Sports Management and Development BSc (Hons)
BSc (Hons) Sports Management and Development
Devise marketing campaigns for top sports brands. Manage community schemes that inspire the next generation to love sport. Organise sponsorship strategies for international sporting events.
Whatever your ambitions, this BSc (Hons) Sports Management and Development degree will help you turn your passion for sport into a career.
- Learn from industry experts with experience in delivering community sports programmes and gain practical skills in everything from events management to entrepreneurship
- Plan and market local sports events such as the Great South Run and work with organisations like the Hampshire FA
- Have the chance to study abroad, go on overseas field trips and take part in research run by institutions such as UEFA, the FA and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)
- Train and coach within our extensive sports facilities, including a 100-station gym, fitness studios, and a new sports centre featuring a ski simulator, climbing wall and 8-lane swimming pool
90% Graduates in work or further study (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey conducted in 2019)
I love the way my course holds a sense of togetherness amongst the students and the faculty. It has truly been an experience of a lifetime!
BSc (Hons) Sports Management and Development degree entry requirements
- A levels – ABB–BBC
- UCAS points – 112–128 points (calculate your UCAS points)
- BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
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.
Opening 2021: Our £50m sports centre
Train and play in one of the UK's greenest sports centres, including 8-lane swimming pool, virtual skiing, climbing wall and more.
Courts and pitches
Indoor and outdoor spaces to train, including football, rugby, tennis, basketball, cricket, netball, badminton, volleyball, squash, table tennis and futsal courts and pitches.
Careers and opportunities
On this course, you'll explore sport’s role in society and how sports management and development can make sport accessible to all, yet the business skills you'll gain will prepare you for a wide range of careers.
When you graduate, you'll be ready to apply corporate, management, financial and marketing knowledge to an exciting career within the sports industry, or any other sector that interests you.
90% of our graduates find work within a year of completing this course, so you can feel confident that what you learn will set you up for the world of work.
What jobs can you do with a sports management and development degree?
Our graduates have gone on to roles such as:
- sports development officer
- sports marketing executive
- community coach coordinator
- football coach
- sports agent
- event manager
- project manager
- PE teacher
Others have entered more diverse areas of employment, such as sports law, local government, strategic leadership, consultancy and the charity sector.
Our Careers and Employability Service will give you advice and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University, and can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.
Leadership and development
You'll have the chance to work with our local community to encourage cultural and social development through sports coaching and volunteering.
Build invaluable experience within institutions such as clubs, schools and charities.
Either before or following your third year, you can opt for a work placement year to gain valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.
Placements give you the opportunity to apply what you've learnt so far in a real workplace, boosting your employability and making you attractive to employers after graduation.
You can work for a company or organisation here in the UK or overseas – some of our graduates have gone as far afield as Mwanza in Tanzania.
Or, you could go independent by setting up and running your own business with other students.
Whichever route you choose, you'll receive support and guidance. Our specialist team of Science and Health Careers advisors can help you with finding a work placement and improving your employability skills. They'll provide you with a database of placement vacancies, support with your job search – including help with applications and interviews – and support throughout your placement year.
Previous students have taken placement roles such as:
- basketball development manager
- sports marketing manager
- sales, marketing and social media intern
- sport leader and event leader
You’ll have the chance to do an overseas field trip to experience sports management in other communities and cultures.
Previous students have travelled to Barcelona to carry out their own research projects, on areas including urban sport, Olympic legacy, and the impact of tourism and city infrastructure.
You'll also have the option to study abroad for a year in Europe, South Asia, Canada or North America.
This is a fantastic opportunity to explore a new destination and study as an international student at a partner university in another part of the world. Many of our students describe their time spent studying abroad as truly unforgettable, as well as an excellent way to stand out to future employers.
"My time on a study abroad scheme with Brock University in Canada was incredible. I know this term gets thrown around quite a lot but it’s 100% true for me: this was a life changing opportunity."
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, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.
Core modules in this year include:
- Community Sport Provision – 40 credits
- Introduction to Sport, Business and Management – 40 credits
- Theoretical Perspectives on Contemporary Sport – 40 credits
There are no optional modules in this year.
Core modules in this year include:
- International Research Project in Sport Business Management – 20 credits
- Preparing Research, Innovation or Enterprise Projects – 20 credits
- Sport Event Management – 20 credits
- Sports Business Management – 20 credits
- Work-based Learning – 20 credits
Optional modules in this year include:
- Modern Foreign Language (Institution-wide Language Programme) – 20 credits
- Overseas Study – 60 credits
- Sports Facility Management – 20 credits
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:
- Marketing and Promotion of Sport – 20 credits
- Professional Development – 20 credits
- Project – 40 credits
- Sport Entrepreneurship and Business Venturing – 20 credits
- Strategic Management in Sport – 20 credits
There are no optional modules in this year.
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.
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'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.
- 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
How you'll spend your time
One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.
We're planning for most of your learning to be supported by timetabled face-to-face teaching with some elements of online provision. Please be aware, the balance between face-to-face teaching and online provision may change depending on Government restrictions. You'll also do lots of independent study with support from staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle. Find out more about how our teaching has transformed to best support your learning.
A typical week
In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as tutorials, lectures, seminars and practical classes and workshops for about 27 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. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.
Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.
Supporting your learning
The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:
Types of support
Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent 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.
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
As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK) for 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 require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.
They'll help you to:
- discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
- liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
- access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
- liaise with external services
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.
Course costs and funding
Tuition fees (2022 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 – £16,200 per 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 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 2022, 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
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.
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