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Creating a level playing field: a study of the admission and experiences of different groups on a university sport management course

Author(s): Seema Patel

Journal: Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sports and Tourism Education
ISSN 1473-8376

Volume: 7;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 24;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: Sport education | Inclusion | Exclusion | Ethnicity | Disability

This paper explores the admission process and experiences of students enrolled on sport science courses at one UK university. Admissions data from the university identified that whilst a large number of women and ethnic minorities initially apply to sport courses, few attend open days and even fewer eventually enrol, compared to males and individuals of white ethnicity. To date, only one blind student has enrolled on the courses.Interviews investigating six undergraduate students’ experiences of the admissions process are analysed. The findings suggest that the difference is due to wider cultural issues rather than the university process, which is viewed positively by British Asian and female students. Conversely, a student with a disability was negative about the admissions process. This has far-reaching implications for university sport courses and for other institutions.
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