Mode of StudyFull-time
Duration1 year full-time
Start dateSeptember 2023
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
- 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
Qualifications and experience
- A Foundation Degree, Higher National Diploma or equivalent level 5 qualification at Merit or above 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 – see 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.
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.
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:
- stadium or event operations
- event management
- product and brand management
- sponsorship strategy
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.
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.
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
What you'll study
You'll study modules worth a total of 120 credits.
- Professional Development – 20 credits
- Project – 40 credits
- Strategic Management in Sport – 20 credits
- Sports Entrepreneurship and Business Venturing – 20 credits
- Sales and Marketing in Sport – 20 credits
- SHES Tutorial Level 6 – 0 credits
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
- 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:
- one-to-one tutorials
How you'll spend your time
We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your degree. You'll be in timetabled teaching activities such as tutorials, lectures, seminars and practical classes and workshops for about 12 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.
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.
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 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 postgraduate study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your Master's.
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
- 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.
Course costs and funding
Tuition fees (2023 start)
- 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 – £17,200 a 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 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 2023, apply through UCAS. You'll need:
- the UCAS course code – C611
- 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.