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1 Highlands Opportunities Achievement Success Subject to approval IN Sport and Management Foundation Degree

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3 Introduction Plymouth University in partnership with Highlands College offers unrivalled expertise and experience in helping you the learner gain OPPORTUNITIES, ACHIEVE your goals and enjoy your learning SUCCESS. We understand that you are an individual, with unique aspirations and goals. Studying on our Sport and Management Foundation Degree course gives you access to: Tutors with unrivalled industry and academic experience Work-based learning with a variety of sport and business organisations Unrivalled networking opportunities with our industry partners Study at a leading university. Plymouth has been named as one of the UK s top 50 universities in The Sunday Times University Guide FdA in Sport and Management Sport and Management is concerned with understanding the nature and meaning of sport activity in people s lives, and with the planning and management of the physical, fi nancial, human and environmental resources to meet sporting needs. It is a multidisciplinary subject area grounded in theory but with a strong emphasis on practical application. Our two-year Plymouth University approved Sport and Management Foundation Degree at Highlands College is specifi cally designed to refl ect the employment opportunities available in the areas of sport and management and other business sectors where management related theory, concepts and principles are integral. The number of graduates entering the sports industry is increasing. Potential employers are looking more and more towards vocational expertise and experience to complement academic qualifi cations. To address this issue the course has embedded industrial placements in business sectors such as sports, fi tness, outdoor adventure, education, events and even fi nance for students who want to broaden the application. The placement will give you the opportunity to gain the industrial experience and relevant sporting skills that employers are seeking from today s graduates. The course aims to develop your academic and professional skills relevant to sport management in the commercial, public and voluntary sectors, both in the UK and Jersey. What role does sport play in society? Who plays sport and why? How is sport managed and delivered? How does psychology impact on physical activity participation and adherence? What are the physical and mental benefi ts of sport and physical activity? How do organisations market their products and services? How did sport develop? How do we utilise project management processes to successfully run an event? What s the legacy of events like the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games and what is the economic benefi t? These are the type of questions that a foundation degree in Sport and Management will help you answer. 3

4 Why a Plymouth University Degree at Highlands About us With a mission to be the enterprise university, Plymouth is a dynamic and innovative environment within which to work and study, transforming lives through education, world-class research and innovation on a global stage. Plymouth University has been shortlisted for one of the most coveted and prestigious awards in the national higher education sector. The institution has been named among six fi nalists for the 2012 University of the Year accolade, in the annual Times Higher Education Awards. We are committed to delivering an outstanding student experience and enjoy a reputation for excellence in teaching and learning alongside world-class research. Together with a research-informed curriculum, we embed employability skills throughout a student s journey with us. This approach is replicated at our partner colleges around the UK, including Highlands College. Our students emerge as highly employable graduates with an impressive skills base. Studying for a Plymouth degree in Jersey gives the benefi ts of a Plymouth approved curriculum which is tailored to the local market. Skilled teachers Feedback from current students is universally positive about the high standards and approachability of the teaching team. In the Plymouth University Partner Colleges Undergraduate Student Perception survey, 100% of fi rst year students stated that they found staff are good at explaining things ; 100% of students were satisfi ed with the quality of the course, and over 90% agreed that the course has helped me to present myself with confi dence. Our core team are all experienced teachers with over 40 years experience between them. We also draw on a pool of experienced visiting lecturers from the Island s sport/leisure and events industries. Crucially, we insist that anyone delivering a module on any of our courses has a nationally recognised teaching qualifi cation, ensuring the highest standards of achievement and academic integrity. Ongoing support We recognise that at higher education level students are on a journey toward full independence and this is refl ected in the large amount of support which is delivered in the fi rst year, gradually being reduced as students develop their skills as independent learners. We believe in small class sizes, prioritising quality over the sheep-dip approach favoured by some institutions. Students also have the support of a personal tutor, a work-based learning tutor and, of course, their mentor in the placement organisation. Varied teaching methods Teaching is via a variety of methods from traditional lectures and seminars to small group challenges, including participation in organised events to apply theory to practice. Teaching and assessment is often linked to the work placement, allowing students to apply and embed what they have learned in the classroom. Classrooms are wellequipped with interactive whiteboards and internet access. Higher education students have access to their own study space as well as the College library and Learning Resources Centre. Students also have access to electronic resources and learning support material through Plymouth University s web-based student portal. 4

5 The University Centre at Highlands Experienced mentors You will be allocated an experienced work mentor who will guide you through your work experience whilst out in industry. The role of the mentor is to ensure that the student is provided with guidance, support and feedback to enable them to develop and apply theory learned in the classroom within a real life business environment. Creative assessment tools Recognising that learners are all different, we assess students using a range of methods from business reports and academic essays, to group and individual presentations and practical case studies. This helps students to develop their academic skills, as well as developing the soft skills that our partner organisations tell us that they expect in graduate hires. Importantly, the learning log that students keep during their extensive work placement forms a critical part of the overall assessment. Students are encouraged to engage in dialogue, with their mentor and those around them at work, to refl ect on and learn from this unrivalled experience. Practical assessments A distinctive feature of the Sport and Management Foundation Degree is on the emphasis of developing knowledge and skills central to the role of the aspiring manager. All modules have embedded practical assessments to complement the strong vocational focus of the degree course and to give the student the opportunity to deal with real life issues and projects, including regular work placements. 5

6 Syllabus Professional practice This module is designed to enable students to demonstrate that they have all the qualities and transferable skills necessary for relevant employment requiring the exercise of responsibility and decision making, including the ability to relate their professional practice to underlying theory and principles. Introduction to accounting This introductory module provides students with an effective understanding of accounting standards, the principles of fi nancial reporting and the systems and processes involved in the preparation of fi nancial and accounting information. The sport and fitness industries The sport and fi tness sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in most developed economies. This module examines the activities that make up the sector, their development and economic impact, the key stakeholders and how they have infl uenced the achievements of the sector. Applied sports coaching The performance of athletes is very dependent on the performance of their coach. This module looks at the theory that underpins the strategies that coaches can use and develops the student s knowledge and skills in the application of those strategies. Planning for sport and events Successful sports events and projects are founded on (1) sound planning and (2) effective implementation. This module considers the fi rst of these and examines the theory and practice of event and project planning in the sports sector. Customer service Customer service is one of the main sources of competitive advantage in sports businesses. Ensuring that the customers experience exceeds their expectations is one of the key ways of ensuring they keep coming back. This module examines the nature of customer service, how to design it into the overall offering, how to manage it and improve it. Marketing This module covers the development of marketing plans and strategies and gives students the tools to analyse the impact of those plans and strategies in the work context. People and organisations This module provides knowledge and skills in the application of modern management principles. It examines the behaviour of individuals, teams and organisations and the way that behaviour can be infl uenced. Research methods, analysis and decision making Many decisions in business are based on a thorough understanding of markets, organisational performance and customer needs, and the risks associated with each transaction. This module focuses on the methods used to research and analyse businesses, their markets, operation, and problems. Management and operations for sport and events This module considers the processes and management tasks involved in the implementation of plans to run sports events, activities and facilities. Psychology of physical activity This module examines the theories of exercise psychology that underpin many of the approaches used to improve participation and performance in sport. 6 Business enterprise in outdoor adventure The purpose of this module is to enable students to apply many of the skills, theories and concepts developed during the two years of their foundation degree. With the agreement of the module tutor, students will research, plan and pilot an outdoor adventure sports project of their choosing.

7 Full Time Stage 1 - Year 1 Professional practice Intro to accounting Customer service Applied sports coaching Planning for sport and events The sport and fitness industries Placement 6 weeks Stage 2 - Year 2 Marketing Management and operations for sport and events Psychology of physical activity Business enterprise in outdoor adventure People and organisations Research methods Placement 6 weeks Qualify - FdA Sport and Management Degree Part Time * Module order for Stage 1 alternates each year Stage 1 - Year 1 * Professional Practice Intro to accounting The sport and fitness industries Placement 3 weeks Stage 1 - Year 2 * Customer service Applied sports coaching Planning for sport and events Placement 3 weeks Stage 2 - Year 3 Management and operations for sport and events Psychology of physical activity People and organisations Placement 3 weeks Stage 2 - Year 4 Marketing Business enterprise in outdoor adventure Research methods Placement 3 weeks Qualify - FdA Sport and Management Degree 7

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9 BA (Honours) Degree in Financial Services Bright prospects Employability We want you to be in a good position to face the demands of a tough economic environment. Our courses and work experience opportunities allow you to develop transferable skills needed to meet the changing needs of employers, the economy and society. We seek to strengthen your professional practice by building your own portfolio to help you refl ect and prove your worth to employers. We are committed to providing opportunities for our students to develop abilities and skills which will enhance their employability. These opportunities are available to students at every level of study, regardless of their own personal circumstances. Primary objectives Underpinning this strategy are fi ve primary objectives: To maintain the University s position as the Island s leading institution for student employability; To improve the overall quality of graduates fi rst employment destinations as evidenced by our success in relation to students gaining jobs with their placement provider; To incorporate employability-related skills and training activities across all academic disciplines and other relevant areas; To establish and maintain high quality, fully coordinated links with leading local graduate recruiters. The University aims to achieve these objectives by:- Continuing to embed higher-level, subject-specifi c, intellectual and transferable skills within the academic curriculum; Increasing and enhancing opportunities for workrelated learning; Preparing students for employment in a global economy; Recording personal development. Developing employability attributes A set of core attributes are routinely outlined by employers as indicators of their needs and as ciphers of graduateness. These relate to world of work behavioural practices, such as reliability, good timekeeping, confi dence and complex problemsolving, and, no less importantly, to soft skills such as communication, teamworking ability, the capacity to operate independently and to demonstrate contextual sensitivity, including intercultural awareness. Recognition of the value of these attributes, and of their pertinence to HE learning within and outside the curriculum, underpins the ambitions of the University s Employability Strategy. We have a proven track record in students securing employment in a related job role on graduation. 9

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11 Application process Admissions For the minimum entry requirement is 160 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (e.g. BTEC Extended Diploma) or 27 International Baccalaureate points plus GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above. Other level 3 qualifi cations will be considered and mature applicants with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. All candidates will need to have a successful interview. You will also need to demonstrate a clean police record check for your work placement. Cost Tuition fees for new students for the academic year will be How to apply All applicants are required to complete an application form and submit a personal statement. A specifi c task relevant to the course applied for will also be set which will be discussed at the interview stage. Grant means tested support for fees and living expenses is available from the Education, Sport and Culture Department - please contact Tel for more information. Glenda Rivoallan Business Development and Work based Learning Manager Innes MacLagan University Centre Manager Jane Herlihy University Centre Administrator Application forms can be downloaded from or can be collected from Student Services at Highlands College. For further information on any of our courses direct your questions and queries to the team. 11

12 Highlands Opportunities Achievement Success Highlands College, PO Box 1000, St Saviour, Jersey, JE4 9QA Tel: (01534) Design & Print by Energy Media Tel (01534)

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