BA Management, Leadership and Leisure

Year of entry: 2020

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Overview

Degree awarded
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Duration
3 years
Typical A-level offer

ABB

Typical contextual A-level offer (what is this?)
BBB
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

34 points overall with 6, 5, 5 at higher-level

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply through UCAS .

Course overview

  • We're one of the top 10 Education departments in the UK (Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019).
  • Tailor your course with options in sport, tourism and events management. 
  • Gain more than 500 hours of industry experience through work-based placements, and benefit from the option of working abroad and/or learning a new language.
  • Manchester's thriving leisure and cultural sector - including numerous major festivals, museums, sports venues and music venues - make it an ideal location for this course.
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Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2020 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £19,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Additional expenses

Students who choose either the Tourism Destinations or Live Events course units in their second year will be able to attend an optional field trip to a local or international destination.

Students will need to contribute toward the costs of the field trip. However, every year we consult with students on the price and destination to ensure the optional trip is inclusive to each cohort.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
Recruitment & Admissions Office
Email
Website
https://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/education/study/courses/management-leadership-leisure/
School/Faculty overview
See: The School .

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Entry requirements

A-level

ABB

AS-level

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit information where available.  Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application.  Unit grades will not normally form part of an offer conditions.

GCSE

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C or 4 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language and Mathematics. GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language.

Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the academic School for clarification.

International Baccalaureate

34 points overall with 6, 5, 5 at higher-level

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see Accepted entry qualifications from your country

Scottish requirements

We normally require 5 Scottish Highers for entry onto our programme: grades AABBC / ABBBB.

Applicants presenting a combination of Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers are welcomed and should contact the academic school directly to discuss their portfolio of qualifications. 

English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade Credit level grade 3).

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

Welsh Baccalaureate

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this.

We require minimum grade A from the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate.

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

European Baccalaureate

The University of Manchester welcomes applicants with the European Baccalaureate. Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications, applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

We normally require 80%.

AQA Baccalaureate

The University recognises the benefits of the AQA Baccalaureate and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills.

In making offers, the University will focus on the three A Levels taken within the AQA Baccalaureate. Students need to check the standard A Level requirements for their chosen course.

The units of broader study, enrichment activities and the Extended Project are considered to be valuable elements of the AQA Baccalaureate and we would therefore strongly encourage students to draw upon these experiences within their personal statement.

Foundation year

The University recognises a number of foundation programmes as suitable for entry to this undergraduate programme:

Applicants completing the INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester international foundation programme are required to achieve  ABB and an EAP score of B. 

Applicants completing the NCUK International Foundation year are required to achieve  ABB and an EAP requirements score of B.

Applicants studying other Foundation programmes should contact the academic School to check if their qualification is recognised for entry to this programme and for specific entry requirements.

Pearson BTEC qualifications

We consider the National Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Diploma with grades DDM.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

We consider the National Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Diploma with grades DM plus an additional level 3 qualification such as an A Level at grade A.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma

We consider the National Foundation Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Foundation Diploma with grades M plus additional level 3 qualifications such as A Levels at grade BB.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

We consider the National Extended Certificate for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course.  Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full National Extended Certificate with grade D plus additional Level 3 qualifications such as A Levels at grades BB. 

If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma (CTEC)

We consider the Technical Extended Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Diploma with grades DDM. 

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Diploma (CTEC)

We consider the Technical Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma with grades DM plus an additional level 3 qualification such as an A Level at grade A.

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Foundation Diploma (CTEC)

We consider the Technical Foundation Diploma for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Foundation Diploma with grades MM plus additional level 3 qualifications such as A Level at grade BB. 

Cambridge Level 3 Technical Extended Certificate (CTEC)

We consider the Technical Extended Certificate for entry provided it is in a subject relevant to the chosen course. Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Certificate with grade D plus additional Level 3 qualifications such as A Levels at grades BB. 

Access to HE Diploma

We require a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma (a minimum of 60 credits overall with at least 45 at Level 3), with merit or distinction in a subject area relevant to the chosen course.

The specific course requirements are 60 credits with 45 at level 3 and 30 credits at Distinction, with the remaining credits at Merit. Applicants must have GCSE in English and Maths at grade C or 4.

Cambridge Pre-U

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken.

Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects are expected to achieve D3, M2, M2. 

Candidates taking Pre-U in conjunction with A Levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3 in the Pre-U certificates and grades BB at A-level.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefit of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. We strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. For this programme, as well as the regular conditions of offer, we may make students who are currently taking or completed the EPQ an alternative offer.

Core Maths

The University welcomes and recognises the value of Level 3 core mathematics qualifications (e.g. AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies). 

Core Mathematics is not a compulsory element of post-16 study and as a result we will not normally include it in the conditions of any offer made to the student. However, if a student chooses to undertake a core mathematics qualification this may be taken into account when we consider their application, particularly for certain non-science courses with a distinct mathematical or statistical element.

We advise students to contact the academic School, who will clarify whether their specific portfolio of qualifications is acceptable for entry on to their chosen course.

Home-schooled applicants

If you are a student who has followed a non-standard educational route, e.g. you have been educated at home; your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course for which you are applying. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the specified academic entry requirements of the course. We will also require a reference from somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. If you are a home schooled student and would like further information or advice please contact the academic School for your chosen course who will be able to help you. 

Non-standard educational routes

Mature students are some of our most well-equipped learners, bringing skills and attributes gained from work, family and other life experiences.  Students come from a whole array of backgrounds, study every kind of course, undertake full-time and part-time learning and are motivated by career intentions as well as personal interest.  There is no such thing as a typical mature student at Manchester.  The application process is the same as for other prospective undergraduates.  If you require further clarification about the acceptability of the qualifications you hold please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.  Further information for mature students can be found here ( http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/mature-students/ )

English language

All applicants to the University (from the UK and Overseas) are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency.  The minimum English Language requirement for this course is either:

  • IELTS 6.5 at IELTS, with 6.5 in writing and no sub-section below 6.0, or;
  • An acceptable equivalent qualification.

Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the academic School for clarification.

The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the 'B2 level'.

Additionally, our individual Schools may ask for specific English Language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level. Further information about our English Language policy, including a list of some of the English Language qualifications we accept, can be found  here .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. 

In your new application, you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course.

If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Course details

Course description

BA Management, Leadership and Leisure is a unique degree that focuses on the study and development of management and leadership skills, and is taught in the context of the leisure sector.

Exploring the specific leisure industries of sports, events and tourism, the course is more comprehensive than traditional leisure and management degree courses which normally focus on management in just one specific area, for example, either sport or events management.

This course covers both management and leadership, and allows you to choose course units from sport, events and tourism. This flexibility allows you to either specialize in one area which you are passionate about, or to develop knowledge of all three, giving you greater choice over your future career direction.

Your academic study will be supported by three applied study periods, which are similar to work placements and last two weeks in year one, four weeks in year two and ten weeks in year three. They will give you the opportunity to take the theories you have studied at university and apply them to real-life projects in the leisure industry.

Previous students have enjoyed applied study periods at local, national and international organisations including Manchester United Football Club, the BBC, Visit Manchester, Chelsea Football Club, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Sandown Park Racecourse, Gap PR and Marketing, the Co-operative Group, the Grand Hyatt Tokyo, and the YMCA.

Special features

  • We run a residential field trip to Wales at the beginning of your first year. The three-day trip is a great opportunity to get to know your tutors and fellow students, as well as learning about management issues in leisure organisations. Our students tell us that the friends they make on this field trip stay with them throughout the course and beyond.
  • Join the Management, Leadership and Leisure Student Society, which enables students to use the talent from all three years of the course to organise events that all the course's students can benefit from. It organises social events throughout the year where students can mix with other year groups - invaluable when it comes to choosing your course units for the next semester. The Society also oversees student representation for the course and therefore ensures that teaching staff are kept up to date with student views on course content.

Teaching and learning

The main methods of teaching are lectures and seminars, which you will supplement through wider reading, small group work and other classroom activities.  

Seminars involve a small group of students meeting with a tutor to discuss issues arising from lectures, or wider reading, case studies or problem-solving exercises. You may be asked to give a presentation or review a subject as a basis for discussion. You may also visit leisure amenities or other places of interest, including a three-day residential field trip at the beginning of your first year.

In your final year, you will undertake a research-based project during your ten-week extended study period. The teaching team is well connected with the leisure industry, and your personal tutor will advise and assist you in securing applied study periods with organisations/sectors in keeping with your career aspirations.

Coursework and assessment

You will be assessed by a balance of formal written examinations, presentations, portfolio submissions and course assignments.

Across the three years of the course, an average of 70% of your assessment will be coursework, offering you the chance to be innovative and creative in demonstrating your knowledge of management and leadership theory and the leisure sector.

In your final year, you will undertake a research project (12,000 words), an oral presentation and an evaluation report on your extended applied study period.

Course content for year 1

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Sociology of Leisure EDUC10212 10 Mandatory
Field Study Unit EDUC10242 10 Mandatory
Study skills for management, leadership and leisure EDUC10751 10 Mandatory
Financial Management I EDUC10761 10 Mandatory
Business Economics EDUC11231 10 Mandatory
Introduction to Management and Leadership EDUC11251 20 Mandatory
Marketing and Consumers EDUC11282 10 Mandatory
Human Resources Management I EDUC11382 10 Mandatory
Event Feasibility EDUC10682 10 Optional
Introduction to Tourism EDUC10831 10 Optional
Introduction to Sport EDUC10842 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 11 course units for year 1

Course content for year 2

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Digital Marketing & Promotion EDUC20221 10 Mandatory
Human Resource Management 2 EDUC20231 10 Mandatory
The Applied Study Period & Employability EDUC20261 10 Mandatory
Financial Management II EDUC20262 10 Mandatory
Leadership EDUC20282 10 Mandatory
Research Methods - Quantitative and Qualitative Methods EDUC20650 20 Mandatory
International Management EDUC21501 10 Mandatory
Sports Business EDUC20332 20 Optional
Tourism Destinations EDUC20592 20 Optional
Live Events EDUC20692 20 Optional

Course content for year 3

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Leadership 2 EDUC30201 10 Mandatory
Strategic Management EDUC30211 10 Mandatory
Applied Study Period EDUC30252 10 Mandatory
Research Project EDUC30262 40 Mandatory
Designing and Conducting your Research Project EDUC30472 10 Mandatory
Sport and Development EDUC30221 20 Optional
Event Strategy EDUC30241 20 Optional
Tourism Development EDUC31231 20 Optional

Facilities

The course is taught by the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE), which has its own Undergraduate Hub. Here, you can relax and find all of your teaching and support staff in one place.

MIE is located in the Ellen Wilkinson building, where there is also a common room, computer clusters, teaching rooms, and a meeting room for students to book for group work.

The Ellen Wilkinson building is centrally located on the University's Oxford Road campus, close to the Main Library, Alan Gilbert Learning Commons and the Students Union.

Manchester has a thriving leisure and cultural sector, making it an ideal location to study this course. The University is home to the John Rylands Library, Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Museum, while the wider city has facilities including:

  • Museums  - National Football Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Imperial War Museum North.
  • Music venues  - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Arena, The Academy.
  • Sports venues   - Manchester Aquatics Centre, National Cycling Centre, Old Trafford, Etihad Stadium, Old Trafford Cricket Ground.

Close to the University, you can also find HOME - a new £25 million arts centre with two theatres, five cinema screens, and contemporary art gallery space.

For more information, see  Facilities  .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

BA Management, Leadership and Leisure graduates have gone on to successful careers in areas including marketing, consulting, event management, project management, business development, human resources, research, community and social services, healthcare services, and finance.

Top employers of our BA Management, Leadership and Leisure graduates include Accenture, Barclays, GLL, the BBC, PwC, TUI and Thomas Cook.

For more information, please see  Careers and employability