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. 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
You’ll also 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.
After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the sports development industry.
Previous students have completed placements in organisations such as the NHS and Portsmouth Football Club. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
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.
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.
Tuition fees (2018 start)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £13,200 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 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
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.
If you take an optional professional qualification unit on this course, you’ll need to make a contribution of £250 towards the cost.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.
Core units in this year include:
- Sports Development Principles
- Sports Business Principles
- Coaching Principles
- Contemporary Issues in Sport
- Sports Event Organisation
- Research Methods 1
There are no optional units in this year
Core units in this year include:
- Sports Policy and Intervention
- Innovation and Enterprise in Sport
- Research Methods 2
Optional units in this year currently include:
- Sport and Society
- Sport Event Management
- Applied Coaching Practice
- Psychology of Coaching and Learning
- Foreign Language
Core units in this year include:
- International Perspectives on Sport, Leisure and Business
- Strategic Planning in Sport
Optional units in this year currently include:
- Social and Psychosocial Analysis of Sport
- Sports Marketing and Sponsorship
- Professional Development
- Professional Practice in Coaching and Learning
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 units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
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
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 an assessment period:
- Autumn teaching block – September to December
- Spring teaching block – January to Easter
- Assessment period – Easter to June
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. There's no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:
- Year 1 students: 21% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 79% studying independently
- Year 2 students: 22% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 78% studying independently
- Year 3 students: 13% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 87% studying independently
Teaching staff profiles
Dr Kieren McEwan, Principal Lecturer
Kieren graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2004 and returned to take up a teaching post in early 2007.
Kieren mainly teaches the areas of sports politics and sociology, and is also the course leader for the programme. Kieren's research interests rest in the field of extreme sports and how their increasing appeal can be analysed through social and psychosocial processes.
Beth Clarkson, Lecturer
Beth is a graduate of Bangor University where she gained an MRes in Sport and Exercise Psychology.
Having spent some time working as an academy football coach and performance analyst, Beth returned to the UK to study for a PhD at the University of Portsmouth in 2014. In 2016, Beth joined the Sports Management and Development teaching team, where she is responsible for teaching across a range of sports business modules. Beth's research focuses on leadership, gender and emotion in sport.
Chris Hughes, Associate Head
Having spent a considerable amount of time working in sports development in the Northwest of England, Chris took up a teaching post at the University of Portsmouth in 2003.
Chris delivers teaching in the area of community sport and the use of sport as a social and political intervention. Chris has previously completed research focused on National Governing Bodies of sport and their governance.
Dr Tom Webb, Senior Lecturer
Having previously worked within sports development as a physical activity manager, Tom began work at the University of Portsmouth in late 2006.
Since then, Tom has built a research profile focusing on match officials in sport and has worked extensively with football associations in England, France and Holland, as well as UEFA and other organisations such as the ECB and the RFU. Tom's main teaching centres on the organisation, delivery and management of sports events.
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 units 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
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can 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.
Want to start this course in 2019?
To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – CC62
- our institution code – P80
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