facilities – What are you looking for? Decent halls of residence for first years, fantastic sporting facilities or a great Students Union?
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.
Research the diverse range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees our university partners offer.