BA Management, Leadership and Leisure

Year of entry: 2022

Overview

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

ABB

Typical contextual A-level offer
BBB
Find out more about contextual admissions.
Refugee/care-experienced offer
Applicants who have been in local authority care for more than three months or have refugee status may be eligible for an offer two grades below the standard requirements.
Find out more about contextual admissions.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

34 points overall.  6,5,5 in Higher Level subjects.

Changes to International Baccalaureate Diploma Mathematics Courses from September 2019, first examination 2021.

We are aware of the planned changes to the IB Mathematics curriculum. IB students will be able to choose from Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation from September 2019.

Applicants studying the International Baccalaureate Career Related Programme (IBCP) should contact the academic School prior to applying so that their academic profile can be considered.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
The last date for the receipt of applications to qualify for full and equal consideration was 26 January 2022, 18.00 (GMT). This course is now closed to further applications from Home students for September 2022 entry.
UCAS course code
N871
UCAS institution code
M20

Course overview

  • Study with one of the top ten Education departments in the UK (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021).
  • Tailor your course with options in sport, tourism and events management.
  • Apply your learning in industry or business contexts through our 'Applied Study Periods' 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 students commencing their studies in September 2022 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £21,500 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
Telephone
+44 (0) 161 543 4709
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.  6,5,5 in Higher Level subjects.

Changes to International Baccalaureate Diploma Mathematics Courses from September 2019, first examination 2021.

We are aware of the planned changes to the IB Mathematics curriculum. IB students will be able to choose from Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation from September 2019.

Applicants studying the International Baccalaureate Career Related Programme (IBCP) should contact the academic School prior to applying so that their academic profile can be considered.

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.

The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A Level entry requirements.

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 with B in writing and speaking and C in reading and listening.

Applicants completing the NCUK International Foundation year are required to achieve ABB and an EAP requirements score of B with B in writing and speaking and C in reading and listening.

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. 

The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students who have achieved legacy BTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the BTEC Extended Diploma, BTEC Diploma, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and BTEC Certificate. The grades required are likely to be the same or vary similar to the new BTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018). Please contact the Academic School for clarification.

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. 

The University of Manchester welcomes applications from students who have achieved legacy CTEC qualifications (pre-2016) such as the CTEC Extended Diploma, CTEC Diploma, CTEC Subsidiary Diploma, and CTEC Certificate.  The grades required are likely to be the same or  very similar to the new CTEC qualifications (first teaching 2016, awarded 2018). Please contact the Academic School for clarification.

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

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 overall with 45 at Level 3. Minimum of 30 credits with a distinction grade, with the remaining level 3 credits at merit. You must have GCSEs in English and Mathematics 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 are expected to achieve D3, M2, M2.

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

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Core Maths

The University recognises the value of Level 3 Core Mathematics qualifications. 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 we make. However, if a student chooses to undertake a core mathematics qualification this may be taken into account when we consider a student's application, particularly for courses with a distinct mathematical or statistical element that does not require A Level Mathematics. Academic Schools may also choose to take a student's performance in Core Mathematics into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Where a course requires applicants to have at least grade 6/B or higher in GCSE Mathematics we would be likely to consider a pass in Core Mathematics at a minimum grade C or B as an alternative way to fulfil this requirement. Where an A Level in Mathematics is required then Core Mathematics will not be accepted in lieu of an A Level.

A Level and GCSE Mathematics requirements for our courses vary according to subject so we advise students to contact the academic School, who will clarify whether a student's portfolio of qualifications is acceptable for entry onto the 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:

  • GCSE/iGCSE English Language grade C/4 , or;
  • IELTS 6.5 overall, with 6.5 in writing and no other sub-section below 6.0, or;
  • Pearson Test of English score of 70 or more overall, and no subsection below 65, or;
  • An acceptable equivalent qualification.

We do not offer Pre-sessional English Language courses for entry onto our undergraduate programmes within the School of Environment, Education and Development.

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.

Please note that if you have obtained several English Language qualifications, we will only be able to recognise your most recent English Language qualification.

Application and selection

How to apply

The last date for the receipt of applications to qualify for full and equal consideration was 26 January 2022, 18.00 (GMT). This course is now closed to further applications from Home students for September 2022 entry.

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 two applied study periods, which are like work placements and last 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 around Manchester, the UK and even further afield. In the past, students have completed their work experience in countries around the world, including: 

  • Australia; 
  • Indonesia; 
  • Thailand; 
  • Korea; 
  • Barbados; 
  • the Netherlands; 
  • Romania. 

Students who have chosen to stay in Manchester for their Applied Study Periods have spent time gaining professional experience at: 

  • Manchester United Football Club; 
  • Ear to the Ground (marketing agency); 
  • On the Beach; 
  • Invasion; 
  • Manchester Marriott Victoria and Albert Hotel; 
  • the Co-operative.

Special features

  • Join a UK top five university for Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism Studies (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020). 
  • Gain extensive professional experience through your Applied Study Periods, working in Manchester, around the UK or anywhere in the world, in a relevant role in an industry of your choice. 
  • Be part of AMSoc, the course society that brings together students from all three years of the course to share knowledge and skills, while organising exciting social events throughout the year. 
  • Meet your new course mates and teaching staff on the pre-course fieldtrip to Wales - a great opportunity to make new friends and be introduced to the management issues of leisure organisations. 

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
Introduction to Study Skills (incorporating the Field Trip) EDUC10751 20 Mandatory
Financial Management I EDUC10761 10 Mandatory
Business Economics in the Cultural and Creative Leisure Industries 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

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
Contemporary Human Resources Management EDUC20231 10 Mandatory
The Applied Study Period & Employability EDUC20261 10 Mandatory
Leadership EDUC20282 10 Mandatory
Research Methods - Quantitative and Qualitative Methods EDUC20650 20 Mandatory
Financial Management II EDUC20661 10 Mandatory
International Management EDUC21502 10 Mandatory
Sports Business EDUC20332 20 Optional
Contemporary Perspectives on Events and Tourism EDUC20450 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
Tourism Development EDUC31231 20 Optional

What our students say

My applied study period at an art gallery in Rotterdam was such a great experience where I met so many different people and made many interesting contacts.

Lisa, final year student.

Read more about  Lisa's experience  in her blog.

Facilities

The course is taught by the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE), which has trained more than 5,000 teachers in the last 15 years and has a strong heritage - education has been a field of study at The University of Manchester since 1890. 

You will benefit from studying within an environment that has a national and international reputation for quality in teaching, scholarship and research in this field.  

We pride ourselves on close staff-student relationships and guided, one-to-one supervision. 

The Institute promotes equality and diversity, and you will study in an environment that embraces values of cultural diversity and is fundamentally committed to equality of opportunity, regardless of race, disability, religious or other beliefs, sexual orientation or age. 

MIE provides opportunities for progression to taught and research master's degrees as well as our Ofsted `Outstanding' Primary PGCE. 

The city itself is a hive of activity for leisure studies. You'll find various cultural and sports venues around Manchester, including: 

  • Bridgewater Hall; 
  • Etihad Stadium;  
  • HOME; 
  • Manchester Academy;  
  • Manchester Arena;  
  • Manchester Art Gallery; 
  • National Football Museum; 
  • Old Trafford Cricket Ground;  
  • Old Trafford Stadium;  
  • Whitworth Art Gallery. 

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

The course's flexibility will allow you to develop a strong business-orientated skill set, valuable for a career both within and outside of the leisure industry. 

Your combination of learnt management and leadership alongside the 500 hours of professional experience you will earn during your studies, will ensure you graduate as a well-rounded professional, with skills valued by top employers. 

Recent graduates have gone onto work in roles including:  

  • account executive (sports marketing); 
  • artist liaison manager; 
  • client relationship executive (public relations); 
  • event coordinator/manager; 
  • hotel manager; 
  • human resources (HR) partner; 
  • project manager; 
  • TV production assistant. 

Past employers of our BA Management, Leadership and Leisure graduates include: 

  • Manchester Airports Group; 
  • the BBC; 
  • Hilton; 
  • Network Rail; 
  • and TUI. 

For more information, please see Careers and employability

The University has its own dedicated Careers Service  that you would have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate. 

At Manchester you will have access to a number of opportunities to help boost your employability .