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School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
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Our School

The School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
aims to develop and apply knowledge in the sciences of
sport, exercise, health and rehabilitation.

Our mission is to address one of the key             integrated modules where theory and practice
challenges facing contemporary societies:            go hand in hand. We also work in partnership
increasing the quantity and quality of               with UB Sport, using their facilities for applied
engagement in physical activity to enhance           research and teaching practical sessions. This
health and wellbeing. We are interested in           partnership will be further strengthened with the
finding new ways to support the physical             opening of a new £55 million sports centre in
activity and sport needs of all individuals and      2015 offering some of the best sports facilities
communities ranging from elite athletes, to          in the UK.
young children, elderly exercisers, inactive
groups and those recovering from illness or          Our Global Reach
injury. To achieve this, we engage in world-         One of the key reasons to consider studying in
leading research that underpins teaching on          the School is our global expertise and impact.      The purpose of the Applicant Visit Day is to offer
all our degree programmes.                           Not just in research, collaborations and            you detailed insights into the University and to
                                                     teaching, but in the international community        the programmes, staff and facilities in the School.
A University of Firsts                               of staff and students that we have established.     You will have an opportunity to meet members of
In 1946 the University of Birmingham became          Our global reach extends beyond staff and           staff and current undergraduate students who will
the first university in the UK to offer a degree     students from abroad, through our network of        tell you more about our courses and answer any
in Sport and Exercise Sciences, extending the        global partner Universities (through Universitas    questions you may have.
original focus on Physical Education. We are         21) to graduates working abroad, placements/
still leading the sector today in both research      internships abroad and also the opportunity for     In addition the University has a number of
and teaching.                                        some students to undertake a study abroad           general Open Days which are open to anyone
                                                     year (during their third year). Students            to visit the University and the School of Sport,
Quality of Teaching and Research                     undertaking this opportunity in 2013-14 are         Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences.
Our research excellence was recognised in            studying in Canada, the USA and Australia.
the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE,                                                              Our induction programme
2008), where we were ranked first in the UK          Sport                                               We have introduced an innovative new
for research of international importance.            A specific level of sporting ability is not         induction programme called ‘Speed BSc’,
                                                     a requirement for studying with us in the           to help new students to make a smooth
Research underpins all teaching that takes           School of Sport and Exercise Sciences.              transition from school/college to university.
place at Birmingham. You will be taught by           However, for those students who are interested      The programme was created by current
academics who are working at the cutting edge        in participating, the University offers a wealth    students based on what they felt was needed
of their research areas. Our teaching was rated      of sporting opportunities at every level, from      when they entered the School. The aim is to
as excellent by the Higher Education Funding         beginner to Olympic athlete. Birmingham             complete a ‘mini degree’ within 2 days, working
Council for England in their assessment of           is consistently ranked in the top three in          as part of a team, culminating in an induction
teaching quality in UK universities.                 the British Universities and Colleges Sport         graduation ceremony. This programme helps
                                                     league tables. UB Sport has over 50 sports          all our first year students to get to know one
State-of-the-art facilities                          clubs for you to join, competing at a range         another and to understand the School. At the
Thanks to a £16.4 million investment, at             of levels from participation for fun through        same time, this exercise provides a valuable
Birmingham we boast the largest custom built         to national league competition.                     opportunity for current students to enhance
Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation facility in                                                           their skills by helping to deliver the induction.
the UK. This includes teaching and research          Applicant Visit Days
laboratories for physiology, biochemistry,           The School does not normally interview
psychophysiology, musculoskeletal assessment,        applicants (except for the BSc Applied Golf
biomechanics, sport psychology, motor skills,        Management Studies Programme). However, we                                  Watch a video all
immunology, muscle mechanics and the                 automatically invite all applicants to whom we                              about our Speed
neurophysiology of movement.                         have made offers to one of our Applicant Visit                              BSc programme
                                                     Days. We are also very happy for parents and                                (
Our state-of-the-art teaching and research           friends to accompany applicants to the visit day
facilities offer excellent learning spaces for our   and to attend the lectures and presentations.
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    Our programmes and how to apply

    We offer a range of Undergraduate Programmes all of which
    support learning across our 5 key themes:
    o	 Active Lifestyles
    o	 Effective Learning
    o	 Maximal Performance
    o	 Movement Rehabilitation
    o	 Healthy Ageing

    If you are interested in learning about physical
    activity for health and wellbeing, sport for
    performance or participation, or movement
    rehabilitation, our multi-disciplinary degree
    programmes offer you unrivalled opportunities.
    At the end of your studies, you will understand
    the importance of both multi-disciplinary and
    interdisciplinary approaches to answering
    questions about sport, performance, and the
    role of exercise in promoting and maintaining
    health throughout the lifespan. The variety of
    modules on offer ensures that you are prepared
    for a wide range of potential careers.

    We offer modules ranging from theory to
    practice, core science to applied studies, and
    from natural and social science perspectives.
    Topics range from human biology, exercise
    physiology, psychology, musculoskeletal
    practice and motor control, through to physical
    education, coaching, politics, policy and
    sociology. Through these diverse perspectives,       A degree that suits you                          BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Sciences
    we are able to address questions about our five      We have two main undergraduate programmes        UCAS code: BC17
    School themes in ways that ensure our work           in the School with different emphases within     If you are interested in studying a science-
    is relevant to real life settings. The breadth of    the broad field of sport, exercise, health and   based programme, then this programme may
    optional modules throughout our programmes           rehabilitation. We also offer collaborative      be the one for you. You will gain a strong
    allows you to tailor your degree to your own         degrees with the Professional Golfers’           scientific understanding of human physiology,
    specific interests or the requirements of a          Association and joint honours degrees with       psychology, anatomy, biomechanics and
    chosen career.                                       other schools in the university. To find out     biochemistry. You will learn about how the
                                                         more about these programmes visit our            healthy human body works during exercise,
    As your degree progresses, you have the              website. Overviews of the main programmes        and how sport and physical activity promote
    option to specialise in areas of personal            are presented below.                             health from cellular to whole body perspectives.
    interest. For example, in the third year, you will
    have the opportunity to plan and undertake an        In addition to module options within your        Throughout the course you will be engaged in
    individual research project.                         degree programme (except AGMS), you will         practical sessions to develop your laboratory
                                                         have opportunities to broaden your area of       skills. These sessions complement lectures
    If appropriate, in parallel with the academic        study further by selecting modules from the      and seminars and provide a firm grounding in
    courses, students are encouraged to take             other programmes or from those offered in        scientific method. As you move through the
    National Governing Body of Sport courses             another School in the University. During your    programme there are options to specialise
    leading to coaching and other qualifications.        studies you will also have the opportunity to    in different areas of study.
                                                         apply for competitive placements in industry.
                                                         Past placements have included premiership
                                                         football clubs, local hospitals, health clubs
                                                         and local sports clubs. Internships working
                                                         alongside staff on research projects are
                                                         also available during holiday periods.
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BSc (Hons) Sport, Physical Education                 BSc (Hons) Applied Golf Management Studies          International Year
and Coaching Science                                 UCAS code: N290                                     During your study on our undergraduate
UCAS code: C6L4                                      This programme is the only golf degree in           programmes (Sport and Exercise Sciences
This programme has been designed for those           the world that offers the opportunity to apply      and Sport, Physical Education and Coaching
students who are interested in pursuing a            for membership of the Professional Golfers’         Science), we offer the opportunity to spend a
vocational career in the broad field of sport,       Association (PGA). It is taught in collaboration    year at an overseas university as part of your
education and coaching. You will study               with the PGA at both the University and             degree. This could include studying in Europe,
modules to prepare you for a wide range of           PGA Training Academy at The Belfry. On this         Canada, the United States, Australia or many
careers in, for example, physical education,         programme you will study a number of applied        other countries around the world. You would
sports coaching, community sport, the                theoretical disciplines including sports science,   complete the first two years of your degree
fitness/leisure industry or sport governance.        business management, materials science and          here in Birmingham, then spend a year abroad,
The programme offers you modules in                  coach education. During each summer you             before returning to complete your degree. If you
both theoretical and practical aspects,              will organise and undertake a placement             pass the year abroad, you would graduate with
and includes opportunities for volunteering          in a golf specific setting. Full details of our     a BSc with International Year. We see this as
either in an educational setting or sport,           collaborative programmes with the PGA               a great opportunity for you to explore different
leisure or community context.                        and their specific entry requirements can           approaches to your subject and to experience
                                                     be found in a separate booklet.                     living in a different culture.
A key element of this programme is the
application of theoretical knowledge in
practice. Practical activities are integrated with                                                       Full details about all our courses can be found
theoretical knowledge in a range of modules                                                              on the course finder pages of the University
focusing on Games, Dance, Gymnastics,                                                                    website
Swimming and Outdoor Education.
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                                                      UCAS codes
     Entry requirements                               UCAS Institution Code       BIRM B32
     Our normal offer range is from AAA to AAB        BSc Sport and Exercise      BC17
     at A2 (SES) and AAA-ABB (SPECS). All             Sciences (Hons)
     applicants must offer at least one of our        BSc Sport, Physical         C6L4
     preferred subjects. Offers of ABB will be        Education and Coaching
     made to applicants with multiple A levels        Science (Hons)
     from our preferred list and an exceptional       BSc Applied Golf            N290
     supporting statement. For specific entry         Management Studies (Hons)
     requirements, please refer to individual
     programme entries on line

     We consider students with a BTEC in
     a science-related discipline. All BTEC
     students must have a good overall GCSE
     profile (normally minimum Grade C in
     English, Maths and Science). Access to
     Science and International Baccalaureate
     qualifications are also accepted.

     Applicants do not need to have a
     specific level of sporting ability to study at
     Birmingham, although many students are
     either competent in sport or are interested
     in sport and exercise at a participation /
     personal enjoyment level.

     International Baccalaureate Diploma
     35-36 points, including one of the following
     subjects at HL: Biology, Chemistry,
     Economics, English A1, Geography, History,
     Mathematics, Physics, Psychology or Social
     and Cultural Anthropology. Theory of
     Knowledge and Extended Essay points
     are not considered. 5 points in each of SL
     English and Maths if not offered at GCSE
     or equivalent.

     Alternative academic qualifications
     Alternative academic qualifications may be
     acceptable. Please contact the Student
     Recruitment Team for further advice.

     For full details of the entry
     requirements please see our website
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How do I apply?                                     Method of study                                      How will I be supported?
You must apply for admission through the                                                                 During your first week at University you will
Universities and Colleges Admissions Service        How will I be taught?                                meet your personal tutor who will work closely
(UCAS) at                             The degree programmes are taught using               with you throughout your programme to support
                                                    a range of methods including formal lectures,        your development and track your academic
When should I apply?                                small group seminars, computer based learning,       progress. In your first year, you will see your
Demand for places on our programme is               and practical classes in both laboratories and       tutor every fortnight either in a small group
extremely high. Due to competition for places       the sports centre. Particular attention is paid      with other students to discuss an aspect of
we are only able to accept a certain number         to developing generic learning skills in addition    teaching or research, or individually to review
of students each year, so we would strongly         to specific subject knowledge. Generic skills        your personal progress. In addition, we offer
advise all applicants to submit their application   include computing and statistical competence,        another layer of support in the form of year
to us, through UCAS, well before the beginning      report writing, oral presentations and               tutors who offer advice and support to student
of December.                                        participating in group work. We believe              groups who wish to bring generic issues to
                                                    that attention to these skills is one reason         the attention of teaching staff. This system
International students                              why our graduates are so attractive to               ensures we are able to be very responsive
Applications are welcome from overseas              potential employers.                                 to student concerns.
students who may take the standard three
year undergraduate courses. For application to      Who will teach me?                                   The University has an extensive student support
our Honours degree course your qualifications       You will be taught by leading academics in           system which is organised within the School by
should be equivalent to our usual A-level offers.   their subject, who are passionate about sharing      two welfare tutors. Together with your personal
For further information visit:                      their knowledge and expertise with you.              tutor, welfare tutors are a key point of contact if                  You will become part of the School’s academic        you experience personal difficulties during your
                                                    community which includes professors, lecturers,      studies. If you choose to stay in the university’s
 Learn more                                         visiting experts, postgraduate students and          student accommodation in your first year,
 For further information, contact:                  researchers. In addition to their expertise          you will be given a student mentor to help
 Student Recruitment Team                           in teaching and research, our world-leading          you settle in and guide you through living
 School of Sport, Exercise                          academic staff act as consultants to schools,        away from home.
 and Rehabilitation Sciences                        local education authorities, National Governing
 University of Birmingham                           Bodies of Sport, charities, businesses and           The academic year
 Edgbaston, Birmingham                              Government departments within the UK                 Each year of study is divided into two
 B15 2TT UK                                         and abroad. This enables academics to bring          semesters of 11 weeks of teaching, followed
 Tel: 0121 414 5922                                 a real world perspective to their taught sessions    by a period for revision, assimilation and
 Email:               with you.                                            examination. The teaching is modular and
                                                                                                         most modules have a value of 20 credits with
                                                    We collaborate with a number of external             a full single honours year totalling 120 credits.
                                                    partners including: the Amateur Swimming
                                                    Association; Birmingham City Council;
                                                    Birmingham Royal Ballet; the British
                                                    Gymnastics Association; NHS trusts;
                                                    British Heart Foundation; British Triathlon;
                                                    Alzheimer’s Research UK; Age UK;
                                                    The Football Association; the Jamaican
                                                    Athletics Association; the Professional
                                                    Golfers’ Association; and the Youth Sport
                                                    Trust. Invited speakers from these and other
                                                    organisations enrich the taught programmes
                                                    for all students.
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    Career opportunities

    The School has an excellent record of employment, with 94% of our
    graduates in graduate-level jobs or postgraduate study six months
    after graduation. These statistics reflect the strong reputation of the
    School and the wide range of employability skills on offer in our
    multi-disciplinary degree programmes.

    Our graduates are ideally suited to employment    Further Study                                     outdoor education, PE teaching in schools,
    in careers related to:                            Following successful completion of your           the NHS and local hospitals, hotel health
    o		 exercise and health including working         undergraduate studies, we offer an exciting       clubs and more. Internships are also available
        as exercise physiologists and sports          range of opportunities to continue your studies   in staff laboratories; eg, Biochemistry, Human
        psychologists;                                at Masters or PhD level. These programmes         Movement, and also as part of ongoing
    o		 sport and recreation including sports         attract students from across the world and        research projects. These opportunities help
        and leisure centre management,                focus on developing your knowledge and            to enhance your CV and prepare you for the
    o	coaching,                                       skills in specialised areas to new levels. For    world of work upon graduation in a field of
    o		 courses for physical education teaching/      those of you who wish to plan ahead, details      interest to you. There are also plans underway
        primary school teaching                       of our postgraduate programmes can be found       to introduce an international study abroad
    o		ork with national sports agencies and          here             year, further enhancing the CVs of students
        sports development departments of local                                                         choosing that route.
        authorities                                   Work experience
                                                      We offer a number of competitive
    Many graduates continue to further study;         opportunities for work experience throughout
    for example medicine, physiotherapy, dietetics    the programmes. Past placements have                                    Watch a video of our
    and occupational health. The University           included Birmingham City FC, Birmingham                                 students on an internship
    offers a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education       City Council Sports Clubs/Healthy Living                                placement at West
                                                                                                                              Bromwich Albion FC.
    (PGDipEd) for those wishing to enter the          Programmes, Aston Villa Academy,
    teaching profession. Many of our students are     Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, British and
    working abroad after graduation. That ranges      German Triathletes, sports club coaching,
    from graduate working ‘gap years’ in coaching
    camps, to full time employment in areas of
    sport, exercise and health around the world.

    In addition, there is a broader range of
    careers that attracts our graduates, including
    the police force, army, air force and navy
    (some of our undergraduates enter our
    degree programmes with sponsorship from
    the armed forces and a number are highly
    active in the Territorial Army). In addition,
    graduates find they are well prepared for
    generic graduate recruitment and further
    study in areas such as law, accountancy,
    banking, financial services, computing,
    marketing, management, the Civil Service,
    Scientific Civil Service and local government.

    Students have access to a comprehensive
    Careers Network, based at the Careers
    Centre. In addition, careers and CV advice,
    and work experience/internship support, are
    available within the School on a weekly basis.
    We also arrange for you to meet a number
    of our alumni during your studies in order to
    learn from their experiences of preparing for
    a successful career in a chosen field.
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University of Birmingham Sport

University of Birmingham Sport (UBSport)            Sports facilities at the University
Sport takes centre stage at the University,         As part of our commitment to sport, exercise
not just in the lecture theatres but on the         and physical activity the University has pledged
playing fields too. For the past 17 years           £55 million towards a new sports centre to
UBSport has finished in the top three of            open in 2015. It will be a sports centre for the
the British Universities and Colleges Sport         University and the wider community, providing
championship in a field of approximately 150        an extensive range of sport and fitness
competing institutions. From absolute beginner      activities, promoting health and well-being,
to world-class performer, UBSport offers            encouraging high-performance, and developing
students a world of opportunity to learn,           our next generation of Olympic heroes.
develop and grow with one of the most               Facilities will include:
comprehensive sports programmes available
in higher education in the UK.                      o	The  first 50m pool in Birmingham
                                                    o		 triple  sports hall, to accommodate major,
At Birmingham, sport is for all, from the largest     national sporting events
Active Lifestyle programme in the UK with a         o	One of the largest gyms in Europe
variety of Aerobic, Toning, Dance, Holistic,          S
                                                    o		quash courts; indoor climbing wall; dance
Aqua and Specialist classes to choose from,           studios; and fitness suites
to Try Sport and so much more. Whatever your        o	A Wellbeing and High Performance Centre
ability, interest or passion, you will never have                                                      o	2 floodlit water-based synthetic pitches
a better opportunity to get involved, make          The facilities are designed to meet the needs      o	Floodlit Third generation pitch
new friends and enjoy what will undoubtedly         of students as well as the many regional sports    o	Floodlit Grass pitches
become the most memorable years of your life.       clubs that currently use the University’s          o	Tennis courts                          facilities. We already have some of the best       o	Our own outdoor activities centre,
                                                    sports facilities in the country and Birmingham      The Raymond Priestley Centre, in the
                                                    itself is home to a number of world-class sports     Lake District
                                                    amenities and sports clubs. The university           raymondpriestley
                                                    sports facilities currently include:
                                                                                                       Sport scholarships
                                                    o	Fitness  suite                                   The University of Birmingham Sport
                                                    o	25m swimming pool                                Scholarship scheme helped hundreds of
                                                    o	3 multi-purpose sports halls                     student-athletes to maximise their academic
                                                    o	7 squash courts (3 with glass backs)             and sporting potential. Our scholarship
                                                    o	Dance studio                                     programme is consistently rated as one
                                                    o	Gymnastics hall                                  of the best in the UK.
                                                    o	Floodlit athletics track               

Artist’s impression of new Sports Centre
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     Student profiles

      Timothy Roberts                                     their research and taught me the high                there as a student. The student community
                                                          standards necessary to succeed in this field.        was very supportive, whether it was students
      Sport and Exercise Sciences
                                                                                                               on your course, from your sport or where you
      (SES) graduate                                      My first year at Birmingham was very exciting.       live. During my studies I was a member of
                                                          It took time to adjust to the demands of a busy      the golf team, managed and played for an
      I am currently working as a sport scientist         schedule whilst making time to study, but it         intramural 6-a-side football team and worked
      with the Gatorade Sport Science Institute in        was a lot of fun to be involved with so many         in the Human Performance Laboratory.
      Bradenton Florida. In our exercise performance      different things.
      laboratory we work with high school athletes                                                             It is important to quickly find a balance
      to NFL and NBA superstars, helping them             The university experience was instrumental           between your studies, your sport and your
      achieve optimal performance through research        in getting me to where I am now. Not only            social life. Make sure you stay motivated to
      and education in hydration and nutrition            did I gain the knowledge and skills I require        work hard and achieve what you set out to
      science. I was fortunate enough to get this         for my job, but I was also taught to think           on your 1st day of term as a freshman.
      position only a few months after graduation.        independently, work to the highest standards
                                                          and be driven to succeed.                            My aspirations for the future are to become
      I studied Sport and Exercise Sciences and                                                                a leader in the field of exercise performance
      in my final year I worked with the Exercise         Campus life was a lot of fun and being part          testing. Working with elite athletes to assess
      Metabolism Research Group investigating             of the Edgbaston campus created a sense of           their physiology, metabolism, nutrition,
      the effects for vitamin D supplementation on        community that you do not find at universities       hydration and functional strength and
      athletic performance. The Sportex department        with city centre campuses.                           movement; helping them to achieve optimal
      at the University of Birmingham is one of the                                                            performance with proper nutrition, hydration
      best in the world. Studying here exposed me         Growing up only an hour from the University,         and strength conditioning science.
      to how the world’s leading scientists conduct       I knew Birmingham well and it was great to be

      Gemma Kehoe                                         I originally applied to the University of            course and knowledge that I will always be
                                                          Birmingham for two reasons – one was the             supported from the University for as long as
      Sport, Physical Education
                                                          prestigious reputation the University holds for      I want to be alumni.
      and Coaching Science                                both sport and academia, and being a keen
      (SPECS) graduate                                    sportswoman I was enticed by the competitive         The advice I would give to students would be
                                                          standard of sport within the University and the      to firstly choose modules you enjoy. If you enjoy
      I am currently fortunate to be working for the      high quality education provided. I was also          the module you are more likely to succeed. Be
      Football Association which governs football         attracted by the course itself. On the open day,     enthusiastic in lectures and practical sessions
      across the UK. My job title currently sits within   the lecturers were more than welcoming and           the more you put in during the three years,
      the football development remit of the work the      helpful, it offered practically elements which no    the more you will get out. Finally take every
      FA does. My role as a Get Into Football Officer     other university provided to extend theoretical      opportunity for courses, volunteering
      looks at nurturing, developing and growing          knowledge and to really appreciate the value of      opportunities and any opportunities you
      the game around 16+ and adult participation         theory into practice. An element that, in reality,   get to do extra sporting activities as full
      within all types of football from small-sided,      has proved to be a priceless attribute.              time employment is getting more and more
      to futsal, to the 11-a-side game. We are                                                                 restricted to the average degree student so
      planning to significantly affect the decline in     I would like to emphasise to new students the        make sure you stand out. SPECS provide
      sports participation of the post-16 population      way that at the University of Birmingham you         students with a lot of opportunities and access
      focusing on football as a tool to drive an          are always made to feel welcome and at home.         to various internal and external opportunities –
      increase in active people.                          The support from staff on SPECS goes above           make sure while you are at university you take
                                                          and beyond the levels you are prepared for.          part as when you leave you won’t have the
      I am fortunate to be able to work developing        The lectures are made interesting but give you       same access or time to be able to do them.
      something I am passionate about. I enjoy the        what you need to know. The social life is
      challenge of creating a positive outlook to         always continually on the map and the best bits
      football participation post-16 and enjoy            for me were being part of a community that had
      developing new innovative ideas to really           fantastic academic credentials, superb staff
      significantly impact the decline. Life in general   support and enabled me to gain life long
      is also good at the moment enriched with the        friendships. It changed my life as I’m now
      continuous meeting of new people within work        blessed with a full-time job which the
      environment impacts on my coaching outside          credentials of a degree from the University of
      of work that I do with disability children and in   Birmingham really supported. I’m also blessed
      turn develops my social interactions also.          with a group of life long good friends from the
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Matt Davies                                        opportunities for members who aspire to               there on about any subject you can think of.
                                                   work in Asia. This will be achieved through           I really like Birmingham as a city – it is very
Applied Golf Management
                                                   promoting The PGA brand and the value                 diverse and there is lots to do. I had moved to
Studies (AGMS) graduate                            this has to a golf facility.                          the area a few years before starting the course
                                                                                                         so I had an understanding of what to expect.
I currently work for the Professional Golfers’     I studied the Applied Golf Management
Association (PGA) based in Sutton Coldfield,       Studies Programme (2007-2010) and                     My advice to future students would be meet
Birmingham. I have worked there since before       graduated with a 1st Class Honours. The               as many people as you can, utilize the support
graduating. During the last 4 months of my         course benefitted me because I got to make            available as much as possible, and get involved
course I was actually working 2 days per week      contact with a lot of people at the PGA               in as many projects/activities as feasibly
on the guest programme for the 2010 Ryder          where I currently work through having 50%             possible given your time/finances. University is
Cup. After graduating I then worked for 2 years    of my lectures at the PGA National Training           not all about the course you have signed up to
in the Education department responsible for        Academy. I got to meet a lot of new friends in        study, it is about building other key skills and
developing new learning resources. Currently,      my first year. I expected the work to be a step       experience which can make you more
I have just finished working on the 2012 Ryder     up in academic terms from the BTEC which I            attractive to future employers.
Cup match in Medinah, Chicago where I was          had previously completed, and it was. On the
involved with the VIP guest programme.             course I studied, there were only 25 people in        Putting it boldly, I wouldn’t have got the job
                                                   the year group so I soon got to know everyone         I have now if I hadn’t completed the AGMS
Since March 2013 I have been seconded              very well.                                            course. That is a huge benefit. However, these
from The PGA to the China Britain Business                                                               opportunities don’t just fall into your lap… you
Council to open up a PGA representative            Coming from a rural background, to me                 have to make the most of your time, develop
office in Shenzhen, China. I am working on         Edgbaston could be considered a City Centre           your skills, speak to people, utilize the
behalf of The PGA World Alliance to provide        location! Edgbaston is a nice area to study           University’s resources in any way you
greater support, including educational and         and there are great transport links into the City     can to your advantage.
tournament opportunities to our members who        Centre, especially with having the University
are currently working in the region. I will also   train station on site. I really enjoyed studying in
be assisting in opening up new employment          the main library - you could find information in

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                                                                                                          This brochure was written several months in advance of the start of
                                                                                                          the academic year. It is intended to provide prospective students with
                                                                                                          a general picture of the programmes and courses offered by the School.
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                                                                                                          year. Also, because our research is constantly exploring new areas
                                                                                                          and directions of study some courses may be dropped and new
                                                                                                          ones offered in their place.
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College of Life and
Environmental Sciences
Edgbaston, Birmingham,
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

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