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Mode of Study
2 years full-time
Start Date
September 2019


Sport is an increasingly large part of people’s lives, whether it's for health, fitness, participation, excellence or just for enjoyment.

This HND Sports Management and Coaching course gives you the knowledge and skill that you need to start a successful career where sport is delivered and managed in the community.

You'll learn about the evolution of sports development and cover topics such as sports coaching, marketing, sport and society, event management and small business enterprise. You'll get to apply your skills on a work placement and by running events and coaching sessions in the community.

By the end of the course, you'll have skills, knowledge and experience that will help you flourish in the global sports community and business environment. You'll also be able to top up your HND to a Bachelor's degree.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Get an insight into how to use sport to develop community opportunities and enhance people’s lives
  • Develop your expertise in delivering high-quality coaching within a community setting
  • Learn the skills and knowledge you need to excel in the sports management and development industry
  • Develop your business and marketing skills and learn how to use them in the sports industry
  • Have opportunities to apply what you learn in the community, for example, by running coaching sessions and events
  • Access the latest learning resources, journals and publications
  • Be taught by staff who have industry experience
  • Get experience of working in the sports industry on a work placement

The course takes place at Stanmore College, but you still have access to the University of Portsmouth's student support services and community including study support, the Students’ Union and the library's online resources.

Careers and opportunities

The topics you'll study on this course are varied, so you'll have plenty of options open to you when you finish the course.

You could start a career in areas such as sports coaching, sports development, teaching, event management. You'll also have transferable business skills you can apply in any type of industry.

If you want to continue your studies, you can top up your HND to a Bachelor's degree by joining the final year of the BSc (Hons) Sports Management and Development course.

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.

Utilising areas such as sports sociology, business, event management and coaching, this course equips you with the knowledge you need to enter the sports industry or to continue your studies and gain a full undergraduate degree.

Dr Kieren McEwan, Programme Coordinator

All our courses go through a rigorous approval process to make sure they’re of the highest quality. This includes a review by a panel of experts, made up of academic staff and an external academic or professional with specialist knowledge.

This course is in the final stages of this process and is open for applications. If any details of the course or its approval status change after you apply, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and will be here to discuss your options with you.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £6,165 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

This course isn't open to 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.

Additional costs

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.

What you'll study on this HND Sports Management and Coaching degree course

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • The Evolution of Sports Development
  • Applied Sports Coaching
  • The Organisation and Control of Sport, Exercise and Fitness
  • Sport and Society
  • Physical Activity, Lifestyle and Wellbeing
  • The Sport and Leisure Industry
  • Managing Resources in Sport and Leisure Management
  • Marketing Principles

Core units in this year include:

  • Small Business Enterprise
  • Event Management in Sport and Leisure
  • Work Based Experience
  • Managing Sports Development
  • Physical Education
  • Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise
  • Managing in the Health and Fitness Industry
  • Research Project

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.

Work experience and career planning

In year 2, you'll do a work-based learning module. This allows you to put your knowledge into practice in the workplace and get valuable experience that will enhance your CV and make you more employable.

Our Careers and Employability service can also help you identify further placements, internships and voluntary roles during the course.

Learning 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
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.


There's an emphasis on interactive teaching on this course, giving you the chance to take a leading role in your own learning. Teaching methods include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops and discussion groups
  • tutorials
  • practical and coaching sessions
  • work-based learning (during your placement in year 2)

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Most 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.

There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

How you're assessed​

The way you're assessed on this course reflects the requirements of the professional sports industry. You'll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • 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.

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 64 points from A levels, or equivalent.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications


How to apply

You need to apply for this course through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – 002N
  • our institution code – P80

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

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.