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Bachelor of Sport, Recreation and Event Management

Course code Y53

The sport, recreation and event management industry is a dynamic, and evolving sector.

Not only does it provide health, fitness and entertainment benefits to people world-wide, it comprises a multi-million-dollar sector which generates employment for sport development managers, event managers, and more.

This course provides a range of professional industry practice opportunities in relevant industries, so you’ll not only learn the theoretical knowledge, but also the industry focused practical skills to succeed.

You’ll focus on the application of the key aspects of sport delivery systems, event management, leadership and programming, culture and professional identity development, sport and recreation facilities and services management, strategic and human resource management, marketing and communications, funding and finance, sport venue management, sports law, sport business research and planning, and event operations management.

Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to further specialise your studies with a stronger industry focus in various fields, such as marketing, sports science, human resource management, public relations, or tourism and hospitality management.

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Course overview

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Entry requirements

70 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

Y53

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $14,650

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT PT FT PT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online FT PT FT PT
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

Y53

CRICOS code

083403E

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $32,800

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT FT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online FT PT FT PT
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • AQF Cert IV;
    • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Undergraduate Certificate;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • University Preparation Course;*
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment; or*
    • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

    For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
    • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
    • University Preparation Course;
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment;*
    • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
    • Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 1: Study part-time Online

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 2: Study part-time Online

Course Structure

Students are required to complete 16 Core Units. This will be supported by an 8-unit supplementary program, comprising a Major, or a Minor plus Elective units, or two Minors, or 8 Elective units.

Year 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPM1001Introduction to Recreation15
SPM1102Sport and Recreation Leadership and Programming15
SPM2112Sport Delivery Systems15
SBL1600Business Identity and Protocols15
TSM2202Introduction to Event Management15
SPM2111Sport Organisation Management15
Unit from Supplementary Programx 230
Year 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPM2104Managing Recreation Services and Facilities15
SPM3655Sport and Events Funding and Finance15
SPM3113Sport and Leisure Law15
HOS2325Managing the Service Experience15
SPM2610Marketing and Communications for the Service Industries15
SPM3114Sport Venues and Events15
Unit from Supplementary Programx 230
Year 3
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MKT3820Marketing Analytics15
SPM3221Sport Business Planning15
TSM3501Event Operations Management15
Unit from Supplementary Programx 460
Plus 1 unit from:
SBL3500 ^Integrated Business Application15
FBL3501 ^Business Practicum15

Note: FBL3501 is by application only.

**Internship Minor (MIBIOR) – Selected students (by application only) may enrol concurrently in FBL3400 Business Internship 1 and FBL3500 Business Internship 2 in their Year 3 (Semester 1) section of the course. Students who enrol in the Internship Minor (FBL3400/FBL3500 = 60 credit points) will complete an elective unit instead of SBL3500 or FBL3501.

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Majors you can study in this course

One or more of the majors in this course is externally recognised when studied within this course. Refer to the major for more information.

Course notes

Important course notes

  • FBL3501: Students will complete between 100 and 150 hours of work experience within a public, private or not-for-profit organisation that will enable them to apply disciplinary knowledge and skills.

    Attendance requirements

    Students will be required to attend an approved organisation and hours may be outside normal University hours and may include nights and weekends.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    Some organisations may require clearances, screenings and certificates, and will liaise directly with students regarding any requirements.

    Professional practice rules

    Students are provided with Student Guidelines for Work Integrated Learning which detail the expected behaviour and conduct while working in the host organisation.

  • Students will undertake work integrated learning practicum placements in three units:
    Year 1
    SPM1102 - 10 hours (sport or recreation programming setting)
    SPM2111 - 20 hours (not-for-profit, incorporated sport organisation/club)

    Year 3
    TSM3501 - 15 hours (event setting)

    Attendance requirements

    Students are required to complete a minimum of 45 practicum placement hours in total across their host organisations in three units. These hours may be outside normal university hours.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    Some organisations may require clearances, screenings and certificates, and will liaise directly with students regarding any requirements.

    Professional practice rules

    Students are provided with Student Guidelines for Work Integrated Learning which detail the expected behaviour and conduct while working in the host organisation.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad and coherent knowledge to a range of business situations, incorporating international/global/cultural perspectives.
  2. Access, analyse and critically evaluate relevant information to solve challenging business problems systematically.
  3. Communicate business knowledge, concepts and advice persuasively and clearly in both written and oral formats, using relevant technology.
  4. Collaborate effectively in team settings to produce measurable outcomes.
  5. Generate creative ideas for business innovations that respond to opportunities and constant change.
  6. Reflect on feedback and critique one’s own performance in order to identify and plan opportunities for development.
  7. Value professional behaviours and/or personal citizenship that reflect an appreciation of the interrelationship between business ethics and corporate social responsibility

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $14,650 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $32,800 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for graduates exist within a range of professional, commercial, not-for-profit and government sport, recreation and event organisations at local, state, national and international levels. Within these types of organisations, your role may involve managing aspects of clubs, associations and federations, events, facilities, sport and entertainment venues, player and athlete development, programs, activities and services, sales, communications and marketing or the hiring, training and supervising of staff.

Possible future job titles

Sport and Recreation Event Manager, Recreation Services Manager, Sport Association CEO, Sport Development Manager, Sport Marketing and Sponsorship Manager, Sport Corporate Affairs Manager, Sport Communications Manager, Sport Membership Manager, Sport Club Manager, Player Manager

Become World Ready

Summer School 2022

Fast track your studies with a range of undergraduate and postgraduate units, available to both domestic and international students.

Summer School starts on 22 November and runs until 28 January 2022.

Choose from online, on campus, or intensive study modes.

Find units

Student stories

  • Kate Diviney

    Kate Diviney

    ECU Sport, Recreation and Event Management graduate

    My experience working with the Eagles has been a dream come true.

    I had an interest in working behind the scenes in sport and found ECU offered this degree and had a partnership with the Eagles that offered internships. My experience working with West Coast has helped me understand the way events work in a major sporting organisation and gave me a foot-in-the-door to full-time employment with them.

  • Jacqueline Harkness

    Jacqueline Harkness

    ECU Sport, Recreation and Event Management

    When I enrolled at ECU, little did I know that it would lead to me being a part of something historic

    In my last semester of my course I got an industry placement in the Events Department of the Fremantle Dockers Football Club.

    Due to my positive work ethic, I was offered casual employment. In the lead-up to Grand Final I was suddenly asked to fly to Melbourne to fill in for a permanent staff member. I was in charge of managing security, caterers and audio technicians. All the skills and theory I picked up in my years at ECU helped me play a part in running the biggest function the club ever had – their historic first grand final.

  • Anthony Donetta

    ECU Sport Management graduate

    It gives you a platform to establish yourself

    Sport Management graduate Anthony Donetta talks about a work integrated learning placement with West Perth Football Club that led to employment at the club.

Quick guide to uni-speak

    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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