The Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Recreation and Sport Management is designed so as to develop competencies and transferable skills across a range of disciplines. The degree aims to provide both a general insight and specialist focus, preparing students academically and professionally to work in the wider sport, recreation, leisure and business industries.
Bachelor of Business
This qualification provides graduates with a business degree which extends employment options into a wider array of fields.
Students complete 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. Placements can include leisure centres, national governing bodies (e.g. FAI, GAA, IRFU), local sports partnerships and national organisations (e.g. Special Olympics, Paralympics Ireland). Opportunities for placements abroad are also available.
Being industry ready is a key philosophy of this sports degree. In 2nd year, students have a class free day where they will visit both local and national sport, recreation and leisure facilities throughout the semester. Guest lecturers are also a core part of learning in many modules at each stage of the course.
There is a number of modules in the course with a practical emphasis. In sports pedagogy, for example, students gain the basic skills of a number of sports for the purposes of leading youth groups in a variety of sporting activity contexts. Other modules with practical components include event management, outdoor recreation, adapted physical activity and social media and digital professionalism. The practical fitness instruction stream allows students to gain professional qualifications in gym and group fitness instruction. Students can also obtain first aid, lifeguard, swim teaching and various coaching qualifications.
Students have a wide array of electives to choose from. This includes modules from each of the streams (e.g. sports coaching, performance psychology, sports marketing, social media and digital professionalism, group fitness instruction, adapted physical activity). These streams allow students to progress onto modules that suit their career objectives.
Students complete a research project in the final two semesters of the programme. This allows students to conduct specialist research in a niche area of their choosing. This can be done in conjunction with industry to further enhance their career prospect opportunities.
A number of places may be allocated to applicants of outstanding achievement and potential in sporting activities that have reached the minimum academic entry requirements but fail to make the entry points required. 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). The college will issue a copy of this form to everyone who puts this course as one of their choices before February 1st. Sports scholarships are made available to selected suitable candidates.
The practical fitness instruction modules meet the standards required by REPS Ireland for entry to the Fitness Instructor and Group Fitness Instructor category on the Irish Register for Exercise Professionals (REPS). Membership of REPS Ireland qualifies students to work in the fitness industry in Ireland and abroad.
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|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Communication Skills for College and the Workplace||Applied Human Resource Management|
|IT and Research Skills||Principles of Marketing|
|Introduction to Sports Business Practice||Physiology for Sport and Exercise|
|Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science||Sociology of Sport|
|Sports Studies||Sports Pedagogy 2|
|Sports Pedagogy 1||Recreation Planning|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Sports Law||IT Applications|
|Services Marketing Practice||Project Management in Recreation and Sport|
|Accounting and Financial Information||Economics|
|Strength and Conditioning||Exercise Programming|
|Event Management||Facility Operations|
|Sport and Exercise Psychology||Sport and Event Tourism|
|Semester 5||Semester 6|
|Enterprise and Entrepreneurship||Placement|
|Financial Decision Making||Independent Learning|
|Research Methods and Statistical Analysis|
|Recreation and Social Interventions|
|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 two of the following electives:||*Sport Technology|
|*Sport Marketing||*Activity Programming for Disability|
|*Social Media and Digital Professionalism||*Performance Training for Sport|
|*Recreation for Special Populations|
|*Sports Development||* = Elective|
2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Sports scholarships are also made available to selected suitable candidates. The SETU Waterford Sports Scholarship scheme offers a range of support services to successful students including financial, academic and sports science support. Scholarship students of the Bachelor of Business in Recreation & Sport Management course can gain academic credits based on their sporting commitments.
Student can progress on to the MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
Postgraduate research opportunities are also available.