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BA (Hons)
Sport and Social Sciences

Undergraduate course
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Discover how we can use sport to challenge the inequalities faced by different groups in society today.

  • Attendance
  • Duration
    3 Years
  • Start date
  • Main Location
    Headingley Campus

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Your tutors are involved in pioneering research in the areas of class, gender, race, sexuality, disability and identity. This research will inform your learning and ensure your course is at the cutting-edge of sport and leisure studies.
Entry Requirements
112 points required
UCAS Tariff Points: 112 points required. (Minimum 72 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate: 25 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:112 points required. (Minimum 72 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
International Baccalaureate: 25 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
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Careers

  • Sam Hinchliffe

Careers

Sam Hinchliffe
Head of Customer Operations, Yorkshire County Cricket Club

BA (Hons) Sport Leisure & Culture (now Sport & Social Sciences)

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“Studying at Leeds Beckett unlocked a lot of doors. The different parts of my course allowed me to identify what I liked and work towards my career goals. I thoroughly enjoy my job. I'm part of a team that brings 16,500 people into a stadium - not many situations give you that buzz.

MODULES & LEARNING

An introduction to sport and social sciences, this module acts as a foundation for the rest of your course, helping you develop your reading, analysis and enquiry skills.

Examine key concepts and theories in sociology and use them to consider how people's sport and leisure choices are shaped by those around them.

Gain an understanding of leadership and teamwork in sport and how you can use your leadership skills to promote inclusion.

Explore politics and how different governments can influence policy making in sport.

Discover how sport today has been shaped by social, economic and political changes of the past.

Assess the importance of geography in sport and leisure as you study theories of place and space and the meaning of different sport and leisure landscapes.

Study theories such as feminism and Marxism and investigate how they can be used to understand sport and leisure pastimes.

Develop your professional skills and apply your knowledge in a real-life situation as you undertake a work placement.

Learn how to analyse the research of others and to undertake your own research as you prepare for your Major Independent Study.

Explore inequalities in professional sport and understand how social policies can be used to promote equity and prevent discrimination.

Managing Sports Development

Soccer & Society

Contemporary Sports History

Marketing Communications

Further your understanding of how sport contributes to a healthy and balanced society using current case studies.

Examine the impact of our increasingly global world on the nature of society, from the role of media and technology to the commercialisation of sport.

Use the knowledge you have gained to research an area of sport that interests you.

Social Issues in Sport

Sport & Leisure Identities

Sport, Peace Building & International Development

Strategic Management of Sport Development

Your learning will be fostered in an innovative and interactive environment, from field trips and site visits to using films to explore complex political theories.

Working closely with sporting organisations, you will produce training manuals for use by others to run workshops highlighting how to address social differences and inequalities. We will also give you an understanding of social media and how it can be used to inform and shape opinions and policies.

From the start of your course you will study leadership theory and build your management skills, which you'll then apply in the workplace on a six-week placement in your second year.

For your Major Independent Study in the third year, you will have the option to use the contacts you have made throughout your course to research a real-life work situation identified by an employer.

  • Dr Aarti Ratna
    Dr Aarti Ratna Dr Aarti Ratna
    Senior Lecturer

    I love getting to know my students and I use fun and interesting ways to stimulate their learning. Anyone who enjoys talking about issues in sport, such as the role of the media, cases of corruption and cheating, and debates about racism, sexism and homophobia, would really enjoy this course.

    Aarti is interested in the roles of race and gender in sport and leisure, focusing on the experiences of British Asian girls and women. Aarti's research titles include 'Who wants to make aloo gobi when you can bend it like Beckham?' and 'Off with their headscarves, on with their futsal kits?'. Aarti has worked as a Consultant and Racial Equality Advisor for the Football Association. She has also volunteered as a support worker for the Inner City Leeds Football League.
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FEES & FUNDING
Undergraduate tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are currently subject to approval and confirmation by the UK Government. Further details will be provided here in due course as soon as an announcement is made.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Facilities

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Sports Facilities
    Sports Facilities

    "I've been coming here to train since 2004 and the facilities are great." - Jessica Ennis, Olympic Gold Medallist

  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

    Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Headingley Campus

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An amazing place to spend your days

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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