Sport Management (Top-Up) BSc (Hons)
BSc Hons Sport Management Top up
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If you have an HND or Foundation degree in a subject related to sports or business and the ambition to work in sport management, you can top up your qualification to a Bachelor's degree on this BSc (Hons) Sport Management (Top-Up) degree.
You'll build your understanding of sport and its role in society across the globe and focus on strategic issues facing the sports industry. You'll develop skills and build your theoretical knowledge in areas including sports entrepreneurship, management, marketing and analytics.
You'll work on your own professional development alongside industry experts, enhancing your CV and giving you the opportunity to network with potential employers.
When you complete the course, you'll have the knowledge, understanding and practical experience for a career in sport management and related sectors.
Qualifications and experience
- A Foundation Degree, Higher National Diploma or equivalent level 5 qualification at Merit or above in a Sport related subject.
- Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, industry professional qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from degree-level studies are welcome and considered on an individual basis.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Gain skills in marketing, strategic management, digital innovation and analytics and learn how to apply this knowledge to the sports industry
- Have the chance to take part in research programmes run by internationally recognised sports organisations such as UEFA, the FA and the ECB
- Boost your CV, enhance your professional network and share your sporting skill in the local community through our coaching, mentoring and volunteering scheme
- Experience teaching that's driven by current practice and taught by lecturers who have delivered sports management schemes in the community
- Boost your transferable skills such as teamwork, decision making, communication and time management
Careers and opportunities
Sport – whether it's contributing to the economy or improving people's health – has an important role in society. Effective sport management is essential for increasing and maintaining participation in sport and physical activity for and uniting public sector, commercial and third sector organisations to achieve common goals.
Therefore, professionals with the skills and knowledge to manage sporting programmes and events effectively are in high demand.
When you graduate, you'll be suited to roles in commercial and non-commercial organisations in the sports sector in areas such as:
- Stadium or event operations
- Event management
- Product and brand management
- Sponsorship strategy
You could also go into areas outside of the sports industry in roles such as PE teaching (with additional training), sports journalism and business finance.
Work experience and career planning
You'll gain insight from industry experts during the Professional Development module. This gives you the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge in the industry.
As part of this module, you'll be mentored by members of staff and complete a masterclass series (workshops with academics and industry experts) that examines topics and challenges you'll face as a sport management practitioner.
The masterclass series covers:
- Sport Management Contexts and Methodologies for Practice
- Marketing and Promotion of Sport
- Strategy Development for Sport Management
- Human Resource Management – Considerations for Practice
- The Role of Finance in Sport
- Talent Identification and Development
- Governance and Match Officials
- Mental Health Awareness in Sport
- Sport for Development
- Current Issues in Sport Management
What you'll study
Modules currently being studied
- Strategic Management in Sport – 20 credits
- Marketing and Promotion of Sport – 20 credits
- Sports Entrepreneurship and Business Venturing – 20 credits
- Professional Development – 20 credits
- Project – 20 credits
Changes to course content
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
You'll learn through a blend of face-to-face sessions and online activities.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- One-to-one tutorials
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- Practical assessments
- Client reports
- Video submissions
- Blog submissions
- Infographic submissions
- Presentation slides
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.
How you'll spend your time
We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your degree. You'll be in timetabled teaching activities such as tutorials, lectures, seminars and practical classes and workshops for about 12 hours a week. The rest of the time you'll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course.
Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University, course events and work placement activities in the evenings and at weekends.
The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.
It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- Teaching block 1 – early October to January
- Assessment period 1 – late January to early February
- Teaching block 2 – February to May
- Assessment period 2 – May to June
Extra learning support
The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your Master's degree might be less than what you're used to in your previous studies, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:
Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to postgraduate study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.
As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.
Learning support tutors
You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.
They can help with:
- Improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
- Understanding and using assignment feedback
- Managing your time and workload
- Revision and exam techniques
Academic skills support
As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- Academic writing
- Note taking
- Time management
- Critical thinking
- Presentation skills
- Working in groups
- Revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from the faculty librarian for science.
The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.
Support with English
If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.
Course costs and funding
Tuition fees (2021 start)
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
- EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £15,500 a year (subject to annual increase)
Funding your studies
Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
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.
You'll need to pay for meals and other living costs while completing compulsory fieldwork, amounting to £50–£1000. Travel and accommodation costs are covered by your course fee.
You'll need to contribute towards the cost of optional fieldwork programmes, which usually come to £50–£1000.
How to apply
To start this course in 2021, apply through Clearing by completing this short application form, calling our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8074 or going to our Clearing section to chat with us online.
International and EU students
Clearing is open to all applicants. But if you'd prefer to apply without going through Clearing, use our online application form.
How to apply from outside the UK
See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.