Unless you were hiding under a rock this weekend (or holed-up the Lake District as I was) you will have noticed that the Olympics have started. We awoke this morning to news of a first gold medal for team GB (well done Peaty!), and the BBC coverage is eagerly reminding viewers that they too can participate in the sports they are witnessing on screen.
Since the sporting world is dominating the media headlines worldwide, our blog post this week also has a sporting focus, and examines the world of sports education. Andrew, our Deputy Director, has almost completed a new Sports publication, which details entry requirements, graduate career prospects and course specifications for undergraduate sports students.
In the guide’s opening paragraph Andrew explains why this guide is such a topical publication, and relevant to contemporary Higher Education:
“The London Olympics and Paralympics in 2012 only increased the nation’s appetite for sporting endeavours, boosting the already popular pastime even further. As a result greater numbers of students are opting for Sporting qualifications within Higher Education, and a greater number of universities now supply sporting courses.”
Look out for the publication at the beginning of the autumn term. In the meantime we have collated some Sports Education statistics (using our EMSI LMI tool and what uni.com) for your reading pleasure.
There are 60,374 sports related jobs in London.
The Sports Industry within London is predicted to grow by 2.4% by the year 2020
The London average annual earnings for sporting careers? £21k (the national average is only £16k)
The number of Sports & Exercise Science HE acceptances has risen from 9,255 in 2007, to 15,205 in 2015
The number of applications for Sports & Exercise Science courses rose from 49,905 in 2007, to 71,230 in 2015
Sports Undergraduates have an average of 17 teaching hours per week
71% of sports students are male
And finally, on the hot topic of employability, 96% of Sports & Exercise Science students are employed 6 months after graduating.
That’s all from us this week, more next Monday.