Sports Management and Development BSc (Hons)

Overview

Do you want to increase participation in sport and physical activity? Are you interested in helping a new generation of elite athletes achieve their goals at global events such as the Olympics? Are you ambitious enough to work in sports management, which is one of the biggest growing global leisure markets? If the answer to any of the former is yes, this is the ideal degree course for you.

This wide-ranging BSc (Hons) Sports Management and Development degree course builds your understanding of sport and its role in society. You’ll learn how sports development and sports management can give people the opportunity to take part in sport and physical activity, no matter their ability. You’ll graduate with the knowledge, understanding and skill to excel in either the sports management or sports development sectors.

The course is based in one of the highest performing sports departments in England, that prides itself on the experience and knowledge of its staff. It's also ranked the number 1 sports science course in England in the Guardian University Guide 2018.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Learn practical skills by organising and marketing local sports events such as the Great South Run and working with organisations like the Hampshire FA and Portsmouth City Council
  • Have the chance to go on overseas field trips and take part in the research programmes run by internationally recognised sports organisations such as UEFA, the FA and the ECB
  • Boost your CV and share your sporting skill in the local community through our coaching and volunteering scheme
  • Experience teaching which is driven by current practice and taught by lecturers who have delivered sports development and sports management programmes in the community
  • Be able to use our sports facilities, comprising sports halls, a 100-station gym, squash courts, fitness studios and more

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find further relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify part-time coaching roles, placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your CV.

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Community Sport Development and Coaching
  • Introduction to Sport, Business and Management
  • Theoretical Perspectives on Contemporary Sport

There are no optional modules in this year

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Work-Based Learning
  • Sports Business Management
  • Policy Delivery Through Sport
  • Preparing Research, Innovation or Enterprise Projects

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Sport Event Management
  • Sports Facility Management

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can choose an optional placement year between your 2nd and 3rd year of studies or after your 3rd year.

During the study abroad placement year, you'll experience life at a university in another country. Alternatively, you can spend a year developing your experience in industry in the UK or abroad with the work placement year.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  • Strategic Management in Sport
  • Comparative Cultural Analysis in Sport
  • International Research Project in Sports Management

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Marketing and Promotion of Sport
  • Professional Development
  • Sport Entrepreneurship and Business Venturing
  • Sport for Development

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • formal lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • tutorials
  • practical experiences

We work closely with local partners, such as the Portsmouth School Sport Partnership and Portsmouth City Council Leisure Services, to make sure what you learn on the course is current and relevant.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • examinations
  • essays and reports
  • projects, portfolios and case studies
  • practical demonstrations
  • oral assessments through presentations or discussion groups

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 30% by written exams, 15% by practical exams and 55% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 25% by written exams, 23% by practical exams and 52% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 8% by written exams, 30% by practical exams and 62% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

What jobs can you do with a Sports Management and Development degree?

Previous graduates have gone on to roles such as:

  • PE teacher
  • sports development officer
  • sports marketing executive
  • sports agent
  • community coach coordinator
  • event manager
  • project manager

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

BSc (Hons), BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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