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The Bachelor of Business in Recreation and Sport Management is a 4-year honours degree course. This degree is for students who love sport but are unsure what area of sport they would like to work in. Our unique course is equal part business and sport. The programme is designed to give our students a wide knowledge base through classroom-based learning, practical classes in our state-of-the-art facilities and real-world experience through site visits, industrial engagement, experiential learning and of course our brilliant work placement programme.
Sport as an industry is massive. This degree opens opportunities for students to work in areas such as coaching, performance analysis, sport psychology, sports facilities management, sports tourism, sports development, sport policy and governance, sport inclusion, sports participation and opportunity for all, sports marketing, sponsorship, strategic planning and business development, outdoor recreation, strength and conditioning, or take up any area in the fitness industry. Maybe you won’t end up working in sport. Maybe you will use this degree and work in the world of business - this degree offers you the opportunity to do just that.
Our degree is the longest running in the country and our staff are not only industry leaders, but once top athletes themselves and renowned researchers who are leading the way. More importantly our staff are kind, caring and dedicated individuals who care about your progression and well- being. We are all sports lovers and because of this we work in close association with the sports office in SETU Waterford, linking up with their scholarship programme. We also operate a reserved places programme for students who are excelling in their sporting endeavours (see reserved places tab).
Students who complete this course graduate with a Bachelor of Business degree in Recreation and Sport Management.
Students complete 12-14 weeks of work placement in year three of the course. This provides vital real-world experience for students in their chosen area of interest while also expanding their knowledge and skill base.
Students can choose their own placements, therefore, have the opportunity to get real world experience of the job or career they would like to go into. Placements abroad are also available.
Here are some of the organisations that our students have worked with during their semester of placement.
There are several modules in the course with practical components. In sports pedagogy 1 and 2, for example, students learn the basic skills of various sports for the purposes of leading and coaching groups in a variety of sporting activity contexts.
Other modules with practical components include event management, outdoor recreation, adapted physical activity, social media and digital professionalism, sports coaching and teaching and assessment methodologies for Aquatics. The practical fitness instruction stream allows students to gain professional qualifications in gym and group fitness instruction. We strive to get our students as industry ready as possible and therefore provide students with the opportunity to gain a number of external qualifications throughout their 4 years.
A sample of those include:
The practical fitness instruction modules are accredited against European Health Fitness Association (EHFA) standards, enabling students to gain access to the Register of Exercise Professionals in Ireland (REPS Ireland). Membership of REPS Ireland qualifies students to work in Ireland and abroad in many countries.
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science||Sociology of Sport|
|Sports Pedagogy 1||Recreation Planning|
|Sports Studies||Sports Pedagogy 2|
|Introduction to Sports Business Practice||Physiology for Sport and Exercise|
|Communication Skills for College and the Workplace||Applied Human Resource Management|
|IT and Research Skills||Principles of Marketing|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Strength and Conditioning||Exercise Programming|
|Event Management||Facility Operations|
|Sport and Exercise Psychology||Sport and Event Tourism|
|Services Marketing Practice||Project Management in Recreation and Sport|
|Sports Law||IT Applications|
|Accounting and Financial Information||Economics|
|Semester 5||Semester 6|
|Enterprise and Entrepreneurship||Placement|
|Financial Decision Making||Choose one of the following electives:|
|Research Methods and Statistical Analysis||*Independent Learning|
|Recreation and Social Interventions||*Global Economy|
|Choose two of the following electives:|
|*Adapted Physical Activity|
|*Group Fitness Instruction|
|*Teaching and Assessment Methodologies for Aquatics||* = Elective|
|Semester 7||Semester 8|
|Recreation Business Policy||Strategic Leisure Management|
|Final Project 1||Final Project 2|
|Sports Governance and Ethics||Contemporary Issues in Sport|
|Outdoor Recreation Management||Choose two of the following electives:|
|Choose one of the following Business electives:||*Sport Technology|
|*Sport Marketing||*Activity Programming for Disability|
|*Social Media and Digital Professionalism||*Performance Training for Sport|
|Choose two of the following Sport electives:||*Community Recreation|
|*Recreation for Special Populations|
|*Outdoor recreation management||* = Elective|
Sports scholarships are made available to selected suitable candidates. The SETU Waterford Sports Scholarship scheme offers a range of services to successful students including financial, academic and sports science support. The sports scholarship programme is open to athletes in a wide range of sports and is tailored to the specific needs of each athlete.
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Student can progress on to the MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
Postgraduate research opportunities are also available.
Several places each year are allocated to applicants who have outstanding achievements and potential in sporting activities.
To compete for one of these places, applicants must complete and return a supplementary application form before a date specified by the college (marked on the form). SETU Waterford will issue a copy of this form to everyone who puts this course as one of their choices on their CAO application before February 1st.
Reserved places can also be offered to applicants who have reached the minimum academic entry requirements but fail to make the CAO entry points required.