BSc (Hons)

Sports Management with Business Communication

Sport is a global business

7G9JUCAS code 3yrsfull time

Star Course Overview

Why take this course?

This is a unique course, specifically designed for international students, combining the study of sports management with business and English to help you develop the skills and knowledge necessary to work in the global sports business. Gain a solid grounding in the theoretical aspects of sports management, while developing your English language and communication skills.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Undertake fieldwork, such as assisting in the organisation of an actual sports event in the community
  • Visit our International Office to get all the support you need while living in a new country
  • Brush up on your English language skills in our language labs, using the multimedia kits for effective language learning

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course will provide you with a strong foundation on which to build a career in a number of areas of sports management, in both the commercial and public sectors.

We cover a broad range of issues, such as sports policy and society, event management, sports business, coaching and the application of sports development, meaning you will have the opportunity to focus on specific areas of study that lead to a range of possible careers.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • sports management
  • sales
  • sponsorship
  • events management
  • sports and leisure marketing
  • various roles in the health and fitness industry
Brendan Maccaoilte, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science student

The facilities in Spinnaker Building are excellent, all brand new, state-of-the-art technology which really facilitates understanding of subjects studied.

Brendan Maccaoilte, sport and exercise student

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Key Facts

UCAS Course Code:
3 years full time
For year 1 entry: 280 points or equivalent or successful completion of 1 year university study.
For year 2 entry applicants require successful completion of 2 years of HE study in a relevant subject.
For year 3 entry applicants require successful completion of 3 years of HE study in a relevant subject.
For year 1 and 2 entry applicants require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 5.5 with no component score below 5.5. For year 3 entry applicants require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5. Other qualifications

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2016/17 entry: full time: £9,000 p/a*

International students
2016/17 entry: full time: £11,000 p/a**

*Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.
**Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

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Programme specification


Sports Science

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Year one

The course begins by providing you with a firm foundation in the key theoretical and research principles that will underpin the following years. Also learn about the function of sport in British society.

Core units in this year include:

  • Sports Development Principles
  • Sports Event Organisation
  • General Language Grade 4 (English)
  • Business Communication 1
  • Introduction to International Business and Trade
  • Research Methods 1

Year two

Tailor your learning through a range of options and continue to develop your English language and business English skills. This year involves a specific focus on communication in the workplace.

Core units in this year include:

  • Sport and Business Management
  • Business Communication 2
  • General Language Grade 5 (English)
  • Research Methods 2

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Language of Human Resources and Management
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Foreign Language
  • Managing People in Sports Organisations
  • Sports Event Management

Year three

In your final year, there are several more core topics to cover and you will also undertake your own self-led project.

Core units in this year include:

  • Strategic Planning in Sport
  • Event Management in Sport
  • Business Communication 3
  • Project

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Professional Practice in Sports Marketing
  • Professional Practice in Sports Event Management
  • Professional Practice in Sports Development

Teaching and Assessment

In sports management we feel it is important that what you learn is put into a real-world context, so many of the tasks are often similar to those you may come across in a working environment. We even have opportunities for you to take your learning into the local community.

The format of teaching will consist of formal lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and practical experiences.

How are you assessed?

This varied approach is also reflected in the way we assess you. Here’s how:

  • examinations
  • essays, reports and case studies
  • individual or group projects
  • in-class tests
  • practical demonstrations
  • oral assessments through presentations or discussion groups
Kieren McEwan

Tutor's view

Kieren McEwan
Sports Management with Business Communication

This unique course for international students is co-delivered by the Department of Sport & Exercise Science and the School of Languages & Area Studies. The course is designed to develop your understanding of the sports business sector and equip you with the communications skills required by the modern business environment.

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Learning Environments

You will benefit from plenty of indoor space for practical activities. Along with our many specialist labs, dedicated seminar spaces and interview rooms, the Department is located next to the University’s Nuffield Sports Centre and very near to the University’s St Paul’s Sports Centre. These two centres offer many facilities including sports halls, a 100-station gym, squash courts and fitness studios, all located at the heart of the University.

International Office

For our international students we have a dedicated team of advisers to support you as you settle into life in Portsmouth and at the University. One of the team almost certainly has direct experience of your culture and may even speak your language.

Language Laboratories

We have three state-of-the-art, Sony Virtuoso language labs offering a rich and effective multimedia language environment. Video, sound and text sources can be integrated to provide a first-class learning experience.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

Other costs to consider

The cost of travel or accommodation for compulsory fieldwork is included with your course fee, but you will be expected to pay for meals and other subsistence costs. These costs will be in the region of £50 - £1000.

For optional programmes of fieldwork, costs will be in the region of £50 - £1000.

For the optional placement unit, or sandwich year you will be expected to meet the cost of travel for your placement. These costs will be in the region of £50 - £1000 to cover travel, accommodation or subsistence. This will be dependent on the type of placement/field trip being chosen.

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Career prospects

Where next?
Where next?

On completing this course, you will possess a combination of subject knowledge and good English language skills to give you a distinct advantage in the international job market. The global sports business is worth roughly in excess of £110 billion, meaning that opportunities for graduate employment are abundant. Specifically, you may find careers in areas such as marketing and event management, licensing and sponsorship, retail in sport and leisure, or sports development at either community or professional level.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • football development officer
  • sports development officer
  • sports event manager

Career planning

To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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Visiting opportunities

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Wednesday 6 July, 2016

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International Students

Staff from our international Office regularly attend overseas exhibitions. To find out more about these and our visits to your region see our International Office exhibitions page.

Fees and Funding

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