Sports Management and Development BSc (Hons)
BSc Hons Sports Management and Development
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.
100% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2020)
90% Graduates in work or further study (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey conducted in 2019)
BSc (Hons) Sports Management and Development degree entry requirements
- A levels – ABB–BBC
- UCAS points – 112–128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
- BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
- International Baccalaureate – 25–26
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:
- 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
- Have the opportunity to learn a language and earn credit towards your degree as part of the University's Institution-Wide Language Programme
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
Either before or following your third year, you have the option to choose a work placement year to gain valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.
Previous students have completed placements in organisations such as Professional Sports Clubs, Sports Injuries Clinics, Schools, the NHS and in Universities.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
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 relevant work experience during your course.
We can help you find the coaching roles, placements, internships and voluntary roles that will help you to kick-start your ideal career and complement what you’ll be learning on the course.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.
What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Sports Management and Development degree
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.
Modules currently being studied
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
Core modules in this year include:
- Comparative Cultural Analysis in Sport
- International Research Project in Sports Management
- Policy Delivery Through Sport
- Preparing Research, Innovation or Enterprise Projects
- Sport Event Management
- Sports Business Management
- Work-Based Learning
Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Sports Facility Management
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.
Core modules in this year include:
- Applied Sports Management Research
Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Introduction to Teaching
- Market Analysis for Sport
- Marketing and Promotion of Sport
- Professional Development
- Sport Entrepreneurship and Business Venturing
- Sport for Development
- Strategic Management in Sport
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.
Academic skills support
As well as support by faculty teaching 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.
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.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- formal lectures
- 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'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- Teaching block 1 – September to December (October to December for some courses in 2020/21 only)
- Assessment period 1 – January (and early February for some courses in 2020/21 only)
- Teaching block 2 – January to May (February to May for some courses in 2020/21 only)
- Assessment period 2 – May to June
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- 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
Tuition fees (2021 start)
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per 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 per year (subject to annual increase)
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 have 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.
You may need to a pay a returnable deposit for some field trips to ensure attendance. For day trips, this deposit is £20. For trips that last several days and require overnight stay, the deposit is £50. The deposit for these trips will be returned to you after the trip.
If you take an optional placement unit or placement year, you’ll need to cover the costs of travel, accommodation and subsistence. These costs will vary depending on the duration and location of the placement. The cost will usually be £50–£1000.
How to apply
To start this course in 2021, apply through UCAS. You'll need:
- the UCAS course code – CC62
- our institution code – P80
If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.
You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
- Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
- Speak with lecturers and chat with our students
- Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join
If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
How to apply from outside the UK
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). 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.