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Sport Management (Top-up) BSc (Hons)

Top up your Level 5 qualification to a full BSc (Hons) Sport Management and learn how to apply business knowledge to the world of sport as a sports manager.

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Typical offer:

Relevant HE study leading to a Level 5 qualification in a Sport related subject

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Sport managers bring business knowledge and commercial expertise to the world of sport.

With a Level 5 qualification – such as an HND or Foundation degree in a subject related to sports or business – and the ambition to work in sport management, you can earn a full Bachelor's degree on this BSc (Hons) Sport Management top-up course.

By developing skills in sports entrepreneurship, management, marketing, analytics and more, you'll graduate with the knowledge, understanding and practical experience for a career in sport management and a range of related sectors. 

Sports science at the University of Portsmouth is ranked 3rd of all post-1992 universities for research quality

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

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Course highlights

  • Have the chance to take part in research programmes run by internationally recognised sports organisations such as UEFA, the FA and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)
  • Experience teaching that's driven by current practice and taught by lecturers who have delivered sports management schemes in the community
  • Boost your CV, enhance your professional network and share your sporting skill in the local community through our coaching, mentoring and volunteering scheme
  • 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

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This course is in the top 10 for Tourism, Transport, Travel and Heritage Studies in the Complete University Guide League Tables 2022.

Contact information


+44 (0) 23 9284 5566

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Typical offers

  • Relevant HE study leading to a Level 5 qualification, for example an appropriate HND, foundation degree or Advanced Diploma or 240 credits from year 1 and year 2 of an undergraduate degree (BA/BSc), 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.

You may need to have studied specific subjects – find full entry requirements and 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.

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.

We look at more than just your grades

While we consider your grades when making an offer, we also carefully look at your circumstances and other factors to assess your potential. These include whether you live and work in the region and your personal and family circumstances which we assess using established data.

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Your facilities

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Opening 2022: Our £50m sports centre

Train and play in one of the UK's greenest sports centres, including an 8-lane swimming pool, virtual skiing, climbing wall and more.

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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.

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Gym and classes

Ravelin Sports Centre has all you need for cardio, resistance and weight training, complete with air-conditioning and BT Sport. Membership includes a range of fitness classes too.

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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.

Gain business skills tailored to the sports industry and beyond

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 transferable skills in marketing, strategic management, digital innovation and analytics and learn how to apply this knowledge to the sports sector, making you a valuable prospect to employers across a range of industries.

You'll also work alongside industry experts to focus on your own professional development, helping you to stand out to and network with potential employers.

What areas can you work in with a sport management top-up degree?

When you graduate, you'll be suited to roles in commercial and non-commercial organisations in the sports sector in areas such as:

  • marketing
  • stadium or event operations
  • event management
  • product and brand management
  • sponsorship strategy
  • communications

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.

Ongoing careers support

After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability Service as you advance in your career.

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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.

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Work experience and professional development

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


You'll study modules worth a total of 120 credits.


Core modules in this year include: 

  • Project – 40 credits
  • Strategic Management in Sport – 20 credits
  • Sport Entrepreneurship and Business Venturing – 20 credits
  • Work-Based Learning For Sport Management – 20 credits
  • Economics and Finance of Sport – 20 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

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, course content is revised and regularly reviewed.  This may result in changes being made in order to reflect developments in research, learning from practice and changes in policy at both national and local levels.

How you're assessed 

You'll be assessed through:

  • practical assessments
  • client reports
  • video submissions
  • blog submissions
  • infographic submissions
  • essays
  • portfolios
  • 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.


You'll learn through a blend of face-to-face sessions and online activities.

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • one-to-one tutorials

Teaching staff profiles

These are some of the expert staff who’ll teach you on this degree course.

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Dr Mike Rayner

Associate Head (Global Engagement and Education Partnerships)


School of Sport, Health, and Exercise Science

Faculty of Science and Health

PhD Supervisor

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Dr Kieren McEwan

Senior Lecturer


School of Sport, Health, and Exercise Science

Faculty of Science and Health

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Dr Helen Symons

Senior Lecturer


School of Sport, Health, and Exercise Science

Faculty of Science and Health

PhD Supervisor

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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 use a blended learning approach to teaching, which means you’ll take part in both face-to-face and online activities during your studies.  As well as attending your timetabled classes you'll study independently in your free time, supported by staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your degree.

You'll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, tutorials, seminars, and workshops for about 6-8 hours a week. For each 20 credit module, there will be about 33 hours of contact time across the year. 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.

Term dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

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Supporting you

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 to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from 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).

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

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

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 a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

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

  • 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 – £16,200 a year (subject to annual increase)

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

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.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section show your accommodation options and highlight 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 2024, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – C611
  • our institution code – P80

 Apply now through UCAS


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.

Applying from outside the UK

As an international student you'll apply using the same process as UK students, but you’ll need to consider a few extra things. 

You can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

Find out what additional information you need in 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.